The federal government is looking to hit two birds with one stone through the Canada Student Service Grant.
The grant, announced on June 26, will encourage post-secondary students and those who graduated no earlier than December, facing a challenging job market, to lend their skills to non-profit organizations, which are looking to provide services to their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I've been inspired by the many young people who are stepping up to volunteer and help our community get through this pandemic. The Canada Student Service Grant provides financial support for students to assist them in continuing their academic and career pursuits while they make vital contributions in our community. I encourage local non-profits to register with the program and for students and recent graduates to explore opportunities here in our community, which will help them gain valuable experience, while helping us all recover, rebuild and move forward," local MP Patrick Weiler said in a news release.
Participants aged 30 or younger can count their hours served from June 25 to Oct. 31 toward a one-time payment of between $1,000 and $5,000, depending on the number of hours worked.
Non-profits can post available opportunities and students can apply at Canada.ca/iwanttohelp.