Canada Emergency Student Benefit application period to launch on May 15, 2020
“During these unprecedented times, summer jobs are more scarce, leaving post-secondary students worried about making ends meet. Through the Canada Emergency Student Benefit, the Government of Canada is providing students with the support they need to keep a roof over their heads. When Canada emerges from this pandemic, we want to ensure students are in a financial position to continue their studies so they can pursue fruitful careers.”
-The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
“Canadian students are the future of our country and we recognize that they are also heavily affected by the COVID-19 crisis. To that end, we have taken decisive actions to ensure that they are not left behind. The CRA has successfully delivered millions of dollars in benefits to those who need it most and it will continue this vital work by supporting students through the Canada Emergency Student Benefit.”
-The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue
“Young Canadians are not just the leaders of tomorrow – they are leaders today. Our role – now more than ever – is to provide them with the assistance they need to help them reach their potential. The Canada Emergency Student Benefit will do just that. It is a key element of the suite of programs our Government is offering to support Canadian students in navigating the uncertainty of COVID-19.”
-The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth
The CESB could help approximately one million students who are facing a very different job market this summer due to COVID-19 pay their bills.
The CESB will be available between May and August 2020 for post-secondary students and graduates. For high school students and those working towards the equivalent of a high school diploma, the CESB will be available between:
- May and August 2020 if they receive a high school diploma or equivalent before May 10, 2020;
- June and August 2020 if they receive a high school diploma or equivalent between May 10, 2020 and June 6, 2020; and
- July and August 2020 if they receive, or are to receive, a high school diploma or equivalent between June 2020 and December 2020.
On April 22, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a comprehensive suite of measures totaling approximately $9 billion, aimed at helping students and new graduates affected by COVID-19. Those measures include the CESB, as well as the doubling of student grant amounts and a raised cap on student loans for the upcoming school year. A six-month, interest-free moratorium on student loan repayment is already in effect.
The CESB is part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which already commits $146 billion in support to Canadians and businesses through these unprecedented times.
For media enquiries, please contact:
Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
Office of the Minister of National Revenue
Canada Revenue Agency
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