Beyond bursaries: the AYA program

The Agreements with Young Adults (AYA) program is only for former youth in care (Continuing Custody Order or Youth Agreement). It provides financial support for you to finish high school, to go to college or university, to take a rehabilitation program, or to take a life skills program.

Am I eligible for the AYA program?

You can apply to AYA if:

1. You had one of the following care statuses on your 19th birthday:

  • Continuing Custody Order (CCO)
  • Youth Agreement
  • In the process of adoption (Family Relations Act)

2.  you are doing at least one of the following:

3. And are older than 19 and younger than 27 years old.

Insider Tip

When you leave care, get a letter stating your care status (Many bursaries require you to prove you were in care). If you've already left care, call your last social worker's office and ask them for the letter. You might have to go into an office and show your ID to get it.

What kind of financial help can I get from AYA?

You can get money for:

  • Living expenses
  • Child care
  • Tuition fees
  • Health care

How do I apply? 

To apply for AYA:

1. Fill out the application form.
2. Drop it off at an MCFD office

When looking for an office:

  1. Click the link above
  2. Enter in your city or town
  3. Look for Child and Family Services offices
  4. Select the one closest to you

3. Wait for the AYA social worker in your area to contact you. It might take a month or so. 

Who can help me fill out the application form?

Anyone at an MCFD office

When looking for an office:

  1. Click the link above
  2. Enter in your city or town
  3. Look for Child and Family Services offices
  4. Select the one closest to you

How long can I stay on an AYA for?

You can stay on an AYA for 48 months.


Which life skills programs are eligible? (New!)

Life Skills Programs Eligible for AYA-Funded Young Adults - Location map 

Where Who What program Contact
Abbotsford Abbotsford Community Services (ACS) Autumn House 604-859-7681 ext 258
Campbell River Laichwilthach Family Life Society Aboriginal Life Skills Program


Campbell River The John Howard Society of North Island Foundry Campbell River


Kelowna New Opportunities for Women Canada Society (NOW) The Essential Program 250-763-3876
Kelowna The Bridge Services (TBS) Bridge Youth & Family Services 250-878-6200
New Westminster Aunt Leah's Place Branches AYA Life Skills Program
(604) 525 1204 ext. 234
North Vancouver Hollyburn Family Services Society (HFSS) Life Success Program 604-987-8211
Prince George Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS) Bridging to Employment Life Skills to Success 250-562-3591
Prince George Prince George Association for Community Living AimHi 250-649-3321
Salmon Arm Aspiral Youth Partners Association (AYPA) Life Skills for Youth in the Shuswap 250-832-0108
Smithers Smithers Community Services Association Youth Empowerment Program 250-847-9515
Squamish Sea to Sky Community Services (SSCS) SSCS Road Maps Program - Life Skills for Young Adults 604‐892‐5796 ext 222
Surrey Life Skills Therapy (LST) Steps 2 Independence 778-384-4503
Surrey Options Community Services (OCS) Supported Youth Independent Housing Program 604-418-4736
Terrace North West Inter-Nation Family and Community Services Bite into Life Skills Program 250-622-2514
Vancouver Covenant House Vancouver Rights of Passage 604-647-4480
Vancouver Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) Youth Housing Services 604-951-4821
Vancouver YWCA Metro Vancouver Strive 604-895-5791 604-202-7011 (cell)
Victoria Osanis Counselling and Consulting Inc (OCC) Osanis Youth Hub 250-216-1983
Whistler Zero Ceiling  Work 2 Live 604-962-5000
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