COVID-19 Financial Assistance Resources for Students

Government of Canada Relief Programs

The Government of Canada has announced several financial relief measures for Canadians facing financial hardship due to COVID-19.

The Government of Canada is switching from cheques to direct deposit, an electronic transfer of funds deposited directly to your bank account. Direct deposit is faster, convenient and more secure. Enroll for direct deposit or to update information you already have on file.

Visit the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan website, including information regarding support for students and recent graduates, people facing unemployment, people who are unable to work and more. Some highlights that may benefit students include:

  • Changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) Program
  • Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
  • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
  • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
  • Mortgage payment deferral
  • Special one-time, tax-free, non-reportable payment for Persons with Disabilities
  • Changes to Canada Student Loans program (CSLP)
  • Support for Indigenous peoples

British Columbia Support Programs

The Province of BC has announced the BC Recovery Benefit, a one-time, tax-free payment for eligible families and individuals.

  • $1,000 for families and single parents with a net income of up to $125,000 (reduced benefit for eligible families and single parents with net income up to $175,000)
  • $500 for eligible individuals with a net income of up to $62,500 (reduced benefit for eligible individuals with a net income of up to $87,500
  • You will need your 2019 tax return, your social insurance number, your driver’s licence, and your direct deposit information.

Benefit eligibility is based on net income from your 2019 tax return. You must apply to receive the benefit. Applications open December 18, 2020 and close June 30, 2021.

Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits

Workers who are sick or quarantined can file for EI Sickness Benefits

VIU Supports

Student Affairs Resources

Student Affairs continues to support students online, information on a wide range of resources is available on the VIU Student Affairs website.

VIU Parking Permit Refunds

WestPark and VIU have modified the refund policy for parking permits.

For more information email WestPark’s at guestservices@westpark.com

VIU Mental Health Supports

Check out the VIU Covid-19 supports page for options and updates. 

Other Supports

FortisBC

FortisBC has waived late payment fees and will work with customers to come up with flexible payment plans. The company will not disconnect customers for any reason during the provincial emergency.

BC Rent Banks

Rent banks provide financial assistance in the form of repayable loans to households at risk of eviction for reasons such as non-payment of rent or utilities.

Homelessness Services & Programs

BC Housing provides housing assistance and homelessness services.

City of Nanaimo Survival Guide

The City of Nanaimo’s Survival Guide offers low-cost and free resources available to individuals living in Nanaimo. Topics include addictions services, counselling, food, housing, legal aid and more.

Children's Aid Foundation

COVID-19 Youth Support Fund for former youth in care. 

Community Services During COVID-19

Nanaimo social and health emergency response services for COVID-19.