You should try to pay for rent whenever you can. The BC government has set up a program that will provide a BC temporary rent supplement program of $300 for households with no dependents and $500 for households with dependents for the months of April, May and June 2020 (which will go directly to landlords) to those who qualify.
To learn more about the program see www.bchousing.org/BCTRS or call 778-452-2836 or 1-877-757-2577. To apply see HERE. Also, see BC Housing’s BC Temporary Rental Supplement Program FAQ.
You should still pay your April and/or May rent if you can. While you cannot be evicted for not paying your rent now, that does not mean you cannot be evicted for outstanding rent once the emergency is over. Both landlords and tenants are in a tough spot so try to work out a plan with your landlord.
Go to the Residential Tenancy Branch for more information on housing and COVID-19.
If you have lost your job as a result of COVID-19 Coronavirus, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the provincial and federal governments. See HERE for a list of BC programs designed to provide financial support.
See HERE for a list of federal programs.