COVID-19 Information


British Columbia’s COVID-19 immunization strategy began on December 14, 2020.

B.C. is taking an age-based, four-phase approach and immunizing our provinces most vulnerable first. Learn more about vaccination timelines by priority groups by visiting the BC Government website.

Note: The COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone living in B.C. who is eligible to receive it. Please be aware of COVID-19 vaccination scams. Say no to unsolicited calls offering home vaccination kits for a fee and emails and texts asking you for sensitive personal information.

BC Recovery Benefit

The BC Recovery Benefit is a one-time, tax-free payment of up to $1,000 for eligible families and single parents and up to $500 for eligible individuals. You must apply to receive the benefit. Applications open December 18, 2020. You have until June 30, 2021 to apply. Learn more by visiting the BC Government website.


Safe Seniors, Strong Communities is a program that matches seniors needing help with volunteers who want to help. Services include grocery delivery, prescription pickup, friendly phone calls and virtual visits. This is a free program offered in communities across British Columbia. To access these services call 2-1-1 or visit

The situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve here in B.C., Canada and other jurisdictions around the world. The Ministry of Health, Office of the Provincial Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control are responding to this new illness. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the BC Centre for Disease Control and the other health agencies listed here.

The Office of the Seniors Advocate monitors and analyzes seniors services and issues in B.C., and makes recommendations to government and service providers to address systemic issues.

The OSA was established in 2014 and is the first office of its kind in Canada.

Speak with one of our Information & Referral analysts, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (except statutory holidays).

Toll-free: 1-877-952-3181
In Victoria: 250-952-3181

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