NEWS SOURCE: BC Government
Last Updated: April 23, 2020
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.
To be eligible for the emergency benefit, you must:
If you receive a payment and we later determine that you are not eligible for it, you may be required to repay it with penalties and interest.
Your Social Insurance Number
When you apply, we’ll need your Social Insurance Number (SIN), Individual Tax Number (ITN), or Temporary Tax Number (TTN) to verify your eligibility.
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.
You can apply online starting May 1, 2020. Applying online is safe, secure and only takes minutes.
Documentation isn’t required when you apply. However, all applications will be verified and we may ask you for proof of your eligibility at a later date.
You can apply by telephone with the help of our agents starting May 4, 2020. This option is for people who don’t have internet access.
We anticipate high call volumes and strongly recommend applying online if you can.
If you don’t have Internet access, or if you have other accessibility needs, you can call us to ask questions starting May 1, 2020 but you won’t be able to apply over the phone until May 4, 2020.
The B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers is designed to complement other federal and provincial supports available for people throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you haven’t applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit yet, find out about the federal benefit.
refers: BC Government