There are supports available for businesses and individuals to help with rent payment issues during COVID-19.
The Government of Canada introduced the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program for small businesses. This lowers rent by 75 per cent for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19.
Eligible businesses whose landlords choose not to apply for the federal CECRA program will be protected from evictions due to unpaid rent payments through to the end of June 2020, as determined by the federal program timelines.
The B.C. government introduced the BC Temporary Rental Supplement (BC-TRS) program to provide a temporary rent supplement to residential renters of up to $500 per month, paid directly to landlords.