COVID-19 Information & Resources

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Latest Announcements and Updates

BC to Extend Vaccine Card Program – January 25, 2022

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has announced that BC will be extending its BC Vaccine Card Program until June 30. This program applies to everyone over the age of 12 and is used to access restaurants, indoor events, fitness centres and other facilities. The program may be ended prior to June 30 if hospitalizations and cases decrease.

Visit our BC Proof of Vaccination and the BC Vaccine Card page for full details.


Updates to Provincial Health Officer Orders Announced – January 18, 2022

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has provided an update regarding the public health measures that were initially announced on December 21, 2021, due to the spread of the Omicron variant.

While gyms and fitness centres across BC will be allowed to start gradually reopening as of Thursday, January 20, other previous restrictions are being extended. Bars, lounges, and nightclubs must remain closed, and the ban on indoor gatherings — such as weddings and funerals receptions — remain in place until Wednesday, February 16.

Visit our Provincial & Regional Restrictions page for full details.


Health Canada Authorizes Paxlovid for Patients with Mild to Moderate Covid-19 at High Risk of Developing Serious Disease – January 17, 2022

Health Canada has authorized the combination of two antiviral drugs, nirmatrelvir and ritonavir (brand name PAXLOVIDTM), to treat adults with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are at high risk of progressing to serious disease, including hospitalization or death.

See the full Government of Canada press release.


BC Hotels, Commercial Recreation Businesses Will Receive Pandemic Supports – January 14, 2022

Eligible accommodation providers and tourism operators holding tenure and BC Parks permits will now have access to grants to alleviate fixed-cost pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visit our Tourism Accommodation and Commercial Recreation Relief Fund page for full details.

See the full Government of British Columbia press release.


Boosters Available for Pregnant People– January 13, 2022

Effective January 13, 2022, people who are pregnant can book a COVID-19 booster vaccine if it has been at least eight weeks since they received their second vaccine dose.

See the full Government of British Columbia press release.


Applications Open for COVID-19 Closure Relief Grants – January 12, 2022

Businesses can now apply for the COVID-19 Closure Relief Grant, a new program the Province has fast-tracked to support BC businesses ordered to temporarily close their doors due to recent public-health measures.

Visit our COVID-19 Closure Relief Grant page for full details.

See the full Government of British Columbia press release.


Government Extends Loan Forgiveness Repayment Deadline for the Canada Emergency Business Account – January 12, 2022

The repayment deadline for The Canada Emergency Business Account loans to qualify for partial loan forgiveness is being extended to December 31, 2023, for all eligible borrowers in good standing. Repayment on or before the new deadline of December 31, 2023, will result in loan forgiveness of up to a third of the value of the loans (up to $20,000).

See the full Government of Canada press release.


New Relief Funding Coming for Businesses Ordered Closed – December 23, 2021

British Columbia businesses that were mandated to temporarily shut down through public health orders because of surging COVID-19 cases will be eligible to receive a new one-time relief grant of up to $10,000.

See the full Government of British Columbia press release.


Travel Advisory: Limited exceptions to border measures in British Columbia – December 22, 2021

The Canada Border Services Agency would like to remind travellers that border measures remain in place for travellers entering or returning to Canada and that they should get informed and understand their obligations as they make their travel plans.

See the full Government of Canada Columbia press release.


Government Temporarily Expands Access to Lockdown Program and Worker Lockdown Benefit – December 22, 2021

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, announced the federal government’s intention to temporarily expand eligibility for key support programs to ensure Canadians are protected and workers and businesses get the help they need to sustain them through new and necessary public health restrictions.

See the full Government of Canada Columbia press release.


Province Introduces New COVID-19 Measures for Safer Holiday Season – December 17, 2021

To address rising COVID-19 case counts and keep people safe, the Provincial Health Officer has issued revised orders, which take effect on December 20, 2021.

See the full Government of British Columbia press release.


New Federal Measures Introduced for International Travel – December 17, 2021

Federal Minister of Health, Jean-Yves Duclos provided an update on the ongoing pandemic and measures to address the Omnicron variant in a news conference.

Visit our Travel and COVID-19 page for full details.


Travel Notice Reinstated from the Public Health Agency of Canada – December 15, 2021

The Federal Government has reinstated the travel advisory to halt all non-essential travel outside of Canada, with the Public Health Agency of Canada is advising travellers, regardless of their vaccination status, to avoid non-essential travel internationally.

Visit our Travel and COVID-19 page for full details.


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