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COVID-19 Updates

  • Premier Horgan Announces BC Restart Plan

    Date:
    May 7, 2020

    On May 6, Premier John Horgan announced BC’s restart plan to provide British Columbians with the guidance needed to get through the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The goal of the plan is to increase social contacts by 60% without causing any spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the province. People are still required to stay home if sick, keep physical distance when outside their homes and are not to hug people outside their family. Small groups of 2-6 people are allowed.

    If by mid-May cases remain low, the province will enter phase 2 of its restart plan. This includes restoration of health and medical services, opening up of the retail sector and personal service establishments, and in-restaurant dining, among many other things. In total, there are 4 phases of the plan. Visit the Government of BC’s Restart Plan for full details, or download the BC Restart Plan PDF.

     

     

  • Government creates COVID-19 temporary layoff period

    Date:
    May 4, 2020

    Temporary layoffs can be extended to a maximum of 16 weeks rather than 13 weeks, if the employee agrees.

  • B.C. extending state of emergency to continue COVID-19 response

    Date:
    April 30, 2020

    The state of emergency has been extended until May 12, 2020.

  • The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy is open as of April 27.

    Date:
    April 27, 2020

    Employers may be eligible for a subsidy of up to 75% employees hourly wages for up to 12 weeks. Click the link for eligibility requirements, to learn how to apply, and for more program details.

  • B.C. enacts order to move tent city residents into hotels

    Date:
    April 25, 2020

    On April 25, 2020, it was announced that Vancouver's Oppenheimer Park, Victoria's Topaz Park, and Pandora corridor will be dismantled and residents will be moved into hotels and other sites until more permanent housing is made available. The deadline for the transition is May 9.

    According to Minister Mike Farnworth, the plan to dismantle the camps is a public safety order and not a health order which gives authority to police and other compliance officials to enforce violations.

     

  • Federal rent relief of 75% for small businesses affected by Coronavirus

    Date:
    April 24, 2020

    Excerpt from Global News:

    The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for small businesses will provide forgivable loans to qualifying commercial property owners to cover 50 per cent of three monthly rent payments payable by eligible small business tenants experiencing financial hardship during April, May and June.

    The loans will be forgiven if the mortgaged property owner agrees to reduce the eligible small business tenants’ rent by at least 75 per cent for the three corresponding months under a rent forgiveness agreement, which will include a pledge not to evict the tenant while the agreement is in place.

  • COVID-19: Applications for $1,000 B.C. emergency benefit open May 1

    Date:
    April 23, 2020

    Excerpt from The Vancouver Sun:

    The B.C. emergency benefit is only available for those who are B.C. residents, have met the eligibility requirements for the CERB, and have been approved for the CERB, even if they have not received a benefit yet.

    They must also be at least 15 years old, agree to file a 2019 B.C. income tax return, and not be receiving provincial income assistance or disability assistance.

    Starting May 1, applications can be made online at gov.bc.ca/workerbenefit

  • PM Trudeau announces $9B in new COVID-19 funding for students

    Date:
    April 22, 2020

    On April 22, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new Canada Emergent Student Benefit. According to CTV News: 

    “The benefit will see eligible postsecondary students receive $1,250 a month from May to August, and if you are taking care of someone else or have a disability, that amount increases to $1,750 monthly.

    College and university students currently in school, planning to start in September, or who graduated in December 2019 are eligible.

    As well, working students earning less than $1,000 per month can apply.”

  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) to Launch April 27, 2020

    Date:
    April 21, 2020

    Starting April 27, 2020, Canadian employers who have been affected by COVID-19 may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 12 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to June 6, 2020. 

    In order to qualify to receive the subsidy, the employer must be an eligible employer, have experienced an eligible revenue reduction and have had a CRA payroll account on March 15, 2020.

  • BC Supreme Court Expands Telephone Conference Hearings

    Date:
    April 20, 2020

    As of April 20, 2020, the Supreme Court will expand what civil and family matters can be heard by Telephone Conference Hearing to non-urgent or essential matters, that were already scheduled during the suspension period.