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Canada Emergency Student Benefit Program (CESB)

About the Program

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to postsecondary 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).

From May to August 2020, the CESB provides a payment to eligible students of:

  • $1,250 for each 4-week period
  • or
  • $2,000 for each 4-week period, if you have dependants or a disability

Who Can Apply?

If you are able to work, you must be actively looking for work to be eligible to receive the CESB. If you still cannot find work due to COVID-19, you can re-apply for each CESB eligibility period that you are eligible for. You cannot apply for the CESB if you already applied for the CERB or EI. If you have already applied, or are receiving support from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI) you are not eligible to apply for the CESB.

Eligibility

Check the following below to see if you are eligible for the CESB:

  • You did not apply, receive, nor qualify, for the CERB or EI benefits for the same
    eligibility period

You are one of the following:

  • Canadian citizen
  • Registered Indian
  • Permanent resident
  • Protected person
  • You are studying in Canada or abroad

One of the following applies:

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

Current eligibility period: May 10 to June 6, 2020

Next eligibility period: June 7 to July 4, 2020

Eligibility conditions for the benefit top-up

If you meet all of the conditions above, you may also be eligible for an extra $750 for each 4-week period.

Additional support is available if at least one of the following applies:

  • You have a disability as defined for this benefit
  • You have at least one child under the age of 12 or other dependants

Verifying your eligibility

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will verify your eligibility to receive the CESB after you have applied. The CRA may ask you to provide supporting documents to confirm your eligibility at a later date. If we find that you are not eligible, we will contact you to make arrangements to repay any amounts you may owe.

Which periods you can apply for

Each eligibility period is a 4-week period with a specific start and end date. When you apply, you will receive a payment for the specific eligibility period you applied for.

You can only apply for one eligibility period at a time. If your situation continues, you must re-apply for another 4-week eligibility period.

Post-secondary students

The CESB is available to eligible post-secondary students, post-secondary graduates, and students who have recently left their post-graduate studies. You can start applying during the May 10 to June 6 eligibility period. If your situation continues, you must re-apply for another 4-week eligibility period.

Eligibility periods for post-secondary students:

May 10 to June 6, 2020
June 7 to July 4, 2020
July 5 to August 1, 2020
August 2 to August 29, 2020

Graduating high school students

The CESB is only available to eligible students who:

  • completed or expect to complete high school, or received, or expect to receive their high school equivalency in 2020
  • applied for a post-secondary educational program that starts before February 1, 2021

If you complete high school:

  • before June 7, 2020, your high school completion date must be before the start of the first eligibility period you are applying for
  • after June 7, 2020, you can only apply for 2 eligibility periods, starting from the July 5 to August 1 eligibility period

Determine which periods you can apply for:

When did you or will you expect to complete high school or equivalency?

  • January 1 to May 9, 2020 – If you are eligible, you can apply for all 4 eligibility periods:

May 10 to June 6, 2020
June 7 to July 4, 2020
July 5 to August 1, 2020
August 2 to August 29, 2020

  • May 10 to June 6, 2020 – If you are eligible, you can apply for 3 eligibility periods:

June 7 to July 4, 2020
July 5 to August 1, 2020
August 2 to August 29, 2020

  • June 7 to December 31, 2020 – If you are eligible, you can apply for 2 eligibility periods:

July 5 to August 1, 2020
August 2 to August 29, 2020

How to apply for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

Call the CESB general line for questions about:

  • CESB eligibility requirements
  • how much you could get
  • how and when to apply

Telephone number:

1-833-966-2099

Hours:

Monday to Friday 9 am to 9 pm (local time)
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Closed on public holidays

Call the CRA’s general enquiries line for questions specific to your account information, including if you are:

  • having trouble applying for the CESB because you haven’t filed a tax return recently
  • making changes to your account (updates to address or direct deposit)
  • having trouble accessing your CRA My Account

Before you call:

To verify your identity, you’ll need your:

  • Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • full name and date of birth
  • assessed return, notice of assessment or reassessment, or be signed in to your CRA My Account

Telephone number:

1-800-959-8281

Hours:

CRA’s General enquiries line hours:
Monday to Friday 9 am to 9 pm (local time)
Saturday 9 am to 5 pm (local time)
Sunday Closed
Closed on public holidays

NOTE: All the information above has been collected from the Government of Canada Website.

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