Welcome back! You'll notice some big changes. All residences will offer single rooms, and dining facilities will feature self-checkout and new seating arrangements.
Though some things will be different, our goal is to preserve as much of our campus experience as possible. Each of us will need to change our typical behaviour and rethink how we conduct our studies, our work, and our social lives. These plans can and will succeed because we are a community that cares greatly for each other and for this institution.
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Government Supports for Students
On April 22, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced comprehensive support of nearly $9 billion for post-secondary students and recent graduates. This plan will help provide the financial support needed this summer, help students continue studies in the fall, and help many get the experience they need to start their careers.
These measures include launching:
The Government of Canada will expand existing federal employment, skills development, and youth programming to create up to 116,000 jobs, placements, and other training opportunities to help students find employment and develop valuable skills this summer and over the coming months. In addition, to help students continue their studies in the fall, the government will:
More information will be available on Canada's Economic Response Plan website.
Student Relief Fund
Many Acadia students are facing financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For some, challenges with rent, groceries, transportation, and lack of summer employment opportunities could threaten their ability to return to their studies in the Fall. Recently-announced government emergency funding initiatives will certainly be important sources of support, but Acadia is committed to helping ease the road back to campus with a Student Relief Fund to provide additional bursary support to returning students.
Acadia has established a Student Relief Fund and will accept applications for support up to June 15, 2020. Special COVID Student Relief Bursaries will be in variable amounts based on the number of applications received and the funds available for distribution. Bursary application forms will be sent to all students entering their second, third or fourth year of full-time study in their first undergraduate degree by the Scholarships and Financial Aid office.
To support Acadia students, please visit giving.acadiau.ca/COVID
Acadia Students' Union Emergency Loan
The Acadia Students’ Union Executive have approved emergency funds to be available for all currently enrolled Acadia students impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The loan may be up to $500, repayable over 12 months, with no interest. Apply to the ASU.
Under the Pandemic Residence and Meal Plan Credit Program, Acadia will credit the accounts of students who lived in residence and had 5-day or 7-day meal plans, and who had to leave early as a result of the directive, in the amount of up to $900. Please note that this is a flat amount to be credited to all eligible students who left residence between March 15th and March 31st, and that Acadia is not providing individually calculated credits.
Eligible students will be notified by email from Student Accounts. Please note the following:
The government is suspending payments of Nova Scotia and Canada student loans from March 30 to September 30, 2020. The suspension is automatic. The Nova Scotia Student Assistance office remains operational, applications are being assessed, inquiries responded to, and funds are being issued. They have moved to online services only (no phone calls). Use the ‘Ask Us’ feature in MyPATH for secure inquiries. If you don’t have a MyPATH account, you can send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline to file your income tax and benefit return has been extended from April 30 to June 1, 2020. The deadline to pay any 2019 balance has been extended to August 31, 2020.
The Employment Social Development Canada (ESDC) website is a great resource for information related to the federal government benefits and services and new support programs.
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit provides temporary income support to workers who have stopped working and are without employment or self-employment income for reasons related to COVID-19.
The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit is paid in blocks of four weeks in the amount of $2,000, which is equivalent to $500 per week. A maximum 16 weeks of benefits can be paid.
The benefit is available from March 15, 2020, to October 3, 2020. You can apply no later than December 2, 2020.