The provincial ministry of social development and poverty reduction headed by Shane Simpson says 608 residents living in Sidney, Central Saanich and North Saanich have received a temporary crisis supplement now extended for another four months. (BC Government photo)

More than 600 people on the Peninsula receive extended COVID crisis supplement from province

The province extended the $300 program earlier this month

Just over 600 people on income or disability assistance living in Sidney, Central Saanich and North Saanich have received a temporary crisis supplement.

The provincial ministry of social development and poverty reduction released that figure after the provincial government announced it would be extending the provincial temporary crisis supplement for people on income or disability assistance and low-income seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic for four months.

The provincial government has been providing the supplement since April for individuals who are not eligible for federal benefits such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

RELATED: B.C. adding $300 to monthly income and disability assistance payments

Shane Simpson, the responsible minister, said extending the supplement will “alleviate” some of the continuing pressures recipients are facing while they are trying to keep themselves and their families healthy and safe.

Residents receiving the benefit won’t have to go through any process as the province will attach the temporary $300 crisis supplement to assistance cheques going out Sept. 23, Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16.

The ministry said in a release that the supplement will go to low-income seniors receiving the B.C. Senior’s Supplement and income assistance and disability recipients residing in special care facilities.

The federal government also announced a one-time payment of $600 to residents who receive federal disability benefits, including Canada Pension Plan or Quebec Pension Plan disability benefits, disability supports from Veterans Affairs Canada and disability tax credit certificate holders.

This federal benefit payment will be fully exempt for people currently receiving provincial assistance and will be in addition to previously announced exemptions for people on income and disability assistance receiving CERB or Canada Emergency Student Benefit. The exemptions remain in effect for the duration of these federal programs.


Like us on Facebook and follow @wolfgang_depner

wolfgang.depner@peninsulanewsreview.com

Saanich Peninsula

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

No ‘harmonious solution’ dogs on beaches in Saanich, community-led study finds

Cadboro Bay Residents’ Association present findings to council Sept. 28

B.C. Greens introduce all-women slate for Victoria, Saanich and Oak Bay ridings

School trustee Nicole Duncan assumes Oak Bay-Gordon Head candidacy

Long-time Central Saanich councillor named NDP candidate for Saanich North and the Islands

King, who joins election campaign one week after its start, hopes to unseat Adam Olsen

VicPD explains why calls for service can’t be compared to years before 2019

Department launches Open VicPD, new platform in aim to be transparent

Worklink march in Langford supports Orange Shirt Day

Ahousaht Prayer Song sets the tone

B.C. counts 125 new COVID-19 cases, up to 1,284 active

No new deaths or health care facility outbreaks

Health Canada green-lights rapid COVID-19 test

Health Canada approved the BCube test from Hyris Ltd. in the United Kingdom Sept. 23

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

FINLAYSON: COVID-related job losses concentrated in urban areas… especially Metro Vancouver

The biggest job losses, in absolute terms, have been in Metro Vancouver

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

6 puppies rescued in mass seizure on Princeton farm die from illness: BC SPCA

Of the 97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized, most of the puppies suffered from parvo

Action demanded over death of First Nations youth in Abbotsford group home

Family and Indigenous organizations push for thorough investigation

U.S. boater fined $1,000 for violation of Quarantine Act

49-year-old man entered Canada to visit girlfriend in Surrey

More sex abuse charges laid against B.C. man who went by ‘Doctor Ray Gaglardi’

Investigators now focussing efforts on alleged victims within the Glad Tidings Church community

Most Read