Friday, June 26, 2020

Carefully into Phase 3


This week Premier Horgan and Dr. Henry announced that B.C. is now moving carefully into Phase 3 of our Restart Plan. This is the result of a lot of hard work, dedication and patience by everyone as we have followed the advice of our Provincial Health Officer over the last several months. You can find out more about Phase 3 HERE.

As we restart and begin to rebuild our economy, we are making sure that people and businesses have the support they need. There are bound to be some challenges along the way, but we are committed to keeping people safe and healthy, and helping them get back to work.

MLAs returned to the Legislature this week – some virtually, and some in person – to continue working on B.C.’s economic recovery. On Monday, our government announced that the pandemic supports for children with special needs and youth aging out of care will continue throughout the summer until September 30. This will help families and youth through this time of transition.

On Wednesday, we extended the eligibility for the BC Emergency Benefit for Workers to now include people whose jobs were impacted by COVID-19 as early as March 1, an additional two weeks from the original date of March 15. More information about this benefit can be found HERE.

We know that even before the pandemic, the economy wasn’t working for everyone. Nobody wants to go back to that. As we rebuild B.C.’s economy, we are making sure that our “new normal” won’t leave anyone behind. We will make sure those who were hit hardest by the pandemic – including Indigenous people, new Canadians, women, young people, and people earning less than $30/hour – get the support and opportunities they need. Everyone deserves the chance to learn, work, and build a secure future.

British Columbians are invited to share their input as the Province continues to build a strong economic recovery that works for people. I encourage you to have your say. You have until July 21st to share your ideas on B.C.’s economic recovery. Find out more HERE.

If you have any questions or need any assistance with provincial supports, please reach out. My office is currently open via phone and email to support you. You can reach us at 250-479-4154 or Lana.Popham.MLA@leg.bc.ca.

Stay well,