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B.C. extends emergency COVID-19 supplements for those on disability, low-income seniors


The B.C. provincial government is extending temporary COVID-19 supplements for people on income or disability assistance and low-income seniors.

Monthly supplements of $300 were initially offered from April to August and are now being extended. They will continue to be available from September to December. 

The benefit is available for low-income seniors on Old Age Security or Guaranteed Income Supplements, and individuals on income or disability assistance.

“As BC’s Restart Plan is creating signs of hope, low- or no-income people are still disproportionately affected by this pandemic,” said Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.

Individuals who were receiving federal benefits like the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI) are not eligible for this supplement.

The $300 supplement will automatically be deposited for eligible individuals on September 23, October 21, November 18 and December 16.

Tim Ford
Tim Ford
Digital staff writer with Victoria Buzz

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