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Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

How much you can get

The CESB is a taxable benefit that provides relief for eligible students for a maximum of 16 weeks.

Payment amount

The benefit provides a payment of $1,250 for each 4-week period from May to August 2020.

You may be able to get an extra $750 for each 4-week period, if you meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • you have a disability as defined for this benefit
    What is considered a disability

    Any impairment, including a physical, mental, intellectual, cognitive, learning, communication or sensory impairment — or a functional limitation — whether permanent or episodic in nature, or evident or not, that, in interaction with a barrier, hinders a person’s full and equal participation in society.

  • you have at least one child under the age of 12 or other dependants
    Who can be claimed as a dependant
    • a child (adopted child, stepchild, or foster child) who is under 12 years old and is completely dependent on the student, student’s spouse, or common-law partner for support, care, and upbringing
    • a person with a disability who is completely dependent on the student, student’s spouse, or common-law partner for support, care, and upbringing

Eligibility periods

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.

Post-secondary students amount details
Eligibility period Amount
May 10 to June 6, 2020 $1,250 or $2,000
Depending on your eligibility
June 7 to July 4, 2020 $1,250 or $2,000
Depending on your eligibility
July 5 to August 1, 2020 $1,250 or $2,000
Depending on your eligibility
August 2 to August 29, 2020 $1,250 or $2,000
Depending on your eligibility
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