Ministry of Children's Services

Government of Alberta - Advancing Futures Program

Assists youth, who have been or continue to be in the care or custody of Alberta Children Services, to transition into adulthood as they pursue their educational goals.

Service provides:

  • assistance to youth who have been or continue to be in the care or custody of Alberta Children Services, to achieve their educational goals


  • up to $40,000.00 in tuition costs
  • 60 months of other supports, including living allowances and childcare
  • attainment of an employable skill set
  • and more

Educational goals can be obtained by:

  • upgrading / adult education (only in order to gain entrance to a post-secondary program)
  • earning a degree or diploma from an approved Alberta post-secondary institution
  • learning a trade
  • earning a licence or certificate
Yes, Service targeted to individuals:
  • 18 to 24 years at the time of application
  • attending school on a full - or part-time basis
  • who have had a Permanent Guardianship Order (PGO) when they were 13 to 18 years
  • or who have been in the care or custody of Alberta Children Services for at least 18 months when they were 13 to 24 years
Application Process
Service Access: Application Required, To access service:
  • application forms available on website
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Advancing Futures offices are closed to drop ins. The Advancing Futures team continues to work to support students remotely. Contact for details.Referral Process: No

Waiting Period: Yes,

Wait times are 8 to 10 weeks once application is received.

Application deadlines vary. Contact for details.

Toll Free
310-0000 then 780-415-0085
Web Site
Fee: No
Fee Reduction: No
Membership Fee: No
Wheelchair access: N/A - Other disabled access: N/A -
Legal Status
Provincial Government
Last Updated On
October 26, 2021
10523 100 Avenue
Edmonton, AB, T5J 0A8
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Hours of Operation
08:15 AM - 04:30 PM
08:15 AM - 04:30 PM
08:15 AM - 04:30 PM
08:15 AM - 04:30 PM
08:15 AM - 04:30 PM