Initiated in the early 1990's, programs such as the RRSP Home Buyers Plan, and the 5 Per Cent Down Payment Plan have all made housing more accessible to first time purchasers.


Each spouse can withdraw up to $25,000, for a total of $50,000, from their RRSPs under the plan. You must, however, have had that money in your plan since at least 90 days.

Just complete a Form T1036 (available from your Revenue Canada district office) and submit it to your RRSP issuer after signing the agreement of purchase and sale. Once approved, the form gives you permission to withdraw funds from your RRSP without taxes being withheld.

The money you withdraw from your RRSP must be repaid over a period of not more than 15 years to retain your tax deferred status. Payments begin the second year following the year in which the withdrawal is made.

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