You are invited to attend the annual meeting of the Canada Learning Bond (CLB) Champions’ Network.

Did you know there are over 1.81 million children from low-income families in Canada that could be receiving up to $2,000 in a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) to help them pay for their education after high-school; but, are currently not receiving the money they may be entitled to?  

As an organization providing services to Canadians, you have a role to play in helping promote the Canada Learning Bond; one of two education savings incentives offered by the Government of Canada to help low-income Canadians save for the post-secondary education of a child.

The CLB Champions’ Network is a group of community service providers, financial institutions, government departments and agencies, and other community-based organizations working together to promote the benefits of saving early for the post-secondary education in RESPs, and to raise awareness of education savings incentives to help Canada build savings in an RESP.

Held in Toronto, ON, at the Novotel Hotel, on February 6-7, 2018, the theme for this year’s meeting will be: Engagement, Innovation and Learning.

Find out how you can get involved in promoting the CLB. Connect with other groups and organizations working in area. Learn innovative approaches to promoting the CLB among low-income Canadians, Indigenous families, and those living in rural or remote communities.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Gary Bloch, family physician with St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and Assistant Professor with the Department of Community and Family Medicine, University of Toronto.

Dr. Bloch is an advocate, educator and researcher on issues related to poverty and health, and on health provider-based interventions into poverty as a health issue. He has been involved in raising public awareness on issues ranging from social assistance reform to housing supports to health benefits for refugees.  He has been interviewed extensively in print, radio, online and television media.

  • Dr. Amedeo D’Angiulli, a Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Carleton University and the Director of Neuroscience of Imagination, Cognition, and Emotion Research (NICER) Lab.

Dr. D’Angiulli applies the science behind brain, cognitive, and educational development to explain how children learn and develop through early childhood to adulthood. He takes a special interest in understanding the factors that shape literacy, numeracy, and other elements of educational success for children from low socioeconomic households, Aboriginal and rural communities, or with disabilities.

  • Dr. Robert Flynn, Professor Emeritus with the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa.

Dr. Flynn is an expert in researching and evaluating community health and social services, particularly those that serve at-risk populations such as persons with disabilities or children in care. Recently, Dr. Flynn has focused on investigating the factors that help and hinder educational success for children in care to inform interventions that seek to improve conditions for this population.

Please find attached the agenda for this meeting for more information. Space is limited.

To confirm your participation, please email us at: NC-CESP-PCEE-OUTREACH-SENSIBILISATION-GD@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Should you have any questions, please contact Louise Leclerc at (819) 654-3321 or Mélissa Démosthènes at (819) 920-2164.