COVID-19: Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19.

This benefit is for students who do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI).

From May to August 2020, the CESB provides a payment to eligible students of:

$1,250       For each 4-week period


$2,000       For each 4-week period, if you have dependants or a disability

You can only apply for one eligibility period at a time. If your situation continues, you must re-apply for another 4-week eligibility period.

Post-secondary students

The CESB is available to eligible post-secondary students, post-secondary graduates, and students who have recently left their post-graduate studies.

You can start applying during the May 10 to June 6 eligibility period. If your situation continues, you must re-apply for another 4-week eligibility period.

Eligibility periods for post-secondary students:

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

Graduating high school students

The CESB is only available to eligible students who:

  • completed or expect to complete high school, or received, or expect to receive their high school equivalency in 2020
  • applied for a post-secondary educational program that starts before February 1, 2021

If you complete high school:

  • before June 7, 2020, your high school completion date must be before the start of the first eligibility period you are applying for
  • after June 7, 2020, you can only apply for 2 eligibility periods, starting from the July 5 to August 1 eligibility period

Two ways to apply:

Online – My CRA Account:

By phone – 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041

Before you call to verify your identity, you’ll need:

  • your Social Insurance Number (SIN); and
  • postal code

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