Here are useful resources and links.
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DIVERSIONS are now in the Resources and Links list! (third from the top)

Featured DiversionS

Farmers Markets!

On Southern Vancouver Island - check out the interactive map: https://bcfarmsandfood.com/farms/farmers-markets/

Chateau de Villandry

Extraordinary videos and photos of this magnificent chateau in the Loire Valley: https://www.chateauvillandry.fr/en/explore/an-overview-of-villandry/virtual-tour/

· Rapid Relief Fund  –  Victoria Foundation, Times Colonist and Jawl Family raising funds for local charities and support services  

· St.Vincent de Paul  Cash donations online or drop off items, no pickups.

· Safe Seniors Strong Communities 211 Help Line –  211 and United Way food delivery, meals, pharmacy delivery and wellness calls for seniors who are isolating    

· Shopper’s Drug Mark Senior’s Opening Hour – 20% Seniors Discount hour daily plus Thursdays

· Victoria Pedi Cab – Grocery and prescription shopping and delivery in Victoria and Esquimalt.

· RBC Covid-19 Client Relief Program Deferrals, temporary reductions and small business support

·BC Ministry of Mental Health Managing Covid-19 Stress, Anxiety and Depression  Stress, Anxiety and Depression programs and information

· BC Ministry of Mental Health Bounceback Program for Covid-19   Bounceback program with materials, exercises and online coaching  

· BC Partners for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Information’s Here-to-Help online Mental Health stress tools for Covid-19 from a group of 7 BC Non-profits  

· BC Division Canadian Mental Health Association Programs – New and pending   Links to Mental Health, Counselling and Peer Support programs underway now and coming soon

· CAMH Mental Health Teaching Hospital Ontario Online Covid-19 coping tools.

· World Health Organization Covid-19 Information  – Comprehensive World Wide Pandemic Info

· Government of Canada Public Health Agency – Covid-19 page Comprehensive information on Covid-19  

· Canada Health Agency Covid-19 Current Situation – Current Stats and Map info for Canada

· BC Centre for Disease Control Covid 19 info and Self-Assessment  Covid-19 Self-Assessment tool and public information

·HealthLink BC Covid-19 Page Comprehensive coverage of Covid-19 queries

· Island Health  Covid-19 information page from Island Health Authority

· Visitor Restrictions Island Health Facilities –  Essential visitors only at Health Facilities

· Red Cross Community Health Blog Covid 19 information, mental health, soc/distancing  tips,  volunteering

· Essential Visits Only at Vancouver Island Health Facilities

· BC Ministry of Justice Incapacity Planning Power of Attorney and Advance Directives

· BC Ministry of Justice Advance Care Planning Making future health care decisions


· Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) Program B.C. Gov’t rental assistance program for Seniors.

· BC Ministry of Housing Temporary Rent Supplement – Pending program for low income renters who do not qualify for other rent subsidies

·  Christ Church Cathedral  Recorded services accessed online.

· Congregation Emanu-El  The Victoria Landmark is carrying services online.

·  James Bay United Church  Virtual Sunday Services and Tuesday Night Jazz Online

·  St. Andrew’s Cathedral on View Street streaming Daily Mass with Bishop Gary

·  St. John the Divine Anglican Church Attend services on Zoom or view recorded services and Daily Prayers on Facebook.

.Office of the Seniors Advocate for BC  – Watchdog for seniors issues in BC making recommendations to government and service providers

Seniors Serving Seniors – resources, programs and information for seniors. http://www.seniorsservingseniors.bc.ca

· Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) Program B.C. Gov’t rental assistance program for Seniors.

· BC Ministry of Housing Temporary Rent Supplement – program for low income renters who do not qualify for other rent subsidies

 

·  Canada Emergency Response Benefit – For workers affected by Covid-19 and job loss *Note – Does not address receipt of pension funds.

· Employment Insurance – Federal EI program for qualifying employees Min 700 hours over 52 weeks for Victoria

·  BC Emergency Preparedness Site – Comprehensive lists and links to Pandemic services and programs

· BC Hydro Covid-19 Relief Fund for Residential Customers apply for a credit of 3 X your average bill if eligible  

· BC Hydro Savings and Rebates ­ Rebates for energy savers, qualify for energy saving products

· BC Transit Covid-19 Information – Information on using the transit system during Pandemic Restrictions.

· ICBC License Renewal Renewing a driver’s license or ID card by phone

· ICBC Auto Insurance Renewal Deferring payments or extending insurance

· Destination BC Bulletin Booking space for Self-Isolating to Support Tourism – Info on programs

·  Oak Bay Volunteer Services needs Volunteers for Covid-19 Response Food Delivery, phone calls, medical drives during Covid-19

· St. Vincent de Paul   Volunteers needed for friendly telephone calls, dropping off food hampers and food cards, maintaining food pantries etc. in areas where the services can be delivered.

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