Federal Canadian student loans resumed repayment and started collecting interest again in October 2020 after being paused on March 30. In response, the British Columbia Federation of Students (BCFS), which represents more than 170,000 students across the province, started a petition asking the federal government to stop collecting interest on student loans altogether, calling it a “tax on low- and middle-income students and families.”
Canada is already experiencing a deadly third wave of COVID-19. But the rise of the P1 variant threatens to make the pandemic worse. Governments and the public will have to act fast to prevent further spread of a scarier variant.