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FNTI COVID-19 Updates 

Financial Assistance Options Available to You During COVID Outbreak 

Dear Students, 

(April 9, 2020) -- During these uncertain times, even our regular stressors can reach new heights. This is particularly true when it comes to the financial security of our families. 

Many things are happening outside of our control. The current climate has created realities whereby regular working conditions are not possible. Our communities may be in lockdown. We have children at home and we are managing their school learning too. Access to food has changed dramatically. We need access to new and different technologies to work from home and learn from home, and to stay in touch with our relations while practicing social distancing. 

We are here to help. Here are some ways that you can access financial resources to adapt to these changes.  

  1. If you have been laid off, are employed but not being paid, self-employed, self-isolating/quarantined, caring for someone ill or children: 

Canada Emergency Relief Benefit 

This is a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to four months. 

To receive the benefit you must have had an income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of the application. 

You also must have been or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, you expect to have no employment income. 

People who are normally eligible for employment insurance (EI) can continue to apply through EI and Service Canada, and they will automatically be enrolled in CERB. 

Who can apply: 

Those eligible include those workers forced to stop working because of the outbreak, those sickened by COVID-19 and those who are not being paid but still have employment. 


March 15 to Oct. 3. The deadline for applications is Dec. 2. 


  1. If you have a student loan, there is an automatic deferral of repayment on Canada Student Loans. Ontario is also temporarily deferring payments for Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) loans. No need to apply. Deferral is automatic for those that are eligible. 


  1. Do you have children? 

Increase to the Canada Child Benefit 

Parents will receive an extra $300 per child. You will receive the benefit as part of your regular Canada Child Benefit (CCB) payment. 

Who can apply: 

Those already receiving the Canada Child Benefit. No need to apply. 


Expected to kick in May. 

Ontario has also launched support for families, a new program that provides one-time financial support for families to purchase educational materials during the current school and child care closures that are in effect due to COVID-19 (coronavirus outbreak). 

Under this new program, parents are eligible for a one-time per child payment of: 

  • $200 for children aged 0 to 12 

  • $250 for children or youth aged 0 to 21 with special needs 

Learn more about support for families


  1. Are you interested in tax credits? 

Goods and Services Tax credit payment 

One-time payment. Around $400 for singles, $600 for couples. 

Who can apply: 

For low to modest-income families. 

No need to apply. You will receive automatically if you’re eligible. 


  1. Do you own property? 

Mortgage payment deferral 

Homeowners facing financial stress may be eligible for a mortgage payment deferral up to 6 months. 

Who can apply: 

Your bank or your mortgage professional can tell you if you are eligible for a mortgage payment deferral. 


Program will be ongoing. Can apply at any time during outbreak. 

Contact your financial institution directly. 

  1. Community Resources 

Your community may have special funds available to its members at this time. Please contact your band office directly for more information. 

  1. Are you a student currently enrolled at FNTI? We have some specific resources to help. 

  1. Technology  

 So many households have experienced a surge in demand for electronics, computers and internet with multiple family members working and studying from home. If you need a computer or require assistance with finding internet solutions, please contact Shari Beaver ASAP. 

  1. FNTI Bursary 

We have extended the deadline for our FNTI Bursary application. You have until April 17 at 11:59 p.m. to submit. Approved applicants will have the funds deposited directly into their bank account by May 1. 

  1. FNTI Emergency Bursary Fund 

During this COVID-19 outbreak, we are making this fund accessible to students, even if they have already applied before. We recognize that there are many unforeseen and extra costs associated with our current reality. Completed emergency bursary fund forms will include detailed information of the assistance you are seeking, outlining associated costs. For example, if you are requesting assistance based on the fact that you need help paying for data plan overages, or internet access, please list these details and what they cost. This information is needed in order to process your application. Applicants over the $400 amount will be considered on a case by case basis. Detailed information is required. Approved applicants will have the funds deposited directly into their bank account. 

FNTI is here to help our students. If you would like to discuss these options, please reach out to Jennifer Low or Shari Beaver


Adam Hopkins 

Vice-President, Enrolment Management and Student Success 


Dear College Program Students, 

(April 6, 2020) Nya:wen – miigwetch – thank you for all of your patience as we mobilize the delivery of our final courses for the Spring 2020 academic term through the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Your cohort’s unique virtual learning plan is grounded in the importance of continued engagement between you, your instructors, cultural advisors, student success facilitators and each other. Even though the way in which we will be delivering is different from our last contact, our approach is still centred in maintaining relationships and how they support teaching, learning and healing in the ways you’ve come to know at FNTI.  

What is virtual learning?  

  • All of your academic classes and interactions with instructors, cultural advisors, student success facilitators and/or FNTI employees will be conducted remotely via online platforms, requiring computer and internet access (access to technical requirements can be facilitated through your student success facilitator).  

