We want our employees to know that our commitment to them extends beyond just their positions at Blue Mountain. Post Secondary education can be expensive and we want our staff to succeed in achieving their goals. We are proud to be able to initiate the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) as an option for employees to pursue their education.

Sounds great? Here are the details
Each year, Blue Mountain will select up to 10 student employees to receive an education bursary. Work for us for two seasons or more, and Blue Mountain will give you the opportunity to receive $500 per season towards your College or University education.

To be TAP eligible
1. To apply, you must be a current grade 12 High School student or have graduated in the same calendar year of your application.

2. You must remain an employee “in good standing” with Blue Mountain and maintain a minimum “GOOD” score on your seasonal performance evaluation.

3. You must enroll by August 1st of the calendar year of your Grade 12 graduation to be eligible for TAP.

4. You must work a minimum of two seasons to collect assistance, which is either: A winter and a summer in the same calendar year; or two summers in a row; or two winters in a row.

5. You must have worked the winter or summer season directly before attending college or university.

Terms & Conditions
1. You must work until the end of the season to remain eligible for the $500 TAP. If you leave before the end of the season (resignation or termination), you will forfeit all potential tuition funds.
a. End of winter season: Last Sunday of March Break
b. End of summer season: Labour Day

2. This program does not guarantee ongoing employment from season to season. You must still re-apply for employment or be invited back to work at Blue Mountain.

3. Funds will be held in an account and remitted to an accredited school financial services office for qualified participants.

4. Any student who is not enrolled in an accredited Post-Secondary Institution (College/University) for 13 months after June of their Grade 12 year will not be eligible to apply for the Tuition Assistance Program.

5. Selection will take place before September 15th of each calendar year. All applicants, whether selected to receive the bursary or not, will be contacted no later than this date.

To qualify for TAP and receive payment:
• Students must receive acceptance to a recognized accredited educational institute and be enrolled as a full time student.
• Once proof of acceptance is provided, direct payment arrangements will be made with the financial services office at the educational institute.

Program rules, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice. For more information, please contact Human Resources at 705-445-0231 ext. 51420 or apply@bluemountain.ca.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I enrol for this program? What is the formal enrolment process?
Once in Grade 12, students can pick up a formal application at Human Resources which will need to be completed and submitted back to Human Resources by August 1st of the calendar year in which they graduate.

2. What is the deadline to apply for TAP?

August 1st of each calendar year.

3. Will the payment from Blue Mountain to the college/university be paid when fees are due (before Sept)?

Payment to the college or university will be made once Blue Mountain has selected the student(s) who will be receiving the bursary/award money. These individuals will be chosen prior to October 1st of the calendar year.

4. How long is a ‘season’ (how many weeks, days, or shifts do I have to work)?

You must work a minimum of two shifts per week and remain in the position until the end of the season.

5. What happens if I do not meet the two shift per week minimum?

If you do not meet the minimum shifts required due to your own availability, you will forfeit funds for that season.

6. What happens if I leave before the end of the season (I resign from my position)?

You must work a minimum of two seasons to be eligible to collect assistance which is winter and summer in the same calendar year, or two summers in a row, or two winters in a row. If you worked for less than the stipulated seasons, you will forfeit all potential funds. If you complete two seasons as outlined above and then leave before the end of a third season, you will be eligible to collect the $1000 earned in your first two seasons.

7. What happens if I am terminated from my position?

In the case of termination, you will forfeit all funds accrued.

8. What happens if I am not welcome back for another season?

If you are not welcome back to your previously held position but are welcome back to Blue Mountain, you may continue accruing tuition assistance. If you are not welcome back to any position at Blue Mountain, you will forfeit all funds accrued.

9. Is this a taxable benefit?

Yes. Blue Mountain will remit funds to the accredited educational institute to go toward your tuition expenses. A form T4 or T4A will be issued to you to be included with your annual income.

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