COVID-19 Provincial and Federal Benefits

British Columbians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are able to access income supports, tax relief and direct funding for people, businesses and services. 

This compiled list of federal and provincial financial benefits is updated on an ongoing basis.

Last updated: August 5, 2020

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Support for Individuals and Families


Canada Revenue Agency Payment Deadline Extension

The CRA is extending the payment due date for current year individual, corporate, and trust income tax returns, including instalment payments, from September 1, 2020, to September 30, 2020.

Penalties and interest will not be charged if payments are made by the extended deadline of September 30, 2020. This includes the late-filing penalty as long as the return is filed by September 30, 2020.


British Columbians who pay federal income tax.

Special GST/HST Credit Payment

As of April 9, 2020, a special GST/HST credit payment for low- and modest-income families was made:

  • $400 for individuals
  • Close to $600 for couples


British Columbians received payment automatically if they normally receive the GST/HST credit.

See more details about the special GST/HST credit


BC Parks - Free Day Pass

Visitors now require a free day-use pass to access specific areas in six provincial parks.

The day-use passes are part of a pilot program to manage the number of visitors in popular parks and provide opportunities for physical distancing in congested areas.


Further details about the passes required in each park, along with detailed information about BC Parks response to COVID-19 and which parks remain closed, can be found at the BC Parks website.

Service BC online options with Verify by Video

The BC Services Card Verify by Video service allows people to launch a live video call with a Service BC representative within the BC Services Card mobile app.

People can use the "Send Video" function within the BC Services Card app on their iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet to send Service BC a photo and a short video of themselves at any time, day or night.

A Service BC representative reviews and verifies the person’s identity and activates their mobile BC Services Card for online use within just a few hours,  eliminating the need to visit a Service BC Centre for in-person identity verification. 


The Verify by Video service is available through the BC Services Card mobile app.

B.C. Climate Action Tax Credit

In July 2020, eligible families of four automatically received a combined B.C. Climate Action Tax payment up to $564, and eligible individuals will received a combined B.C. Climate Action Tax payment up to $218.

The enhanced B.C. Climate Action Tax Credit was combined with the federal GST/HST credit payment.


British Columbians received the Climate Action Tax Credit along with their federal GST/HST returns. 

See more details about the B.C. Climate Action Tax Credit


Payment Deferral

ICBC clients currently on a monthly Autoplan can defer their payments for up to 90 days with no penalty.

Cancellation and Re-Plating Fees

Other temporary changes included:

  • Waiving the $30 fee if insurance was cancelled
  • Waiving the $18 plating fee
  • Suspension of insurance for fleet vehicle customers


Payment Deferral

Residential and commercial customers currently on a monthly Autoplan payment.

Deferrals also available to commercial and fleet vehicles.

Apply for ICBC payment deferral online

Cancellation and Re-Plating Fees

Customers will be required to remove the plate from their vehicle while it is not insured and the vehicle must be kept off the road.

Customers who reinsure May 30th or thereafter will be able to re-use their plate. Customers reinsuring prior to that date will be issued a new plate at no charge and at that time are expected to surrender their plate.

See more details about cancellation and re-plating fees

BC Hydro Payment Relief

BC Hydro rates will be reduced by 1% on April 1, 2020.

Some of the supports that have been offered through BCHydro include:

  • Halted all service disconnections because of non-payment during COVID-19
  • Residential customers who are not working because of COVID-19 received credits to cover electricity bills – three times their average monthly bill over the past year at their home. The credit does not have to be repaid
  • Customers were able to defer bill payments or arrange for flexible payment plans with no penalty
  • Customers who are dealing with job loss, illness or loss of wages due to COVID-19 can use BC Hydro’s Customer Crisis Fund grant program for up to $600


British Columbians who are customers of BC Hydro


FortisBC Customer Recovery Fund

Residential FortisBC customers were able sign up for the COVID-19 Customer Recovery Fund to automatically have their bills deferred from April 1 to June 30, 2020.

  • A repayment schedule, free of interest or additional fees, will be set up and payments can be spread over a full year


This support was offered from April 1 to June 30, 2020.


Canada Child Benefit

A temporary increase to the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) provided up to an extra $300 per child.


This benefit was delivered as part of the scheduled CCB payment in May. 

See more details about the Canada Child Benefit

Crisis Texting Service for Kids of CAF Families

Children and youth of military families across Canada can access a 24/7 confidential, free texting service for mental health and wellbeing support in both English and French.


Children and youth of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members

See more details on the Crisis Text Line


Child Care for Essential Service Workers

At the end of March 2020, the Province began matching essential service workers with child care in their communities. 

This work was done through Child Care Resource Referral Centres in 38 B.C. communities. 


All B.C. essential service workers with children under the age of five.

CYSN Emergency Relief Support Fund

A final round of the short-term Emergency Relief Support fund for children and youth with special needs and their families will provide a direct payment of $225 per month for up to three months to assist eligible families.

This will be available from July 1 to September 30, 2020.


B.C. families with children with special needs

Review eligibility and access the Emergency Relief Support Fund

Supports for Youth in Care and in the AYA Program

Youth currently living in foster care, contracted residential agencies or with relatives through the extended family program will be able to stay there.

Social workers modified agreements to allow youth and caregivers to extend their current living arrangements once a youth reaches 19.

Young adults between the ages of 19 and 27 who are enrolled in the Agreements with Young Adults (AYA) program will continue to receive financial support despite school closures and other training program interruptions caused by the current pandemic.

Any "paused" AYA time during the pandemic, or the inability for a youth to find employment because of COVID-19 during a natural program break, will not count toward the maximum 48-month program duration or age limit of 27.


Youth in care, foster care, young adults who have “aged out.”

Independent living and youth agreements will be extended, and participants in the Agreements with Young Adults (AYA) program can continue to receive funding.

See more details about supports for youth in care or in the AYA program

Kids Help Phone Line

Young people can call the Kids Help phone line to access the mental health support they need during this difficult time.


Young people in British Columbia

See more details on youth mental health support

Family Caregivers of B.C.

Funding for Family Caregivers of B.C. is doubled to $1 million to support people who are caring for elderly loved ones, family or friends.

Increased support includes:

  • Toll-free support line hours
  • Virtual connections to bring caregivers together
  • Emotional supports
  • Health care navigation


Caregivers in British Columbia

Access Family Caregivers of B.C. services



First Nations Doctor of the Day

Program enables members of BC First Nations with limited or no access to their own doctors to make virtual appointments. 

