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Covid-19: Fincancial Supports

(Current as of April 17, 2020)




How to Access

BC Hydro

Bill deferral, payment plans, as well as crisis funding is available.

Call 1-800-BC-HYDRO or apply online.

No rent increases are allowed in BC, effective April 1.

No action needed. Contact RTB with questions.

Provides up to $500/month towards rent, paid directly to landlords.

Immediate halt on all evictions, except for extreme case involving safety concerns and court-ordered evictions.

No action needed. Contact RTB with questions.

Check with your lender about payment deferral options.

Check with your lender

Existing shelters still active and additional emergency options may be available.

Call 2-1-1  or search online.

Income Supplement and Other Financial Support

*IMPORTANT NOTE: To access financial supports you MUST file your 2019 taxes. 

The CRA has up-to-date guides on how to file your taxes quickly online



How to Access

Existing EI benefit continues to be available. Provides up to $573/week to people who have lost income.

One-week waiting period has been waived.

$500/week for 16 weeks to workers who have lost their income and do not qualify for EI.

One-time additional tax-free payment of $1000 to those on EI or CERB.

Check back for application instructions.

Additional one-time boost of up to $564 for eligible families of 4 and $218 for eligible individuals in an enhanced payment in July. Children under 18 years old must be registered for the CCB to qualify.

No other action is needed; benefit is paid out according to your income tax return.

Available for Indigenous students at public post-secondary institutions can apply for non-repayable emergency assistance that can be used to help with a broad range of costs, including living expenses, groceries, cell phone bills, childcare, medical, dental, optical, and travel costs for family crisis or community obligations.

Contact your school’s financial aid office or Indigenous Student Service Centre to apply. See backgrounder for contact list.

Monthly payment deferral for up to 90 days with no penalty.

Call 1-800-665-6442 or apply online.

Fare-free boarding on all buses. Enter through rear of the bus, unless accessible loading is required.

Financial Support For SENIORS:

COVID-19 Crisis Supplement: Low-income seniors who receive the B.C. Senior’s Supplement will receive an additional $300/month boost for three months.

No action required, support boosts will be applied to next payments automatically. More info here.

Existing federal programs continue to be available, including:
– Canada Pension Plan Retirement Pension
– Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit
– Old Age Security (OAS): $614/mo (max)
– Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS): $916/mo (max)
– Allowance / Allowance for Survivor: $1389/mo (max)

🍁 Eligible seniors can apply online if they are not already enrolled.

Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs): Minimum withdrawals from Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) has been reduced by 25% for 2020.🍁 Learn more here.

bc211 is available for seniors who need support with non-medical essentials, like grocery pick-up and drop off. Call 2-1-1 or visit online.

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