On March 25, 2020 Prime Minister Trudeau announced federal financial support for people facing unemployment, including for self-employed individuals and contract workers.
The NEW Canada Emergency Response Benefit will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months. This benefit replaces the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit.
The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be accessible through a secure web portal starting in early April. Applicants will also be able to apply via an automated telephone line or via a toll-free number.
Link to information on the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit:
Information about additional Federal supports for individuals, families and businesses can be found: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html
The Provincial Government has compiled a list of Provincial and Federal sources of support for individuals, families and businesses here:
For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community from COVID-19 and to use an online self-assessment tool, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/
The self-assessment app can be downloaded at: https://bc.thrive.health/
For non-health questions about COVID-19, call 1 888 COVID-19 or visit: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19
For a Chinese translation, visit: http://news.gov.bc.ca/files/2020.03.25_New_ExistingCasesCOVID-19_CN.pdf