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Support for Post-Secondary Students


APRIL 22, 2020


Announced on April 22nd at the Prime Minister’s press conference

Approximately 9 billion dollars being proposed in several programs

Many students do not technically qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) as they did not lose a job due to COVID-19 as they were in school

The restart of the economy may create difficulties for students to find summer jobs

The Federal government is adding funding to create 76,000 new student jobs (in addition to those under the Canada Summer Jobs program) in sectors that need assistance or areas focused on COVID-19

291 million dollars in additional funding to extend scholarships, fellowships and grants to student researchers and graduate students

Doubling the amount allocated to student grants for the 2020-2021 school year


CANADA EMERGENCY STUDENT BENEFIT (CESB)

APRIL 22, 2020

Legislation is Required

Existing post-secondary students, those starting in September or graduates in December 2019 are eligible for the program

Starting May 1st they are eligible for $1,250 per month for May, June, July and August

If supporting a dependant or if the applicant has a disability the amount increases to $1,750

An applicant can make up to a $1,000 a month to be eligible

The application will be through CRA My Account

Likely will be a tie into CERB to avoid a double claim


CANADA STUDENT SERVICE GRANT (CESG)

APRIL 22, 2020

Students who volunteer in COVID-19 related volunteer work will be eligible for a grant of between $1,000 - $5,000 dependant upon the number of volunteer hours



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