COVID-19 Provincial Benefits Summary

Support for Individuals






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Emergency Benefit for Workers

  • British Columbians who are eligible for Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) as a result of COVID-19 impact
  • Must be BC resident as of March 15, 2020 and must file 2019 income tax return to prove BC residency
    • One-time payment of $1,000
    • Applications commence May 1, 2020 and end on December 2, 2020
    • See BC provincial website to apply online: BC Emergency Benefit

Enhanced Climate Action Tax Credit

  • British Columbians who:
  • Are 19 years of age or older,
  • Have a spouse or common-law partner
  • Are a parent residing with their child
    • One-time enhanced July 2020 payment is:
    • Up to $218 (an increase of up to $174.50 from the regular tax credit amount) for you, your spouse or common-law partner, or your first child in a single parent family
    • Up to $64 (an increase of up to $51.25 from the regular tax credit amount), for each additional child
    • Subject to income threshold limit
      • File 2019 income tax return
      • More details on BCCATC available:  BCCATC

BC Hydro COVID-19 Relief

  • Residential customers not working due to COVID-19 may be eligible for Relief Fund
  • For customers facing temporary financial hardship and possible disconnection of service due to job loss, illness, or loss of family member may be eligible for Customer Criss Fund
  • Customers experiencing hardship but not eligible for Relief Fund may be eligible for Customer Assistance Program
    • Relief Fund allows eligible residential customers to receive a credit equal to three times your monthly average BC Hydro bill
    • Customer Crisis Fund provides a grant towards overdue balances (maximum grant for electricity is $600; maximum grant for natural gas is $500)
    • Online application until June 30,2020 for Relief Fund and Crisis Fund
    • Contact BC Hydro for Customer Assistance Program
    • More details available:  COVID-19 Relief Fund Customer Crisis Fund Customer Assistance Program

Fortis BC Covid-19 Customer Recovery Fund

  • Residential customers experiencing loss of employment, livelihood or voluntary leave due to COVID-19



  • Bills automatically deferred, from April 1 to June 30, 2020
  • Deferred payments not subject to interest and penalties
  • Online or telephone application until June 30, 2020
  • More details available:  Customer Recovery Fund

ICBC (BC Public Auto insurance)

  • Holders of personal and business BC auto insurance
    • Defers scheduled ICBC insurance payments for 90 days
    • Apply on ICBC website at least 1 day prior to scheduled payment
    • ICBC Auto Insurance

BC Temporary Rental Supplement

  • Individual tenants (eligible law- and moderate-income renters)
    • Provides up to $500 per month of rental support, amount is paid directly to landlord
    • Application to be completed by both tenant and landlord
    • Apply on-line with BC Housing:  BC Temporary Rent Supplement

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