B.C. government announces COVID-19 support and measures

Domain: Care, Economy
Government:Provincial/Territorial, British Columbia
Tags:Communities, Public Health, COVID-19

The B.C. government announces measures to support individuals, families, communities and businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

March 2020 

  • B.C. declares state of emergency. Read more
  • Support for child care providers. Read more
  • $5 billion in income supports, tax relief and direct funding for people, businesses and services. Read more
  • Changes to the Employment Standards Act to protect jobs amid leave. Read more
  • New temporary rental supplement, evictions halt and rent freezes. Read more
  • $50 million to bolster seniors’ supports at community service agencies. Read more
  • $3 million emergency grant to Food Banks British Columbia. Read more

April 2020

  • State of emergency extended to continue B.C.’s COVID-19 response. Read more
  • New emergency supports for the province’s most vulnerable, including people on income or disability assistance and low-income seniors. Read more
  • Additional $1.5 million to supplement supports for Indigenous students. Read more
  • New spaces secured for vulnerable people to self-isolate. Read more
  • Emergency Relief Support Fund adds service flexibility for parents of children with special needs. Read more
  • $5 million to expand existing mental health programs and services and launch new services. Read more
  • Applications open for temporary rental supplement. Read more
  • Support service launched for B.C. businesses. Read more
  • New supports for businesses, local governments. Read more
  • Launch of free, virtual educational programs to support well-being of students, parents and educators. Read more
  • Support for rural, remote and Indigenous communities. Read more
  • Emergency supports for home share, support service providers. Read more
  • B.C.’s essential service workers matched with child care. Read more
  • Applications for B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers to open May 1. Read more
  • Funding for Family Caregivers of British Columbia is doubled to $1 million, helping support both caregivers and seniors. Read more
  • Virtual opportunities for LGBTQ2S+ students to connect. Read more
  • Monthly rent reduced by at least 75% for B.C. small businesses. Read more

May 2020

  • Online applications open for B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers. Read more
  • Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS) selected to serve as a provincial hub for anti-racism program. Read more
  • 3,500 smartphones to be distributed by community organizations that provide services and support for vulnerable people. Read more
  • Premier outlines plan to restart B.C. safely. Read more
  • State of emergency extended. Read more
  • Pandemic pay supports front-line health, social service workers. Read more
  • K-12 students to have optional in-class instruction on June 1. Read more

June 2020

  • Temporary emergency funding program for licensed child care centres extended until Aug. 31, 2020. Read more
  • Extension of the temporary rental supplement (TRS) until the end of August 2020 to continue to support renters and landlords. Read more
  • Extension of the temporary layoffs provisions to a maximum of 24 weeks expiring on August 30, 2020. Read more
  • New $5 million Youth Community Partnership program to “build back better” from the impacts of COVID-19. Read more
  • Investments in initiatives to protect long-term care and seniors’ assisted-living facilities. Read more

July 2020

  • Emergency supports extended for people on income or disability assistance and low-income seniors. Read more
  • Release of an economic and fiscal update for 2020–2021 provides a summary of COVID-19 investments to date. Read more
  • Province outlines repayment framework to support tenants, landlords. Read more

August 2020

  • Extension of temporary crisis supplement for people on income or disability assistance and low-income seniors. Read more

September 2020

  • 62 Indigenous organizations receive $6.4 million in federal funding. Read more

Up to date resources and announcements can be found here.

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