In British Columbia, the new BC Emergency Benefit for Workers will provide a one-time, tax free $1,000 payment to BC residents whose ability to work has been affected by the outbreak. This benefit is for both EI eligible and non-eligible workers (such as the self-employed) who have been laid off, are sick or quarantined, are caring for sick family members, or are parents staying home to watch kids because schools and child care centres are closed.
86% of residents will also receive extra money from the increased and expanded BC Climate Action Tax Credit in July 2020. Eligible families of four will receive up to $564 and eligible individuals will receive an enhanced payment of up to $218.
BC residents receiving Income Assistance, Disability Assistance, Comfort Allowance, and the BC Senior’s Supplement will also automatically receive an extra $300 in April, May, and June if they are not receiving EI or the CERB.
See all BC financial support measures.