COVID-19 Supports for People & Businesses

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Below you will find a summary of supports that are available to people and businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to view COVID-19 Closures & Restrictions. These lists are assembled for your convenience only and offer links to official information wherever possible. New information is also issued as a bulletin when new public health orders are issued. Subscribe to have them automatically delivered to your inbox.

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Highlighted items indicate new/updated since July 7. (Last Update: July 15, 2020)

WORKERS & EMPLOYMENT
🧰 Job Search WorkBC Find private and public sector jobs listings; career information and career planning resources; employment services to help you find a job; resources for Indigenous people, mature workers, people with disabilities, youth, women, veterans and serving military members, and newcomers to B.C.
B.C. Farm, Fish and Food Job Connector Find private sector employment opportunities in British Columbia’s food and agriculture sectors.
B.C. Public Service Careers Find public service jobs with the B.C. government. There is also a new Indigenous applicant advisory service, providing advice and guidance for Indigenous people interested in public service careers.
Canada Job Bank Find private and public sector jobs by city or province as well as resources for career planning. 🍁
Canada Public Service Careers Find public service jobs with the federal public service. 🍁
Canada Student Service Grant Registered post-secondary students and recent graduates may be eligible for grants between $1000-$5000 for helping your community by volunteering with a local organization. 🍁
πŸ’΅ Income Support Employment Insurance (EI) If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, you should apply for CERB whether or not you are eligible for Employment Insurance. Apply via CERB.
EI Sickness Benefit The one-week waiting period has been waived. Apply via CERB.
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) Provides $2000/month to workers impacted due to COVID-19, including contractors, self-employed people, seasonal workers, those whose EI benefits have recently expired, and workers making less than $1000/month from March 15 – Oct 3. Apply online. 🍁
BC Emergency Benefit for Workers Provides a one-time additional tax-free payment of $1000 to eligible British Columbians on CERB. British Columbians who lost their ability to work between March 1–March 14, 2020 are also eligible. Apply online.
Pandemic Pay Provides eligible workers a lump-sum payment of ~$4/hr for a 16-weeks, starting on March 15. This boost is expected to benefit nearly 250,000 front-line workers providing critical public services to vulnerable populations where maintaining physical distancing is difficult or impossible in health, social services, and corrections. No application needed.
πŸ”Ή Other Minimum Wage General minimum wage is increased to $14.60/hr. This is a previously scheduled wage increase.
Job-Protected Leave Unlimited, unpaid job-protected leave for workers who are unable to work for reasons relating to COVID-19, retroactive to Jan 27, 2020. As a permanent change, workers now also have three days of unpaid, job-protected leave each year for people who cannot work due to illness or injury.
Workers Compensation Changes Amongst other benefits, changes to the Workers Compensation Act will ensure that people who are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 at work are able to access benefits more quickly.

 

HOUSING
⚑ BC Hydro BC Hydro is halting all service disconnections for non-payment of bills and reducing electricity rates by 1%.
COVID-19 Relief Fund applies a 3-month credit to your BC Hydro account for eligible customers (avg credit will be $477). Applications now closed.
COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program offers bill deferral and payment plans for customers struggling due to impacts of COVID-19. Customer Assistance: Call 1-800-BC-HYDRO
Customer Crisis Fund is an existing program that grants of up to $600 off your energy bill. Apply online.
🏦 Renters & Landlords ⛔️ Freeze on rental rates continues to be in place.
⛔️ Moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent continues to be in place.
⚠️ The ban on evictions for reasons other than unpaid rent is now lifted.
⚠️ Landlords may resume entering a rental with 24-hour notice for reasons considered lawful under the RTA.
More info.
Freeze on rental rates means that no rent increases are allowed in BC, effective April 1. No action required. Click here for more info.
BC Temporary Rental Supplement (BC-TRS) provides up to $500/month towards rent, paid directly to landlords, for eligible renters for April – August. Apply online.
🏘️ Homeowners Mortgage payment deferrals available for CMHC-insured loans. 🍁Check with your lender.
Check with your lender about payment deferral options for loans that are not CMHC-insured. 🍁Check with your lender.
Strata councils may meet virtually during COVID-19. More info.
