Financial assistance may be available depending on your circumstances. Read about the following resources to see if they are applicable to you.
George Brown College Student Assistance Fund
The George Brown College Student Assistance Fund offers limited funds, including funds for tuition, for students taking select Continuing Education courses.
To be considered, you must demonstrate financial need.
To apply, you must contact the Financial Assistance Office for a Student Assistance Fund application form and submit the completed form at least six weeks before the course start date (deadline subject to change due to new government policies).
LCBO Spirit of Inclusion Initiative
The LCBO Spirit of Inclusion Initiative is designed to create opportunities for diverse historically gender-marginalized people (woman, transgender, non-binary, or gender diverse people) to enter, advance, and thrive in the winery, brewery, and distillery fields. This initiative offers several financial awards, which cover the full tuition. The following Continuing Education courses/programs are part of this initiative:
- CAPS Certified Sommelier Program
- HOST 9158 WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
- HOST 9176 WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
- HOST 9159 WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
- Wine Specialist Program
To be considered, you must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a protected person and you must self-identify as a woman from a diverse background currently under-represented in the beverage alcohol industry (examples include but are not limited to Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, women with disabilities, first-generation Canadians, LGBTQ2S+, and non-binary gender).
To apply, you must complete the LCBO Spirit of Inclusion Initiative Award PDF application form and send it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program
The Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program (OBPAP) provides bursaries of up to $5,000 to cover direct education costs for internationally trained nurses with financial need who are attending bridge training programs that are offered by select post-secondary institutions (colleges of applied arts and technology in Ontario, publicly assisted universities, and the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences) that have been approved by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration, and International Trade and are not approved for the purposes of OSAP. OBPAP bursary assistance is limited to program tuition, book, and equipment costs as reported by the post-secondary institution offering the bridge training.
To be considered, you must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a protected person living in Ontario and you must not be in default of a student loan, restricted from OSAP eligibility, or in receipt of Second Career or OSAP funding.
To apply, contact the Financial Assistance Office.
Ontario Colleges Nursing Program Transformation Initiative
The Ontario Colleges Nursing Program Transformation Initiative offers free tuition in select nursing courses. The following courses are part of this initiative:
- NURS 1128 Healing and Episodic Health Challenges
- NURS 1127 Health and Transitions
- NURS 1125 Health Assessment
- NURS 1122 Nursing Informatics
- NURS 1123 Nursing in Ontario
- NURS 1121 Pharmacology
- NURS 1126 Relational Practice
- NURS 1124 Research in Nursing
To be considered, you must be an internationally educated nurse (IEN) who has been assessed by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) as needing additional education to meet the competencies required to become registered in Ontario as a general class registered nurse (RN).
WeRPN Nursing Education Initiative
The Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (WeRPN) Nursing Education Initiative (NEI) offers education grants that reimburse base tuition course fees (as well as registration fees for conferences, seminars, or workshops) of up to $1,500 per WeRPN funding year. (Other fees unrelated to tuition – such as ancillary, lab, campus, incidental, or athletic fees – are not eligible for reimbursement.)
To be considered, you must be a nurse who is registered to practice in Ontario and who is taking a professional development course or program that enhances the quality of nursing care and services in Ontario.
To apply, you must follow the WeRPN application process and submit an application online. You do not need to be a member of WeRPN to apply. For more information, visit the WeRPN NEI web page.
Windmill Microlending can provide affordable loans of up to $15,000 to immigrants and refugees in Canada to pay for the licensing or training you need to get back to your field of work. This is an option for both full-time and part-time students. Windmill is a non-profit charity (since 2005). Visit windmillmicrolending.org for more information.