Starting Friday, May, 15 at 6:00 a.m. (EST), students across the country can apply for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). Eligible students could receive $1,250 for each of four four-week periods between May and August 2020. Though they'll have to reapply at the end of each period.

Students with dependants or disabilities could receive an extra $750, for a total of $2,000 for a single four-week period.

The benefit is available to all post-secondary students who have not received or applied for the Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI).

The office of the federal Minister of Employment, Workforce Development, and Disability Inclusion previously confirmed to MTL Blog that cégep students in Quebec may also qualify.

"As many post-secondary students adapt to the new reality brought on by COVID-19, they are concerned about the effect of the pandemic on their ability to continue their studies, secure and retain summer employment, pay their bills, and save for tuition in the fall," the government explained in its April 22 statement announcing the program.

"This new grant would provide income support to post-secondary students who will experience financial hardship over the summer due to COVID-19."

The four eligible four-week periods are:

  • May 10 to June 6

  • June 7 to July 4

  • July 5 to August 1

  • August 2 to August 29

"You can only apply for one eligibility period at a time," the program website states.

You must also "be actively looking for a job to be eligible to receive the CESB."

Students can find out if they're eligible online.

Applicants need to register on the CRA website and set up direct deposit to receive their benefits.

In total, the federal government has announced a $9 billion investment in students this year.

There's also the Canada Student Service Grant, through which students can "gain valuable work experience and skills while they help their communities during the COVID‑19 pandemic," according to that same April 22 statement.

For those "who choose to do national service and serve their communities, the new Canada Student Service Grant will provide up to $5,000 for their education in the fall." 

"Taken together, these programs will not only help ensure more students get the financial support they need, but the opportunities and experience many students were counting on," the Prime Minister's Office wrote.

Applications for Quebec's own bonus for low-income essential workers, meanwhile, open between May 19 and 22, depending on applicants' month of birth.

Stay tuned for more news.

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