Service levels during the COVID-19 crisis
Due to the COVID-19 public health risk and the social distancing directive, we have reduced staffing levels in each of our FMEP client offices. Because of limited staff and also higher than usual call volumes, you will experience delays when calling our offices, waiting for a response to web messages or callback requests, or requesting to enrol in FMEP. Your patience is greatly appreciated during this time.
If you are a payor, we acknowledge you may have difficulty paying your full amount of maintenance that is due. You are, however, still required to pay the maintenance owing under your order or agreement. If you are unable to make full payments it is very important that you contact us by signing into your web account and sending a web message.
If you are a recipient, we will continue to send you payments as they are received at FMEP. If payments are not made, we will assess your case and take all appropriate action to try to get your maintenance payments.
If you are an attachee, please continue to send payments under the Notice of Attachment if money is owing to the payor. If you have any questions about deductions, sign into your web account and send us a web message.
We understand this is a stressful time for all families in BC and be assured we are doing our best to address our clients’ needs.
Go to COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
New Crown Agency now responsible for FMEP
The BC government has established a new Crown Agency, the BC Family Maintenance Agency. Starting on November 1st, the new Agency will be responsible for delivering the FMEP. There will be no change to the current services delivered to families. Establishing a new dedicated agency with closer ties to government will offer opportunities to enhance the FMEP and to add new services for families in the future. We look forward to continuing to serve the families of BC in the new Agency.
Update – Driver’s Licence Cancellation now in effect
The law allowing FMEP to direct ICBC to cancel a payor’s driver’s licence where the arrears are over $3000 came into effect in April. This new action has immediate consequences for a payor who is not paying maintenance. To avoid this action the payor is required to pay the arrears or contact us to work out a voluntary payment arrangement to pay the arrears.
Payment options in the event of a postal disruption
If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for direct deposit in order to receive your maintenance payments from FMEP.
If you aren’t already doing so, you will need to send your payments electronically to FMEP, using either:
- Online, telephone or ABM banking through your financial institution
- Western Union Quick Collect (PDF, 286KB)
If you aren’t already doing so, you will need send payments through your financial institution using online banking for a Notice of Attachment.
If you still want to send your payments by cheque, payments can be couriered (prepaid only) to FMEP Payment Services.
FMEP will work with the other reciprocating jurisdictions in Canada and internationally to ensure recipients continue to receive their payments during a postal disruption.