Education Support Fund

Bursary applications for the Fall 2020 semester will be open from December 9, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. to December 24, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. Applications will not be accepted before or after the submission period.

Dear ECEs,

The Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia and the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development are delighted to announce that the Education Support Fund will soon be accepting applications once again for bursary funding.

Funding assistance for the Fall 2020 semester is made possible through the Canada-British Columbia Early Learning and Child Care Agreement, a partnership between the Province of B.C. and the Government of Canada.

Eligible applicants can continue to apply for one of two streams:

  • Student Bursary: up to $500 per course, to a maximum of 8 courses, for a total of $4,000 per semester to assist with tuition and living expenses while studying.
  • Workforce Development Bursary: up to $5,000 per semester to assist with tuition and other expenses such as loss of wages or travel. This funding will support ECEs, ECE Assistants, Responsible Adults (as defined in the Child Care Licensing Regulation) and StrongStart BC Facilitators who are currently working in the ECE field and would like to upgrade their credentials. Students can learn more about the eligibility criteria and apply here.

The amount of bursary funding available per semester will be limited in order to ensure that funding is available for the full academic year. As a result, not all students who apply will receive funding. Bursaries for the 2020/21 academic year will prioritize the following students:

  • Students who self-identify as Indigenous
  • Students completing their final requirements for certification and/or upgrading their credentials to include their Infant Toddler and/or Special Needs Educator qualifications.

Additional applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Funding will be provided as a one-time payment once transcripts are submitted and approved at the end of the semester. Please note that the Education Support Fund is not available to international students.

Bursary applications for the Fall 2020 semester will be open from December 9, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. to December 24, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. Applications will not be accepted before or after the submission period.

Please note the Province will also be offering bursaries for the Winter 2021 and Summer 2021 semesters, with applications opening in the new year.

If you have questions or require additional information, please contact the ECEBC team at bursary@ecebc.ca or visit ECEBC.