This taxable benefit provides $2,000 p/month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This benefit will be available to workers:
- Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
- Who have stopped working because of reasons related to COVID-19 or are eligile for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits or have exhausted their Employment Insurance regular benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020:
- Who had employment and/or self-employment income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and,
- Who have not quit their job voluntarily
The CESB is a direct benefit of $1,250 p/month (up to $2,000) that will be payable to eligible students from May through August 2020.
- Benefit targets students in degree, diploma or certificate programs who are starting or returning to school in September, or who had graduated since December 2019
- Students and new graduates must attest that they planned to work but were unable to do so as a result of COVID-19
- Benefit will be payable through the Canada Revenue Agency
- All eligible students will receive $1,250 p/month. Those with disabilities or financial dependents will receive a $750 top-up
- Students will be able to earn up to $1,000 p/month in other income while receiving the CESB
- Students who are eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit will not be eligible for the CESB
The Government of Canada has created the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG), a program that will provide qualified post-secondary students and recent graduates with volunteer opportunities to help with the response to COVID-19 at Canadian not-for-profit organizations during summer 2020. Participating students will be eligible to apply for a grant from $1,000 up to $5,000. The grant is based on the number of validated volunteer hours completed between June 25, 2020 and October 31, 2020.
Student volunteers receiving the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) ($1,250 monthly; or higher for students with disabilities or dependents) are also eligible to apply for a CSSG.
Employment Insurance (EI) provides regular benefits to individuals who lose their jobs through no fault of their own (for example, due to shortage of work, seasonal or mass lay-offs) and are available for and able to work, but can't find a job.
If you are sick, quarantined or have been directed to self-isolate, requirements are waived to provide a medical certificate to access EI sickness benefits.
The BC Emergency Benefit for Workers for workers will provide a one-time, tax-free, $1,000 payment for B.C. residents who are unable to work due to COVID-19.
Due to COVID-19, new emergency measures are in place to ensure that people on income or disability assistance and low-income seniors, do not encounter additional barriers.
If you are not receiving federal Employment Insurance (EI) or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and are on:
- Income Assistance
- Disability Assistance
- Comforts Allowance
- BC Senior's Supplement
You will automatically receive a $300 supplement on your cheques issued in April, May, and June. No action is required on your part.
KPU’s Career Development Centre is continuing to post new jobs, specifically for KPU students.
A temporary rent supplement for up to $500 a month is available to low to- moderate-income renters who are facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, but do not qualify for existing rental assistance programs.
- Support for renters and landlords include a new temporary rental supplement, halting evictions and freezing rents
- BC Housing has temporarily suspended evictions of tenants in subsidized and affordable housing
This program is open to BC renters who have at least one dependent, a gross family income of under $35,000, and have been employed at some point over the past year
Canadians who are impacted by COVID-19 and experiencing financial hardship as a result should contact their financial institution regarding flexibility for a mortgage deferral. This allows flexibility to be available − when needed − to those who need it the most.
Canada’s mortgage insurers are committed to providing homeowners with solutions to mitigate temporary financial hardship related to COVID-19. This includes permitting lenders to defer up to six monthly mortgage payments (interest and principal) for impacted borrowers. Deferred payments are added to the outstanding principal balance and subsequently repaid throughout the life of the mortgage.
Additional Canada Student Loans and Grants Measures
The federal government will broaden eligibility for student financial assistance by removing the expected student/spousal contributions in 2020-21
• Adjustments are also expected with regard to parental income
• The Canada Student Loans Program will be enhanced by raising the maximum weekly amount from $210 to $350 in 2020-21
Doubling Canada Student Grants
The federal government will double the Canada Student Grant for all eligible students, up to $6,000 for full-time students and up to $3,600 for part-time students in 2020-21. The Canada Student Grants for Students with Permanent Disabilities and Students with Dependents will also double.
Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents, and Protected persons can apply for a variety of programs including:
- Loans and grants for full time studies
- Loans and grants for part time studies
- Loans and grants for students with disabilities studying part time or full time
To support student and apprentice loan borrowers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada is putting the following measures in place from March 30 to September 30, 2020:
- Suspension of repayments of Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans
- No payments are required on student and apprentice loans during this time
- Pre-authorized debits will be stopped
- No interest will accrue on student and apprentice loans
Starting March 30, 2020, B.C. student loan payments are automatically frozen for six months.
The Provincial Tuition Waiver Program supports B.C. students who are former youth in care who are attending either full-time or part-time studies at a B.C. public post-secondary institution.
This program provides grants up to $5,500 per program year to former B.C. youth in care students between 19 and 24 years of age. Students may receive a maximum of four grants.
This bursary is non-repayable grants open to Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents, and Protected persons studying full time at KPU. Applications are open April 20 – May 20 for the summer semester and will be available on the Student Awards & Financial Assistance website on April 20th.
Through a generous contribution from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training, KKPU has established the Indigenous Emergency Assistance Fund to help Indigenous students who are facing financial barriers. Please contact Indigenous Services for Students for more information.
The Youth Futures Education Fund has been established to provide a grant to recipients of the Former Youth in Care Provincial Tuition Waiver Program, to assist with supplemental education funding for expenses such as books, housing, utilities, or emergency situations. Contact Student Awards & Financial Assistance to apply.
BC Hydro COVID19 Customer Assistance Program
Customers on a monthly payment plan who are facing financial challenges due to COVID-19 may defer their payment for up to 90 days with no penalty.
Supporting Indigenous Learners
The federal government will increase existing distinction-based support for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation students pursuing post-secondary education by providing an additional $75.2 million in 2020-21.
Customers who are unable to work or have lost their livelihood, and small businesses that that have experienced income loss or been forced to close as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, can receive assistance from FortisBC. Eligible candidates can apply for the fund on the Fortis BC website.