  • If you do not have a doctor of your own, or have lost access due to the COVID-19 pandemic, call 1-855-344-3800 to book an appointment
  • Medical Office Assistants are available to help you seven da​ys per week from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm


Indigenous people in B.C. and their family members

See more about Virtual Doctor of the Day

First Nations Finance Authority Funding Announcement

First Nations with existing loans under the First Nations Finance Authority (FNFA) will receive interest payment relief as a result of a $17.1 million support from the Government of Canada.

This funding will directly help First Nations to maintain financial stability and lessen the economic impacts of COVID-19, as well as allocate financial resources to other critical needs during this crisis. 


First Nations with existing loans under the FNFA

Eligible First Nations can contact the FNFA for more details

Indigenous Community Support Fund

$380 million for a new distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund to address immediate needs in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation communities.

Funds could be used for measures including, but not limited to:

  • Support for Elders and vulnerable community members
  • Measures to address food insecurity
  • Educational and other support for children
  • Mental health assistance and emergency response services
  • Preparedness measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Supporting Indigenous Communities Public Health Needs & Preparedness

$100 million to support a range of federal health measures, including support for preparedness in First Nation and Inuit communities. These funds will:

  • Respond to identified needs to update and activate pandemic plans
  • Support an effective allocation of public health and primary health care capacity to respond to the COIVD-19 outbreak
  • Align response efforts with scientific evidence as determined by a medical officer of health
  • Address immediate needs in the short term


Indigenous communities

See more details about the funds

Support for the ongoing public health response to COVID-19 in Indigenous Communities 

$285.1 million to support the ongoing public health response to COVID-19 in Indigenous communities.

The investment will fund community-led responses to the pandemic, and provide targeted increases in primary health care resources for First Nations communities. 


Indigenous communities

See more details about the funding

Supplementary funding for the On-Reserve Income Assistance Program

$270 million to supplement program to address increased demand, which helps individuals and families meet their essential living expenses.

Also helps hire additional staff to better serve First Nations communities and connect individuals to other government programs.


Indigenous communities

See more details about the funding


Indigenous Students Financial Assistance

Under an existing program, Indigenous students attending B.C.’s 25 public post-secondary institutions can request for financial assistance from their school’s Indigenous student services.

First Nations Health Authority Funding

In partnership between the First Nations Health Authority, Northern Health and Provincial Services Authority, a new collaborative framework has been developed to support communities and meet their unique needs, including:

  • Improved medical transportation options to larger centres
  • Access to Virtual Doctor of the Day, which connects First Nations members and their families in remote communities to a doctor or nurse practitioner using videoconferencing
  • Faster COVID-19 testing methods, including GeneXpert test kits in First Nations Health Authority, Norther Health, Interior Health, Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health



Canada Emergency Response Benefit

For people who have lost income because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) provides a taxable benefit of $2,000 every 4 weeks.

The federal government has extended CERB to ensure Canadians have the help they need as they transition back to work. 

Applications opened April 6, 2020.


  • Reside in Canada
  • Be at least 15 years old
  • Have stopped working because of COVID-19 (not voluntarily quit)
  • Income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of application
  • Be, or expect to be, without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period
  • For future benefit periods, expect to have no employment income

Apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Employment Insurance

Regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits are available.

The EI sickness benefit wait period and medical note requirement are waived.


Canadian workers who qualify for EI

Apply for EI


B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers

B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers provided a one-time, tax-free payment of $1,000 to B.C. residents whose ability to work has been affected by COVID-19.

Payments started to be issued in May 2020 but continue to be issued. You can apply through October 2020.


  • Have been a resident of British Columbia on March 15, 2020
  • Meet the eligibility requirements for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
  • Have been approved for the CERB, even if you haven’t received a federal benefit payment yet
  • Be at least 15 years old on the date you apply
  • Have filed, or agree to file, a 2019 B.C. income tax return
  • Not be receiving provincial income assistance or disability assistance

Apply for the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers

BC Hydro Payment Relief

To support people going through financial hardship, customers had the opportunity to apply to have their power bills forgiven for 3 months.


The fund was available from April 1 to June 30, 2020 and provided eligible residential customers with three months of financial relief on their BC Hydro bill. The program is now closed.



Funding for Community Support Organizations

Increased funding for the following:

  • $157.5 million for homeless shelters
  • $100 million for food banks and local food organizations
  • $50 million for women and sexual assault shelters
  • $40 million to Women and Gender Equality Canada, up to $30 million of which will address immediate needs of shelters and sexual assault centres


COVID-19 Crisis Supplement

Everyone receiving Income Assistance (IA) and Disability Assistance (DA) who is not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) or the emergency federal support program will automatically receive a $300 COVID-19 crisis supplement on their cheques starting in April 2020 until September 2020.

The cheque will be issued on August 26, 2020. 

  • This includes people receiving the B.C. Senior’s Supplement

Those who receive IA or DA who are eligible for EI or the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit will automatically receive a $300 COVID-19 crisis supplement in April 2020.

  • Earnings received through federal EI, including the $2,000 Canada Emergency Response Benefit, are exempt for the duration of the CERB program


People who receive income or disability assistance from the Province.

See more details about the COVID-19 crisis supplement

Food Bank Funding

$3-million emergency grant to Food Banks British Columbia to support immediate needs to buy and distribute food, pay employees and cover essential costs.


People who rely on food banks

Find a local food bank

More Spaces for People Leaving Violence

In addition to more than 100 transition houses and safe homes that the Province funds on an ongoing basis, nearly 300 additional spaces in communities throughout B.C. have been secured for people leaving violent or unstable situations.


Women and children experiencing violence

See more details on transition houses and safe homes



Mortgage Payment Deferral

Homeowners can contact their bank to apply for six months of mortgage payment deferral.


People with mortgages

See more details about mortgage payment deferral


Protections for Renters

As announced June 19, 2020, the Province is maintaining the moratorium on rent increases and evictions for non-payment of rent. 

