The Federal Government is investing in students, recent graduates, and youth to ensure they can continue their studies, gain work experience, execute service projects, and transition through their education journey with ease.
A full summary of the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Economic Response can be found here
The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to post-secondary students and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19.
This benefit is for students who are not eligible for the CERB or EI.
From May to August 2020, the CESB provides a payment to eligible students of:
If you are able to work, you must be actively looking for a job to be eligible to receive the CESB. If you still cannot find work due to COVID-19, you can re-apply for each CESB eligibility period that you are eligible for.
You cannot apply for the CESB if you already applied for the CERB or EI.
If you have already applied, or are receiving support from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI) you are not eligible to apply for the CESB.
Find out if you are eligible for the CESB here.
What is considered a disability?
Who can be claimed as a dependent?
The number of eligibility periods you can apply for and the total amount you can receive, depends on whether you're a graduating or post-secondary student, or a graduating high school student.
$1,250 or $2,000
Depending on your eligibility
Each eligibility period is a four-week period with a specific start and end date. When you apply, you will receive a payment for the specific eligibility period you applied for.
You can only apply for one eligibility period at a time. If your situation continues, you must re-apply for another four-week eligibility period.
The CESB is available to eligible post-secondary students, post-secondary graduates, and students who have recently left their post-graduate studies.
You can start applying during the May 10 to June 6 eligibility period. If your situation continues, you must re-apply for another four-week eligibility period.
Eligibility periods for post-secondary students:
The CESB is only available to eligible students who:
If you complete high school:
Determine which periods you can apply for here.
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) may ask you to provide information later to verify that you have been looking for work during the eligibility period(s) that you have applied for, so it is important to keep track of your daily job search activities.
Registering with the Government of Canada Job Bank is an easy way for you to show that you are looking for work. Once registered, the Job Bank will notify you of current jobs available in your field and location, as well as jobs available in essential sectors. You can also use the Job Bank to find tips to help you update your resume and explore career options. By using the Job Bank, you can keep track of your job search activities in one place.
To re-apply for the CESB, one of the following must still apply:
If your situation continues, you can re-apply for another four-week eligibility period.
If you are eligible for the CESB, you can expect $1,250 for the four-week eligibility period you applied for or $2,000 for those who have dependents or a disability.
The fastest way to get your payment is to make sure your direct deposit is set up. Direct deposit is paid in three business days, otherwise, you should get a cheque in about 10 business days.
You must return or repay the CESB if you:
The CESB is taxable. This means you will need to report any amounts you received from the CESB on next year’s income tax return.
You will receive a T4A tax slip for the amount of CESB you receive. The tax slip will also be available in your CRA My Account for the 2020 tax year.
If you repay the CESB before December 31, 2020, the CRA won't include the amount you’ve repaid on your T4A slip.
You can return or repay your CESB payment online or by mail.
To repay the CESB, choose one of the following options:
1. sign in to online banking
2. under “Add a payee” select option “CRA (revenue) – tax instalment"
3. enter your 9-digit Social Insurance Number (SIN) as the CRA account number
1. make payment out to "Receiver General for Canada"
2. indicate it is for "Repayment of CESB"
3. indicate which eligibility period you are repaying
4. include your Social Insurance Number (SIN) or your Temporary Tax Number (TTN)
5. mail your payment, refer to below
You can return the cheque by mail.
Be sure to include:
1. the reason for returning the cheque (not entitled or overpayment)
2. your Social Insurance Number (SIN) or Temporary Tax Number (TTN)
Revenue Processing – Repayment of CESB
Sudbury Tax Centre
1050 Notre Dame Avenue
Sudbury ON P3A 0C3
For questions or concerns pertaining to the CESB, contact the Government of Canada directly.
All student loan borrowers will automatically have their loan repayments and interest suspended until September 30, 2020.
Students do not need to apply for the repayment pause.
This moratorium applies to the federal portion of student loans. Borrowers should check with their provincial or territorial student loan provider to see if payment is required on the provincial or territorial portion.
To address additional financial needs of students caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Government proposes to change the Canada Student Loan Program’s (CSLP) eligibility requirements in 2020-21 to allow more students to qualify for supports and be eligible for greater amounts, including doubling the non-repayable Canada Student Grants for full and part-time students, as well as for students with disabilities, and students with dependents, in the coming academic year.
The CSLP is delivered in collaboration with 10 participating jurisdictions. Students in Quebec, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut do not receive CSLP support as these jurisdictions run their own student financial assistance programs. Additional compensation will be offered to provinces and territories that do not participate in the CSLP.
In addition, to ensure students can continue their studies in the upcoming fall semester, the Federal Government will:
The new Canada Student Service Grant will help students gain valuable work experience and skills while they help 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 will be made available on the I Want to Help platform over the coming weeks, including more detailed information about eligibility, the levels of funding available under the grant, how to apply for a national service position, and how applications will be assessed.
To support students who are preparing to enter the work force this summer, the Federal Government has committed $263 million in funding for the Canada Summer Jobs program. This will support up to 70,000 job placements for youth 15 to 30 years of age. The temporary changes to the program in response to COVID-19 for the 2020 year include:
The Canada Summer Jobs call for applications for the 2020 season closed on February 28, 2020. In response to the economic impacts created by the COVID-19 situation, Members of Parliament will work to identify organizations that provide essential services in the community and could provide youth jobs but did not apply for the Canada Summer Jobs program in 2020.
Job placements could begin as early as May 11, 2020, and end as late as February 28, 2021.
Youth will be able to search for jobs available in their communities through the Job Bank website and app.
The government is creating and connecting students to meaningful employment and service opportunities, with:
The Government of Canada will remove the restriction that allows international students to work only a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session, provided they are working in an essential service or function, such as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical goods.
International students and their employers should consult Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada's Guidance on Essential Services and Functions in Canada during the COVID-19 Outbreak to determine if the work the student is doing would allow them to work more than 20 hours per week during the academic session. This temporary rule change will be in place until August 31, 2020.