Posted April 4, 2020; updated May 12, 2020; January 24, 2021; March 5, 16, 24; April 6, 16; May 9, 2021; June, 2021; August, 2021
August, 2021 - The Federal Election & COVID-19 FAQs
August, 2021 - BC Gov News: Mask mandate to reduce transmission, protect people in public spaces
August, 2021 - B.C. launches proof of vaccination to stop spread of COVID-19
June, 2021- BC prepares to safely move to Step 2 of its restart plan
May, 2021 - More than 50% of eligible people in BC have received first vaccine dose
April, 2021 - Vaccine bookings to begin for 50+ over the next week
April, 2021 - Invitations starting for people 60+ to book vaccination appointments
April, 2021 - People aged 60+ can now register for COVID-19 vaccine; updated April 10, 2021
April, 2021 - Federal + Provincial COVID-19 support resource for individuals + families
March, 2021 - Immunize BC, pharmacists move up vaccines for ages 55-65 on Lower Mainland
March, 2021 - Three-week circuit breaker begins now to bend the curve, protect people
March, 2021 - People deemed clinically extremely vulnerable prioritized for COVID-19 vaccine
March, 2021 - BC’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan
March, 2021 - Now is not the time to travel
March, 2021 - COVID-19 vaccine appointments for seniors
March, 2021 - How to book Phase 2 COVID-19 vaccination for seniors 80+
March, 2021 - BC moves to Phase 2 of COVID-19 immunization plan, protects seniors
January, 2021 - Follow CTV News for latest COVID-19 updates and news
January, 2021 - BC takes next steps to protect people with COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan
Disability Tax Credit deadline Dec. 31st
Social Distancing, Self-Isolation, Quarantine
· 14-day isolation on return from being outside of Canada
· Know the Difference: Self-Monitoring, Self-Isolation and Isolation for COVID-19
· Wash Your Hands Poster
• Contact Information during office closure to visitors
BC Federation of Labour
• Resources for Workers during COVID-19
Canadian Labour Congress
• COVID-19 Resource Centre
COVID-19 Resources from the United Steelworkers (USW)
Additional FAQs answered by USW
World Health Organization
• Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic
Mental Health Resources
• Crisis Centre – more information and phone numbers available on this website
• Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868
Federal Government of Canada Resources
• Public Health Agency of Canada – numerous resources including self-assessment for symptoms.
• Service Canada – for information on available benefits
• Employment Insurance (EI)
• Employment Insurance (EI) Sickness Benefits
• Canada Student Loans
• Government of Canada: Coronavirus Outbreak updates
BC Provincial Government
• Seniors Help phone 211 – now available in communities across British Columbia
• Non-medical information phone number: 1-888-COVID19; 7:30 am to 8:00 pm; available in 110 languages
• Medical Related COVID-19 Questions phone number: 811
• Senior’s Supplement **IMPORTANT INFO: According to information provided by the BC Federation of Labour, this supplement will not impact GIS or SAFER payments.
• BC Ministry of Health website - features numerous resources
• HealthLink BC
• BC Centre for Disease Control Health Information
• COVID-19 Provincial Support & Information
• COVID-19 Leave from your job – unpaid, job-protected leave related to COVID-19
• BC Recovery Benefit
• Climate Action Tax Credit: Available in July, 2020: up to $564 for eligible families of four; $218 for eligible individuals, plus other qualifying requirements.
• BC Student Loans
• COVID-19 App (for mobile device): available on Apple App Store Google Play
• COVID-19 Self-Assessment website
• COVID-19 information and resources
• Refusing unsafe work
For parents with school age children
• Government of BC – Open School BC: Keep Learning
• Freeze on rental rates - Contact Residential Tenancy Board with questions.
• Rent supplement providing up to $500/month towards rent, paid directly to landlords
• Mortgages (CMHC insured) - Mortgage payment deferrals available for CMHC-insured loans; check with your lender.
• Mortgages (non-CMHC insured) – check with your lender about options available to you.
Domestic Violence Resources
• VictimLink BC – 24/7 information and referral service for all victims of family and sexual violence. Phone 1-800-563-0808; Text 604-836-6381; email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Women Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW) – rape crisis centre + 24 hour crisis and information line 604-255-6344, 1-877-392-7583
• ShelterSafe – Women’s Shelters Canada
• Government of BC Resource page
Additional Supports + Information
• BC Hydro: bill deferral, payment plans and crisis funding – call 1-800-BCHYDRO or apply online
• ICBC payment plan deferral – find out more here including online resource tool
• Hospital parking is now free of charge across the province at all health authority owned/operated sites.
• Sick Notes
• Prescription Refills - College of Pharmacists of BC
• FAQs from People’s Law School for British Columbians
• Canadian Medical Association COVID-19 Resources
Clarifying the Confusing World of New Government Programs
USW COVID-19 RESOURCES – It’s easy to get confused by daily announcements and changes to government support programs during this pandemic. A new USW guide outlines the details as clearly as possible, including who is eligible, what each program covers and how to apply.
USW Guide to Benefits During COVID-19: By Province and Territory
USW COVID-19 RESOURCES – Laid off? In quarantine? Unable to work because kids are out of school? Check out the guide for your province or territory on the government support programs you may be eligible to apply for.
USW Guide – Right to Refuse in Western Canada (District 3)
USW COVID-19 RESOURCES – During COVID-19, workers need to know how the right to refuse unsafe work applies in their situation. This guide provides a summary of the current legal situation with respect to Health and Safety laws governing workers’ rights to refuse unsafe work across District 3 (Western Canada).
USW Guide to Maternity/Parental Benefits During COVID-19
USW COVID-19 RESOURCES – For those currently on maternity or parental leave or planning to start leave soon, see how the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) applies to your situation.
Equal Pay Day 2020
STATEMENT, 1 April 2020 – For April 4, Equal Pay Day, the USW calls on governments of all levels to put in place programs that give all workers economic security and close the gender pay gap. In Canada, women workers still take home, on average, 30% less each year than what men earn.
Ottawa’s Wage Subsidy Must Be Designed Primarily to Help Workers
NEWS RELEASE, 1 April 2020 – The USW is warning the federal government that its new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program (CEWS) can be misused and abused if it is not carefully designed to prioritize workers’ incomes rather than profits for businesses.
Commercial Drivers Need Government Action on COVID-19 Protection
NEWS RELEASE, 31 March 2020 – Provincial and municipal governments must ensure rest stops and other businesses allow washroom access to truckers, couriers and other commercial drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now Online – News@6 Spring 2020
USW NEWS, 3 April 2020 – The newsletter for District 6 is now available online. We’ve added good information on how to stay safe during COVID-19, as well as great reading on all that’s been happening with Steelworkers around Ontario and Atlantic Canada.
COVID-19 Crisis Response Must Address Gender Faultlines
CCPA BEHIND THE NUMBERS, 2 April 2020 – Women are at the forefront of the crisis in their work as primary caregivers and care workers. Not only are women more likely to contract the virus given their roles as caregivers within families and as front-line health-care workers, they also have the least say in the policy response.
Petition: Governments Must Support Workers During COVID-19
USW CAMPAIGNS – If you haven’t already, please take a moment to send our USW letter to politicians asking federal, provincial and territorial governments to take the necessary measures to support workers in this difficult time.