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BC Recovery Benefit ($1000 for families, $500 for individuals, tax-free)

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BC Recovery Benefit ($1000 for families, $500 for individuals, tax-free)

Didn't see this posted here yet.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/econ ... ry-benefit

"The BC Recovery Benefit is a one-time, tax-free payment of up to $1,000 for eligible families and single parents and up to $500 for eligible individuals."

Summary by u/AugustusAugustine on PFC reddit:
One-time, TAX-FREE payment for eligible families / single parents and individuals

$1000 for families earning up to $125k, reduced benefit for families up to $175k

$500 for individuals earning up to $62.5k, reduced benefit for individuals up to $87.5k

Eligibility based on NET INCOME (Line 23600) from your 2019 tax return

Applications open DECEMBER 18, 2020

You'll need your Line 23600, SIN, BC driver's license [or BC Services Card], and direct deposit information to apply.

If you're eligible and but don't need the money, there are always charities that can use your support.
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rhw123 wrote: Didn't see this posted here yet.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/econ ... ry-benefit

"The BC Recovery Benefit is a one-time, tax-free payment of up to $1,000 for eligible families and single parents and up to $500 for eligible individuals."

Summary by u/AugustusAugustine on PFC reddit:
Nice, I thought I would get a reduced amount as my family's household income was like 10k over but if it's net then I am a bit under!

This makes me happy now I might get to keep a few bucks of it ( got like 800 special levey got to pay)

If your doing family do you apply together or is is separately?
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Jan 4, 2007
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Vancouver
If married, only one person can apply.
Sr. Member
Jan 13, 2016
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Vancouver, BC
I thought the application was open, but i don't see it. Can someone send the link?
Sr. Member
Jan 13, 2016
536 posts
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Vancouver, BC
I thought the application was open, but i don't see it. Can someone send the link?
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Feb 27, 2011
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Latebuyer wrote: I thought the application was open, but i don't see it. Can someone send the link?
Here's the link to the info site which links to the application.

BC Recovery Benefit

I managed to successfully apply when the site went live at 8:15, although I noticed it started to get a bit glitchy at 8:30 (when it "officially" opened). Looks like the site has crashed since then! So YMMV for the first few hours.
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Jan 13, 2016
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Vancouver, BC
Thanks, yes it won't load for me and it looks like i'll have to wait.
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No rush, you have until June 30th next year.
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Dec 12, 2005
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Richmond
Thanks! Forgot about this. The site is loading slowly.
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Jun 14, 2018
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Site is super slow right now. Sometimes not loading properly. I'm going to apply late at night when people are asleep.
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Jan 21, 2018
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I can get the link to respond once in a while, but it never gives me any more than a blank page or a BC government logo. Insufficient capacity probably, but on the other hand I could wait a week, only to discover that it's browser-sensitive.

Wait! I got a "Let's get started" button. I'm proceeding slowly through. but I frequently get "this site can't be reached" and have to wait and then refresh.

The Date of Birth field Year dropdown offers future dates! I guess your unborn children can apply. :)

Address has to be verified with Canada Post before you can proceed.

Pay close attention to the telephone number format requirement.

Ok, done. Only took about 30 page reloads, but it does keep most of your previously-entered information when you reload the page.
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Feb 27, 2011
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CBC reporting on the 'Extremely high' demand and related website crashes.

What rolls my eyes is the claim that the site went live at 8:30 and immediately crashed. The site was actually live at 8:15, and those of us who thought to check early were able to submit before the rush. This is a small fact, admittedly, but I would have thought that the CBC Vancouver office would have tasked at least one junior reporter to watch the portal as it opened this morning. We all knew the site was going to crash today, so it's just lazy reporting to just repeat back the obvious and betray the fact that very little real journalism went into the story.
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Jan 13, 2016
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Vancouver, BC
As Scote64 said, you often needed to reload. I wonder if we'll get the money by christmas.
Not a big deal but it would be nice.
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Nov 28, 2019
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Scote64 wrote: I can get the link to respond once in a while, but it never gives me any more than a blank page or a BC government logo. Insufficient capacity probably, but on the other hand I could wait a week, only to discover that it's browser-sensitive.

Wait! I got a "Let's get started" button. I'm proceeding slowly through. but I frequently get "this site can't be reached" and have to wait and then refresh.

The Date of Birth field Year dropdown offers future dates! I guess your unborn children can apply. :)

Address has to be verified with Canada Post before you can proceed.

Pay close attention to the telephone number format requirement.

Ok, done. Only took about 30 page reloads, but it does keep most of your previously-entered information when you reload the page.
They should have made it so the application does not need to reload for every new question that pops up (even on the same page).

The date of birth was a dropdown? It was a calendar for me (though now you mention it I did see something that had some dates that had choices of years in the future) ,

I used the datepicker and did not look closely at it but my dad did the application and he later phoned me telling me that every time he entered in his DOB it swapped the day and month around but the instructions said the exact opposite so if the instructions said dd-mm-yyyy the box switched it mm-dd-yyyy and that was using the date picker not him manually entering in the date.

Poorly designed like usual.

I tried around 10am and gave up after like 10 mins of trying. Around 7:00pm I came back and I could do the application in 10 to 15mins so basically as fast as I could fill in my information.

I guess all the ones who desperately were trying to get their money asap finally finished after hours of trying and I bet many people heard the stories of it crashing and did not even both trying so that gave me a window to do it. I would have been fine waiting a few days or even a week or 2 as I am not on knifes edge with needing the money that if I don't get it by x-mas I will be financially in trouble but happy I got it done today so I don't have to think about it.

Now I can almost give the entire amount to my strata so they can pay for our strata insurance....so exciting.
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damn i dont qualify for the $5, which probably costs more to process. glad for those that need it though.
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I was able to apply without any issues just now.

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