The fatal plane crash in Iran killed 176 passengers and crew – 57 of them Canadians – in January 2020.
The federal government said it will formally establish a scholarship program which is expected to spend 176 scholarships at an average of $25,000 per beneficiary.
It is designed to strengthen bonds between people through international academic exchanges, and is open to both international and Canadian students.
“We will continue to stand by the families of the victims, and through the Scholarships and Commemoration Program, we will continue to remember and respect their legacy,” Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie said.
The government added that it has also implemented a new permanent residency pathway for some families of victims in and out of Canada.
In 2021, Ontario created a scholarship fund to remember the victims, with $10,000 set aside to memorialize each of the 57 Canadians.
“It has been almost two years since this terrible tragedy, but I still remember how incredibly shocked and sad I was when I first received the news of Flight 752 – and I’m sure the families and loved ones of the victims can still feel this devastating,” said the Premier of Ontario, Doug. Ford.
“I would like to offer my deepest condolences to those affected by this tragedy and hope they find some comfort in this ongoing funding of scholarships that will honor the memories of these 57 Canadians we have lost.”
The same colleges and universities that disbursed the scholarship in 2021 will do the same in 2022. The scholarships are allocated to the institutions to which the 34 victims belong, with the rest to other eligible institutions based on a competitive process.
Many of the victims were students and professors at the county’s post-secondary institutions, with 15 institutions losing students or faculty.
“We can never make up for the loss of so many outstanding, promising and – above all – beloved scholars and educators, but we hope to honor their memories through the continuation of this scholarship fund,” added Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities of Ontario. .
“We hope to honor their memories by continuing this scholarship fund.”
Among the victims from Iran was Dalhousie University’s master’s student Masoumeh “Massi” Gavi who “handled everything with relentless enthusiasm and deep interest,” according to her teacher William Robertson, Dalhousie’s Internet Program Director.
It was also said that Ruja Amidbakhsh, a first-year student at Victoria University, was a very positive member of the institution’s community with a “strong interest in marketing”.
Iran admitted to shooting down the plane by mistake shortly after it took off from Tehran to Kiev on January 8, 2020.
Added Goldie Gamari, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Colleges and Universities of Ontario.
Both Canadian and international students will be eligible for the Federal Scholarships, which aims to launch its first call for applications in Fall/Winter 2023/24.
The federal government has also indicated that it will consult the families who lost their members in the 2019 Flight ET302 disaster in Ethiopia about a similar scholarship initiative to memorialize the victims.