The BC Temporary Rental Supplement Program ended as of August 31, 2020.
Renters who are still experiencing a loss of income may also be eligible for either the Rental Assistance Program or the Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) programs, which provide ongoing rental assistance for lower income families and seniors.
Details and full eligibility requirements can be found on the BC Housing Rental Assistance page, or call BC Housing at 604-433-2218 or toll-free from anywhere in B.C. at 1-800-257-7756.
The BC Government’s ban on issuing evictions for non-payment of rent officially ended on September 1, 2020. Landlords will be able to issue a Notice to End Tenancy for unpaid rent or utilities if the tenant fails to pay full rent after August 17, 2020 (for most renters that would be September 1, 2020) or the tenant has failed to pay rent due before March 18, 2020. To assist in repayment of any outstanding rent fees, the province has developed a Rent Repayment Plan
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, 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.