The Robert J. Watson National Bursary

From General Presidents’ Maintenance Committee for Canada/National Maintenance Council for Canada

Welcome to the application site for the RJW National Bursary Program. Each year the GPMC / NMC offers one hundred (100) two thousand ($2000) dollar bursaries to assist members of Canada’s Building Trade Unions children with the cost of their post-secondary education.

Contest Opens

September 2022

Contest Closes

November 2022

2021 Winners


The RJW Bursary Contest is closed for 2021. Check back in September 2022 to see if you qualify to win.
Thank you!


“We would like to personally thank you for the…Robert J. Watson National Bursary you have awarded us. We plan to use this money to help aid our educational journey to get our Bachelor of Commerce degree…

Once again, thank you so much for this award and we are so grateful for this gift. “



Who can Apply?

Children attending a post-secondary academic institution on a full-time basis.

Their parents must be a member to one of Canada’s Construction & Building Trades Unions where their local union has within its jurisdiction a General Presidents’ Maintenance Agreement and / or National Maintenance Agreement.

Total Available

One hundred (100) bursaries allocated across the following provinces:

  • Alberta
  • Saskatchewan
  • Manitoba
  • Ontario
  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • Newfoundland & Labrador

Please note that the value of each bursary and allocation across the provinces is subject to change each year.

Application Process

Using this website eligible applicants are required to:

  1. Fill out and submit the electronic application form available on this website.
  2. Upload proof of registration and/or enrollment as a full-time student at a post-secondary institution for the 2021-2022 academic school year.

Key Dates

Contest Opens on September 1, 2022.

Application Deadline is November 2022 (TBA). 

A random lottery to select bursary recipients will be held on TBA. Winners will be posted on this website and cheques mailed shortly thereafter.

Did you meet all the criteria?

Don’t miss out.


“I just wanted to thank you for the financial assistance for furthering my academic career. Thank you.”


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