Canadian Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

The Canadian government has recently announced a new benefit to include students who may not have been eligible for the previous Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), or Employment Insurance (EI). The ultimate goal is to provide secondary, post-secondary, and recent post-secondary graduates with financial support through the months of May to August 2020.

Who can apply for the CESB?

To be eligible for the CESB, you must:

  1. Have not already applied, or be receiving CERB or EI payments
  2. Be a Canadian citizen, registered Indian, permanent resident, or protected person
  3. Be studying in Canada or abroad
  4. Be enrolled in a post-secondary education program, have completed post-secondary studies as of December 2019 or later, or have completed/expect to complete high school in 2020 and have applied for a post-secondary program that starts before February 1, 2021.
  5. Be unable to work due to COVID-19, are actively looking but unable to find work due to COVID-19, or are currently working and have an income of $1000 or less during a 4-week period.

CESB Payment Amounts

The benefit is in the amount of $1250.00 for each 4-week period.

Students can be eligible for an extra $750.00 for each 4-week period if they either:

  • Have a disability; or
  • Are caring for someone with a disability, or at least one child under the age of 12.

To find out what is considered a disability, or who can be claimed as a dependent, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/emergency-student-benefit/cesb-how-much.html.

CESB Periods

  1. May 10 to June 6, 2020
  2. June 7 to July 4, 2020
  3. July 5 to August 1, 2020
  4. August 2 to August 29, 2020

You must apply separately for each eligibility period. To ensure that you remain eligible for each period, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/emergency-student-benefit/cesb-getting-payments.html

When can you apply for the CESB?

Application for the CESB opens Friday May 15, 2020 at 6am EST. You can apply until September 30, 2020. There have been specific days set up for different types of students to apply. To find out when you can apply, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/emergency-student-benefit/cesb-how-apply.html

When can you expect your CESB payment?

The fastest way to receive CESB payments is by ensuring your direct deposit is set up through CRA. Direct deposits can be expected within 3 business days, and cheques can be expected within 10 business days. To set up your direct deposit, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/emergency-student-benefit/cesb-how-apply.html#deposit

For more information on the Canada Emergency Student Benefit, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/emergency-student-benefit.html.

If you have any further questions on the Canada Emergency Student Benefit, please call the CESB general line at 1-833-966-2099, or visit https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/emergency-student-benefit/cesb-contact.html