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B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers opening on May 1, 2020

Temporary relief is on the way for British Columbians whose ability to work has been affected by COVID-19. The B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers will provide a tax-free, one time $1,000 payment for B.C. residents. The initiative was introduced by the provincial government in late March and is part of a $5 billion economic action plan that was set up to support people and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications for the temporary $1,000 emergency benefit for B.C. workers open on 1. 5. 2020

To be eligible for the payment, recipients must:

  • Has been a resident of BC since March 15, 2020, or earlier
  • Meets the eligibility requirements for the CERB
  • Must have been approved for the CERB, even if they have not received a benefit yet
  • Must be at least 15-years-old on the date of the application
  • Has filed, or agrees to file, a 2019 BC income tax return
  • Will not be receiving provincial income assistance or disability assistance

What You Need To Apply:

  • Social Insurance Number
  • Direct deposit information
  • An approved Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Starting May 1, applications can be made online here.

Also starting May 1, people can call 778 309-4630 or toll-free within B.C. at 1-855-955-3545, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (PDT) for general support or questions. Applications over the phone will begin on May 4.

The ministry said, payments will start to go out within days of application.


For more information, please visit following websites:

Applications for B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers to open May 1

B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers

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