Canada Emergency Grant Program

For expenses that put your education in jeopardy, we’re here and want to help.

WHAT IS COVERED?

Our emergency grant is for unexpected financial obligations that impact you directly and prevent you from attending school. The grant is not for tuition and fees.

HOW MUCH CAN I GET?

Up to $1,000 CAD

The grant maximum is $1,000 CAD for the majority of expenses, and $500 CAD for food.

HOW FAST CAN I GET A GRANT?

1–3 business days

Processing times may take longer during surges and in cases where documentation or payment information is missing.

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

 

  • Be a current postsecondary undergraduate student enrolled fulltime
  • Be a current Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship Recipient
  • Have unexpected financial difficulties which may impact enrollment in school
  • Be able to upload a course schedule* to verify enrollment
  • Be able to upload documentation of eligible expense**

* Course schedule must include student name, school name, courses and credit hours for each course.
** Eligible expenses must have been incurred within thirty (30) days of application submission to be considered for reimbursement. Expenses
are for onetime emergency need situations and not meant to address long standing challenges. Students may select only one eligible expense category on the application. Acceptable documentation for eligible expense includes bills, invoices, and receipts. Documentation must include student name, third party name, address and phone number, itemized list of expense(s) and total expense.

The program will open on or after January 22, 2024, and the application deadline is May 15, 2024, or until all cycle funds have been disbursed; whichever occurs first.

Before you apply, check out what’s covered.

If your expense is covered, apply now. If not, keep scrolling for a list of resources that might be able to help.

What is Eligible?

  • Housing/Rent/Utilities
  • Medical/Dental
  • Childcare
  • Transportation/Car Repair (not gas or insurance)
  • Technology/Computer/Wi-Fi
  • Public transportation/Travel
  • Required course materials, not covered by the AFE scholarship
  • Books, not covered by the AFE scholarship
  • Professional tutoring for coursework, not covered by the AFE scholarship
  • Food/Groceries (grant limited to $500)

What is Not Eligible?

  • Tuition and fees
  • Extracurricular event sponsorship (ex: Amazon sponsoring a club event)
  • Non-profit donations
  • Tech conferences not sponsored by Amazon

APPLICATION TIP: SUBMIT YOUR LARGEST ELIGIBLE EXPENSE

Because we can only accept one application per grant cycle, we recommend you submit your largest eligible expense.

Ready to apply?

This will take 10 minutes and a few specific items.

Application Checklist Application Checklist

HAVE THESE ITEMS ON HAND BEFORE YOU START.

  1. 1. Documentation of Expenses
    • Can be a bill, estimate, or invoice
  2. 2. Proof of enrollment
    • Can be a current course schedule, picture or scan of college acceptance letter, letter from registrar’s office, or screenshot of a student-only portal
    • Must include institution name and term dates
  3. 3. College student ID
    • Must include a student ID number (see “Documentation” in our FAQ section if you don’t have one)
    • No picture or scan is needed

APPLICATION TIP: BE AS SPECIFIC AS POSSIBLE

It’s more likely that we’ll be able to approve your request if you explain your emergency in detail. For example, “My car broke down” isn’t enough information. Instead say, “My car broke down and I’m not able to drive to work.”

Application Process

Out of respect for your situation, we make the process as fast and simple as possible.

1

COMPLETE APPLICATION

This is a rolling application, so apply quickly, because funds can (and do) run out.

2

WAIT FOR APPROVAL

We’ll let you know if your request was approved within one business day. You will be required to provide your SIN.

3

RECEIVE PAYMENT

If your request was approved, you’ll receive the funds within three business days.

Commonly Asked Questions

Still have questions? Here are the ones we get asked most often.

Amazon Future Engineer Emergency Grant – Canada

How is the grant money provided?

Grants will be sent to your home address via an overnighted check. If you request if approved, you will receive an email with an approval memo and instructions on how to send your SIN.


What if my bills are in my parents’ name(s)?

No problem there. In the application, you will be asked to provide a short description of your emergency. Use this space to explain why the bill is in your parent’s name (e.g. you’re living at home or it’s a shared account).


Can I still be reimbursed for an expense that I paid for over 30 days ago?

Unfortunately, no. The 30-day timeframe ensures that we’re prioritizing students in immediate emergency situations.


If you need additional information to process my application, how much time do I have to submit it?

You have two weeks from when you submitted the application to provide the information needed to complete your application. If we do not receive the information in time, your application will be closed, and you will need to wait until the next cycle to submit another application.


The expense I need help with is bundled with another service. Can I still get a grant?

If approved, the grant can be used to pay 50% of a bundled bill.


Why is food only covered up to $500?

Emergency grants are designed to address short-term emergencies and cover grocery needs up to $500.

What if I don’t have a student ID yet?

Contact us at the email at the bottom of this page and you will receive instructions for how to submit your application without a student ID number.


How can I confirm my enrollment if I’m a first-year student and haven’t registered for classes yet?

Here are some acceptable forms of proof of student enrollment:

  • Picture or scan of college acceptance letter
  • Picture or scan of letter from registrar’s office
  • Screenshot of student-only portal
What happens if I’m waiting a long time for a decision?

Applicants will standardly receive first contact and/or approval within one (1) business day of submitting an application. However, we often experience surges that may require additional time. Just know that we do our best to review all applications as quickly as possible, and you will be notified via email as soon as a decision is made.

Is an emergency grant taxable?

Grants may be considered taxable income. Scholarship America will be sending a T4A slip. Work with a tax advisor to determine if your grant is taxable

Not eligible for an emergency grant? Help is still out there.

Crisis Text Line

If you’re struggling with stress, anxiety, or depression, text CONNECT to 686868.

Funds administered by Scholarship America.

At Scholarship America, we have one passion—every student. That includes students who have to choose between paying a bill and staying in school.

We don’t believe any student should have that weight put on their shoulders. And that’s why we provide financial support, thanks to the partnerships we have with our donors and other passionate organizations.