COVID-19 Update:

Langford City Hall remains closed to walk-in traffic and business is conducted by phone or appointment only. Please call 250-478-7882 for assistance.

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Employment & Income Resources

Information for Renters & Landlords

For more information on COVID-19 and tenancies in British Columbia, please visit the BC Housing website or the BC Government's Residential Tenancies webpage.

Mortgage Resources

Canadian banks have committed to work with their customers on a case-by-case basis to find solutions to help them manage hardships caused by COVID-19. 

Canadians who are impacted by COVID-19 and experiencing financial hardship as a result should contact their financial institution regarding flexibility for a mortgage deferral. A mortgage deferral allows you to skip payments for a defined period of time. Interest will continue to be charged on the amount you owe and will be added to your balance. This allows flexibility to be available − when needed − to those who need it the most. 

If your mortgage is insured with the CMHC, you can contact a mortgage professional for assistance. They can determine what options you have and help you find a solution for your specific situation. For more information visit the CMHC website.

To learn more, visit the Canadian Bankers Association website and the Government of Canada's website.

Utility Resources

BC Hydro

Visit the BC Hydro website for information on payment plan options and their Customer Crisis Fund.

Fortis BC

Visit the Fortis BC website for the most up-to-date information on billing and payments

Child Care Resources

If Your Child is Accessing Child Care:

If Your Child is not Accessing Child Care:

  • Beginning April 1st, centres that opt-in to receive emergency funding and close, must not charge fees to parents and must reserve the space for when the child returns once the pandemic passes
  • Beginning April 1st, centres that opt-in to receive emergency funding and remain open, must not charge fees to parents that choose to withdraw their child temporarily due to COVID-19 related issues or concerns and must reserve the space for when the child returns once the pandemic passes.

Child Care for Essential Service Workers

If you are a parent working in an essential service role and are seeking care for your child(ren) aged infant to 5 years old, follow these steps:

1. Review the updated list of essential service workers to confirm your role qualifies. 

Open child care facilities, schools providing care and/or in-class instruction are to prioritize placements for those children whose parents are employed in:

  • Health and Health Services
  • Social Services
  • Law Enforcement
  • First Responders
  • Emergency Response

Child care services for school aged children (5-12 years old) can be obtained through their school directly. 

2. Complete one of the following forms:

3. Once the form is submitted, the selected local Child Care Resource and Referral Centre will contact you to begin the process of finding available child care space in your area. 

For more information, please visit the Provincial Government's website.

Increasing the Canada Child Benefit

The Federal Government is providing an extra $300 per child through the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) for 2019-20. This will mean approximately $550 more for the average family.

This benefit will be delivered as part of the scheduled CCB payment in May.

Those who already receive the Canada Child Benefit do not need to re-applyClick here to apply for the Canada Child Benefit.

Special Goods and Services Tax Credit Payment

The Federal Government is providing a one-time special payment by early May through the Goods and Services Tax credit for low-and modest-income families.

The average additional benefit will be close to $400 for single individuals and close to $600 for couples.

There is no need to apply for this payment. If you are eligible, you will get it automatically.

Tax Returns

The Federal Government is deferring the filing due date for the 2019 tax returns of individuals.

For individuals (other than trusts), the return filing due date will be deferred until June 1, 2020.  

We will also allow any new income tax balances due, or instalments, to be deferred until after August 31, 2020 without incurring interest or penalties.

Learn more

Note: If you expect to receive benefits under the Goods and Services Tax credit or the Canada Child Benefit, we encourage you to not delay your 2019 return filing to ensure that your entitlements are properly determined.

Student Support

Canada Emergency Student Benefit

The proposed Canada Emergency Student Benefit would provide support to students and new graduates who are not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. This benefit would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students or $1,750 per month for eligible students with dependents or disabilities. The benefit would be available from May to August 2020. Click here for more information.

