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CBC: [https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/coronavirusbenefits/ Financial help for Canadians affected by COVID-19]
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*This guide allows you to find which government supports and benefits you are eligible for depending on your circumstances.
  
 
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Revision as of 11:24, 22 May 2020

This information applies to British Columbia, Canada. This page was last updated by Clicklaw team on May 22, 2020 - 11:24 AM PDT.


This page provides links to online resources dealing with the ways Covid-19 public health directives are affecting the lives of British Columbians.

This list is a starting point and is not meant to be exhaustive. It is not intended to give legal advice on your particular legal problem.

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Find information on filing of court documents and applications during the recovery of some court operations here: BC Courts: Court Filings & Procedures






Common Legal Questions

People's Law School: Coronavirus: Your Legal Questions Answered

  • Q&A on your legal rights, written by lawyers in plain language. Includes answers regarding financial benefits and aid available to those affected financially by the pandemic.

Justice Education Society: [https://www.legalhelpbc.ca/consumer-money Legal Questions & Answers on COVID-19 - Consumers & Money

  • This Q&A style resource includes answers to legal questions about financial difficulties concerning benefits for BC residents and students.

Resource Lists

PovNet: COVID-19 Special Resources

  • PovNet has compiled a resource list for people who have been affected by the pandemic. The list includes links to government financial supports.

Government Benefits

CBC: Financial help for Canadians affected by COVID-19

  • This guide allows you to find which government supports and benefits you are eligible for depending on your circumstances.

Government of Canada: Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

  • This page outlines the supports available to Canadians who need financial assistance during the pandemic.

Government of Canada: COVID-19: Financial help if you are outside Canada

  • If you are outside Canada and need financial assistance in order to get back to Canada, this page outlines how you can apply.

BC Government: Medical Services Plan Response to COVID-19

  • This page from the BC Government outlines the changes to MSP coverage during the pandemic. Some of the topics it covers includes coverage for those with temporary work permits, temporary foreign workers, and new residents.

BC Government: COVID-19 Support for Income & Disability Assistance

  • Outlines the benefits available for people on income or disability assistance and low-income seniors.

Support for Students

Government of Canada: Canada Emergency Student Benefit

  • This benefit provides financial support to post-secondary students and recent graduates from post-secondary and high schools unable to find work due to the pandemic. Applications can be completed online.

StudentAidBC: COVID-19 Response Information

  • StudentAidBC is providing emergency funding to eligible students. Students looking for assistance are asked to contact their schools financial aid office to apply.

Support for Seniors

CBC: News article about new $500 benefit for seniors

  • Article discusses the Canadian governments announcement of a $500 benefit to seniors to assist them with any cost of living increases during the pandemic.

BC Government: Senior's Supplement

  • The BC Government is issuing a $300 addition to the Seniors Supplement in April, May, and June. The supplement is for low-income seniors receiving the Old Age Pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement allowances.

Pensions

Government of Canada: Public Pensions-Covid 19

  • This site has information about applying for the Canada Pension Plan Retirement Pension, Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit, and the Old Age Security/Guaranteed Income Supplement.

BC Financial Services Authority: COVID-19 Information Bulletin for pension plan holders

  • This bulletin was created to help pension plan members and administrators address the challenges of the current state of emergency. The bulletin is styled as a Q&A, addressing frequently asked legal questions.



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