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Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program (OBPAP)

The Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program (OBPAP) provides bursary assistance of up to $5,000 to internationally trained professionals with financial need enrolled in non-OSAP approved bridge training programs with direct education costs (tuition, books and equipment) offered at Ontario publicly-assisted colleges and universities, as well as the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences.  Bursary assistance is restricted to students enrolled in programs approved by the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade.

OBPAP bursary assistance is also available to students with demonstrated financial need attending approved bridge training programs offered by the postsecondary institutions that are indirectly funded by MCI through Employment Ontario Service Providers. 

Who is Eligible?

Internationally trained professionals with demonstrated financial need and who are residing in Ontario are eligible to apply for an OBPAP bursary at their postsecondary institution if they are enrolled in an MCIIT approved bridge training program that is:

  • currently in-session
  • Non-OSAP approved
  • Current or formerly MCIIT funded
  • Offered at an Ontario college of applied arts and technology, publicly-assisted university or the Michener Institute (postsecondary institution)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Due to the large number of applicants, Humber cannot guarantee bursaries for all those who apply, due to limited funding provided by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development

The OBPAP bursary is administered by Humber College.  Financial need is determined by the college's Financial Aid policies governing student financial need.

The OBPAP bursary applicant must be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Protected Person living in Ontario.  The applicant cannot be in default of a student loan or be in receipt of Second Career funding.

Immigrant Access Fund (IAF)

The IAF provides loans of up to $10,000 to immigrants who lack the financial resources to pay for the Canadian licensing or training that will allow them to work in their field. 

What can the loans be used for?

  • Short-term (two years or less) training
  • Exam fees with a professional governing association
  • Travel expenses to write an exam
  • Qualification assessments
  • Professional association fees
  • Books and course materials
  • English language courses specific to employment
  • Living allowance during study time
  • Other related expenses

To be eligible for a loan, a person must:

  • Be an immigrant and over 18 years of age
  • Be a permanent resident, Canadian citizen, protected person or provincial nominee
  • Wish to return to pre-migration field of work
  • Not have an undischarged bankruptcy
  • Be of good character