B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers
Provides a one-time $1,000 payment to people who lost income because of COVID-19
Who is eligible: BC residents who receive federal Employment Insurance (EI), or the new federal Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) are eligible (see those eligibility criteria below under CERB)
How it works: Apply at link above and show proof of EI or CERB benefits. Direct deposit or cheque in the mail after your application is approved.
Available: not yet announced (not open yet).
Climate Action Tax Credit
- A one-time enhancement to the already-existing climate action tax credit
- An adult will receive up to $218.00 (increased from $43.50)
- A child will receive $64.00 (increased from $12.75)
Who is eligible: everyone
How it works: automatically, to everyone who already receives this tax credit, by direct deposit or mailed cheque.
Renter and Homeowner Stimulus
- A temporary rent supplement will provide up to $500 per month
Who is eligible: renters and homeowners who have lost income
How it works: Once approved, your $500 goes directly to your landlord or lender
Available: Mid April
BC Student Loans
- BC student loan payments are automatically frozen for six months
Who is eligible: everyone with student loans
How it works: Automatically
Available: March 30 – September 30
BC Hydro: Customer Assistance Program
Suspending all cancellations due to non-payment of bills
Providing payment plans for bill payment with no penalty
BC Hydro: COVID-19 Relief Fund
- One free credit per household on a Hydro bill
Who is eligible: Customers of BC Hydro who had accounts prior to March 31experiencing job loss, illness or lost wages due to COVID-19; those taking care of ill members; caretakers of children who require supervision because of closures.
How it works: Apply through link above when available and provide proof of COVID impact (such as EI or CERB approval).
Available: week of April 6 (projected)
BC Hydro: Customer Crisis Fund
Grants up to $600 to go towards hydro bills
- Who is eligible: Customers of BC Hydro who had accounts prior to March 31 and who don’t qualify for the Relief Fund. You can apply for both the Customer Assistance Program and the Crisis Fund.
How it works: Apply through link above when applications open.
- Available: week of April 6 (projected)
ICBC AutoPay Payment Deferral
- A deferral of payment on Autopay monthly payment plans, for 3 months
- Who is eligible: Customers of ICBC who are signed up for AutoPay (direct debiting from your account to pay or your vehicle insurance)
How it works: Apply through the Online Resource Tool in the link above, at least one day before your next bill. You need to pay the remaining balance in full once your deferral is over (i.e: if you defer for 75 days, you need to pay up in full the entire 75 days’ worth of payment then. If you cannot, you can again apply for deferral).
Tax Relief for Businesses
The following provincial taxes have been deferred, delayed, or reduced:
- Deferred Tax Payments for Businesses
- Delayed PST Budget 2020 Tax Changes
- Delayed Carbon Tax Increase
- Reduced School Tax for Businesses
BC Income and Disability Assistance
- A temporary disability benefits supplement will provide up to $300 per month
Who is eligible: Those who receive Disability Assistance, Comforts Allowance, and BC Senior’s Supplement and who do not qualify for EI or CERB.
How it works: Automatically. Your monthly benefit goes up by an additional $300 for 3 months.