Island Parent Magazine


Arbutus Grove Children’s Centre (formerly known as Goosey Gander Kindergarten) has a long history of providing outstanding Early Learning programs to the Victoria community. Our centre is a bright and engaging purpose-built preschool with a large, natural playground surrounded by urban forest. We offer half- and full-day programs for 3- and 4-year-olds and a small after-school program for kindergarten children attending Frank Hobbs School. Children’s curiosity, sense of wonder and innate desire to learn is nurtured and supported through exploration, play, discovery and creative expression. Located in the Cadboro Bay-UVIC area. or 250-477-3731.

ArtsCalibre Academy. There’s a reason why the first years of a child’s life are considered “formative”—they truly form the person, and profoundly influence the path and quality of the rest of their life. We believe that Fine Arts are the perfect vehicle for this formative process. Through our structured but fun program of music, dance, theatre and visual arts, children not only absorb these and all academic subjects with enthusiasm and ease, but they also develop the creativity, confidence and social skills to successfully apply them throughout their future. It’s this philosophy and comprehensive program that sets us apart from every other preschool. It’s the Art of Preschool. 250-382-3533.

Bloom Montessori proudly offers a child-centered Montessori curriculum for students aged 2.5 to 6. We have half-day or full-day options, and before/after school care. Our morning program provides children the opportunity for a 3 hour uninterrupted work cycle, circle time with songs and stories, and an extended outdoor play period. Our multi-age classroom encourages a strong community, with the older children helping and serving as models for their younger classmates. Bloom Montessori is located in View Royal, with a second location opening in Langford, September 2017. For more information please email or call 250-812-3137.

Carrot Seed Preschool. We provide a wonderfully rich, inclusive environment for children to play, explore and “live in the moment,” so they can grow into independent and self-directed individuals. Children need to run, jump and climb freely outdoors for healthy brain development. Our spacious playground provides this opportunity. We support the child’s right to learn through play, and believe that children must play in a diverse inside and outside setting. We encourage curiosity in children. We help guide them as they seek out answers and encourage them to “ask why” as much as they like. Our teachers pay close attention to the interests of the children, and provide the environment and materials needed to support their curiosity. 250-658-2331. Extended hours and full time spots available!

Emmanuel Preschool is a welcoming and inclusive Christian preschool, where students with special needs have the support of two additional teachers. Our morning classes are offered either two or three days per week. Both programs are for 3- and 4-year-olds and include stories, games, singing, arts and crafts, science activities, free play (indoors and outdoors) and some field trips. Each class is licensed for a maximum of 20 children and has two licensed and experienced Early Childhood Educators. Our staff strive to teach and model Christian attitudes and values, and to maintain a warm, caring and safe environment. For more information, visit 250-598-0573 or

Lexie’s Little Bears Nestled in a forest in the beautiful Highlands lies a special place for children to learn and grow. Lexie’s Little Bears is a magical, Reggio-Inspired Nature Daycare for infants, toddlers, and Pre-Kindergarten age children. Here your child will learn in nature and be free to explore our 2 acre forest with guidance from our caring, nature loving educators. Our facility is hand built using the trees from our own property whenever we can. We have just expanded our Infant/Toddler program and we are now registering for our 3 to 5 years program starting in September. Don’t miss out! Visit us at and call for our wait list at 250-590-3603.

West Shore Parks and Recreation’s Licensed preschool offers a variety of programs including Kinderprep, Nature Preschool, and multi-age classes with both small and larger class sizes. With flexible registration options and a play-based curriculum, our program is designed to help little ones grow and learn in a fun and safe environment. Visit or call 250-478-8384 for information. Follow us on Facebook:



ArtsCalibre Academy. Imagine a school… where music, dance, theatre and visual arts are infused into all aspects of an outstanding curriculum. The result is a learning process in which students experience, explore, exercise, and express themselves in order to truly understand and remember. Our structured but dynamic program consistently exceeds the B.C. Ministry of Education’s Curricula for Kindergarten to Grade 7. Dedicated, highly qualified educators, excellent facilities and safe Gordon Head location, which is also home to our Junior Kindergarten. We also offer Preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds within the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre’s beautiful Fine Arts wing. 250-382-3533.

