Province making $500 a month available to renters due to COVID-19

Modesto Morganelli
Marzo 27, 2020

"This will be a hard time, as hard as we've ever seen as a province, but we know that if we do what we're asked to do, we can take the steps we need to bend the curve to ensure that all of us have the resources to deal with this, really, unprecedented in our lifetime, public health emergency", said Dix.

Fourteen people have died of COVID-19 in B.C.to date.

There are eight long-term care homes that have reported positive COVID-19 cases: Lynn Valley Care Centre (42 residents and 21 staff), Haro Park Centre (15 residents and 25 staff), Hollyburn House (one resident and one staff member), Dufferin Care Centre (one case), Delta View Care Centre (one case) and the and German-Canadian Care Home (one staff member), plus one new staff member case at Little Mountain Place Residential Care in Vancouver and one new resident case at Evergreen Heights in White Rock. This will also help landlords pay their bills, Horgan said.

The minister acknowledged the challenge of maintaining an adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) in B.C. right now. "Our government is taking steps to help take some of the pressure off renters and landlords and protect people's health", said Selina Robinson, minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

That security he's talking to is a temporary halt on evictions and a freeze on rents, even annual rent increases, during this time. "We can't let social distancing become isolation". "That will depend on the depth of the pandemic, and the time it will take for us to recover and come out the other side".

Mackenzie says the 211 hotline will be made available to pair seniors with volunteers (and vice versa) to ensure the province's elderly receive the help they need, whether it be with groceries, accessing meds, or a video call check-in.

Horgan also encouraged banks and financial institutions to help people who are having trouble paying their mortgages.

Allowing landlords to restrict the use of common areas by tenants or guests to protect against the transmission of COVID-19.

Adjourning and rescheduling hearings in situations where people need additional time to prepare and extending timelines for filing applications for dispute resolution. The province plans to provide an update on its "modelling" of the virus at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

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