The following tenancy laws are currently in place:

  • A landlord can issue a Notice to End Tenancy for any reason (other than unpaid or late payment rent)
  • Landlords with existing orders for eviction can take them to the courts for enforcement and can enforce a writ order effective immediately
  • Landlords can enter a rental suite with 24-hour notice and do not need the tenant’s consent. They are expected to follow health guidelines like physical distancing, cleaning and wearing masks when appropriate
  • The change also allows for personal service of documents to resume

On July 16, 2020, the Province laid out the details of a repayment framework to help renters and landlords transition when the ban on evictions for non-payment of rent is lifted ahead of September 1, 2020.

Please note, nothing is changing immediately – this notice gives people time to plan ahead.

Learn more about the repayment framework


People who are renters, landlords

Learn more about protections for renters

Temporary Rental Supplement

The Temporary Rental Supplement (TRS) provides up to $500 per month for eligible households with dependents and up to $300 per month for eligible households with no dependents.

The rental supplement is available for April, May, June, July and August 2020 on a per-household basis. 

Renters in some parts of B.C. can receive emergency help for rent payments and one-time interest-free loans through the BC Rent Bank.


To receive the rental supplement, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Receiving or eligible for Employment Insurance, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit or experiencing a 25% reduction in monthly employment income as a result of COVID-19
  • 2019 household income of less than $74,150 for households with no dependents and $113,040 for households with dependents
  • Paying more than 30% of current/reduced gross monthly income towards rent
  • Not receiving any other rent subsidy from any level of government, including subsidized housing or rent supplements, such as Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) or the Rental Assistance Program (RAP)

People who have already been approved for the TRS do not need to reapply. They will receive an email asking them to confirm they plan to live at the same address through July and August.

New applications will be accepted until August 31, 2020 and will be eligible for a supplement for the month they are received and all subsequent months.

Apply for the rent supplement through BC Housing

Self-Isolation Spaces

Nearly 2,000 spaces have been secured at sites throughout B.C.’s health regions to help people self-isolate.


People experiencing homelessness, people without safe spaces to self-isolate and youth

See more details about self-isolation spaces




One-Time Tax-Free Payment of the Old Age Security (OAS) pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)

A one-time tax-free payment of $300 for seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension, with an additional $200 for seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) was issued the first week of July 2020. Allowance recipients also received $500.


This payment was issued during the week of July 6, 2020.

Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) and Allowance Payments Extension

Temporarily extension of GIS and allowance payments if seniors’ 2019 income information has not been assessed.


To avoid an interruption in benefits, seniors are encouraged to submit their 2019 income information as soon as possible and no later than by October 1, 2020.

RRIF Withdrawal Minimum

The required minimum withdrawal from Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) has been reduced by 25% for 2020.


Canadian seniors

See more details about RRIF withdrawals


BC Senior's Crisis Supplement

A $300 supplement for April, May, June, July and August 2020 for eligible seniors.


B.C. seniors who receive the BC Senior's Supplement

No application required

See more details about the BC Senior's Supplement

United Way Funding

$50 million in funding has gone to United Way to bolster seniors’ supports in British Columbia, including services that help seniors stay in their homes, safely.


B.C. seniors

Access United Way Support

bc211 Funding

More funding has been given to bc211, a province-wide information and referral service that matches seniors with volunteers who can help with basic needs, including grocery shopping and pharmacy drop-offs.


B.C. seniors

Access bc211



Students & Recent Graduates


Canada Student Services Grant (CSSG)

Supports post-secondary students and recent graduates as they volunteer to serve in their communities’ COVID-19 response.

The CSSG provides volunteers with a one-time payment of between $1,000 and $5,000 based on the number of hours they serve.


Post-secondary students and recent graduates

Find a placement

New Jobs for Youth with Natural Resources Canada’s Science and Technology Internship Program

$15.8 million to create green jobs and training opportunities for Canadian youth in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the energy, forestry, mining, earth sciences and clean technology sectors. The funding is part of the $9-billion Government of Canada COVID-19 response for students announced by the Prime Minister on April 22, 2020.

Organizations will provide 500 green job internships, ranging from six to 12 months in length, for youth to gain experience and explore careers in the natural resources sectors.


Canadian workers aged 15 to 30

Apply for the program

Canada Emergency Student Benefit

Provides emergency financial relief to students and recent graduates who are unable to work, or unable to find work, due to reasons related to COVID-19.

The benefit will provide $1,250 a month for eligible students or $2,000 a month for eligible students with dependents or disabilities from May to August 2020.

It is also available for those who are working but not making more than $1,000 (before taxes) over the four-week period for which they are applying.

Students can apply for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit online through their CRA My Account or by phone through CRA’s automated toll-free line at 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041.


Students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and who are enrolled in a post-secondary education program leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate; or who ended their studies no earlier than December 2019. 

Apply online

See more details about the Canada Emergency Student Benefit

Federal Student Loan Repayment Freeze

Starting March 30, 2020, all federal student loan repayments are automatically frozen and interest free until September 30, 2020.


  • People with outstanding federal student loans
  • People do not need to apply for deferral
  • They do need to stop their automatic online or credit card payments

Learn more about the freeze to federal student loan repayment

Supporting International Students Working in an Essential Service

Temporary removal of restriction that allows international students to work only a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session, provided they are working in an essential service or function, such as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical goods.

This temporary rule change is in place until August 31, 2020.


Students working in an essential service or function.

Review list of federal essential services

Student Work Placement Program

$80 million for the Student Work Placement Program to support up to 20,000 post-secondary students across Canada to obtain paid work experience related to their field of study.


To participate in a student work placement you must:

  • Be registered in a post-secondary program that includes work placements
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person with refugee protection given under the law
  • Be legally able to work in Canada according to the laws and regulations of the province or territory where you live

Learn more about the Student Work Placement Program


B.C. Student Loan Repayment Freeze

Starting March 30, 2020, all B.C. student loan repayments are automatically frozen until September 30, 2020.


  • People with outstanding B.C. student loans
  • People do not need to apply for deferral
  • They do need to stop their automatic online or credit card payments

Learn more about the changes that StudentAidBC is making to support students

Keep Learning BC

The Province has launched Keep Learning BC so that kids can continue their education online.

Families can find ideas for everyday educational activities, links to free learning resources and information on how to help children learn.



BC Ferries Medically-Assured Loading

BC Ferries can implement all procedures necessary to provide priority medical-assured loading on the first available vessel for any individual, their vehicle and an escort.


To access priority loading for medical treatment, passengers must: 

BC Ferries Service Change

BC Ferries has reduced sailings on all major routes, including passage from Metro-Vancouver to Vancouver Island and Metro-Vancouver to Sunshine Coast.