Christ Church Cathedral School (CCCS) is Victoria’s Anglican JK, Elementary and Middle School, welcoming students from all backgrounds. CCCS offers before and after school care, a wide range of extra-curricular programs, small class sizes, high calibre learning in math, science and technology, a strong focus on fine arts and progressive athletics programs. Weekly chapel service and seasonal performances are held in beautiful Christ Church Cathedral just a few steps away. Through focused encouragement of personal responsibility, self-discipline, community service and engaging learning opportunities with dedicated teachers, CCCS helps children realize their true potential. 250-383-5125.

Elizabeth Buckley STEaM School (EBSS) (K-8) offers small classes and a warm, welcoming environment for all learners. The first school in the region to offer a STEaM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and the Arts), EBSS transforms the typical teacher-centred classroom by offering a curriculum based on inquiry and exploration that actively engages children in learning. Our program develops critical thinking, creativity and responsible citizenship through meaningful, authentic experiences in the classroom and out in the community. Learn more about our unique program by visiting, calling 250-995-6425, or emailing us at Learning by doing—discover the difference.

The Individual Learning Centre (ILC) is a high school of choice for students in grades 9 through 12. We are different than neighbourhood high schools as we are a smaller, quieter environment where students receive one-on-one time with teachers rather than being in large classes with multiple levels and needs. Anxiety is minimized as students and families work along with Teacher Advisers to create the best Graduation Plans possible. We do this throughout the school year; offering flexibility, continual entry, duel credit college level courses, and continuous progress for students. For more information, please see our website:

Island Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten through Grade Two. Our non-profit, child-centered program offers Preschool, Kindergarten through Grade Two as well as Before and After School Care, promoting a sense of well-being, confidence and independence. The staff of Island Montessori are committed to providing a rich, safe, developmentally appropriate and caring environment, and establishing a rapport with each and every child. Individual and group activities with a connection to nature in our rural location foster growth in all areas of development. We are proud to have children from a variety of economic, religious and ethnic backgrounds, as well as a host of abilities and needs. Our rural location at 5575 West Saanich Road is beautiful. Reach us at or 250-592-4411.

Oak and Orca Bioregional School and Oak and Orca PrePrimary School offer BC-certified PrePrimary and K-12 education in a child-directed environment. This ungraded program provides students with structure, opportunities, and choice, allowing them to learn at their own pace and in their own way. As part of a community of learners students are able to practice effective communication, think and act creatively, and develop into responsible ecological citizens. Regular field trips encourage connections with the natural and cultural heritage of the larger community. Blended learning opportunities are available (space-permitting) to students in the Hands-On Home-Learning (DL) program.,, 250-383-6609.

Pacific Christian School: Educational Excellence to the Glory of God. PCS nurtures students in Christ-like living, critical thinking and joyful service to be faithful citizens in God’s world. PCS is committed to a Christian program of instruction helping children gain a true Biblical perspective of who they are, and prepares them for a life of dedication and service to God. By developing a sense of goal-directedness, coupled with skills of self-discipline and self-evaluation, children will be equipped to develop their talents and gifts to their fullest God-given potential. Quality academics, athletics and more. Accepting registrations for pre-school to grade 12. 250-479-4532. 

St. Joseph’s Elementary School is a Catholic school where children learn to love, and love to learn. We build strong foundations for a bright future, with a rigorous academic program integrated into a Catholic atmosphere that permeates all we do. Our newly seismically upgraded school, with a new Primary wing, Library Learning Commons, and two new Kindergarten rooms, provides bright, dynamic learning environments for students. We offer a challenging education program including Fine Arts, Music, Band, French K-7, and Athletics. Religious education is central to the school, where children learn in a Catholic Christian atmosphere where the teachings of Christ are paramount. Come learn with us—we are accepting registration for Preschool, Day Care, Kindergarten, as well as grades one through seven.

At St. Margaret’s School, we seek to empower each girl to set her own course and shape her own dreams. Tucked away on 22-acres in the Blenkinsop Valley in Victoria, SMS is an all-girls school where your daughter can be herself, build confidence, and experience being a leader. SMS teachers and our unique environment offer rich resources and challenges to support each girl’s development as a student, an individual, and a global-minded citizen. Our rigorous academic program emphasizes STEM learning and leadership at all levels from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, and is supported by experiential programs designed to engage students in learning beyond the classroom. Enjoy the benefits of a small school from high participation in athletics, to extensive extracurricular opportunities, to our tight-knit community where each girl is known and driven to achieve. or 250-479-7171.

