Financial Support for Individuals and Workers

Last updated: February 26, 2021

British Columbians impacted by COVID-19 can access income supports, tax relief, and direct funding from the federal and provincial governments.

Visit the BC Government website for more information.


All Individuals

About the Program
The BC Recovery Benefit is a one-time, tax-free payment of up to $1,000 for eligible families and single parents, and up to $500 for eligible individuals.

You must apply to receive the benefit and the amount that you’re eligible for will be automatically calculated based on your net income.

Visit the BC Recover Benefit website to learn more.
Eligibility Requirements
Generally, the benefit is available to people:
  • Who are residents of BC on December 18, 2020.
  • Who are at least 19 years old on December 18, 2020, or meet specific eligibility criteria.
  • Who filed a 2019 Canadian personal income tax return, or meet specific eligibility criteria.
  • Who have a valid social insurance number, individual tax number, or temporary tax number.

Application Process
You can apply online, over the phone, or at a Service BC computer terminal:
  • Apply online by submitting your application here.
  • Call 1-833-882-0020 to apply by phone
  • If you don't have a computer or access to the internet, you can visit a Service BC location near you to use a computer terminal.

Program Deadline
Individuals have until June 30, 2021, to apply
About the Rebate
ICBC customers will receive a one-time rebate averaging $190 this spring as part of the $600 million saved due to a major decrease in crashes and costs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The rebate amount is based on a portion of what was paid for coverage and is per vehicle owned, per policy during the eligible period.

ICBC will begin mailing rebate cheques in mid-March 2021. This one-time rebate is separate from the Enhanced Care refunds customers will start to receive in May 2021.

Visit the ICBC website to learn more.
Eligibility Requirements
Most customers who had an active policy from April 1, 2020, to Sept. 30, 2020, will be eligible, with their rebate amount based on a portion of what they paid for coverage during that period.

Exceptions include customers with temporary operation permits (permits for 15 days or less), storage, or per kilometre-based policies, as those already reflect lower usage. The low kilometre discount does not make a customer's policy ineligible.
ICBC clients currently on a monthly Autoplan can defer their payments for up to 90 days with no penalty.

Apply for ICBC payment deferral here.

People Facing Loss of Income

Update: On July 30, 2021, the Government extended the Canada Recovery Benefit until October 23, 2021. This extension increases the number of weeks that the grant is available by an additional 4 weeks, to a total of 54 weeks, at a rate of $300 per week.
About the Program
The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) provides income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.

If you are eligible for the CRB, you can receive $1,000 ($900 after taxes withheld) for a 2-week period.

If your situation continues past 2 weeks, you will need to apply again.

Visit the CRB website to learn more.
Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for the CRB, you must meet all the following conditions for the 2-week period you're applying for:
  • During the period you’re applying for:
    • You were not employed or self-employed for reasons related to COVID-19.
    • You had a 50% reduction in your average weekly income compared to the previous year due to COVID-19.
  • You did not apply for or receive any of the following:
    • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
    • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
    • Short-term disability benefits
    • Employment Insurance (EI) benefits
    • Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) benefits
  • You were not eligible for EI benefits.
  • You reside in Canada.
  • You were present in Canada.
  • You are at least 15 years old.
  • You have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN).
  • You earned at least $5,000 in 2019, 2020, or in the 12 months before the date you apply from any of the following sources:
    • Employment income (total or gross pay)
    • Net self-employment income (after deducting expenses)
    • Maternity and parental benefits from EI or similar QPIP benefits
  • You have not quit your job or reduced your hours voluntarily on or after September 27, 2020, unless it was reasonable to do so.
  • You were seeking work during the period, either as an employee or in self-employment.
  • You have not turned down reasonable work during the 2-week period you’re applying for.
  • You were not self-isolating or in quarantine due to international travel.

How Eligibility Periods Work
Each CRB eligibility period is a specific 2-week period.

If you applied for CRB periods before July 18, 2021, your CRB amount will reduce after you receive 21 payments:
  • First 21 Payments
    • You will receive a $1,000 ($900 after taxes withheld) payment for each 2-week period until you reach 21 periods (42 weeks) or the CRB ends
  • After 21 Payments
    • You will receive $600 ($540 after taxes withheld) for each 2-week period until you reach the maximum number of periods or CRB ends.
If your first CRB period starts after July 17, 2021, you may receive $600 ($540 after taxes withheld) for each 2-week period until the CRB ends. The CRB does not renew automatically, and you must apply for each period separately.

You may apply for benefits retroactively for any period, up to 60 days after that period has ended.

Each 2-week period starts on a Sunday and ends on the Saturday of the following week. The earliest you can apply is on the first Monday after the period has ended.
Application Process
There are two ways in which you can apply for the CRB:
Update: On July 30, 2021, the Government extended the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit until October 23, 2021. The maximum number of weeks that an individual could apply for remains unchanged at 42 weeks.
About the Program
The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they must care for their child under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care.

