The Government of Canada recognizes that students and recent graduates are being significantly affected by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Explained briefly below are the federal government’s additional initiatives to support students. For further information, see Support for Students and Recent Graduates Impacted by COVID-19 on the Government of Canada website.
For post-secondary students and recent graduates who are ineligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit or for Employment Insurance, but who are unable to find full-time employment or are unable to work due to COVID-19, the government introduce the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). The CESB would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students from May through August 2020, and $2,000 for students with dependents and those with permanent disabilities.Students earning less than $1000 a month can also apply. Applications are open as of May 15, 2020.
The Canadian government has launched the Canada Student Service Grant to encourage students to participate in the COVID-19 response. The grant for post-secondary students and recent graduates would provide a one-time payment of up to $5,000 for volunteering in pandemic related programs. For every 100 hours volunteered, students will receive $1,000. Students are encouraged to visit the “I Want to Help” portal to search for opportunities and to learn more.
This Grant is available to low and middle-income students who are in school full-time. If you are going to school part-time, see grant for part-time students. You could be eligible for this grant if you apply and have a financial need, are a full-time student in a qualified program at a designated school and your total family income is less than the income threshold set out by the government.
The Government of Canada will remove 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. International students and their employers should consult Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada's Guidance on Essential Services and Functions in Canada during the COVID-19 Outbreak to determine if the work being done is essential. This temporary rule change will be in place until August 31, 2020.