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Province of British Columbia
INFORMATION BULLETIN
For Immediate Release
2020FIN0027-000794
May 1, 2020
Ministry of Finance
Online applications open for B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers
Translations available

VICTORIA – British Columbians whose ability to work has been affected because of the COVID-19 pandemic and are receiving the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) can now apply for the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers (BCEBW) online.

The BCEBW is a one-time, tax-free payment of $1,000 for eligible British Columbians.

To be eligible for the BCEBW, people must:

  • have been a resident of B.C. on March 15, 2020;
  • meet the eligibility requirements for the CERB;
  • have been approved for the CERB, even if a federal benefit payment has not yet been received;
  • be at least 15 years old on the date of application;
  • have filed, or agree to file, a 2019 B.C. income tax return; and
  • not be receiving provincial income assistance or disability assistance.

Applying online is the fastest, easiest way to receive the benefit. To apply, British Columbians with their social insurance number and direct deposit information can go to: www.gov.bc.ca/workerbenefit

On Monday, May 4, 2020, agents will be available by phone to assist people who need help applying, including those who do not have internet access.

General support is available at 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. (Pacific time).

Learn More:

To apply for the CERB, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html

To learn more about the supports and services available for people, businesses and communities through the pandemic, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/financial-benefits

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca
Or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

For the provincial health officer’s orders, notices and guidance, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/phoguidance

For non-health related information, including financial, child care and education supports, travel, transportation and essential service information, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/Covid-19 
Or call 1 888 COVID19 (1 888 268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific time), seven days a week.

Translations:

For a French translation: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/IB_BC_Emergency_Benefit_for_Workers_Applications-FR.pdf

For a Punjabi translation: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/IB_BC_Emergency_Benefit_for_Workers_Applications-Punjabi.pdf

For a Chinese translation: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/IB_BC_Emergency_Benefit_for_Workers_Applications-TC.pdf

For a Farsi translation: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/IB_BC_Emergency_Benefit_for_Workers_Applications-Farsi.pdf

For a Korean translation: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/IB_BC_Emergency_Benefit_for_Workers_Applications-Korean.pdf

For a Spanish translation: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/IB_BC_Emergency_Benefit_for_Workers_Applications-Spanish.pdf

For a Tagalog translation: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/IB_BC_Emergency_Benefit_for_Workers_Applications-Tagalog.pdf

 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Finance
Media Relations
250 213-7724
 

 
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