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Funding for nautical courses

Women and Indigenous Peoples

As a woman or Indigenous person enrolled in nautical courses, you may qualify to have 90% of your costs covered.

Indigenous students are automatically considered for additional funds (up to $300 per week) to help with living expenses while enrolled in a nautical course.

To receive funding you must be enrolled in one of the following eligible course categories:

Eligible Courses

Fishing Master IV
Learn how to safely operate and navigate a fishing vessel. Courses include: Simulated Electronic Navigation (Limited), Domestic Vessel Safety, Radio Operator Certificate, Marine Advance First Aid and Traditional Knowledge.Upon completion learners are prepared to write Transport Canada’s Fishing Master IV (FM IV) exam. Students holding Transport Canada FM IV may work as Master on board a Fishing Vessel of not more than 100 gross tonnage engaged in domestic waters. Prerequisite one year of sea time.
Start Dates: January 2, 2020
Locations: Pictou and Yarmouth
Program Length: 14 weeks
Bursary value: $5,842

Marine Emergency Duties
Learn about personal survival, firefighting, rescue craft and traditional knowledge. Completion of these courses prepare seafarers with the minimum requirement for sailing on commercial vessels in international waters.
Start Dates:
June 15, 2020 and July 27, 2020
Strait Area Campus
Program Length:
3 weeks
Bursary value:

Small Vessel Operator Proficiency
Learn to safely operate small commercial vessels, other than tugs and fishing vessels, in coastal waters. This set of courses include: Small Vessel Operator Proficiency, Radio Operator Certificate, Domestic Vessel Safety, Marine Basic First Aid and Traditional Knowledge.
Start Date:
January 13, 2020 and February 3, 2020
Port Hawkesbury and Antigonish and TBD
Program Length:
3 weeks
Bursary value:

  • Indigenous applicants must provide confirmation of self-identification and/or registered status recognized by the Government of Canada.

Next steps

  1. Register for a marine course
    Be sure to self-identify as a female or Indigenous person
  2. Apply for funding
    Once registration is confirmed, you receive a link to apply for funding.