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Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

Status: Closed

CESB applications from September 28 to 30, 2020

The CESB closed for applications on September 30, 2020. However, from September 28 to 30, 2020, CRA’s My Account and automated phone line were experiencing technical issues. If you tried to apply for CESB but were unable to apply using those services during that time, then you may still be able to apply by speaking to an agent at 1-800-959-8281.

When you call, we will check our systems records to verify that you tried to apply on September 28, 29 or 30. We will only process your application if we can confirm in our records that you tried to apply during those three days.

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provided financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who were unable to find work due to COVID-19.

Applicants received $1,250 for a 4-week period for a maximum of 16 weeks, between May 10 and August 29, 2020.

Applicants could also get an extra $750 (total benefit amount of $2,000) for each 4-week period, if they had a disability or dependants.

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