Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

For students who do not qualify for Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI), the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) is now accepting applications and may pay eligible students $1,250 for each four-week period without work ($2,000 for students with dependants or a disability) – visit the CESB site to learn more.

Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG)

Students interested in volunteering their time between June 25th and October 31st, 2020, may qualify for a $1000 to $5000 grant from the Government of Canada. In addition to the award, you’ll have the opportunity to help your community, practice your skills, gain real-world experience, and bring value to the not-for-profit group you choose to support.

There are five levels of CSSG available:

  • 100 hours for $1,000
  • 200 hours for $2,000
  • 300 hours for $3,000
  • 400 hours for $4000
  • 500 hours for $5000

You must hit the minimum threshold to get the full grant value (e.g., 190 hrs worked would get the $1,000 grant whereas 210 hours worked would get the $2,000 grant)

The grant program is available to post-secondary students and recent graduates. Students studying abroad and currently living in Canada may qualify. International students are not eligible. (Visit this page to learn about additional measures and support for international students.)

You may be eligible for the grant if you are currently receiving the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). You do not qualify if you are receiving the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

Find all of the information, including all eligibility requirements, on the CSSG website.


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