Canadian students are finally getting some help from the government. However, it seems like there will be a catch. The Canada Emergency Student Benefit will be tied to looking for a job.
The change to the Parliamentary Bill, which was sent to the Senate on April 29, was introduced by members of the Conservative Party.
As part of this new measure, the government will also provide financial incentives and support through job postings. The motion states that assistance will be given in a way that "meets their objective while encouraging employment in all circumstances," according to CBC News.
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer tweeted about the need for these measures to be built into federal aid programs, writing "Businesses and charities are struggling to find workers. Gov't programs should be matching Canadians with available jobs, not just providing billions in aid. Our proposal gives students an opportunity to earn an income and contribute to the COVID-19 response effort."
The bill was also amended in another major way with a proposal from members of the NDP.
Students who have disabilities or are caring for dependents will now receive an additional $750 a month, bringing their total to $2000, the same as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
"Canada's students face a unique set of challenges, and the legislation introduced today brings us one big step closer to helping them," Minister of Employment Carla Qualtrough said in a statement.
"The Canada Emergency Student Benefit would help approximately one million eligible students pay their bills and stay connected to the labour market."
The government is also offering up to $5000 toward tutition payments for students who perform volunteer work through the Canada Student Services Grant.