The immigrant population in British Columbia has been steadily growing. Immigrants are a very diverse group and they often come from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds. Immigrants in British Colombia have different educational levels, economic statuses, and social values. Because of these differences, they often face many challenges when settling into a new country.
Education is an important factor in the success of an immigrant. Education not only helps immigrants to find better jobs but also helps them to integrate into the society more quickly. The most common type of education for immigrants is post-secondary education which includes college or university degrees or trades certificates. It can be hard for some immigrants to afford post-secondary education because it usually takes a lot of time and money to complete these programs successfully.
There are many scholarships available for immigrants that can help them with the cost of their education but it’s still difficult for some people to take advantage of these opportunities due to their lack of knowledge about scholarships.
School-age students who are refugees and who are enrolled in a B.C. school as at September 30 are eligible for the full base student funding grant (the Basic Allocation) and any supplemental funding for which these students may be eligible according to the Operating Grants Manual for the current year.
Also, The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) is available to eligible beneficiaries born on or after January 1, 2004, from low-income families or for whom benefits are payable under the Children’s Special Allowance Act. The CLB provides an initial payment of $500 in an RESP, and $100 for each subsequent benefit year of eligibility, up to the benefit year in which the beneficiary turns 15, to a maximum of $2,000. Contributions are not required to receive the CLB.