Canada Emergency Student Benefit Act Receives Royal Assent

On Wednesday, April 29, the House of Commons was recalled to consider Bill C-15, An Act respecting Canada emergency student benefits (coronavirus disease 2019). The Bill passed the House of Commons with amendments the same day. The Senate was recalled Friday, May 1, to consider the Bill, which was passed without amendment and received Royal Assent the same day. The Bill creates a new benefit, the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), for post-secondary students, who will experience financial hardship over the Summer due to COVID-19 and who are not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The CESB, as part of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will be available from May through August 2020.