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Building Education Opportunities in Canadian Child Welfare Services is a resource designed to allow social workers, parents and young people access to post secondary education financial planning information. Every child from every walk of life deserves the choice to learn.

Reports & Publications

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Publications

Access to Education after High School

The Price of Knowledge: Access and Student Finance in Canada (3rd Edition)
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This Canada Millenium Scholarship Foundation publication pulls data from a variety of sources to discuss why access to education after high school matters. It also discusses the barriers and costs students face in accessing education after high school, as well as the resources available to them (including governments support). Finally, the trends and consequences of student debt are addressed.

Mind the Access Gap: Breaking Down Barriers to Post-Secondary Education
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While many of Canada’s youth are participating in higher education, there remain significant enrolment gaps based on socio-economic status. The Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation’s Joseph Berger and Anne Motte examine recent research results on barriers to post-secondary participation and observe that, in addition to financial issues, factors like academic ability, parental influence and poor information play a role in shaping the educational pathways that young adults follow. They argue that there is no silver bullet to improve equitable access to post-secondary education, and that non-participation in post-secondary education is explained byinteracting obstacles. To be successful, educational access policies ought to beintegrated into a life-course perspective

Human Resources & Social Development Canada (HRSDC) Brochures

RESPs: A Special Savings Plan for Education
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Information about Registered Education Savins Plans (RESPs) and how to save money for a child's education by using one.

Get Money Now for Your Child's Education After High School
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Information about the Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG) - A Government of Canada grant paid directly into a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP).

Get $500 for Your Child
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Information about the Canada Learning Bond (CLB) - A Government of Canada grant paid directly into a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). 

Reports

Registered Education Savings Plans

Review of Registered Education Savings Plan Industry Practices 
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This report presents a review of industry practices with respect to Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) in light of evolving government policy objectives and experience of subscribers. The purpose of the review is to identify policies, practices and contractual arrangements that may impede, deter or harm an individual’s ability to save and access funds for a child’s education after high school.

Aboriginal Youth

Aboriginal Peoples and Postsecondary Education in Canada

This report highlights the key findings from focus groups and key informant interviews completed for the Assistance by First Nations Youth study. The research was commissioned by the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation (“the Foundation”) to help support its mandate to improve access to post-secondary education (PSE). Specifically, the project was undertaken to gather information on the following areas: First Nations youth use of post-secondary student; financial assistance (SFA) programs; attitudes of First Nations youth toward SFA in general; potential barriers in the financial assistance application process; and adequacy of existing levels of financial assistance to encourage successful completion of PSE.