July 20th, 2024

B.C. government says boosted BC Family Benefit cheques will arrive in July

By The Canadian Press on June 24, 2024.

B.C. Premier David Eby speaks during a B.C. NDP campaign event in Vancouver, on Thursday, June. 20, 2024. Thousands of families in B.C. are expected to see more financial support arrive in their bank accounts in mid-July. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ethan Cairns

CHILLIWACK, B.C. – Thousands of families in British Columbia can expect to see increased financial support in their bank accounts starting by mid-July.

B.C. Premier David Eby says about 340,000 families with children – 66,000 more than last year – will have access to the BC Family Benefit program after the province increased the income threshold for a family’s eligibility.

Low- and middle-income families on the BC Family Benefit program will receive an additional 25 per cent over last year’s funding, for an average increase of $445.

Eby says a family of four on the very lowest income level could get up to $3,500 this year through the program.

The government announced the funding boost in its budget in February and says the bonus will last for a year.

The province has also launched the BC Benefits Connector, a one-stop online website to provide support for people who need to access government benefits and programs.

“We know that even families that earn a decent income right now are keeping track of expenses and having to forego things for their kids, like summer camp fees or registration fees for sports,” said Eby from a news conference in Chilliwack, B.C., Monday.

“This increase in accessibility of this grant means more families are going to benefit,” added Eby.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 24, 2024.

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