Updates from Governments
For service providers
United Way COVID-19 informational posters
Cowichan Regional District https://www.cvrd.bc.ca/3267/COVID-19-Coronavirus-Information
Alistar MacGregor, MP, Cowichan - Malahat - Langford https://alistairmacgregor.ndp.ca/
Nanaimo Regional District https://www.rdn.bc.ca/pandemic
Qualicum Beach https://www.qualicumbeach.com/_covid
Paul Manly, MP, Nanaimo - Ladysmith https://www.paulmanlymp.ca/covid19-support
Comox Valley Regional District https://www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/node/7461
Port Alberni https://www.portalberni.ca/news-announcements
Port McNeil http://www.town.portmcneill.bc.ca/
Rachel Blaney, MP, North Island - Powel River https://rachelblaney.ndp.ca/
Gord John, MP, Courtenay - Alberni https://gordjohns.ndp.ca/
bc211- Mental health support
Safe Seniors, Strong Communities Program- Volunteer to help seniors in your community, get help if you are an isolated senior
BC CDC- Common Questions About COVID-19
BC GOV- Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety and Depression
BC Hydro- Bill deferral, payment plans, as well as crisis funding is available.
BC GOV- Freeze on rental rates, no rent increases are allowed in BC, effective April 1.
BC GOV- Rental supplement,provides up to $500/month towards rent, paid directly to landlords.
BC GOV- Ban on evictions
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) - Mortgage payment deferrals available for CMHC-insured loans.
Mortgage Support, non-CMHC- Check with your lender about payment deferral options.
bc211- Emergency Housing, existing shelters still active and additional emergency options may be available.
Nanaimo Homeless Coalition- Regional updates
Employment Insurance (EI)- Existing EI benefit continues to be available. Provides up to $573/week to people who have lost income.
EI Sickness Benefit- One-week waiting period has been waived.
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) Provides $2000/month to workers who lose income due to COVID-19, including contractors and self-employed people.
BC Emergency Benefit- One-time additional tax-free payment of $1000 to those on EI or CERB.