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Ontario Reduces Financial Barriers to Postsecondary Education

Student Assistance Applications Open for 2020-21 School Year

TORONTO — The Ontario government is reducing financial barriers for full-time students attending postsecondary education. Starting today, those most in need can apply to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) for the 2020-21 school year.

"Investing in higher education is one of the most important investments a person can make in their future," said Ross Romano, Minister of College and Universities. "To help ensure today's students, and tomorrow's entrepreneurs, innovators and workers can obtain the skills they need to succeed in a highly competitive global economy, our government is helping to remove the financial barriers to postsecondary education."

For many students, the loans they receive from OSAP are their first major financial commitment. To support a greater understanding of the program and the responsibilities as an OSAP recipient, applicants will be required to complete an information module that highlights basic information about the student assistance program and financial literacy. This is knowledge students will need to make informed financial decisions today, and throughout their lives.

During this unprecedented period, the government is providing a six-month temporary deferral of OSAP loan payments and interest accrual on OSAP loans from March 30-September 30, 2020 to support OSAP borrowers in good standing. The province has also worked with postsecondary institutions to support virtual learning and virtual exams.

The government is now preparing for the 2020-21 school year by working closely with the province's colleges and universities to ensure students receive the high-calibre education and training they need to obtain rewarding careers. Acting on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario's postsecondary institutions are developing their plans for the fall term - exploring a range of delivery options depending on the trajectory of COVID-19.

Quick Facts

  • Learn about supports from the federal government for students and recent graduates impacted by COVID-19.
  • Ontario provides grants and loans through OSAP to eligible students to help them with the costs of postsecondary education.
  • Both the Ontario and federal governments provide grants and loans to eligible students through OSAP.

Additional Resources

Royals- although apart we are in this together!

Try your best every day.

This is brand new to all of us! We are all trying to create a little bit of normal in our lives. Continuing your studies is a perfect way to bring some motivation, routine, purpose and connectedness to your day. Keep going- you will find that each day this will become not as overwhelming. Break things down into manageable chunks.

Connect with your teachers.

Ask questions. Reach out through email. Some of your classes may even send you an invitation to a TEAM class session. Remember that we are all in this together and we want everyone to feel connected. Do not hesitate to ask your questions.

If you need any other support, the Student Services team and Learning Resource team is still right here for you.

Set up a schedule or routine for yourself on school days.

As stated before, this is new to everyone. Keep going and soon you will find that this will feel routine too. Set up a schedule for yourself. Please keep in mind that your teachers will be following the regular hours of a school day so if you have decided alternate times for your own day, your teacher may not be available to answer your questions at that time. You may have to wait until the next day to receive a response. Please get in the habit of responding to messages that are sent to you. Get in the habit of checking your school email. Try to check the school website at least once per week for any updates. Make these check-ins a part of your daily startup routine. Don’t forget to schedule breaks and lunch too during your school day. Create a motivation for yourself. Maybe you will go out for a walk, watch Netflix, or be on your favourite social media spot after you have completed an assignment. Balance is very important in time management. Surprisingly, you likely had already formed some sort of routine in these past few weeks; please allow your school work to be another layer in your new normal.

Practice self- care.

All of these doctors know what they are talking about! There is a reason why every time that they promote physical distancing that they also promote exercise, diet and human connection.

Try to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day. If you can be outside- even better! It is incredible how many workouts, yoga sessions, running plans, training schedules etc. that are available online for free. Why not try something new? Invite a friend to join you.

Help with the cooking at home. Look up healthy recipes and make your own snacks. Again, you have an incredible “how to” resource at your fingertips. It can be so much fun and delicious too.

Connection. We hope you are connecting with your friends and family through text, email, FaceTime, etc. Be sure to reach out. Think of how you feel when you know someone is thinking about you. We need to remember that we are all in this together.

Try keeping a journal. You can keep your own historical record of this truly exceptional time. It could be something as simple as naming one thing for which you are grateful every day or noting changes around you on a daily basis. Writing, videoing or recording- any kind of tracking will help to ground you.

One day at a time, one step at a time. Stay patient, recognize why this is happening and the rest will follow. We will all support each other any way we can to get through.

We’ve got this, Royals!

Class of 2020

Please be watchful for links to local scholarships that will be posted here on the school website and on our social media links. is great place to look for scholarships. Look on the website of your post-secondary institution for scholarship opportunities too.

Do not forget to keep checking your OCAS or OUAC accounts. That is where you will click “I accept” for the program of your choice. Pay close attention to dates. Your midterm marks will be uploaded between April 23 and May 1st for the next round of acceptances. Remember that everyone, including colleges and universities, is going through this and adjustments may need to happen in order to keep things moving forward. Check your email regularly for messages from colleges and universities. is a surprising resource. Check it out.

Please submit your “Graduate Declaration” via email to Miss Dolphin.

A link has been provided.

We are still planning for Commencement to happen in October. Please be thinking of whom you would like to name as your Valedictorian for the Class of 2020. A nomination link will be posted at a later date.

Student Supports

Graduate Declaration


Please take the time to fill out the Graduate Declaration Form linked below. This is your application for Commencement Awards that will be distributed in October of 2020. At SDSS, our Commencement Awards total over $20 000. 


Canadian Mental Health Association
March 2020 Presentation

John Lennon--Happiness
Adobe Acrobat PDF

The Elmwood and District Chamber of Commerce Post-Secondary Education Award

The Elmwood & District Chamber of Commerce Post-Secondary Education Award is
intended to financially assist students with their post-secondary education or training. A monetary donation will be provided each year to assist a student or students and
recognize their commitment and motivation in the areas of academic achievement,
community service, and extracurricular involvement.
Applicants Must:
Reside in the Elmwood area
Be a current year graduate
Registered as a full-time student in either:
1. A one, two, or three-year certificate program offered by a college of applied
arts and technology, or private post-secondary institution;
2. An undergraduate degree program at a recognized post-secondary institution;
3. A registered apprenticeship program.
Complete the attached application, including all supporting documents, and submit to:
The Elmwood and District Chamber of Commerce
Elmwood, Ontario
N0G 1S0
Due date is June 15, 2020


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