Providing up to $500 a month to help renters and landlords during the COVID-19 pandemic
As part of the province’s $5 billion action plan, the BC Temporary Rental Supplement Program gives tenants and landlords temporary support towards rent payments for renters impacted by COVID-19. Payments are made directly to the landlords of eligible households.
This new program will provide a temporary rental supplement for April, May and June 2020. It will cover part of the rent for low- and moderate-income renters who have lost income as a result of COVID-19. Applicants will only have to apply once. If they apply in April, they will get payments for all three month. If they apply in May, they will get payments for the two remaining months. It is expected that the first payments will be provided before the end of April.
The program gives $300 per month for eligible households with no dependents, and $500 per month for eligible households with dependents.
Households need to meet each of the following criteria to qualify for the BC Temporary Rental Supplement:
- Have a 2019 household income of less than:
- $74,150 for singles and couples without dependents
- $113,040 for households with dependents
- As a result of COVID-19:
- Be receiving or eligible for Employment Insurance; or
- Be receiving or eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit offered by the federal government; or
- Have experienced, and be able to provide evidence of, a drop of 25% or more in monthly household employment income
- Be paying more than 30% of current household income towards rent
Tenants must be renting a primary residence in British Columbia.
Tenants are not eligible if their rent is subsidized by any other government program. Other government programs include: subsidized housing; rent supplements such as Shelter Aid For Elderly Renters (SAFER) or the Rental Assistance Program (RAP); Income Assistance; and Disability Assistance.
Members of housing co-ops can get the benefit if they meet all other eligibility criteria. This criteria includes paying the full market housing charge, and the co-op cannot be getting any ongoing operating funding from the government.
There is a two-step process for applications to the BC Temporary Rental Supplement program.
Tenants Must Start the Application
A landlord cannot apply on behalf of a tenant.
Tenants will need to have all information with them when they apply. The application cannot be paused or saved. The documentation needs to be in digital format for uploading. The following file types will be accepted: PDF, TIFF, JPG, JPEG, and PNG.
Tenants will be asked to provide the following information:
- Proof of address, such as a driver’s license or utility bill
- Proof of monthly rent amount, such as a signed tenancy agreement, rent receipt, or notice of rent increase
- Their landlord’s details and contact information, including email address
- For every household member who is over the age of 19:
- Identification, such as a driver’s license or BC identification card
- Proof of 2019 income (2019 Notice of Assessment or T-Slips)
- Proof of 2020 income loss related to COVID 19, and current income (Employment Insurance, Canada Emergency Response Benefit, Record of Employment, letter from employer, etc.)
Landlords Complete the Application
Once an application has been reviewed and assessed as eligible, an email will be sent to the landlord asking them to complete the application process. Tenants should inform their landlords that they are applying for the BC Temporary Rental Supplement Program so that their landlord can watch for this email.
Landlords will be asked to confirm details around tenancy, rental address and monthly rent amount.
They will need to provide their mailing address and banking information to receive payment by direct deposit.
Once the landlord has completed their portion of the application, both the tenant and landlord will receive a final confirmation email.