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What is Toonies for Tuition?

In 2005, CCSTA established a Charitable Foundation to assist students in Catholic schools with their tuition costs in provinces with limited or no public funding. During its 2006 AGM in St. John’s, NL, CCSTA members envisaged the Toonies for Tuition campaign as the official fundraiser for the Charitable Foundation.

Why is there a need for Toonies for Tuition?

Full public funding for Catholic schools only exists in Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and Yukon.  Partial funding (approximately 50%) occurs in Manitoba and British Columbia. Meanwhile, Catholic schools located in Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, NL and Nunavut receive no government funding.  Operating a school costs money, and in many places in Canada, local tuition donations and fundraising are the only financial source.  Toonies assists to help alleviate these costs.

How does the fundraising work?

Throughout the year, schools, boards, parishes and organizations hold a special day or week for fundraising. Donations can be made on-line or by cheque.

Two annual trophies are awarded to the school board and province who raise the most funds for TFT based on FTE.  Read more...

How do students access the funds?

Each year, a school applies for money, including a brief description of the family’s situation and the funds requested.  Applications are due March 31st.

Who decides what applications receive approval?

The Endowment Fund Committee, a group of five members operating at arm’s length from CCSTA, reviews the applications in April and May.  By June 30, decisions have been made and the schools are informed.

How will I know if my donation has gone to the fund?

All donations of $20 or more will receive a thank you note and tax receipt via email..  The CCSTA Charitable Foundation is a registered Canadian charity.

Has the money raised by the Toonies campaign really made any difference?

Below are some testimonials about the effect of the program:

"Every year we have families in our school that find it increasingly difficult to manage the expenses of raising a family here in North Vancouver, and yet they will make sacrifices to send their children to our school because they value Catholic Education. We are fortunate that the province of British Columbia does provide partial funding to independent schools, but it only accounts for half of the per student operating grant needed to educate children, and no money for capital expenses. Holy Trinity, and all of our Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese, keep our tuitions as low as possible, but is still a struggle for some to afford. Although our parish helps families with tuition cost when possible, it is not always enough. Thanks to “Toonies for Tuition” we have great Catholic families who can send their children to Holy Trinity who otherwise might not manage. Toonies for Tuition assistance doesn’t necessarily take care of all of a families’ tuition expense, but it has significantly reduced tuition for some, and allowed our families to manage the rest.

We are so very grateful for the work of the CCSTA’s Tuition assistance program. We always state that all the Catholic families in our parish should not be denied the opportunity to send their children to our school, and with the help of “Toonies for Tuition” we are much better equipped to make that happen."

Kevin Smith, Princiap, Holy Trinity Elementary, Nort Vancouver, BC

"Over the past three school years, the CCSTA bursary has provided tuition relief to 6 families for 9 children in total, attending St. Maurice School in Winnipeg.  The bursary assistance provided was sufficient to cover one month’s tuition for each child (10% of their total tuition cost), and was a significant aid to these families facing financial challenges while still wishing to have their children educated in a Catholic School.  The School, on behalf of these families, is very grateful to the Canadian Catholic School Trustees Association for its support of Catholic Education!"

Bryan Doiron, Principal, St. Maurice School, Winnipeg, MB

"We would like to say a big thank you to the Board of the Canadian Catholic School Trustees’ Association for the opportunity given to my children to be able to continue their studies with Sacred Heart School of Halifax through the scholarship given to them for the 2018/2019 session.

Sacred Heart has been more than a school for us, they are more like our family and are part of us. The kids’ Canadian dream has been fully realized through your help and we are grateful. Anytime we see the kids going to school, we cannot but wish the Association all the best because it could only be through the financial assistance received that this could be possible.

Thanks so much for your support and assistance, we are forever grateful."

Parents, Sacred Heart School, Haliflax, NS

Donations can be made on-line or by cheque.  
Charitable Foundation
Catholic Education Centre
570 West Hunt Club Road
Nepean, Ontario 
K2G 3R4

Please make cheques payable to "The CCSTA Charitable Foundation"

Thank you for your generous spirit of giving!