Last week, the Canadian government announced a freeze on federal student loan payments for six months. Now, officials in the province will be following suit and will be suspending B.C. student loan payments. This will come into effect at the end of March and last all the way until September 2020.\nIn an address to the media, the government of B.C. announced that student loans in the province would be suspended due to COVID-19.\nWith many people laid off or left unable to work for the foreseeable future, the government believes it is in the public's best interest to suspend repayment of these loans.\nThe suspension will come into effect March 30, 2020.\nAddressing the public about this was the minister of finance and deputy premier, Carole James.\nJames stated that the provincial government will be following in the footsteps of the federal government and postpone payments until September 30, 2020.\nStudent loans, which are already interest-free in the province, will not have to be paid until then.\nJames stated that the freeze in payments will allow people to take better care of themselves during this pandemic.\nAlong with the provincial government doing their part to help those who find themselves under financially strain due to COVID-19, B.C. Hydro has announced they will be allowing customers the option to defer their bill payments.\nView this post on Instagram Friends (1994) A post shared by Hui Wong (@wonghui_) on Mar 22, 2020 at 1:48pm PDT\nCustomers may also be eligible for a $600 grant from B.C. Hydro to cover the cost of outstanding bills.\nJames also stated that ICBC would be offering license renewals over the phone and online to ensure that fewer people have to leave the house.\nWith thousands of people being temporarily laid off, many have been applying for EI.\nBecause of this, B.C. Housing is ensuring people in low-income housing can no longer legally be evicted should they miss a payment during the pandemic.\nOn the morning of March 23, officials with the provincial government confirmed that B.C. had doubled the amount of COVID-19 cases in just six days.\nOfficials are now begging people to stay home amid the pandemic.\nShould you feel like you may be getting sick, an online assessment has been created.\nNurses in B.C. even set up a hotline so you can get up to date information on the coronavirus as well as have your general questions answered.\nEven though everyone is encouraged to stay home, Vancouverites have managed to show their love for healthcare workers by taking to their balconies and cheering on doctors and nurses.\nThe videos are so heartwarming and it is the exact energy we all need.