The Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) allows you to withdraw amounts from RRSPs to finance training or education for you or your spouse or common-law partner. You cannot use the RRSP funds to finance your children’s training or education, or the training or education of your spouse or common-law partner’s children.
Who can participate in the Lifelong Learning Plan?
To participate in the LLP, all of the following conditions must apply:
The student (RRSP owner) must be either the LLP participant or be the spouse or common-law partner of the RRSP owner.
- You must own an RRSP
- The student must be a full-time student (or a part-time student if he or she meets the disability conditions).
- You (the RRSP owner) have to be a resident of Canada.
- The student has to enroll in a qualifying educational program at a designated educational institution.
- The participation in the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) has to be done before the end of the year the student reaches the age of 71 years old.
You are responsible for making sure that all LLP conditions are met. If a condition is not met while you are participating in the plan, your RRSP withdrawal will not be considered eligible. You will have to include the RRSP withdrawal as income on your income tax return for the year you received the funds.
If you meet the conditions for participating in the LLP when you make a withdrawal from your RRSP, you can do the following:
- Participate in the plan as many times as you wish over your lifetime. Starting the year after you bring your LLP balance to zero, you can participate in the plan.
- Participate in the LLP at the same time as your spouse or common-law partner. You can use the LLP for either or both of you.
- Participate in the LLP even if you have withdrawn amounts from your RRSP under the Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP) that have not been fully repaid.
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