Changing Lives Through Coffee

The Canadian Barista Institute is a social enterprise whose goal is to empower people economically and socially through coffee education. Money to fund the Changing Lives Through Coffee program is generated from discounts through our Student Wholesale Buying Club, a service available to all past and present alumni which allows students to purchase items at a group discount. 

At the Canadian Barista Institute, we are excited to announce the availability of our bursary program, aimed at supporting individuals who meet specific criteria in pursuing coffee education. We believe in empowering diverse communities, and our bursary is designed to provide financial assistance to those facing various challenges.

If you or someone you know falls under any of the following categories, we invite you to apply for our bursary:

  • At-risk youth
  • At-risk women
  • At-risk individuals identifying as they/them/theirs
  • New immigrants
  • Prisoners undergoing rehabilitation
  • Members of under-served communities

To apply, please visit our contact page and send your request for the bursary application form. We will respond within normal business hours.We look forward to receiving your request, application, and for being part of your journey towards a brighter future through coffee education.

“Highly recommend this place! My experience with them was absolutely amazing.” Kinga Mahboubian, student supported by the Immigrant Services Society of BC 

“It’s awesome, hands-on learning. We’ll definitely keep coming back.” Matthew Friesen, teacher, Tupper Nova program

“Out of our 8 students, 4 have already completed their resumes and are working with staff to gain employment in various neighbouring coffee shops.” Nathan Hambly, Youth & Family Worker, Vancouver School Board  

"They made the course both accessible and practical. We are grateful for their partnership!" April Klassen, YWCA Vancouver Facilitator