πŸ›οΈ Emergency Housing Existing shelters still active and additional emergency options may be available. New spaces have been secured for those experiencing homelessness or without a safe place to self-isolate (including people fleeing domestic and sexual violence) in hotels and other sites. Contact your local shelter or transition home for placement support. Call 2-1-1 or search online.
INCOME ASSISTANCE & PERSONAL SUPPORTS FOR PEOPLE
πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘§ Low- and moderate- income households GST-credit will provide an additional one-time boost for eligible individuals in April. Benefit is paid out according to your income tax return. 🍁 More info here.
Climate Action Tax Credit will provide an additional one-time boost of up to $564 for eligible families of 4 and $218 for eligible individuals in an enhanced payment in July. Children under 18 years old must be registered for the CCB to qualify. No other action is needed; benefit is paid out according to your income tax return. Automatic payment in July.
πŸ‘ͺ Families with children Canada Child Benefit (CCB) provides one-time boost of up to $300 per child in May. The maximum annual benefit has also been increased to $6,765 per child under age 6, and $5,708 per child aged 6 through 17. 🍁No action if you are already registered for CCB. Otherwise, apply online.
Temporary Emergency Funding (TEF) provides child care providers with emergency government funding on the condition that they not charge parents fees for any periods of closure or for vacant spaces and must reserve spaces for families, starting April until August 31, 2020. Check with your provider to see if they are in this program.
Child care matching service available for all working parents. 1-888-338-6622 or register online.
Children and Youth with Special Needs (CYSN) services are available to families with greater flexibility until Aug 31, 2020. Flexible use of respite funding will continue until March 31, 2021. Emergency Relief Support Fund will provide eligible families with direct payments of $225/month until Sept 30, 2020 (three month extension). More info.
WE Schools @ home and EASE at Home (Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Educators) are new, free virtual educational programs available for students, parents and educators to support the mental health of K-12 children. More info.
School Districts are working with financially struggling families to:
– Ensure school meals programs are still available where needed; and
– Enable remote learning by K-12 students through technology loans and by working with internet service providers to offer low-cost internet, unlimited cellphone data plans, or local internet hotspots.
Contact your school principal.
🀸 Youth-in-Care Youth in Care will not age out of services during the pandemic. This protection has been extended to Sept 30, 2020. Youth living in foster care, contracted residential agencies or with relatives through the extended family program are able to stay where they are. More info.
Agreements With Young Adults Program (AYA) program payments to former youth-in-care will continue until Sept 30, 2020 (new extension) despite school closures and training interruptions. More info.
Youth Futures Education Fund (YFEF) will help youth who have aged out of government care and are ready to pursue post-secondary with expenses beyond tuition, such as rent, utilities and groceries. Apply via the Vancouver Foundation.
πŸŽ“ Post-Secondary Students Emergency Assistance available for students at public post-secondary institutions. Non-repayable funds can be used to help with a broad range of costs, including living expenses, food, travel, portable computers and other supports for students who are not already able to study remotely. Contact your school’s financial aid office to apply. See backgrounder for contact list.
Indigenous Emergency Assistance Fund available for Indigenous students at public post-secondary institutions can apply for non-repayable emergency assistance that can be used to help with a broad range of costs, including living expenses, groceries, cell phone bills, childcare, medical, dental, optical, and travel costs for family crisis or community obligations. Contact the Indigenous Student Service Centre on campus. See backgrounder for contact list.
Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) would provide eligible students and new graduates who do not qualify for CERB $1250/month or $1750/month to those with dependants or disabilities. 🍁 Apply online now.
Canada Student Service Grant will provide students who choose to do national service and serve their communities up to $5000 for their education in the fall. 🍁 Apply online now.
Canada Student Grants is an existing program. Maximum grants for eligible full-time students will be doubled to up to $6,000 and up to $3,600 for part-time students in 2020-21. The Canada Student Grants for Students with Permanent Disabilities and Students with Dependents would also be doubled. 🍁 Apply online.
BC Access Grants provide non-repayable up-front grants of up to $4000 per student to low- and middle-income students. Students who apply for StudentAid BC will be automatically assessed for grant eligibility. This is a new program that is unrelated to COVID-19. Apply via StudentAid BC.
Temporary removal of the restriction that allows international students to work a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session, provided they are working in an essential service or function. 🍁 No application required. Learn more.
