Scholarships and Bursaries
When applying for scholarship and bursaries, always take time to complete the application thoroughly and accurately. There will likely be a large demand for these funds, so your clear communication of your particular situation will help the administrators of the awards allocate funds.
- Continuing undergraduate students are encouraged to submit the scholarship and awards application before May 15, 2020 for Fall 2020 awards. Apply via the Bridge under the Student tab.
- Graduate students are encouraged to submit the scholarship and awards application by May 15, 2020 for Fall 2020 payments. Apply via the Bridge under the Student tab.
- The International Student Emergency Bursary, along with other emergency bursaries and loans, is administered by the Scholarship and Student Finance office. If you find yourself in urgent need, please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the application.
Students requiring short-term assistance with food are encouraged to contact local food banks:
International students may be eligible for Employment Insurance. You must have worked the required number of insurable hours of employment for your region (between 420 and 700 hours) within the last 52 weeks, as well as meet all other eligibility requirements.
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
The Government of Canada clarified on their website that international students may be eligible to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).
If you have lost income because of COVID-19, the CERB can provide you with temporary income support. The benefit is only available to individuals who stopped work as a result of reasons related to COVID-19. You will NOT qualify for the benefit if:
- you are looking for a job, but haven’t stopped working because of COVID-19
- you quit your job voluntarily
- you are a student who had a job last year and were planning on working this summer
The benefit will be available to workers:
- Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
- Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits;
- Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application (The income of at least $5,000 may be from any or a combination of the following sources; employment; self-employment; maternity and parental benefits under the Employment Insurance program); and
- Who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment income.
Note: Workers who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents – including temporary foreign workers and international students – may be eligible to receive the benefit if they meet the other eligibility requirements, reside in Canada, and have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN).
Please see this link for more details, or review information and FAQs about the CERB in ten different languages here.