If you’re a resident of Canada and you’re thinking of canceling your gym contract, you’ve probably heard the term “resident benefit package.” This is an allowance of up to $2,000 that many residents are not aware of.
The RBP can help pay for membership fees at a gym or yoga studio as well as cover other wellness therapies such as massages and acupuncture. You can also use this allowance on running or racing fees if needed – just remember that it covers only what you spend!
The Resident Benefit Package (RBP):
The Resident Benefit Package (RBP) is an allowance of up to $2,000 annually that many residents are not aware of. It is available for all students in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, including international students. RBP does not apply to other faculties or programs at The University of British Columbia.
The maximum amount you can receive from RBP depends on your living space and income:
RBP can help you pay membership fees at a gym or yoga studio. You may be able to use your RBP to pay for gym membership fees, yoga classes, and swimming lessons. You can also use it to pay for running or racing fees.
If you’re a member of a fitness center where the fee is paid monthly (or another period), then you’ll need to make sure that it’s added as an expense on your income tax return.
You can use the RBP to cover the cost of massage therapy, acupuncture, and other wellness therapies. In addition, you may be eligible to use this benefit package to pay for a gym membership or swimming lessons.
The RBP also provides funding for equipment such as tennis racquets and hockey sticks so that you can enjoy sports activities at your leisure.
RBP can cover the cost of sports equipment such as tennis racquets and hockey sticks.
You may be eligible for RBP if you:
- receive a Canada Pension Plan (CPP) benefit; or
- are receiving Old Age Security (OAS) or Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS). The amount paid will depend on your income level and family situation.
You don’t have to spend your RBP on yourself – share it with a loved one by using it to pay for their gym membership or swimming lessons.
You can also use RBP to pay for your partner’s gym membership or swimming lessons.
The RBP can be used for mental health expenses:
Mental health is important. It can be a barrier to getting help, and it can also be expensive. The Resident Benefit Package (RBP) was designed to help with these issues by providing support for mental health expenses such as counseling or coaching services.
The RBP is available to all residents in Ontario who live at home and have high needs for support in dealing with their mental health challenges. If you think you might qualify for the RBP, talk with your family doctor about what kinds of services could be covered under this program.
Take care of your health – inside and out!
You can use your RBP to pay for mental health services.
You may find that you need mental health services in order to manage stress or depression, improve relationships with others and maintain healthy habits. If this sounds like you, then it’s time to take care of your physical health inside and out!
So, the next time you want to get healthy and stay fit, think about using your RBP for a membership at a gym or yoga studio. You can also use it to cover other expenses such as sports equipment, exercise programs, and mental health services like counseling. The RBP is there for you – so take advantage of it!