BC Student Loans repayments paused for six months without penalty, starting April. Repayment will be paused automatically.
Canada Student Loans repayments paused for six months without penalty, starting April. Maximum weekly amount that can be provided to a student in 2020-21 has been raised from $210 to $350. 🍁Repayment will be paused automatically.
Here2Talk provides free, confidential mental-health counselling and referral service for post-secondary students by app, phone, or online chat, 24-7. Call 1-877-857-3397 to speak with a counsellor or get more information online.
πŸ’΅ People on Income Assistance Full exemption (no clawback) of CERB or CESB for April – August (2 month extension).
COVID-19 Crisis Supplement of additional $300/month from April – August (2 month extension) for those who do not qualify for federal emergency supports like CERB or CESB.
– “Work search” requirement for those on Income Assistance is suspended for now.
No action required, support boosts will be applied to next payments automatically. More info here.
β™Ώ People With Disabilities People on Disability Assistance:
Full exemption (no clawback) of CERB or CESB for April – August (2 month extension).
COVID-19 Crisis Supplement of additional $300/month from April – August (2 month extension) for those who do not qualify for federal emergency supports like CERB or CESB.
– Those on BC Bus Pass Program will receive their $52 transportation supplement back in cash for the months that transit bus fares are free. Transit fares return June 1.
No action required, support boosts will be applied to next payments automatically. More info here.
Certificate holders of the Disability Tax Credit as of June 1, 2020 will receive up to $600 tax-free, provided that the proposed legislation is passed by the House of Commons.
No action required, support payment will be automatically sent to eligible Canadians. More info here.
πŸ‘΅ Seniors COVID-19 Crisis Supplement: Low-income seniors who receive the B.C. Senior’s Supplement will receive an additional $300/month boost for April – August (2 month extension). No action required, support boosts will be applied to next payments automatically. More info here.
One-time tax-free payment of $300 for seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension, with an additional $200 for seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS). 🍁No action required. More info here.
Existing federal programs continue to be available, including:
– Canada Pension Plan Retirement Pension
– Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit
Old Age Security (OAS): $614/mo (max)
Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS): $916/mo (max)
Allowance / Allowance for Survivor: $1389/mo (max)
🍁 Eligible seniors can apply online if they are not already enrolled.
Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs): Minimum withdrawals from Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) has been reduced by 25% for 2020. 🍁 Learn more here.
bc211 is available for seniors who need support with non-medical essentials, like grocery pick-up and drop off. Call 2-1-1 or visit online.
MISC SUPPORTS FOR PEOPLE
πŸš— Automobile Auto insurance can be renewed by email or phone. Contact your broker.
ICBC auto insurance:
Monthly payment deferral for ICBC auto insurance is available for up to 90 days with no penalty.
Contact your broker to change your coverage and lower premiums to reflect changes in how much you drive and the related risk.
Cancellation fees are waived for those who wish to cancel their insurance during this time.
– Customers may use their vehicles for the delivery of food or medical products and services, without changing their insurance (vehicle use) or paying a higher premium. This includes people volunteering to help deliver groceries or other essential supplies to seniors and other people in need.
Call 1-800-665-6442 or view more info.
ICBC driver licensing:
Remote extensions for driver licensing available. All requests for medical information temporarily postponed.
– People whose learner driver’s licences (class 5-8) expire during the pandemic will not have to pay a fee for their first knowledge test after their learner driver’s licence expires, once testing resumes.
Call 1-800-950-1498.
Parking is free of charge at all health authority owned/operated health care sites like hospitals, clinics, long-term care centres, etc. For staff, patients, and visitors only.
βš–οΈ Justice & Law Limitation periods to commence court proceedings have been suspended.
Civil Resolution Tribunal deadlines extended; fees waived for those struggling financially. Apply via Fee Waiver Request Form.
Remote execution of legal documents allowed during pandemic.
Legislation has been introduced to allow electronic wills and to permit the remote witnessing of wills. More info.
🧘 Mental Health Access to free and low-cost virtual mental health services has been expanded across BC for adults, seniors, and youth. Front-line health care workers experiencing distress and mental health concerns in response to COVID-19 now also have access to increased mental health services. Full list of available services here.
New BC COVID-19 mental health self-assessment tool helps you take a look at your mental health and wellness in light of COVID-19. Use the tool online.
