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 Aug. 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

In response, the Government of Canada has created the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG), a program that will provide post-secondary students and recent graduates with volunteer opportunities to help with the response to COVID-19 at Canadian not-for-profit organizations.

Participating post-secondary students and recent graduates will be eligible to apply for a grant, which will provide from $1,000 to $5,000 to support student's post-secondary education costs in the fall. Student volunteers that are working or receiving the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) are also eligible to apply for a CSSG.

International students studying in Canada are not eligible to receive the Canada Student Service Grant. While international students are not eligible to receive a grant, they can still participate in the volunteering aspects of the CSSG.

Visit I Want to Help for 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.


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.


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
  • May 31: New Brunswick Residential Tenancies Act
  • June 30: Home Energy Assistance Program