COVID-19 Support for Students and Recent Graduates
June 22, 2020
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.
You can also look for employment opportunities through the Job Bank
Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG)
We are launching the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG), which will help students gain valuable work experience and skills while they help their communities during the COVID‑19 pandemic.
For students who choose to do national service and serve their communities, the new CSSG will provide up to $5,000 towards their education in the fall.
More details will be made available on the “I Want to Help” platform soon.
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.
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.
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.
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.