COVID-19

What is COVID-19?

On March 11th 2020 the World Health Organization declared a pandemic for the Corona Virus (COVID-19) and on March 17th 2020 the Province of BC declared a state of emergency.  

You can find the most current COVID-19 stats here.

The following resources continue to be updated to support you. Also, stay connected to our Facebook page as we continue to share community resources on a regular basis.

Public health orders

Masks are now mandatory in all public indoor places for all people aged 12+. Click here for complete list.
 

*New* Regional restrictions are in place for people who live in Northern Health and Interior Health.
 

*NEW* By order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), proof of vaccination will be required to access some events, services and businesses.

This means:

  • As of September 13th, in order to access some events and services you will need to have at least 1 dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and by October 24th, be fully vaccinated. Click here to read the full announcement. 
     

BC's Restart plan:
BC's Restart plan is a careful, four-step plan to bring B.C back together. BC is currently in step 3.

This means:

  • Return to normal outdoor and indoor personal gatherings.
  • Indoor organized gatherings 50 people or 50% capacity - whichever is greater.
  • Outdoor organized gatherings 5,000 people or 50% capacity - whichever is greater.
  • No capacity limits or restrictions on religious gatherings.
  • Canada wide recreational travel is allowed.
  • No group limits for indoor and outdoor dining.
  • All indoor fitness classes allowed, gyms and recreation facilities at normal capacity.

Find more details here.

Think you have symptoms or need medical support?

COVID-19 self assessment tool.  

Well Health virtual clinic  - you will need a BC Health Card.

TELUS Health MyCare. Allows you to see a doctor, mental health counsellor or dietitian virtually. (formerly Babylon by Telus Health) 

First Nations virtual doctor of the day. - Members of BC First Nations with limited access to their doctors can make virtual appointments by calling 1-855-344-3800. 

 

Vaccinations

Vaccines do more than protect the people getting vaccinated, they also help to protect everyone around them. The more people in a community who are immunized and protected from COVID-19, the harder it is for COVID-19 to spread.

The best source of COVID-19 vaccine information is the BCCDC.

Everyone 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) can register! Click here to register. Once you register you will receive a text, email or phone call when you are eligible to book your appointment.

 

Proof of vaccination is required to access some events, services and businesses. The easiest way to show proof is using the BC Vaccine Card. Find out what services, events and businesses require proof of vaccination here

Concerns about aging out during COVID-19?

*NEW* COVID-19 supports have been EXTENDED until March 31st, 2022:

The temporary changes to the AYA program put in place to support you during the COVID-19 pandemic have been extended until March 31st, 2022.

If you are on AYA, you can:

  • Be on AYA and take life-skills or mental health/rehabilitation programs for five hours per week (reduced).
  • You can take programs online or take a combination of life-skills programs that focuses on the areas that are important to you – including cultural connections. 

You may also be interested in the Temporary Housing Agreements (THA) or Temporary Support Agreements (TSA), which allow you to stay in your living arrangement until March 2022. These options are available to those who will turn 19 through any care status. Additionally, if you are on a THA you may be able to be on AYA at the same time.

Read the full announcement here.

Social workers are modifying agreements to allow youth and caregivers to extend their current living arrangements once a youth reaches 19 years old so you can age out safely and stay where you are. Connect with your social worker or local MCFD/DAA office to ensure your supports remain in place.

Will covid-19 affect my AYA agreement?

No it will not affect the financial support that you receive while on an AYA.

*NEW*
As of Sept 22, 2021 the hourly requirement for mental health programs under AYA has been reduced to 5 hours per week. Additionally, the individualized life-skills option has been extended. This means that there is continued flexibility to support young adults during the pandemic until March 31st, 2022.
 

Click here to read the full announcement.

Reach out to your social worker or local MCFD/DAA office to ensure your supports stay in place. 

*NEW* Temporary Life Skills Program

The temporary Life Skills option for the AYA program has been extended until March 31st, 2022.

