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General News · 30th April 2020
You can apply online starting May 1, 2020 or by phone May 4, 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:

- Have been a resident of British Columbia on March 15, 2020
- Meet the eligibility requirements for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
- Have been approved for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, even if you havenít received a federal benefit payment yet
- Be at least 15 years old on the date you apply
- Have filed, or agree to file, a 2019 B.C. income tax return
- Not be receiving provincial income assistance or disability assistance

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.

How to Apply

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
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.

Telephone applications
You can apply by telephone with the help of our agents starting May 4, 2020. This option is for people who donít have internet access.

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

If you donít have Internet access, or if you have other accessibility needs, you can call us to ask questions starting May 1, 2020 but you wonít be able to apply over the phone until May 4, 2020. 1-800-663-7867

What You Need To Apply
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. 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 havenít 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.

See this site for the image of the cheque that shows how to find the relevant numbers on a cheque for direct deposit and for more info.