The BC Emergency Benefit for Workers, introduced in late March as part of the provincial government's COVID-19 Action Plan, will begin accepting applications as of May 1, 2020. This benefit will provide a one-time, tax-free payment of $1,000 to BC residents who have had their ability to work affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
To eligible for this benefit, you must:
- be a resident of BC on March 1, 2020
- meet the eligibility requirements for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and be approved to receive it
- be at least 15 years of age on the date of application
- have filed or agree to file a 2019 BC income tax return
- not be receiving other provincial income assistance or disability assistance
Proof of eligibility requirements will not be required at the time of application. However, eligibility will be verified and applicants may be required to provide documentation at a later date. Those who are found to have received the benefit payment despite being ineligible may be required to repay the full amount with penalties and interest.
- Your Social Insurance Number, Individual Tax Number, or Temporary Tax Number
- Your direct deposit information
The benefit is being issued by direct deposit only and applicants will receive payment within 10 days of the application being accepted.
How to Apply
- Online applications open on May 1, 2020.
- Those without internet access can apply by phone as of May 4, 2020. Due to high call volume, those who can are encouraged to apply online.
Learn more about other support being provided by the provincial government here.