The help we all need right now
For people here in BC, across Canada, and around the world, this is an unprecedented time. And we’re committed to decisive action to support British Columbians.
Your BC NDP government is still rolling out the COVID-19 Action Plan to help anyone impacted by the pandemic. It’s our goal to make sure nobody gets left behind.
To help you get the support you need, we’ve put together – and are regularly updating – a list of relevant resources for people, families, and businesses in BC.
Our province is going to make it through this crisis largely thanks to the incredible efforts of essential workers. As we reach the end of Education Week 2020, it’s the perfect time to look at the extraordinary contributions BC’s teachers have made.
Writing in the Vancouver Sun, Education Minister Rob Fleming says: “As educators begin personally connecting with students and delivering lesson plans by phone or online, they have taken their creativity and compassion to a whole new level.”
For many of us, this is the most stressful time we have known. Even people who have never experienced mental health issues are feeling the need for a little extra support.
That’s why we’ve announced a big expansion of existing mental health programs, as well as the introduction of new programs, and enhanced virtual services – some available free of charge.
John Horgan: “I want you to know that you are not alone. Our government is working to give you more options for mental health support as we all stay home to prevent the spread of this virus.”
This past Monday, Vaisakhi was celebrated by people across BC and around the world. As with other recent religious festivals, celebrations looked a little different this year.
Wishing the province’s Sikh and South Asian community a happy Vaisakhi and birth of the Khalsa, John Horgan drew attention to the community’s important work supporting those impacted by COVID-19, including a national blood drive.
Premier Horgan: “Today, and through Sikh Heritage Month, I wish health and happiness to the Sikh community and to all British Columbians celebrating this day.”