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Common Questions

What benefits and financial help are available during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Last reviewed February 2021 by the Clicklaw Editors.

Financial assistance and benefits are available from the Government of Canada and the BC government. You can find out about their eligibility criteria and application deadlines using the resources below.

Good starting points include:

  • Legal Help BC, from Justice Education Society, has pages containing answers to questions around benefits and assistance for workers, employers, small business owners, tenants/renters, families, students, and consumers.
  • Coronavirus: Your Legal Questions Answered, from People’s Law School, provides bite-sized information on benefits for workers and small business owners from the federal government and any current financial assistance for individuals from the BC government.
  • Coronavirus & Relief Benefits: The 5-Minute Summary, from People’s Law School, provides a table of the various benefits and summarizes the main supports available.

Government sources:

  • BC’s Response to COVID-19 from the provincial government provides the details of financial help for individuals and families, people on income assistance, seniors, and people with disabilities. It also includes information on economic supports for businesses.
  • COVID-19 Benefits and Services from the federal government provides all the details of financial assistance available to help Canadians and businesses facing hardship.
  • Benefits Finder, from the federal government, is an online tool where you can search for benefits related to COVID-19.

Need more help?

  • Ask JES, from Justice Education Society, can help with your questions by phone, live chat or email.
  • Courthouse Libraries BC provides legal information services via phone, email, and a network of libraries throughout BC.
  • Talk to a Service BC agent about non-health-related information and services in the province. Text: 1-604-630-0300. Call: 1-888-COVID19 or 1-888-268-4319. Service is available from 7:30 am to 8 pm Pacific Time. Translation services in 110+ languages available. Standard message and data rates may apply. Telephone for the deaf: dial 711 in BC.
  • For federal assistance, complete a service request form online. A Service Canada officer will call you back within two business days. If they cannot complete your request over the phone, they will offer you an appointment to visit a Service Canada Centre.
  • Find more services near you on Clicklaw HelpMap.

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