Canada – More young Canadians eligible for up to $2,000 for post-secondary education

In today’s ever-changing labour market, post-secondary education has never been more important. Most jobs require some form of training, whether an apprenticeship, trade school, college, university, or CEGEP. That is why the Government of Canada is taking action to ensure young people have the financial supports they need to access higher learning opportunities so they can join the workforce.

Approximately 1.6 million eligible Canadians have yet to claim the Canada Learning Bond

March 10, 2022         Nanaimo, British Columbia        Employment and Social Development Canada

In today’s ever-changing labour market, post-secondary education has never been more important. Most jobs require some form of training, whether an apprenticeship, trade school, college, university, or CEGEP. That is why the Government of Canada is taking action to ensure young people have the financial supports they need to access higher learning opportunities so they can join the workforce.

Today, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, met with Dr. Deborah Saucier, President of Vancouver Island University (VIU), as well as some VIU students, to discuss the many ways in which the Government of Canada is supporting students in their post-secondary studies

As of January 1, 2022, eligible Individuals who were born in 2004 or later but who did not receive the CLB as children can apply for it themselves when they turn 18, until the day before they turn 21. Approximately two-thirds of children born in 2004 or later are eligible for at least $500 through the CLB, up to $2,000 per eligible child.

The CLB provides up to $2,000 in Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP), with no contribution required from the individual. Eligible Canadians can apply for the CLB with their financial service provider by opening an RESP and requesting the Bond. Those who already have an RESP are encouraged to check with their financial service provider to see if they may be eligible for the CLB.

The CLB is among a host of learning, job-creation, and skills development supports offered by the Government of Canada. Those supports are part of the Government of Canada’s ongoing effort to make it easier for young Canadians to access post-secondary education and training options that will lead to good, well-paying jobs.

“To build the workforce we need, and to give everyone a fair shot at participating in it, education has to be accessible and affordable to all Canadians. That is why the Government is committed to ensuring that all Canadians are aware of and able to access the financial support they are entitled to. The Canada Learning Bond is now available to more students than ever before, and I encourage all young Canadians to learn more about the Bond and find out whether they are eligible for up to $2,000 to pursue the education, the career, and the future they want.”

– Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough

In Nanaimo, British Columbia, there are approximately 5,000 Canadians who are eligible for the CLB, but have not yet claimed it.

The CLB can be used to help pay the costs of full- or part-time studies in various programs and schools, including apprenticeship programs, trade schools, colleges, universities, and CEGEPs.

Students may also qualify for grants and loans through the Canada Student Financial Assistance (CSFA) Program. Budget 2021 temporarily doubled Canada Student Grant amounts, allowing students to receive up to $6,000 per year until July 2023 – more if they have dependants or a disability. Over 580,000 students are expected to benefit from the doubling of Canada Student Grant amounts each year until 2023.

In addition, interest has been waived on Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans from April 1, 2021, to March 31, 2023, to help students manage their debt during the economic recovery. This measure will provide interest relief to 1.4 million Canada Student Loan borrowers.

Jane Deeks

Director of Communications

Office of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough

Jane.deeks@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Canada – Canadians continue to welcome Afghan refugees in their communities 

The Government of Canada is working hard to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan nationals as quickly and safely as possible. Over the past week, 335 government-assisted and privately sponsored Afghan refugees arrived in Canada on 10 commercial flights. They are destined for communities all across Canada, including Calgary, Winnipeg and Sherbrooke. To date, a total of 7,885 Afghan nationals have arrived in Canada.

February 18, 2022—Ottawa – The Government of Canada is working hard to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan nationals as quickly and safely as possible. Over the past week, 335 government-assisted and privately sponsored Afghan refugees arrived in Canada on 10 commercial flights. They are destined for communities all across Canada, including Calgary, Winnipeg and Sherbrooke. To date, a total of 7,885 Afghan nationals have arrived in Canada.

Arrivals include refugees approved through the special immigration program for Afghans who assisted the Government of Canada, privately sponsored refugees, and refugees referred by the United States, Front Line Defenders and the United Nations Refugee Agency.

Canadians have played an active role in welcoming Afghan refugees in their communities. Since August 2021, Canadians have given more than $1 million; have donated over 200,000 goods, including children’s toys, clothing, and personal care products; and have opened their homes with more than 5,000 offers of temporary accommodations. The Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS), a Resettlement Assistance Program service provider (RAP SPO) in Calgary, is coordinating volunteers and donations on behalf of all 34 RAP SPOs across Canada that are welcoming Afghan refugees into their communities.

Examples of the many charitable gestures include:

The Afghan Network for Social Services, a Toronto non-profit organization, donated 62 children’s gift baskets and 200 articles of children’s clothing to Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services.
The people of Newfoundland and Labrador responded to news of Afghan arrivals with generous donations of clothing, household items and gift cards to the Association for New Canadians. With the help of corporate donations, the total value of donations has grown to over $100,000 to date.

 The resettlement of Afghan refugees is a whole-of-country initiative. Individuals and businesses looking to get involved through volunteering, donating, sponsoring or supporting the wider resettlement efforts can learn more about how Canadians can help. 

Photos of previous arrivals are available in Dropbox for use by media. You can also monitor Canada’s progress on welcoming Afghan refugees to Canada.

“It has been heartwarming to watch communities welcome Afghan refugees. Over the past several months, Canadians across the country have stepped up to provide a warm welcome to some of the world’s most vulnerable, and their generosity through donations and volunteering continues to be truly remarkable.”

– The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

“For 40 years, CCIS has been honoured to play a role in Canada’s commitment to helping over one million refugees and watch them become contributing members of their communities and proud Canadians. As someone who came to this country as a refugee, I can understand the gratitude and appreciation that many Afghans and other refugees are feeling toward the generosity and kindness of Canadians.”


– Fariborz Birjandian, Chief Executive Officer, Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

Aidan Strickland

Press Secretary

Minister’s Office

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Aidan.Strickland@cic.gc.ca

Canadians place high expectations on employer benefits amid hot labour market: RBC Insurance poll

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