Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

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If you are a post-secondary student or a recent post-secondary or high school graduate and you can’t find work (or are making less than $1,000 over 4 weeks) due to COVID-19, you could get a taxable benefit of $1,250 per each 4-week period that you can’t find work. If you have dependents or a disability, you could get $2,000 for each 4-week period. This benefit is for students who do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI).

Introduction

Last updated: July 27, 2020

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If you are a post-secondary student or a recent post-secondary or high school graduate and you can’t find work (or are making less than $1,000 over a 4-week period) due to COVID-19, you may be able to get this benefit.

From May to August 2020, the CESB will pay eligible students:

  • $1,250 payment each month (4 week period) or
  • $2,000 payment each month (4 week period) if you have dependents or a disability.
Eligibility

You may be able to get this benefit if:

  • You are a current student or recent graduate (post-secondary or high school)
  • You cannot work due to COVID-19, or you cannot find work, or your income is less than $1,000 over a 4-week period.
  • There are some more eligibility criteria for this benefit. See if you are eligible at the Who can apply site for the CESB.

You cannot get the CESB if:

  • You have already applied for, or are receiving support from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI).
How to apply
  • All applications for this benefit must be submitted before September 30, 2020.
  • You can apply online on the CESB website.
Difficulty
Easy Application
Tax filing
No
Jurisdiction
Topics
General