Premier John Horgan said health officials are telling everyone to stay home as much as possible in order to slow the spread of the virus.
Speaking Wednesday in Victoria, the provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, reported 42 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C and one new death related to the outbreak at the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver.
This supplement is meant to benefit those who have low or moderate levels of income who are facing a financial strain but do not qualify for existing rental assistance programs.
Housing Minister Selina Robinson said tenants and landlords must talk to each other to find ways to cover rents and get through the pandemic.
The B.C. Government is issuing rental relief funding directly to landlords, halting evictions and freezing rent increases across the province in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.More news: Kanika Kapoor tests positive in her third COVID-19 test
The supplement will be paid directly to landlords.
Horgan said the government will provide a monthly rebate of up to $500 to help cover rents or portions of rents during the coming months. Community connection is very important during this challenging time, but it must be done safely, either virtually or with physical distance.
"We don't want people to think that they may lose that home as a result of the pandemic", Horgan said at a news conference.
Current and future evictions are officially suspended, with some exceptions. "I appeal to those who have perhaps savings accrued ... and can continue to keep themselves going in the short term, please do so, so that we can make sure we target resources where they're most needed".More news: Lionel Messi Makes €1m Donation to Help Fight Coronavirus
"Tenants need an immediate suspension of rent payments from April 1 until they can safely go back to work".
"We are a generation behind, we know there are people who have been exposed", she said.
The province's Residential Tenancy Branch will implement several additional actions, including adjourning and rescheduling hearings in situations where people need additional time to prepare and extending timelines for filing applications for dispute resolution.
Preventing landlords from accessing rental units without the consent of the tenant (for example, for showings or routine maintenance), except in exceptional cases where it is needed to protect health and safety or to prevent undue damage to the unit. The smaller number of court-ordered evictions are up to the courts, which operate independently of government.
Restricting methods that renters and landlords can use to serve notices to reduce the potential transmission of COVID-19 (no personal service and allowing email).More news: Canadians who have lost their jobs anxiously awaiting federal help
Allowing landlords to restrict the use of common areas by tenants or guests to protect against the transmission of COVID-19.