BC Recovery Benefit

The BC Recovery Benefit provided a one-time, tax-free payment of up to $1,000 for eligible families and single parents and up to $500 for eligible individuals. It was calculated based on net income from your 2019 tax return. Applications are closed.

We'll continue reviewing and processing all applications received before July 1, 2021.

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Last updated: October 1, 2021

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I applied but haven't received my payment yet

If you haven’t received your payment yet, we’re either still processing your application or we need more information from you.

We’re still reviewing and processing your application

If your application is still in progress, you may contact us to check the status of your application.

We need additional eligibility information from you

Based on the information you provided in your application, we might not have been able to automatically verify your eligibility.

If you’ve been waiting and haven’t received a letter or email from us detailing what you need to submit, check your spam or junk folder for an email from DoNotReplyETaxBC@gov.bc.ca. If you still don’t see an email from us or you haven’t received a letter, contact us.

If you need to submit additional eligibility information, you must submit the information before the deadline. If you don't submit additional information, your application will be denied.


I’m approved but haven’t received my payment yet

After your application is approved, payment will generally be deposited to your bank account within 5 business days. You’ll receive your Notice of Determination in the mail when your payment is processed.

If you received an email or letter confirming you’re approved for the benefit but you haven’t received your direct banking deposit more than 5 days after confirmation, you might have provided the wrong banking information or made a mistake on your application.

To correct this:

  • Contact your bank to make sure the payment hasn’t been deposited and inform them the payment likely went to the wrong account
  • Make sure the bank returns the original payment
  • Securely submit one of the following to verify your banking information:
    • A voided cheque
    • Letter or form from your bank
    • Screenshot from your online banking that shows the required banking information

We’ll issue a payment to the corrected bank account when the original payment is returned by the bank.


How to submit documentation

If you were asked to submit additional documents to support your application, provide your confirmation number or Case ID when you submit your documents online or by mail: 

Online

Use our secure document uploader tool. This is the fastest and most secure way to send documentation.

Submit documents online

By mail

BC Recovery Benefit
Ministry of Finance
PO BOX 9439 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC  V8W 9V3

We strongly recommend that you do not send personal information by email, due to the risk that it may get intercepted. 

We’ll complete our review after we receive your information.

If you have questions about the documentation you’ve been asked to provide, contact us at BCRBPsupport@gov.bc.ca or call our toll-free line at 1-833-882-0020. If you need help uploading documents, call us.


I need to report changes to my eligibility

You must notify us within 90 days or by September 30, 2021, whichever is later, of any changes to your eligibility. Examples of things to report include:

  • A reassessment of your or your spouse or common-law partner's 2019 net income by the Canada Revenue Agency that resulted in an increase to your family net income and therefore results in a reduction to the benefit amount

  • An error made in your application claiming the wrong individual as your cohabitating spouse or common-law partner or child

You can notify us by phone, mail or by submitting a letter securely online. To speed up our review, include your confirmation number or case ID and the income tax Notice of Reassessment. 

You can also notify us by emailing BCRBPsupport@gov.bc.ca. However, do not send sensitive information by email.

If you received income assistance, disability assistance, seniors’ supplement, hardship allowance or comfort allowance for the month of January or February 2021, you don’t need to notify us about changes to your eligibility.


Repayments, interest and penalties

You may need to repay the benefit if:

  • You applied and later realized you aren't eligible
  • You didn't apply and received a payment in error
  • We later determine that you're not eligible
  • A reassessment to your 2019 net income changes the benefit amount you’re entitled to

You would have received a Statement of Account from us with a payment amount.

How to repay

Online bill payment service

If you have online banking, you can use your financial institution’s online bill payment service to make a repayment. To do this, you need to add a payee to your account and enter your DRF account number.

  • The payee to add is BC STMT OF ACCT
  • The account number to add is the DRF number on your statement. Enter the letters DRF followed by the 8 numbers of the account in this format: DRF-1234-5678

Follow the instructions within your online banking account to add the payee ‘BC STMT OF ACCT’ and make the payment. If you’re unable to find the payee by searching ‘BC STMT OF ACCT’, try searching only one of the terms, such as ‘BC’ or ‘ACCT’.

