License Support Bursary

License Support Bursary

The upcoming July 5 round of Take the Wheel bursaries will be the last we are able to award at this time. Find out more.

The Take the Wheel License Support Bursary provides youth in and from care between the ages of 16 and 24 support to get their Class 7 license by awarding youth up to $250 to go towards covering the cost of a Learner’s (L) test and license, Novice (N) road test and license, or help pay off outstanding transit fines that prevent a youth from obtaining their license. The Take the Wheel License Support Bursary is funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) and is administered by the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks. The Take the Wheel License Support Bursary will award 48 bursaries over the course of 2018-2019. 

Please complete all necessary sections of this application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Note: If you are a youth in and from care between the ages of 16 and 18, in order for you to be eligible for a Take the Wheel License Support Bursary, you must provide proof that you have requested your social worker cover the costs of obtaining your L license, N license, or covering your transit fines, and that they are unable to do so. 

It will take between 4-6 weeks after the application submission deadline for applicants to hear back from us regarding the status of their application. 


  • Applicants have a cumulative total of at least one year of experience in BC government care under one or more of the following:
    • Continuing Custody Order (CCO) 
    • Temporary Custody Order (TCO) 
    • Voluntary Care Agreement (VCA) 
    • Special Needs Agreement (SNA) 
    • Youth Agreement (YAG) 
  • Applicants are between the ages of 16 and 24 years old 
  • Applicants are a Canadian Citizen or Landed Immigrant 


Complete an application package and include all required documents (see below). Submit completed application package with all required documents before each round’s deadline. 

Round 1 deadline – October 18, 2018 
Round 2 deadline – March 8, 2019 
Round 3 deadline – July 5, 2019 

Required Documents

The following documentation is required for an application to be considered complete:

  • The following information about any outstanding Translink- or ICBC-held transit fines. If you do not have this information you can get it either through ICBC or Translink. Tickets issued before September 4, 2012 are held by ICBC. To contact ICBC Accounts Receivable call (604) 661-2723. Tickets issued after September 5, 2012 are held by Translink. To contact Translink Fare Infraction Admin call (778) 375-6951.
    • Date the ticket was issued
    • Infraction section number (on the front of the ticket)
    • Fare infraction number (on the top right corner of the fron tof the ticket)
    • Driver's license numner (if applicable)
  • Estimated date of L or N license test.
  • Proof of care letter stating you have a cumulative total of at least one year of experience in BC government care.
  • One reference letter – can be from a teacher, advisor, employer or supportive adult in your life, stating why you would be agood candidate to receive the Take the Wheel License Support Bursary.
  • For youth between the ages of 16 and 18, a letter from your guardian or social worker confirming their support of your License Support Bursary application and an explanation for why they cannot cover the costs for you to obtain your L license, N license, or transit fines.
  • Answers to all essay questions.
  1. How will receiving the Take the Wheel License Support Bursary positively impact your life?
  2. Please explain the timeline and plan you have for studying for and passing your L license test, practicing and gaining drivinghours for your N road test, or for paying off your transit fines in full.
  3.  What additional supports do you feel you need to help you successfully obtain your L license, N license or to pay offoutstanding transit fines?
  • Sign-off on Applicant Declarations.

You can apply by downloading the PDF License Support Bursary application package, which can be dropped off, emailed, or faxed in:

Take the Wheel Bursary 
Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks 
500 – 625 Agnes St. 
New Westminster, BC V3M 5Y4 
Fax: (604) 527-7764 

Or, you can apply online by completing the webform and attaching the required documents. If you apply online, please make sure you have all the required documents ready before you start your application. You will not be able to save it and come back to it later.



For questions regarding the Take the Wheel Bursary program please call (604) 527-7762 or email