FAQ

What is the Canada Comeback Challenge?
The Canada Comeback Challenge creates opportunities for post-secondary students to contribute to Canada’s COVID-19 recovery while gaining valuable work-integrated learning (WIL) experience. Through a fun, skill-building national competition in an entirely online format, student teams will tackle real-world problems facing employers in Canada’s public, private, and non-profit sectors and compete for a chance to pitch their ideas to an esteemed panel of judges.

Why do we need the Canada Comeback Challenge?
The time is right for students and employers to work together to address the unprecedented transformation brought about by COVID-19. This federally-funded initiative, announced by Prime Minister Trudeau in June as part of a $9 billion support package for post-secondary students and recent graduates, empowers students, links them with employers and increases Canada’s capacity to address the social and economic challenges brought about by the global pandemic.

Do students need a team before they sign up?
No, by creating an account on studentchallenge.bher.ca before the sign-up deadline on October 4, students will have time to network with peers across Canada to find those with similar project interests to collaborate and build a team of 2-10 people.

Is there any financial support available for individuals or teams? 
Yes. A full list of eligible expenses will be made available to participants no later than Monday, October 5. 

Are recent graduates eligible to participate? 
Yes. As long as they have graduated since December 2019. 

Are international students eligible to participate?
Yes, as long as they are currently enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary institution.

Do students have to be in their first degree or diploma to participate? 
At least 50% of the team must be students in their first degree or diploma. The other half of the team can be students enrolled in graduate or professional studies.