The B.C. government is working to make life easier for families through the pandemic.
The government has introduced legislation to get the BC Recovery Benefit to approximately 3.7 million British Columbians.
$1,000 for families with incomes under $125,000. Families earning up to $175,000 will qualify for the benefit on a sliding scale. Single parent families also qualify for these benefit amounts.
$500 for single people earning less than $62,500. Single people earning up to $87,500 will qualify for the benefit on a sliding scale.
COVID-19 has disproportionately affected low- or no- income people who are feeling the pressure of keeping themselves and their families safe and supported.
In addition to the recovery benefit, people receiving income and disability assistance and low-income seniors will automatically receive a $150 monthly supplement from January through March.
We’re building a recovery that includes everyone, not just those at the top
People can begin applying online for the recovery benefit starting Dec. 18 at 8:30 AM.
Applying online is the fastest way to receive the benefit
Apply here: http://www.gov.bc.ca/recoverybenefit
To apply and be elgible for the one-time, tax-free benefit, people must:
- be a resident of B.C. on Dec. 18, 2020;
- be at least 19 years old on Dec. 18, 2020;
- have filed a 2019 income tax return;
- have their 2019 income tax notice of assessment, and if applicable, their spouse’s 2019
- income tax notice of assessment;
- have their social insurance number;
- have their direct deposit information; and
- have their B.C. driver’s licence.
Support is available by phone starting December 21, 2020.
1-833-882-0020 (within North America)
Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, excluding statutory holidays.
If people have not filed their 2019 income taxes they will not be eligible for this benefit until they do so. They will not be eligible until they receive the Notice of Assessment back from CRA.
People receiving income or disability assistance are eligible for the benefit regardless of whether they’ve filed their 2019 income tax returns or have direct deposit information. We are working as quickly as possible to deliver a modified application process in the new year for these individuals.
People on income or disability assistance (including those in special care facilities) and low-income seniors will automatically receive the $150 COVID supplement starting in January.