Helpful Tips &


Financial support is available to eligible applicants in the form of an education grant, travel grant and training allowance. Learn how you can become eligible.

This page is dedicated to helpful tips and resources that relate to the Ontario ECE Grants programs. Simply use the menu or scroll down to access important information that will help you discover the potential behind this great program.

Grant Program Tips

We will continue to update this list with important, helpful tips that relate to the Ontario ECE Grants programs and its application process.

College Deposits

Applicants must submit proof of payment for the non-refundable deposit requested by the College. If the applicant is not required to pay a deposit a document from the College must be submitted stating this information.

Paying Tuition Balance

Should applicants pay the balance of their tuition fee after they have submitted an application they MUST advise the grant program and submit the additional “proof of payment” document.

Did you know that a complete application can have as little as 4 documents?

1) Application form
2) Letter from employer
3) Acceptance into a ECE program with course(s) listed
4) A copy of your tuition receipt

Leaving a detailed email or voicemail

When contacting our office by email or when leaving a voicemail, please include your first and last name, as well as your date of birth.

Submitting only one application

All applicants are to submit one application per semester. Do not submit multiple copies of the same application.

There are several options when submitting an application

Applicants may submit an application in one of the following methods: an online application, an emailed application, a faxed application or a mailed application.

We must know the site of your primary employment

A reminder that employment letters must indicate which site the applicant primarily works.

Submitting proof of payment details

Confirmation of enrolment/registration is NOT considered as proof of payment. When submitting proof of payment, the document must include the following:

  • First and last name
  • Method of payment
  • Amount paid

The final step when faxing your documents

When faxing documents, it is recommended that you contact the Grants Office (1-866-989-9299) to confirm that your fax was clearly received.

Do not send duplicate documents

Sending duplicates will delay payment and slow processing time. Payments will be delayed if duplicate documents are sent.

General education course eligibility

General Education courses under the Apprenticeship program are eligible under the Early Childhood Educators Qualifications Upgrade program. Since apprenticeship courses are already reduced by the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities we cannot provide funding for those specific courses.

Proof of payment for non-refundable deposit

Full-time applicants who are required to pay a non-refundable deposit to the College must provide proof of payment when submitting an application. If the college does not require a deposit a document from the college must indicate this information.

Leave of absence from your employment

If you are a full-time student required to take a leave of absence from your employment to pursue your placement/practicum or to attend class, please submit an updated letter from your employer stating the start and end date of your leave of absence. The Grants Program will evaluate your training allowance at that time as you will be eligible to receive more funding.

COVID-19 Update

The Grant Assistance Program continues to accept applications at this time. Employment letters that you are unable to obtain due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) will be deferred until programs resume operations. You are encouraged to continue to apply at this time. Please note, in light of the rapidly changing environment, please check back with this website frequently for further updates or contact our office for any questions or concerns.

Newsletter Archive

Below are links to this year’s set of email newsletters that were sent to active applicants of the Ontario ECE Grants programs.

Printable Material

Wish to share our program details with someone you know? The postcards below are available in high resolution PDF format. Simply click on each respective image to access its printable file (5×7 inches). We’ve also included our latest brochure, for your personal use.

Have an additional question?

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