The BC Recovery Benefit Arrives on December 18th

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Your government is working hard to make life easier during these challenging times. Starting on Friday, December 18th, eligible British Columbians can apply for up to $1000 of assistance.

BC Recovery Benefit will be available to approximately 3.7 million British Columbians.

  • $1,000 for families with incomes under $125,000. Families earning up to $175,000 will qualify for the benefit on a sliding scale. Single parent families also qualify for these benefit amounts.
  • $500 for single people earning less than $62,500. Single people earning up to $87,500 will qualify for the benefit on a sliding scale.

Eligibility:

Generally, the benefit is available to:

  • People residing in British Columbia on December 18, 2020
  • People who are at least 19 years old on December 18, 2020, or meet specific eligibility criteria
  • People who filed a 2019 Canadian personal income tax return, or meet specific eligibility criteria
  • People who have a valid social insurance number, individual tax number or temporary tax number
  • Families with incomes under $125,000. Families earning up to $175,000 will qualify for the benefit on a sliding scale. Single parent families also qualify for these benefit amounts.
  • People who are single earning less than $62,500. Single people earning up to $87,500 will qualify for the benefit on a sliding scale.

What you’ll need to apply:

  • Your net income amount found on line 23600 of your 2019 tax return’s Notice of Assessment and if applicable, your spouse’s 2019 income tax Notice of Assessment;
  • Your social insurance number, individual tax number, or temporary tax number
  • Your drivers license number (if you have one)
  • Your direct deposit information (found on your cheques)
    • Branch (Transit) Number
    • Institution Number
    • Account Number

When can I apply or get more information?

People can apply online starting on Friday, December 18. You can get more information here: gov.bc.ca/recoverybenefit

People who wish to apply by phone or ask questions by phone can call 1-833-882-0020 starting on Monday, December 21 between 7:30AM and 5:00PM Mondays to Fridays except for statutory holidays. We strongly recommend that individuals apply online if they are able to.

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