Support for International Students

  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada: more flexibility on eligibility rules for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program for students who need or want to start their Canadian study program online from abroad.

  • The Global Affairs Canada EduCanada website provides international students with resources on study permit-related issues, travel restrictions and exemptions, and Government of Canada programs for which international students may be eligible.

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.  

International students may experience the disruption of their immigration status due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • If you’re an international student who has a valid study permit or were approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020, you are exempt from the travel restrictions.
  • If you’re travelling by air, you need to pass a health check conducted by airlines before you’re allowed to board your flight. Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada by air.
  • When you arrive in Canada we’ll assess your health before you leave the port of entry. You must isolate for 14 days even if you have no symptoms. This is mandatory.
  • If your in-class courses are being moved to an online-only format because of COVID-19, your eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program won’t be affected.

Please refer Government of Canada's website for more details.

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

Student Financial Assistance
The City of Brampton has compiled a list of the student financial assistance program from different colleges and universities for your reference. 

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. Applications for 2020 program are now being accepted (September 12, 2020 to January 31, 2021 program). Visit