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Retirement Plan Accumulations (RRSPs and RRIFs)

By naming York University as a beneficiary or alternate beneficiary of all or a portion of your registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) or registered retirement income fund (RRIF) you can make a significant gift to York while meeting your own needs and the needs of loved ones.

Plan accumulations are fully taxable as income in the year of death, usually at the highest marginal tax rate, unless they can be rolled over to a surviving spouse or a dependant child.

By naming York University as a beneficiary, funds that otherwise could be lost to taxation are redirected to support Canada’s leading interdisciplinary research and teaching University. In addition, your estate will receive a tax receipt for the full value of the RRSP or RRIF.

Check with your legal or financial advisor about whether this giving option is right for you. York University's development team would be delighted to provide more information. Please contact us at 416-650-8210 or by email at