Feds announce COVID-19 Student Emergency Benefits; ‘This is a critical point in their lives’

Muskoka Post Staff

The Trudeau government announced today new benefits and measures totalling $9 billion for students affected by COVID-19.

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit is for current post-secondary students, those beginning post-secondary in September and those who graduated after December 2019. Students with jobs who are earning $1,000 or less per month are still eligible for the benefit.

“This is a critical point in their lives, and we must do everything possible to support their future,” Trudeau said.

Trudeau announced a $1,200 monthly payment is coming for post-secondary students, running through August, to make up for lost work and cut hours. The benefit can increase to $1,700 for people with disabilities or who care for others.

Education grants and an expanded government-supported job program are examples of new aid measures. Trudeau said that student grants given out in the 2020-21 school year will be doubled.

Trudeau noted the government will create 76,000 youth jobs (between 15 and 30 years of age) in addition to the Canada Summer Jobs program. Students who volunteer this summer in the fight against COVID-19 will be eligible for $1,000-$5,000 through the Canada Student Service Grant.

The government will spend $75 million to increase support specifically for Indigenous students.

For more information on how and when to apply visit canada.ca.

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