Canada’s transport ministry has announced the creation of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Commemoration Fund to “honour the memory of those who lost their lives in the accident.”
Developed in consultation with the families of Canadian victims, the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Commemoration Fund will provide financial support to initiatives that honor and preserve the memory of victims in a visible and meaningful way, with lasting and impactful results related to causes that align with victims’ diverse interests and passions.
On March 10, 2019, the Boeing 737 MAX-8 of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, killing 157 people, including 18 Canadians and many others with ties to Canada.
The Fund has two components:
Students from Canada and abroad who wish to pursue post-secondary education in Canada will be able to do so with the help of a scholarship on behalf of Canadian citizens or permanent residents who were victims of the tragedy of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.
Scholarships of $10,000 will be awarded to students from Canada and abroad who have been admitted to a Canadian post-secondary institution. The scholarships are expected to be in place for the 2023-2024 study year.
Following the selection of organizations to administer this component of the Fund, the Department will hold engagement sessions with victims’ organizations and families to facilitate submissions and ensure that families can actively participate in the design and delivery of the scholarship program.
Projects Funding will also be provided to Canadian not-for-profit organizations to fund projects that will honour the victims. Commemorative projects will contribute to environmental and humanitarian causes and pay lasting tribute to the efforts and interests of victims.
These new scholarships and commemorative projects will honour those who lost their lives and ensure they are never forgotten.
Meanwhile, to honor all victims of air tragedies, the Government of Canada has designated January 8th of every year as a National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Air Disasters.