The following is a list of available financial aid resources for Selkirk College students during this period of active COVID-19 protocols.
Please note that some of these supports may not apply to you and that resources are frequently updated. Please continue to check these links as new information may become available.
COVID-19 Student Relief Fund
Selkirk College, in partnership with community donors and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training, has combined resources to develop a relief fund in this unprecedented time that will assist students who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Selections will be based on unexpected life expenses accrued as a result of COVID-19.
It is expected that prior to applying for this emergency funding, that you will have explored all sources of funding such as:
Savings and study period income
Bank lines of credit
Options to defer utility bills
Options to defer or gain assistance with rent or mortgage
Further resources listed on this page below such as the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
Examples of emergency costs:
Unexpected travel expenses
Accessing high speed internet to complete online courses
Loss of income, for example: job layoff or reduced hours
Supports to enable the ability to study remotely
Who can apply?
Full or part-time Selkirk College students who are currently enrolled or have just recently completed their Winter and/or Spring 2020 semester studies.
Demonstrated financial distress as a direct result of unforeseen costs associated with the pandemic crisis.
How do I apply?
The online application form will remain open until further notice.
Applications will be downloaded and review by a committee every Friday.
Applicants will be required to answer questions regarding the following:
Personal and study information
Family and employment situation
Description of current financial challenges and how they are a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic
Document uploads to support your financial claim.
Applicants will also be required to meet with a counsellor to review your situation and explore all available resources.
What happens next?
Applications will be reviewed by a committee on a weekly basis.
As part of the assessment of your application you will be required to connect with a counsellor. Instructions on how to book an appointment will be emailed to you. Applicants are expected to book an appointment with a counsellor within one week of receiving this email.
After meeting with a counsellor, students approved for a bursary will be notified by email.
Bursary recipients will be issued a cheque that will be mailed to the address on the student record.
Recipients who do not have current mailing addresses, ie: who are currently living in student housing, can request alternative arrangements in the online application form.
Personal information requirements
Social Insurance Numbers: The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requires Selkirk College to collect Social Insurance Numbers (SIN) for all award recipients for the purpose of issuing T4A’s. Bursary cheques cannot be issued unless your SIN number is recorded on your student record.
Check the “Instructions on how to add your Social Insurance Number” to your student record to ensure this step has been completed.
Email and mailing addresses: Ensure your email and mailing address on your student record is correct. All correspondence will be by email and all bursary cheques will be mailed to the address you have on your student record.
B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers
The B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers will provide a one-time $1,000 payment to people who lost income because of COVID-19.
B.C. Student Loans
Starting March 30, 2020, B.C. student loan payments are automatically frozen for six months.
Climate Action Tax Credit
A one-time enhancement to the climate action tax credit will be paid in July 2020 for moderate to low-income families:
An adult will receive up to $218.00 (increased from $43.50)
A child will receive $64.00 (increased from $12.75)
To support people and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Province is introducing a new temporary rental supplement, halting evictions and freezing rents, among other actions. Learn more...
The new rental supplement will help households by offering up to $500 a month towards their rent, building on federal and provincial financial supports already announced for British Columbians facing financial hardship.
“With lost jobs and lost wages due to COVID-19, many tenants are worried they can’t make the rent. It’s a challenging time for landlords too,” said Premier John Horgan. “Nobody should lose their home as a result of COVID-19. Our plan will give much-needed financial relief to renters and landlords. It will also provide more security for renters, who will be able to stay in their homes without fear of eviction or increasing rents during this emergency.”
The funds will support renters experiencing a loss of income by helping them pay their rent and will be paid directly to landlords on their behalf, to ensure landlords continue to receive rental income during the pandemic. Benefiting people with low to moderate incomes, this supplement will be available to renters who are facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, but do not qualify for existing rental assistance programs.
Monthly Bill Relief
Customers can defer bill payments or arrange for flexible payment plans with no penalty through the COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program.
Customers experiencing job loss, illness or lost wages due to COVID-19 can access grants up to $600 to pay their hydro bills through the Customer Crisis Fund.
Customers can defer bill payments or arrange for flexible payment plans with no penalty through the Billing support through the COVID-19 Assistance Program.
Customers experiencing job loss, illness or lost wages due to COVID-19 can receive assistance through the Customer Recovery Fund.
Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
provides financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19. This benefit is for students who do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI).
From May to August 2020, the CESB provides a payment to eligible students of:
$1,250 for each 4-week period OR
$2,000 for each 4-week period, if you have dependents or a disability
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:
workers who must stop working due to COVID19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support.
workers who are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19.
working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures.
workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work.
wage earners and self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance.
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.
Canada Student Loans
The following measures are being put in place to support student loan borrowers during COVID-19:
1. Student loan repayment will be suspended until September 30th, 2020:
If you are registered for pre-authorized debit, they will be automatically stopped so you do not have to do anything.
If you are making payments by cheque or other means, you are not required to make payments during the suspension period.
If you want to continue making payments on your loan, you may do so by logging in to your secure NSLSC account and using the Make a Payment option or through online banking.
2. Interest will not be charged to borrowers on their student loans from March 30th, 2020 to September 30th, 2020.
If your loan was issued by NL, NB, ON, SK or BC, this applies to both the federal and provincial portions of your student loan.
Students with Mortgages
Canada's big banks are moving to provide financial breathing room to customers hurt by disruptions from the steps taken to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The big six banks say they will allow customers to defer mortgage payments for up to six months among other changes.
The banks urged Canadians or business owners facing hardship to contact their bank directly to discuss options that may be available.
Canada Summer Jobs
The Government of Canada is taking unprecedented action to support workers, businesses, and all Canadians impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Right now, young people are facing serious challenges finding work. To build the foundations of strong communities, we need a strong workforce that includes good job opportunities for youth.
That is why the government is working to help employers adapt to the realities of COVID-19, and supporting young Canadians as they begin to look for summer employment. See Canada Summer Jobs for more information.
EI Sickness Benefits
Kootenay Boundary Fetch - Basic Needs / Support - Food - Meals In Community website for Kootenay Boundary area.
Castlegar, Community Harvest Food Bank, Drop-in Centre, and Emergency Shelter
Nelson Community Food Centre is open Wednesday from 1 pm to 5 pm and located at 602 Silica Street or by phone at (250) 354-1633.
Indigenous Student Resources
COVID-19: First Nations Community Guide on Accessing Additional Supports
First Nations Health Authority