B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers: Applications Open May 1, 2020

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The B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers will provide a tax-free, one time $1,000 payment for B.C. residents whose ability to work has been affected due to COVID-19.

Before the application period begins we encourage you gather the information you will need to apply.


Find Out If You’re Eligible

To be eligible for the emergency benefit, you must:

  • Have been a resident of British Columbia on March 15, 2020
  • Meet the eligibility requirements for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
  • Have been approved for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, even if you haven’t received a federal benefit payment yet
  • Be at least 15 years old on the date you apply
  • Have filed, or agree to file, a 2019 B.C. income tax return
  • Not be receiving provincial income assistance or disability assistance


What You Need To Apply

Your Social Insurance Number

To verify your eligibility you will need to provide one of the following:

  • Social Insurance Number (SIN),
  • Individual Tax Number (ITN), or
  • Temporary Tax Number (TTN)

Your direct deposit information

The B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers will only be issued by direct deposit, ensuring you receive the benefit as soon as possible.

Obtain your direct deposit information before the application period begins. The image below shows how to find the relevant numbers on a cheque.

If you don’t use cheques, contact your financial institution to get the numbers. It’s important to enter your bank account information correctly. The $1,000 payment will be made by direct deposit to your personal bank account within 10 business days.

An approved Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

If you haven’t applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit yet, you must apply for it now as this is one of the eligibility requirements for the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers.


How to Apply

Online applications

You can apply online starting May 1, 2020.

  • You can apply anytime, from anywhere, using any device, including your smart phone
  • Applying online is the fastest way to get your benefit
  • Your personal information is protected and secure when you apply

Documentation isn’t required when you apply. However, all applications will be verified and they may ask you for proof of your eligibility at a later date.

Telephone applications

You can apply by telephone starting May 4, 2020. This option is for people who don’t have internet access.

High call volumes are anticipated and it is strongly recommend that you apply online if you can.


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