Continuing Studies Emergency Benefit


York University has created the Continuing Studies Emergency Benefit as an urgent response to the economic devastation caused by COVID-19. The Benefit aims to remove financial barriers that prevent qualified individuals in need to gain immediate access to high quality, accelerated online university credentials.

We will award seventeen individuals with a $1,500 toward their School of Continuing Studies certificate tuition. This $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.

UPDATE: Thanks to a generous donation, we’ve increased the Continuing Studies Emergency Benefit to assist an additional seven individuals  in accessing our continuing studies programs. We will now be awarding 24 individuals in total with $1,500 to go towards their certificate.

The Benefit can be applied to any online certificate program that starts in May. Programs on offer are:

Part-Time Programs

  • Certificate in Big Data Analytics
  • Certificate in Cloud Computing Strategy
  • Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals
  • Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security
  • Certificate in Digital Marketing
  • Certificate in Human Resources Management
  • Certificate in Risk Management
  • Certificate in User Experience (UX) Design

Full-Time Programs

  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Administration
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management

Deadline to Apply: April 30, 2020

Value of Benefit: $1,500 CDN


  • Applicants must have been approved by the Federal government for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to be considered for the Continuing Studies Emergency Benefit. For more information on the CERB, please click here and to apply please click here.
  • Applicants must also meet the admission requirements of the certificate program to which they would like to apply the Benefit
  • Candidates will be selected based on their fit with the program

Application Instructions

  • On the application form, you will be asked to attach a current resume, or a link to your LinkedIn profile, and write a 300-word-maximum statement of purpose
  • You will also be required to select and rank your top 3 programs of interest. While we will make every effort to ensure placement in your first program of choice, programs are limited in space and are therefore subject to availability
  • The deadline to apply is April 30, 2020

Continue to Application

If you are a currently enrolled student who has been financially impacted by COVID-19, please visit the York University Emergency Bursary page.