Justin Trudeau announcing support for students

This is a moment to move forward, to invest in growth even though it might seem that it’s our darkest hour.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces a $9 billion package to sustain education and not make a slowdown to become a complete halt.
Postsecondary students are eligible to receive $1,250 a month starting from May through August with increases up to $1,750.

“COVID-19 has meant that there aren’t as many jobs out there for students, and without a job, it can be hard to pay for tuition or the day-to-day basics. You might normally have turned to your parents for help, but right now mom and dad are stretched, too,” Trudeau said.

Additional federal measures are in the works:

  •  Canada Student Service Grant of between $1,000 and $5,000 for students volunteering in the COVID-19 fight for their fall tuition;
  • Additional 76,000 jobs on farms or other jobs that are facing this pandemic;
  • $291.6 million to extend scholarships, fellowships, and grants;
  • Providing $75.2 million to First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Nation students;
  •  Doubling the Canada Student Grants for all eligible full-time students to up to $6,000.

Trudeau continued reassuring that these measures are meant to help all students in order to make them reach their career in these dire times.

Above all “On the other side of this, when the economy comes roaring back you will define our path forward.” 

Minister Carla Qualtrough looks deeper into the issue, hoping that young people would be more inclined to help instead of “sitting around” during this summertime.

Most of these financial maneuvers will compensate for basic needs, but all this is not a definitive measure and more discussions will need to be made in the immediate future.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh points out

“It makes no sense that a parent that has to take care of their children can apply for the CERB and get $2,000, but a parent that is also a student will only get between $1,250 and $1,750. Feeding your kids costs the same.” These measures have been activated after listening to their concerns because not eligible for the $2,000 CERB.

Additional help has been activated by National Student Loans Service Centre pausing all loans for 6 months (interests included).

At the moment there is the need to continue to hold on tight while more help will be coming from the government.