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ECE Education Support Fund Online Application Portal


Since September 2018, the Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC), in partnership with the Province of British Columbia, enhanced and expanded the ECE Bursary Program, now known as the ECE Education Support Fund (ECE ESF). This program consists of two funding streams:

  1. The Early Childhood Education Student Bursary
  2. The Early Childhood Education Workforce Development Bursary

You can create an account anytime. View the semester details below for application start/intake information.

Winter 2023

*for courses ending between Jan 1st to Apr. 30th, 2023

Applications Available: March 6th, 2023
*start your application and work on it until it's ready to be submitted.

Application Submission Window:
Opens: March 20th, 2023 at 7:00am | Closes: April 3rd, 2023 at 11:59pm

View a list of post-secondary education ECE programs recognized by the Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Registry.

For news, announcements along with information on the different streams and the eligibility criteria please visit the Education Support Fund page on the ECEBC website.



To apply for a bursary using the online application system follow these steps:

Please Note: If you already have an account and have filled in your profile you can log in and follow Steps 3 to 6.

  1. Step
    1 : Create An Account

    1. Create An Account

    Provide your email and password to create an account on the ECEBC ESF Bursary Application portal.

    An an email will be sent to the address provided with a link that will need to be used to confirm your address and complete the account registration process.

  2. Step
    2 : Finish the Account Set-Up Process & Complete Your Profile

    2. Finish the Account Set-Up Process & Complete Your Profile

    Log in to the online platform. Finish completing your account set up and fill out your profile by filling in the required and additional fields. These details will be utilized in your bursary application.

  3. Step
    3 : Read the Application Guide

    3. Read the Application Guide

    The application guide contains important information about the application process and required documents that may change between semesters.

    Once you have confirmed you have read the application guide for the semester the bursary application will become available.

  4. Step
    4 : Select The Bursary Type

    4. Select The Bursary Type

    There are 3 application streams and each have their own online application form.

    Each semester you can apply for ONE of the following bursary types: Student, Workforce Development - Employee or Workforce Development Employer / Owner.

    Visit the ESF page on the ECEBC website for more information on the types or email bursary@ecebc.ca

  5. Step
    5 : Fill Out the Application

    5. Fill Out the Application

    You can start an application, save your progress and come back to it at a later time. Please ensure your documents are in the .png, .jpeg or .pdf file type.

    Workforce - Employee Applicants: Please ensure you download the form your employer will need to fill out as this will need to be uploaded here.

  6. Step
    6 : Submit the Application

    6. Submit the Application

    If all of the required fields for your bursary application have been filled in a submit button will appear when the bursary submission window has opened.

    Don't forget to come back to submit it as soon as the window opens. The system will not submit the application for you.