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COVID-19 Update: September 2021

B.C.’s Restart Plan On May 25, the province launched a four-step plan to carefully bring people back together. On July 1, we moved to Step 3 with many restrictions now reduced or eliminated. The fourth wave of COVID-19 pandemic began in August 2021. The first week saw the seven-day rolling average for new cases nearly …

COVID-19 Update: July 2021

B.C.’s Restart Plan On June 15, 2021, the province moved to Step 2 of the BC Restart Plan and on July 1, 2021 we moved to Step 3. Masks are still recommended in all indoor spaces until you are fully vaccinated, 14 days after you have had your second dose of the vaccine. People are …

COVID-19 Update: June 2021

B.C.’s Restart Plan On May 25, 2021, Premier John Horgan released B.C.’s Restart: A Plan to Bring Us Back Together . This plan was developed with guidance from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer. Implemented on May 25, progression through the steps will depend on the …

Long-Term Care and Assisted Living COVID-19 Staff Survey

The B.C. Seniors Advocate is reviewing COVID-19 Outbreaks in Long Term Care and Assisted Living and she needs to hear from front line staff. A province wide survey open to all staff who work in LTC/AL has been launched and we encourage all members to participate. Contact your facility for the survey access code for …

COVID-19 Update: May 2021

Provincial Health Officer Orders The provincial health officer orders that were set to expire on April 19 have been extended and are now in effect to May 24, 2021 at midnight. For restaurants, bars and pubs, all food and liquor-serving premises must only provide take-out or delivery service. Dine-in service is prohibited, except for outdoor …

Tax Tips

Disability tax credit The disability Tax Credit (DTC) was created to offset the extra living costs related to living with a disability.  If you or a dependent spouse or common-law partner have a serious or prolonged physical or mental impairment, you may be able to reduce the amount of tax you pay.To determine eligibility, you …

Visitor Restrictions Reduced

Changes to Long-term Care and Assisted Living Visitation With vaccines bringing an important layer of protection for people living in long-term care and assisted living, visitor restrictions have been eased.Starting this month, all residents in long-term care and assisted living can have frequent, routine social visitation opportunities. Eased restrictions include: Removing the requirement for a …

COVID-19 Update: April 2021

Three-week circuit breaker begins now to bend the curve, protect people New and amended provincial health orders and guidelines in effect through April 19, 2021, include: For restaurants, bars and pubs, all food and liquor-serving premises must only provide take-out or delivery service. Dine-in service is prohibited, except for outdoor patios. People dining on patios …

The BC Seniors Supplement Gets Increased

The BC Senior’s Supplement was introduced in 1987. It is a monthly payment from the provincial government to low-income seniors, age 65 and older, who need a “top-up” to bring their Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement incomes up to a conditionally guaranteed minimum income level. Seniors who qualify for the BC Seniors …