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COVID-19 Support for students

The federal government proposed $9 billion of relief for post-secondary students and recent graduates.

The proposed programs include:

  1. a Canada Emergency Student Benefit, which would provide $1,250 per month ($1,750 for students with dependents or disabilities), between May and August 2020, to eligible students who do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit; and
  2. the Canada Student Service Grant, which will provide up to $5,000 to students who perform service work in their communities. The government will expand existing federal employment, skills development and youth programming to create up to 116,000 additional student jobs, placements, and training opportunities.

In addition, for the 2020-21 year, the government will:

  1. double the Canada Student Grants amount, to $6,000 for full-time students and $3,600 for part-time students;
  2. broaden eligibility for student financial assistance;
  3. raise the minimum weekly amount under the Canada Student Loans from $210 to $350;
  4. provide $75.2 million of funds for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students; and
  5. provide $291.6 million to federal granting councils to support graduate research scholarships, postdoctoral fellowships, and federal research grants.
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