Access free or low-cost services, income support, direct funding and tax relief to help you offset the cost of global inflation.
No ICBC rate increase
There will be a 0% increase to ICBC rates until 2025. This will mean a total of five years of no increases to basic rates for British Columbians. Drivers will have the security of knowing that their basic auto insurance rates will remain stable, with no unexpected hikes.
New savings on child care costs
Starting Dec. 1, 2022, families will save up to $550 more per child, per month on licensed child care fees.
B.C. Family Benefit
If you have children under the age of 18, you will receive a tax-free monthly payment, up to $1,600 per child each year.
In January, February and March 2023, you’ll get up to an extra $58 per child each month. No application required.
BC Affordability Credit
A one-time credit based on net income and family size. This credit is issued through the CRA with the regular Climate Action tax credit. No application required but income taxes must be filed.
No interest on student loans
There is no longer interest on B.C. student loans.
$100 break on your energy bill
As of early December, you’ll see a $100 credit directly applied to your power bill. Business owners will see a $500 credit (on average) on their bill.
This extra money will go to everyone who receives their power through BC Hydro, Fortis, or a municipal utility.
MSP premiums eliminated
People in B.C. are no longer charged MSP premiums, saving a person up to $900 per year.
Low and no-cost community counselling
You can access free and affordable counselling through 49 community organizations across B.C.
Shelter aid for elderly renters
If you are a lower income senior renting in the private market, you may be eligible for a rent supplement.
We Are Indigenous support program
Indigenous-centered practices and strategies that help children increase their Strong-Spiritedness.
Healthy Kids Program
Children of low-income families can get help with the costs of basic dental care, prescription eyewear and hearing care.
Farmers’ Market Coupon Program
If you are eligible, you can receive $27 of coupons per week for 16 weeks to help purchase local food.
Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning
Domestic students can access tuition-free programs at 18 public post-secondary schools in B.C.