St. Michaels University School. A break from school does not have to mean a break from learning. When students want to tackle something new and exciting, our Spring Break programs offer plenty of ways young people can stay entertained. From baking to sports to animation, holiday programs are diverse and engaging. The Passion Sports team also returns with more sell-out elite basketball camps. The Spring Break Programs at St. Michaels University School are open to all children in Victoria ages 5  to 15 and appeal to a wide range of interests. For information on any of these exciting programs, visit our website at or call (250) 370-6120.   

Victoria School for Ideal Education. This one-of-a-kind little school offers holistic education from Kindergarten to Grade 8 in a nurturing, stress-free environment. The twice daily children’s meditation, coupled with the study of nature and the laws that keep us in tune with the natural world, have attracted families from all over the Victoria area. Within this framework we cover the BC curriculum and all our teachers are BC certified. The Oct. 2013 Ministry of Education inspection report states, “The depth of care for each student, the level of personal support provided, and the degree of empathy displayed, all contribute to a family-like atmosphere and encouraging school setting for students.” There are still a few spaces left for the 2016-2017 school year in Kindergarten and Grades 3, 4, 5, and 7. Phone 250-383-6654 to arrange a tour. Website:

Westmont Montessori School is a local community minded independent school committed to academic excellence in a caring, learning environment. Our family-oriented learning environment takes an individual approach to learning where students are challenged to be the best they can be from early primary through to their middle years. At the heart of the Montessori philosophy is the belief that each person is a unique individual with strengths to contribute to society. It is a method designed to engage a child’s natural curiosity within an environment that is specially prepared to maximize learning opportunities. For details about our programs visit, or stop by our campus in Metchosin for a tour every Thursday from 9-11am. Westmont Montessori School, 4075 Metchosin Rd, Victoria BC. 250 474 2626.


Distributed Learning

Under the new BC curriculum, inquiry and personalization are key to 21st century learning. Hands-On Home-Learning (DL) at Oak and Orca (K-12) offers an experience-based, individualized, and child-led approach. Families are supported in providing engaging opportunities so each student can follow their own learning path and build on their strengths and interests. All learning experiences are acknowledged and tied to BC learning standards or high school courses by a certified teacher. Original, multi-age, hands-on learning activities are provided to inspire inquiry. Blended learning opportunities are available (space-permitting) at Oak and Orca Bioregional School and Forest School. Special Education inquiries are welcome.,, 250-383-6619. 1-888-383-6619.

Is your child homeschooled? Little Steps Therapy Services will be running therapeutic groups to compliment at-home learning programs through the 2017/2018 school year. These groups are designed to give homeschooled children a chance to engage with their peers and their community. They will include opportunities to work on independent living skills, social skills, community awareness, and recreation. All goals for the groups are created by Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Pathologists, and Behaviour Consultants. If you are interested in registering your child, please contact Little Steps Therapy Services by phone at 250-386-1171 or by emailing


Mid-Island Schools/Education Services

Aspengrove School is a JrK-Grade 12 Independent School in Lantzville, BC at the Northern edge of Nanaimo on a beautiful 40-acre wooded campus, teaching the world-renowned International Baccalaureate curriculum. With 310 students, Aspengrove is offering a new entrance scholarship program that is available to students entering grades 6-10 in September 2017; additionally, a significant new two-year scholarship for outstanding students entering grade 11 for the IB Diploma, a two-year program of university-level studies, has been established. Students interested in applying for one of the new scholarships can learn more on the Aspengrove website. All applicants are invited to visit the school on February 20 for the inaugural scholarship day.

The Community Learning Centre offers a blend of strong academic foundations and individualized “unschooling” experiences. Students enjoy creative, collaborative and personalized activities in a variety of settings. If you are looking for an educational experience for your child, this is the place for you. Join us for weekly Project-Based Learning, Home Economics, Science, Math, English, Farm School and more. Junior Programs, 6-10 years. Senior Programs, 11-16 years. #16 Valleyview Centre, 1400 Cowichan Bay Rd, Cobble Hill. 250-929-5555.

