Apr 22, 2020

New Support Programs for Students and Recent Grads Announced

This morning the Government of Canada announced plans for new supports to assist students negatively impacted by COVID-19. These supports include: 

  • the proposed Canada Emergency Student Benefit, which would provide support to students and new graduates who are not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. This benefit would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students or $1,750 per month for eligible students with dependents or disabilities. The benefit would be available from May to August 2020.  
  • the new Canada Student Service Grant, 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 Canada Student Service Grant will provide up to $5,000 for their education in the fall. 
  • 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, in recognition that many students and families will struggle to save for school this year. 
  • enhancing the Canada Student Loans Program by raising the maximum weekly amount that can be provided to a student in 2020-21 from $210 to $350. 
  • increasing existing distinctions-based support for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation students pursuing post-secondary education by providing an additional $75.2 million in 2020-21. 

The six-month freeze to student loan payments announced on March 30 and the improvements to the Canada Summer Jobs program for students announced April 8th, also remain in place.  

Students should note that the Canada Emergency Student Benefit and Canada Student Service Grant are proposed new programs. Information about how to apply is not yet available. We are also asking for clarification from them on whether international students are eligible for some or all of these programs. We will update students as additional information is provided by the Government of Canada.  

More information about today’s announcement is available on the Prime Minister’s website.

IRCC temporary rule change for international students

Effective today the Government of Canada has temporarily removed the restriction that limits the number of hours international students can work while classes are in session, for students who are working in an essential service or function, such as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical goods. The rule change is in effect until August 31, 2020. More information is available from Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada.

COVID-19 Impacts on Students Survey

We encourage you to participate in a voluntary five-minute questionnaire from Statistics Canada on how your studies, financial situation, and other aspects of your life have been affected by COVID-19.

The purpose of this questionnaire is to provide the Canadian government and other organizations with a better understanding of the need for services and assistance to support post-secondary students, during and after this pandemic. 

You can let the government know how you’ve been impacted until Friday, May 1. Learn more about the survey and participate now.

Please note the publish date of this webpage. Check our Latest Updates page as new information is released throughout the week.