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What financial support is available during the COVID-19 outbreak?

24, 07-2020

There are a number of provincial and federal programs that have been developed to assist people who have had their income affected by the COVID-19 crisis. For a list of programs and supports for workers, see this table.

See HERE for a list of BC programs designed to provide financial support. The B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers will provide a one-time $1,000 payment to people who lost income because of COVID-19. Applications opened May 1, 2020. To qualify you need to be a BC resident on March 15, 2020, and are at least 15 years old when you apply, have been approved to receive the CERB, have filed (or agree to file) your 2019 tax return, and not be receiving provincial income or disability assistance. 

See HERE for a list of federal programs. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will provide $500 a week for up to 16 weeks for eligible workers. Applications are open as of April 6, 2020. 

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit provides eligible post-secondary students and recent highschool and post-secondary graduates with monthly financial support between $1,250 and $2,000 for up to 24 weeks, depending on whether the student has dependents or a disability. Applications are open as of May 15, 2020.

Keep checking government sources as new programs are being announced almost every day.

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