Support for International Students


New and voluntary COVID-19 isolation centre in Brampton
The program is immediately available to anyone in Peel. Call 905.281.1269 or visit peelregion.ca/coronavirus/self-isolation/#home for more information.

How to pay rent during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Call or email your landlord
  • Explain the situation
  • Offer to pay what you can, if possible, and request for flexible payments
  • Apply for other forms of income you may be eligible for
  • When your income resumes, make arrangements to repay any unpaid rent

The Ontario government announced that no new eviction notices will be issued until further notice and the enforcement of scheduled evictions will be postponed if a tenant cannot pay the rent. However, tenants are required to pay rent while an eviction is not being enforced, according to the government. If they can’t pay due to the pandemic, the government asks landlords and tenants to work together to come up with an alternative arrangement.  

Immigration
International students may experience the disruption of their immigration status due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Refer to the Government of Canada's website for more details.

COVID-19 testing expense for uninsured people
The Ontario government is waiving the three-month waiting period for Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage. The province will also cover the cost of COVID-19 services for uninsured people who don’t meet the criteria for OHIP coverage.

Student Financial Assistance
The City has compiled a list of student financial assistance programs available from various colleges and universities.

Access to Food 
If you and your loved ones require immediate access to food, fill out the Social Support Online Form.

Newcomer Youth Green Economy Project
This is a free program offered by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority for youth 18-29 interested in learning more about the green sectors of the economy, while making career contacts, connecting with a mentor, and getting hands on learning through field trips and trainings with other newcomers. Details at trca.ca/nygep