CMTN announces $40,000 in emergency relief for students

Mar 31, 2020

April 9, 2020 update

CMTN is pleased to announce that all gift cards have been allocated to students in immediate need. To inquire about other emergency funding opportunities please contact our Financial Aid Officer at

Coast Mountain College and CMTN Foundation will boost funding to Student Emergency bursaries during a high time of need due to COVID-19 by making an additional $40,000 available.

A $20,000 commitment comes from money raised in the Employee Giving program and through generous donations from our community members. Employee Giving makes it possible for CMTN staff to have a nominal amount of money deducted from their pay that contributes to student scholarships, awards and bursaries. Through this program, and through other donations received from community members, funds can be committed to the emergency needs of students. 

“We are very grateful for the donations received from community members and our many employees,” said Brian Badge, Executive Director of College Advancement and CMTN Foundation CAO. “It now enables us to provide emergency and immediate financial relief to our students as they work to complete this semester of study.”

Committed to growing and stewarding resources available to students, CMTN Foundation is also committing $20,000 to the Student Emergency Bursary. All extra funds are directed to provide more relief to students who may be facing financial hardship during the COVID – 19 crisis.

Funds are released through distribution of gift cards valued at $250 each, for grocery stores located in Terrace, Prince Rupert or Smithers. These are available to students who apply and who can demonstrate a financial need.

Local or international students are eligible if they meet the following requirements:

  • Enrolled part or full-time in an academic or vocational program at least 12 weeks long, or in an apprenticeship program.

  • Are currently experiencing emergency financial need as result of COVID-19. These include:

    • Job loss or decreased work hours.
    • Unable to work due to caregiving for dependants/family members, are under travel isolation or are otherwise impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Supporting documentation will be required. 

For more information, or to apply, students should contact

If you are interested in learning more about how you can contribute please contact the CMTN Foundation or sign up for our Employee Giving program.


Further information

Media contact

Sarah Zimmerman, APR
Executive Director, Communications
Cell: 250-641-2206