COVID-19 Update: May 12, 2020
The Douglas College COVID-19 Emergency Fund is available to domestic and international students who can demonstrate an urgent or unexpected financial need as a direct result of COVID-19. Eligible students will receive a one-time disbursement of funds to help cover their extenuating costs. It is not meant to replace government-funding programs such as Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), the temporary rent supplement program, or student loan programs thus, will not be provided as a wage subsidy.
Please review the available resources below for financial support that may help with income supplementation. Student Success Advisors will consider requests for Emergency funding based on your situation and demonstrated financial need, when other resources have been exhausted.
Government Financial resources available to post-secondary students in Canada:
- Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) will provide eligible students and new graduates who do not qualify for CERB or EI, $1250 per month or $2000 per month to those with dependants or disabilities. Currently submitted for review. If passed, it will be available May-August 2020.
- Canada Student Service Grant will provide students who choose to do national service and serve their communities up to $5000 for their education in the fall.
- Canada Student Grants is an existing program. Maximum grants for eligible full-time students will be doubled to up to $6,000 and up to $3,600 for part-time students in 2020-21.
- Temporary removal of the restriction that allows international students to work a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session, provided they are working in an essential service or function.
- BC Student Loans and Canada Student Loans repayments are paused for six months without penalty, starting April.
- Indigenous Emergency Assistance Fund. Eligible Indigenous students at public post-secondary institutions can apply for non-repayable emergency assistance. Please contact our Indigenous Student Service Centre.
- Here2Talk provides free, confidential mental-health counselling and referral service for post-secondary students by app, phone, or online chat, 24-7.
- Summary of COVID-19 Financial Supports –Provided by Bowinn Ma, MLA, North Vancouver – Lonsdale
- Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
If you are ineligible to receive funds from the options listed above, we may be able to assist you. Students facing a demonstrated urgent financial need, may contact our Student Success Advisors. Student Success Advisors will get in touch with you to help you manage your individual situation and explore options for short-term critical financial assistance due to COVID-19. The one-time disbursement from our Emergency Fund will help students that are facing an immediate financial need.
Determining your eligibility
Circumstances that we may be able to help with:
- Basic immediate needs such as, food security
- Urgent living costs
- Emergency health expenses
- Transit fees for a month
Examples of expenses we cannot help with:
- Outstanding and upcoming tuition and fees to Douglas College
- Financial support for partner and other family members
- Previous debt obligations such as, car payments and credit card bills
- Non-essential expenses such as, gym memberships and extraneous food and beverage costs
Please note documentation supporting your claims will be required for assessment.
How to contact your advisor
Student Success Advisors are available for financial aid advising by email and phone. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
We continue to receive a high volume of emails regarding emergency financial assistance. We are doing our best to process requests as quickly as possible, however please note that the response time is approximately 2 weeks.
For up-to-date information about COVID-19, please visit this page.