Canadian benefits for students

By Lennox Farrell Wednesday October 29 2014 in Opinion
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In using the websites of the federal and provincial governments to best effect, keep the following in mind. First, some services available in Ontario might not be in other provinces and vice versa. Also, other benefits in Ontario might be eligible only for students in rural areas, and on reservations. In addition, having found the site you want, you have options to search by: listing of contact numbers; by alphabetical listing; by sites most popularly visited; by provincial/territorial heading. If there are documents covering the whole gamut, get it; share it.


The student website is:


The site for all Canadians is:


Listed below – verbatim – are some, not all, benefits. There are too many to list here. These are listed alphabetically.


Community Forestry: Trees and People – John G. Bene Fellowship: This fellowship provides financial assistance to Canadian graduate students conducting research on community forestry in developing countries. Contact 613-236-6163 ext. 2098

Destination Clic program offers bursaries to Canadian francophone students who reside in a province or territory other than Quebec to participate in a three-week intensive language-learning course in French at accredited institutions. Contact 1-877-866-4242

EDC International Business Scholarships: EDC awards up to 30 scholarships annually, 25 of which go to undergraduate university or college students interested in pursuing a career or furthering their studies in international business, with up to five additional scholarships for students in programs which combine business with environmental or sustainability studies. Scholarships will be awarded in spring and issued in autumn at the start of the academic year: Contact 1-800-229-0575

Explore Program offers bursaries to Canadian students so that they can participate in intensive five-week language-learning courses in English or French at accredited institutions across Canada. Contact 1-877-866-4242

Legal Excellence Program is offered in two phases, provides employment opportunities to law students, articling law students, and junior lawyers and notaries. Contact 1-800-959-8281

NRC Co-op Program: The National Research Council Co-op Program offers work terms to post-secondary students so that they can acquire practical and professional work experience. Contact 613-949-4655

Odyssey – Full-Time Language Assistant Program: This program provides post-secondary students with the opportunity to work as full-time language assistants in educational settings across Canada. Contact 1-877-866-4242. Required Documentation: Birth Certificate, Citizenship Status. Additional Information Application deadline is February 15 every year. You must also provide photocopies of your social insurance card, your most recent transcripts and your résumé.


Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP): This program provides financial assistance to Status Indian and Inuit students who are enrolled in eligible post-secondary programs, which includes: community college and CEGEP diploma or certificate programs; undergraduate programs; and advanced or professional degree programs. Contact 1-800-567-9604

Provincial Training Allowance (PTA): This allowance assists eligible low-income adults students enrolled full-time in basic education, workforce development programs or quick skills training which are not eligible for student loan funding. Contact 1-800-597-8278

The Off-Campus Work Permit Program: allows certain foreign students to work off campus while completing their studies. Contact 1-888-242-2100

The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program: allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain valuable Canadian work experience. Contact 1-888-242-2100

Undergraduate Student Research Awards Program (USRA) are meant to stimulate your interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also meant to encourage you to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career in these fields. If you would like to gain research work experience that complements your studies in an academic setting, these awards can provide you with financial support through your host university. NSERC encourages qualified Aboriginal students to apply to this program. Contact 1-855-275-2861

In addition to these sites, there are many other sites, private-sector, and social entrepreneurship linked. Why mention these? Because if you are a student in North America, the total funds available in scholarships are more than 100 billion USD. For more information specific to this, for a listed search fee, see:


There are others. Some are offered for students living in any Commonwealth country. For example, These scholarships can include medicine, environmental studies, archeology, science, maths, arts, etc.


These scholarships are available, not to all, but to those who have the interest, take the time and make the effort. If you do, the rewards of your searches are never wasted. Even if you don’t find what you seek, you might find information for areas you had not considered. You might also find information you can share with others needing exactly that, but not knowing where to search.

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