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Going to college in Canada

There are an assortment of grants available in Canada to those who seek a post-secondary education. The Canadian government has a selection of grants to help college-seeking individuals meet their educational goals.

According to the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, Canadian universities provide higher learning to more than one and a half million students each year. They range in character and culture and can be found all across Canada. These higher education institutions are responsible for one-third of Canada's research and development programs.

Canadian institutions also have intricate programs that delve into the heart of the fields of study they offer. For example, in the arts area of study students head to Hollywood for an in-depth look at operations, using simulations to study the theory and practice of nursing, and learning from top corporate executives to learn how to lead.

Here are 5 excellent Canadian universities we recommend:

  • University of Toronto - Areas of Study: Arts & Humanities, Business & Social Science, Language & Cultural, Medicine & Health, Engineering, Science & Technology. Click here for financial aid

    • Annual tuition: undergraduate local students: $2,500-$5,000 (1,800-3,700 Euros) international students: $17,000-$20,000 (12,900-14,700 Euros)

    • Postgraduate local students: $5,000-7,500 (3,700-5,500 Euros) international students: $12,500-15,000 (9,200-11,000 Euros)

  • University of British Columbia - Areas of Study: Areas of Study: Arts & Humanities, Business & Social Science, Language & Cultural, Medicine & Health, Engineering, Science & Technology.

    • Annual tuition: undergraduate local students:$5,000-$7,500 (3,700-5,500 Euros) international students:over $20,000 (14,000 Euros)

    • Postgraduate local students:$7,500-10,000 (5,500-7,500 Euros) international students:over $20,000 (14,000 Euros)

  • McGill University Areas of Study: Areas of Study: Arts & Humanities, Business & Social Science, Language & Cultural, Medicine & Health, Engineering, Science & Technology.

    • Annual tuition: undergraduate local students: $2,500-$5,000 (12,900-14,700 Euros) international students:

    • Postgraduate local students: Undetermined international students: $15,000-$17,500 (11,000-12,900 Euros)

  • Queens's University - Areas of Study: Areas of Study: Arts & Humanities, Business & Social Science, Language & Cultural, Medicine & Health, Engineering, Science & Technology.

    • Annual tuition: undergraduate local students:$2,500-$5,000 (1,800-3,700 Euros) international students: over $20,000 (14,700 Euros)

    • Postgraduate local students: $5,000-$7,500 (3,700-5,500 Euros) international students: $10,000-12,500 (7,400-9,200 Euros)

  • University of Alberta - Areas of Study: Areas of Study: Arts & Humanities, Business & Social Science, Language & Cultural, Medicine & Health, Engineering, Science & Technology.

    • Annual tuition: undergraduate local students: $5,000-$7,500 (3,700-5,500 Euros) international students: $5,000-$7,500 (3,700-5,500 Euro)

    • Postgraduate local students: $15,000-$17,000 (11,000-12,900 Euros) international students: $5,000-$7,500 (3,700-5,500 Euros)

And here are grants to help you further your academic career:

Canada Education Savings Grant

The Canada Education Savings Grant is more of an governmental assistance program that offers funds to be placed in accounts that are purposed for your child's education. We added this and the Canada Learning Bond to the list because we believe it is very important to inform parents to start saving early for their child's education. The grant has two parts: the Basic Canada Education Savings Grant and the Additional Canada Education Savings Grant. You must have a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) in place for your child.

The Basic Canada Education Savings Grant awards 20 percent of every dollar of the first $2,500 you save in your child's Registered Education Savings Plan. The Additional Canada Education Savings Grant is given to those who net income meets the requirement for them to receive an additional 10 or 20 percent on every dollar of the first $500 they save in their child's RESP.

Your child must be Canadian residents and are named in a RESP. They may receive grant amounts until the end of the calendar year of their 17th birthday.

Canada Learning Bond

The Canada Learning Bond is a grant offered by the Canadian government to individuals and families attain higher education. It was established to help parents start saving for their child's post education. They offer $500. Children may receive an additional $100 every year until their 15th birthday for a maximum $2,000 of additional funds.

Only children who receive the National Child Benefit Supplement are eligible. If you are considering enrolling your child(ren) they must have been born after December 31, 2003, have a birth certificate, Social Insurance Number (SIN), be a beneficiary under a RESP, and be a Canadian resident. For general questions call: 1-888-276-3624

IEEE Canadian Foundation Scholarships

IEEE Canadian Foundation Scholarships uses donations to support various awarded scholarships and grants. Their mission is to foster technological innovation and excellence to benefit humanity.

Students can be nominated for this scholarship by being an active IEEE student member in a Student Branch of an IEEE McNaughton Learning Resource Centre for at least a year.

Included grants are:

  • IEEE Canadian Foundation Scholarships - $2,500 $5,000. Deadline: March 15
  • IEEE Canada Women in Engineering Prize - $1,000. Deadline: March 15
  • IEEE McNaughton Learning Resource Centre Grants - value varies. Deadline: November 15
  • IEEE Canada Vehicular Technologies Travel Grant - $1,200. Deadline March 15
  • IEEE Canada Power Quality Scholarship - $1,500. Deadline: March 15
  • IEEE Canada Foundation Special Grants - value varies. Deadline: March 15

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation

Established in 1999 and administered by the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, the Garfield Weston Awards program recognizes outstanding college-bound students who show compelling commitment to their fields of study. There are two types of awards tailored to two types of students: The Entrance Award for first year students and the Upper Year W. Garfield Weston Awards for non-freshmen college students.

The Entrance Awards program grants a generous and renewable $8,000 stipend for one or two years, an additional $3,500, access to a summer program, and mentorship.

The Upper Year W. Garfield Weston Awards grants the same as the Entrance Awards, plus a $4,000 retroactive award.

Update: This grant is no longer available for the year 2013. Questions can be directed to 1-866-544-2673 or info@garfieldwestonawards.ca

Indspire (formerly National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation)

The formerly known as NAAF organization who now is known as Indspire, is a charitable organization that is dedicated to raising funds to deliver programs that provide the tools necessary for Indigenous people.

Additional scholarships:

  • Oil and Gas Trades and Technology - Deadline: April 30
  • Oil and Gas Trades and Technology Apprenticeship - Deadline: none
  • Oil and Gas Trades and Technology Incentive Award - Deadline: none