GST Tax Credit
The federal government is providing a one-time boost of the GST Tax Credit of up to $600 per eligible couple and $400 for eligible individuals in May.
“There is no need to apply for this payment. If you are eligible, you will get it automatically.”
Climate Action Tax Credit
“The Province is increasing and expanding the B.C. Climate Action Tax Credit in July 2020. Eligible families of four will receive up to $564 and eligible individuals will receive up to $218 in an enhanced payment. This boosts the regular Climate Action Tax Credit payment of up to $112.50 per family of four and up to $43.50 per adult.”
Children under 18 years old must be registered for the Canada Child Benefit to qualify. No other action is needed; benefit is paid out according to your income tax return.
Canada Child Benefit (CCB)
There is a one-time increase of the CCB of $300 per child in May.
“This benefit will be delivered as part of the scheduled CCB payment in May. Those who already receive the CCB do not need to re-apply.”
Youth In Care and AYA
“Youth in care will not age out of services during the COVID-19 pandemic and those who have recently aged out will get extra assistance.
Youth and young adults from care will continue receiving the same level of service during the pandemic, even if they were set to age out. Youth currently living in foster care, contracted residential agencies or with relatives through the extended family program will be able to stay where they are. Social workers are modifying agreements to allow youth and caregivers to extend their current living arrangements once a youth reaches 19 years old.
Additional efforts will be made to locate young adults [Agreements with Young Adults (AYA)] who have recently aged out of care to connect them to other lines of available support, like the B.C. Emergency Benefit for workers and the Federal Emergency Care Benefit.”
Income Assistance and Persons with Disabilities Assistance
The existing Income Assistance program continues to be available for those in need with no other resources. The “Work Search” requirement for those on IA is suspended for now.
“For people in B.C. currently receiving income assistance or disability assistance, the Province will temporarily exempt federal employment insurance benefits, including the new $2,000 Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). These payments will be fully exempted for the next three months so people receiving income assistance and disability assistance in B.C. will benefit from these new emergency federal support programs, without any reductions to their monthly assistance payments.
For everyone on income assistance or disability assistance who is not eligible for the emergency federal support programs, including the CERB, the Province will provide an automatic $300-monthly COVID-19 crisis supplement for the next three months. This supplement will also be provided to low-income seniors who receive the B.C. Senior’s Supplement and recipients of income assistance or disability assistance who reside in special care facilities.
With the current provincewide suspension of BC Transit and Translink bus fares, the Province will also provide all BC Bus Pass Program users receiving income assistance and disability assistance with the $52 Transportation Supplement for the duration of the fare suspension. This will be included on the next cheque and for each subsequent month while the fare suspension remains in place.”
The usual programs continue to be available.
“For everyone on income assistance or disability assistance who is not eligible for the emergency federal support programs, including the CERB, the Province [of British Columbia] will provide an automatic $300-monthly COVID-19 crisis supplement for the next three months. This supplement will also be provided to low-income seniors who receive the B.C. Senior’s Supplement.”
“An important note for people applying for Canada Pension Plan, Canada Pension Plan Disability or Old Age Security.
You can apply online through your My Service Canada Account for the following:
- Canada Pension Plan Retirement Pension
- Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit, or
- Old Age Security/Guaranteed Income Supplement
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Service Canada is strongly encouraging you to apply for these benefits online, from the comfort of your home. You will not be required to submit documentation to support your application at this time. Service Canada may be requesting these documents at a later date, but in the meantime, we can begin working on your application.”