Duncan Christian School partners with families to provide a welcoming educational environment. Here, students experience the support and guidance of caring Christian teachers, dedicated to preparing them for life beyond the school doors. Our classes start at preschool-grade 12. Excellent academic, athletic, & fine arts programs. Serving a diverse student body. We offer trades programs & hands-on apprenticeships,project based learning, international program, Grade 7 Leadership Retreat, Grade 11 West Coast Trail Hike, Grade 12 Missions trip, extensive student support program. We welcome the opportunity to take you on a tour of our school, please contact: 495 Beech Avenue Duncan BC V9L 3J8. 250-746-3654.

Evergreen Thirty-two years ago, a small group of parents in Cobble Hill were looking for an alternative learning environment for their children. Ideas were shared, plans were made, and Evergreen Independent School was established. This small community school currently enrolls 96 students. Registrations are being accepted for Junior Kindergarten to Grade 7, as well as for the Evergreen Explorers, a new and tremendously popular Friday morning program for 3-year-olds. There are many unique aspects of Evergreen that attract families. Small class sizes, innovative teaching, and multi-grade classrooms enhance individual learning and create positive socialization across the grade levels. The parents and teachers of Evergreen Independent School are committed to a philosophy that develops the full potential of each child. Visit for more info.

International Christian Montessori Academy (ICMA) Inayat Unissa Bergum was born in Nice, France. After obtaining comprehensive Montessori training in Paris, she started the first Montessori school in 1962 in Southern California named the Sophia Montessori of Santa Monica. In 1964, she opened the first Montessori school in Costa Mesa, California known as the Montessori Centre School. Through the years she has trained numerous teachers using Montessori methodologies and opened many Montessori schools throughout California. In 1989, she launched the International Christian Montessori Academy (ICMA) for the expressed purpose of having children learn to appreciate and understand the importance of tolerance of different religions with an attitude of love, harmony and beauty. Recently, she founded the International Christian Montessori Academy in Duncan, BC, whose primary function is to include pre-school and elementary academic and French immersion programs.

Kool & Child is your complete resource store for educational toys and games. We carry a wide assortment of educational games, homework helper workbooks, brain teasers, science kits, chewelry, and much more. Teachers love our Kool School House full of everything they need to outfit their classroom in style, including an amazing selection of stickers. For homeschooling families, we carry grade appropriate resources for the elementary level. Preview some of our products online at or come in and explore our store for a much greater selection. We are always happy to answer questions, please call us at 1-888-390-1775.

Navigate offers international award-winning blended learning programs at our Comox Valley location that allow students K-12 to foster relationships with their teachers and the broader community while offering the flexibility of learning from home. In addition, Navigate serves more than 4,000 learners throughout BC in our K-9, high school, and adult learning programs. A Navigate education includes a customized student learning plan that meets all provincially mandated learning outcomes and is instructed by BC certified teachers. For more information about the Fine Arts, Robotics, or iClass options available at our school, please visit

Nestled in a wooded landscape, St. Joseph’s Catholic Elementary in Chemainus offers faith-enriched education to children from preschool through grade 7. Skilled educators provide a safe and caring environment, and nourish each student academically, physically, spiritually and artistically. St. Joseph’s offers music and band programming, specialist teachers for PE, and K-7 French instruction. On-site preschool and before and after school care is available. St. Joseph’s is an inclusive school, welcoming students of all backgrounds and abilities. Affordable and Extraordinary. Bursary program. Please call 250-246-3191 for more information, or to arrange for a tour of St. Joseph’s school.

Queen Margaret’s School is a welcoming university-preparatory Senior School for girls (Grades 8-12), and offers an enriched co-ed Junior School (Kindergarten-Grade 7) and co-ed Early Childhood Education Program. Located on 27 beautiful acres in the Cowichan Valley, QMS is home to Canada’s only optional on-campus English Equestrian Program where students may ride within their weekly timetable. This program provides skills and theory training for recreational riders and competitive equestrian athletes alike. As a globally-minded community, QMS fosters intellectual curiosity through unique programs that prepare students for university, for higher education, for life. Discover at QMS. Visit

