COVID-19 Resources (updated June2020)

General Resources

COVID-19 Resources

BC’s Restart Plan: CLICK HERE  Psychological First Aid (PFA) CLICK HERE   What are Essential Services in BC? CLICK HERE

Financial Resources

Low Income

Climate Action​ Tax Credit​​​:

  • A one-time enhancement to the climate action tax credit will be paid in July 2020 for moderate to low-income families

MSD Crisis Supplement​:

  • One time only payment: $40 for food, $100 for clothing) as well during COVID-19 Emergency/Disaster Supplement (up to $250, if client has no funds, potentially no food and needs to self-isolate or quarantine)
  • Accessing the Crisis grants: ​Clients can call 1-866-866-0800 (If you call on behalf of a client, consent must be on file)

Those who have lost income

Emergency Benefit for Workers​:

  • One time payment of $1000

Canada Emergency Response Benefit​ (CERB):


FortisBC’s COVID-19 Customer Recovery Fund:

  • The energy provider’s new fund allows residential customers to defer their bill payments from April 1 to June 30, 2020. Repayment schedules can be set up to allow bills to be paid over a full year after that date.​

BC Hydro’s Customer Crisis Fund:

  • BC Hydro customers experiencing job loss, illness or lost wages due to COVID-19 can access grants up to $600 to pay their hydro bills through the Customer Crisis Fund.​


Gov of Canada: Increase to Canada Child Benefit​:

ICBC Payment ​​Deferral:

Counselling Services: Updated

  1. Phone and video sessions available: individual, couples, families.
  2. Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM): work place critical incidents (covered by extended health plans like Morneau-Shepell & Blue Cross or workplace HR Departments).
  3. Stress Reduction Courses using Mindfulness-Meditation for individuals, groups, and employees (live video, similar to university-courses with demos, individual, and group exercises).
Mind-Body Health, Kyle Cheveldayoff, Registered Psychologist, phone, online, video services, Victoria, BC Canada

Self-Care Resources