RRSPs can be transferred laterally to a spouse with no tax implication, such as to a spouse. That's usually how it's done because then the spouse doesn't owe taxes on them until they are withdrawn or the spouse subsequently dies.
RRSPs can be transferred to a dependent child if the child is a minor when the transfer occurs, then the child can dip into them for a period tax free, or at a much reduced personal tax rate assuming the child has a low taxable income.
But when the RRSPs are transferred otherwise, such as to you directly, the taxes are owed. Talk to your accountant, make sure that they understand when and how you got the RRSPs. You'll need to figure out whether to sell some to pay the tax owed, or find another way to finance that.
I suspect that the accountant you spoke to either isn't a real accountant, maybe someone at H&R Block or something, or perhaps they didn't know all the facts.
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