COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • Individuals on income assistance or disability assistance that are not eligible for the CERB will get an automatic $300 monthly crisis supplement for the next three months. This supplement will also be provided to low-income seniors who receive the B.C. Senior’s Supplement.

  • The Province will also provide all BC Bus Pass Program users receiving income assistance and disability assistance with a $52 Transportation Supplement. This will be included on the next cheque.

  • The Government of British Columbia is also providing a $3-million emergency grant to Food Banks British Columbia who will distribute the money among food banks province wide to support their needs to buy and distribute food, pay employees and cover other costs.

  • On May 20, 2020, the Government of British Columbia announced a partnership to build 40 urgently needed supportive homes for people experiencing homelessness in Kelowna.

  • On July 6, 2020, the Government of British Columbia announced the extension of federal employment insurance exemptions and the provincial temporary crisis supplement. These extensions will help ensure people on income or disability assistance and low-income seniors will continue to have access to the supports they need during the pandemic. This exemption, which now includes the CERB (effective May 1, 2020), has been extended for the duration of these federal emergency support programs so that eligible people will continue to fully benefit without any reductions to their monthly income or disability assistance payments.

  • On August 17th, the Province announced that it is extending the provincial temporary crisis supplement for people on income or disability assistance and low-income seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. No action is required from people. The temporary $300 crisis supplement will continue to be automatically applied to cheques distributed Sept. 23, Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16.

  • For more information, see the Government of British Columbia’s news releases of April 2, 2020, May 20, 2020; July 6, 2020 and August 17, 2020.[360][361][362][363]

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