The intention of developing such a charitable fund is to focus on assisting all employees in the Ontario marine workforce with expenses incurred as they further their career.

Funding directives will be made annually by the Association’s Board of Directors with direction from staff in full understanding of industry needs.


The goal is to create a sustainable long-term funding model that will lead the recreational marine sector to addressing our workforce challenge in all areas of business including service, parts, sales and operations.

2018 Program and eligibility

  • In 2018, thanks to the support of many within the industry, our objective is to provide a minimum of 5 x $2,000 transportation and / or accommodation bursaries for students taking the 8 months, MTME marine technicians program beginning in September. 
  • Student travel must exceed 100 KM distance from their home to the Midland campus.
  • The student must be referred by a Boating Ontario member.

Making it happen is simple, any Boating Ontario member can refer a student, even if they are not working for the business yet. It is as simple as a quick email to Duane McKay or phone call 1-888-547-6662 with a students’ name and contact info - before August 1st and the association along with a taskforce will take it from there.

Are you a student looking for a referral to pursue a career in the Marine industry? Click here to find a Boating Ontario member near you.


Academic Scholarships For Marine Engine Mechanic Students

The Bruce Robertson Boating Ontario Academic Awards of Excellence offers financial aid to students pursuing their  Marine Engine Technician Program offered at Georgian College, Midland Campus. The scholarship supports the ongoing need for qualified marine technicians in the recreational marine industry in Ontario.

The Bruce Robertson Boating Ontario Academic Awards of Excellence is named in honour of the founder of the Ontario Marine Operators Association (now known as Boating Ontario Association). Bruce Robertson had a vision to promote recreational boating in Ontario through the creation of a provincial association. 

This scholarship is presented to the top two graduating students of the Marine Engine Mechanic program with the highest cumulative GPA.  Students must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and have demonstrated a commitment to a career in the marine industry.  The maximum value of this scholarship is $1,000.

For further information on how to apply for the scholarship email: