Students typically take home at least $25K. Our funding is in the form of scholarships so they are normally not taxed. Some students earn other awards (e.g. OGS, SSHRC) or take on additional research assistance work, which we don’t require but may help to build a CV.
In later years, students may decide to gain teaching experience, which can be useful on the academic job market. At no point do we require any of our students to do any TA or RA work – we want students to be well funded and free to make choices that put their own training and productivity first. We also provide $8,000 to students over their PhD careers to present research at conferences and $3,000 to help defray thesis expenses. Students are provided a photocopying budget and a dedicated workspace too.