Feds unveil further assistance for post-secondary students with “I Want To Help” program

Student volunteers would be eligible for $1,000 to $5,000

Post-secondary students and recent grads will be able to get experience, serve their community and get funding for it through the Canada Student Service Grant.

Prime Minister Trudeau today outlined details of the program, which had been announced in April.

Under the program, students who volunteer in the fight against COVID-19 in their community will be eligible for $1,000 to $5,000 depending on the hours they work.

The money would be used for tuition this fall or to gain work experience in the midst of an economic downturn.

To find not-for-profit organizations looking for help during the pandemic, Trudeau also announced the I Want To Help platform. It provides information about available service opportunities and ways to get involved and support the efforts of young Canadians to pursue service positions.

Trudeau also announced the creation of 10,000 new job placements for young people aged 15 to 30 through the Canada Summer Jobs program. He said another 20,000 job placements will be made available for post-secondary students through the Student Work Placement Program.

In April, the federal government announced a $9 billion plan to help Canadian students.

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit was to give students $1,250 a month from May to August and $1,750 each month if the student takes care of someone else or has a disability.