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More Support Is Available For Students Unable To Find Summer Jobs

Written by Samantha Moss

Worried about losing income and job experience this summer? There may be a solution.

It’s official. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is here to bless your scene with his luscious coif and a $9B financial relief package for students. Why? Because young people are being hit the hardest with unemployment thanks to the COVID-19 lockdown.

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, employment of youth aged 15 to 24 decreased by -15.4% in March, the fastest drop across all major age groups. That’s probably because students are the most likely to hold gig jobs and part-time positions within the service industry, which had the greatest decline overall.

While the Canadian government was quick to offer the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) in response to the financial support gaps left by EI, some students are still falling through the cracks. So, they are working to improve the existing financial relief plan to account for the students that don’t meet the CERB eligibility requirements.

The Canadia Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) Is Available For Students Unable To Find Summer Jobs.

Basically, while the CERB offers financial support to folks that lost income due to the novel coronavirus, the CESB helps the students that weren’t working in the first place.

But, money is just half the battle. For many students, gaining work experience is equally or more valuable in the long run than the $11.06 per hour they’d probably be earning. So, some students will be eligible for the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG), where they can do national service and serve their communities with up to $5,000. That way, students can still earn some money to help pay for their tuition in the fall.

Here’s basically everything you need to know about the new government relief programs available to Canadian students:

The Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB):

What is it?

The CERB is meant to provide folks that have lost income due to complications caused by COVID-19, with temporary financial support. Basically, you can get $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

Who is eligible for it?

The Benefit is available to workers:

  • Residing in Canada
  • Aged 15 or older when they apply
  • That have lost all their income for reasons related to COVID-19
  • That had employment and/or self-employment income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application
  • That did not quit their job because they want to live it up in quarantine

NOTE: When submitting your first claim, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for 14 or more consecutive days within the four-week benefit period of your claim.

How do I apply?

The CERB is being delivered through Service Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency. You can apply here.

The Canadian Emergency Student Benefit (CESB):

What is it?

In March 2020, the number of post-secondary working students, aged 15-29, dropped by 28% from February 2020. So, the CESB is meant to give $1,250 per month ($312.50 per week) to eligible postgraduate students (or students that have graduated since December 2019) from May through August 2020. Plus, an additional $750 for students with dependents and those with permanent disabilities.

Who is eligible for it?

The CESB would be available to:

  • Students that are enrolled in a post-secondary education program leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate
  • Students who ended their studies or graduated no earlier than December 2019
  • High school graduates who have applied for and will be starting post-secondary education in the coming months (before February 1, 2021)
  • Students that do not have a job, or have a job but only making up to $1,000 a month
  • Canadian students studying abroad that meet one of the above criteria.

How do I apply?

You can apply for the CESB through your CRA My Account or over the phone starting May 15th at 6:00 am ET. To receive this benefit, you must submit your application before September 30th, 2020. For more details on the application process, visit the Government of Canada’s website here.

The Canadian Student Service Grant (CSSG):

What is it?

The CSSG is meant to help students gain valuable work experience and skills while they help their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will give students that choose to do national service and serve their communities up to $5,000 to help cover the costs of tuition in the fall.

Who is eligible for it?

The CSSG is available to those that are:

  • 30 years of age or younger
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a student with a refugee status that are either:
    • Enrolled in and attending post-secondary education during the spring, summer, or fall 2020 semesters
    • A recent post-secondary graduate (no earlier than December 2019); or studying abroad and currently residing in Canada.

Post-secondary students and recent graduates must register no later than August 21, 2020, and submit their applications for the CSSG no later than November 6, 2020. Participants will only be able to count hours accumulated from June 25 to October 31, 2020.

For more information on the CSSG, visit the Government of Canada’s website here.

The Canadian Student Loans Program (CSLP):

To help student and apprentice loan borrowers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada have implemented the measure below from March 30 to September 30, 2020:

  • Suspension of repayments of Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans
  • No payments are required on student and apprentice loans during this time
  • Pre-authorized debits will be stopped
  • No interest will accrue on student and apprentice loans

Canada Summer Jobs Program:

Although the COVID-19 pandemic may have squashed much of the summer employment opportunities available to students this year, you may still find some work through the Canada Summer Jobs Program. Basically, it creates summer jobs for those ages 15 to 30 years old.

According to our friends at CIBC:

Through this program, employers can receive a wage subsidy of up to 100% (up from 50%) of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for eligible employees. Job placements began on May 11, 2020 and the program has been extended to placements running until February 28, 2021.

If you would like to find a job through this program, you can search through the youth Job Bank website.

Okay, that was a lot of stuff. Basically, this pandemic is probably making JT’s face fuzz even more salt-and-peppery than it already was, so let’s give him props for showing up for students, like you, when they need him most.

In addition to all the support the Canadian Government is offering, our friends at CIBC are doing everything they can to help you through these uncertain times. Their COVID-19 Student Support Centre offers programs and resources to help you understand the Canadian government’s student support programs. Plus, it can connect you with the right resources and advice.

They’ve also helped us launch free online workshops and new scholarships themed around important conversations like maintaining mental health, supporting local businesses, and showing Mom and Dad some extra TLC.

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