Youth in care

UVic is dedicated to supporting the success of BC youth in care students.

Before, during and after your time at UVic, we would like to connect you with educational, financial and cultural resources on campus, around BC and Canada.

The following is a list of resources and information links that may help you with your post-secondary journey.

Definition of youth in care

As defined by the Child, Family and Community Service Act, a youth in care is someone who is currently, or has received care from the Ministry of Children and Family Development or a Delegated Aboriginal Agency (DAA) through the Child, Family and Community Service Act for a minimum of twelve months (consecutive or accumulated) in any, or a combination, of the following categories:

Continuing Custody Order pursuant to sections 41 (1) (d), 42.2 (4) (d) or (7) or 49 (4), (5) or 10 (a) of the Act

  • A protection order in which the court has assigned permanent custody of the child to the Director of Child Welfare (the Director).

Temporary Custody Order

  • A protection order in which the court has assigned custody of the child to the Director on a temporary basis.

Special Needs Agreement pursuant to section 7 of the Act

  • A parent of a child with special needs may voluntarily and temporarily agree to place the child in the care of the Director.

Voluntary Care Agreement pursuant to section 6 of the Act

  • A parent voluntarily and temporarily places the child in the care of the Director

Youth Agreement pursuant to section 12.2 of the Act

  • The Director enters into an agreement with a youth (ages 16 – 19) who needs assistance to live independently and cannot be re-established with family.

Extended Family Plan pursuant to section 8 of the Act

  • A parent voluntarily and temporarily places the child in the care of an adult who has an established familial, relational, or cultural connection to the child.

Permanent Transfer of CustodyOrder pursuant to section 54.01 or 54.1 of the Act

  • An order in which the court permanently transfers custody to another (non-parent) family member or another adult with an established relational or cultural connection to the child.

Temporary Transfer of Custody pursuant to section 41(1)(b) of the Act

  • A protection order in which the court temporarily places the child in the custody of an adult, other than a parent, who has an established familial, relational, or cultural connection to the child.

UVic youth in care awards and government tuition waivers

Government tuition waiver

Tuition for BC former youth in care will be waived for students who are between 19-26 years of age (inclusive) attending a BC public post-secondary in credit or non-credit courses leading to a certificate, diploma, credential or undergraduate degree in a full or part time course load.

Students should note as part of their communication with UVic Student Awards and Financial Aid if they are paying fees to UVic Tuition and Fees or Continuing Studies.

Uvic awards

For BC former youth in care students who are intending to register in their first undergraduate degree program and maintain at least 60% of a full course load in each term of study (40% for students with a permanent disability).

UVic Youth in Care Awards and Tuition Waivers

A limited number of awards are given to students in their first undergraduate degree program.

To be eligible for this award, students must demonstrate financial need and be a resident of British Columbia, and have received care from the Ministry of Children and Family Development or a Delegated Aboriginal Agency (DAA) through the Child, Family and Community Service Act for a minimum of twelve months (consecutive or accumulated) in any, or a combination of the following categories:

Continuing Custody Order pursuant to sections 41 (1) (d), 42.2 (4) (d) or (7) or 49 (4), (5) or 10 (a) of the Act

  • A protection order in which the court has assigned permanent custody of the child to the Director of Child Welfare (the Director).

Temporary Custody Order

  • A protection order in which the court has assigned custody of the child to the Director on a temporary basis.

Special Needs Agreement pursuant to section 7 of the Act

  • A parent of a child with special needs may voluntarily and temporarily agree to place the child in the care of the Director.

Voluntary Care Agreement pursuant to section 6 of the Act

  • A parent voluntarily and temporarily places the child in the care of the Director.

Youth Agreement pursuant to section 12.2 of the Act

  • The Director enters into an agreement with a youth (ages 16 – 19) who needs assistance to live independently and cannot be re-established with family.

Extended Family Plan pursuant to section 8 of the Act

  • A parent voluntarily and temporarily places the child in the care of an adult who has an established familial, relational, or cultural connection to the child.

Permanent Transfer of CustodyOrder pursuant to section 54.01 or 54.1 of the Act

  • An order in which the court permanently transfers custody to another (non-parent) family member or another adult with an established relational or cultural connection to the child.

Temporary Transfer of Custody pursuant to section 41(1)(b) of the Act

  • A protection order in which the court temporarily places the child in the custody of an adult, other than a parent, who has an established familial, relational, or cultural connection to the child.
The award covers actual tuition costs and mandatory fees for the terms required for completion of a first undergraduate degree. Eligible applicants may also receive funding to assist with the costs of books, supplies and living expenses. Students who transfer to UVic from a university or college to complete their first undergraduate degree and meet all eligibility criteria will be considered for the award. Applicants must submit the application form, including the Release of Information consent form required to confirm eligibility, to Student Awards and Financial Aid by the application deadline of May 1.

Regardless of the deadline, please contact Student Awards and Financial Aid at any time if you have interest in this award.

Mischa Weisz Foundation Youth in Care Cost of Living Award*

One or more awards are given to recipients of the Youth in Care Tuition Award (above) to offset living expenses, such as computers, books, housing, etc. No application required.

Youth in Care Living Expenses Award

One or more awards are given to recipients of the Youth in Care Tuition Award (above) to offset living expenses, such as computers, books, housing, etc. No application required.

Youth Futures Education Award

One or more awards are given to recipients of the University of Victoria Youth in Care Tuition Award (above) to offset living expenses, such as computers, books, housing, etc. No application required.

UVic resources for students

BC resources for youth in care

BC government resources

Canadian resources for youth in care

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact:

Debra McIldoon
UVic Student Awards and Financial Aid
Email: debram@uvic.ca
Phone: (250) 721-8426
University of Victoria, University Centre, 2nd Floor, Room A202 Campus Map
http://www.uvic.ca/registrar/safa/