B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers

Posted by Mir Khan on Sunday, May 3rd, 2020 at 10:00am.

B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers

Dear Friends, present Clients' & future Clients',

The B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers, a tax-free, one time $1,000 payment for B.C. residents whose ability to work has been affected due to COVID-19. Online applications for the one-time payment are open now, and started as of May 1, 2020.

You Qualify, if you are:

  • a resident of British Columbia on March 15, 2020 and continue to be a resident
  • a B.C. residents who receive the new federal Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), including if you have run out of employment insurance (EI) benefits and now qualify for the CERB
  • approved for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), even if you haven’t received a federal benefit payment yet
  • at least 15 years old on the date you apply
  • filing, or agree to file, a 2019 B.C. income tax return
  • not receiving provincial income assistance or disability assistance from our Government
  • not incarcerated in a provincial or federal correctional facility for a period of 90 days or longer that includes March 15, 2020

If you're eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and receive a CERB payment, then return to work, you may still be eligible for the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers if all other requirements are met, provided you are not required to repay the CERB benefit.

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.

What You Need To Apply

  • Your Social Insurance Number (SIN)

When you apply, you will 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.

sample cheque with direct deposit details highlighted, including branch (transit), institution and account numbers

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.

Apply Now

You have until December 2, 2020 to apply. You can expect to receive payment within 10 business days after your application is approved.

We'll notify you by email when your payment has been processed.

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.

Online Applications

You can apply online starting May 1, 2020. Applying online is safe, secure and only takes minutes.

  • You can apply anytime, from anywhere, using any device, including your smart phone
  • Applying online is the fastest way to get your benefit
  • Your personal information is protected and secure when you apply

Application Tip

  • When you enter your address, you’ll be asked for a valid postal code.  If the application doesn’t find a verified address for you, click or tap the red “Unverified” button to continue.

If your mailing address and residential address are the same, you can choose to continue with both addresses unverified.


Telephone Applications

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 or have other accessibility needs.

If you apply by phone, we will complete the application with you over the phone and give you a confirmation number when you’re done.

We anticipate high call volumes and strongly recommend applying online if you can.

Call us Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm:

Please see the links below for direct websites from our Government with this information and more support.

Please stay safe, stay home (mostly) and follow #physical-distancing + #self-isolation -- listen to the Medical Experts and Our Government recommendations.

If I can be of any help and service, please contact me at: (778) 558-4427 or email me at: mir@mirkhan.ca

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Thanks for reading & viewing.

Mir Khan
Certified International Property Specialist, International Realtor Member, Professional Full-time Realtor
Mir Khan Personal Real Estate Corporation
Century 21 AAA Realty Inc.
(778) 558-4427

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