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COVID-19 Response Plan - BC Government - Support for Canadians

COVID-19 Response Plan - BC Government - Support for Canadians

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COVID-19 Response Plan BC Government – Support for Canadians Last updated May 12, 2022, 4:00 pm MST


BC Support for Businesses

PST Rebate on Select Machinery & Equipment


  • Program allows eligible businesses to apply for a rebate of 100% of PST paid between September 17, 2020 and March 31, 2022 on select machinery and equipment
  • All incorporated businesses except for the following:
    • Crown corporations
    • Local government operations
    • Charities and non-profit corporations, except incorporated businesses wholly or partly owned by charities and non-profit corporations
    • Schools, school boards and universities
    • Hospitals
  • Regional health boards and community health councils


  • Eligible property must be:
    • included in the definition of capital cost allowances classes 8, 10, 12, 16, 43, 43.1, 43.2, 46, 50, 53, 54 and 55
    • obtained substantially for purpose of gaining or producing income, and
    • not excluded (per backgrounder)
  • software and goods, other than goods obtained by lease, must be capital assets for rebate to apply

Action Needed

  • Program extended to apply to PST paid on qualifying items through March 31, 2022 (previously September 30, 2021)
  • All rebate applications must be filed by September 30, 2022
  • PST Rebate on Select Machinery & Equipment

BC Access Grant


  • Low- and middle-income students enrolled in full- and part-time undergraduate programs
  • Students must be studying at a BC public post-secondary institution and be eligible to apply for and receive a student loan to access the grant


  • Grant maximums are
    • Up to $4,000 a year for students enrolled in programs less than 2 years in length
    • Up to $1,000 a year for students enrolled in programs 2 years in length or longer
    • Up to $1,000 a year for students studying part-time

Action Needed

  • No action required; students applying for student aid for programs at BC public post-secondary institutions starting in September 2020 will be automatically assessed for the grant

ICBC payment deferral


  • Residential and commercial customers currently on a monthly Autoplan payment


  • Customers can defer their payments for up to 90 days with no penalty

Action Needed


Federal Support for Canadians

  • For our summary of the Federal support programs for businesses and individuals, please visit HERE

For closed programs, click here


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