your future and plan for your retirement.

Retirement is a big transition for anyone, but even more so ifyou’ve saved your whole life for this moment. We can help design an experience to help you transition with ease and give you permission to start working on your bucket list.


  • 55 and deciding whether to retire early.
  • Volunteers for several small local charities.
  • Married spouse later in life – runs finances largely separately.

What I love about this is it makes me feel rich!”

Step One

Get to know you.

Joan was near retirement and wondered if she had enough to live on, as well as enough to support her beloved charities.

When Joan came to us, she was turning 55 and about to retire. An active volunteer in her community, she was looking forward to retiring and spending more time making an impact. 

Step Two

Identify what is important.

She was hoping for a clever solution to help minimizetax and maximize her income & estate.

Joan’s biggest concern was understanding if she had enough money to live on, and she was hoping we could help her find a clever way to better support her beloved charities and minimize the impact of tax.

We worked with her other professionals, and realized that Joan would be in a very low tax bracket between the age of 55 and 65, and be in an extremely high tax situation after 72 when she had to draw down on her RRIFs. To make things even worse, the majority of her estate would be subject to Ontario’s highest marginal tax rate of 53.5%

Step Three

How we help.

We found an elegant way to drain her registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) with minimal tax using a donation strategy.

We worked to optimize Joan’s charitable giving and came up with a solution that allowed Joan to take out $12,000/year from her RSP for the next 10 years and give those funds to charity. Half the funds paid for a life insurance policy owned by the charity that would pay out at her passing and the other half went to immediate cash gifts. Since her charitable tax credit was double the rate of her personal tax rate, she could then take out another $12,000/year and divide it between her and her husband’s tax-free savings accounts (TFSAs) without paying further tax.

Step Four

See the progress.

The net cost to Joan’s estate after 10 years to gift $260,000? Only $1350. Joan can retire easily and still make a substantial gift.

The net result is that ten years later, Joan’s estate was only $1350 smaller than it would have been if she had made no gifts at all. In the meantime, the combined impact of her insurance policy and her gifts to the charity was $260,000. Finally, her mandatory withdrawals in life on withdrawing from her registered retirement investment funds (RRIFs) and RRSPs was significantly reduced, as well as tax owing on her and her husband’s final estate.

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your life by making the most of your hard-earned income and savings for your life today.


your future and plan for your retirement to ensure you can live the retirement of your dreams.


your legacy and create a plan to continue to support those who are important to you.


change in our communities and help create a better world for those in need.

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