VictimLink BC provides immediate 24/7 crisis support for victims of family or sexual violence is available by phone through VictimLink BC’s 24/7 telephone service. Call 1-800-564-0808 or send an email for more info.
Here2Talk provides free, confidential mental-health counselling and referral service for post-secondary students by app, phone, or online chat, 24-7. Call 1-877-857-3397 to speak with a counsellor or get more information online.
WE Schools @ home and EASE at Home (Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Educators) are new, free virtual educational programs available for students, parents, and educators to support the mental health of K-12 children. More info.
Wellness Together Canada provides free tools and resources to help Canadians get back on track. These include modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues as well as counselling by text and phone. Wellness Together Canada
🚌 Public Transit TransLink: Fare-free boarding on all buses ends on May 31. Enter through rear of the bus, unless accessible loading is required. July 1 fare increase is deferred indefinitely. Service reductions in effect: check online before you go.
BC Transit: Fare-free boarding on all buses ends on May 31. Enter through rear of the bus, unless accessible loading is required.
🧾 Taxes Filing due date for Income Tax Return is deferred to June 1. Payments owed are deferred until August 31. 🍁
Free community tax clinics may now operate virtually. 🍁More info.
✈️ Travel Emergency repatriation assistance is available to Canadians who are abroad and having difficulty returning to Canada. 🍁Dial +1 613-996-8885 (call collect where available); or call a toll free number; or use the online form; or send an email.
Emergency Travel Loan of $5000 available to Canadians who are abroad and unable to return to Canada. 🍁Dial +1 613-996-8885 (call collect where available); or send an email.
British Columbians returning home must self-isolate for 14 days. Emergency Management BC and Service BC will provide support to enable compliance. More info.

 

BUSINESSES
⚑ BC Hydro BC Hydro is halting all service disconnections for non-payment of bills and reducing electricity rates by 1%.
COVID-19 Relief Fund waives electricity charges for up to three months for small businesses that needed to close due to COVID-19. Eligible industrial customers may defer a portion of their electricity bill payments until the end of August 2020. Apply online.
COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program offers bill deferral and payment plans for customers struggling due to impacts of COVID-19. Customer Assistance: Call 1-800-BC-HYDRO
πŸ’΅ Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA): Loans of up to $40,000 for small businesses and not-for-profits, interest-free for one year. A portion may be forgivable. Eligibility has been expanded to include companies with 2019 payrolls of between $20,000 and $1.5 million.
– Note #1: Non-eligible small and medium businesses may be able to receive similar financing support through their local Regional Development Agency.
Note #2: Non-eligible small and medium Indigenous businesses may be able to similar financing support through Aboriginal Financial Institutions. Learn more.
Note #3: Eligibility has been further expanded to include some sole proprietors, businesses that rely on contractors, and family-owned corporations that pay employees through dividends rather than payroll.
🍁Speak with your financial institution. Learn more.
Loan Guarantee: Operating credit and cash flow term loans of up to $6.25 million to SMEs. Available mid-April. 🍁Speak with your financial institution. Learn more.
Co-Lending Program: Co-lend term loans to SMEs for their operational cash flow requirements. Eligible businesses may obtain incremental credit amounts of up to $6.25 million through the program. Available mid-April. 🍁Speak with your financial institution. Learn more.
BCAP will be expanded to mid-sized companies with larger financing needs. Loans of up to $60 million per company, and guarantees of up to $80 million.
🍁Speak with your financial institution. Learn more.
πŸͺ Commercial leases Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) will lower commercial rent by up to 75% for eligible businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 through a combination of forgivable loans and rent reductions by commercial landlords. Coverage period runs from April through to July. Apply online.
Commercial landlords who are eligible for the CECRA are restricted from evicting their eligible commercial tenants, from repossessing their goods and property, and from filing lawsuits seeking collection of their rent payments in arrears between April and July. This emergency order is in effect as of May 29, 2020 until the order is lifted.
More info.
πŸ’» Electronic Meetings Companies, societies, and co-operatives are allowed to hold electronic meetings, overriding requirements under the Business Corporations Act, Societies Act and Cooperative Association Act that prohibit electronic meetings, including a corporation’s own articles, bylaws or rules. More info.
