Patrick Weiler
Member of Parliament for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country
COVID-19 Information
May 1, 2020

Government Support for Individuals

Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan provides direct support for Canadian workers and businesses. For more information on these measures please see https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html. The package of measures includes:

Support for Seniors

Support for Students

Support for Parents

Support for Canadian Businesses

Over the last few weeks, the Government of Canada announced several measures to support SMEs that have been impacted by COVID-19. Please see the Canada Business App for information on all federal government support for your business.

Sector Specific Support

Support for Non-Profits

Official Health Information on COVID-19

Be cautious of information you read about the virus online. Stick with reputable sites such as:

Further:

Mental Heath and Emotional Supports
Our Government has invested $240.5 million to develop, expand, and launch virtual care and mental health tools to support Canadians, including through Wellness Together Canada – an online portal to support Canadians dealing with increased mental health challenges and substance use, providing resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals. These include modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues, among other supports.

Travel Advisories, Border Control, & Consular Assistance

Travel advisories and border control directives are issued by the Government of Canada. Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has temporarily suspended service at 342 small vessel reporting sites and 126 small airports to redirect  All returning travellers must present federal and provincial authorities with a credible self-quarantine plan for 14 days. Failure to comply is now an offense under the Quarantine Act. Maximum penalties include a fine of up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months.

Consular services have been working around the clock to repatriate Canadians stuck abroad. Our office will continue to work with affected constituents to assist in repatriation efforts. The $5,000 COVID-19 Emergency Loan is available for Canadians abroad to temporarily cover costs while they work towards their return.

Ferry Regulations

New measures are in effect to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 onboard commercial passenger vessels and ferries. Ferries and essential passenger vessel operators are now required to reduce by 50% the maximum number of passengers that may be carried on board (conduct half-load voyages) to support the two-metre physical distancing rule. Transport Canada is also recommending that travelers wear non-medical masks when they cannot maintain physical distance on their journey.

Policies from BC Ferries
BC Ferries is now screening all customers for COVID-19 symptoms and restricting travel to any customer that does not meet the screening requirements for any route longer than 30 minutes. 

BC Government Announcements

Official News Updates for BC

There are regular updates coming from the BC Ministry of Health and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, that include advice for the public. Here’s how you can stay up-to-date on the most recent news: 

Federal Parks & Sites – Starting June 1, 2020 the Government of Canada will gradually resume some operations at certain national parks, national historic sites, historic waterways, and national marine conservation areas.

BC Parks & Sites – Starting on May 14, 2020, BC Parks began to reopen the majority of provincial parks and protected areas and marine parks.

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