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How Students In Canada Can Benefit From Canadian Student Service Grant

The federal government of Canada has launched the Canadian Student Service Grant, which will pay students in the post-secondary school up to around 5,000 Canadian dollars to volunteer this summer.

“Students are facing numerous challenges this summer due to the COVID-19. At the same time, many are wondering how they can help in the fight against coronavirus pandemic,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“So, today, we are introducing the new Canada student service grant, which will allow students in the higher institutions and recent graduates to gain valuable work experience while also contributing to their communities.”

The Prime Minister chose the WE Charity will administer the CAD$900 million Canadian Student Service Grant. The charitable organisation will be responsible for screening, onboarding, training, and matching volunteers to suitable opportunities.

WE Charity will also disperse the grants at the end of this summer.

Over 20,000 volunteer opportunities on “I Want to Help” platform

Here’s how it works. Non-profit organisations will list volunteer opportunities to the newly-launched I Want to Help program. Then, students will be able to search and apply for volunteer opportunities in their areas.

An estimated 20,000 opportunities will be made available, with “tens of thousands” more to come over the summer, according to the government’s website.

Students can rest assured that only high-quality placements will be released on this platform. They will come from designated registered charities supporting Canada’s response to coronavirus pandemic.

These volunteer opportunities will be for a minimum of two hours per week for four weeks. All volunteers must also comply with public health requirements in discharging their duty.

What work will I do for the Canadian Student Service Grant?

Canadian students can earn the grant with a range of volunteer work fighting against COVID-19. This includes tutoring, mask making, researching animal behaviour and designing exercise programmes for the aged.

Who is eligible for the Canadian Student Service Grant?

The CSSG grant covers CAD$1,000 payments for every 100 hours worked. Therefore, you can earn CAD$5,000 if you complete 500 hours work from June 25 till October 31.

Students must meet all requirements below to qualify for this grant.

  • thirty (30) years of age or younger;
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or students with refugee status;
  • must be enrolled in and currently attending post-secondary education during the spring, summer, or fall 2020 semesters;
  • recent post-secondary grads (no earlier than Dec. 2019); or
  • studying abroad and currently living in Canada.

Register by August. 21 and submit your completed CSSG applications by November. 6 to get your grant payment.