Applications for $1,000 Emergency Benefit for Workers now open in B.C.

Applications for $1,000 Emergency Benefit for Workers now open in B.C.
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Qualifying British Columbians can now apply for the $1,000 Emergency Workers Benefit

Applications for the $1,000 B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers (BCEBW) are now open for all British Columbians whose ability to work has been affected because of the COVID-19 pandemic and are receiving the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

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
  • not be receiving provincial income assistance or disability assistance

According to a release from the province, applying online is the fastest, easiest way to receive the benefit.

To apply, visit the British Columbians need to have their social insurance number and direct deposit information, and then head over to the worker benefit page on the government’s website.

For those who need help applying, including those who do not have internet access, agents will be available by phone on May 4.

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.

B.C. Premier John Horgan and Finance Minister Carole James first announced the $1,000 benefit for workers on March 23 as part of the province’s $5 billion dollar action plan in response to COVID-19.

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More to come.

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