According to ICBC, some British Columbians will not receive provincial rebates intended to offset rising gas prices until the end of July.
Prime Minister John Horgan announced the one-time payment on March 25, shortly after prices soared above 200 cents a litre. People whose vehicles are for personal use will be paid $110, while commercial vehicles will be entitled to $165.
There has been little relief since then, as the cost of refueling has continued to rise and record-breaking.
In total, the province said the discounts would reach 3.5 million policyholders. So far, 24,000 rebates have been granted to people who set up a direct deposit with the insurer. An additional 575,000 are expected to be issued as credit card refunds “in the coming weeks,” an ICBC spokesperson said in an email to CTV News Saturday.
“From June”, those paying ICBC by debit, cash, check or payment can look forward to a discount check in the mail.
“We expect all checks to be sent to customers by the end of July,” the ICBC email said.
This appears to be a change to the timeline provided by the province in March.
“All other customers will receive checks in June,” the province’s announcement reads.
The insurer also reminds people that any text messages or emails instructing people to click on a link to receive their refund are “scams.”
While gas prices in Vancouver have fallen since they peaked at 233.9 cents a liter earlier this month, drivers in the region are still seeing the highest prices in the country.
The BC liberals have labeled this cut as too little too late and called for other measures to provide drivers with some relief. They propose to temporarily freeze provincial gas taxes and provide a one-time rebate through the Climate Action Tax Credit, which was to be issued on July 5. brought to BC on gas from Alberta.
Have high prices across the province led to calls for free transport during the summer months when prices are expected to reach 250 cents per litre.