After a devastating week, the Ontario government has announced on Thursday, January 16, 2020, that the province will be honouring the victims of the Iran plane crash by creating 57 new Ontario post-secondary scholarships. Creating one for every Canadian who perished, each grant will be worth $10,000 and will be available by the 2021-2022 school year. Multiple post-secondary schools across the province lost students or staff when the plane was shot down last week.

Ontario’s Ministry of Colleges and Universities will step in to help develop the fund by working alongside the federal government, the school, and community groups.

The academic grants will be distributed at the post-secondary schools where the victims of the plane crash attended. 

The province also noted that several of these new grants would also be available to other colleges or universities based on a competitive process.

Global News reported that the criteria for students who are eligible for the new program would be based on "academic merit and financial need."

The schools and families impacted by the crash will also be consulted regarding the recipients. 

Ford released a statement earlier this week which detailed the government’s plan to assist those affected by the tragedy.

“My priority is doing everything we can to support the families of the victims and ensure justice is served," Ford said.

"The federal government and the Government of Ontario are united in our insistence on a comprehensive and independent investigation by the international community. We owe the victims and their families nothing less.”

Last week, news broke about a plane crash in Iran that was carrying 57 Canadian passengers.  

It has since been confirmed by Iranian officials that a missile had taken down the plane. According to a news release, the plane had mistakenly been seen as a “hostile target.” However, since then, a video has been released showing that there were two missiles involved.

Since then, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made it clear in an emotional speech on January 13, that he believes the victims would be safe at home with their families now were it not for the escalating tensions between the United States and Iran.

Vigils were held across the country to remember the Canadians that had been lost in the devastating flight. 

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