STUDENTS & COVID-19

The Canadian Federation of Students has been monitoring the situation closely and is calling on universities and governments to continue implementing policies that will protect students’ health while prioritizing those who will be put at risk by these policies.

STUDENTS & COVID-19

The Canadian Federation of Students has been monitoring the situation closely and is calling on universities and governments to continue implementing policies that will protect students’ health while prioritizing those who will be put at risk by these policies.

EXPAND THE CANADA EMERGENCY STUDENT BENEFIT

Thanks to you, and to tens of thousands of people across the country, who mobilized for financial support for students in the face of the current crisis, the federal government announced a $9 billion investment for students and recent graduates.

This is a huge step towards ensuring that students can make it through the current crisis. But we also know that students need more. International students are left out of the new Canada Emergency Student Benefit, and the benefit amount ($1250/month) is must lower than the $2000 available for CERB applicants.

Call Minister Qualtrough to ask for the expansion of the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB).

HELP US ADVOCATE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

We are looking for international students to participate in a series of digital testimonies to raise awareness about the importance of providing protections for international students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fill out your information and tell us your story by following the link below.

EXPAND THE CANADA EMERGENCY STUDENT BENEFIT

Thanks to you, and to tens of thousands of people across the country, who mobilized for financial support for students in the face of the current crisis, the federal government announced a $9 billion investment for students and recent graduates.

This is a huge step towards ensuring that students can make it through the current crisis. But we also know that students need more. International students are left out of the new Canada Emergency Student Benefit, and the benefit amount ($1250/month) is must lower than the $2000 available for CERB applicants.

Call your MP to ask them to expand the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB).

STUDENT RESOURCES

As this pandemic is creating a lot of “firsts” for institutions and students’ unions, we have created a document to share resources on how to deal with the situation at hand.

The Federation is putting together graphics to help bring attention to students issues during COVID-19 – you can access all of them at the link below and feel free to share on your social media platforms! 

 

The Canadian Federation of Students has partnered with the Canadian Psychological Association to bring you resources in this unprecedented time of stress and help you cope with a changing world. This fact sheet is intended to help students take care of their wellbeing.

As students practice physical distancing, we’ve created a colouring book to help pass the time. You can print the pages or fill them out with the Paint app online! All details at the link below. 

@CFSFCEE We call on every postsecondary institution and student union across Canada to take action through a comprehensive, meaningful and sustainable lens:
In solidarity,
National Black Students’ Caucus
@CFSFCEE

"We write this statement to the thousands of Black students across Turtle Island with heavy hearts." https://cfs-fcee.ca/statement-on-anti-black-racism-by-the-black-students-caucus/ #BlackLivesMatter #BlackStudents #BlackCaucus

"C’est le cœur lourd que nous écrivons cette déclaration aux milliers d’étudiantes et d’étudiants noirs de l’île de la Tortue." Lire la suite : https://cfs-fcee.ca/fr/declaration-sur-le-racisme-anti-noir-de-la-part-du-caucus-des-etudiantes-et-etudiants-noirs/ #LaVieDesNoirsCompte #CaucusDesÉtudiantsNoirs

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STUDENT RESOURCES

As this pandemic is creating a lot of “firsts” for institutions and students’ unions, we have created a document to share resources on how to deal with the situation at hand.

The Federation is putting together graphics to help bring attention to students issues during COVID-19 – you can access all of them at the link below and feel free to share on your social media platforms!

The Canadian Federation of Students has partnered with the Canadian Psychological Association to bring you resources in this unprecedented time of stress and help you cope with a changing world. This fact sheet is intended to help students take care of their wellbeing.

As students practice physical distancing, we’ve created a colouring book to help pass the time. You can print the pages or fill them out with the Paint app online! All details at the link below.

