Pandemic-related Relief Measures

Here is a summary of the Government of Canada’s pandemic-related measures that may apply to McGill's newly admitted students, current students, or those who recently graduated. Students are encouraged to inform themselves and access these benefits when applicable.

Note: McGill need-based aid programs do not replace resources available to students from these programs but supplement them based on demonstrated financial need.

Canada Student Financial Assistance Program enhancements (CSFAP)

This longstanding government student financial assistance program is to help Canadian citizens and permanent resident students meet the costs of post-secondary education. Students apply through their province of residence. Please see the updates below regarding the continuation of certain relief measures implemented due to the pandemic

  • Interest will be waived for full-time and part-time students on the federal portion of Canada Student Loans until March 31, 2023. More information.
  • Canada Emergency Benefits will continue into the 2021-2022 year and do not need to be reported as a resource on your application.
  • Until the end of the 2022-2023 school year, the Canada Student Grants for all eligible full-time students will be doubled to up to $6,000 and up to $3,600 for part-time students. Canada Student Grants for Students with Permanent Disabilities and Students with Dependents will also be doubled.
  • Take note that the Canada Student Loan weekly maximum amount will be reinstated to the pre-2020-2021 level of $210 per week from $350 per week.

For information on changes to your provincial student aid, please consult your respective provincial jurisdiction.

Employment Insurance (EI)

Temporary changes to Employment Insurance are in place until September 24, 2022.

Canada Child Benefit


  • Temporary residents living in Canada for 18 months holding a valid permit in their 19th month are eligible, provided they meet all other criteria
  • July 2021: Canada Child Benefit has recently been increased to keep up with the cost of living. More information.

Who Can Get the Canada Child Benefit?

If you are already receiving this benefit, you do not need to apply. For more information on How to apply, please visit their website.

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