Province making $500 a month available to renters due to COVID-19

Clay Curtis
March 26, 2020

First of all, I would like to say that I think that you and Dr. Bonnie Henry have been showing much positive initiative coupled with compassion during the COVID 19 outbreak.

"It's heartening to me ... that we're not seeing dramatic increases and doubling in a day, or two days, or three days of hospitalized cases", Henry said. Henry, who has helped battle SARS, polio and Ebola at different points in her career, said avoiding those kinds of unnecessary face-to-face social interactions is an important part of limiting the spread of COVID-19.

"As we work together to fight this pandemic, we can't afford to leave anyone behind", said MLA Chandra Herbert, leader of the Province's Rental Housing Task Force.

Specific details of what the province is doing to increase the availability of personal protective equipment for workers at hospitals and care homes will be announced in the next few days, Henry said.

Henry said the outbreaks at the care homes highlights the vulnerability of elderly residents in long-term care facilities.

Horgan said the province is assuming its rental supplement will see 100% pick-up, and that the province is then "working back from there" on the understanding that not everyone will need it.

"We are putting in place measures now to try and control that and be more efficient and effective in how we are using PPE", she told reporters.

Popenia asked. "Will evictions that were now underway before this suspension continue immediately after?"

A total of 339 confirmed cases in B.C. are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 218 are located in the Fraser Health region, 47 in the Island Health region, 46 in the Interior Health region and nine in the Northern Health region.

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"An order is in place prohibiting gatherings larger than 50 people".

"Additionally, of the total COVID-19 cases, 59 individuals are now hospitalized, 23 of those are in intensive care, and the remaining people who have tested positive for COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation".

"It is the maximum, but we know smaller is better", she said. Celebrations and ceremonies need to be postponed.

"In the last 24 hours, we have had 78 new cases, for a total of 617 cases in British Columbia".

"There are a number of new resources and tools available to help British Columbians who may have questions about COVID-19".

"We want to make sure that those students are supported and that their concerns are heard".

That means testing health-care workers, people in long-term care and people who are in hospital or likely to be in hospital.

When outside the home, keep two metres away from other people.

The province is planning for the worst, the premier said, with the rental supplement covering all of the roughly 500,000 renters in B.C. and will go towards renters experiencing a loss of income.

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