A man wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 is silhouetted while walking on Ambleside Pier at sunset, in West Vancouver on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. (Darryl Dyck / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Hundreds of thousands of British Columbians are still waiting for money promised by the province more than a month after the program began.

The premier confirmed Tuesday that 300,000 applications for the COVID-19 recovery benefit have had to be reviewed manually by staff.

The one-time tax-free payment offered up to $1,000 for eligible families, and $500 for individuals.

The province said 1.8 million residents have already received their money, totalling about $900 million.