During the period in which McGill has committed to offering remote instruction (Summer and Fall 2020), the Scholarships and Student Aid Office is pleased to offer virtual services and support while our physical campus is closed. 

Work Study Program

The Work Study Program offers students with financial need access to clerical, research, technical, library or other jobs on campus or in some of the McGill-affiliated hospitals and organizations. The program not only helps students financially but can develop career-related skills and experience.

A student's acceptance to the program is based primarily on financial need.

The program will continue to offer part-time employment for 2020-21, remotely while the campus is closed in the fall. The student application opens in July for work starting at the beginning of the fall term.


Concerns have been expressed by Work Study students due to the University’s closure until further notice. McGill’s COVID-19 webpage contains the following information, and we have received further confirmation that Work Study and other student casual workers are included in this statement:

All academic and administrative staff, including casual employees who were scheduled to work until May 1st will be paid. Casual and work-study employees, please consult the instructions on the McGill coronavirus FAQs.

Students are encouraged to communicate with their direct supervisors to receive instructions specific to their job. You may be asked to work remotely in support of essential services for part or all of the suspension period and beyond.

Any hours of work paid to Work Study students will be subsidized by the Scholarships & Student Aid Office as per our usual process and rules. 

A Work Study reimbursement will be run on schedule at the end of March, in recognition of a typical ‘year end’ for many research grants. If students have immediate financial concerns due to interruption of part-time work, they may apply for In-Course Financial Aid.

What is the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) for eligible workers?

"The Canada Emergency Response Benefit is intended to provide temporary income support to workers who are without employment or self-employment income for reasons related to COVID-19." For more information, check out their PDF icon COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians FAQ.

International Students 

International students on study permits are still able to work 20 hours/week despite suspended activities. 

In regards to working on or off-campus, given that COVID-19 is beyond a student’s control, international students who were eligible to work on or off-campus can continue to work on or off-campus even if they have been forced to drop to part-time studies or take a break in studies. However, these students are still subject to the authorized number of hours they would have been permitted had they been full-time students. Therefore, they can work part-time (up to 20 hours a week) combined on- and off-campus work during an academic session and full-time during a regularly scheduled break.






For all questions regarding the Work Study Program, please work.study [at] mcgill.ca (email the Work Study team).


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