May 18 Community Briefs

Childhood education scholarship, BC Culture Days local ambassador call-out, online hunting portal

Childhood education scholarship

The Province is providing $500,000 to the Early Childhood Educators of BC to continue a bursary fund for students enrolled in early childhood education programs.

Students participating in early childhood education programs can apply for up to $300 per course, to a maximum of $1,500 per semester.

Applications are now being accepted for the fall 2016 semester. The deadline to submit an application will be approximately six weeks prior to the end of the semester. For more information on the bursary program and how to apply, visit:


BC Culture Days local ambassador call-out

BC Culture Days invites all B.C. artists to apply for the 2016 Ambassador and Awards Program. Winners will receive $1,000 towards community activation and presentation of a Culture Days activity!

The Culture Days weekend, taking place this year on September 30, October 1 and 2, is a national celebration of arts, culture, and heritage inviting the public “behind-the scenes” to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work.

The Culture Days Ambassador acts as a spokesperson for BC Culture Days and as a community mobilizer throughout the summer leading up to the Culture Days weekend.

Eligible applicants must be individual artists (amateur or professional) residing in B.C; active in their arts, culture or heritage community; and registered to present an activity during the Culture Days weekend.

Artists are invited to apply to the program at Deadline: June 15, 2016.


Online hunting portal

VICTORIA – Effective April 25, 2016, the Province has launched the online B.C. hunting portal, giving hunters instant access to apply for their resident hunting credentials and the new Fish and Wildlife ID, which replaces the old hunter identification number.  Meanwhile, the new online LEH system offers interactive maps and a simple interface that instantly gives hunters information on upcoming hunting opportunities across the province. With the move online, the Province is no longer issuing paper LEH applications and will not accept paper LEH applications after 2016.

Hunters without Internet access can still visit and Service BC, FrontCounter BC or an authorized vendor to apply in person for the Fish and Wildlife ID or an LEH draw.

Over time, the Province will add other e-services like licences, compulsory reporting forms, guide licences and reporting, and applications to accompany a non-resident hunter.