Inland Ferries Service Change

Effective immediately, passengers boarding inland ferries must comply with the following changes:

  • All inland ferry passengers travelling by vehicle must remain in their vehicles for the duration of the trip
  • All passenger amenities aboard the ferry are closed until further notice to limit interaction amongst passengers
  • Walk-on passengers, cyclists and motorcyclists must remain inside designated zones while in the terminal and while aboard the ferry
  • Walk-on passengers, cyclists and motorcyclists with symptoms of COVID-19 are not permitted aboard the inland ferries


Job-Protected Leave

The Employment Standards Act has changed so workers can take unpaid, job-protected leave if they are unable to work because of COVID-19, retroactive to January 27, 2020.

Workers now have 3 days of unpaid, job-protected leave each year.

Liability of Essential Services Workers

Workers who provide essential services cannot be held liable for damages caused by exposure to COVID-19 if they comply with orders from the provincial health officer and other authorities.

B.C. COVID-19 Temporary Pandemic Pay

Temporary pandemic pay supports health, social services and corrections employees delivering in-person, front-line care during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


The 16-week eligibility period for program ended on July 4, 2020.  Efforts are now underway for the next stage required to process the temporary pay for employees. 

Review details about temporary pandemic pay



Support for Businesses, Organizations and Industry


Canada Emergency Business Account 

The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to eligible small businesses and not-for-profits to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced.

Repaying the loan on or before December 31, 2022 will result in loan forgiveness of 25% (up to $10,000).

Business Credit Availability Program

The Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) is available at various financial institutions and credit unions to support businesses in all sectors and regions to obtain financing.

For Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises:

The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is working with financial institutions to co-lend term loans to small and medium enterprises, for their operational cash flow requirements. The program offers differing maximum finance amounts based on business revenues. Eligibility has been extended to all legal businesses, including cannabis businesses and those in the hospitality sector operating bars and lounges.

Export Development Canada (EDC) is working with financial institutions to issue new operating credit and cash flow term loans of up to $6.25 million to small and medium enterprises. Support is available to both exporting and non-exporting companies.

For Mid-Sized Companies with Larger Financing Needs:

BDC’s Mid-Market Financing Program
Provides commercial loans ranging between $12.5 million and $60 million to medium-sized businesses whose credit needs exceed what is already available through the BCAP and other measures. 

EDC’s Mid-Market Guarantee and Financing Program
EDC is working with financial institutions to guarantee 75% of new operating credit and cash-flow loans – ranging in size from $16.75 million to a maximum of $80 million to companies with revenues of between $50 million to $300 million. These expanded guarantees are available to exporters, international investors and businesses that sell their products or services within Canada. 


Small and medium enterprises should work with their current financial institutions.

See more details about the Business Credit Availability Program

Communities Futures Emergency Loan Program

Interest-free loans of up to $40,000, with up to $10,000 forgivable if repaid before December 31, 2022, to small and medium size businesses in rural communities.


Businesses must be ineligible for other federal support programs such as the CEBA and BCAP, established before March 1, 2020, and be a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, social enterprise, or other similar organization. 

Learn more about Community Future

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund

The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund is specifically targeted toward businesses and organizations that may require additional help to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic but have been unable to access existing support measures.

Three loan options are available to qualifying businesses:

Businesses outside the Community Future network

  • Interest-free loans of up to $40,000, with up to $10,000 forgivable if repaid before December 31, 2020
  • Offered through Western Economic Diversification Canada
  • Sole proprietorships and not-for-profits are not eligible

Businesses requesting more then $40,000

  • Interest-free loans of up to $1 million, with no scheduled monthly repayments required until after December 31, 2022
  • Offered through Western Economic Diversification Canada
  • Sole proprietorships and not-for-profits are not eligible

Women-run businesses

  • Interest-free loans of up to $40,000, with up to $10,000 forgivable if repaid before December 31, 2020
  • Offered through the Women's Enterprise Centre


Businesses interested in receiving support through this initiative must not be eligible for other federal supports such as the Canada Emergency Business Account.

Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility

The Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) program will provide bridge financing to Canada’s largest employers, whose needs during the pandemic are not being met through conventional financing, in order to keep their operations going during the pandemic.


LEEFF is open to large Canadian employers who meet the following criteria:

  • Have a significant impact on Canada’s economy, as demonstrated by having significant operations in Canada or supporting a significant workforce in Canada
  • Can generally demonstrate approximately $300 million or more in annual revenues
  • Require a minimum loan size of about $60 million

Review eligibility requirements and apply

Industrial Research Assistance Program

Assistance provided to innovative, early-stage companies that are unable to access other COVID-19 business supports through the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP).

IRAP provides advice, connections, and funding to help Canadian small and medium-sized businesses increase their innovation capacity and take ideas to market.


Small and medium-sized businesses

Apply for IRAP



Temporary measures under Part III of the Canada Labour Code – Extension of lay-off periods

The federal government has announced changes to extend time periods for temporary layoffs to allow employers more time to recall laid-off employees.

The amendments, which are set out in the Canada Labour Standards Regulations, temporarily extend these time periods by up to six months:

  • For employees laid off prior to March 31, 2020, the time period is extended by six months or to December 30, 2020, whichever occurs first
  • For employees laid off between March 31, 2020, and September 30, 2020, the time period is extended until December 30, 2020, unless a later recall date was provided in a written notice at the time of the layoff


These changes came into effect on June 22, 2020.

Mandatory Isolation Support for Temporary Foreign Workers Program

The Mandatory Isolation Support for Temporary Foreign Workers Program (MISTFWP) provides support of $1,500 for each temporary foreign worker, to employers or those working with them to ensure requirements are fully met. The funding is conditional on employers not being found in violation of the mandatory isolation.

An exemption was granted for temporary foreign workers from travel restrictions to Canada, along with other foreigners with student and work visas, provided they adhere to a strict 14-day isolation protocol upon arrival.


Canadian employers in the farming, fish harvesting, and food production and processing sectors.

Apply for the MISTFWP

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy provides eligible businesses with 75% of the wages normally earned by employees, up to a maximum of $847 per employee per week.

The program began on March 15, 2020 and has been extended by an additional 12 weeks to August 29, 2020.

