Support for Students

Help for our Students and Young People

The Government has announced measures to support students and post-graduates.

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

On April 22, the federal government announced new proposed measures to support students and post-graduates.

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit will provide $1,250 per month for eligible students, or $2,000 per month for eligible students with dependents or disabilities. The benefit would be available from May to August 2020.

As well, the government announced the creation of the Student Service Grant, for students who help by volunteering in 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.

More details on these programs are available here: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/04/support-for-students-and-recent-graduates-impacted-by-covid-19.html

 Canada Summer Jobs 2020 – The government announced  temporary changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program to assist employers that wish to enroll in the program to provide employment for students this summer. The changes are as follows:
o Increase to the wage subsidy, so that private and public sector employers can also receive up to 100 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee;
o Extend the end date for employment to February 28, 2021;
o Allow employers to adapt their projects and job activities to support essential services; and
o Allow employers to hire staff on a part-time basis.

•Canada Student Loans – The government will implement a six-month, interest-free, moratorium on Canada Student Loan payments for all individuals who are in the process of repaying these loans.

For more information or assistance, please call my office at 780-822-1540 (Edmonton) or 613-992-0946 (Ottawa)  or email us at ziad.aboultaif.c1@parl.gc.ca.