SOURCE: Scotiabank




November 25, 2014 07:00 ET

Canadian Parents Are Not Confident They Are Saving Enough for Their Children's Post-Secondary Education

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - November 25, 2014) - According to a recent Scotiabank survey, nearly half of Canadian parents (48%) strongly agree that it is important to begin saving early for the cost of their children's post-secondary education. However, when asked if they were saving enough, less than one-in-five (17%) strongly agreed.

Rising tuition and lodging expenses for post-secondary education were identified by two-thirds of parents (68%) as a concern, while four-in-ten parents (41%) believe the cost of a college or university education is putting it out of reach for their children. These numbers vary regionally:

   Total  Region
 Atlantic  Quebec  Ontario  Man/Sask  Alberta  BC
   1,004  109  216  354  63  126  136
Increases in tuition and lodging expenses for post-secondary education are a concern for me  68%  81%  45%  77%  85%  75%  65%
The cost of a college or university education is putting it out of reach for my child/ren  41%  67%  23%  44%  34%  47%  51%

Among those who have opened a RESP for their child(ren), estimates for the total cost of their child(ren)'s post-secondary education vary greatly by province. Those in Atlantic Canada estimate the total cost for their child(ren)'s entire post-secondary education (including tuition fees, housing, and other expenses) to be $110,435, while those in Quebec estimate it will only cost $33,738.

   Total  Region
 Atlantic  Quebec  Ontario  Man/Sask  Alberta  BC
   647  59  117  250  40  90  91
Average estimated cost of post-secondary education per child  

"More than half of parents (53%) surveyed have opened a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for their children," said Ahmad Dajani, Scotiabank's Vice President, Investments, GICs & Sales Tools. "We encourage them to meet with a Scotiabank advisor to help them plan for the costs associated with a post-secondary education and how they can maximize government grants."

Scotiabank has partnered with the community project SmartSAVER to help Canadian families learn about and access the Canadian Learning Bond (CLB) through RESPs. The CLB provides eligible lower-income families with at least $500 and up to $2000 per child with no family contribution to start an RESP account. An online application is now available at

"Over 1.4 million children don't have their Bond yet because their families don't know about it or think they can't afford to get started. Thanks to the commitment of Scotiabank and other leading RESP providers, families can now apply online through and start saving with the Canada Learning Bond and an RESP with no fees and no minimum contribution," said May Wong, Executive Director of SmartSAVER.

About the survey data
Scotiabank's 2014 RESP Poll was conducted by Nielsen from August 19 through August 27, 2014 using their online proprietary panel. A total of 1,004 responses were collected from Canadian parents with children 17 and under in the household.

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