Resources for workers during COVID-19

March 20, 2020 | Statement

It is an overwhelming time. To help workers focus on the public health situation, the BCFED will be updating this post with resources and links to understand your rights, and get the information and supports you need.

Provincial Supports

Emergency Program Act

BC government increases its powers by invoking the Emergency Program Act

Employment Insurance, Sick Pay, and Other Benefits

We know that with social distancing and widespread closing of organizations and businesses, thousands of workers are seeing their income vanish. There are some resources available to help you make ends meet.

Know Your Rights at Work

If you are working, your employer is required to provide you with a safe work environment. Here is some information about workplace health and safety rules as they apply to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Health Information

For more general information about the COVID-19 outbreak, the government's response, and guidelines for guarding your own health, access one of the resources below, or call the dedicated government hotline.

  • BC Government COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information
  • BC Government Updates on the Pandemic
  • BC Government COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool
  • BC Government dedicated non-medical hotline for COVID-19 Information: 1-888-COVID19
  • BC Centre for Disease Control - COVID-19 Care
  • BC Centre for Disease Control - Common Questions about COVID-19
  • First Nations Health Authority - Information on COVID-19
  • Vancouver Coastal Health - Information on COVID-19

  • Other Federal Supports

  • Personal Income Tax filing date extended until June 1, 2020.
  • GST tax credit increased for low-and-mid income Canadians with payment date scheduled for May. Average benefit will be $400 for individuals and $600 for couples.
  • Six-month interest-free moratorium on repayment of federal student loans.
  • Federal government updates on COVID-19 in Canada.
  • The Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS) has put together a compact guide to the supports available
  • The federal government has established guidelines for employers of Temporary Foreign Workers in the context of COVID-19. You can read them here in English, and here in French.
  • The federal government has released more details about the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, including application and eligibility information

  • Labour Advocacy

    Unions are mobilizing to advocate on behalf of their members, and all workers. We will continue to update this with the latest activities of our affiliates.