ICYMI, here's what the province just announced in terms of rent relief measures. (Read more: ctv.news/IObWh7Y).
As more and more people face layoffs due to the COVID-19 crisis, the B.C. government has announced a new renters' rebate and a freeze on evictions across the province.
B.C. Housing Minister Selina Robinson said the relief is designed for those who make a low or moderate income and have seen a “significant reduction” in pay due to COVID-19.
The government also announced it is suspending all current and future evictions until the pandemic, which has already prompted hundreds of thousands of layoffs and job losses across the country, has passed.
That includes all evictions already approved by the Residential Tenancy Branch, but not those ordered by the courts, which the province cannot control. There will also be exceptions for extraordinary circumstances, such as cases where there are safety concerns with a tenant.
The renters' relief and eviction freeze are in addition to a previously announced one-time payment of $1,000 that B.C. pledged to people struggling through the COVID-19 crisis.
Earlier on Wednesday, the federal government also promised additional support for those struggling to make ends meet. People who have lost their job, are off sick or are taking care of their children due to COVID-19 will be able to claim the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, which provides $2,000 a month for four months.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canadians should receive the assistance about 10 days after applying. — Andrew Weichel/@CTVVancouver