The MMF recognizes that students and recent graduates are being significantly affected by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As many post-secondary students adapt to the new reality brought on by COVID-19, they are concerned about the effect of the pandemic on their ability to continue their studies, secure and retain summer employment, pay their bills, and save for tuition in the fall. Additionally, students who are about to graduate might struggle to find employment in their field of study, which may in turn, have a negative impact on the value of their education over the long term.
The Federal government has announced a series of measures as part of its COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan that will help Canadian students and recent graduates overcome these challenges and support their future success.
MMF Covid-19 Emergency Student Assistance Program (ESAP)
Due to the economic impacts of COVID-19, students may be unable to secure and retain summer employment, and save for school in the fall. As a result, many students are worried about their ability to manage tuition fees and the cost of books for the next school year.
WHO can APPLY?
- You are a registered Citizen of the MMF in Manitoba (or are in the process to be registered);
- You graduated from high school in 2020 OR have recently graduated from an eligible PSE institution.
- You are accepted and enrolled full-time or part-time in a post-secondary institution in Manitoba (Eligible Institutions); and
- You have fully completed the online Application form to be eligible for financial assistance (mandatory requirement).
- If you have already applied, or are receiving support from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI) or the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), you are not eligible to apply for the MMF ESAP.
- If you are able to work, you must be actively looking for work to be eligible to receive the above CESB. If you cannot find work due to COVID-19, you can apply for the MMF Emergency Student Assistance Program (MMF ESAP)
HOW to APPLY
To address additional financial needs of students caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the MMF ESAP support will be provided over and above the $5,000.00 that is available for Metis PSE students through the MMF Post-Secondary Education Support Program.
Students that are impacted by COVID 19 will be required to demonstrate financial need.
A dedicated web Application has been established for students who are experiencing difficulty coping with the COVID 19 pandemic. Students will be able to provide confidential information on their particular circumstances and will have access to on-line supports via the web site.
Assistance can be used for (look at Contribution Agreement from main program).
By announcing this now, the MMF is providing more financial certainty for students preparing to enter or continue their post-secondary education this fall.
This pandemic is causing financial strain to Canadian businesses. For those just graduated from high school and post-secondary institution, this is even harder for them to find a job under this circumstance. MMF are taking initiatives to help Metis newly graduates to overcome this hardness.
We are asking Metis citizens who just graduated from high school/Post Secondary School to register by filling out the below application to receive support towards your future.
Impact on your taxes
The MMF Emergency Student Assistance Initiative is taxable. This means you will need to report any amounts you received from the MMF Emergency Student Assistance Program on next year’s income tax return. You will receive a T4A tax slip for the amount of assistance you receive.
If you feel you are eligible for MMF ESAP, you can apply online by clicking the following button and submitting the application form.