Take the Wheel FAQ

What is the purpose of each of the bursaries?

The Take the Wheel Program will provide financial and in-kind supports to help youth in and from government care in BC obtain their driver’s license.  

  • The Take the Wheel Drivers Training bursary provides youth in and from care (aged 16-24) support to get their N or novice license in B.C. The bursary awards youth up to $1500 to go towards covering the cost of a professional driver training course or package.
  • The Take the Wheel License Support bursary provides youth in and from care (aged 16-24) support to get their N or novice license by awarding youth up to $250 to go towards covering the cost of an L test and license, an N test and license or to help pay off outstanding transit fines that prevent a youth from obtaining their license.
Why is the program split into two bursaries? 

After evaluating the 2017 Take the Wheel Program, it was clear that supports for youth at a variety of stages of preparedness deserved to have access to funds to work towards getting their license. We have now divided the Take the Wheel Bursary into a Drivers Training Bursary for youth who currently have valid learners licenses and then a License Support Bursary for youth who need funds to pay for their learners license exam, novice license exam or to help pay down outstanding ICBC or Translink held transit fines.

Could a young person apply for both?

Yes.  A youth can apply for both bursaries in separate rounds of the Take the Wheel Program.

I am 15 but will turn 16 in the next few months, or I will be turning 25 in a few months. Can I apply?

Yes. As long as you will be turning 16 before the deadline of the round you are applying for, your application will be considered. As long as you are 24 at the time of the deadline of the round you are applying for, your application will be considered.

Is the Take the Wheel Bursary Program a permanent program at the Fed?

No. The 2018-2019 Take the Wheel Bursary Program will be running for three rounds thanks to the support of MCFD and a grant of $100,000. We are currently looking for ways to make Take the Wheel a long term, sustainable program.

What supports are currently in place for youth in and from care to get their license?

MCFD currently provides, on a case by case basis, some driver training support to youth in care depending on their legal status within the foster care system and their level of preparedness. This is an excellent first step for young people hoping to learn to drive, but there are still many youth in care who leave the care system without having completed their driver training.

Through the SHIFT initiative, the Construction Foundation of BC is pleased to work with the Victoria Foundation to provide Driver’s Licence training for youth in care or youth who have transitioned from care in the Greater Victoria area.

Approximately how many youth will be able to get their driver training under this funding?

We will be issuing 96 separate bursaries through the 2018-2019 Take the Wheel Bursary Program. The number of individual youth recipients will depend on if the same youth applies for both bursaries. The bursaries will be evenly distributed throughout the North, Interior, Vancouver Island and Vancouver Coastal areas of B.C. Each region will be awarded 8 bursaries for each round of Take the Wheel.

What are the criteria that makes someone eligible to apply?

Driver Training Bursary

  • You are between the ages of 16 and 24 and eligible to meet the Federation’s definition for membership*
  • You are a Canadian citizen or a landed immigrant
  • You have your Learner's license

License Support Bursary

  • You are between the ages of 16 and 24 and eligible to meet the Federation’s definition for membership 
  • You are a Canadian citizen or a landed immigrant
  • You have an approximate date or already scheduled learners exam or novice license exam or proof of outstanding ICBC or Translink held transit fines
How can a young person apply?

Go to www.fbcyicn.ca/takethewheel (all one word) or visit the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks website at www.fbcyicn.ca and click on “Take the Wheel” under the “What we offer” tab. Scroll down to find the bursary you'd like to apply for. You can either complete the online application or print the fillable pdf and email, fax or mail the form to the Federation.

What are the deadlines for the application rounds?

Round one deadline is October 18th at 4:00pm
Round two deadline is March 8th at 4:00pm
Round three deadline is July 5th at 4:00pm

Why is it important to provide funding to support youth in and from care to learn to drive?

Getting your driver’s license is not only an important rite of passage in our society, it also has profound social and economic impacts for youth in and from care.  Particularly in rural parts of B.C., having a license can provide access to safe, reliable transportation that is necessary for education, employment, and social and cultural opportunities.

Who will be selecting the successful applicants?  How will they be selected?

The Take the Wheel selection committee will be made up of a combination of youth in and from care ages 14 to 24, Fed board and staff members. The committee will review applications received for each round and evaluate them based on their demonstrated need and the detail that they are able to provide about how they feel this bursary could help them to achieve their goals.

When will youth know if they are successful applicants for the bursaries?

Youth applicants will be notified of the status of their applications within 4-6 weeks of the deadline for the round they have applied for. It may take an additional 4-6 weeks for the driving school/program, or ICBC/Translink to receive your bursary on your behalf.

Can youth receive the funds or does it need to go through a driving school/program, or ICBC/Translink directly?

Successful bursary recipients will have their funds sent directly to their chosen driving school/program or to ICBC/Translink.

If a youth is not approved to receive a bursary in one round, can they apply in another?

Yes, a youth can apply for a bursary in a different round, but must submit another complete application.

What if a youth’s application for a bursary is partially complete, but the deadline for submission is in a few days. Can they still apply with an incomplete application to meet the deadline and submit the rest of the application later?

Unfortunately, incomplete applications that are submitted will not be considered. Please ensure all sections of the application are completed prior to submitting.

How long does a bursary recipient have to use their funds?

Bursary recipients have up to 18 months to use their funds. If the funds have not been used within this timeframe, the Federation will contact the bursary recipient to discuss a plan for the funds.

Who is the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks?

The Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks (FBCYICN) is a youth-driven, provincial, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young people in and from government care in BC between the ages of 14 and 24.  We were created by a group of young people in foster care who saw the need for more supports for their peers in and from care.  That was in 1993, and today we still stay true to their vision.  We are a community of young people and allies working together to make things better for youth in and from care in BC. 

If you have any further questions please contact Shannon Dolton, Engagement Coordinator at Shannon.dolton@fbcyicn.ca, by phone at 604.527.7762 ext. 109 or at 604.353.3495

*You are a current or former youth in care either under a continuing custody order (CCO) of temporary custody order (TCO) Voluntary Care Agreement, Special Care Agreement, or Youth Agreement in BC under the Child Family and Community Services Act and have had a cumulative total of 1 year in government care.