COVID-19

What is COVID-19?

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

In BC we are now in phase 3, schools have begun to re-open and more buisnesses and restaurants have opened with increased safety measures. Click here to learn more about phase 3.

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.

Social distancing

Social distancing is when you reduce close contact between you and other people to slow the spread of the virus. It can also be called physical distancing.
Check out these tips from The Representative for Children and Youth of BC. 

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 - Babylon Health App.

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. 

 

Concerns about aging out during COVID-19?

*NEW* COVID-19 supports have been EXTENDED until March 31st, 2021:

- If you're in foster care, an out-of-care placement or a contracted residential agency, you will be able to stay where you are past your 19th birthday.

- If you're on an Independent Living Agreement or Youth Agreement, you will receive monthly living expenses past your 19th birthday.


Read some example scenarios here to figure out which supports are available to you.


Click here to read the full announcement.

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 effect financial support that you receive while on an AYA.

However, the ''pause'' on AYA time that has been in place since May 2020 will end as of Sept 30th, 2020 and the age cap (27) is back in effect. This means that as of Sept, 30th, 2020, your AYA will count towards your total of 48 months and youth will only be able to be on an AYA until their 27th birthday.

As of Oct 1, 2020, more flexibility to access mental health supports that include cultural healing and wellness are available for young adults under the AYA rehabilitative program area.  This will be available until September 30, 2021.
 

Read some example scenarios here to figure out which supports are available to you.
 

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

Temporary Life Skills option for the AYA program has been extended until September 30th, 2021.

- The hours you need to participate in a program for AYA have been reduced (minimum hours: 5 hours per week of life skills OR 10 hours per week of therapeutic programs OR a combination of both equal to 10 hours.

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

Insider Tip

The ''pause'' on AYA time will end as of Sept 30th, 2020 and the age cap (27) is back in effect. This means that as of Sept, 30th, 2020, your AYA will count towards your total of 48 months and youth will only be able to be on an AYA until their 27th birthday.

Check out our AYA info page for more details on the COVID-19 Temporary life skills Program.

Click here for more details.

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: 

Renters will need to pay their rent in full beginning September 1st, 2020.

Landlords have to give tenants until July, 2021 to repay any outstanding rent. You will need to make a payment plan with your landlord. *Note* If the repayment plan payments are not made an eviction notice can be issued. 

Landlords can now give notice of rent increases, but these will not come into effect until December 1st, 2020.

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 Recovery Benefit
The new Canada Recovery Benefit begins September 27, 2020 and will be avilable for one year. It will provide $400 per week for up to 26 weeks to workers who are not eligible for EI. Click here for more details.
 

*NEW* 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.
 

*NEW* 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.

Laid off/unable to work and ineligible for EI?
 

B.C Emergency Benefit for workers: *Click here for application*
one-time $1000 payment to people whose ability to work has been affected due to COVID-19.
B.C residents who recieve EI or the New Canada Emergency Benefit are eligible. You can apply until December 2nd, 2020.
 

COVID-19 support for income and disability assistance.
If you are on income assistance or disability assistance and not receiving EI or CERB, you will automatically receive a $300 supplement on your cheques until December 2020.
CERB and EI are also temporarily exempt, which means they have no effect on your regular income assistance or disability assistance. 
 

BC Hydro: BC Hydro’s Crisis Fund Grant for up to $600.


Fortis BC: Waiving late payment fees and suspending disconnections.


ICBC: ICBC autoplan customers on a monthly payment plan may defer their payment for up to 90 days with no penalty.

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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