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My work in BC has been affected by COVID-19. What benefits am I eligible for?

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Updated
13, 04-2021

We have made a table to help you figure out what benefits you may be eligible for. Be sure to check government sites for complete eligibility requirements.


 

My Situation

Financial Help Available

I have lost my job

Employment Insurance - after Sept 26, 2021

BC Recovery Benefit - one time, tax-free payment of up to $1000 to eligible individuals and families. You have until June 30, 2021 to apply

Canada Recovery Benefit - for those ineligible for EI benefits after Sept 26

I have reached my maximum 28 weeks of CERB

Canadians already receiving benefits through Service Canada will be transitioned to the EI program once they have received the maximum CERB benefits for which they are entitled. Those who believe they are entitled to EI will need to apply through Service Canada after September 26.  See HERE to learn more.

 

For those ineligible for EI benefits after Sept 26, they may be able to apply for the Canada Recovery Benefit.

 

BC Recovery Benefit - one time, tax-free payment of up to $1000 to eligible individuals and families. You have until June 30, 2021 to apply

I can’t work because I have to take care of children or a sick relative

You may be eligible for the Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit

My EI benefits just ran out or are about to run out

You may be able to apply for the Canada Recovery Benefit.

I am sick with COVID-19 or am in quarantine

You may be eligible for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit

I just came off of maternal/paternal leave

If you cannot return to work after your maternity/paternity leave because of COVID-19, you may still be eligible for EI or the Canada Recovery Benefit depending on your situation

I am a student or recently graduated and job opportunities are scarce

Youth Canada Job Bank

Student Loan payment and interest suspension

Canada Student Grant

I am self-employed or a contractor and do not qualify for EI

You may be able to apply for the Canada Recovery Benefit.

I lost a lot of work but still make some money or I lost one job but still have another job.

You may be able to apply for the Canada Recovery Benefit.

I still have my job but my hours have been significantly or entirely reduced

You may be able to apply for the Canada Recovery Benefit.

I am a seasonal worker

For those ineligible for EI benefits after Sept 26, they may be able to apply for the Canada Recovery Benefit.

I am looking for a job

Visit the Government of Canada Job Bank


I am looking for additional financial support

Recovery Benefit - one time, tax-free payment of up to $1000 to eligible individuals and families. You have until June 30, 2021 to apply.