Funding and support during COVID-19
The Government of Canada recently implemented a Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) program to provide financial support to students during the COVID-19 situation. All post-secondary students who are currently in school, are planning to start school in September 2020, or who have graduated in December 2019 or later may be eligible for CESB if they are unable to work or cannot find work due to COVID-19. Working students earning less than $1,000 may also be eligible.
There are four, four-week eligibility periods. Eligible post-secondary students will receive $1,250 during the eligibility period for which you apply. If you are taking care of someone else or have a disability, that amount increases to $2,000 per eligibility period. If your situation continues, you must re-apply for another four-week eligibility period.
For full details, and to apply, please visit Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB).
Depending on your personal situation, there may be other sources of financial support for which you may qualify. The following websites provide information for various sources of financial aid:
- A plain-language overview of financial aid – a document by Dr. Jennifer Robson of Carleton University
- Government Financial Supports – a site by Bowinn Ma, MLA, North Vancouver – Lonsdale
- Supports for Individuals from the Government of Canada
- Canada Summer Jobs program
Other emergency funds
Emergency Loan may be available for students who are experiencing an unexpected delay in receiving their student loans. To apply for an emergency loan, students must book an appointment with a financial aid advisor.
Emergency Bursary is a non-repayable award that may be available for those students who are experiencing an unexpected financial hardship that is beyond their control. To apply for an emergency bursary, students must book an appointment with a financial aid advisor.
Contact Student Financial Aid and Awards to book an appointment.