Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan for post-secondary students and recent graduates


CANADA EMERGENCY STUDENT BENEFIT (CESB)

To support to students and new graduates who are not be eligible for the Canada Emergency Response
Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI).

  • $1,250 per month for eligible students
  • or $2,000 per month for eligible students with dependents or disabilities.
  • Available from May to August 2020.
  • You will have to attest that you were trying to find work for the duration.

More information re: the Canada Emergency Student Benefit –
https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/emergency-student-benefit.html 

Do I qualify for government support?
Student Funding Flow Chart PDF


CREATING NEW JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Expanding existing federal employment and skills development programs this summer and over the coming months.

Temporary changes to Canada Summer Jobs program
The Canada Summer Jobs program provides opportunities for youth to develop and improve their skills
within the not-for-profit, small business, and public sectors, and supports the delivery of key community services.

Temporary changes allow employers to:

  • receive an increased wage subsidy, so all employers can receive up to 100 per cent of minimum
    wage for each employee;
  • extend the end date for employment to February 28, 2021;
  • adapt their projects and job activities from the original application;
  • hire staff on a part-time basis.

A new national service initiative

  • The Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) will help students gain work experience and skills
    while helping their communities during the COVID19 pandemic.
  • Up to $5,000 towards their education in the fall for students who choose to do national service
    and serve their communities.

More details will be made available soon.


HELPING STUDENTS CONTINUE THEIR STUDIES IN THE FALL

Changes to the 2020-21 Canada Student Loans Program (CSLP) include:

  • Doubling the available grant portion for eligible full-time students to up to $6,000.
  • Broadening eligibility by removing the expected student’s and spouse’s contributions.
  • Raising the maximum weekly amount that can be provided to a student from $210 to $350.


SUPPORTING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS WORKING IN AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE

  • Until August 31, 2020, international students will be allowed to work more than 20 hours per week
    while classes are in session, provided they are working in an essential service or function.
  • This temporary rule change will be in place until August 31, 2020.
  • Essential services are
    • Energy and Utilities
    • Information and Communication Technologies
    • Finance
    • Health
    • Food
    • Water
    • Transportation
    • Safety
    • Government
    • Manufacturing
  • For details about the relevant sectors within these essential services, see Annex A here:
    https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/ntnl-scrt/crtcl-nfrstrctr/esf-sfe-en.aspx


SUSPENDING REPAYMENT AND INTEREST ON STUDENT AND APPRENTICE LOANS

  • All student loan repayments are automatically suspended without interest until September 30, 2020.