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June 3rd, 2020. Most recent update of COVID-19 Ontario:

Supporting Students through Expanded Student and Youth Programming

Canada Student Service Grant

While the COVID-19 pandemic will limit employment opportunities for students, it presents an opportunity for students and youth to mobilize and take part in national service activities that can provide valuable labor market and skills development experiences, while giving back to their local communities.

To encourage students to participate in the COVID-19 response, the government will launch a new national service initiative to recognize students’ significant contributions to the COVID-19 efforts, and provide support through a new Canada Student Service Grant which will provide up to $5,000 to support student’s post-secondary education costs 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 (Government of Canada, 2020).

Canada Emergency Student Benefit

For post-secondary students and recent graduates who are ineligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit or for Employment Insurance, but who are unable to find full-time employment or are unable to work due to COVID-19, the government proposes to introduce the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). The CESB would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students from May through August 2020, and $1,750 for students with dependents and those with permanent disabilities.

This new grant would provide income support to post-secondary students who will experience financial hardship over the Summer due to COVID-19. The CESB will be delivered by CRA and more details will be communicated.

For more information and to apply for CESB click on the link below:

Applying to Employment Insurance (EI) and Emergency Benefits if you are unable to apply for EI: (March 18th, 2020 4:00am)

Financial Support for Individuals and Family (such as increase on child benefit, extra time to file income tax returns, Canada Emergency Response Benefit, etc.) (April 2nd, 2020)

What is going on in Canada today? (April 29th, 2020)

Provincial Update (April 29th, 2020)

Ottawa Update (April 29th, 2020)

Good news to those of you are post-secondary graduates or soon to be graduates:

More information about concerns about the economy and your finances:

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