Your Future is Waiting

Tikinagan offers support to youth with a variety of programs. If you are currently in care, your worker will let you know of opportunities and support from Tikinagan and our partners.

If you are no longer in Tikinagan care and you have any questions or need advice, please see our contact information below so that we can help you navigate and take advantage of some fantastic opportunities.

For information on grants, programs and assistance with your post-secondary education, contact:

Bill Kuzemczak

T: 807-737-7400 ext. 2273
T: 800-465-3624 (Toll Free)


YouthCAN (Communication, Advocacy and Networking) is a program for youth in care of Children's Aid Societies across Ontario, and Children's Aid staff who work with them. YouthCAN activities are organized through the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies.

Living & Learning Grant (LLG)

Effective August 01, 2013 eligible youth between the ages of 21 to 24 inclusive are eligible to receive $500.00 a month, during the school year.

To be eligible to receive the LLG, a student:

  • Must be a previous recipient of, or would have been eligible to receive, CCSY (formerly ECM);
  • Must be aged 21 to 24 inclusive;
  • Must be enrolled in a post-secondary program leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate at an institution in Canada approved for Ontario student loan purposes;
  • May be enrolled in a first-entry or second entry program;
  • Must be a Canadian Citizen, protected person, or permanent resident;
  • Must be a resident of Ontario as required for full-time student eligibility for assistance under OSAP;
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student taking at least 60% of a full course load, or at least 40% of a full course load if the student has a permanent disability;
  • Must be satisfactorily completing the academic requirements of their program of study; and
  • Must not be restricted from receiving OSAP loan or grant funding. For example, a student may be restricted if the student has filed for bankruptcy, or has committed fraud or has been convicted of an offence under the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act.

The LLG will have no impact on the amount of Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) loans and other grants that a youth may be eligible to receive. The LLG will be issued to qualifying students in addition to their OSAP loans and other grants. The LLG will not be considered a resource in the OSAP needs assessment.

The LLG is exempt from Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) income assessments, which means that students who are on OW or ODSP, and who receive the LLG will not see a change in the level of support provided to them through OW or ODSP.

For more information regarding colleges and universities participating in tuition aid please refer to this list 100% Tuition Aid for Youth Leaving Care.

Tuition Aid for Youth Leaving Care

Effective 2013, the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities intends to provide the grant as a lump sum of up to $2,000 for each term of study, through the fall, winter, and/or spring OSAP disbursement, to a maximum of $6,000 for the school year, based on the youth's enrolment in an OSAP eligible program and the number of terms in the student's study period (e.g., students enrolled in a two term study period would receive up to $4,000).

Students attending an institution that is not participating in the 100% Tuition Aid program may still be eligible to receive the Ontario Access Grant (OAG) for Crown Wards and/or the 30% off Ontario Tuition grant.

Unlike the LLG, which is available to youth ages 21 to 24 (inclusive), there is no age requirement associated with this tuition funding. To access full tuition coverage, youth must apply for OSAP for full-time Students and be eligible to receive the OAG for Crown Wards, and must be enrolled at a participating college or university.

Participating Institutions