To alleviate some of the immense financial stress on staff and medical staff during COVID-19, we have compiled a list of resources to help support your financial stability. 

Unemployment Insurance eligibility: Use this link to determine if you or a loved one is eligible to receive unemployment benefits or to access a Federal Benefits Finder for your situation.

Federal government supports: This page includes information about:

  • temporary salary top-op for low income essential workers

  • increasing Childcare benefit

  • special Goods and Services Tax credit

  • extra time to file tax returns

  • mortgage supports

  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

  • reduced minimum withdrawals from RRSP

  • sickness benefits (one-week waiting period has been waived)

  • Canada Student Loans/BC student loans: repayments will be paused automatically

  • Emergency Travel Loan: Emergency loan of $5,000 available to Canadians travelling abroad. Call 1-613-996-8885 or email: 

BC emergency supports: This page includes information about:

  • BC Emergency Benefit for Workers

  • Climate Action Tax Credit

  • funding for housing supports

  • BC Hydro Bills

  • ICBC deferments


  • tax relief for business

  • Rental Rate Freeze: effective April 1 (No action needed but people can contact this organization if they have issues)

CBC - financial help for Canadians affected by COVID-19: A hub of benefits the federal government, provinces and territories are offering to people financially affected by the coronavirus.

BC Housing Rental Subsidy Program: Access this page to determine if you qualify for Temporary Rental Supplements from BC Housing.

EFAP: Our EFAP Program offers Financial & Legal Services (at this time, this service is not available to Physicians).

If you need help navigating any of these resources for your particular circumstances, please send an email to COVIDWellness& or contact the Support Line @ 604-806-9925 (local x69925) and you will be connected to someone for help (note: you’ll leave a message and someone will get back to you).

For more resources specifically related to Staff Support, please visit the COVID-19 website. 

This page last updated Apr 24, 2020 5:57pm PDT