Media Contacts

Sean Leslie

Communications Director
Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training
250 356-8485


Facts about more support for post-secondary students
  • Premier John Horgan announced the Provincial Tuition Waiver Program (PTWP) in September 2017 to improve access, services and educational outcomes for former youth in care by waiving tuition and administrative fees to increase the chances of success.  
  • In July 2018, PTWP was expanded to foundation and apprenticeship training programs at 10 union-based training providers.
  • In September 2018, PTWP was further expanded to include youth under 19 who are no longer in care, graduated high school and meet the time-in-care requirement.
  • Since 2017, government has invested $6.8 million in post-secondary education for youth from care.
  • Between May 2019 and April 2020, 1,232 youth received Agreements with Young Adults supports from government, for a total of $11,762,598.
  • June 1-7 is BC Child and Youth in Care week:
  • As of April 30, 2020, there were approximately 5,600 children and youth in care in the province.
  • Youth aging out of care continue on to post-secondary studies at roughly half the rate of the general population, with university graduation rates one-sixth or less than the general population.
  • In 2019-20, 900 children and youth aged out of care in the province.