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 email@example.com
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.
CITY OF VICTORIA UPDATES AND INFORMATION
- The City of Victoria will be doing a daily Facebook livestream at 3:30pm. Tune. in for important updates and information.
- City of Victoria service updates and information for residents and businesses.
- Sheltering in Royal Athletic Park
- March 23, 2020: The City announced that in collaboration with BC Housing, Island Health, the Coalition to End Homelessness, and the Dandelion Society, temporary services will be made available at Beacon Hill Park, Topaz Park, and Royal Athletic Park. There will be on site healthcare professionals, food service, washrooms and handwashing stations, up to date health information. 938 Mason Street will be a temporary test and triage site for Victoria’s homeless and street involved populations. This action represents Phase 1 of the City’s plan to care for the homeless population.
- Phase 2 includes working with BC Housing and Island Health to find indoor accommodations and supports for homeless individuals, including spaces appropriate for self-isolation.
- THE LIST – Thank you to Community Micro Lending for putting together this amazing community document!
- Seniors: bc211 line has created a Safe Seniors, Strong Communities program. Either call 211 or visit this webpage for more info.
- Post requests for assistance on the COVID-19 Coming Together Facebook Page. (Here is the North Park pod)
- Submit a request in this google form: Victoria QT2SBIPOC Community Mutual Aid Intake
- FOOD: Some of the Living Edge Neighbourhood Markets (free produce and groceries) are still on! See their Facebook or website for updates.
- FOOD: Access the Mustard Seed’s food bank
- Visit Our Place for meals, toiletries, clothing, or outreach support
- Visit Our Place for meals, toiletries, clothing, or outreach support
- Contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
ACCESSING EI, CERB, AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT
- Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses
- Accessing EI in BC Fact Sheet
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to qualify you must have earned at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the year before their application from employment, self employment and be without income for at least 14 consecutive days in a four-week period because of COVID-19. Learn more here.
- Google document about accessing financial support.
- Contact TAPS for help with Employment Standards claims and EI matters: email@example.com
INFORMATION FOR BUSINESS OWNERS
- Mayor Helps and Councillor Loveday have brought forward a motion for the March 19 council meeting to “support small businesses and jobs, arts and culture and the visitor economy in order sustain the local economy during the pandemic.”
- Here is the release from the City on March 19, 2020 outlining their plans to support Victoria’s residents and businesses.
- The City has created a Business Hub with links to information relevant to business owners.
OPPORTUNITIES TO PROVIDE SUPPORT
- Offer your support by filling out this form.
- Check in on seniors in the community by phone. Schedule regular check ins with seniors, and ask if they are in need of groceries, prescriptions, or conversation.
- Drop off food, or make a financial donation to the Mustard Seed.
- Make a donation to Our Place. They are in need of men’s clothing, warm layers, socks, underwear, and toiletries.
- The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness has created a webpage to collect information about supporting vulnerable populations, such as Victoria’s homeless and street involved community members.
- Offer assistance, or respond to specific requests on the COVID-19 Coming Together Facebook Page. (Here is the North Park Pod.)
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to add your name to the list of community members who can be called on to provide support.
- 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.
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.
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