What about students of the arts? And other students?

Hello, I am a university student studying music in Toronto. I do not qualify for the CERB for 2 reasons, although I am in desperate need of some financial assistance. Because I have been in school, I have only been able to work part-time for the last 2 years, and I have not earned the minimum of $5,000 in the last 12 months as listed for one of the eligibility criteria. I normally teach music lessons as well as play frequent gigs, but because of the covid-19 closures I am no longer able to play gigs, resulting in a loss of income. I am still currently teaching music lessons, now online, although the payments are not enough to pay for rent and groceries. Since school is finishing up this month, I was planning on working throughout the summer, mostly by playing more gigs, and now I will be unable to do this. I wonder how many other students are having the trouble of not being able to show that they earned the minimum of $5,000 in the previous year because they have been focusing on their studies, and who now will find it extremely difficult to find work in the summer months when students need to work to survive.

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  • Anonymous LiveArts Canadian
    published this page in Share your story 2020-04-06 09:49:22 -0400