Canada Student Service Grant

The new Canada Student Service Grant, which will help students gain valuable work experience and skills while they help their communities during the COVID‑19 pandemic. For students who choose to do national service and serve their communities, the new Canada Student Service Grant will provide up to $5,000 for their education in the fall. Click here for more information.

Other Federal Government Student Initiatives

The Government of Canada will expand existing federal employment, skills development, and youth programming to create up to 116,000 jobs, placements, and other training opportunities to help students find employment and develop valuable skills this summer and over the coming months. In addition, to help students continue their studies in the fall, the government will:

  • double the Canada Student Grants for all eligible full-time students to up to $6,000 and up to $3,600 for part-time students in 2020-21. The Canada Student Grants for Students with Permanent Disabilities and Students with Dependents would also be doubled.
  • broaden eligibility for student financial assistance by removing the expected student’s and spouse’s contributions in 2020-21, in recognition that many students and families will struggle to save for school this year.
  • enhance the Canada Student Loans Program by raising the maximum weekly amount that can be provided to a student in 2020-21 from $210 to $350.
  • increase existing distinctions-based support for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation students pursuing post-secondary education by providing an additional $75.2 million in 2020-21.
  • extend expiring federal graduate research scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships, and supplement existing federal research grants, to support students and post-doctoral fellows, by providing $291.6 million to the federal granting councils. In addition, the government intends to enhance work opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows through the National Research Council of Canada.

Click here for more information on these intiatives.

Student Loans

Effective March 30, the Federal Government is placing a six-month interest-free moratorium on the repayment of Canada Student Loans for all student loan borrowers. No payment will be required and interest will not accrue during this time.

Students do not need to apply for the repayment pause. Click here to learn more. 

Emergency Funding Supports for Students

Students attending British Columbia’s 25 public post-secondary institutions, who are experiencing emergency financial pressures, will benefit from a one-time investment of $3.5 million in emergency financial assistance.

The $3.5-million investment will supplement existing student emergency financial assistance. This funding will support domestic B.C. students who are experiencing an unexpected financial emergency that may affect their ability to finish their studies and handle expenses. This non-repayable emergency assistance can be used to help with a broad range of costs, including living expenses, food, travel, portable computers and other supports for students who are not already able to study remotely.

Click here to read the Provincial Government's press release.

Seniors Support

The Federal Government is reducing the required minimum withdrawals from Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) by 25% for 2020. Click here to learn more about Registered Retirement Income Funds. 

BC211 Safe Seniors Stronger Communities Program - for seniors looking for volunteer services such as grocery shopping, meal preparation, prescription pick up, phone/virtual friendly visits, etc. 

Emergency Supports for Province’s Most Vulnerable

For people in B.C. currently receiving income assistance or disability assistance, the Province will temporarily exempt federal employment insurance benefits, including the new $2,000 Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). These payments will be fully exempted for the next three months so people receiving income assistance and disability assistance in B.C. will benefit from these new emergency federal support programs, without any reductions to their monthly assistance payments.  

For everyone on income assistance or disability assistance who is not eligible for the emergency federal support programs, including the CERB, the Province will provide an automatic $300-monthly COVID-19 crisis supplement for the next three months. This supplement will also be provided to low-income seniors who receive the B.C. Senior’s Supplement and recipients of income assistance or disability assistance who reside in special care facilities.

With the current provincewide suspension of BC Transit and Translink bus fares, the Province will also provide all BC Bus Pass Program users receiving income assistance and disability assistance with the $52 Transportation Supplement for the duration of the fare suspension. This will be included on the next cheque and for each subsequent month while the fare suspension remains in place.

Click here to read the Provincial Government's news release. 

Additional Resources:

Mental Health Support

Click here to read the CRD's FAQs on caring for your mental health.

Click here to visit our page on social supports, including mental health support.

The City of Langford recognizes that residents may be feeling increased levels of stress during this time. Make sure that you are taking the time to take care of your mental health and wellness, be sure to visit some of the links above if needed and check out our suggested social distancing activities ideas. 

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