Sunrise Waldorf School (SWS). Where children learn and grow on our beautiful rural seven acre campus. SWS offers students an education that is imbued with life and joy. Through movement, connection to nature, the practical arts, and an inspired curriculum, Waldorf students develop a strong sense of imagination, creative and critical thinking skills. Enhanced by Handwork, Woodwork, Music, Strings, Movement, French, Plays, Gardening and Seasonal Festivals. SWS is located south of Duncan in the Cowichan Valley and attracts families from all over the globe, who have relocated to enroll their children at our Waldorf school. Founded in 1980, SWS offers programs from early childhood through class eight. SWS is the only full member school of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) on Vancouver Island. 250-743-7253,

The Learning Clinic Nanaimo (TLC) TLC is a learning clinic that provides education assessment, planning and support for children and teens identified with dyslexia or a learning disability. At TLC our professional team provides youth, parents and schools with the tools, skills and support necessary for greater academic achievement. A specialized education plan that outlines the short and long term academic support program is created and closely monitored for each child. Education plans are based on the psychoeducational assessment report, the needs identified by the child’s current school team, the school Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and the needs identified by the child’s TLC teacher. 250-591-0702,,

Start your journey at The High School at Vancouver Island University. We are a BC certified independent high school uniquely situated on a university campus. As the only high school in British Columbia—and one of two in Canada—that is directly connected to a university, we expose our students to the multitude of post-secondary programs offered to young adults. Experience small class sizes, individual attention and opportunities for intercultural understanding. Starting your journey at the High School at VIU allows qualified graduates direct admission to Vancouver Island University. Accepting applications for grades 10 to 12. 250-740-6317.

Vancouver Island University Master of Education in Educational Leadership. The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership provides a program of preparation for aspiring formal and informal school leaders. Grounded in the rich educational leadership literature supplemented by extensive faculty expertise and experience, the program provides a balance of research, policy and practice. Graduates of our program will have demonstrated the knowledge, skills and attitudes of successful leaders. All programs are offered as cohorts with strong Faculty support. Graduates are fully qualified to pursue doctoral studies.

Vancouver Island University (VIU) Master of Education in Special Education. VIU’s M.Ed. in Special Education embodies an innovative approach to the field of Special Education. Grounded in current research and evidence–based practices, our program challenges each educator to critically examine historical and contemporary Special Education policies and approaches to formulate a best practice specific to her/his own context. Faculty bring their expert knowledge and extensive experiences to guide, support and maximize student learning in each part of the program. All programs are offered as cohorts with strong Faculty support. Graduates are fully qualified to pursue doctoral studies.


Post Secondary

Pacific Rim College is a globally-recognized academic institution of complementary and integrative medicine located on Vancouver Island in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. The college provides world-class education and premier clinical services in a variety of medical modalities including Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Western Herbal Medicine, Holistic Nutrition, Doula Training and Integrative Health. PRC’s faculty is comprised of more than 50 leaders in the natural healthcare industry, and students have come from more than 40 countries. In 2016 PRC was named Vancouver Island’s Professional Business of the Year and won the EcoStar Social Impact award. 229-560 Johnson Street. 250-483-2119.


Educational Services & Programs

Access Speech & Language. Ending dyslexia is finally possible. Learn how it is now possible to end dyslexia relatively quickly, affordably and with lasting results thanks to advances in neuroscience and technology. Award-winning speech language pathologist Marlene Lewis is donating her time to share her findings, hands-on success and expertise, using research-based presentations that clearly show what steps need to be taken to end dyslexia. If you would like Marlene to speak to your group or to you individually, find out when her next free public talk is, or learn more, please visit or call 250-474-6368.

Kumon is an after-school math and reading enrichment program that unlocks the potential of children so they can achieve more on their own. Children attend the learning centre once or twice a week where a team of dedicated professionals provide individualized instruction and feedback. Through daily practice and mastery of materials, students increase confidence, improve concentration and develop better study skills. Kumon has 26,000 centres in 49 countries and more than four million students studying worldwide. Visit to learn more or follow us on Facebook at Saanich: 250-479-1800; Sidney: 250-896-8879; West Shore: 250-516-2991.

Mad Science® Vancouver Island offers exciting science programs for schools, communities and individuals. Our after-school program this year, Spy Academy, explores the science in the work of detectives and spies. In a series of six weekly lessons we immerse children in a hands-on environment of exploration, fun and learning. Children experiment, question, and build a take-home toy to share what they learned with others. Our programs include Birthday Parties & Camps. Check and Book on-line any time. Available in the Victoria area, Duncan, Nanaimo and Comox-Courtenay. Call 1-888-954-6237 for information.

