STUDENTS & COVID-19

The Canadian Federation of Students has been monitoring the situation closely and is calling on universities and governments to continue implementing policies that will protect students’ health while prioritizing those who will be put at risk by these policies.

STUDENTS & COVID-19

The Canadian Federation of Students has been monitoring the situation closely and is calling on universities and governments to continue implementing policies that will protect students’ health while prioritizing those who will be put at risk by these policies.

STUDENT RESOURCES

As this pandemic is creating a lot of “firsts” for institutions and students’ unions, we have created a document to share resources on how to deal with the situation at hand.

ALERT: Workers need HELP! Sign the petition: http://www.15andfairness.org/covid19_help_now
😷Too many of us can't "flatten the #COVID19 curve" because we don't have the paid emergency leave or income support we need to follow health advice. 1/4 #CdnPoli #coronavirus #CanadaCovid19 #covid19Canada

Our International Students’ Representative, Wesam AbdElhamid Mohamed, provides a sobering commentary on the realities that international students face in Canada. https://newcanadianmedia.ca/international-student-not-second-class-citizens/?fbclid=IwAR10U-OBB0QIqPkl18PCNzI39u9rt31W04P4Gnu6OuRhY3WnYEOMsvRZGLE

Today we are launching a campaign for a moratorium on summer tuition. It’s hard enough to afford tuition in the best of times, let alone a time when we are unable to get a part time job. Use the link below to contact @WesternU administration https://actionnetwork.org/letters/suspend-summer-tuition-for-graduate-students-western-university/?fbclid=IwAR1Pbf2mZBKnhl1WVwvSBW3TavqUQmn8HiV94i_sq6ZvNs54DRWIe5P3h6I

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STUDENT RESOURCES

As this pandemic is creating a lot of “firsts” for institutions and students’ unions, we have created a document to share resources on how to deal with the situation at hand.

FAQ

What is COVID-19?
For more information on COVID-19, please visit the Government of Canada’s website.
What can I do to prevent COVID-19?
There are many measures you should be taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing and proper hygiene. To learn more, please visit the Government of Canada’s website.
What is the government doing about COVID-19?
The federal government is implementing a COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which you can consult here. To learn about what the plan means for students, visit our post.
Do I still have to pay my student loan?
Payments on Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans will be halted from March 30 until September 30, 2020. Your loan will not accrue interest during that period. The provinces have not yet announced a similar measure for the provincial portion of students loans. Stay tuned for updates.
If I lose my job, how do I apply for Employment Insurance?
  1. Gather supporting documents
  2. Complete the online application 
  3. Provide supporting documents
  4. A benefit statement and access code will arrive by mail
  5. Review your application status
If I can’t find a job, am I eligible to receive Employment Insurance?
Generally, employment insurance benefits are based on the number of hours worked in the last 52 weeks. Learn more about eligibility here: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-regular-benefit/eligibility.html. The Government of Canada has announced emergency measures for those who cannot work and are not eligible to receive EI, the Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit. The Canadian Federation is currently investigating whether students who are not workers will be eligible.
Are taxes still due April 30?
No. For individuals, the return filing due date is deferred until June 1, 2020. The Canada Revenue Agency will allow all taxpayers to defer payments until after August 31. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period. However, if you are expecting a return, we recommend filing your taxes as early as possible.
I live in residence and I am being evicted, but I have nowhere to go, what do I do?
Most universities are allowing international students and other students who cannot return home to stay in residence under special circumstances. Contact your university as soon as possible to make arrangements.
What can I do if my landlord is threatening to evict me?
The province of Ontario has suspended evictions, and we are hopeful that other provinces will follow suit. If you are being evicted, reach out to Press Progress for help.
What is COVID-19?
For more information on COVID-19, please visit the Government of Canada’s website.
What can I do to prevent COVID-19?
There are many measures you should be taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing and proper hygiene. To learn more, please visit the Government of Canada’s website.
What is the government doing about COVID-19?
The federal government is implementing a COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which you can consult here. To learn about what the plan means for students, visit our post.
Do I still have to pay my student loan?
Payments on Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans will be halted from March 30 until September 30, 2020. Your loan will not accrue interest during that period. The provinces have not yet announced a similar measure for the provincial portion of students loans. Stay tuned for updates.
If I lose my job, how do I apply for Employment Insurance?
  1. Gather supporting documents
  2. Complete the online application 
  3. Provide supporting documents
  4. A benefit statement and access code will arrive by mail
  5. Review your application status
If I can’t find a job, am I eligible to receive Employment Insurance?
Generally, employment insurance benefits are based on the number of hours worked in the last 52 weeks. Learn more about eligibility here: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-regular-benefit/eligibility.html. The Government of Canada has announced emergency measures for those who cannot work and are not eligible to receive EI, the Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit. The Canadian Federation is currently investigating whether students who are not workers will be eligible.
Are taxes still due April 30?
No. For individuals, the return filing due date is deferred until June 1, 2020. The Canada Revenue Agency will allow all taxpayers to defer payments until after August 31. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period. However, if you are expecting a return, we recommend filing your taxes as early as possible.
I live in residence and I am being evicted, but I have nowhere to go, what do I do?
Most universities are allowing international students and other students who cannot return home to stay in residence under special circumstances. Contact your university as soon as possible to make arrangements.
What can I do if my landlord is threatening to evict me?
The province of Ontario has suspended evictions, and we are hopeful that other provinces will follow suit. If you are being evicted, reach out to Press Progress for help.

STUDENTS ARE WORKERS

All workers urgently need income supports to follow the advice of health professionals and to weather the consequences of job losses and interruptions in earrings as a direct or indirect results of coronavirus. Fight for $15 and Fairness has put together an urgent plan for COVID-19.

STUDENTS ARE MIGRANTS

Crises do not affect us all equally – marginalized communities will be the first excluded from response measures and the worst affected by the economic downturn. The Migrant Rights Network has put together a list of demands to protect migrant workers, undocumented people, students, poor people and refugees.

STUDENTS ARE WORKERS

All workers urgently need income supports to follow the advice of health professionals and to weather the consequences of job losses and interruptions in earrings as a direct or indirect results of coronavirus. Fight for $15 and Fairness has put together an urgent plan for COVID-19.

STUDENTS ARE MIGRANTS

Crises do not affect us all equally – marginalized communities will be the first excluded from response measures and the worst affected by the economic downturn. The Migrant Rights Network has put together a list of demands to protect migrant workers, undocumented people, students, poor people and refugees.

ALERT: Workers need HELP! Sign the petition: http://www.15andfairness.org/covid19_help_now
😷Too many of us can't "flatten the #COVID19 curve" because we don't have the paid emergency leave or income support we need to follow health advice. 1/4 #CdnPoli #coronavirus #CanadaCovid19 #covid19Canada

Our International Students’ Representative, Wesam AbdElhamid Mohamed, provides a sobering commentary on the realities that international students face in Canada. https://newcanadianmedia.ca/international-student-not-second-class-citizens/?fbclid=IwAR10U-OBB0QIqPkl18PCNzI39u9rt31W04P4Gnu6OuRhY3WnYEOMsvRZGLE

Today we are launching a campaign for a moratorium on summer tuition. It’s hard enough to afford tuition in the best of times, let alone a time when we are unable to get a part time job. Use the link below to contact @WesternU administration https://actionnetwork.org/letters/suspend-summer-tuition-for-graduate-students-western-university/?fbclid=IwAR1Pbf2mZBKnhl1WVwvSBW3TavqUQmn8HiV94i_sq6ZvNs54DRWIe5P3h6I

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