Language selection

Search

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

How to apply

You need to submit a separate application for each 4-week period that you are eligible for.

CESB eligibility periods that are open for application:

  • May 10 to June 6
  • June 7 to July 4
  • July 5 to August 1
  • August 2 to August 29 final eligibility period

On this page

Before you apply

Answer these questions to ensure your application will be quick and easy:

Confirm you are correctly registered with the CRA

Have you ever filed a Canadian tax return?

  • Yes

    Do you have a CRA My Account?

    • Yes

      Are you able to successfully log in?

      • Yes
      • No - I am locked out
      • No - I cannot remember my CRA user ID or password
    • No

      Do you have a My Service Canada Account?

      • Yes
      • No

        Have you filed an income tax return for either the 2018 or 2019 calendar years?

        • Yes
        • No
  • No

Set up direct deposit

Direct deposit payments take 3 business days. A cheque takes about 10 business days.

Is your direct deposit information up to date with the CRA?

  • Yes
  • No - I want to set it up
  • No - I prefer to receive my payment by cheque

When to apply

Select the period you are eligible for to find out when you can apply. You can only apply for one eligibility period at a time.

Determine when to apply

What type of student are you?

  • Graduating high school student

    When do you or will you expect to complete high school or equivalency?

    • January 1 to May 9, 2020

      Select your eligibility period

      Reminder: You must apply separately for each period that you are eligible for

      • May 10 to June 6, 2020
      • June 7 to July 4, 2020
      • July 5 to August 1, 2020
      • August 2 to August 29, 2020
    • May 10 to June 6, 2020

      Select your eligibility period

      Reminder: You must apply separately for each period that you are eligible for

      • June 7 to July 4, 2020
      • July 5 to August 1, 2020
      • August 2 to August 29, 2020
    • June 7 to December 31, 2020

      Select your eligibility period

      Reminder: You must apply separately for each period that you are eligible for

      • July 5 to August 1, 2020
      • August 2 to August 29, 2020
  • Post-secondary student

    Select your eligibility period

    Reminder: You must apply separately for each period that you are eligible for

    • May 10 to June 6, 2020
    • June 7 to July 4, 2020
    • July 5 to August 1, 2020
    • August 2 to August 29, 2020
Alternative format: When to apply
Eligibility periods and days to apply for the CESB
Eligibility period Earliest you can apply
May 10, 2020 to June 6, 2020 Monday May 18, 2020
June 7, 2020 to July 4, 2020 Monday June 8, 2020
July 5, 2020 to August 1, 2020 Monday July 6, 2020
August 2, 2020 to August 29, 2020 Monday August 3, 2020

Application deadline

All applications for this benefit must be submitted before September 30, 2020.

Apply online or by phone

If you have never filed taxes before, you must first get ready to apply.

Read the Privacy Statement

When you apply for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), your personal information is collected under the authority of the Canada Emergency Student Benefit Act, which is being jointly administered by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Your personal information will be used for the purpose of (i) administering your application, and could be used for (ii) issuing a payment to you, (iii) verifying that you meet the program's eligibility requirements, and to (iv) collect any overpayments or erroneous payments that may have been issued to you. Failure to provide information will affect your consideration for benefits.

Please note that to process your application we will need to access information in your tax file. Your information may be shared with ESDC for verification and reporting purposes. Under the Privacy Act, you have a right of protection, access to and correction of your personal information and to file a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada regarding our handling of your information. Personal information banks for this program is under development and will be available in Info Source.

Online:

Sign in to your CRA My Account Register

Hours of service for CRA My Account

By phone:
Call the automated toll-free line
Before you call

To verify your identity, you'll need:

  • your Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • postal code
Telephone number

Follow the instructions below before you call or

Instructions
  1. Select your language preference: English or French
  2. Press '2' to apply for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
  3. Follow the prompts to enter your information, including:
    • your SIN
    • confirmation of your postal code
    • the period you are applying for
  4. Declare that you qualify for the benefit

The CRA will issue payments by direct deposit or cheque, based on the payment method we have on file for you.

Hours
Details
Day Hours
Monday to Sunday 6 am to 3 am (Eastern time)

The CRA will verify that you are eligible to receive the CESB. If you are able to work, you must be actively looking for work to be eligible to receive the CESB.

Re-apply every 4-weeks

You will need to re-apply for each 4-week period that you are eligible for. The final eligibility period is August 2 to August 29, 2020.

To find the best day for you to re-apply, refer to: Determine when to apply

Report a problem or mistake on this page
Please select all that apply:

Thank you for your help!

You will not receive a reply. For enquiries, contact us.

Date modified: