SGPS COVID-19 Information Hub

A collection of information and resources to assist SGPS members through the COVID-19 pandemic
SGPS Emergency Bursary

If you have incurred an unexpected or sudden emergency expense due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, you are likely eligible for an emergency bursary. Please consult the Bursary Guide attached here, for the documentation required to process your application.

Please click here to access the application.

Queen's Bursary Assistance for COVID-19 Related Extenuating Circumstances

The University acknowledges the COVID-19 situation is creating financial uncertainty, and having an impact for some students in the immediate future. The Student Awards Office will provide some supplemental assistance to help with immediate / short term needs for those that are encountering extenuating and unplanned challenges due to this global crisis.

Please click here to learn more and to access the application.

Queen's New Emergency Bursary for International Graduate Students

All international graduate students who previously applied for a Queen’s General Bursary and demonstrated unmet need will now receive a $1,500 emergency bursary to help them address their immediate needs due to the impact of COVID-19.

The emergency funds for our international graduate students are only part of the bursary funding disbursed as part of the University’s response to COVID-19. The University continues to offer supplemental bursary assistance to students in an effort to help with immediate and short-term needs for those encountering extenuating and unplanned financial challenges as our community takes necessary steps to respond to COVID-19.

Please click here to read the full statement from the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic).

Canada Student Service Grant

The Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) brings together qualified post-secondary students and recent graduates with volunteer opportunities to support Canada’s response to COVID-19.

Harness your passion for a good cause, while expanding your skillset, with opportunities to learn about: creative writing, design, digital production, research and planning, communication and so much more.

Plus, you may be eligible to receive a grant—from $1,000 up to $5,000—in recognition of your service.

If you are receiving the Canada Emergency Student Benefit ($1,250/monthly, or higher for students with disabilities or dependents), you can still qualify for the CSSG.

To learn more or to apply, please check out iwanttohelp.org.

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19.

This benefit is for students who do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI).

To learn more or to apply, please check out the Canada Revenue Agency’s CESB portal.

Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB)

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

To learn more, or to apply, check out the Canada Revenue Agency’s CERB portal.

Email Ontario's Minister of Colleges and Universities as well as your local Member of Provincial Parliament

The SGPS has heard student voices related to getting the much-needed relief they need during this crisis.

While we continue to bring this issue forward with the administration, we have been repeatedly told that the provincial government must also play a role.

For that reason, we have created a campaign to send notice to the provincial government that tuition waivers should be granted to students for this upcoming term.

Please see the link below to access the emailer campaign that you can send to the Minister of Colleges and University and your area’s local MPP.

With the recent government announcement of the proposed Canada Emergency Student Benefit, we must continue to push forward to ensure that all graduate student voices are heard.

Click here to email Ontario’s Minister of Colleges and Universities as well as your local Member of Provincial Parliament

Email Your Member of Parliament

This webpage helps you email your Member of Parliament to let them know that Graduate Students need support.

Click here to email your Member of Parliament

Canadian Federation of Students' #Don'tForgetStudents Petition

This petition is asking the Government of Canada to provide income support to cover all students and recent graduates, regardless of prior work experience and income.

Click here to sign the Canadian Federation of Students’ #Don’tForgetStudents Petition

CFS Open Letter: Grad Students and COVID-19

Addressed to Federal Government, Provincial Governments, Canada’s Research Funding Councils, and University senior administrators, this letter outlines three key areas for action: implementing a tuition waiver for graduate students for spring/summer tuition, granting an extension on completion time for all graduate students, and extending all of Canada’s Tri-council grants and funding for graduate students.

The SGPS Executive team are signatories on this letter.

Click here to read the CFS Open Letter: Grad Students and COVID-19

PSAC 901 Petition to Suspend Summer Tuition for Graduate Students at Queen's University

Given the dynamic nature of the COVID-19 and the fact that information can change on an hourly basis, students should keep checking Queen’s COVID-19 Information Portal for the most up-to-date information.

For information regarding the planning around the Fall 2020 semester, please see this statement from the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic).

Information about Campus Services

Please click here to read information regarding Campus Services at Queen’s.

Please click to read information regarding Library Services at Queen’s.

The Human Rights and Equity team remains available to provide support and information for all members of the Queen’s community. Members are working remotely. Please direct inquiries to hrights@queensu.ca A member of our team will respond during regular business hours, Monday to Friday. General information can be found at https://www.queensu.ca/hreo/home To contact the Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Coordinator, please email bjl7@queensu.ca

Given the dynamic nature of the COVID-19 and the fact that information can change on an hourly basis, students should keep checking Queen’s School of Graduate Studies COVID-19 Information Portal for the most up-to-date information.

For information regarding the Fall 2020 semester, please see this page on the School of Graduate Studies website.

Queen's School of Graduate Studies COVID-19 FAQs

Click here to access Queen’s School of Graduate Studies COVID-19 FAQs page.

This page provides information for current, newly admitted, and applying students regarding:

  • Time to Completion, Examinations, & Course Requirements
  • Tuition
  • Convocation
  • How to Communication Concerns to SGS
  • and much more.
Information from the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

Given the dynamic nature of the COVID-19 and the fact that information can change on an hourly basis, students should keep checking the City of Kingston’s COVID-19 Information Portal for the most up-to-date information.

City of Kingston Services Information

Click here to access information about the impact of COVID-19 on the City of Kingston’s services.

This page provides information regarding:

  • Kingston Transit
  • Garbage & Recycling
  • Parking
  • Housing and Social Services
  • Emergency Food/Meal Program
  • Childcare
  • Kingston Frontenac Public Library
  • and much much more.
City of Kingston "Together, at home"

Use the Together, at Home: COVID-19 page to let the city, and your neighbours, know how residents and business are coming together while they’re at home. Have an idea for making the most of social distancing, or tips to self-isolate, yet stay connected, with your community? Share stories and ideas on this page! Even as we distance ourselves physically, let’s do our best to stay connected.

Click here to access City of Kingston “Together, at home”.