If you’re still unable to find or add the payee, contact your financial institution for assistance.

By cheque

If your financial institution can’t return the payment, you can mail us a cheque made payable to the Minister of Finance to:

BC Recovery Benefit
Ministry of Finance
PO BOX 9439 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC  V8W 9V3

With the cheque, include either:

  • Your confirmation number or Case ID from your application
  • A note that states you didn’t apply for the benefit if you received it in error

If your cheque is from a different account from the one the payment was deposited into, also include the account information where the payment was deposited so we can mark the payment as returned.

Interest

You may be charged interest on:

  • The amounts of any B.C. Recovery Benefit that you must repay, and
  • Any related penalties

Interest on the benefit amount that must be repaid will be charged from the date the amount was originally paid.

Penalties

You must notify us if there were changes to your eligibility after the result of your benefit has been determined. 

A penalty of $10 per day to a maximum of $250 may be charged if you don't notify us. 

A penalty of up to $3,000 for gross negligence may also be charged if you knowingly, or under circumstances amounting to gross negligence, make false statements that result in, or that would have resulted in, any individual receiving a payment that they would not have been eligible for.


Audits

An audit is a check of your eligibility to receive the B.C. Recovery Benefit. If you’re selected for an audit, you’ll be contacted by mail.

The letter you receive will outline information and documents you need to provide us. You can send your documents using our secure online service or by mail.

If you have questions about the documentation you’ve been asked to provide, contact us at BCRBPsupport@gov.bc.ca or call our toll-free line at 1-877-387-3332

Learn more about your rights and what to expect when you interact with us.


Appeals

If you don’t agree with a determination made on your benefit, you may appeal to the Minister. You cannot appeal being charged interest on amounts you must repay.

Your notice of appeal must be received by the Minister of Finance within 90 days from the date on the Notice of Determination or Redetermination.

You should still pay your assessment even if you're filing an appeal. If you don't pay the assessment, you'll continue to be charged interest and may be subject to collection action.


How the benefit worked

Families and single parents with a net income of up to $125,000 were eligible for $1,000. Eligible families and single parents with a net income of up to $175,000 were eligible for a reduced benefit amount.

Individuals with a net income of up to $62,500 were eligible for $500. Eligible individuals with a net income of up to $87,500 were eligible for a reduced benefit amount.

The benefit defines a family as an individual and their spouse or common-law partner, unless they are separated. Both people must have met all eligibility requirements

The benefit defines a single parent as an individual who is the only parent residing with the child in B.C. and who is the principal caregiver to at least one child. 

A child is someone under the age of 19 on December 18, 2020 who would not be eligible for the benefit on their own. However, if payments were made for the child under the Children's Special Allowance Act (Canada) for December 2020, you cannot claim the benefit in respect of that child. 


Eligibility requirements

You may need to review the eligibility criteria if the information you submitted in your application has changed.

Generally, the benefit was available to people:

Resident of B.C.

You were likely a resident of B.C. on December 18, 2020 if you lived in the province on that date. Review the residency eligibility to ensure you qualified as a resident.

Filing 2020 taxes

If you filed your 2020 tax return as a resident of B.C. and you were a resident in B.C. on December 18, 2020, you’re a resident of B.C. for this benefit.

Temporarily living in another province

If you physically resided outside B.C. on December 18, 2020 but B.C. is where you usually live, and you filed your 2020 tax return as a resident of B.C., you’re a resident in B.C. for this benefit. 

This could include students who attend school outside of B.C.

Deemed resident of Canada

If you were a deemed resident of Canada, you’re not a resident of B.C. and weren’t eligible for the benefit.

Deemed residents of Canada aren’t eligible for other provincial benefits paid through the income tax system and are not generally liable for B.C. income tax.

Residential ties

You can use your residential ties to determine if you’re a resident of B.C. Your primary residential ties include your:
 

  • Home (owned or leased) and personal property
  • Spouse or common-law partner
  • Dependents

There are secondary residential ties that could determine your B.C. residency. To evaluate their significance, these ties must be looked at collectively. They can include your:
 

  • Personal property in B.C. like furniture, clothing, automobiles and recreational vehicles
  • Social ties with B.C. including memberships in B.C. recreational or religious organizations
  • Economic ties with B.C. including employment with a B.C. employer, active involvement in a B.C. business, bank accounts, retirement savings plans, credit cards and securities accounts
  • Enrollment in the Medical Services Plan
  • B.C. driver's licence
  • Vehicle registration in B.C.
  • Seasonal dwelling place in B.C.
  • Memberships in B.C. unions or professional organizations

Specific eligibility criteria

The following circumstances may affect eligibility for the benefit.

