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The Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation has a clear vision, helping all Canadians plan to make post-secondary education possible. For some families, accessing post-secondary education isn’t so easy. There are an estimated 1.9 million1 low-income children in Canada that are eligible for the Canada Learning Bond with millions of dollars in grants available from the federal government to access a post-secondary education. From poverty to parental education and financial literacy, to cultural and social barriers, the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation is focused on working with communities to bring the resources, expertise and knowledge they need to empower all Canadians with the gift of education.

In 2019 the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation presented three distinguished Canadians with the MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award (MIMAA) in partnership with MusiCounts, for their dedication to advancing  education in Canada.

Pictured above: Stephen Stohn and Linda Schuyler, creators of Degrassi Junior High (2019 MIMAA winners) with Bob Ezrin (past MIMAA recipient) and Sherry MacDonald (President and CEO of the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation).

Pictured below: Country singer and philanthropist Gord Bamford (2019 MIMAA winner) with Kristy Fletcher (Executive Director, MusiCounts) and Sherry MacDonald. 

In honour of the recipients, we helped provide six Canadian schools a grant of  $10,000 each for  their music education program through the MusiCounts Band Aid program.


Community Relations

In 2019, the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation helped provide $283,500 in funding to support community initiatives. We support a wide variety of communities and community organizations across the country. From city centres to rural and northern townships our programs include a wide range of financial, human and creative resources that include present and past partnerships with organization such as MusiCounts, Habitat for Humanity, Career Trek and celebrity ambassadors such as Commander Chris Hadfield and Olympians Christine Sinclair and Jon Montgomery through our Inspired Minds program. Throughout the years the Foundation has helped:

  • Enhance the technology programs for 20 schools
  • Fund 14 school music programs and a children’s choir
  • Create a Canada Learning Bond sign up program for Northern and rural communities in Manitoba
  • Build 9 housing complexes for low-income families in the Greater Toronto Area
  • Bring science workshops to 109 schools
  • Build 5 school playgrounds
  • Implement 2 healthy eating programs
  • Restock a School library
  • Create a toy and mobile library
  • Bring virtual field trips to thousands of students across the country
  • Fund 4 camps for children with illness/special needs
  • Fund 2 literacy programs
  • Launch agricultural and farming education programs at 3 schools
  • Kick-start 2 companies that teach children to read and create
  • Fund the development of 5 conservation education programs
  • Create a bike repair co-op and training program for under-privileged youth
1Source: Canada Education Savings Program: Annual Statistical Review 2018 (Ottawa: Employment and Social Development Canada, 2018).