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Important dates

2020-2021 Individual Teacher Bursary:

  • Eligible courses, training and/or professional development must be completed between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021
  • Application form deadline – June 30, 2021
  • Reimbursement form deadline – July 31, 2021


The Individual Teacher Bursary program will 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.


Applicant eligibility

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 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 2020-2021 bursary, training and other professional development must be offered in French in Canada between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

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
  • accommodation
  • meals
  • 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
One-week course $600
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

Distance Amount
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

Province Amount
British Columbia $300
Saskatchewan $300
Manitoba $400
Ontario $700
Québec $800
New Brunswick $825
Nova Scotia $850
Prince Edward Island $850
Newfoundland $925

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

2020-2021 Individual Teacher Bursary:

The application form deadline is June 30, 2021.

Step 2. Submit the application form

Email the completed form to [email protected] or mail it to Official Languages in Education Programs (OLEP).

We will let you know if your application is accepted approximately 4 weeks after we get it.

Step 3. If approved, complete the reimbursement form

2020-2021 Individual Teacher Bursary:

After attending the professional development activity between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, complete the 2020/21 Individual Teacher Bursary Program Reimbursement Form (PDF, 2.1 MB).

Include proof of course completion or conference participation, such as:

  • transcripts
  • confirmation of attendance
  • a certificate of completion

The reimbursement form deadline for the 2020-2021 Individual Teacher Bursary is July 31, 2021.

Step 4. Submit the reimbursement form

Email the completed form to [email protected] or mail it to OLEP.

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.


Connect with the Official Languages in Education Programs (OLEP):

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-415-0614
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]

Official Languages in Education Programs (OLEP)
Intergovernmental Relations
9th floor, Commerce Place
10155 102 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4L5