Emergency financial assistance

BCTF Assistance Society

The BCTF Assistance Society provides emergency financial aid in the form of loans or non-repayable grants.

Application is available to anyone who is or has been an active BCTF member as well as their spouses and dependents. Financial assistance might be considered in the event of medical emergencies, housing emergencies, local disasters, personal disaster or family crisis.

All information is kept confidential.

Apply here for Emergency Financial Assistance through the BCTF Assistance Society.

GVTA Benevolent Fund

Active members facing extreme unpredictable financial distress may make a confidential application directly to the Benevolent Fund Committee.

The first point of contact for the Benevolent Fund is the GVTA President. Please email president@gvta.net or contact the GVTA office at 250.595.0181 or info@gvta.net.

Greater Victoria Teachers' Association Benevolent Fund Regulations

The Committee:

  1. A committee of three GVTA Executive Committee members appointed by the Executive Committee shall administer the fund.

  2. The chairperson of the committee shall be selected by the membership of the committee and shall report to the GVTA Executive the decision of the Benevolent Fund Committee.

The Fund:

  1. The purpose of the fund shall be for the financial relief of extreme unpredictable distress incurred by any active member of the GVTA.

  2. The Benevolent Fund Committee shall be empowered to expend annually a budgeted amount of money equivalent to an assessment of two dollars per active member per year. Requests for funding above the budgeted amount may be made by the Benevolent Fund committee to the GVTA Executive Committee.

  3. Confidentiality of member names who seek and/or are granted assistance will be maintained.

  4. The Benevolent Fund Committee is empowered to grant no interest loans (normally where no financial loss has occurred) or non-repayable grants depending on the circumstances of the member. Repayment timeline will be established on an individual basis.

  5. A copy of the minutes of the Benevolent Fund Committee meetings, which authorize grants, shall be sent to the GVTA annually. These minutes will indicate the amount of the loan or grant and will not indicate the recipient.

  6. The Committee will investigate all requests, and a majority vote will decide if help is justified and will determine the amount of the grant or loan to be given.

  7. The Committee chair or designate will report any decision of the Benevolent Fund Committee in committee to the GVTA Executive Committee.


  1. Any active member of the GVTA may make direct application to the Benevolent Fund Committee, or may be referred to the Committee by any member of the GVTA.

  2. When an application or referral is before the Committee, it is treated in a confidential manner. The only report made to the GVTA Executive Committee is the financial report without mentioning names.

  3. The Committee expects that each applicant will have exhausted all other means of financial assistance prior to applying to the Benevolent Fund.

COVID-19 Emergency Fund

In the 2020-21 year, the GVTA negotiated an agreement with the District regarding the previous year's unused remedy. Part of that agreement involved having funds transferred to the GVTA for the purpose of a COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

The Fund is administered by a GVTA COVID-19 Emergency Fund Committee as follows:

  1. The Committee shall be comprised of the members of the GVTA Benevolent Fund Committee, plus the First Vice President and the Contract Chair. The President shall chair the committee.

  2. Any active member of the GVTA may make direct application to the Committee by contacting the President, who will forward the request to the Committee. The Committee will investigate all requests, and a majority vote will decide if leave or funds are allocated, and the amount. The President will communicate the decision to the member.

  3. GVTA members may apply to receive up to three days paid leave for an emergent situation directly related to COVID-19, when no other paid leave is available to them. If a member uses the GVTA Emergency COVID-19 release code but does not have approval from the GVTA, the leave will be changed to unpaid.

  4. GVTA members may apply to receive up to $2000 in a no interest loan or a non-repayable grant, when financial assistance is required due to COVID-19 and all other means of financial assistance have been exhausted.

  5. The Committee will report expenditures to date to the GVTA Executive Committee at each meeting, and to the Annual General meeting, indicating the amount of the leave, loan or grant, while keeping the recipient’s identity confidential.

  6. The COVID-19 Emergency Fund and Committee terms shall expire December 31, 2021, unless renewed by the GVTA Executive Committee.


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