Households need to meet each of the following criteria to qualify for the BC Temporary Rental Supplement:
- Have a 2019 gross household income of less than:
- $74,150 for singles and couples without dependents
- $113,040 for households with dependents
- As a result of COVID-19:
- Be receiving or eligible for Employment Insurance; or
- Be receiving or eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit offered by the federal government; or
- Have experienced, and be able to provide evidence of, a drop of 25% or more in monthly household employment income
- Be paying more than 30% of current household income towards rent
You must be renting your primary residence in BC and the unit must be covered under the Residential Tenancy Act, the Manufactured Home Act, or the Cooperative Association Act.
If your portion of the rent is more than 30% of your income, and you meet the remaining eligibility requirements, you can receive the rent supplement when living with roommates. Singles and couples in a roommate situation will be eligible for $300. Roommates with dependents are eligible for $500. Each roommate who is eligible must apply individually.
Note: Not all roommates are eligible for the supplement because not all roommate situations meet the eligibility requirement of being covered by the Residential Tenancy Act. For more information on whether your roommate arrangement is covered by the Residential Tenancy Act, please refer to the Residential Tenancy Branch’s policy on the Rights and Responsibilities of Co-tenants.
Members of housing co-ops can get the Temporary Rental Supplement if they meet all other eligible criteria, including:
- Paying the full market housing charge; and
- The co-op cannot be getting any ongoing operating funding from the government.