Feds Introducing $9B In New COVID-19 Supports For Students

Post-secondary students across the country are getting extra supports to help them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced the Canada Emergency Student Benefit on Wednesday.

Under the program, students will receive $1,250 a month from May to August. Those who are taking care of somebody else or have a disability will get $1,750 each month.

“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,” said Trudeau.

The new supports would add up to roughly $9 billion.

Trudeau notes students are just as impacted during this time as everybody else.

“You might normally had turned to your parents for help but, right now, mom and dad are stretched too and even if monthly bills aren’t the concern, you may have been counting on the summer job for next year’s tuition or to get the right experience for your career.”

The Liberals plan on meeting with Opposition in the coming days to get this program approved.

Meanwhile, students can still apply the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

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