BC COVID-19 Action Plan

BC Emergency Benefit for Workers
Here’s a quick summary of what the Province announced on 24 March to help people during COVID-19. We’ll keep tracking and will update as things change.

$1000 tax free one-time payment

For those receiving EI or the new federal Emergency Care Benefit. (Received as well as EI payments). This includes:

      • Workers who have been laid off
      • Workers who are sick or quarantined
      • Parents with sick children
      • Parents who have to stay home while day care or schools are closed
      • Those caring for sick family members
      • Those eligible and not eligible for EI, such as self-employed

The BC climate action tax credit (BCCATC)(Received as well as EI payments)

This is a tax-free payment made to low-income families and individuals. This will be increased in July 2020 eligible families of four will receive up to $564 and eligible individuals will receive up to $218


Need more time to pay you can apply to defer payment for both ICBC and BC Hydro. People dealing with job loss, illness or loss of wages due to COVID-19 may also qualify for BC Hydro’s Customer Crisis Fund grant program for up to $600.

Learn More:

B.C.’s COVID Action Plan and other government resources and updates.

Learn more about Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

For non-medical information relating to COVID-19, call 1 888 COVID-19

For more information on how B.C.’s COVID-19 Action Plan helps people and businesses