As part of the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, the Government of Canada is introducing new supports for students seeking to make a difference in their communities while gaining the skills and experience they need to continue to pursue their studies and be successful in the job market.
Post-secondary students and recent graduates are facing unique and unprecedented challenges because of COVID-19, with fewer employment opportunities and disruptions to planned co-op, internship, or community service placements. At the same time, many not-for-profits are struggling to provide services to their communities through the pandemic.
The Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG), will provide a one-time payment between $1,000 and $5,000 to post-secondary students and recent graduates who participate in volunteer service with not-for-profit organizations. The CSSG will allow local students and recent graduates to gain valuable skills while making positive contributions to their communities.
Students enrolled in a post-secondary education program leading to a degree, diploma or certificate, or recent graduates who ended their studies no earlier than December 2019, can count volunteer service hours from June 25 to October 31, 2020 toward the CSSG. Participants must also be 30 years of age or younger, Canadian citizens, permanent residents, First Nations, Metis or Inuit, or have refugee status. The CSSG is also available to Canadian students studying abroad and currently residing in Canada.
Local not-for-profit organizations can also advertise and post eligible volunteer opportunities on the new I Want to Help platform (Canada.ca/iwanttohelp), and students will be able to search and apply for volunteer opportunities on the platform.
To find not-for-profit organizations looking for help during the pandemic, students up to the age of 30 can explore volunteer opportunities in Vancouver Granville & beyond at Canada.ca/Iwanttohelp. The amount received will be based on the number of validated volunteer service hours completed by the participant between June 25 and October 31, 2020.