Since March 11, when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic, provincial and federal governments have been working to address the economic fallout from health-related measures undertaken.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, B.C. Premier John Horgan and leaders of the remaining 11 provinces and territories have announced relief plans for those impacted by losing their jobs temporarily or seeing their hours of employment reduced.
The programs announced by Ottawa and Victoria are numerous and finding where to go to access them can be confusing.
If you are looking to find information on the various measures announced by the provincial and federal governments — be it rent relief, tax deferrals or emergency funding — follow these links:
• For an overview of provincial programs, go online to tinyurl.com/uxrj4ug.
• For up-to-date, non-health information, including provincial and federal programs, call 1-888-COVID-19 or go online to https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support.
• For more information on B.C.’s employment standards, go online to https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/employment-standards-advice/employment-standards.
• For more information on federal Employment Insurance sickness benefits, go online to https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-sickness.html.
STILL NEED HELP?
For more information on, and assistance in, accessing support programs announced by the federal government, contact Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod and her staff. Call 250-851-4991 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on, and assistance in, accessing support programs announced by the provincial government, contact Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone or Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Peter Milobar and their staff members.
Stone’s office can be reached by phone at 250-374-2880 and by email at todd.stone.MLA@leg.bc.ca.
Milobar’s office can be reached by phone at 250-554-5413 and by email at peter.milobar.MLA@leg.bc.ca.