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Bruce County partners with Local Colleges for Early Childhood Education Bursaries

Bruce County Children’s Services has partnered with Fanshawe College and Georgian College to provide $80,000 in Bruce County Early Childhood Education Bursaries to eligible students.

Bruce County Children’s Services has partnered with Fanshawe College and Georgian College to provide $80,000 in Bruce County Early Childhood Education Bursaries to eligible students. This initiative supports ongoing efforts to retain and recruit a high-quality child care and early years workforce and is supported with funds from the August 2021 signing of the Early Childhood Workforce Funding Agreement by Canada and Ontario.

The collaboration will offer students who meet identified criteria the chance to apply for one of 20 bursaries available to encourage students to enter the field of Early Childhood Education at either institution. Eligible students could potentially receive up to a maximum of $4,000 in total bursaries, covering approximately half of their tuition costs over the two-year Early Childhood Education diploma program.

Disbursement of the bursaries will begin in the 2022/2023 academic year (September to August) and eligibility will end upon the students’ completion of their early childhood education program. Students are eligible for the bursary if, at the time of selection, they: 

  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by a budget submission. 
  • Are a full-time domestic student entering their first year of Fanshawe College’s Early Childhood Education diploma program or Georgian College’s Early Childhood Education diploma program.
  • Are in good academic standing. 
  • Have self-identified as having a Bruce County home address on their application.


“The key objectives of this partnership are to sustain, enhance, grow, and attract an increasingly diverse early childhood education workforce,” says Tina Metcalfe, Bruce County’s Manager of Children’s Services. “This bursary opportunity will help Bruce County students join the caring and dedicated child care and early years professionals across Bruce County”.

Bruce County Warden Janice Jackson adds, “Early Childhood Educators are integral to the provision of high quality child care and early years programming for families in Bruce County. We encourage all those interested in early childhood education to pursue this rewarding career in our beautiful and engaged communities”.

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