This applies if their school, regular program or facility is closed or unavailable to them due to COVID-19, or because they are sick, self-isolating, or at risk of serious health complications due to COVID-19.

If you are eligible for the CRCB, your household can receive $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for each 1-week period. Only one eligible individual in the same household (living as a family at the same address) can apply for the benefit per week.

If your situation continues past 1 week, you will need to apply again.

Visit the CRCB website to learn more.
Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for the CRCB, you must meet all the following conditions for the 1-week period you're applying for:
  • You are unable to work at least 50% of your scheduled work week because you are caring for a family member
  • You are caring for your child under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care because they are at home for one of the following reasons:
    • Their school, daycare, day program, or care facility is closed or unavailable to them due to COVID-19.
    • Their regular care services are unavailable due to COVID-19.
    • The person under your care is:
      • Sick with COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19.
      • At the risk of serious health complications if they get COVID-19, as advised by a medical professional.
      • Self-isolating due to COVID-19.
  • You did not apply for or receive any of the following for the same period:
    • Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
    • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
    • Short-term disability benefits
    • Employment Insurance (EI) benefits
    • Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) benefits
  • You reside in Canada.
  • You were present in Canada.
  • You are at least 15 years old.
  • You have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN).
  • You earned at least $5,000 in 2019, 2020, or in the 12 months before the date you apply from any of the following sources:
    • Employment income (total or gross pay).
    • Net self-employment income (after deducting expenses).
    • Maternity and parental benefits from EI or similar QPIP benefits.
  • You are the only person in your household applying for the benefit for the week.
  • You are not receiving paid leave from your employer for the same period.
  • You were not self-isolating or in quarantine due to international travel.

How Eligibility Periods Work
Each Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) eligibility period is a specific 1-week period. When you apply, your household will receive a $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) payment for that period.

The CRCB does not renew automatically. If your situation continues, you must apply for each period separately. You may apply for any eligible 1-week period for up to 60 days after that period has ended.

If you started caring for a family member part way through a period, you can only apply for that period if you missed more than 50% of that workweek. If you miss less than that, you need to wait to apply for the next eligibility period

Each 1-week period starts on a Sunday and ends on the following Saturday. You may start applying on the first Monday after the 1-week period you're applying for has ended.
Application Process
There are two ways in which you can apply for the CRB:
About the Program
The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they are sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19, or have an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk of getting COVID-19

If you are eligible for the CRSB, you can receive $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for a 1-week period.

If your situation continues past 1 week, you will need to apply again. You may apply up to a total of 4 weeks between September 27, 2020, and September 25, 2021. You cannot apply for periods that are closed. Visit the CRSCB website to learn more.
Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for the CRSB, you must meet all the following conditions for the 1-week period you're applying for:
  • You are unable to work at least 50% of your scheduled work week because you're self-isolating for one of the following reasons:
    • You are sick with COVID-19 or may have COVID-19.
    • You are advised to self-isolate due to COVID-19.
    • You have an underlying health condition that puts you at greater risk of getting COVID-19.
  • You did not apply for or receive any of the following for the same period:
    • Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
    • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
    • Short-term disability benefits
    • Employment Insurance (EI) benefits
    • Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) benefits
  • You reside in Canada.
  • You were present in Canada.
  • You are at least 15 years old.
  • You have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN).
  • You earned at least $5,000 in 2019, 2020, or in the 12 months before the date you apply from any of the following sources:
    • Employment income (total or gross pay)
    • Net self-employment income (after deducting expenses) Maternity and parental benefits from EI or similar QPIP benefits
  • You are not receiving paid leave from your employer for the same period.
  • You were not self-isolating or in quarantine due to international travel.

How Eligibility Periods Work
Each Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) eligibility period is a specific 1-week period. When you apply, you will receive a $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) payment for that period.

The CRSB does not renew automatically. If your situation continues, you must apply for another eligibility period separately. You may apply for any eligible 1-week period for up to 60 days after that period has ended.

You can apply for a maximum of 4 weeks between September 27, 2020, and September 25, 2021. The 4 weeks do not have to be taken consecutively. You cannot apply retroactively for periods that are closed.

If you become sick or have to self-isolate due to COVID-19 part way through a period, you can only apply for the period if you missed more than 50% of that workweek. If you miss less than that, you need to wait to apply for the next eligibility period.

Each 1-week period starts on a Sunday and ends on the following Saturday. You may start applying on the first Monday after the 1-week period you’re applying for has ended.
Application Process
There are two ways in which you can apply for the CRB:
On September 27, 2020, the federal government transitioned from the CERB to a flexible and more accessible EI program.

EI is now available to those who would not have qualified for EI in the past. Canadians receiving EI are eligible for a taxable benefit at a rate of at least $500 per week, or $300 per week for extended parental benefits.

Canadians claiming EI benefits for job loss would be eligible for at least 26 weeks. Returning to the EI program will allow claimants to benefit from the Working While on Claim rules. These rules allow claimants to keep receiving part of their EI benefits and all their earnings from work.

Visit the EI Benefits and Leave website to learn more.