A Guide to the Canada Emergency Student Benefit

June 03, 2020 Update


Summer Jobs & COVID-19

You may be having a tough find finding a steady summer job this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many facilities and businesses to shut down temporarily, and some programs (overnight summer camps in BC, for example) have been cancelled.

This spring, the Canadian government announced great news for students: the launch of the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). The CESB gives financial help to students who are enrolled, about to enroll, or just graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution. As of May 29, 2020, almost 480,000 applications for the CESB had been approved!

Columbia is a Designated Educational Institution

If you visit the ‘List of Designated Educational Institutions,’ you will see that Columbia Bible College is there. This means students and grads of Columbia qualify for the CESB.

Who's eligible?

To be eligible for the CESB, you need to:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, registered Indian, or protected person
  • Not have applied for or received the CERB/EI benefit
  • Be currently enrolled in a post-secondary program, a recent graduate from a post-secondary program, or a recent high school graduate who’s enrolling in a post-secondary program

You also need to show that you’re unable to work, unable to find work, or not able to work enough hours due to COVID-19. Don't worry - there are simple ways to do this using the government's website tools.

How much is the CESB?

The CESB is $1,250 per four-week period from May to August 2020. Some individuals (those with dependents or a disability) may qualify for an additional $750 per four-week period. Students who graduated from high school in June 2020 will be eligible for the July and August payments.

Where do you access the CESB?

The Canadian government has created a clear, straightforward website that explains the CESB and how to apply for it.


Visit the CESB Website


Remember, Columbia also has financial aid programs available.

At Columbia, we believe that the opportunity to explore your calling is worth every penny. And we never want finances to be a barrier to you joining us on campus. In addition to the CESB, you have a number of other financial aid options open to you as well.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Leslie Miller, Columbia’s friendly expert in Financial Aid. She’d love to help you make a plan for funding your time at Columbia.