Emergency Medical Assistant Education Fund Award

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The EMA Education Fund Awards were generously funded by the Emergency and Health Services Commission for the purpose of supporting the education of Emergency Medical Assistants in British Columbia. This fund provides awards to students enrolled in institutions in the province of BC for Emergency Medical Assistance (EMA) programs that have been approved by the EMA Licensing Board.

Currently there is a severe shortage of paramedics working in the public sector in rural, northern and remote areas of British Columbia.  The EMA awards will help support paramedic students in obtaining their PCP or ACP licenses and increase the number of PCP-licensed paramedics living and working in rural or remote areas of British Columbia as well as the number of ACP-licensed paramedics in all of British Columbia.

Value

  • $22,000 each award for Advanced Care Paramedic Program (ACP).   Approximately 30 awarded annually
  • $5,000 each award for Primary Care Paramedic Program (PCP).  Approximately 50 awarded annually

Who Should Apply

Applicants must be accepted into a full or part-time EMA program in British Columbia that is approved by the BC EMA Licensing Board. Additionally, the Institution offering the program must be a qualified donee (as defined by the Income Tax Act (Canada)) for the purpose of supporting the education of Emergency Medical Assistants in BC. Applicants must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or protected persons currently residing in British Columbia and have lived in BC for at least the past twelve months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a full or part-time Emergency Medical Assistant (EMA) program in BC that is approved by the EMA Licensing Board and at a school that is a qualified donee as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency.
  • PCP Applicants who are currently living and studying in, willing to live and study in, or upon program completion willing to practice in the public sector in rural, remote or northern communities of BC will be given preferential consideration.
  • Applicants must provide proof of participation in student and/or community activities.
  • Applicants must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons who are residents of BC.
  • Applicants must document financial need by completing an application form and signing a declaration.
  • Applicants who have received the EMA EF Award for PCP and were required to withdraw/exit are ineligible to re-apply for the award for retaking that program. Applicants who have received the award for ACP and were required to withdraw/exit will only be eligible for the amount not awarded during the first attempt at the program

Applicants may be required to submit additional documentation to verify financial need.

Deadlines

Application Deadlines for EMA Education Fund Award – PCP Program

  • Application period opens January 1, Application deadline February 27, Applicants notified March 31
  • Application period opens May 1, Application deadline June 30, Applicants notified July 31
  • Application period opens September 1,  Application deadline October 30,  Applicants notified November 30

Application Deadlines for EMA Education Fund Award – ACP Program

  • Application period opens May 1,  Application deadline June 30,  Applicants notified July 31
  • Please note that ACP applications will be adjudicated only once a year for the September start date. 

Application Process

Download the application in PDF format.  Please email applications to financialaid@jibc.ca or mail to:

Financial Aid and Awards
Justice Institute of British Columbia
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster, BC
V3L 5T4

Last updated May 18, 2017