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 relief fund
- If you're a residential customer and you or your spouse/partner have stopped working due to COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive three months of credit on your BC Hydro bill. The credit amount is based on your average consumption and you will not need to pay it back.
- 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, May and June 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.