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PROVINCE OF BC BENEFITS
Overview: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/covid-19-financial-supports

BC HYDRO COVID-19 RELIEF FUND

For residential customers
Now Open
If you or your spouse/partner have stopped working due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for three months of bill credit based on your average consumption.

Our application form for residential customers is now open. There is no rush to apply. Eligible customers can apply any time until June 30, 2020 to receive the credit.
Learn more and apply.

For small businesses
Opening this week

If you own a small business that needed to close due to COVID-19, you may be eligible to have your business' electricity use charges waived for up to three months.
Application form to open the week of April 13
 
The application is not open yet, but we expect it to open the week of April 13. Once it opens, there is no rush to apply. Eligible business customers can apply any time before June 30, 2020 to have their business' bills waived for April, May and June.
Learn about the COVID-19 Relief Fund for small businesses.

 
BC-TEMPORARY RENTAL SUPPLEMENT (BC-TRS) PROGRAM
Now Open

Program details: BC Temporary Rental Supplement (BC-TRS) program
 
If you want to speak to someone about the BC-TRS program call:
Toll Free: 1-877-757-2577

Tenant Eligibility
Households need to meet each of the following criteria to qualify for the BC Temporary Rental Supplement:
1. Have a 2019 gross household income of less than:
  • $74,150 for singles and couples without dependents
  • $113,040 for households with dependents
2. As a result of COVID-19:
  • Be receiving or eligible for Employment Insurance; or
  • Be receiving or eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit offered by the federal government; or
  • Have experienced, and be able to provide evidence of, a drop of 25% or more in monthly household employment income
3. Be paying more than 30% of current household income towards rent

APPLICATION PROCESS

https://bctrs.bchousing.org/
There is a two-step process for applications to the BC Temporary Rental Supplement program.
  1. Tenants Must Start the Application
  2. Landlords Complete the Application
BC COVID-19 RESOURCES IN SEVERAL LANGUAGES
新型冠狀病毒已翻譯內容
COVID-19 已翻译内容
COVID-19 ਅਨੁਵਾਦ ਕੀਤੀ ਹੋਈ ਸਮੱਗਰੀ
COVID-19 Isinalin na Nilalaman
COVID-19 Contenu traduit
COVID-19 متن ترجمه
COVID-19 번역판
COVID-19 المحتوى المترجم
APPLY FOR CERB PERIOD #2 AFTER APRIL 13
follow the same schedule of birth months

You need to meet the eligibility criteria for each 4-week application period
If you no longer qualify, you will need to repay or return the benefits.

The benefit will be available to workers:

  • Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
  • Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits:
  • Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application (income from outside of Canada counts); and
  • Who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment income.

Find out all the details and answers to your questions and how to apply:
English version:

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/apply-for-cerb-with-cra.html
French version:
https://www.canada.ca/fr/agence-revenu/services/prestations/faire-demande-pcu-aupres-arc.html

CANADA EMERGENCY WAGE SUBSIDY (CEWS)
The CEWS prevents further job losses, encourages employers to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, and help better position Canadian companies and other employers to more easily resume normal operations following the crisis.

The new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) provides a 75% wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020. 

More details:

English version
French Version

 
PREVENTING EXPOSURE TO COVID-19 IN THE WORKPLACE
A guide for employers
Orders from the provincial health officer (PHO) and guidance to employers and businesses provided by the BC Centre of Disease Control represent the minimum standard that employers must meet, to comply with obligations to ensure worker health and safety. To address health and safety concerns in the workplace raised by COVID-19, ask yourself the following questions:
  1. How are you telling your workers about COVID-19 (i.e. exposure to COVID-19 in your workplace)?
  2. Do you have a system in place where workers (including joint health and safety committee representatives and worker representatives) can inform you of concerns relating to being exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace? Find out if there are any specific tasks that concern them (e.g. tasks that involve interacting with others).
Download: WorkSafeBC Guidelines

COVID-19: Industry information
To help workers stay safe at work during the COVID-19 outbreak, we have compiled health and safety information for the following industries: If you have a question or concern
Workers and employers with questions or concerns about workplace exposure to COVID-19 can call
WorkSafeBC’s Health and Safety Information line at 604.276.3100 in the Lower Mainland (toll-free within B.C. at 1.888.621.SAFE).
You’ll be able to speak to a prevention officer to get answers to your questions, and if required, a prevention officer will be assigned to assess the health and safety risk at your workplace.


 
TRAVEL EXCEPTIONS AND MANDATORY ISOLATION PLAN FOR ANYONE ARRIVING IN CANADA
Restrictions are in place in Canada to stop all non-essential travel to Canada by foreign nationals, but there are some exemptions. Some people may still be able to travel to Canada by air if they’re exempt from the travel restrictions and are coming for an essential purpose.
This includes:
Detailed information:
https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/travel-restrictions-exemptions.html

MANDATORY ISOLATION FOR TRAVELERS ENTERING CANADA
When you arrive in Canada by air or land, we’ll assess your health before you leave the port of entry.
You must isolate for 14 days at the point of entry, even if you have no symptoms. This is mandatory.
You must have a plan to isolate when you arrive in Canada. If you do not have a plan, you will need to delay travel until you have made one.
Only people who provide essential services, for example truck drivers who regularly cross the border to maintain the flow of goods, are exempt from the isolation requirements.
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