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Students can earn up to $5,000 this summer for volunteer service

Eligible students can receive grants of between $1,000 to $5,000, depending on hours completed

The federal government launched a new program today aimed at encouraging students to volunteer in the fight against COVID-19 — more than two months after first announcing it, and just in time for those who haven’t been able to find a summer job.

Post-secondary students will be eligible to earn up to $5,000 this summer through a new volunteer service grant.

The grant is available for a range of volunteer work, including mask making, tutoring, researching animal behaviour and designing exercise programs for seniors.

‘I want to help’ placement platform

Today’s launch of the “I want to help” online platform provides details on the grant. Some of the organizations looking for volunteers include Scouts Canada, Girl Guides of Canada, WE Charity, the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation and Rotary Canada.

There are now about 23,000 job placements on the platform, and non-profits can continue to add their placements up to Aug. 21.

The grants will be paid out in one-time lump sums after completion of the work. Asked if the money might come too late to help some students pay tuition, a spokesperson for Youth Minister Bardish Chagger said the program is just one in a suite of financial supports for students.

Students are also eligible for a monthly $1,250 emergency benefit, which climbs to $2,000 if the student has a dependent or a disability.

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