FAQ

What is COVID-19?
For more information on COVID-19, please visit the Government of Canada’s website.
What can I do to prevent COVID-19?
There are many measures you should be taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing and proper hygiene. To learn more, please visit the Government of Canada’s website.
What is the government doing about COVID-19?
The federal government is implementing a COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which you can consult here. To learn about what the plan means for students, visit our post.
Do I still have to pay my student loan?
Payments on Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans will be halted from March 30 until September 30, 2020. Your loan will not accrue interest during that period. The provinces have not yet announced a similar measure for the provincial portion of students loans. Stay tuned for updates.
If I lose my job, how do I apply for Employment Insurance?
  1. Gather supporting documents
  2. Complete the online application 
  3. Provide supporting documents
  4. A benefit statement and access code will arrive by mail
  5. Review your application status
If I can’t find a job, am I eligible to receive Employment Insurance?
Generally, employment insurance benefits are based on the number of hours worked in the last 52 weeks. Learn more about eligibility here: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-regular-benefit/eligibility.html. The Government of Canada has announced emergency measures for those who cannot work and are not eligible to receive EI, the Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit. The Canadian Federation is currently investigating whether students who are not workers will be eligible.
Are taxes still due April 30?
No. For individuals, the return filing due date is deferred until June 1, 2020. The Canada Revenue Agency will allow all taxpayers to defer payments until after August 31. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period. However, if you are expecting a return, we recommend filing your taxes as early as possible.
I live in residence and I am being evicted, but I have nowhere to go, what do I do?
Most universities are allowing international students and other students who cannot return home to stay in residence under special circumstances. Contact your university as soon as possible to make arrangements.
What can I do if my landlord is threatening to evict me?
The province of Ontario has suspended evictions, and we are hopeful that other provinces will follow suit. If you are being evicted, reach out to Press Progress for help.
What is COVID-19?
For more information on COVID-19, please visit the Government of Canada’s website.
What can I do to prevent COVID-19?
There are many measures you should be taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing and proper hygiene. To learn more, please visit the Government of Canada’s website.
What is the government doing about COVID-19?
The federal government is implementing a COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which you can consult here. To learn about what the plan means for students, visit our post.
Do I still have to pay my student loan?
Payments on Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans will be halted from March 30 until September 30, 2020. Your loan will not accrue interest during that period. The provinces have not yet announced a similar measure for the provincial portion of students loans. Stay tuned for updates.
If I lose my job, how do I apply for Employment Insurance?
  1. Gather supporting documents
  2. Complete the online application 
  3. Provide supporting documents
  4. A benefit statement and access code will arrive by mail
  5. Review your application status
If I can’t find a job, am I eligible to receive Employment Insurance?
Generally, employment insurance benefits are based on the number of hours worked in the last 52 weeks. Learn more about eligibility here: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-regular-benefit/eligibility.html. The Government of Canada has announced emergency measures for those who cannot work and are not eligible to receive EI, the Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit. The Canadian Federation is currently investigating whether students who are not workers will be eligible.
Are taxes still due April 30?
No. For individuals, the return filing due date is deferred until June 1, 2020. The Canada Revenue Agency will allow all taxpayers to defer payments until after August 31. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period. However, if you are expecting a return, we recommend filing your taxes as early as possible.
I live in residence and I am being evicted, but I have nowhere to go, what do I do?
Most universities are allowing international students and other students who cannot return home to stay in residence under special circumstances. Contact your university as soon as possible to make arrangements.
What can I do if my landlord is threatening to evict me?
The province of Ontario has suspended evictions, and we are hopeful that other provinces will follow suit. If you are being evicted, reach out to Press Progress for help.

STUDENTS ARE WORKERS

All workers urgently need income supports to follow the advice of health professionals and to weather the consequences of job losses and interruptions in earrings as a direct or indirect results of coronavirus. Fight for $15 and Fairness has put together an urgent plan for COVID-19.

STUDENTS ARE MIGRANTS

Crises do not affect us all equally – marginalized communities will be the first excluded from response measures and the worst affected by the economic downturn. The Migrant Rights Network has put together a list of demands to protect migrant workers, undocumented people, students, poor people and refugees.

STUDENTS ARE WORKERS

All workers urgently need income supports to follow the advice of health professionals and to weather the consequences of job losses and interruptions in earrings as a direct or indirect results of coronavirus. Fight for $15 and Fairness has put together an urgent plan for COVID-19.

STUDENTS ARE MIGRANTS

Crises do not affect us all equally – marginalized communities will be the first excluded from response measures and the worst affected by the economic downturn. The Migrant Rights Network has put together a list of demands to protect migrant workers, undocumented people, students, poor people and refugees.

@CFSFCEE We call on every postsecondary institution and student union across Canada to take action through a comprehensive, meaningful and sustainable lens:
In solidarity,
National Black Students’ Caucus
@CFSFCEE

"We write this statement to the thousands of Black students across Turtle Island with heavy hearts." https://cfs-fcee.ca/statement-on-anti-black-racism-by-the-black-students-caucus/ #BlackLivesMatter #BlackStudents #BlackCaucus

"C’est le cœur lourd que nous écrivons cette déclaration aux milliers d’étudiantes et d’étudiants noirs de l’île de la Tortue." Lire la suite : https://cfs-fcee.ca/fr/declaration-sur-le-racisme-anti-noir-de-la-part-du-caucus-des-etudiantes-et-etudiants-noirs/ #LaVieDesNoirsCompte #CaucusDesÉtudiantsNoirs

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