Dear Health Sciences Students,

We hope you are all doing well given the circumstances. We are truly sorry that you have had to suspend your research due to precautions taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In line with recommended precautions by the University and public health officials, the HSGSA has suspended all in person meetings, events, and office hours. 

We have set up a closed Facebook group, only open to HSGSA students to provide support during this difficult time. We want students to have a platform to seek support and socialize with their fellow students. We recognize that the suspension of research and social activities might cause isolation and the associated side effects including deterioration of mental health caused from social distancing.

As the current executive team, we would like to offer our support in any way that we can. We hope to organize web based social activities based on student interest (eg. Netflix parties, video games, etc.), we want to help students who might require assistance in finding resources, and/or help directly by providing rides for essential activities for example. Feel free to post on the Facebook group or contact us directly if you are interested in being a part of social activites or require assistance.  

Below is information on various resources:

Mental Health Resources

U of M

Latest information of COVID-19 from the University of Manitoba: 

Government of Manitoba Supports

Virtual Therapy Program:

The anxiety disorders of Manitoba Phone line: Monday-Friday (9AM-9PM), Weekends (10AM-4PM): 204-925-0040

“Manitobans helping Manitobans”- resource for those who require help or want to help the community:

Government of Manitoba COVID-19 updates:

Summer Term Fees

The University has waived the SPORT AND REC FEE.

The Sport and Recreation Fee will not be applied to tuition for Summer Term 2020. No action by the student is required. If fees have been paid, a refund will be processed, otherwise this fee will not be applied.

Federal Support

Canadian Emergency Response Benefit

  • If you have stopped working because of COVID-19
  • If you had employment income of at least $5000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of application
  • If you have not quit your job voluntarily
  • Cannot have earned more than $1000 in employment income for 14 or more consecutive days within the four-week benefit period of your first claim
  • Cannot have earned more than 1,000 in employment income for the entire for week benefit of your claim for subsequent claims

Canadian Emergency Student Benefit

Post-secondary students and recent graduates who are ineligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit or for Employment Insurance, but who are unable to find full-time employment or are unable to work due to COVID-19, the government proposes to introduce the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). The CESB would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students from May through August 2020, and $1,750 for students with dependants and those with permanent disabilities.

This new grant would provide income support to post-secondary students who will experience financial hardship over the Summer due to COVID-19. The CESB will be delivered by CRA. Students may earn up to $1,000 a month while also receiving federal aid

Information for International Students

Extension of study permits

You have to apply to extend your study permits at least 30 days before it expires

International student centre at UofM

Meetings with international student advisors will take place by email or a pre-schedules Zoom meeting. To make an appointment please email with your name and student number.

There are weekly support chats for international students that can be accessed from the website.

Work Permits

International students are temporarily allowed to work more than 20 hours per week during the summer academic session (until August 31, 2020)

Executive Emails:

Akshi Malik:

Marina Costa:

Toby Le:

Javad Alizadeh:

Muhammad Aldhshan:

Shayan Amiri: 

Stay inside, stay sane, and please feel free to contact any of our executives directly if you have any questions. 

Thank you,

The HSGSA Executive Team