Government Support

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

Employment Insurance (EI)

Depending on your employment at the University, you may be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI). You can investigate your eligibility through the Government of Canada website.

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19. This benefit is for students who do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI).

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

The Ontario government is temporarily deferring loan payments and interest accrual for OSAP borrowers. From March 30, 2020 to September 30, 2020, you will not be required to make any loan payments, and interest will not accrue on your student loans.

Canada Child Benefit (CCB)

Eligible recipients will receive $300 more per child with their regular May CCB payment. If you have previously applied for the CCB, you do not need to re-apply.

First Nations Support

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is working closely with First Nation partners, the Public Health Agency of Canada, other departments such as Heath Canada, Public Safety as well as provincial and territorial counterparts to protect the health and safety of First Nations and support First Nations communities in responding to the public health crisis resulting from the novel COVID-19.