Many Canadians say that they are more stressed about the financial implications of COVID-19 than the illness itself. We know that income and financial stability play a big role in health and well-being, so we need to make sure as many people as possible find help and support. In this section, find tips to help you cope if you have lost your job or anticipate losing your job, information for renters who worry about paying rent, and information about financial and other supports from the Government of Canada, Government of BC, and local organizations.
It’s important to recognize that much of the burden of COVID-19 job losses is falling on people who may not have a huge financial safety net, such as people who are paid less or people who rely on seasonal employment to get through the year. We all have to work together, check in on loved ones and neighbours, and offer to help as best we can. If you know someone has lost their job or is experiencing a lot of fears around their finances, reach out. A lot of people have a hard time asking for help, so don’t be afraid to start the conversation.
If you’ve lost your job or think you might lose your job
As businesses and other places of employment close in response to COVID-19, just under half of British Columbian households have lost at least one income and many others anticipate that they will lose work. Find tips to help you cope with job loss and reach out for support. Read more >
For renters facing uncertainty
Housing is a basic need, and worrying about your ability to keep housing may be particularly tough right now. Many people worry about paying rent—just as we’re all told to stay home and protect ourselves. Learn about changes to protect tenants in BC during this state of emergency and find resources. Read more >
Where can I go for help?
Learn more about help for Canadians, including new federal and provincial income supports, help for tenants, help for workers, and help for businesses. Read more >