NORTH PARK NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATION

COVID-19 SUPPORT AND RESOURCES

Here are some information, resources and opportunities to offer assistance. In this uncertain time, let’s look for ways to help each other out, keep each other safe, and stay positive! North Park is awesome because you are a part of it.

We are gathering names of people willing to offer services to the vulnerable folks in our community so that if/when we are alerted by any organizations or individuals we can mobilize care quickly. If you would like to add your name, please email coordinator@npna.ca

CITY OF VICTORIA UPDATES AND INFORMATION

  • Beginning on Monday, June 1, 2020 the City will be widening the sidewalk on the east side of Cook Street between Grant and Caledonia by installing balustrades in the road. You can see the plans for the sidewalk expansion here.
  • Level 2 of the City’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan, which started June 13 includes the reopening of all outdoor recreation facilities.  Royal Athletic Park will also be used for the operation of summer camps and outdoor adult health and wellness programs. You can expect to see RAP open to the public on weekends soon.
  • The City of Victoria will be doing a daily Facebook livestream. (note: it is either at 2:30 or 3:30pm, check their Facebook for updates)
  • Visit the City of Victoria’s Response to COVID-19 for service updates and information for residents. 
  • The City has created a Business Hub with links to information relevant to business owners.
    • The City has implemented a number of initiatives to support local businesses and the community to reopen and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, including $575,000 in economic stimulus grants. The new initiatives will give restaurants and businesses the opportunity to expand their patios, and services on sidewalks, streets and neighbourhood squares and plazas. Parks will also be opened up for approved business use, such as outdoor yoga and fitness classes. Applications open up Monday, June 8Read the guidelines and apply.

RESOURCE GUIDES

FOOD SECURITY RESOURCES

  • Request a free, weekly grocery hamper. The NPNA is putting together free, weekly grocery hampers made up of produce, bread, dairy, and eggs to be sorted and delivered by volunteers on Wednesdays between 12-3pm. If you live in North Park, and would benefit from a hamper, please contact coordinator@npna.ca.
    • Thank you to Modo for the donation of drive time to help make these deliveries possible!
  • The Red Cedar Café offers free, healthy and comforting meals for pick up or delivery. You can order online here for delivery or pick up (Thursdays and Sundays between 4-5:30pm). If you would like to receive these on a weekly basis you will need to complete a new order each time.
  • The Shelbourne Community Kitchen offers self-select food hampers twice per monthly/household, and offers delivery! Contact them at 250-590-0980 or visit the website.
  • Good Food Box Rapid Relief Application through the Fernwood NRG – Recipients will receive a Large Good Food Box every two weeks for the next 4 months free of charge. Recipients will pick-up their Good Food Box at the Fernwood Community Centre (1240 Gladstone Avenue, Victoria) on Tuesdays. Fill out an application here.
  • Some of the Living Edge Neighbourhood Markets (free produce and groceries) are still on! See their Facebook or website for updates
    • Central Baptist Church is hosting one of these markets at  833 Pandora Ave. (at Quadra St.), right at the edge of the North Park neighbourhood. This market is on Mondays 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Summary of Food Resources by region and type of service here. (Thank you to the Foodshare Network for creating this!)
  • Access the Mustard Seed’s food bank – see the weekly hamper schedule here.
  • My FED Farm – The Food Eco District is putting together FREE Food Garden Kits that they will be making available to those financially impacted by COVID-19. Apply here. Kits contain 2-5 round planters, soil, 3 starter plants, seeds, initial consult & info package, access to webseries and #MyFEDFarm chatroom.
  • Request free seeds from Victoria Seed Share.
  • University of Victoria Student Society Food Hamper Program – available to UVic students and their families, the hampers will contain food items, as well as some household items, safer-sex supplies and the option for menstrual products. Students are able to request a hamper every two weeks, and will need to pick it up at UVic. Complete the order form here. 

GET GROWING, VICTORIA: VEGGIE SEEDLING DISTRIBUTION

Through the “Growing in the City” program the City is growing veggie seedlings and distributing them to those impacted by COVID-19.

Eligibility of this program prioritizes community members that are financially or physically impacted by COVID-19 that have a desire to grow food but may have limited access to edible plants and start-up garden materials, and are facing barriers to access fresh, healthy, locally grown produce.

If this describes your situation, please express your interest by emailing coordinator@npna.ca. Veggie starts will be distributed on June 8, 2020! See here for more details. 

If you have received veggie seedlings, here are some resources to help you grow them!

RESOURCES FOR SENIORS

GENERAL SUPPORT AVAILABLE

ACCESSING EI, CERB, AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT

OPPORTUNITIES TO PROVIDE SUPPORT

PROVINCE OF BC: STATE OF EMERGENCY

  • On March 17, 2020 the Province of BC declared a state of emergency. Again, following the Emergency Program Act: Division 2 – Declaration of State of Emergency here are the highlights of what the Province is able to do to respond to COVID-19:
    • acquire/use any land or personal property considered necessary to respond to the effects of an emergency
    • authorize or require any person to render assistance of a type that the person is qualified to provide to respond to the effects of an emergency or disaster;
    • control or prohibit travel to or from any area of British Columbia
    • provide for the restoration of essential facilities and the distribution of essential supplies and provide, maintain and coordinate emergency medical, welfare and other essential services in any part of British Columbia
    • procure, fix prices for or ration food, clothing, fuel, equipment, medical supplies or other essential supplies and the use of any property, services, resources or equipment within any part of British Columbia for the duration of the state of emergency.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water,
  • cough or sneeze into your elbow,
  • avoid others who are unwell, and stay home when you are sick,
  • avoid touching your face,
  • Anyone who is concerned that they may have been exposed to, or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, should contact their health-care provider, or call 8-1-1.
  • You can also call 1-888-COVID-19 or text 604-630-0300 for details, advice, and further information on the virus.
  • BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool
  • More information: BC Centre for Disease Control, Island Health.

Monthly Meetings:

In light of the COVID-19 situation, the Thursday, March 19, 2020 meeting has been cancelled. We were looking forward to a presentation from the City about the Housing Strategy. We will work with the City to bring this information to you via our social media and newsletter.


Past Issues of the North Park Neighbourhood Association E-Newsletter

June 17, 2020 – an interview with Victoria Chief of Police, Del Manak

June 1, 2020

April 23, 2020

April 7, 2020

March 17, 2020

March 5, 2020

February 19, 2020

February 1, 2020 

January 16, 2020 

January 8, 2020


Thank you to everyone who attended our first ever free skating event at the Save on Foods Memorial Arena!

Want to hear how it all turned out? See the event report here!

QUICK LINKS: Here is our equity presentation to City Hall. And here are other n’hood related docs.


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