Eliminating Barriers to Learning

No child should miss out on their education
because of financial challenges.

When children lack basics like proper clothing, food and school supplies it has an impact on their ability to learn. HLF provides immediate financial support  to students and their families who are in crisis, in transition to longer-term support, or have short-term funding needs. The Eliminating Barriers Fund supports a student’s basic needs, and subsidizes school activities to allow kids to fully participate in school.

It was so great to be able to get things I need and spare my Dad  from feeling badly that he couldn’t help me.


There aren’t a lot of services out there that we can get immediate help from (for our students). The Halton Learning Foundation has been very responsive to our requests for assistance. We’ve been able to get help immediately for our students.


To be without food and without money has such a negative impact on your spirit. We’re giving them the tangibles so that the intangible spirit is there for them to continue with their education. Without this Foundation that would not be possible.


The Barriers Fund support is always much more than funds and material goods – it is about students knowing that we care about them.

School Social Worker
  • How Emergency Funds and Subsidies Help

    • Groceries/food/lunches/cafeteria vouchers
    • Clothing, footwear, hair cuts, hygiene items
    • Emergency family situations (parental death, fire, abuse)
    • School trips and excursions (cost to participate)
    • School supplies such as backpacks
    • Elective school subjects and course fees
    • Extra-curricular activities (participant fees, sport-specific equipment)
    • Safety shoes and tools for co-op placements
    • College application fees
  • Guiding Principles for the Eliminating Barriers Fund

    • Does this request support a student’s basic personal needs or contribute to helping this student come to or stay in school?
    • Does this request support a student who wants to participate in a school activity where lack of funds would mean a student could not participate?
  • Benefits

    • can positively impact a student’s physical health and the ability to focus academically
    • builds self esteem and a sense of inclusion
    • builds social/physical/emotional resilience through participation in extra-curricular activities
    • provides once in a lifetime experiences offered in school trips

We would like to get some funds for winter boots for these siblings as none of them own a pair. Also, they do not own winter jackets and often have little to eat for lunch and snacks.


“Dear HLF, thank you for helping to get my new glasses! My old glasses were broken and my parents couldn’t afford to replace them. People like you are very caring.”

Eliminating Barriers Form (accessible only by HDSB staff).