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 from April to August 2020 (which will go directly to landlords) to those who qualify.
You should still pay your rent if you can.The BC Government plans to lift the ban on issuing evictions for non-payment of rent ahead of 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 September 1, 2020. To assist in repayment, 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 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.