We want to support our students and we understand that this has been a challenging time. To help, below are links to various student financial aid supports available through the provincial and federal government developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We encourage you to review these programs to determine if you are eligible for support.
Federal Government Programs
Employment Insurance (EI) provides regular benefits to individuals who lose their jobs through no fault of their own and are available for and able to work, but can't find a job.
To learn more about EI, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-regular-benefit.html.
Employment Insurance (EI) Sickness Benefits
Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits can provide you with up to 15 weeks of financial assistance if you cannot work for medical reasons.
To learn more about EI Sickness Benefits, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-sickness.html
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.
To learn more about CERB, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html.
Important Information for OSAP Recipients
If you are receiving OSAP for the spring/summer semester, you are required to declare CERB earnings as government income on your OSAP application – please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
For post-secondary students and recent graduates who are ineligible for the CERB or for EI, but who are unable to find full-time employment or are unable to work due to COVID-19, the government proposes to introduce the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). The CESB would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students from May through August 2020, and $1,750 for students with dependents and those with permanent disabilities.
To learn more about CESB, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/04/support-for-students-and-recent-graduates-impacted-by-covid-19.html
Important Information for OSAP Recipients
If you receiving OSAP for the spring/summer semester, you are required to declare CESB earnings as government income on your OSAP application – for more information, please contact us at email@example.com
Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG)
To encourage students to participate in the COVID-19 response, the government will launch a new national service initiative to recognize students' significant contributions to the COVID-19 efforts, and provide support through a new Canada Student Service Grant which will provide up to $5,000 to support student's post-secondary education costs in the fall.
To learn more about CSSG, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/04/support-for-students-and-recent-graduates-impacted-by-covid-19.html
Provincial Government Programs
Ontario Emergency Assistance
Ontario is expanding access to existing Emergency Assistance under the current provisions of Ontario Works. This is available to people with limited income, assets or credit who are in a crisis or an emergency situation.
To learn more about Ontario Emergency Assistance, visit https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/changes-to-ontarios-emergency-assistance-program-in-response-to-covid-19.html.
Top up to Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
Additional assistance for those currently receiving social assistance, who are facing additional costs related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
To learn more, visit https://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/.
Federal Student Loans and Grants
Canada Student Loans Program (CSLP)
The weekly funding has increased from $210 to $350 for the 20/21 academic year and required federal contributions from student and spousal contributions have been removed for 20/21.
Canada Student Grants (CSG)
Federal grants will be doubled for all eligible full-time students up to $6,000 and for all eligible part-time students up to $3,600 for 20/21
Ontario Student Loans and Grants
OSAP estimates and assessments will not be available until mid-summer as the provincial government reviews the federal changes and how best to continue supporting post-secondary students.
Additional Supports for domestic students
The Federal government has suspended all interest accrual and payments from March 30th, 2020 – September 30, 2020.
Provincial governments including Ontario, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and British Columbia have also suspended interest accrual and payments from March – September 2020.
Check with your financial institution for potential funding for students impacted by the COVID19 virus.
Supports for International Students
The Government of Canada will remove the restriction that allows international students to work only a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session, provided students are working in an essential service or function, such as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical goods. This temporary rule change will be in place until August 31, 2020. International students and their employers should consult Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada’s Guidance on Essential Services and Functions in Canada.
Grocery, Food Banks and Meal Services
Good Food Box – 705-942-2694 (Fresh fruits and vegetables delivered to SSM and Algoma District)
RJs Market – 705-942-5940 (prepares and delivers hot meals and telephone grocery orders)
Rome’s – 705-253-1726 (online ordering and you pick up in parking lot)
City Meats – 705-256-2271 (homemade foods and grocery items – delivery for a fee)
Paesano’s Market – 705-949-0116 – (different hot meals daily – delivery for a fee)
The Soup Kitchen – 705-942-2694 – bag lunches at door
St. Vincent’s – 705-253-2770 – soup kitchen open Wednesday from 5-6 and Saturday 11:30-12:30 – take out only
Sault College Food Bank – http://www.myscsu.ca/food-bank-access.html
Salvation Army – 705-759-4143 – provides an emergency food program
Expanded Student and Youth Programming
$75 million available to Indigenous post-secondary students
$80 million for the Student Work Placement program to support post-secondary students to obtain paid work experience related to their field
$15 million for Supports for Student Leaning Program to support youth to complete high school and transition to post-secondary
Other helpful information and support for students can be found:
The information on this page is unofficial and is subject to change.