  • Virtual classroom management will be led by your assigned student success facilitator, from sign-on, class times, access to recordings, resource sharing and discussion coordination. Some cohorts may be temporarily assigned a new SSF. You can still access/chat with them through this new delivery.  

  • FNTI will be using the digital video conference platform Zoom in order to create an online community for your cohort to connect regularly.   

o   The platform is enabled to accommodate the presence and engagement of all of your peers, your instructor, cultural advisor and student success facilitator in real time and through recorded sessions.  

o   Zoom is free to students – you simply join a virtual classroom meeting as created by your student success facilitator. Please consult FNTI’s Zoom User Guide

o   Online videoconferencing allows us an amazing opportunity to connect, but it can be different than working face to face. Please consult FNTI’s Virtual Learning Etiquette Guide to set the foundation for respect and consideration in this new learning environment.  

o   You will be fully supported in learning how to use this new technology – your assigned SSF has become an expert! The IT help desk is also available to assist you, they even have after hours support! Further information will be provided by your SSF.  

Your Schedule  

  • Further details surrounding scheduled Zoom participation times will be sent to you by your designated student success facilitator. Please note that your designated SSF may not be the same one as before the pandemic outbreak – it is important that you refer to the communications you will be receiving beginning this week.  

  • While we hope that you will be able to join the scheduled participation times, we recognize that our new reality is not without challenges – child care, community commitments, work schedules, access to technology, etc. We encourage you to connect with your designated student success facilitator to discuss these issues and be reassured of alternate options that will keep you engaged with your classes, and able to complete mandatory assignments, evaluations, etc.  

This is a time of learning. We are learning how to manage uncertainties, a new way of life, new realities in our families and communities. Together, we are also learning how to learn virtually. We have taken every step that we can to complete this academic term as seamlessly as possible, without compromising the quality of your education, or the credential that you are earning.   

Our programs meet criteria set out by various accrediting bodies, partnering institutions and governmental directives -- we are very proud to say that our virtual learning plans are fully compliant. But, we do recognize that there will be bumps in the road to this new delivery. We are here to support you and your success. Please discuss any concerns directly with your designated student success facilitator. We’d also love to hear of best practices that might also enrich the delivery of our programs for your cohorts and others. 


Quick Guide: Student Success Facilitators Course Designations (full details in your FNTI inbox) 


Child and Youth Worker 

Child and Youth Worker – Peterborough 

CAYW 225 & GENE 123 

Alicia Lott 


Community Justice Services 

Community Justice Services – London 

CJS 210 

Rebecca Rolfe 


Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Year 1 – Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and Walpole Island 

SOC 100 & GED 105 

Gert Schreoder 

Early Childhood Education – Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory 

ECE 110 & HUM 200 

Gert Schreoder 


Social Services Worker 

Social Services Worker Year 1 – Rama and Sarnia 

SSW 103 & HUM 219 

Rebecca Rolfe 

Social Service Worker Year 1 – Rama and Oneida 

MHA 180 

Kristin Maracle 

Social Service Worker Year 2 – Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and Orillia 

GED 150 

Alicia Lott 

Social Service Worker Year 2 – Cochrane and Sarnia 

MHA 180 

Kristin Maracle 


Mental Health and Addiction Worker 

Mental Health and Addiction Worker Year 1 – Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and London 

MHA 113 & MHA 213 

Julie Brant 

Mental Health and Addiction Worker Year 2 – Cochrane and Walpole Island 

GED 150 

Julie Brant 



FNTI cultural advisors are now available by appointment! Please click on the names below to make an advanced appointment via email. Virtual connections can be made on the telephone, on Zoom, etc. 

 Everyone is also encouraged to visit our COVID-19 webpage regularly as well -- https://fnti.net/fnti-covid-19-considerations.  

Our full employee team has been working remotely and we are fully available to provide you with wraparound support. If you have any questions or concerns, please email sharib@fnti.net

Local Resources:   
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health   
KFL&A Public Health   

About the Coronavirus:   
World Health Organization Video: Coronavirus   
World Health Organization Video: How to Protect Yourself   

Other Important Resources:   
Government of Canada Public Health Agency   
Government of Canada’s Travel Advice and Advisories   
Public Health Ontario   
World Health Organization 


FNTI University Programs  

Students enrolled in university-level programs will receive communications and directions from their host/credentialing institution. FNTI encourages students to check the following links for the most up to date information.  

Bachelor of Social Work – Ryerson University  

Public Administration and Governance – Ryerson University  

Professional Masters of Public Administration – Queen's University  

Masters of Social Work – Wilfrid Laurier University 


Student & Family Online Wellness Resources 

It can be a very stressful time for everyone during a pandemic outbreak. As we all make every attempt to incorporate social distancing into our daily lives, click on the image below for some resources that may be valuable to your families. 

Student & Family Online Wellness Resources

With care, 

FNTI Student Services