Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF)

Education, Religion, Social Service


HCCF is an independent charitable organization, registered with the Canada Revenue Agency. Since 2012 we have partnered with the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) to support their students and families in need. Schools identify the student or family in need, and apply to HCCF for assistance. Funding is used to purchase the need on behalf of the student or family (i.e. basic necessities or access to school activities with a fee). We do not receive any direct funding from HCDSB.

Our mission: To help HCDSB students succeed at school by providing financial support to families in need.

Our vision: All HCDSB students have equitable opportunities at school, regardless of financial barriers.

Our Impact

Poverty remains a powerful factor in student success in school. Low-income students in Halton face financial barriers to learning. Due to this, opportunities for many of our youth are not equal. Education directly influences students’ life chances – and outcomes. Every child deserves the opportunity to be successful, to be included and to build their confidence in a nurturing school community.

As a Catholic Community, we need to show that we care. 10.5% of children in Halton live in low-income households – an estimated 3,800 HCDSB students. Our 3 Year Strategic Plan outlines our goal to double the amount of students being helped annually, that being over 600 students by 2024. This past year we helped 399 students in need. There is a significant gap in the number of students being helped and the potential number of students that could be helped.

HCCF’s 3 Year Strategic Plan: https://www.hccf.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/HCCF-Strategic-Plan-2021-2024.pdf

Our Student Guardian Program helps low-income students overcome challenges in the following areas:

  • ACHIEVEMENT GAP – An achievement gap can form between low-income students and their peers due to financial barriers to learning.
  • MENTAL HEALTH – Mental health struggles for low-income students can include social exclusion, shame, stigma, low self-esteem, low confidence and loss of hope.

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Legal Name

Halton Catholic Children's Education Foundation

Charity Number

86895 7622 RR0001

How your gift will be used

Poverty remains a powerful factor in whether a student succeeds in school. Education directly influences students’ life chances – and life outcomes. When you leave a planned gift to HCCF, you provide opportunities for students to succeed in school and beyond.

Your donation to the HCCF Student Guardian Program will help Halton students to succeed in school by providing financial support to overcome financial barriers to education. Your gift will provide students in financial need with basic needs (i.e. food and clothing), access to school experiences (i.e. school trips; sports team fees), and the ability to begin a post-secondary education with our Graduate Awards, so that they have the same opportunities as their peers.

Your donation will help students who find themselves in challenging situations like these students:

  • A homeless mother & son on the path back to stability.
  • A family, whose mother has cancer, ease their worry during her treatments.
  • A young girl to increase her self-esteem and social skills by experiencing a school trip of her lifetime.
  • A high school student with family, social and mental health issues to experience success through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program.

To learn about the impact your donation can have, please visit https://www.hccf.ca/donor-impact/

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