July 07, 2009

New Driver Education Funding for Immigrants!

Starting from the middle of March, 2009 and just being applied for the first year, the program New Driver Education Funding for Immigrants is soon well-known and got a lots application forms from those who are new to Saskatchewan.

The total fund is $125,000 made by SGI and offered to the whole Saskatchewan. It is available every year from January to refugees and immigrants who have got permanent residency in Saskatchewan and who legally require driver education to obtain a driver's license. Right now, the grant is empty and will be soon available again in this January, 2010 when there is a new announcement.

The grant will not cover the costs of training already completed and it is not a reimbursement. Basically, it allows people to obtain the required six hours of in-class and six hours of in-car training (6 & 6) which costs around $500 for a road test. Extra practice hours, testing costs, interpreter costs, and fees charged for no-shows and/or cancellations are the responsibility of the driver. Applicants can receive only one SGI grant during their studies.

All training must be completed within three months of approval to guarantee funding. If training is not complete within three months, funding may go to other applicants awaiting approval. Upon completion of the driver education program, class records must be submitted to SGI to receive payment. Payment will be made directly to the driver educator. Application processing may take up to three weeks. To speed up the application process, ensure application is completed in full and all documentation is included.

To be eligible, the applicant must:
1.Hold a valid Class 7 learner’s licence (cannot be suspended, disqualified, expired or owe monies to SGI).
2.Submit a signed application form authorizing SGI to review records to verify driving eligibility.
3.Be a Saskatchewan resident.
4.Provide the name of the driver educator/school being hired and the amount of funding needed showing the breakdown of rates for in-car and in-class training.
5.Provide a copy of immigration documents showing status (refugee, permanent resident, etc.)
6.Be conversant in the English language. For applicants who are not conversant in English, an interpreter should be hired (costs not included with funding). Some educators offer training in an additional language.

Priority will be given to refugees.

You can prepare all the forms and mail the completed applications to this address.

Marie Braithwaite, Driver Education Liaison, SGI
2260 – 11th Avenue Regina, SK S4P 2N7
Fax: (306) 569-9631

To get the forms, you can go to SGI office at above address or download: click here!

Immigrant Driver Education grant application (PDF, 22kB)



Sources form:
Thestarphoenix
SGI 1
SGI 2


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