Starting this September, the government will assist former Crown wards and youth in, or leaving, the care of Children’s Aid Societies to attend post-secondary schools.
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities says about 850 eligible students will have 50 per cent of their tuition costs covered by the province, for up to four years of study.
All Ontario universities, and a third of the province’s colleges, have partnered in the plan to provide a grant of $500 per month to help cover living costs for former Crown wards aged 21 to 24 who are enrolled in OSAP-eligible programs. The goal is to cover 100 per cent of tuition fees, up to a maximum of $6,000 per year, for former Crown wards and youth who are in and leaving care.
The Ministry says about 1,300 former Crown wards, and youth in and leaving care, attend Ontario’s colleges and universities, and receive funding from OSAP.
Children and Youth Services Minister, Teresa Piruzza, said in a press release that the program will “encourage more young people to acquire the skill sets required for them to succeed and reach their potential.”