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  • Request for Essential Services Critical Supplies

    March 30, 2020

    The Province has requested that businesses and organizations undertake an inventory of critical supplies in their possession, including personal protective equipment, medical supplies and cleaning. Local governments are asked to share this request with businesses and organizations in their community.

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  • Status of farmer’s markets

    March 30, 2020

    The Ministry of Health designated farmers’ markets as essential food and agriculture service providers. Farmers’ markets are not currently considered a high risk setting for the transmission of COVID-19 as they are usually held outdoors. The BC Centre for Disease Control has provided guidance to reflect the recommendations and orders of the Provincial Health Officer for the reference of farmers’ market organizers.

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  • New clinical guidance to reduce risks for people who use substances

    March 30, 2020

    To help reduce the risks to people who use substances, the Province has announced new clinical guidance, effective immediately, for health-care providers to stem the spread of COVID-19 and respond to the ongoing overdose emergency. The provincial clinical guidance incorporates the federal government’s recent exemptions to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The full guidance document is available on the BC Centre on Substance use website.

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  • Ministerial Orders for Local Government

    March 26, 2020

    Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General, announced ministerial orders today that have immediate and direct relevance of local government service delivery in relation to COVID-19 response. Minister Farnworth suspended local states of emergency in BC specific to the COVID-19 pandemic, excepting the City of Vancouver. Other orders pertained to local government meetings, delivery bylaws and the use of bylaw officers to enforce provincial health orders.

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  • UBCM Grant Administration: COVID-19 Update

    March 26, 2020

    The administration of provincially-funded grant programs is continuing at UBCM during the COVID-19 pandemic, including adjudication of intakes that closed before March 15, 2020, review of final reports and processing of all payments. We are implementing a few changes to ensure fairness and provide additional flexibility during this time.

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  • Provincial & federal stimulus packages

    March 25, 2020

    The federal government will provide $52 billion in direct assistance to workers amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced today. The government also committed to ensuring that laid off workers will be able to access the benefits within 10 days of applying. Workers who have been laid off, those who are sick, caretakers and self-employed workers would be able to receive up to $2,000 a month for four months.

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  • Provincial and Federal supports for homeowners, renters

    March 25, 2020

    Both the Province and Federal Government have announced wide-ranging measures to support households facing economic hardship due to COVID-19. Measures announced to-date address mortgage holders, renters and vulnerable populations, and include the following:

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  • Gas Tax Program Services COVID-19 Update

    March 25, 2020

    Please be advised that Gas Tax Program Services is open for business and will continue to deliver programming, claims and contract management during standard business hours until further notice. We are implementing a few changes to provide additional flexibility during this time.

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  • Temporary Witnessing Requirements under the Land Title Act

    March 24, 2020

    In support of recommendations by the BC Public Health Officer to maintain social distance, the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) has implemented temporary changes during these extraordinary times with respect to witnessing requirements when executing instruments under the Land Title Act.

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  • Temporary inter-city bus changes

    March 24, 2020

    The Passenger Transportation Board is giving commercial inter-city bus (ICB) operators the option to temporarily reduce or suspend scheduled services their licence requires them to provide.  This temporary option gives bus companies the flexibility to respond quickly to changing public safety and transportation needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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