Living Assistance

School can be expensive. The following programs may assist you with covering the cost of living, food, energy and other expenses.

Canada Learning Bond

There is opportunity for low-income families to take advantage of the federal government's Canada Learning Bond. By simply opening an RESP and getting a social insurance number for their child, families can receive a total of $2000, without having to contribute any money directly. 

Thunder Bay Good Food Box Program

The Good Food Box Program is a non-profit program for families and individuals who want to purchase quality, fresh, local produce at a lower price than shopping at grocery stores. You can purchase a family box for $25 or an individual box for $15.

LUSU Peoples Potato

Held by Lakehead University Student Union every Thursday from 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., outside the Outpost. Everyone is asked to bring own plate and cutlery. Meal is FREE!

LUSU Food Bank

The food bank is open Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.- Students may take 1 bag of food once every 30 days, or 2 bags if they have children. Contact the Food Bank Coordinator at 343-8888 Ext. 8850 or email is for more information.

A List of Food Programs and Food Banks

There are many programs offered in and around Thunder Bay that provide food for free or for deeply discounted!