ENDED – Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

The CESB closed to applications on September 30, 2020. You can no longer apply for this benefit

Eligible post-secondary students will receive $1,250 a month from May to August. If they are taking care of someone else or have a disability, that amount increases to $2,000 monthly.

Eligible students include:

  • You are or were enrolled in a post-secondary educational program (at least 12 weeks in duration) that leads to a degree, diploma, or certificates
  • You completed or ended your post-secondary studies in December 2019 or later
  • You completed or expect to complete high school or equivalency in 2020 and have applied for a post-secondary educational program that starts before February 1, 2021

You must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are unable to work due to COVID-19
  • You are actively looking for, but cannot find work due to COVID-19
  • You are currently working during the COVID-19 pandemic, but you expect your income from employment and self-employment to be $1,000 or less (before taxes) during the 4-week period you are applying for