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Government of Canada provides interest-free loans for students, effective April 1

News release

March 31, 2023              Ottawa, Ontario              Employment and Social Development Canada

Canada thrives when youth have access to the education they need to achieve their full potential. That is why the Government of Canada continues to invest in young people to ensure that they have the financial supports they need to complete their studies and successfully transition from school to the workforce.

Today, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced the permanent elimination of interest for Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans under the Canada Student Financial Assistance Program. This significant action will reduce the financial burden on young Canadians as they start their careers.

Starting tomorrow, April 1, 2023, this change will benefit more than 1.2 million post-secondary graduates in Canada each year. The elimination of interest will save an average student loan borrower $520 per year, based on current interest rates.

For current students, Budget 2023 proposes enhancements to financial assistance for the school year starting August 1, 2023. It proposes to: increase Canada Student Grants by 40%, to provide up to $4,200 for full-time students; raise the interest-free Canada Student Loan limit from $210 to $300 per week of study; and waive the requirement for mature students, aged 22 years or older, to undergo credit screening in order to qualify for federal student grants and loans for the first time. Taken together, these changes support Canada’s commitment to inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all, to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education.

For more information: Government of Canada

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