Sidney Mineral World’s Education Program offers earth science education for school and non-school groups. In alignment with BC’s New School Curriculum it provides a balance of hands-on experience and information. We offer three programs for you to choose from, with the flexibility of adaptations. Our newest Flexible Program offers individualized earth science or archaeology-based lessons. The Rock Cycle talk has an abundance of hands-on mineral and fossil specimens and participants also learn about minerals of BC while collecting samples to take home. Our Earth Processes program covers the connection between plate tectonics, earthquakes and tsunamis and also involves collecting gems to take home. 250-656-0791.;

Oak and Orca Bioregional Forest School is an outdoor, nature-based program at PKOLS and Mount Douglas Park. The program fosters an inclusive, caring community in which students learn by doing. Through an emergent curriculum, we offer students the opportunity to connect with plants and animals in the temperate rainforest and on the beach. Outdoor experiences include stories and drama, wood carving and sculptures, beach art, shelter-building, learning about wild edibles, hiking, and active games. This unique program is available to all students, including those in our Hands-On Home-Learning (DL) program. Tours are available by request.,, 250-383-6619. 1-888-383-6619.

Come experience the inquiry-based education programs at The Robert Bateman Centre. Each one is enriched with the integration of literacy, fine arts and stewardship of our natural world. Our indoor gallery programs are an exploration of art, birds, and BC animals or check out our new outdoor education programs, all guided by an experienced educator. Teachers can also visit The Robert Bateman Centre with their classroom for an unguided tour at a special rate, and every Pro D Day, students can visit the Robert Bateman Centre for free. To book your class trip contact:, 250-940-3630 ex 302. For more information:

Sylvan Learning’s personal and engaging approach to learning has helped millions of children see success in school over the past 40 years. Our tutoring programs are individualized and tailored specifically to the needs of each child. The use of technology, and our specific approach to motivation helps keep students focused and makes learning fun. When your child just isn’t getting enough out of the classroom you need someone knowledgeable whom you can trust to help guide and engage your child. Someone with insight and experience. You can count on Sylvan. With four locations on Vancouver Island. Call us at 1-800-Educate.

Total Learning Services (TLS) is a unique tutoring service in Victoria. TLS is dedicated to improving quality of life through effective clinical reading programs for children, teens and adults (age of clients: 5 to 50). The reading process can be a frustrating struggle for my clients; most times it is affecting their daily lives. As a reading specialist, I use strategies that make the reading process fun and easy. Achievement testing is done to determine the areas of the reading process which are of the greatest concern. My programs have changed the lives of many. Pediatrician recommendation. For your free consultation, contact Brenda Osadchy, B.Ed. M.SpEd. 778-440-0997 or


Andrea’s Sew Easy Spring Break Sewing Camps. Something different for your child to do during Spring Break…A Sewing Camp. Sewing is a skill they will treasure and enjoy for a lifetime. Andrea Bailey has been teaching classes, after school and Saturdays, and camps, Monday to Friday, morning or afternoon, for over 26 years. Children from the age of seven through to teens learn at their own speed in small classes with a maximum of 4 students. Call 250-592-7879 or email Testimonials at Come and see the “All Kids Fashion Show” at the Sewing and Crafts Show, Pearkes Arena, March 11.

Introducing REACH!—A new, non-profit organization with exciting performing groups/programs celebrating diversity—of ages, cultures and abilities (including special needs). Centrally located at Saanich Commonwealth Place in Royal Oak. REACH! Children’s Choir (4-12 years), Thursdays 5:30-6:15 p.m. REACH! Performing Company (adults and youth 13 years and up), Thursdays 7:00-8:30 p.m. Award-winning Artistic Director—Anne-Marie Brimacombe (LRCM, ARCM). For more information please contact West Coast Reach Association, Tel. 250-882-4339, Email: Website:

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VIU Canada Learning Bond. If your child was born in 2004 or later and your family receives the National Child Benefit Supplement (for families whose combined household income is approximately $45,000 or less), you are eligible for up to $2,000 of free money for your child’s education after high school. The Canada Learning Bond is a federal grant that will be deposited when you set up a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for your child. It’s free to set up a RESP and you don’t have to contribute any money into the RESP to receive the bond. For information visit or email•

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