Prime Minister Trudeau announced a Canadian Emergency Student Benefit

We heard an announcement today for students that will add to all of the University, E.I. and Canada Emergency Response Benefit Programs. We encourage you to look for details on the programs below which should appear on the government sites soon. Please also share this with other classmates.

Prime Minister Trudeau announced a Canadian Emergency Student Benefit Transcript from media announcement below: 

‘As young people, what you’re going through matters. We want to make sure that you’ll be OK. So today I’m announcing our plan to support students right across the country. We’re launching the Canada Emergency Student Benefit to provide immediate help. At the same time, we will create new student jobs and double student grants, among other things. All of these measures will add up to approximately $9 billion for students.

For today, for the summer, for next year, we’re going to be there for you. So let me start with the Canada Emergency Student Benefit. Right now, you might be worried about how to make ends meet. You probably can’t work your normal job. And that might be a big problem for rent or for groceries. So we’re bringing in the Canada Emergency Student Benefit to help. With this benefit you’ll get $1,250 a month from May to August. And if you take care of someone else or have a disability, that amount will go up to $1,750 each month. This benefit is designed for you.

If you’re a post-secondary student right now, if you’re going to college in September or if you graduated in December 2019, it’s there for you even if you have a job but you’re only making up to a $1,000 a month. The period covered by the benefit will start on May 1st and your payments will be delivered through the Canada Revenue Agency. We’ll be working with opposition parties to move forward on legislation to put this new benefit in place.’

‘Today we are introducing a $9 billion program for students. We are introducing the Canada Emergency Student Benefit to help people who are going through tough times because of COVID-19. From May to August, you will receive $1,250 a month. And if you are caring for another person or you are living with a disabilities, you could receive $1,750 per month. This benefit was designed to help you.

If you are in school now or will be in school in September, or if you graduated after December 2019, you are eligible. And if you have a job but you’re earning $1,000 or less per month, you are also eligible. The payments will be retroactive to May 1st and will be paid through the Canada Revenue Agency. We will be working with the opposition parties to get the bill passed that will allow us to introduce this new benefit.

For a lot of students the month of May normally marks the start of a summer job, but right now it might be really tough to find something. You may have been looking for weeks without any success. So we’re going to help. Our government is creating 76,000 jobs for young people, in addition to the Canada Summer Jobs Program. These placements will be in sectors that need an extra hand right now or that are on the frontlines of this pandemic.

We’re also going to be providing specific support for Indigenous students. And for student researchers and graduate students, we’re going to invest over $291 million to extend scholarships, fellowships and grants to make sure you can keep working. Depending on your funding, it’ll be extended by either three or four months.

Of course, the paying job isn’t the only valuable way to spend your summers. Volunteering can be a fantastic way to build skills, make contacts or just give back. If you’re volunteering instead of working, we’re going to make sure that you have support too. Students helping in the fight against COVID-19 this summer will soon be eligible for $1,000 to $5,000 depending on your hours through the new Canada Student Service grant. Your energy and your skills can do a lot of good right now.
If you are a student, it’s tough finding a summer job now because of COVID-19.

Our government, therefore, will be creating 76,000 additional jobs for young people in those sectors that need help right now or are contributing directly to our response to the pandemic. These jobs are in addition to the ones under the current Canada Summer Jobs program. We will also be providing targeted help to Indigenous students. And with respect to research, we will be investing more than $291 million to extend grants and fellowships by three or four months and therefore allow them to continue their work. At the same time, we are currently introducing the Canadian Student Service grant. If you want to volunteer to help fight COVID-19 this summer, you will be able to receive from $1,000 to $5,000 depending on your hours. We need your energy and your skills.

Things may be hard for the next little while, but we’re going to support you through it. We’re doubling the student grants that the government gives out for the 2020-21 school year. For students in Quebec, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, we will be providing funding to the provincial and territorial governments so that they can increase their financial aid programs. At the same time, we’ll provide over $75 million to increase support specifically for First Nations, Inuit and Metis Nations students.

Today I’m also announcing that we will double the amount of money being prepared being provided for 2020-21 and for students in Quebec, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, we will be granting that funding to provincial and territorial governments so they can extend their own financial assistance programs. At the same time, will it be investing more than $75 million to support Inuit, First Nations and Metis students.

To all the students watching today let me say this: As you’re building your future, thinking about how to contribute, about starting a family or a career, all of a sudden you’re faced with a massive crisis. This uncertainty that you feel can be overwhelming. But in Canada, we look out for each other. We value education, service, hard work. These measures will help you get through this so that you can build that career and the future that you’ve been looking forward to, that we’ve been looking forward to for you.

On the other side of this, when the economy comes roaring back, you will define our path forward, a path towards a better, more equal society. That’s what we’re doing together.’