Canada Emergency Student Benefit

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

Similar to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) distribution, the CESB provides emergency financial relief to eligible students and recent graduates who are unable to work, or unable to find work, due to reasons related to COVID-19. It is also available for those who are working but not making more than $1,000 (before taxes) over the four-week period for which they are applying.

Direct deposit allows students to receive the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) quickly and securely. You can register for direct deposit through Vision Credit Union.

Who is eligible to receive CESB? Expand/Collapse

The CESB provides emergency financial relief to students and recent graduates who are unable to work, or unable to find work, due to reasons related to COVID-19. It is also available for those who are working but not making more than $1,000 (before taxes) over the four-week period for which they are applying.

Students, including those studying abroad, are eligible for CESB if they are:
  • a Canadian citizen, including dual citizens;
  • a registered Indian under the Indian Act;
  • a permanent resident; or
  • a protected person.

Are there age restrictions for CESB? Expand/Collapse

There are no age restrictions for who is eligible for the CESB.

What information is needed to apply for CESB? Expand/Collapse

Students will need to have a social insurance number to apply. When applying, students must attest that for COVID-19 related reasons, they are:
  • unable to work; or
  • seeking work but are unable to find it; or
  • working but unable to make more than $1,000 (before taxes) over the four-week period for which they are applying.

For those seeking work but are unable to find it, they must continue to actively be looking for a job to be eligible to receive the CESB. If the individual still cannot work due to COVID-19, or cannot earn more than $1,000, they can re-apply for each CESB eligibility period that you are eligible for. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) may ask you to provide information later to verify you have been looking for work during the eligibility period(s) that you have applied for.

In addition, students are not eligible for CESB if they are receiving the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance benefits for the same four-week period as their current application.
 

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