2023-2024 Individual Teacher Bursary:
- Eligible courses, training and/or professional development must be completed between April 1, 2023 and March 31, 2024
- Application form deadline – March 1, 2024
- Reimbursement form deadline – March 31, 2024
The Individual Teacher Bursary program may give eligible teachers up to $2,200 each year for post-secondary courses, training and professional development in French.
The Alberta government administers the program using federal funding provided through the Canada-Alberta Agreement for Minority-Language Education and Second-Language Instruction.
Bursaries are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Eligible applicants must:
- hold a valid teaching certificate
- be a current resident of Alberta
- be a Canadian citizen or hold a Canadian permanent resident status (in accordance with the Citizenship Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act)
Eligible applicants must also be one of the following:
- a teacher (Kindergarten to Grade 12) currently teaching in a francophone or French Immersion program or teaching a French as a Second Language course
- a French speaking teacher on a secondment with an organization involved in the field of French teaching and learning
- a teacher hired to teach French or in French in the coming school year
- a French speaking administrator, librarian, counsellor, or other professional staff working with students who are learning French in a francophone school or French Immersion program, or studying French as a Second Language
- a French program consultant working with francophone, French as a Second Language, or French Immersion teachers
The bursary is not available to people already benefitting from or being paid by conference organizers.
Training and professional development eligibility
For the 2023-2024 bursary, training and other professional development must be offered in French in Canada between April 1, 2023 and March 31, 2024.
Training and professional development programs in St-Pierre-et-Miquelon are not eligible for the bursary program.
Courses related to doctorate programs are not eligible.
Eligible applicants can get up to $2,200 in a year to cover part of travel, tuition and registration costs.
Bursary awards paid directly to recipients are taxable.
The following costs are not reimbursed:
- substitute costs
- course materials
- internet access
- personal and other expenses not directly related to the course or professional development
Bursary amounts for courses
Table 1. Bursary amounts for courses
|Spring and summer courses (duration)||Maximum bursary amount available per course|
|2 week course||$800|
|3 week course||$1,000|
|4 week course||$1,200|
|5 or 6 week course||$1,400|
|Credit courses||Maximum bursary amount available per course|
|1.5 credit course||$450|
|3 credit course||$900|
|6 credit course||$1,800|
Bursary amounts for professional development
Eligible applicants may receive up to $400 for conference or workshop registration costs.
Bursary amounts for travel
Eligible applicants may receive the following amounts for travel if they live more than 100 kilometres from a course or professional development opportunity in Alberta:
Table 2. Bursary amounts for travel within Alberta
|100 to 250 km||$100|
|251 to 400 km||$150|
|401 to 600 km||$200|
|601 to 750 km||$250|
|750 km or more||$300|
Eligible applicants may receive the following amounts for travel if a course or professional development is outside Alberta:
Table 3. Bursary amounts for travel outside Alberta
|Prince Edward Island||$850|
How to apply
We do not accept application and reimbursement forms submitted after the deadlines.
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Step 1. Complete the application form
Complete the 2023/24 Individual Teacher Bursary Program Application Form and get your school principal or superintendent to sign it.
- Due to current negotiations with the federal government, applications for the 2023-24 fiscal year will be accepted, but reimbursement for the bursary will be made following the ratification of the bilateral agreement for the 2023-24 fiscal year, anticipated in Fall 2023.
- The application form deadline for the 2023-2024 Individual Teacher Bursary is March 1, 2024.
Step 2. Submit the application form
We will let you know if your application is accepted approximately 4 weeks after we receive it.
Step 3. If approved, complete the reimbursement form
After attending the professional development activity between April 1, 2023 and March 31, 2024, complete the 2023/24 Individual Teacher Bursary Program Reimbursement Form.
Include proof of course completion or conference participation, such as:
- confirmation of attendance
- a certificate of completion
The reimbursement form deadline for the Individual Teacher Bursary is March 31. Previously approved winter session courses ending after March 31 will be honoured.
Step 4. Submit the reimbursement form
If approved, we will mail you a cheque within 8 weeks of receiving your reimbursement form.
Cancellations and substitutions
Contact us if your pre-approved course is cancelled or if you want to substitute a different course.
You must get approval for the substituted course to keep your bursary and qualify for reimbursement. Substituting a course may change the amount of money you get.
Conferences and institutions
The national conferences and educational institutions on this list do not offer all the possible options for eligible courses or training. We encourage you to explore other opportunities as well.
Contact the institution directly to learn more about programs they offer.
Association canadienne des professionnels de l’immersion (ACPI)
Email: [email protected]
Website: Association canadienne des professionnels de l’immersion (ACPI)
Association canadienne d’éducation de langue française (ACELF)
Email: [email protected]
Website: Association canadienne d’éducation de langue française (ACELF)
Campus Saint-Jean, University of Alberta
University of Lethbridge
Alliance Française d'Edmonton
University of Calgary
University of Ottawa
University of Western Ontario
Centre Linguistique du Collège de Jonquière
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne
Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup
Université de Montréal
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Cégep de Trois-Rivières
Connect with the Alberta Official Languages in Education Programs (OLEP) office:
Official Languages in Education Programs (OLEP)
Intergovernmental Relations Branch
10th Floor, 44 Capital Boulevard
10044 108 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 5E6
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