Last updated: December 22, 2021, 2:00pm
A summary of COVID-19 updates and resources is found on this page, broken down by Federal, Provincial, HAVAN Education, Municipal, Worksite, Health and Safety, and Business Resource Pages. To view the information in detail, please click on individual Resource Page links, noted in headings below.
December 22, 2021
Public health measures and restrictions are mandated as of December 22, 2021.
- Indoor organized gatherings of any size are not allowed from December 22, 2021 until January 18, 2022. This includes New Year’s Eve parties, weddings receptions, funeral receptions and other life events or celebrations.
- Indoor events at venues can only have 50% capacity, no matter the size. This includes events like concerts, sports or movies.
- Everyone age 12 and older must be fully vaccinated to attend. Use the BC Vaccine Card to show proof of vaccination.
- Venues must scan the BC Vaccine Card QR code.
- Outdoor organized seated gatherings can have a capacity of 5,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater.
Follow any additional measures that may have been put in place by local public health or in your health region.
- Learn more about the current provincial restrictions
Event organizers should also review the PHO Order on Gatherings and Events.
Visit the BCCDC website to find information on the following:
- New Year’s Eve parties
- What’s the guidance for weddings in Step 3?
- Where can I find information about community-based events?
- Where can I find information about participating in assemblies, protests and rallies?
- COVID-19 Precautions
December 17, 2021
Today, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, welcomed the Royal Assent in Parliament of Bill C-2. This bill ensures that workers and businesses have the urgent help they need to deal with the impact of the Omicron variant:
- The Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit, providing $300 a week in income support to eligible workers who are directly impacted by a COVID-19-related public health lockdown in their region up until May 7, 2022.
- The Local Lockdown Program, providing businesses that face temporary new local lockdowns up to the maximum amount available through the wage and rent subsidy programs.
- Extending the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit and the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit until May 7, 2022, and increasing the maximum duration of benefits by 2 weeks. This extends the caregiving benefit from 42 to 44 weeks and the sickness benefit from 4 to 6 weeks. Individuals will be able to apply retroactively back to the week of November 21, 2021. Applications for period 61 will launch on December 20, 2021.
- The Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program, providing support through wage and rent subsidies to, for example, hotels, tour operators, travel agencies, and restaurants, with a subsidy rate of up to 75 per cent. The eligible types of businesses are detailed in the legislation and related backgrounder.
- The Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program, providing support through wage and rent subsidies to other businesses that have faced deep losses, with a subsidy rate of up to 50 per cent.
- Extending the Canada Recovery Hiring Program until May 7, 2022, for eligible employers with current revenue losses above 10 per cent and increasing the subsidy rate to 50 per cent. This extension will help businesses continue to hire back workers, increase hours, and create the additional jobs Canada needs for a robust recovery.
Offering a series of online courses to help navigate COVID-19, courses are being offered free of charge to both members and non-members alike, with the focus of ensuring access to resources and information is made available, to help keep the construction industry safe, and listed as an essential service. View courses.
Click here to view the latest municipality updates, compiled by UDI.
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May 4, 2020: Surrey Board of Trade Releases Call to Action and Planning Guide to Prepare Workplaces with Pending Economic Re-Opening.
The Government of BC’s Guidance to Construction Sites Operating During COVID-19 outline is located on this page, along with resources provided by the BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA), Work Safe BC, and HAVAN’s industry expert members to help you navigate a safe, compliant work environment for the safety of your employees and our communities during COVID-19.
Information from the BC Centre for Disease Control can be found on this page, including the self-assessment tool.
Human resources, financial support, insurance information, business tools and communication solutions can be accessed on this page.