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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. These criteria are set at the provincial level and not by individual school districts.   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. Please see the document, “Eligibility of Students for Operating Grant Funding” for a more detailed description of provincial education funding criteria:

Ordinarily Resident:

  • Children who, along with their guardian(s), are ordinarily resident in British Columbia

Refugee Status:

  • 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

Deemed Resident:

  • 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:

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.

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