DEFINITION of 'Lifelong Learning Plan'

A provision applicable to the Canadian Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP). The plan allows RRSP contributors a non-taxable temporary withdrawal of up to $20,000 from their accounts in order to finance their education or that of their spouse. The provision is subject to limitations, such as a $10,000 annual withdrawal limit and a maximum repayment period of 10 years, after which the ability to recontribute the borrowed sum is lost.

BREAKING DOWN 'Lifelong Learning Plan'

Similar to the Canadian government's Home Buyer's Plan, this provision is intended to allow Canadians to finance their education without losing the benefits of tax-deferral in building their retirement nest egg.

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