Coast Mountain Students’ Union provides emergency funds for international students

May 11, 2020
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Coast Mountain College International students can now apply for a $100 grocery store gift card thanks to a $10,000 donation from the Coast Mountain Students’ Union.

International students have been particularly impacted by COVID-19 because they do not currently qualify for the the Canadian Emergency Student Benefit. In response, the Canadian Government recently removed a 20-hour work week restriction to help International students improve their financial security.

“This relief fund is for international students as there are very little relief benefits for them,” says Christopher Blois, Chair, Coast Mountain Students’ Union. Last month the CMTN Foundation made available $40,000 in grocery store gift cards to help students. This additional funding from the Coast Mountain Students’ Union is intended to help students who have not yet received this or other kinds of emergency relief from Coast Mountain College.

“On behalf of the college and CMTN Foundation we truly appreciate this generous donation to help Coast Mountain College students get through this trying and uncertain time. This will help international students bridge the gap for their day to day living needs,” says Brian Badge, Executive Director, Advancement and Foundation CAO.

For more information on this relief fund and to apply, contact Allison Conway, Financial Aid Officer at

A reminder where to find resources

Just a reminder that there are a number of resources for staff AND students on CMTN’s dedicated COVID-19 page located at Here, students can find helpful answers by clicking on the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) tab and access a wide array of information on the drop-down menu.

Media contact

Brian Badge
Executive Director, Advancement
Cell: 250-641-2483