Eligibility For A Publicly Funded Education
Determination of Eligibility for Funded K-12 Education in British Columbia
In order for a student to be eligible for a provincially funded education in British Columbia, the student and his or her parent/guardian must meet specific criteria. This criteria is set at the provincial level and not by individual school districts.
Please click here to visit the Government of British Columbia page on the “Eligibility of Students for Operating Grant Funding” for a more detailed description of provincial education funding criteria.
Below is a summary of the categories under which students may be eligible for provincial funding in order to attend a public school in BC.
- Children who, along with their guardian(s), are ordinarily resident in British Columbia
- A child who has been granted Conventional Refugee status abroad prior to their arrival to Canada
- A child who had made a claim for refugee status in Canada and whose claim has not yet been determined
Youth Detained in Custody Centre:
- A child who is detained in custody in a youth custody centre
- A child who has entered into an agreement with the director under the Child Family and Community Service Act
Parent/Guardian Work Permit:
- A child who is in British Columbia with his or her guardian if the guardian:
- Has been lawfully admitted to Canada for temporary residence and is authorized to work for a period of one year or more, and is, or will be employed for at least 20 hours per week
Parent/Guardian Study Permit:
- Has been lawfully admitted to Canada and is authorized to study for a period of one year or more, and meets specific criteria
Educator Exchange Program:
- Parent/guardian has been lawfully admitted to Canada and is participating in an educator exchange program with a public school in BC
Parent/Guardian official representative of foreign government, visiting forces:
- Parent/guardian is carrying out official duties under the authority of the Visiting Forces Act or as an accredited diplomatic agent or other representative of a foreign government in British Columbia
Residents with uncertain or no immigrant status:
- The school district has structures in place to support these families
- More information here: NWC Access Without Fear Q & A.pdf
Students who do not meet one of the above criteria are not eligible for a publicly funded education in British Columbia and may wish to enroll as fee paying International Students.