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York University launches emergency benefit for workers impacted by COVID-19

The school will award seventeen individuals with $1,500 toward their School of Continuing Studies' certificate tuition, says York

April 14, 2020  by CM Staff

TORONTO — The York University School of Continuing Studies announced on April 14 the launch of their Continuing Studies Emergency Benefit as an urgent response to the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Any Canadian who has been approved for the recently launched Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) can apply for the Continuing Studies Emergency Benefit.

“To help struggling Canadians, we immediately increased our capacity in our certificate programs starting this May. But in recent days, after seeing the economic devastation, we knew we had to do more to help people access short, fast university credential programs tied to high demand careers,” said Tracey Taylor-O’Reilly, assistant vice-president, continuing studies, in a prepared statement.

According to a company statement, the school will award seventeen individuals with $1,500 toward their School of Continuing Studies’ certificate tuition. The statement adds that the $25,500 Benefit program is immediately available to Canadian workers who have unexpectedly lost their jobs or are facing financial difficulty due to the on-going pandemic. The CERB is a requirement, and candidates will be selected based on their fit with the program.

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The benefit can be applied to any online certificate program that begins in May.

“In difficult economic times, adults tend to return to university to increase stability and improve their earning potential,” said Taylor-O’Reilly. “We took this unprecedented action as part of our commitment to help Canadians get through this crisis and reduce the skills gap.”