COVID-19 Provincial Financial Aid

As Canadians face new uncertainties daily, you’re likely asking how you will survive financially?

This coming Tuesday, our Federal Government will announce further details on the Emergency Care Benefits they revealed last week and how you can access them.

Right now, many provinces have also announced support to get you through these isolating times and economic uncertainty. Here’s some highlights from our largest provinces:

British Columbia:

  • BC Hydro offering customer assistance on deferring bills or making payment arrangements.
  • ICBC currently allows one monthly deferral request per policy term. You can change the date of an upcoming monthly payment online.
  • For renters in some parts of the province, it's possible to get emergency help for rent payments and one-time interest-free loans through rent bank programs.
  • Find out the latest info here and an excellent CBC article on financial help in B.C.


  • Emergency isolation funds. A one-time payment of $1,146 will be distributed to bridge the gap until the federal emergency payments begin in April.
  • Utility payment deferral.
  • Student loan repayment deferral.
  • ATB and credit union deferrals and support.
  • Find out the latest info here



  • Temporary Aid for Workers Program. The lump-sum amount granted to an eligible person is $573 per week, for a period of 14 days of isolation. If justified by your state of health, the coverage period for an eligible person could be extended to a maximum of 28 days.
  • Find out the latest info here.


  • Check out my recent blog for a summary of the Federal Government benefits here and an detailed CBC article here including how to apply for EI and the Emergency Support Benefit.
  • Find all the latest federal support here.

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