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Volume 64, No. 3
16/2021
The British Columbia Gazette, Part II
February 9, 2021

B.C. Reg. 16/2021, deposited January 28, 2021, under the EMPLOYMENT AND ASSISTANCE ACT [section 35 (1) and (2)] and the EMPLOYMENT AND ASSISTANCE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ACT [section 26 (1) and (2)]. Order in Council 46/2021, approved and ordered January 28, 2021.

On the recommendation of the undersigned, the Lieutenant Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, orders that

(a) the Employment and Assistance Regulation, B.C. Reg. 263/2002, is amended as set out in the attached Appendix 1, and

(b) the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Regulation, B.C. Reg. 265/2002, is amended as set out in the attached Appendix 2.

— N. SIMONS, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction; D. EBY, Presiding Member of the Executive Council.

Appendix 1

1 The following section is added to Part 1 of the Employment and Assistance Regulation, B.C. Reg. 263/2002:

Modifications in relation to COVID-19 emergency – BC recovery benefit

2.7 (1) In this section:

"BC recovery benefit" means the one-time payment, of up to $500 in the case of an individual and up to $1 000 in the case of a family or single parent, provided by the government in relation to the COVID-19 emergency;

"COVID-19 emergency" means the emergency that is the subject of

(a) the notice provided on March 17, 2020 by the provincial health officer under section 52 (2) of the Public Health Act, and

(b) the declaration of a state of emergency made on March 18, 2020, and any extension of that declaration, under section 9 of the Emergency Program Act.

(2) Section 11 (1) is to be read as though it also provided that the BC recovery benefit is exempt for the purposes of section 11 (2) and (2.1).

(3) Section 1 (a) of Schedule B is to be read as though it also provided that the BC recovery benefit is exempt from income when calculating the net income of a family unit for the purposes of section 28 (b) of this regulation.

(4) Section 6 of Schedule D is to be read as though it also provided that no deduction is to be made for the BC recovery benefit when calculating the maximum amount of hardship assistance for which an applicant's family unit is eligible under section 2 of that Schedule.

Appendix 2

1 The following section is added to Part 1 of the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Regulation, B.C. Reg. 265/2002:

Modifications in relation to COVID-19 emergency – BC recovery benefit

2.07 (1) In this section:

"BC recovery benefit" means the one-time payment, of up to $500 in the case of an individual and up to $1 000 in the case of a family or single parent, provided by the government in relation to the COVID-19 emergency;

"COVID-19 emergency" means the emergency that is the subject of

(a) the notice provided on March 17, 2020 by the provincial health officer under section 52 (2) of the Public Health Act, and

(b) the declaration of a state of emergency made on March 18, 2020, and any extension of that declaration, under section 9 of the Emergency Program Act.

(2) Section 10 (1) is to be read as though it also provided that the BC recovery benefit is exempt for the purposes of section 10 (2).

(3) Section 1 (a) of Schedule B is to be read as though it also provided that the BC recovery benefit is exempt from income when calculating the net income of a family unit for the purposes of section 24 (b) of this regulation.

(4) Section 6 of Schedule D is to be read as though it also provided that no deduction is to be made for the BC recovery benefit when calculating the maximum amount of hardship assistance for which an applicant's family unit is eligible under section 2 of that Schedule.


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