COVID-19: Sources of financial support for Canadians

As a consequence of Canada’s social distancing efforts, many industries have been disrupted. You or a member of your household may have experienced a job loss or other forms of financial instability as a result. This page provides links to various resources and programs offered to help mitigate financial hardship during this time.

For students of Kwantlen Polytechnic University

KPU Student Awards & Financial Assistance

  • This link takes you KPU’s department of Student Awards and Financial Assistance. Through this department, you can access financial advisors, student awards, and student financial aid.  For more information, contact a Financial Aid Officer

KPU Emergency Financial Aid

This website summarizes the emergency financial aid services KPU offers its students. For more information, contact a Financial Aid Officer.

Emergency funding for Spring 2020 students 

The KSA and KPU have announced emergency funding for Spring 2020 students.

Canadian citizens

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

  • The CERB supports Canadians by providing financial support to employed and self-employed Canadians who are directly affected by COVID-19.
  • It provides a payment of $2,000 for a 4-week period (the same as $500 a week) for up to 16 weeks.

BC boosts emergency funding for domestic university students

  • Students attending British Columbia’s 25 public post-secondary institutions, who are experiencing emergency financial pressures, will benefit from a one-time investment of $3.5 million in emergency financial assistance.

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

  • This is a government website that provides links to all the various financial supports offered to help individuals and businesses during the COVID crisis. 

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Benefits and services

  • This is a government webpage the summarizes the benefits and services provided by the federal government for people and businesses during the COVID crisis

Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits: Apply

  • This is the government website through which you apply for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. 

Applying for EI in BC during the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Government forms can be tricky. This resource was independently created by a citizen to guide people through the process of applying for EI in BC during the COVID pandemic

Small businesses

Small Business Loan

  • The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is offering loans to small businesses to support them during the COVID crisis. This may be of benefit if you or someone you know runs a small business that needs financial assistance during these times. 

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