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

By order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), proof of vaccination is required as of October 24th (2 doses) to access some events, services and businesses.

There are Regional restrictions are in place for people who live in Northern Health.
 

Current Public Health Order restrictions:

  • Indoor personal gatherings at your home or vacation accommodation are limited to your household plus 10 visitors or 1 other household
  • There are no restrictions for outdoor personal gatherings.
  • Indoor organized gatherings (such as sponsored or ticketed parties, celebrations, weddings and funerals) of any size are not allowed.
  • Outdoor organized seated gatherings can have a capacity of 5,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater.
  • No capacity restrictions on worship services if all in attendance are vaccinated, if not all participants are vaccinated worship services are limited to 50% capacity. 
  • Adult indoor individual and group fitness or exercise activities are closed (example: gyms). (youth/children sports and activities can continue.
  • Sports tournaments are not allowed, regular league play is allowed.
  • Bars, night clubs and lounges that do not serve food are closed. 
  • Indoor and outdoor dining - a maximum of 6 people per table and customers cannot move between tables/visit other tables.

Click here for more information. 

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.

Click here to register. Once you register you will receive a text, email or phone call when you are eligible to book your appointment.

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 changes to the AYA program

The temporary changes to the AYA program have 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: 

As of January 1st 2022 rent increases are allowed. The 2022 maximum increase is 1.5%.

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?

Canada Recovery Benefit

The Canada Recovery Benefit has ended as of October 23rd, 2021.

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit
The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit is extended until May 7, 2022. The maximum number of weeks you can apply for also increases to 6 weeks. Click here for more details.

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit
The Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit is extended until May 7, 2022. The maximum number of weeks you can apply for also increases to 44 weeks. 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.


*NEW* Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB)

The Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB) gives temporary income support to employed and self-employed people who cannot work due to a COVID-19 lockdown. The CWLB is only available when a COVID-19 lockdown order is designated for your region. If you are eligible for the CWLB, you can receive $300 ($270 after taxes withheld) for each 1-week period. You may apply for any weeks your region is eligible between October 24, 2021 and May 7, 2022. Click here for more details.


*NEW* Paid sick leave
Employees are now eligible for 5 paid sick days per year. (You must have worked for your employer for at least 90 days to be eligible). Click here for eligibility details.
 

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.

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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