Provincial support for individuals
B.C.’s COVID-19 Action Plan includes immediate measures to help individuals and families cope with potential illness, financial strain or precarious employment. It also adds funding to key services, such as health care, housing and social services, to make sure they continue to support British Columbians and help contain the spread of COVID-19
BC Hydro crisis fund
- If your total amount owing is less than $1000, you may be eligible for up to a $600 grant.
- You can also defer a payment to a later date.
- Effective March 30, 2020, all British Columbia student loan borrowers will temporarily have their repayments suspended until September 30, 2020. During this time, no payment will be required, and interest that currently applies to the federal portion of student loans will not accrue. Repayment will be paused automatically, so borrowers do not need to apply to have their repayment suspended.
- The B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers will provide a one-time $1,000 payment to people whose ability to work has been affected due to COVID-19.
- A one-time enhancement to the climate action tax credit will be paid in July 2020 for moderate to low-income families: An adult will receive up to $218.00 (increased from $43.50). A child will receive $64.00 (increased from $12.75)
- Providing up to $500 a month for April to August 2020 to help renters and landlords during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Customers on a monthly payment plan who are facing financial challenges due to COVID-19 may defer their payment for up to 90 days with no penalty
- To support British Columbians of all ages during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Province is expanding existing mental health programs and launching new services.