πŸš— ICBC Fleet vehicle customers may suspend their insurance during COVID-19. More info.
πŸ’΅ Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) Will provide bridge financing to Canada’s largest employers. 🍁 More info.
🧾 Taxes BC business tax payments deferred until after Sept 30: Employer health tax (EHT), provincial sales tax (PST), municipal and regional district tax, tobacco tax, motor fuel tax, and carbon tax. Scheduled April 1 increases to provincial carbon tax and PST are deferred. More info.
School property tax rate for commercial properties reduced to achieve an average 25% reduction in the total property tax bill for most businesses. This enhances the 50% reduction to the provincial school property tax rate that was originally announced for classes 4, 5, and 6. More info.
Late payment penalties will not apply for commercial properties in classes 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 until Oct. 1, 2020.
GST/HST payments owed deferred to June 30. 🍁
Customs duties & taxes payments owed deferred to June 30. 🍁
Income tax payments owed are deferred until after August 31. 🍁
πŸ’΅ Wage subsidies Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) covers up to 75% of wages for businesses, charities, non-profits, and more that have lost more than 30% of their revenue. Max subsidy of $847 per week per employee, from March 15 – August 29. Qualifying employers may also be eligible for 100% refunds on certain employer-paid contributions to EI and CPP.
🍁Apply online.
Temporary Wage Subsidy covers up to 10% of payroll for small businesses, not-for-profits, charities between March 18-June 19. Organizations that do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy may qualify for this program. 🍁You do not need to apply for this subsidy; you reduce it from remittance to the CRA. Learn more.
Canada Summer Jobs Program wage subsidy is increased to 100% of minimum wage. Eligibility for this program has also been relaxed. 🍁More info.
πŸ‘· WorkSafeBC Payment deadlines are postponed without penalty until June 30, except for employers that report on an annual basis (which do not need to report their 2020 payroll or pay their 2020 premiums until March 2021). More info.
WorkSafeBC is available to support workplaces as they resume operations. Learn about returning to safe operations.
⏸️ Temporary lay-off period  Temporary lay-off period during COVID-19 has been extended to 24 weeks, expiring on Aug 30, 2020. More info.
Temporary lay-off period for federally regulated private-sector employers is extended to Dec 30, 2020.
🍁 More info.
πŸ†˜ Advisory Service for Businesses in BC available by email, live-chat, or phone at 1-833-254-4357 fromΒ  M-F 8am – 6pm; Sa 10am – 4pm.
πŸ†˜ National Hotline with access to CPA advisors available at 1-866-989-1080 (toll-free) seven days a week, from 5am – 5pm (PST). 🍁
INDUSTRY SUPPORTS BY SECTOR
🚜 Agri-Food & Farmers, Aquaculture & Seafood Access to the $5 billion Farm Credit Canada loan program. 🍁Via FCC.
Socio-economic and cultural supports for temporary foreign workers arriving for seasonal farm work while they self-isolate, including hotel and food costs. Learn more.
Emergency Processing Fund, national AgriRecovery initiatives, Surplus Food Purchase Program, AgriStability, AgriInsurance programs launched to support the farming, food businesses, and food processing sectors. 🍁Learn more.
Expedited process for temporary foreign workers to start new jobs now in place. 🍁Learn more.
BuyBC e-commerce funding provides grants of up to $5000 to help access and develop websites that accommodate online sales and helps cover the costs of marketing and shipping products to consumers throughout the province. Online applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, from May 15 to May 29, or when the funding is fully subscribed.
Apply online.
B.C. Agri-Business Planning Program provides up to $5,000 in business planning services and coaching for individuals, and up to $20,000 for groups, from a qualified business consultant, to develop an immediate and long-term recovery plan. Apply online.
B.C. Farm, Fish and Food Job Connector showcases related job vacancies throughout the province and provides sector-specific information and guidance to support businesses as they adapt their recruitment and human resource management in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Go to site.
A new stream of support is being added to the B.C. Indigenous Agriculture Development Program to help Indigenous entrepreneurs with up to $8,000 in specialized planning and coaching services to develop and plan their food and agricultural businesses. Apply online.
✈️ Airports Rents paid on ground leases waived. 🍁
🐻 Animal welfare Bear Smart Community Program helps people live peacefully with bears. Learn more.
