Financial - Stratford Chefs School


Tuition Fees

Level One Apprentices

Weeks: 16
Tuition: $7,600
E-Manuals: $200 (non-refundable)
Other Fees: $800 (includes Ontario Ministry Classroom Fee ($600), Security Deposit ($150), Group Insurance ($10), and Service Jacket Rental ($40))
Total: $8,600

Fee Schedule

Within 14 days of receiving letter of acceptance: $3000
June 28: $3000
August 30: $2600


Level One Private Career College (PCC) Applicants and International Applicants

Please see PCC website for more information.


Level Two Apprentices

Weeks: 16
Tuition: $7,600
E-Manuals (iPad based): $200
Other Fees: $700 (includes Ontario Ministry Classroom Fee ($650), Group Insurance ($10), and Service Jacket Rental ($40))
Total: $8,500

Fee Schedule

May 1: $3000
July 31: $3000
September 30: $2500

*Note: All figures are in Canadian Dollars. Fees do not include equipment (knives, uniforms, shoes, rent/accommodations, etc.).

Loans and Grants

Canadian students enrolled at the Stratford Chefs School are eligible to receive up to $4000 in grants. They also have access to Canada Apprentice Loans, all of which help to offset tuition and living costs.


Canada Apprentice Loans

The Canada Apprentice Loan is available to Apprentices.


Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG)

The AIG is available to all apprentices who have successfully completed the first or second year of a two-year apprenticeship program. The taxable cash grant may be up to $1000 per year (to a maximum of $2000).


Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG)

The ACG is available to all apprentices who have successfully completed the Certificate of Qualification Exam (after January 2009). The ACG is a $2000 taxable cash grant.


Apprenticeship Employment Insurance

If you are an apprentice and have been directed by the Province of Ontario to attend full-time classroom training as part of your Apprenticeship Training Program, you may be eligible to receive EI benefits while attending school. The Province does not direct apprentices to attend the Stratford Chef School for their training. The Stratford Chef School has control of who is accepted as a student, and in turn registered as an apprentice to their Sponsor Group. The Province has no input as to which applicants are successfully accepted into the program. Your EI benefit application must be submitted online from the Service Canada website. You will receive further details regarding the EI application process, including information on how you will receive the required 16 digit reference code, during orientation week. You do not need your Record of Employment* to apply for EI benefits online, but it is needed to calculate your benefits. *Your employer must provide you with a Record of Employment within five days once you have finished working.

Student Line of Credit

As BMO is our financial partner, we have linked their Student LOC program above. However, most financial institutions offer a Student Line of Credit, so please check with yours to learn their eligibility criteria, interest rates and repayment terms.


Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify.

Please click here to learn about OSAP Loan Default Rates and Repayment Plan Assistance Usages Rates (2016).


Scholarships and Bursaries

Scholarships and bursaries are also available to students, either by application or nomination.


Scholarship Resources

Scholarships Canada

Level One Scholarships

BMO Scholarships



Alumni Referral Scholarship

Requirements: Minimum 6 Months Working Relationship with SCS Alumni and Reference Letter
One successful applicant will receive $500 applied to Level 2 tuition
Reference Letter Due August 31


Level One ‘Support A Student Chef’ Bursary

Student Budget Form
Funding is dependent on financial need
Application Due: September 30



Level Two Scholarships

Canadian Hospitality Foundation Scholarship

Due September 15

BMO Scholarships


Level Two ‘Support a Student Chef’ Bursary

Student Budget Form
Funding is dependent on demonstrated financial need
Application Due September 30

Graduation Scholarships

Stratford Chefs School Scholarship

Outstanding Achievement, Overall

T. Kent Calhoun Memorial Scholarship

Outstanding Achievement, Cookery

Garland Canada Manitowoc Foodservice Scholarship

Outstanding Achievement, Gastronomy

Savour Stratford Perth County Scholarship

Involved in the Community through Culinary Tourism

Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence Blogging Scholarship

By Application

IODE Festival Jubilee Chapter Scholarship

In Honour of Victoria Noble

Graduation Awards

Stratford Chefs School Award

Commitment to Industry and Academic Achievement

Elizabeth Baird Award

Outstanding Overall Achievement

John Richardson Memorial Award

Outstanding Achievement, Pastry

Nigel and Ruth Howard Award

Outstanding Achievement, Business

Eleanor Kane Award

Outstanding Achievement, Gastronomy

Christopher John Sinopoli Memorial Award

Outstanding Achievement, Larder

Bradshaws and Kitchen Detail Award

Outstanding Achievement, Food and Wine Service

The Vine Agency Award

Outstanding Achievement, Wine

Stratford Chefs School Social Media Award

By Application

Applications for the Stratford Chefs School’s two-year Diploma program are accepted year-round.


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Summer 16 Week Diploma Course


Fast Track Your Culinary Dreams This Summer in Stratford!






You’ll learn the basics of classical cookery and pastry, coupled with theory classes, in five hands-on, daytime classes per week.

Program dates: June 3 – September 20, 2019

Successful students will graduate with a Cook: Basic – Level 1 Diploma.

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