- The hours you need to participate in a program for AYA have been reduced (minimum hours: 5 hours per week of life skills OR 5 hours per week of mental health/rehabilitative programs OR a combination of both equal to 5 hours.

- Cultural programs can now be accessed as your AYA program.
 

Ways to stay connected

The Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks - Fed Connects!
Events will take place via Facebook on the Fed Connects group. *search ''Fed Connects' on Facebook and request to join*
 

Housing resources

Freeze on rent increases and evictions: 

**NEW** Rent freezes have been extended until December 31st 2021! This means that your rent cannot be increased until December 31st 2021 and if you have already received a rental increase notice, those are cancelled. Click here to read the official announcement.

Annual rent increase notices with an effective date after March 30, 2020 and before January 1, 2022 are cancelled. Do not pay the increased amount.

Evictions for anything other than non-payment of rent are now allowed.

Where can I find mental health support?

Kids Help Phone

Fraser Health crisis line - 604-951-8855 or 1-877-820-7444.

Psychological support service - Free mental health support via phone call

Foundry BC - Offers virtual drop in counselling sessions through chat, phone calls, or video calls. To access this service, call 1-833-F0UNDRY (yes, that's F0undry with a zero! or 1-833-308-6379) to book an appointment. Click here for up to date hours of operation and services offered.

BC COVID-19 Mental Health Network: A group of mental health professionals are offering free, short term, one on one counselling to those struggling with COVID-19 related impacts. To inquire about an appointment please email bccovidtherapists@gmail.com with your name, contact info and general availability.

Metis BC crisis line. 

KUU-US crisis line. Available 24/7 to provide support to Indigenous people in BC.

Fact sheet on anxiety and COVID-19. 

Here to talk. Available to post secondary students 24/7.

Online stress management program by Shoppers Drug Mart and SilverClould Health

What financial support is available to me?

*NEW* Canada-BC Housing Benefit for young adults from care. Monthly housing benefit available to youth who are on or eligible for an AYA. Click here for more details. 
 

Canada Recovery Benefit
**NEW** The Canada Recovery Benefit has been extended until October 23rd, 2021. The maximum number of weeks available for the CRB has been increased, by an additional 4 weeks, to a total of 54 weeks, at a rate of $300 per week. Learn more here.

The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit
The new Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit will provide $500 per week, for up to two weeks, effective September 27, 2020 for one year, for workers who are unable to work because they are sick or must self-isolate due to COVID-19. Click here for more details.
 

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit
The new Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit will provide $500 per week, per household, for up to 26 weeks effective September 27, 2020. This benefit is for people who are unable to work because they needed to provide care to children or support to other dependents who had to stay home due to the closure of schools, daycares and day programs. Click here for more details.
 

Federal Government Employment Insurance (EI) *Self-employed people can now apply for these benefits as well*

Laid off due to work closure? Apply for regular EI.

Unable to work due to quarantine or sickness? Apply for Employment insurance (EI) Sickness benefit.
 

COVID-19 support for income and disability assistance.
If you are on income assistance or disability assistance, as of April, 2021, you will receive $175 more on your check each month.
EI and any of the 3 Canada Recovery Benefits are also temporarily exempt, which means they have no effect on your regular income assistance or disability assistance. 
 

*NEW* Metis Nation British Columbia - Emergency shelter support fund. Click here for details.


Fortis BC: Waiving late payment fees and suspending disconnections.

Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) update

RCY staff have transitioned to work remotely and their advocates are available and ready to help despite the current unique challenges. If you need support from the RCY call 1-800-476-3933.
They also invite community agencies and service providers to apprise us of any issues and concerns with service delivery and the impact on children, youth, families and young adults who are vulnerable. This will assist them in doing their work with government ministries and public bodies to raise systemic issues. Please send your comments/concerns via email to COVID19@rcybc.ca.

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