Account Login/Registration

Access VictoriaNow using your Facebook account, or by entering your information below.




Privacy Policy

$1K payment for the unemployed, student loan freeze and more announced in BC’s $5B economic action plan

The BC government has announced a $5 billion economic plan aimed at supporting people and businesses as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses.

Dubbed the "COVID-19 Action Plan", the package includes $2.8 billion for residents and services, with $2.2 billion for businesses.

Outlined in the plan is a new BC Emergency Benefit for Workers that will provide a tax-free $1,000 payment to residents whose ability to work has been affected by the outbreak.

Also included is a $1.7 billion investment in housing and shelter supports, income and disability assistance programs and crucial health services, such as the BC Centre for Disease Control hotline.

BC will also be freezing student loan payments for six months, starting March 30, 2020. Federal student loan payments are being frozen as well.

ICBC is extending deferrals to up to 90 days and people dealing with job loss or illness due to COVID-19 will also qualify for BC Hydro’s Customer Crisis Fund grant program for up to $600.

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

According to Horgan, the long term recovery plan will dedicate funding to particularly hard-hit parts of the economy, such as the tourism, hospitality and culture sectors.

NowMedia will update this story as more information becomes available.

Visit our Facebook page to comment on this story.

Sign up for local eNews delivered to your inbox by 7 am every day.

Send your comments, news tips, letter to the editor, photos and videos to [email protected].

To report a typo, send an email to [email protected].







Top Stories

Follow Us

Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook