Financial Aid

StudentAid BC

StudentAid BC assist eligible students with the cost of their post-secondary education through loans, grants, bursaries, scholarships and other programs. They also provide programs for borrowers who need help repaying their loans.  

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Canadian Government Student Loans

Financial assistance can be obtained through the Canada student loan and provincial student loan programs. This assistance is available to Canadian citizens or landed immigrants to help finance their education. The amount that can be borrowed will depend on the student’s financial need. 
To obtain student loan application package, visit the Human Resources and Skill Development website:

Student Line of Credit

Many major financial institutions offer lines of credit for students enrolled in full-time programs. These lines of credit are based on eligibility and the credit limit will vary with each student. A parent or family member may be required to co-sign the line of credit.

Bank of Montreal’s Brain Money Student Line of Credit
Royal Bank’s Royal Line of Credit 
CIBC Education Line of Credit
TD Canada Trust Student Line of Credit
ScotiaLine Personal Line of Credit for Students

Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP)

Full-time students may be eligible for the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP). This plan allows students to withdraw amounts from RRSPs to finance training or education. Eligible withdrawals under the LLP from an RRSP are tax-free and must be repaid within 10 years. For more information on the Lifelong Learning Plan, visit:
Canada Revenue Agency:

Registered Education Savings Plan & Canada Education Savings Grant

Canadian students may be eligible to withdraw from a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). A RESP also allows students to apply for the Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG). These are grants from the Government of Canada that are paid to the beneficiary of an RESP. 

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Government institutions such as WorkSafeBC or ICBC provide funding to eligible candidates. Contact the appropriate institution to inquire about eligibility.

Awards and Scholarships

Les Dames d’Escoffier Scholarship

The Scholarship Committee of the BC Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier is a volunteer group composed of respected food and wine professionals. Each year the committee awards scholarships to women who plan to establish or further a career in the fields of food, wine, hospitality, nutrition, food technology and other related fields. Awards are based on merit, ability, commitment and passion, and may range in value between $300 and $3000.

Applications are accepted October 1st through January 31st each year and are awarded in March. Applicants must be B.C. residents. For more information, visit:

Chef’s Table Society 

The Chefs' Table Society supports the advancement of students and cooks in the culinary fields via scholarships and bursaries, which are either awarded singly by the Society or in partnership with organizations that they support. For more information, visit:


BC Hospitality Foundation

The BC Hospitality Foundation has several scholarship opportunities available to those entering or in the field of food, beverage, and hospitality.

The Greg King Scholarship
The King family is offering a yearly $1,500 scholarship to students enrolled in the Culinary Arts program here at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts.
Applications close on March 31st, 2021:


Industry Scholarship
Industry Scholarships are available annually for children of hospitality workers whose parents have worked in the industry for more than 5 years, and who are themselves planning a course of study leading to any hospitality diploma or degree. 
Applications are open year-round:


Sommelier Scholarships
These scholarships are awarded to student that are enrolled in wine education courses and are sponsored by:

·       Andrew Peller Import Agency

·       Da Silva Vineyards & Winery

·       Hester Creek Estate Winery

·       Laughing Stock Vineyards

Applications close on March 31st, 2021:


Culinary Scholarships
Culinary scholarships are awarded in partnership with the Chefs' Table Society of BC.  
Applications Close on March 31st, 2021:


The Chef Nik Lim Scholarship
This $2000 scholarship was created to honour the memory of Chef Nik Lim. One of the brightest lights on Vancouver’s culinary scene, Nik passed away in 2019. Nessa Van Bergen and Chef Dino Renaerts of Bon Vivant Catering & Events initiated the scholarship as a tribute to their colleague. 
Applications close on March 31st, 2021:


Food, Beverage and Hospitality Scholarship
Sponsored by Lulu Spritz. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a food, beverage or hospitality related program. 
Application deadline is March 31st, 2021:


BC Passport to Education

The BC Ministry of Education provides financial awards to secondary school students in both academic and non-academic areas. For further information, visit: 

Other External Scholarship & Award opportunities