Financial resources


The Government of New Brunswick has launched JobMatchNB, a virtual job matching platform to connect New Brunswickers with available employment positions and provides a list of resources for job seekers and students.

Canada Emergency Student Benefit

Applications for the CESB will be open from May 15 to Sept. 30, 2020

The Government recently proposed a new Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) that will provide financial support to post-secondary students and recent graduates who are Canadian citizens and permanent residents and who are unable to find work because of COVID-19, or are not earning over $1000, and who are not eligible for either the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI).

Eligible students will receive $1,250 every four weeks. Eligible students with disabilities or those with children or other dependents will receive $2,000 every four weeks. The CESB is available from May 10 until August 29, 2020 and will be administered by the Canada Revenue Agency. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 30, 2020.

The Government recommends to set-up a My CRA account and register for direct deposit to ensure a smooth enrollment process and a timely disbursement of the benefit. To get ready to apply, the CRA encourages eligible students to take three important steps:

Step 1: Register a profile with the CRA. If you have never filed an income tax return with the CRA, you may not have a profile with us. Call 1-800-959-8281 to activate your SIN with the CRA.

Step 2: Register for My Account as this is the fastest and easiest way to apply for the benefit.

Step 3: Enroll for Direct Deposit with the CRA through My Account or your financial institution to get your CESB within 3 days of applying. Alternatively, you must ensure your mailing information is up-to-date in My Account to receive a cheque by mail within 10 business days.

Apply for CESB

Canada Student Service Grant

While the COVID-19 pandemic will limit employment opportunities for students, it presents an opportunity for students and youth to mobilize and take part in national service activities that can provide valuable labour market and skills development experiences, while giving back to their local communities.

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.

Government of Canada COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

The Government of Canada is taking immediate action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. See the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan for the full list of economic support for individuals and businesses.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

In a news release on March 25, the Government introduced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. Eligible individuals will receive a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be accessible through a secure web portal starting in early April. Applicants will also be able to apply via an automated telephone line or via a toll-free number. 

Employment insurance

Employment Insurance provides regular benefits to individuals who lose their jobs through no fault of their own and are available for and able to work, but can't find a job. If you have lost your job through no fault of your own, you may be eligible for Employment Insurance. Please visit Employment Insurance benefits and leave for workers, families and sickness, as well as how to apply and submit a report.

Government student loans

To support student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada has announced its plan to pause the repayment of Canada Student Loans until Sept. 30, 2020, with no accrual of interest. No payment will be required and interest will not accrue during this time. Students do not need to apply for the repayment pause.

New Brunswick Residential Tenancies Act

On March 19, 2020, the Government of New Brunswick announced the right of landlords under section 19 of the Residential Tenancies Act to require tenants to vacate for non-payment of rent, and the authority of residential tenancies officers under section 22 of that act to evict tenants for the same reason, are suspended, until May 31, 2020.

Social Assistance Program in New Brunswick

Contact the Department of Social Development Income Assistance and Housing regional offices to learn more about individual and family supports available.

Emergency Fuel Benefit

If you are in an emergency situation and are unable to afford the cost of heating your home, you may be eligible for the Emergency Fuel Benefit.  Please contact your regional social development office.

Home Energy Assistance Program

The Home Energy Assistance Program provides a $100 benefit designed to help low-income families cope with high energy prices. The program will provide a payment of $100 to families with incomes up to and including $30,000. The deadline to apply for the 2020 benefit is June 30, 2020.

Local food banks

The Food Depot website lists community foodbanks throughout New Brunswick including Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton.

In Fredericton, the Greener Village will deliver a box of non-perishable food to students. Deliveries will be made within 24 hours of the initial request between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Drivers will practice social distancing by placing the box in front of the door, knock or ring the doorbell, then step away to a safe distance to ensure there is no physical interaction. If no one answers the door, the driver will take the box and return it to Greener Village. Please complete the word document form and email it to

Canadian Banks’ Relief Program

In a news release, Canada’s six largest banks have announced a coordinated relief program to ease financial pressures due to the spread of COVID-19. Bank customers will be offered “flexible solutions” to get them through economic uncertainties due to COVID-19. COVID-19 relief measures offered to personal and small business banking customers may include longer amortization periods, up to a six-month payment deferral for mortgages and credit card payments.

Financial resources now closed

April 9: New Brunswick Workers Emergency Income Benefit

April 24: GNB COVID-19 Emergency Bridging Fund for Vulnerable Post-Secondary Students

April 30: UNB Student Relief Fund