Premier Horgan & Dr. Henry Announce Phase 3 ...

Friday, June 26, 2020

This week Premier Horgan and Dr. Henry announced that B.C. is now moving carefully into Phase 3 of our Restart Plan. This is the result of a lot of hard work, dedication and patience by everyone as we have followed the advice of our Provincial Health Officer over the last several months. You can find out more about Phase 3 here.


As we restart and begin to rebuild our economy, we are making sure that people and businesses have the support they need. There are bound to be some challenges along the way, but we are committed to keeping people safe and healthy, and helping them get back to work.
 
MLAs returned to the Legislature this week – some virtually, and some in person – to continue working on B.C.’s economic recovery. On Monday, our government announced that the pandemic supports for
children with special needs and youth aging out of care will continue throughout the summer until September 30. This will help families and youth through this time of transition.
 
On Wednesday, we extended the eligibility for the BC Emergency Benefit for Workers to now include people whose jobs were impacted by COVID-19 as early as March 1, an additional two weeks from the original date of March 15. More information about this benefit
can be found here.
 
We know that even before the pandemic, the economy wasn’t working for everyone. Nobody wants to go back to that. As we rebuild B.C.’s economy, we are making sure that our “new normal” won’t leave anyone behind. We will make sure those who were hit hardest by the pandemic – including Indigenous people, new Canadians, women, young people, and people earning less than $30/hour – get the support and opportunities they need. Everyone deserves the chance to learn, work, and build a secure future.
 
Last week government launched Building B.C.’s Recovery, Together, our engagement on BC's economic recovery. You have until July 21st to
share your ideas on B.C.’s economic recovery. More information about the engagement can also be found below. 
 
If you have any questions or need any assistance with provincial supports, please reach out. My office is currently open via phone and email to support you. 

Sincerely,

George Heyman, MLA Vancouver - Fairview
604 775 2453 | george.heyman.mla@leg.bc.ca


British Columbians are invited to share their feedback as the Province continues to build a strong economic recovery that works for people.


There are three main ways for people to share their ideas, experiences and priorities:



  • An online survey is the fastest and easiest way to provide answers to some important questions and give advice. Visit: http://gov.bc.ca/recoveryideas

  • Respond to the paper, Building B.C.’s Recovery, Together: Have Your Say, which was released on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Ideas and responses can be submitted to: recoveryideas@gov.bc.ca

  • Participate in virtual town halls. British Columbians can learn more about the virtual town halls here: http://gov.bc.ca/recoveryideas

Learn more about B.C.’s economic recovery planning: http://gov.bc.ca/recoveryideas


Update on residential tenancy laws


As announced June 19, 2020, the Province is maintaining the moratorium on rent increases and evictions for non-payment of rent. However, other notices to end tenancy may resume effectively immediately.


The moratorium on evictions has been in effect since March 30, 2020. As the Province moves forward with BC’s Restart Plan, the ban on evictions for reasons other than late payment or non-payment of rent has now been lifted.


The following tenancy laws are resuming:



  • A landlord can now issue a Notice to End Tenancy for any reason (other than unpaid or late payment rent).

  • Landlords with existing orders for eviction can take them to the courts beginning July 2, 2020, for enforcement and can enforce a writ order effective immediately.

  • Landlords can enter a rental suite with 24-hour notice and do not need the tenant’s consent. They are expected to follow health guidelines like physical distancing, cleaning and wearing masks when appropriate.

  • The change also allows for personal service of documents to resume.

Landlords’ ability to restrict access to common spaces for COVID-19 related health reasons remains.


The Province is committed to giving people advance notice before lifting the moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent at a future date. A framework will be put in place that will require landlords to work with tenants to repay rent that is owing over a reasonable period of time.

Information about changes to B.C.’s tenancy laws during COVID-19 can be found here:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/housing-tenancy/residential-tenancies/covid-19


For information about B.C.’s Restart Plan, visit: http://gov.bc.ca/restartbc