Organizations that do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy may continue to qualify for the previously announced wage subsidy of 10% of remuneration paid from March 18, 2020, to before June 20, 2020, up to a maximum subsidy of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer.

The subsidy extended until December 19, 2020. This includes redesigned program details until November 21, 2020.

For persons with disabilities, this legislation extends the one-time payment of $600 to include persons with disabilities who are beneficiaries as of June 1, 2020 of Canada Pension Plan Disability benefits, or one of the disability supports provided by Veterans Affairs Canada.

Work-Sharing Program Extension

The Work-Sharing program has been extended from 38 weeks to 76 weeks.


The program is offered to workers who agree to reduce their normal working hours because of developments beyond the control of their employers.

See more details about the Work-Sharing program

Canada Summer Jobs Program

The call for applications for the 2020 season is now closed.

Review the list of employers approved for funding


Employers and young Canadians

Review changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program


Extended temporary layoffs provisions to a maximum of 24 weeks

The extension expires August 30, 2020. 

Extension will give employers and workers additional flexibility to support economic recovery in the province with the expectation that businesses honour their obligations to workers and reach agreement with their employees in the event a further extension is required.


Solvency Special Payment Relief Regulations

Temporary relief to sponsors of federally regulated, defined benefit pension plans.

Under the regulations, until December 30, 2020, federally regulated defined benefit pension plan sponsors are not required to make solvency special payments. The regulations also provide accommodations for solvency special payments made since April 1, 2020.


Plan sponsors whose pension plans have a solvency deficiency, and are normally required to make monthly payments to fund the deficiency and/or address their obligations through the use of letters of credit.

Review eligibility of the Solvency Special Payment Relief Regulations


ICBC Payment Deferral

ICBC clients currently on a monthly Autoplan can defer their payments for up to 90 days with no penalty.


Residential and commercial customers currently on a monthly Autoplan payment.

Deferrals also available to commercial and fleet vehicles.

Apply for ICBC payment deferral online

BC Hydro Payment Relief

BC Hydro rates were reduced by 1% on April 1, 2020.

Small businesses had the opportunity to apply to have their power bills forgiven for 3 months (April to June 2020).

Major industries, like pulp and paper mills and mines, can defer 50% of their bill payments for six months, to the end of August 2020.

The deferred amounts will be repaid over a future nine-month period and are subject to interest.


The COVID-19 Relief Fund program closed June 30, 2020. Applications are no longer accepted.


FortisBC Customer Recovery Fund

For small businesses that were forced to close, FortisBC issued bill credits to offset any charges to their account. 

Businesses still open, but facing a slowdown in revenue, did not receive bill credits but could sign up for the COVID-19 Customer Recovery Fund to automatically have their bills deferred from April 1 to June 30, 2020.


The fund was available from April 1 to June 30, 2020 and is no longer available.



Federal Payment Deferrals

Personal income tax filings and payment are deferred to June 1, 2020 and Aug. 31, 2020.


Businesses were able to defer paying GST/HST remittances and customs duties until June 30, 2020.

This support is no longer available.

See more details about federal payment deferrals


Provincial Payment Deferrals

Businesses with a payroll over $500,000 can defer their employer health tax payments until Sept. 30, 2020. Businesses with a payroll under $500,000 are already exempt.

Payments for provincial sales tax (PST), hotel tax, carbon tax, motor fuel tax and tobacco tax are deferred to Sept. 30, 2020.

The scheduled increase to the carbon tax rate, and the application of PST to e-commerce transactions and sweetened carbonated drinks, are delayed until further notice.

School Tax Reduction

School tax rates for commercial properties are reduced for the 2020 tax year.

On April 16, 2020, the school property tax was lowered again and classes 7 and 8 are now included. Overall, the commercial property tax bill for most businesses will be reduced by 25% on average.

Late payment penalties for classes 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 are postponed to October 1, 2020. 

Commercial renters with triple-net leases are expected to receive the benefit from this measure. 


Automatic reduction

No application required


Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program

Program provides forgivable loans to qualifying commercial property owners to cover 50% of monthly rent payments that are payable by eligible small business tenants who are experiencing financial hardship during April, May, June, July and August.

The loans will be forgiven if the mortgaged property owner agrees to reduce the small business tenants’ rent by at least 75% under a rent forgiveness agreement, which will include a term not to evict the tenant while the agreement is in place. The small business tenant would cover the remainder, up to 25% of the rent.


Commercial property owners and small business tenants

Review eligibility and apply for the Canada Emergency Rent Assistance Program


B.C.’s Order under the Emergency Program Act strengthens Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (CECRA)

Eligible businesses whose landlords choose not to apply for the federal CECRA program will be protected from evictions due to unpaid rent payments through to the end of August 2020, as determined by the federal program timelines.

The Emergency Program Act (EPA) order restricts the termination of lease agreements and the repossession of goods and property.


Commercial tenants that

  • Have seen a 70% reduction in their revenue
  • Have rent under $50,000 a month
  • Generate no more than $20 million in gross annual revenues

Apply for the Canada Emergency Rent Assistance Program


Canada Infrastructure Program

Program has been adjusted so that provinces and territories can use federal funding to act quickly on a wider range of more pandemic-resilient infrastructure projects.

This could include retrofitting schools, upgrading hospitals and long-term care homes to deal with social distancing requirements, building new parks, cycling and walking paths or disaster mitigation projects that protect against floods and fires.


Changes are designed as short-term measures to address the current situation with flexibility.

Modernization of Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF)

Provides funding for projects that make Canadian communities and workplaces more accessible for persons with disabilities. EAF aims to create more opportunities for persons with disabilities to take part in community activities, programs and services, or to access employment.

The call for proposals for the EAF small projects component provides funding to organizations for small-scale construction, renovation or retrofit projects that enable persons with disabilities to live and work in more inclusive and accessible communities.


The following organizations are eligible:

  • Not-for-profit 
  • Business
  • Small municipality
  • Indigenous organization (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities)
  • Territorial government

Apply for the Enabling Accessibility Fund

Emergency Community Support Fund

Charities and non-profit organizations requiring financial assistance to address the pandemic can now apply for the Emergency Community Support Fund.

The Government of Canada is working with the United Way Centraide Canada, the Canadian Red Cross and the Community Foundations of Canada to distribute the Emergency Community Support Fund.

These partners will disburse funds to local community-based organizations working with vulnerable populations. 


