History of Canada Day

On July 1st, 2023, Canada celebrates its 156th Dominion Day formerly known as Confederation Day. Canadians across the country and around the world show their pride in their history, culture and achievements. It's been a day of celebration since 1868, where many festivities are held across the nation.

Until 1982, Canada celebrated Dominion Day as their national holiday. The day was then renamed ‘Canada Day in 1982.’ On July 1, 1867, the British Parliament brought the British North America Act into effect, leading to the creation of independent Canada. The territories within the dominion consisted of Upper and Lower Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. Through this act, Canada was divided into Quebec and Ontario, allowing provisions for neighboring colonies to join in the future. This is how present-day Canada came into formation. The British North America Act served as the constitution for Canada until 1982. 

Dominion Day was established in 1879 but wasn’t celebrated by many Canadians, as they still identified themselves as British citizens. This changed on the 50th anniversary of the confederation in 1917, when Dominion Day started becoming more popular. A bill was forwarded in 1946 to rename Dominion Day, but the passing of the bill was stalled due to disagreement in the House of Commons over what the new name should be.

In 1967, on the 100th anniversary of the nation’s creation, there was an increasing interest in Canadian patriotism, and celebrations really took off. Even before it became official, citizens would refer to the holiday as Canada Day, and the name was finally adopted in 1982.

The Creation of Canada Day

July 1, 1867: The British North America Act (today known as the Constitution Act, 1867) created Canada.
June 20, 1868: Governor General Lord Monck signs a proclamation requesting all Canadians to celebrate July 1st.
1879: A federal law makes July 1 a statutory holiday as the "anniversary of Confederation," which is later called "Dominion Day."
October 27, 1982: July 1, "Dominion Day" officially becomes Canada Day.


Canada Day Scholarships

TESOL Canada  aims to increase opportunities for Canadian post-secondary institutions to welcome Canadian as well as International Students from a wide range of countries and territories on short-term studies or research projects. This scholarship will provide students the opportunity to strengthen and diversify their education and for institutions to promote their innovative academic and research programs.

The program will diversify and enrich Canada’s education engagement with a diverse range of partners, strengthen bilateral ties, and complement the Government of Canada’s broader international trade diversification efforts. Canada Day Scholarship is a short-term support program to studies limited between one to six months. This funding covers partial tuition fees for each program.

To celebrate Canadian National Day, TESOL Canada is offering $156,000 of funding to 100 qualified applicants. The final application day is July 1st, 2023.



To be eligible, you must be:

  • ✔ a citizen of an eligible country/territory.
    • This Scholarship is available to students from all countries, no restriction.
  • ✔ a student enrolled at a TESOL or post-secondary institution in an eligible province.
  • ✔ a student applying to CIT, TESOL, TFSOL, TASOL, TSSOL or TCSOL .
  • ✔ paying registration fees to that institution at the time of application.
  • ✔ once approved, the scholarship will be paid to the member institution on your behalf.
  • ✔ balance of tuition fees must be paid directly to the institution.

You are not eligible for this scholarship if:

  • you are participating in another Government Approved scholarship program.
  • you are receiving employment sponsored tuition payment.
  • you are already enrolled in a TESOL or TESL diploma or certificate program at a Canadian post-secondary institution or a vocational college.
  • you are applying to TASE and TCBE program.

Scholarship value and duration

Award component Value Duration Activities
TESOL Foundation or Advanced Certificate (4 months) $1000 Four months or one academic term Study or research at a TESOL Canada approved institution or studying directly through TESOL Canada.
TESOL Diploma (5-6 months) $1500 Four months or one academic term Studying directly through TESOL Canada.
TESOL Postgraduate Diploma (6-12 months) $2000 Five to six months Study or research at a TESOL Canada approved institution or studying directly through TESOL Canada.

Eligible expenses

Selected students may use scholarship funds towards:

  • ✔ visa or study/work permit fees
  • ✔ tuition fees for your selected study program.
  • ✔ books and supplies required for their study or research, excluding computers and other equipment.

Application process

Students interested in studying in a TESOL Canada program under this scholarship should:

  • ✔ review the eligibility requirements.
  • ✔ ask if your school has an institutional agreement with TESOL Canada.
  • ✔ learn more about the application process and any admission requirements.
  • ✔ be able to cover TESOL program’s admission requirements.
  • ✔ have completed the study program’s registration process.

Supporting documents &
selection criteria
We evaluate applications based on:

  • merit of the research or study in TESOL Canada or its affiliated institutions.
  • employment benefit to the applicant and his/ her community.
  • benefit to the Canadian institution, supervisor and peers.
  • strength of the linkages to be created through the proposed study.
  • rankings submitted by the TESOL Canada advisor.
  • reviewing your resume for professional teaching experience or related practice.
  • assessment of your previous education.
  • at least one letter of reference from a colleague or a former (or present) professor.

Application deadline

The Scholarship Deadline to submit an online application is 11:59 p.m. PDT, July 1st, 2023.

Notification of results

Our scholarship administrators will communicate successful results to Canadian institutions and our applicants within 5 business days of applying.

Scholarship conditions

Conditions for successful students

Students selected for a scholarship agree to:

  • engage in part-time and online studies or research as defined by the Canadian institution.
  • not to have more than three absences during the study period.
  • complete all exams, quizzes and assignments as suggested by the institution.

Failure to meet these conditions may result in the cancellation of your scholarship.

 Additional information

  • Scholarships cannot be deferred, are not renewable and are not transferable.
  • Scholarships are subject to availability of funding.
  • Scholarships are not taxable for either the Canadian institution or the recipient.
  • Scholarships are not redeemable as cash values.

How to Apply?

Apply to Canada Day scholarship using our standard application form.

  • Select your language (English), select your program (TESOL) and complete the application form. In addition to English (TESOL), one may select Teachers’ Training Programs in other languages such as French (TFSOL), Spanish (TSSOL), Arabic (TASOL) and Chinese (TCSOL).

The following are the study program's admission requirements:

Study Programs' Requirements to apply:

  • For TESOL Foundation Certificate- 150 hours: IELTS 7.0 and a High School Diploma.
  • For TESOL Advanced Certificate- 300 hours: IELTS 7.5 and a Bachelor's Degree/ or at least Two Years of College Studies.
  • For TESOL Diploma- 450 hours: IELTS 7.5, Bachelor's Degree and at least One Year of Teaching Experience.
  • If no IELTS is available, applicants may apply to TELPE through TESOL Canada.

Supporting Documents:

  1. Updated Resume.
  2. Two pages autobiography and motivational letter.
  3. Scanned image of an official government issued ID card.
  4. Study Program's Application
  5. Scholarship's Application 

To apply, please email the supporting documents and complete our Standard Scholarships Application Form.


Additional Scholarship Opportunities

For more information, please Contact Us.

To apply to any of the above Scholarships, please prepare the Supporting Documents:

  1. Updated Resume.
  2. Two pages autobiography and motivational letter.
  3. Scanned image of an official government issued ID card.
  4. Study Program's Application
  5. Scholarship's Application

    (The Awarding Directors may require additional information, in which case they will contact you.) 

To apply, please email the supporting documents, and complete the General Scholarship Application Form