Stuff you should know


What you’re eligible for: financial support, grants, and jobs


New financial support for students didn’t happen magically. We worked with the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations to make sure our government is supporting students in the ways it must, and to make sure a wider variety of students are able to be appropriately supported. As of right now, you could be eligible for:

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

  • Applications for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) are open. The CESB provides income support to post-secondary students who lost work opportunities due to COVID-19. If you are a domestic student who wasn’t able to receive the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), then you are likely eligible to receive CESB support. Learn more or start your application here. 

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

  • Only domestic students are eligible for CESB. If you are an international student, and you meet all eligibility requirements, you could be eligible for Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Through the CERB, the Government of Canada is offering $2000/month a month for up to 4 months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about CERB eligibility and how to apply

Changes made to the Canada Student Loan Program

  • As of March 30, 2020, repayment on all Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprenticeship Loans is paused, interest-free, until September 30, 2020. Additional changes have now been made to federal loans, including doubling student grants for 2020-21, increasing the weekly maximum loan limit, and increased support for Indigenous students.

  • In most cases, these changes mean that if you apply for government financial aid, you will receive more than you did this year (through Canada Student Loans), including a greater amount that you will not have to repay after you graduate.

  • How you access it: Pending government approvals, the new measures will come into effect on August 1, 2020 and be available to students for 1 year. More information is available here.

Changes to Canada Summer Jobs

  • The Canada Summer Jobs Program supports summer work opportunities for people 15-30 years old. To help create opportunities for students during the COVID-19 pandemic, the program has:

    • increased the wage subsidy so that employers can receive up to 100 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee,

    • extended the end date for employment to February 28, 2021 through the program,

    • and now allows employers to hire staff on a part-time basis, and the ability to adapt projects and job activities to support essential services. More information is available here.

Canada Student Service Grant (and why you should consider volunteering!)