International Workers’ Day
For over a century, the first day of May has been celebrated internationally as a day to commemorate the struggle of workers around the world.
This year, under the veil of COVID-19, it has become ever more clear how important is the safety, service and sacrifice of our society’s front line workers – they are paramount to keeping us moving forward.
We want to thank all workers for their contributions to our country.
Student Support Announced
This week the federal government announced a series of financial support measures for post-secondary students. Details for how to access these programs will come later.
The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) will provide $1250 a month from May to the end of August to post-secondary students who do not otherwise qualify for CERB or EI. This increases to $1750 for students with dependents or a disability. It will be administered by the CRA.
A series of changes to the Canada Student Loans Program for the 2020-2021 year. Max grants increased from $3,000 per year to $6,000 per year (they were due to increase to $4,200 anyway). Loan limits increased from $210 per week to $350/week. Personal and spousal contributions suspended (no apparent change to parental contributions).
Creation of a Canada Student Service Grant which will provide up to $5,000 to support student’s post-secondary education costs in the fall. This program is supposed to “encourage youth to mobilize and take part in national service activities”. Details to come.
Support to grad students! $292 million to the granting councils in order to “extend expiring federal graduate research scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships, and supplement existing federal research grants, to support students and post-doctoral fellows”.
Resource Highlight #1
- The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) offers free online courses on a variety of topics, including Mental Health Awareness and Health and Wellness Strategies, Musculoskeletal Disorders, Office Ergonomics, Pandemic Awareness & Pandemic Planning [more information]
Resource Highlight #2
- Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) produced a PDF document providing guidance on Health and Safety for Television, Film and Live Performance Sector during COVID-19 [more information]
Resource Highlight #3
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