On this page, you'll find descriptions of financial aid resources for Canadian
students. The information below applies to Canadians seeking aid for study in
both Canada and the United States.
The following databases and publications can help you locate
scholarships and fellowships specifically for Canadian students.
ScholarshipsCanada.com is a searchable database of several thousand scholarships, prizes, and
bursaries for students entering their first year of post-secondary studies in
Canada. It includes both school-administered and private awards.
UWaterloo Graduate Office's Scholarship Database
Searchable database of undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, and
post-doctoral opportunities, with a decidedly Canadian emphasis.
SFU Graduate Awards for Canadians
Contains a database of Canadian graduate and postdoctoral fellowships, compiled
by Simon Fraser University.
Scholarships and Bursaries from the Canadian Government
This site provides information on scholarships for Canadian students
who wish to study abroad and for international students who wish to
study in Canada.
AMMSA: Scholarships for Aboriginal Students
AMMSA publishes a guide to scholarships and bursaries for
aboriginal students. The guide currently lists more than 375
scholarships and bursaries.
Canadian Guidance Services
Canadian Guidance Services publishes a 250-page book of scholarships and awards
intended for Canadian high school students entering Canadian universities. The
book is revised every two years and is now in its 7th edition. The price is
$19.95, plus $5 shipping and handling and $1.75 GST (total $26.70). For more
Canadian Guidance Services
2042 Coral Crescent
Canada, L7P 3K5
Major Scholarship Programs
Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation
The Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation focuses on assisting
Canadian students who demonstrate financial need and academic merit.
Girl Guides of Canada
Girl Guides of Canada offers two scholarship programs: The Girl Guides
of Canada Scholarships the the Roberta Bondar Scholarship. Each
scholarship offers $1,500. For more information, call 416-487-5281
x266, fax 416-487-5570, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org,
or write to Scholarship Administrator,
Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada,
50 Merton Street,
TD Canada Trust Scholarships
The TD Canada Trust Scholarships for Community Leadership provide
$10,000 per year for tuition and $5,000 per year for living expenses
for up to four years (total $60,000).
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Scholarship in Rehabilitation-Related Research for Graduate Students with Disabilities
The Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Scholarship in Rehabilitation-Related
Research for Graduate Students with Disabilities provides $20,000
along with a supplement for educational expenses relating to the
student's disability. Fields of study must
relate to rehabilitation but are not limited to any particular discipline
(e.g. Engineering, Social Work, Chemistry, Architecture, Public
Administration, Early Childhood Education, Biology, Medicine, etc.)
Applications are encouraged from international students.
The scholarships are renewable for an additional year based on
satisfactory performance, potentially longer for PhD candidates.
The scholarships are tenable at six Canadian universities: McMaster
University, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, University of
Waterloo, Wilfred Laurier University and York University. The
application deadline is May 1.
Canadian Higher Education Loan Program (CanHELP)
CanHELP is an alternative loan program for Canadian students to study in US
colleges and universities. The loans are offered by the International Education
Finance Corporation (IEFC) working in conjunction with the Bank of Boston and The
Education Resources Institute (TERI).
Joe Cronin, VP/IEFC
424 Adams Street
Milton, MA 02186
Loans from the Canadian Ministry of Skills, Training and Labour
If you're a Canadian student attending college in the US, you may obtain a loan
through the Canadian government's Ministry of Skills, Training and Labour. You
should contact a Canadian lender, the appropriate Ministry office in their
province, or Human Resources Development Canada in Ottawa.
One lender which issues these loans is:
Royal Bank Student Loan Centre
PO Box 9590
Vancouver, BC V6B 4G3.
Registered Education Savings Plans
A Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) is a tax-sheltered
education savings program for Canadians. (See RESP FAQ.) Canadian law
limits annual contributions to Registered Education Savings Plans
(RESPs) to $50,000. There is no longer a $4,000 limit on annual RESP
The Canadian government matches 20% of RESP contributions up to $500
per year per eligible child through the
Canada Education Savings Grant (Basic CESG) program. The $500 limit is
increased to up to $1,000 if there is unused grant eligibility from
low contributions made in previous years. The $500 limit is for low
income families, and decreases to $450 and $400 for middle and upper
income families. Each child is eligible for a
lifetime maximum of up to $7,200.
The following are several RESP programs.
- AIM TRIMARK
- Altamira Investment Services
Intuition Education Savings Plan.
- Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation (CSTF).
For more information, write to Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation, 200-240 Duncan Mill Road, Don
Mills, Ontario, Canada M3B 3P1 or call 1-800-387-4622.
- Foresters Securities RESP.
- Heritage Education Funds, Inc. (HEF).
For more information, write to
Heritage Education Funds, Inc.,
Suite 700, 2005 Sheppard Ave. East,
Toronto, Ontario Canada M2J 5B4, call 1-888-438-3403 or
1-416-758-4400, or fax 1-416-502-2555.
- Industrial Alliance RESP.
- RBC Royal Bank.
For more information call 1-800-769-2511.
- TD Canada Trust
Other Financial Aid Resources
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
NSERC is the Canadian equivalent of the United State's National Science
Foundation (NSF). Its programs include grants and scholarships.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 1H5