Emergency Aid

Emergency Grocery Card Program

The Emergency Grocery Card Program has been established by the GSS to provide limited assistance to graduate students in urgent financial need. It is not meant to replace the services offered by the university (including SFU’s bursary program for graduate students), food banks, or long-term remedies for graduate students’ financial needs.

The GSS values its non-judgmental position as the provider of this program; it is understood that graduate students’ needs for accessing this program are numerous and that the items that may be purchased with the grocery card are at the discretion of the student recipient.

Please note that it may take up to two (2) business days for a grocery card to be made available.

Please be aware that there is limited funding for this program and that the GSS may not always have grocery cards available. The GSS assumes no responsibility for lost or stolen grocery cards.

Important to note: The GSS reserves the right to reject any application that does not meet the program terms. The GSS also reserves the right to modify this program without notice.

In keeping with the temporary emergency nature of this program, students will be eligible for a maximum of 6 cards per the length of a PhD program, a maximum of 3 cards per the length of a Master’s program, a maximum of 2 cards per the length of a Graduate Diploma program lasting over one academic year, and a maximum of 1 card per the length of a Graduate Diploma program lasting one academic year or less*.

*A GSS committee is reviewing the EGC limit over the Graduate Diploma program and the decision will be informed on this webpage as soon as it is reached.

The GSS Emergency Grocery Card Program offers to an individual graduate student a maximum of one (1) $50 card per semester. Cards do not expire. You can complete the application by filling out this online application form.

For further assistance, check out this comprehensive list of other local resources: Community Resources. In this document, you will find descriptions and contact info for organizations and services in MetroVancouver to help with families and children, financial need, food support, legal assistance, and more.