COVID-19 Support for Students and Recent Graduates

June 22, 2020

Support for Students and Recent Grads










In order to ensure that post-secondary students are able to confidently continue their studies in the fall, our government has delivered significant measures to support them. From students who were counting on summer employment to pay their tuition to recent graduates who were planning to start their careers, our government has their back during this challenging time.  

If you have any questions about these programs, please reach out to my office.  

We are here to help,



  • Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

    We are providing a taxable benefit of $1,250 every 4 weeks to eligible students or $2,000 to eligible students with dependents or with disability who are not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit or Employment Insurance or unable to work due to COVID-19.

    This benefit is available from May to August 2020.

    Apply for the CESB

    You can also look for employment opportunities through the Job Bank

  • Helping student loan borrowers

    Changes to the Canada Student Loans Program

    We made changes to the Canada Student Loans Program (CSLP) to allow more students to qualify for support and be eligible for greater amounts.

    The changes include:

    • doubling the Canada Student Grants for all eligible full-time students to up to $6,000 and up to $3,600 for part-time students in 2020-21. The Canada Student Grants for Students with Permanent Disabilities and Students with Dependents would also be doubled.
    • broadening eligibility for student financial assistance by removing the expected student’s and spouse’s contributions in 2020-21.
    • raising the maximum weekly amount that can be provided to a student in 2020-21 from $210 to $350.

    Learn more about changes to the Canada Student Loans Program

    Suspending repayment and interest on student and apprentice loans

    All student loan borrowers will automatically have their loan repayments and interest suspended until September 30, 2020.

    Learn more about the moratorium on the repayment

  • Supporting student researchers and post-doctoral fellows

    We are providing additional support to student researchers and post-doctoral fellows through the federal granting councils.

    Funding will support a one-semester extension for eligible students whose research scholarships or fellowships end between March and August 2020 and who intend to continue their studies. It will also provide a 3-month extension in funding for holders of federal research grants to support eligible trainees and staff paid out of these awards.

    Learn more about the Federal Granting Agencies

  • Supporting international students working in an essential service

    We have removed the restriction that allows international students to work only a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session, provided they are working in an essential service or function, such as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical goods.

    This temporary rule change will be in place until August 31, 2020.