BC is extending its crisis supplements and federal employment insurance exemptions—originally announced in April—to support people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
BC extending financial aid during pandemic
Published 11:06 PDT, Mon July 6, 2020
Last Updated: 2:07 PDT, Mon July 6, 2020
Provincial crisis supplements and federal employment insurance exemptions are being extended during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On April 2, BC announced a three-month exemption of all federal employment insurance benefits, including the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, for people already receiving income or disability assistance at that time. This exemption was put in place to ensure current clients whose employment may have been impacted by COVID-19 did not face any additional barriers and could fully benefit from federal emergency response programs.
This exemption, which now includes the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (effective May 1), has been extended for the duration of these federal emergency support programs so that eligible people will continue to fully benefit without any reductions to their monthly income or disability assistance payments.
For those who are not eligible for the federal benefits, the Province’s temporary COVID-19 crisis supplement—provided since April—will be extended an additional two months. This supplement will continue to be provided to low-income seniors receiving the BC Senior’s Supplement and income assistance and disability recipients residing in special care facilities. No action is required from recipients. The temporary $300 crisis supplement will continue to be automatically applied to cheques distributed July 22 and Aug. 26.
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