New Support for Students!

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, CIJA has been working with all levels of government to ensure charities and not-for-profits in our community have access to the supports they need to continue helping the vulnerable populations they serve; and that individuals in our community have access to programs that will help them through these difficult times.

Today, Prime Minister Trudeau announced $9B in new and enhanced supports for students.

What you need to know about today’s announcement:

  • Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB):
    • $1,250 per month from May through August
    • $1,750 if you have a dependent or a disability
    • Eligibility:
      • Current post-secondary students, recent graduates, and new students in September 2020
      • Who are earning less than $1000/month
  • Jobs for Students:
    • In addition to the Canada Summer Jobs Grants, 76,000 new federal jobs will be rolled out. Some of those jobs will be focused on COVID response
  • Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG):
    • Students who do not have a paying job, but who are volunteering for COVID-19 response, will be eligible for grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 based on hours and type of work

We also wanted to share that this week, CIJA was in direct contact with University Presidents across Canada, with whom we maintain close relationships.

Canadian Universities have once again demonstrated the ability to lead, innovate, and play a critical institutional role in Canadian society, and we wanted to recognize their efforts to improve the well-being of students and to combat COVID-19.

Please read and share our letter.

We will continue to send updates on the steps governments and universities are taking to support students during these trying times.

We encourage you to regularly visit the CIJA COVID-19 Resource Guide which can be found here.

I truly hope this note finds you, your families, and your colleagues safe and well.

As always, if we can be of assistance, please be in touch.

Warmest Regards,

Judy Zelikovitz

Vice President, University and Local Partner Services