COVID-19: Youth, Post-Secondary Students and Recent Graduates

Updated: Apr 30, 2020

There are several helpful resources if you require assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. Please check out the Government of Canada, Provincial and Territory websites.

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

On April 22, 2020, the federal government has announced it plans to implement the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), which would provide support to students and new graduates who are not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, Employment Insurance or unable to work during COVID-19.


This benefit aims to provide:

  • $1,250 per month for eligible students, and

  • $1,750 per month for eligible students with dependents or disabilities.


This benefit will be in affect from May to August 2020.


Supporting International Students Working in Essential Services

The federal government also announced on April 22, 2020, it will remove the restriction that limits international students to only work a maximum 20 hours per week while classes are in session, as long as the are working in an essential service or function, such as health care, critical infrastructure, the supply of food or other critical goods.


This is a temporary measure in place until August 31, 2020.


In addition to the above changes, the government has also put in place the following:

  • Creating new jobs and opportunities

  • Launching a new national service initiative

  • Helping students continue their studies in the fall

  • Suspending repayment and interest on student and apprentice loans

  • Providing youth with mental health support


Please visit the Government of Canada for further details.


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