Hello Grad Students.

*For the latest COVID-19 updates for the UofM community, please visit the UofM Website at http://umanitoba.ca/coronavirus.*

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Summer Term Fees

The University has waived the SPORT AND REC FEE.

The Sport and Recreation Fee will not be applied to tuition for Summer Term 2020. No action by the student is required. If fees have been paid, a refund will be processed, otherwise this fee will not be applied.

Federal Support

Post-secondary students and recent graduates who are ineligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit or for Employment Insurance, but who are unable to find full-time employment or are unable to work due to COVID-19, the government proposes to introduce the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). The CESB would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students from May through August 2020, and $1,750 for students with dependants and those with permanent disabilities.

This new grant would provide income support to post-secondary students who will experience financial hardship over the Summer due to COVID-19. The CESB will be delivered by CRA. Students may earn up to $1,000 a month while also receiving federal aid

International Students

The Government of Canada will remove the restriction that allows international students to work only a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session, provided they are working in an essential service or function, such as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical goods.

This temporary rule change will be in place until August 31, 2020.

Volunteer Work

To encourage students to participate in the COVID-19 response, the government will launch a new national service initiative to recognize students’ significant contributions to the COVID-19 efforts, and provide support through a new Canada Student Service Grant which will provide up to $5,000 to support student’s post-secondary education costs in the fall.

More details will be made available on the I Want to Help platform over the coming weeks, including more detailed information about eligibility, the levels of funding available under the grant, how to apply for a national service position, and how applications will be assessed.

UMGSA Updates

We at the UMGSA know this is a difficult and uncertain time for all of us, and we are doing what we can to limit risks while continuing to maintain our essential operations.

In keeping with the advice of public health experts, we are putting social distancing measures into place.

The UMGSA Office and the UMGSA Lounge will be closed until further notice.  Executives’ official office hours are also suspended during this time.

UMGSA Council and Committee Meetings will be held by video-conference. The UMGSA will likewise not be holding any in-person events or meetings until further notice. 

Conference grant applications can be submitted through our online application system as per usual.

Department grant applications should be submitted by the April 1st, 2020 deadline to Ruth at gsa@umgsa.org

All of our executives and staff remain accessible by email as follows:

Please keep an eye out for additional updates from the UMGSA and from the University.

Everyone should avoid close contact with others, and wash their hands thoroughly and often.

If you are ill, please stay at home.  Call ahead before seeking medical treatment or testing.

Please stay safe, and we wish you all the best.