Government of Canada makes post-secondary education more affordable for part-time students

This morning, Terry Beech, Member of Parliament for Burnaby North–Seymour and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, visited BCIT for a roundtable discussion on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour. Mr. Beech announced expanded access to Canada Student Grants for part-time students and student with dependents.

In part, the announcement states that nearly 10,000 more part-time students from low- and middle-income families will benefit from up to $1,800 in non‑repayable grants per year and up to $10,000 in loans. Additionally, access to grants for part-time students with children will be expanded allowing them to benefit from up to $1,920 per year in grants.

“The British Columbia Institute of Technology has always supported unique paths to post-secondary education. As we empower our students to embrace the challenges of a complex world, we work alongside the government and our industry partners to enhance education access opportunities for all learners,” commented, BCIT President, Kathy Kinloch.

Mr. Beech moderated a productive discussion with students, staff, and faculty on topics ranging from entrepreneurship, to Indigenous student support, to post-secondary industry connections. He also took time to visit a Trades Discovery for Women class, who were learning the Piping trades basics.

For more information on the announcement, read the full Employment and Social Development Canada News Release.


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