Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday announced the launch of the Canada Student Service Grant, which will provide up to $5,000 for post-secondary students and recent graduates who volunteer in the fight against COVID-19.
The program will provide one-time payments based on the number of hours they volunteer, with $1,000 provided for each 100 hours completed, up to a maximum of $5,000 for 500 hours.
Participants must be 30 years old or younger; a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or a student with refugee status; and either enrolled in and attending post-secondary education during the spring, summer or fall 2020 semesters. Those who have graduated since December 2019 or are studying abroad and currently residing in Canada are also eligible. Students and recent graduates must register by Aug. 21 to be eligible to receive the grant. Completed applications must be submitted no later than Nov. 6.
Students and recent graduates can find volunteer opportunities from non-profit organizations using a new I Want to Help platform on the Canadian government’s job bank website that launched Thursday. Non-profit organizations will be able to submit volunteer opportunities to the platform.
Many students have been effectively shut out of the summer job market due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The cancellation of many internships and apprenticeships scheduled for this summer has added to the misery for students and recent graduates.