BC Housing – COVID-19

BC-Temporary Rental Supplement (BC-TRS) Program

What is the BC-Temporary Rental Supplement (BC-TRS) Program?
To support people and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Province is introducing a new temporary rental supplement, halting evictions for non-payment of rent, and freezing rent increases. The new BC Temporary Rental Supplement, or BC-TRS, will be administered by BC Housing.

This new program will provide a temporary rental supplement to assist eligible low- and moderate-income renters who are struggling to pay their rent as a result of income loss or income reduction due to COVID-19. Eligible tenants will have the benefit paid directly to their landlord, benefiting both the landlord and the tenant. At this time, this is a three-month program.

Who is eligible?
To be eligible, tenants must have experienced an income loss or reduction as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Benefiting people with low to moderate incomes, this supplement will be available to renters who are facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, but do not qualify for existing rental assistance programs. Full eligibility criteria will be available on BC Housing’s website soon.

Do I need to pay my rent for April?
Yes, you should pay your rent for April. The rental supplement program will be accepting applications in mid-April.

If you want to speak to someone about the BC-TRS program call:

  • Lower mainland: 778-452-2836
  • Toll Free: 1-877-757-2577

BC Temporary Rental Supplement (BC-TRS) Program – FAQs