Prime Minister Announces Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG)

Michelle MakM Newcomer Information, Updates

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on June 25, 2020, the launch of the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG), which will support post-secondary students and recent graduates who volunteers to serve in their communities’ and gain valuable experience at the same time.

The CSSG will provide these volunteers with a one-time payment of between $1,000 and $5,000 based on the number of hours they serve. To find not-for-profit organizations looking for help during the pandemic, post-secondary students and recent graduates can use the new I Want to Help platform, which also launched today.

In order to be eligible for this grant, you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, refugee, First Nations, Metis or Inuit aged 30 years old or younger. You must be aged 30 or under as of December 31st, 2020.
  • Be enrolled part time or full time in a recognized post-secondary education program in Spring/Summer 2020 or Fall 2020, or have completed your post-secondary studies in December 2019 or later

All Canadian students and recent graduates who meet the eligibility criteria can receive the Grant for volunteering between June 25th and October 31st, 2020.

Please note, if you receive or have received the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), you are not eligible for the Grant.

The Canada Student Service Grant and I Want to Help platform are part of the nearly $9 billion in support for post-secondary students and recent graduates announced by the Government of Canada on April 22, 2020.

Are you eligible and need to find volunteer opportunities with non profits? Visit https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/volunteer/initiative for more information.

Word of the Day

Volunteer (verb):

  1. freely offer to do something.
    • Eg: He loves to volunteer at the animal shelter during his free time.