Charities and non-profit organizations

Review eligibility and apply now

Business Resilience Service Hotline

A four-week hotline service was created to help entrepreneurs and small business owners in need of financial planning advice, particularly those who may not have access to an accountant. The service was also open to not-for-profit organizations and charities.


The service hotline is no longer operational.



Community Gaming Grants

Community Gaming Grants (CGG) specifically fund programs or services as well as minor capital projects and capital acquisitions related to program delivery.

Applications for the human and social services sector of CGGs, which includes food banks, shelters, domestic violence supports, hospice, counselling services and others, opened in mid-June 2020.

Other changes to the CGG program provide:

  • Flexibility in requirements
  • Ability to include new programs in an application to respond to COVID-19 specific needs
  • Guidance on how to apply for grants given current uncertainty about whether programs such as annual fairs may be postponed or cancelled

Capital Grants

  • Increasing the amount the Province covers from 50% to 80% of the total cost of eligible capital projects directly related to COVID-19, up to a maximum of $250,000
  • Learn more about capital grants


Not-for-profit organizations providing programs or services of direct benefit to the broader community

Review eligibility information and apply

Economic Recovery Planning

$1.5 billion in provincial funding will support economic stimulus once the pandemic has passed.

The B.C. government is working in partnership with a new Economic Recovery Task Force to develop B.C.’s long-term plan for economic recovery.



Canadian Fish and Seafood Opportunities Fund Reopened

The Canadian Fish and Seafood Opportunities Fund (CFSOF) has been reopened to support the industry in accessing new consumer markets in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $42.85 million Canadian Fish and Seafood Opportunities Fund enables the Government of Canada and provincial and territorial partners to support industries’ priority projects and help people working in the fish and seafood sector by creating jobs and developing more opportunities for products.


In general, not-for-profit industry organizations operating on a national or sector-wide basis may apply.

Review fund details and get ready to apply

Emergency Processing Fund

$77.5 million to incentivize strategic investments to maintain and increase domestic food production and processing critical to Canada’s food supply. Food processors can receive up to $5 million, per recipient, to help enhance worker health and safety and for domestic food processing.

The Emergency Processing Fund will offer:

  • Emergency COVID Response - Funding to help companies implement changes to safeguard the health and safety of workers, their families, and communities
  • Strategic Investments - Funding to help companies improve, automate and modernize facilities to increase food supply capacity.

Financing Products through Farm Credit Canada

Through an additional $5 billion received from the Federal government, Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is offering loan payment deferrals and other financing products to the agriculture and food industry.

FCC has put in place:

  • A deferral of principal and interest payments up to six months for existing loans


  • A deferral of principal payments up to 12 months


Producers, agribusinesses and food processors

Review eligibility requirements

For more information on these options or on how FCC can help improve your financial position, please contact your local office or the Customer Service Centre at 1-888-332-3301 for further details. 

Please note: FCC is a lending organization. Normal lending due diligence will be taken on all applications.

Local Food Infrastructure Fund, COVID-19 Fund

Fund aims to strengthen food support organizations and to help improve access to safe and nutritious food for Canadians at risk. The program’s goal is to reduce food insecurity by establishing and/or strengthening local food networks in the medium to longer term.


Proposals under the program will support small and large community-led projects at facilities such as urban gardens, community kitchens, food banks, and greenhouses.

Eligible applicants:

  • Community or charitable organizations
  • Indigenous groups
  • Not-for-profit co-operatives

Apply for the Local Food Infrastructure Fund

Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is working with the Investment Agriculture Foundation, a local not-for-profit, to deliver in British Columbia. WD has been allocated more than $9 million in funding from Fisheries and Oceans Canada to support fish, seafood and aquaculture processors across Western Canada.

Eligible fish and seafood processors could apply for help with COVID-19 related costs incurred after March 15, 2020.


The Investment Agriculture Foundation (IAF) accepted applications from June 22 to July 13, 2020.

The application window for the Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund is now closed. The IAF team is currently reviewing all of the applications received and funding decisions will be communicated as soon as possible. 

Youth Employment and Skills Program

The federal government has enhanced the Youth Employment and Skills Program and funded up to 700 new positions for youth in the agriculture industry.

The program provide agriculture employers up to 50 per cent of the cost of hiring a Canadian youth up to $14,000. Indigenous applicants and those applicants hiring a youth facing barriers are eligible for funding of up to 80 per cent of their costs.

Employers may apply for this funding retroactive to April 1, 2020, with projects to be completed by March 31, 2021.


Producers, agri-businesses, industry associations, provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous organizations and research facilities are eligible.

Application forms are available through the Youth Employment and Skills Program.

For more information, email or call 1-866-452-5558.

Surplus Food Rescue Program

$50 million initiative supports Canada’s food system, food processors, and food producers, and distributors to help ensure food availability.

Funding will be used to help manage and redirect existing surpluses to organizations addressing food insecurity and ensure that these surplus products are not wasted.


Eligible applicants consist of not-for-profit and for-profit organizations (benefits must accrue broadly) and include:

  • Community or charitable organizations
  • Indigenous groups
  • Cooperatives
  • Regional and municipal governments and agencies (can include schools or school boards)

Priority consideration for surplus commodities that have immediate risk of loss will be determined first.

See more details on the program and apply


AgSafe Courses For Temporary Foreign Workers and Campsites Available  

The B.C. government provided funding to local governments to help set up designated campsite accommodations and ensure they meet health and safety requirements as outlined by the provincial health officer. 

All seasonal fruit pickers also need to take a new online COVID-19 awareness course through AgSafe, an independent association representing B.C. farm employer and worker organizations. 


All seasonal fruit pickers

Access AgSafe Courses

B.C. Farm, Fish and Food Job Connector

The new online resource showcases current job vacancies throughout the province, including:

  • Crop and seafood harvesters
  • Food processing and farm workers
  • Agrologists
  • Large machinery operators
  • Marketing specialists

The site also has sector-specific information and guidance to support businesses as they adapt recruitment and human resource management in response to COVID-19.


Farmers, seafood businesses and food processors looking for work and guidance on COVID-19 matters

Visit B.C Farm, Fish and Food Job Connector to access the resources

BCAFM Funding

The British Columbia Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) member farmers markets are eligible to receive funding to help transition to an online market platform so they can continue selling their food products to customers in their communities.

