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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Pledges Support For Students Amid Corona Crisis

30 April 2020


Bhubaneswar: The House of Commons, led by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, fast-tracked and passed the C$9-billion ($6 billion) suite of student-focused COVID-19 supports, after opposition parties negotiated a boost to the federal government’s proposed emergency benefit for students.

The aid named Canada Emergency Student Benefit is intended to help young people who have fallen through the cracks of other emergency relief programs against the COVID-19 crisis.

At his news conference on April 22, Trudeau said that a monthly payment of C$1,250 was going for post-secondary students from May through August to make up for lost work and cut hours.

Today, he informed that they have been working with other parties to get students across the country - this help as quickly as possible. That’s what they will be working on in Parliament.

Trudeau had said students will be eligible to receive monthly payments of between C$1,000-5,000 for volunteering in their communities to reward them for their efforts.

It will be increased to C$1,750 for students with disabilities or who care for others.

Trudeau also announced that his government is doubling student grants for eligible students up to C$6,000 for full-time students and up to C$3,600 for part-time students.

The benefit will require additional legislation and talks are underway about how quickly a bill to implement this new program can be brought forward.

The Canadian Government is also doubling all student grants from the government for the 2020-2021 school year. And because of Quebec, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut have different systems, they will be provided additional compensation so they can increase their financial aid programs.

They are also expanding eligibility for student financial assistance. And we’re increasing support for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation students.