COVID-19

Support for Students

By April 22, 2020 May 12th, 2020 No Comments

Many students rely on work to get them through school and are counting on jobs after they graduate. COVID-19 has halted many of these plans. The Government of Canada is ensuring students have the support they need through:

  • Interest-free moratorium on student loan payments for six months (up to Sep. 30th, 2020)
  • The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), providing financial support to students and new graduates
    • Eligible applicants will receive up to $1,250/mo
    • Eligible applicants with dependents or disabilities will receive up to $2,000/mo
    • This benefit will provide support from May through August and is meant for those not eligible for CERB
  • The Canada Student Service Grant, helping students gain work experience and skills while delivering important services as part of their community’s COVID-19 response
    • This grant will provide up to $5,000 for a student’s education in the fall for those who work in national service positions through organizations within their community
  • The Canada Service Corps, connecting youth with opportunities to serve their communities
    • Will give micro-grants for youth to design and lead service projects responding to COVID-19 in their communities
    • Will increase the number of micro-grants available from 1,800 to 15,000 for people aged 15-30
  • Expanding existing federal employment, skills development, and youth programming to create up to 116,000 jobs and placements to help students find employment and develop valuable skills
  • Doubling the Canada Student Grants for all eligible students, including for students with permanent disabilities and students with dependents, in 2020-21
    • Eligible full-time students can receive up to $6,000
    • Eligible part-time students can receive up to $3,600
  • Expanding eligibility for student financial assistance by removing the expected student and spouse contributions in 2020-21
  • Raising the maximum weekly amount that can be provided to a student in 2020-21 through the Canada Student Loans Program
    • This will raise the amount to $350/week, up from $210/week
  • Providing an additional $75.2 million in distinctions-based support for First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Nation students pursuing post-secondary education
  • Providing $291.6 million to the federal granting councils to extend expiring federal graduate research scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships, and supplement existing federal research grants to support students and post-doctoral fellows
  • Enhancing work opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows through the National Research Council of Canada
  • The above supports are available to ALL Canadian students

Lastly, I want you to know that my team and I are here to help you in any way we can. While our offices are closed, we can be reached at hedy.fry@parl.gc.ca or 604-666-0135.

This emergency situation is rapidly evolving, for the latest information on COVID-19 please go to www.canada.ca/coronavirus

Best wishes,

Hon. Hedy Fry, P.C., M.P.

Vancouver Centre