The B.C. government provided $55,000 to the BCAFM to cover fees for individual farmers markets to join the online platform and set up their digital market store presence.


B.C. farmers

Support for Animal Care Facilities

Funding is available for animal hygiene, habitat upkeep, veterinarian care, limited transportation, and repairs to equipment required to ensure the welfare of the animals in care.


B.C. shelters, animal refuges, aquariums and rehabilitation centres that lack the revenue to ensure animals in their care will not be in distress are eligible to apply for funding.

To inquire about funding eligibility, email:

Buy BC e-Commerce Funding

The B.C. government is providing an additional $250,000 to support industry-led Buy BC activities focused on e-commerce, for a total of $550,000 under the Buy BC Partnership Program.

The program provides financial support for farmers and food and beverage processors to access and develop websites that help online sales.

More Details

Additional funding will help fund applications that came in after the program was fully subscribed on May 15, 2020. No new applications will be accepted.

See more details about Buy BC e-Commerce Funding

 Federal & Provincial

B.C. Agri-Business Planning Program

B.C. agriculture, seafood and food processing business owners are encouraged to apply if their revenues have decreased by at least 30% as a result of COVID-19.

The funding available includes up to $5,000 in business planning services and coaching for individuals, and up to $20,000 for groups, from a qualified business consultant, to develop an immediate and long-term recovery plan.


For eligibility details visit the B.C. Agri-Business Planning Program website




COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations – Museums Assistance Program (MAP)

The program provides financial assistance to organizations in order to allow them to continue to care for their heritage collections under these exceptional circumstances so that they remain accessible to Canadians.


The following organizations with heritage collections are eligible for funding:

  • Not-for-profit organizations such as museums, archives, or historic sites (including those that operate seasonally and those without full-time staff)
  • Indigenous organizations or official language minority community organizations
  • Municipal and university museums with a distinct budget

Application deadline is September 1, 2020.

Apply now

Canada Council for the Arts Advance Funding

Canada Council for the Arts is providing $60 million in advance funding to core funded organizations.


Amplify BC

$7.5 million to help B.C.’s music industry continue to create and operate during the pandemic through Creative BC for Amplify BC.


The suite of programs will focus on relief, recovery and renewal for B.C. artists, live music presenters and music companies in four areas:

  • Industry initiatives: supporting the development of B.C.’s music industry, including up-and-coming talent, training, business development, export and research
  • Career development: focusing on emerging and established artists
  • Live music: providing support for B.C.-based live music events and the businesses that run them
  • Music company development: focusing on innovation and supporting the sustainability of B.C.’s music companies

Apply now

Arts and Culture Resilience Supplement

BC Arts Council Arts and Culture Resilience Supplement provides existing operating assistance clients and eligible project clients with up to $15,000.


Existing (operating assistance) clients, eligible project clients

See more details about BC Arts Council programs

BC Arts Council Client Funding

After advancing 50% of operating funding immediately in April, the BC Arts Council is distributing the remaining 50% to organizations this July. Combined, organizations throughout the province will receive more than $15 million total to help give them certainty and flexibility as they budget for the year.


Existing operating assistance clients

Showcase BC Grant Program

The new Showcase BC music funding program offers one-time micro-grants of $500 to emerging artists and $2,000 to established artists for livestreaming, songwriting and professional development.

British Columbians can access all the grant performances for free through the Showcase BC website and get information on new livestream events by following the hashtag #ShowcaseBC on Twitter.


BC artists who have previously submitted complete and eligible applications to:

Learn more about the Showcase BC Grant Program



Temporary Emergency Funding

Temporary Emergency Funding (TEF) will remain in place until August 31, 2020.

In addition to all unchanged requirements noted below, during the months of July and August providers are required to use any surplus TEF as a temporary wage enhancement or other non-monetary compensation, such as training towards ECE re-certification, for Early Childhood Educators in order to support and acknowledge their ongoing hard work.

As of September 1, 2020 all providers in receipt of TEF will revert to their regular CCOF Base Funding.

Licensed child care providers staying open can receive funding to keep operations going.

  • These centres are eligible to receive seven times their average monthly funding from government
  • This is expected to cover approximately 75% of a group facility’s average monthly operating expenses
  • Licensed child care providers can continue to receive Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative payments and continue to receive Early Childhood Educator wage enhancements for staff

Licensed child care providers who close will be eligible to receive two times their average monthly government funding.

  • This is expected to cover approximately 20% of an average group facility's monthly operating expenses


Licensed group child care providers and smaller home-based child care providers are eligible for temporary emergency funding to keep operations going or maintain their business while closed.

Apply for temporary emergency funding



Youth Community Partnership program - Build Back Better

Communities can apply to fund a community-service project of their choosing – like trail building, beach clean-up or invasive species removal, upgrading local parks or working for a local charity.

In turn, communities provide skills and work experience to young people who are unemployed, between 15-29 years of age, through the project. 

Applicants can receive grants of up to $10,000 per youth for projects running up to 16 weeks. The youth then receive a training stipend of up to $2,000 per four-week period (to a maximum of $8,000) for work between June and October 31, 2020.


Local governments, non-profit community and environmental organizations, employer associations, chambers of commerce and Indigenous communities are encouraged to apply.

Visit WorkBC to learn more about this provincial Youth Community Partnership program.

Learn more about the federal Canada Student Service Grant.

BC Economic Development Association (BCEDA) 

Access resources for businesses, economic developers and local leaders impacted by COVID-19. Includes the BCEDA #COVID19 Resources for BC Businesses Guide.

This shareable, live document is being continually updated with the most relevant information, tools and resources for the BC business community. 

Columbia Basin Trust COVID-19 Supports and Funding

Columbia Basin has created resources for communities and partners to support the region during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community Futures BC

Business-related resources and supports for rural small businesses, including how to move businesses online.

Indigenous Business and Investment Council COVID-19 Indigenous Business Survey 

The Indigenous Business and Investment Council COVID-19 Indigenous Business Survey was conducted April 22 to 29, 2020, six to seven weeks into implementation of social distancing directives from the PHO.

Business Improvement Areas of BC (BIABC) COVID-19 Information

Consolidated resource, listing advocacy efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, BIABC Member Meetings and Webinars, and economic and health information.

Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) COVID-19 Business Resources

As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, VEW continues to work on improving the resilience of Vancouver’s diverse, low-carbon economy by:

  • Sharing relevant information and resources with the business community
  • Working with strategic partners to understand impacts to business
  • Working together to develop a Vancouver-centric economic recovery strategy
  • Access VEC COVID-19 business resources

Island Coastal Economic Trust

Offering Rapid Response Capital and Business Programs including the Small Capital Restart Funding Program.

Northern Development Initiative Trust 

Offering the Small Business Recovery (SBR) Consulting Rebate program and the Regional Business Liaison program.

British Columbia Tourism Resiliency Network

The network provides B.C. tourism businesses with one-on-one support to navigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, adapt and work towards eventual recovery.

Working together across the province, the BC Regional Tourism Secretariat leads the BC Tourism Resiliency Network. 

Registrants can access one-on-one meetings with program advisors, webinars, and other resourcesRegister for the program.


Forestry Changes Postponed

Changes to the Manufactured Forest Products Regulation (MFPR) and the Coast-wide implementation of the variable fee-in-lieu of manufacture on log exports that were scheduled to come into force on July 1,2020, are now postponed until Sept. 30, 2020, and December 2020.

Delaying the MFPR and fee-in-lieu provides B.C. forest companies with more time to prepare for and adjust their business models to the upcoming regulatory changes.


Forestry companies and communities

No application required

Stumpage Fee Deferral

Stumpage fees are deferred for three months.


The deferral with interest is available to Tree Farm Licence, Replaceable Forest Licence and First Nations’ Woodlands Licence holders who are in good financial standing with the Province. They must be following through on their reforesting obligations.

Review stumpage information



Essential Services Contingency Reserve

Essential service organizations can apply for temporary, urgent access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical supplies including, KN95 respirators, surgical masks, non-medical cloth and disposable masks, gowns, face shields, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and gloves.


Organizations identified as essential service providers, as defined by Public Safety Canada, are eligible to apply to access the Contingency Reserve.

For more information on the Essential Services Contingency Reserve and to access the application form, visit the Public Services Procurement website.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Supply Hub

The hub connects Canadian organizations with federal, provincial, territorial and other resources and information about PPE, including consumer guidance. Buyers will find PPE supplier lists, in addition to guidance to help plan their PPE purchases.


Organizations that sell and buy personal protective equipment (PPE) during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Access the PPE Supply Hub


Supply Products and Services to Support B.C.’s COVID-19 Response

The COVID-19 Supply Hub is an online platform built to co-ordinate, source and expedite medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) for provincial health authorities to support front-line health workers fighting COVID-19.


Businesses who can donate or supply products

Review list of required PPE and submit an offer

Small Business BC Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Marketplace

Connects businesses with suppliers of non-medical safety equipment.

PPE suppliers interested in being listed as a vendor in the non-medical PPE Marketplace are able to submit a request to be part of the marketplace.


Non-medical PPE suppliers can list their services on the PPE Marketplace to help supply other businesses with the safety equipment they need to operate.

Access the Marketplace



Direct Delivery changes benefit liquor manufacturers

The Province is temporarily authorizing liquor manufacturers to deliver products directly to individual consumers from their registered off-site storage facilities, in addition to their on-site stores.

This temporary change helps manufacturers reduce their inventory by allowing them to sell to individual consumers.


This temporary measure will expire on Oct. 31, 2020, and no extension will be considered.

Review the liquor and cannabis policy directive

Temporary wholesale pricing model allows liquor licensees to purchase beer, wine and spirits at reduced cost

Provides financial support for businesses like restaurants, bars and tourism operators with liquor licences. It is in place from July 20, 2020 until March 31, 2021, when the program will be reviewed.

Currently, hospitality licensees, including restaurants, bars and pubs pay full retail price – wholesale price, plus a retail markup set by the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) – on all liquor purchases. The new model will have licensees pay only the wholesale price of the products they order.


All liquor licensees in British Columbia

Liquor Licensing Changes

Restaurants are temporarily allowed to deliver liquor products alongside the purchase of a meal.

Breweries, wineries and distillers are now authorized to use their establishments to manufacture alcohol-based hand sanitizer to sell or donate.


All British Columbians

See more details about liquor licensing



Support for Indigenous businesses and the Indigenous tourism industry

$133 million in funding to support Indigenous business through the pandemic and into recovery. Of these additional funds, $117 million will reach community-owned First Nation, Inuit and Métis businesses including microbusinesses, who are not eligible for existing business support measures.

A stimulus development fund will bolster the Indigenous tourism industry, this will provide $16 million in support. The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada will administer the fund to businesses across the country that have lost revenue due to COVID-19.

These will be in the form of non-repayable grants up to $25,000 for Indigenous tourism businesses.


Indigenous businesses and the Indigenous tourism sector across British Columbia

Review funding details

Financial Support for Indigenous Businesses

Supports available to help small and medium-sized Indigenous businesses, and to support Aboriginal financial institutions that offer financing to these businesses.

The funding allows for short-term, interest-free loans and non-repayable contributions through Aboriginal Financial Institutions, which offer financing and business support services to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis businesses.


Small and medium-sized Indigenous businesses

See more details about financial supports that are available


Connecting B.C. Internet Funding 

Internet service providers throughout the province were able to  apply for grants of up to $50,000 – or 90% of their expenses – to cover the cost of equipment, including antennas, electronics or other types of devices that relate to the performance or range of their network.


Internet service providers must have complete their projects by June 30, 2020.

See more details about Connecting B.C.




Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations

$500 million Emergency Support Fund has been established as a temporary relief measure to help alleviate the financial pressures of cultural, heritage and sport organizations facing.


Cultural, heritage and sport organizations

Review eligibility details


viaSport Funding

viaSport is advancing 50% of 2020/21 funding to existing clients.


Existing operating assistance clients

See more details about viaSport

Ministerial Order Protects Amateur Sport Organizations and Representations from COVID-19

Protects amateur sport organizations and their representatives from damages resulting, directly or indirectly, from COVID-19 for amateur sports. 

Liability protection is in place as long as they follow applicable guidance, such as viaSport’s Return to Sport protocols and public-health guidance on how to prevent the spread of the virus.


B.C. sports teams, players, organizations and representatives

viaSport Return to Sport Guidelines



Support for Airports

Ground lease rents from March 2020 through to December 2020 for the 21 airport authorities that pay rent to the federal government have been waived. 


Airport authorities

See more details about supports for airports