Post secondary students and recent graduates are facing unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19, with fewer jobs and internship opportunities in their communities. To support students in this unique time, our government has announced a number of support programs, including:
The Canada Emergency Student Benefit
Provides financial support to post-secondary students, recent graduates and high school graduates, who are unable to find work due to COVID-19 and who do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI).
This benefit will provide $1,250 for every four week period from May to August 2020 for eligible post-secondary students and recent graduates, or $2,000 for every four week period from May to August 2020 for eligible post-secondary students or recent graduates with dependents or a disability.
For further information, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/emergency-student-benefit.html.
For general questions, you can call the CRA's general enquiries line at 1-833-966-2099, from Monday to Friday 9 am to 6 pm local time.
For specific questions about your account information, including having trouble applying for the CESB because you haven't filed a tax return recently, making changes to your account, or if you having trouble accessing your CRA My Account, call 1-800-959-8281, available Monday to Friday between 9 am and 6 pm local time.
Graduating high school students
The CESB is available to eligible high school students who:
If you complete high school:
Canada Summer Jobs Program
The federal government is increasing the number of job placements for young people between the ages of 15 and 30 through the Canada Summer Jobs program.
Young Canadians can apply for jobs that are regularly posted on http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/youth.
Changes to Canada Student Loans
The following changes to the Canada Student Grants and Loans have been introduced to support post-secondary students and recent graduates, including: