COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • In July 2020, a one-time enhancement to the climate action tax credit will be paid for moderate to low-income families. Adults receive up to $218.00, and children receive $64.00. The tax credit will be paid automatically through the CRA.
  • For more information, please see the Government of British Columbia’s “Financial Supports in Response to COVID-19” website.[369]

B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers

  • The B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers program provides a one-time $1,000 payment to people who lost income because of COVID-19.
  • Residents of B.C. who receive federal Employment Insurance or the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (replacing the federal Emergency Care Benefit and the federal Emergency Support Benefit) are eligible or, if the workers are not eligible for these benefits, based on certain criteria such as lay-offs, self-employment, voluntary quarantine, etc.
  • The government announced on April 23, 2020, that an application portal for the benefit will be opened on May 1, 2020. To be eligible, people must:
    • have been a resident of British Columbia on March 15, 2020;
    • meet the eligibility requirements for the CERB;
    • have been approved for the CERB;
    • be at least 15 years old on the date of application;
    • have filed, or agree to file, a 2019 B.C. income tax return; and
    • not be receiving provincial income assistance or disability assistance.
  • For more information, please see the Government of British Columbia’s “Financial Supports in Response to COVID-19” website. Applications are available here.[370][371]

Changes to the Employment Standards Act

  • The BC legislature passed two changes to the Employment Standards Act on March 23, 2020.
  • The changes allow workers to take unpaid, job-protected leave if they are unable to work for reasons relating to COVID-19.
  • Workers can take this leave for as long as the circumstances that require them to be away from work apply.
  • C. also implemented a permanent change to provide up to three days of unpaid, job-protected leave each year for people who cannot work due to illness or injury.
  • For more information, see the CBC news release of March 23, 2020.[372]

Support for Tenants and Landlords

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