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Apply now for the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers

On May 1, 2020, online applications opened for the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers (BCEBW)

The BCEBW is a one-time, tax-free payment of $1,000 for eligible B.C. residents whose ability to work has been affected due to COVID.

In order to be eligible for the BCEBW, individuals:

  • Reside in B.C., who are at least 15 years old;
  • Have stopped working because of COVID-19 and have not voluntarily quit their job or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits; •
  • had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application;
  • Who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period;
  • Not have received more than $1,000 in income during the benefits period;
  • Have been approved for the CERB;
  • Have filed, or agree to file, a 2019 B.C. income tax return; and
  • Not be receiving provincial income assistance or disability assistance.

    Eligible individuals can now apply for the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers (BCEBW) online.


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