Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19.

Eligibility

THE CESB is a taxable benefit that provides relief for eligible students for a maximum of 16 weeks. The benefit provides a payment of $1,250 for each 4-week period from May to August 2020. Each eligibility period is a 4-week period with a specific start date and end date. When you apply, you will receive a payment for the specific eligibility period you applied for. You can only apply for one eligibility period at a time. If you situation continues, you must re-apply for another 4-week eligibility period.

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, or you have at least one child under the age of 12 or other dependents.

There are two ways to apply:

  • Online with CRA My Account
  • Over the phone with an automated phone service (1-800-959-2019)

For information on this program and to access the application, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/emergency-student-benefit.html


Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

The program

  • This program provides a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months ($500/week up to 24 weeks) to anyone who has earned $5,000 in the last 12 months or calendar year
  • Federal Government recently extended this program for 8 more weeks - from 16 weeks to 24 weeks.

Eligibility

  • workers who must stop working due to COVID-19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support
  • workers who are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children who are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures
  • workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work
  • wager earners and self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI)

There are two ways to apply:

  • Online with CRA My Account
  • Over the phone with an automated phone service (1-800-959-2019)

For information on this program and details on applying: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html


The New Brunswick Workers Emergency Income Benefit

The program

  • For New Brunswick workers, self-employed or otherwise, who have lost their employment status due to COVID-19
  • This is a one-time funding benefit of $900 to fill the loss of a job or closed business on or after March 15

Eligibility

  • Have lost their place of employment or have lost all revenues through self-employment on or after March 15 due to the state of emergency in New Brunswick
  • Have earned $5,000 gross minimum earnings in the last 12 months or last calendar year
  • Have applied for support through the Federal Government (EI or CERB)
  • NB residents 18 years of age or older

More information: https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/post-secondary_education_training_and_labour/promo/nbweib.html


Canada Student Service Grant

The program

  • 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 labour market and skills development experiences, while giving back/volunteering within local communities
  • Post-secondary students may be eligible to earn between $1,000 - $5,000 this summer via this program depending on the number of volunteer hours completed. For every 100 hours worked, a student is eligible for $1,000, which means someone must volunteer 500 hours to receive the full grant
  • Grant is available for a range of volunteer work such tutoring, researching animal behaviour and designing exercise programs for seniors
  • The grants will be paid out in one-time lump sums after completion of the work
  • If you receive or have received the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), you are not eligible for the Grant.
  • Canada Student Service Grant may be combined with Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

Eligibility

  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, refugee, First Nations, Metis or Inuit aged 30 years old or younger. You must be aged 30 or under as of December 31st, 2020
  • Only students and recent graduates 30 years old and younger can enrol.
  • To qualify, an individual must be enrolled part-time or full-time in a recognized post-secondary education program in the spring, summer or fall of 2020, or must have completed post-secondary studies in December 2019 or later.
  • Be enrolled part time or full time in a recognized post-secondary education program in Spring/Summer 2020 or Fall 2020, or have completed your post-secondary studies in December 2019 or later.
  • Application is also open to students and recent graduates who are employed, and those who are receiving the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) or a microgrant from the Canada Service Corps program.

To apply

  • Visit : "I want to help" online platform provides details on the grant
  • Walk through online process to determine eligibility and discover opportunities