Families

If you were a B.C. resident but your spouse was not, you were only eligible for the individual benefit.

If you were the principal caregiver of at least one child who resided with you in B.C., you were only eligible for the single parent benefit. You’re considered the principal caregiver if you have primary responsibility for the child most of the time.

If you were living apart from your spouse or common-law partner for a period of at least 90 days because of a breakdown in the relationship and you had not reconciled, you're considered separated for the purpose of the benefit.

The effective day of your separated status is the day you started living apart.

Each person could be eligible for the benefit if all eligibility criteria were met.

If you were separated and had shared custody of your child or children, each parent could be eligible for the individual benefit.

You could be eligible for the single parent benefit if you were the principal caregiver to at least one child. You’re considered the principal caregiver if you have primary responsibility for the child most of the time.

Note: If you were a shared-custody parent for the Canada Child Benefit or the GST/HST credit, you’re not considered the principal caregiver for the child.

Income tax return

You must have filed a 2019 return to apply for the benefit, even if you were not required to file a 2019 Canadian personal income tax return because you earned less than $12,200 and met other criteria exempting you.

If your spouse or common-law partner on December 18, 2020 was not required to file a 2019 Canadian personal income tax return, you were eligible for the family benefit without their return if:

  • Your spouse or common-law partner was not a resident in Canada at any time in 2019, or
  • You have:
    • Filed your 2019 Canadian personal income tax return and reported you were married to or in a common-law relationship, and
    • Claimed the spouse or common-law partner amount on line 30300 of your 2019 Canadian personal income tax return

If you weren't required to file a 2019 Canadian personal income tax return because you became resident in Canada for tax purposes during 2020, you were still eligible for the benefit.

You were required to include your income from all sources for 2019.

  • All amounts must be converted into Canadian dollars using the Bank of Canada exchange rate in effect when you received the income
  • We will require documentation to support your income

 Individuals

 

I'm on income assistance, disability assistance, seniors’ supplement, hardship allowance or comfort allowance

If you received a payment for income assistance, disability assistance, seniors’ supplement, hardship allowance or comfort allowance anytime for the month of January or February 2021, you automatically receive the full benefit amount.

You needed to apply for the benefit if you started receiving social support payments for March 2021 or later.

If you or your spouse or common-law partner became bankrupt in 2019, the amount of the benefit you were eligible for is based on the total of your pre- and post-bankruptcy income.

If you were confined to a prison or similar institution for a period of 90 days or longer that includes December 18, 2020, you were not eligible for the benefit.

A deceased individual’s estate could be eligible for the individual benefit if the individual was alive on December 18, 2020.

If you were married or in a common-law relationship on December 18, 2020 and your partner has since died, you were still eligible for the family benefit instead of the individual benefit.

If you’re an employee of a foreign country, or a family member of an employee of a foreign country, and you’re exempt from paying income tax in Canada, you were not eligible for the benefit.

People under 19

To be eligible for this benefit, you must be at least 19 years old on December 18, 2020, unless you have a spouse or common-law partner or are a parent of a child who resides with you.  

If you were under 19 and lived with a spouse or common-law partner, you were eligible for the family benefit.

If you were under 19 and was the principal caregiver to at least one child, you were eligible for the single parent benefit. You’re considered the principal caregiver if you have primary responsibility for the child most of the time.

 


Legislation

Bill 4, Budget Measures Implementation Act, 2021


Need help?

Toll-free

Call centre agents are available to:

  • Provide information about your application status
  • Answer questions about any additional documents you’ve been asked to provide
  • Answer general questions about the benefit

1-833-882-0020 (within Canada)

Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, excluding statutory holidays.

Email

For general inquiries: 
BCRBPinfo@gov.bc.ca

For questions about an existing application:
BCRBPsupport@gov.bc.ca