Funding is available to support the care of animals in B.C.’s shelters, BC SPCA facilities, zoos and aquariums. Learn more.
🎭 Arts, culture, music $3-million Arts and Culture Resilience Supplement to give operating and eligible project clients a supplement of up to $15,000. Clients will receive a 50% advance on 2020-21 funding. Via BC Arts Council.
$7.5 million investment through Creative BC for Amplify BC to support the music industry. Apply via Creative BC.
Showcase BC is a new online hub that brings a variety of live performances, entertainment and content to British Columbians. Micro-grants of $500 to emerging artists and $2,000 to established artists for livestreaming, songwriting and professional development are also available. Grants distributed via Creative BC.
πŸŽ₯ Broadcasting sector CRTC Part I licence fees waived. 🍁
🧸 Child care sector Emergency funding is available for child care providers that stay open and that close. The coverage period for this benefit has been extended to August 31, 2020. Learn more.
Wage enhancement of $2/hr in place for Early Childhood Educators (ECEs). This is a continuation of the broader wage enhancement program to support expansion of licensed child care in BC.
⛩️ Cultural, Heritage, Sports COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations. 🍁Via Canadian Heritage
πŸ‘” Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Pre-Revenue Firms Financing, mentoring and support tools to entrepreneurs aged 18-39. 🍁Via Futurpreneur Canada
Advice, connections, and funding to help Canadian pre-revenue businesses. 🍁Via Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)
🌎 Environment Communities around B.C. can apply to fund a community-service project (ie. trail building, beach clean-up or invasive species removal, upgrading local parks or working for a local charity), providing skills and work experience to young people who are unemployed, between 15-29 years of age, through the project.
Apply online.
🌲 Forestry sector Stumpage is deferred for three months, with interest.
🍸 Liquor Liquor products may be delivered with meals for pick-up/delivery using staff with Serving-It-Right certification until October 31, 2020.
Renewal fees for non-retail liquor licenses expiring between March 31 and June 30, 2020 will be deferred until Sept. 30, 2020. Learn more.
Food-primary, liquor-primary and manufacturer licensees, such as wineries, breweries and distilleries, may apply through a simplified online process to temporarily expand their liquor service areas until Oct. 31, 2020. Apply online.
Hospitality licensees who have closed are allowed to sell their existing liquor stock to other licensees who are still operating and/or to private liquor stores before July 15, 2020. Learn more.
Private retail wine and liquor stores may now operate between 7am-11pm until August 31, 2020. Learn more.
Liquor distilleries are now permitted to produce alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Temporary wholesale pricing model will allow liquor licensees to purchase beer, wine and spirits at reduced cost between end of July 2020 until March 31, 2021. Learn more.
Independent wine stores (IWS) may now convert their licence type to sell beer, cider and distilled products in their current locations. Learn more.
🏑 Local governments Responding to key concerns from local governments, the Government of BC is addressing cash flow and revenue shortfalls with new measures that provide additional support. Learn more.
Public hearings may be held electronically during the current provincial state of emergency. Learn more.
Federal Gas Tax Fund will be delivered to local communities in one lump sum payment in June. 🍁 Learn more.
πŸ›’οΈ Oil & gas sector Orphan wells and inactive oil and gas sites will be reclaimed using federal funding distributed to provinces for this purpose.
πŸ‘΅ Pension plan sponsors Moratorium on solvency payment requirements for defined benefit plans through the remainder of 2020. 🍁
πŸ“° Publishing & news Simplified process for Canada Book Fund and Canada Periodical Fund. Journalism Tax Measures. 🍁More info.
🏞️ Tourism Tourism businesses in national parks and historic sites will have payments on commercial leases and licences of occupation deferred without interest until September 1. 🍁Wait to be contacted by Parks Canada.
BC community Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) severely impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions will be supported with a $10-million grant from the Province so that they can continue to operate and support economic recovery efforts in the tourism sector.
🚚 Truck drivers More portable toilets are being installed to support truck drivers along routes where their usual facilities have closed. Food trucks are being deployed at provincially-owned locations. Trucker Food Truck locations.
This list has been curated to include sectoral supports more relevant to those living in the Lower Mainland. Some supports may not be listed.

Questions? For items marked “🍁”, contact your local MP. Otherwise, contact your local MLA.

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