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Students in Canada can now get a one-time grant of up to $5K

Students in Canada still face difficulties amid the pandemic, but the Canadian government is trying to help those who can't get a job right away with an incentive to volunteer this summer.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Thursday that students taking part in volunteer opportunities this summer are eligible for the Canada Student Service Grant launching today.

The federal government will provide a one-time payment of $1,000 to $5,000 to post-secondary students and recent graduates who complete volunteer work this summer.

"Students are facing unique challenges this summer due to the pandemic. At the same time, many are wondering how they can help with the fight against COVID-19," said Trudeau.

"[The grant] will allow post-secondary students and recent graduates to gain valuable experience while also contributing to their communities."

Trudeau noted that the exact payment a student is eligible for will depend on the number of volunteer hours completed. 

The grant is part of a $9 billion funding package for students, which includes the Canadian Emergency Student Benefit and the creation of internships, summer jobs and job placements in high-demand sectors.

The grant is available through the I Want to Help portal and volunteer jobs are listed on the website.

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