Applications Now Open for BC’s $1000 COVID-19 Benefit

COVID-19 Updates & Resources


BC Emergency Benefit for Workers

This is a one-time, tax-free $1000 payment to BC workers impacted by job loss due to COVID-19. More info is here. 


  • Have been a resident of British Columbia on March 15, 2020 and at least 15 years old
  • Meet the eligibility requirements for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and have a successful CERB application (regardless if you’ve been paid yet)
  • Have filed, or agree to file, a 2019 B.C. income tax return
  • Not be receiving provincial income assistance or disability assistance


  • You can apply online starting May 1, 2020 and by telephone May 4, 2020, and have until December 2 to apply.
  • You will need your social insurance number, your direct deposit information from your financial institution, and the details of your successful CERB application.