Government Grants

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

What is the CESB?
The Canadian federal goverment proposed a $9 billion financial support plan for university students and recent graduates. The CESB will provide a flat rate benefit of $1,250 per month for eligible students from May through August 2020. Student with dependents and those with permanent disabilities can receive $1,750. This new grant provides income support to post-secondary students who will experience financial hardship over the Summer due to COVID-19. The CESB will be delivered by CRA and more details will be communicated by the federal government.

Who Qualifies for the CESB?
The CESB will help students who are ineligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit or for Employment Insurance and who are unable to work full time due to COVID-19. Based on the current available information, students who meet the following criteria are eligible:

  • university student who are currently registered in school
  • students who are planning to start university in September 2020
  • recent graduates who graduated, from college or university, in December 2019 and are unable to find work due to COVID-19

You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

You can apply for the CESB and continue to find work and earn up to $1,000 while receiving the CESB.

Can I apply for CESB right now?

Trudeau, during the press conference on April 22/20, said that the federal government still needs to pass legislation in order to activate the CESB program. He assured us that they are working quickly to bring the bill forward to make the funds available as soon as possible. The Government of Canada is expected to make more information available online sometime in May.

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Canada Student Service Grant

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic will limit employment opportunities for students. However it can be an opportunity for students and youth participate in national service activities that can provide valuable experiences to develop both job and transferable skills, while giving back to their local communities. To encourage students to participate in the COVID-19 response, the government will launch a new national service initiative to recognize students' significant contributions to the COVID-19 efforts, and provide support through a new Canada Student Service Grant which will provide up to $5,000 to support student's postsecondary education costs in the fall.

More details will be available on the new "I Want to Help" platform shortly, including more detailed information about eligibility, the levels of funding available under the grant, how to apply for a national service position, and how applications will be assessed.

Ontario Indigenous Travel Grant

This grant can assist you with the cost of travelling between your remote First Nations community and UTSC. It can also assist you with the travel costs of your spouse or dependent children if they will be living with you while you study. See info here: Link:

More details about the eligibility criteria and how to apply for this grant can be found on the OSAP website.

Ontario Student Grant Distance Component

Full-time students from remote and rural areas who incur travel costs as a result of attending a publically funded college or university in Ontario can apply on the OSAP website.

Commuter grant is intended for full-time post-secondary students with who live 80 kilometres or more from the closest publicly-assisted college or university in Ontario. The value of this grant is $500 per term, to a maximum of $1500 per academic year

Travel grant provides aid to full-time students who must move away from their parent's home located in remote or rural areas in Ontario in order to pursue and attend post-secondary studies. The value of this grant is $300 per academic year.

Ontario First Generation Bursary

If you are the first in your family to pursue a post-secondary education, we encourage you to apply for this bursary! Applications are available for full-time students during the Fall and Winter sessions on eService. Please complete the UTSC Bursary application in full, and you will find a section specifically for the Ontario First Generation Bursary.

Living and Learning Grant (LLG)

The LLG provides support to youth who left the care of Ontario's children's aid societies and are pursing postsecondary eduation. This grant provides additional funds above the regular full time OSAP aid limits. You are automatically considered for this grant when you submit your OSAP application for Full-Time Students. You may have to provide supporting documents to confirm your eligibility.

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Bursary for Students with Disabilities

If you are registered with AccessAbility Services, please inquire about this bursary. You may also be eligible for the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities (CSG-PDSE).

OSAP Grants

When you apply for OSAP, you are always considered for grant funding first. Using the information you provide on your application, you will be assessed for eligibility for the following grants automatically:

  • Canada Student Grant for Persons with Permanent Disabilities
  • Canada Student Grant 
  • Skills Boost Top-Up to the Canada Student Grant
  • Canada Student Grant for Persons with Dependents
  • Ontario Student Grant