BC – COVID-19 Updates

For the latest updates from the government of BC on the COVID-19 outbreak and provincial provisions, visit the COVID-19 page on the BC government website.

Critical Information

Changes to the Employment Standards Act

BC Action Plan


 BC Sector Pages



Ongoing Updates

APRIL 28, 2020

Mental Health Aid

The province has allocated $5 million to expand existing mental health programs and services and launch new services to support residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Enhanced virtual services will help all British Columbians with mental health needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on adults, youth and front-line health care workers. The funding will also increase access for Indigenous communities and those living in rural and remote parts of the province. 

April 17, 2020

CLAC Calls for Proper PPE for All Front-line Workers

Your personal safety is paramount as you work with our most vulnerable citizens

On April 15, 2020, we sent a letter to Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, regarding the concerns for our members’ safety due to the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). Although the shortage of PPE supplies is nationwide, we hear your concerns and understand how important it is right now to ensure your personal safety as you care for some of our society’s most vulnerable people.


April 8, 2020

Liability Protection for Essential Service Workers

BC is taking steps to protect those providing essential services by ensuring they cannot be held liable for damages caused by exposure to COVID-19 while continuing to operate, so long as they are complying with orders from the provincial health officer and other authorities. Read more about this here.

Source: B.C. taking further action to support essential service providers during pandemic

April 3, 2020

Child Care for Essential Workers

BC is launching a new process that will match parents, who are working on the front lines of BC’s COVID-19 response and have children up to five years of age, with child care in their communities.


April 1, 2020

Guidance for Industrial Camps

The province announced it is providing guidelines for industrial work camps to support their response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to keep workers safe.


MARCH 31, 2020

BC Retail and COVID-19 Safety

WorkSafeBC is working with workers, employers, and industry associations to ensure retail operations remain healthy and safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. Employers must take all necessary precautions to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission and illness to themselves, workers, and others at the workplace. Workers have the right to refuse work if they believe it presents an undue hazard.

Learn more about rights and responsibilities in the retail sector from WorkSafe BC.

The BC government has also issued guidelines for retail food and grocery store operations. View them here.

MARCH 31, 2020

BC Climate Action Tax Credit (BCCATC)

The BCCATC helps offset the impact of the carbon taxes paid by individuals or families. It is non-taxable, so you don't have to include it as income when you file your income tax return. You are eligible to receive the credit if you're a resident of BC and you

  • are 19 years of age or older, or
  • have a spouse or common-law partner, or
  • are a parent who resides with your child.

Learn more.

MARCH 31, 2020

Guidelines for Construction Sites Operating During COVID-19

WorkSafe BC has stated that construction employers must take all necessary precautions to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission and illness to themselves, workers, and others at the workplace. Read the full WorkSafe BC guidelines.

The BC government has also issued guidelines for construction employers, which can be viewed here.

MARCH 27, 2020

BC Transit Changes – Limiting Capacity, Waving Fares, and More

BC Transit is continuing to provide transportation services because people still need to get to work, including at healthcare facilities, or to other activities such as weekly grocery shopping trips. They are limiting capacity, waiving fares, and implementing other safety measures. 

Learn more.

MARCH 26, 2020

List of COVID-19 Essential Services

Essential services are those daily services essential to preserving life, health, public safety, and basic societal functioning. They are the services British Columbians come to rely on in their daily lives. Services such as childcare are prioritized for workers in front-line essential services. 

Learn more.

MARCH 26, 2020

Manufacturing and COVID-19 Safety

WorkSafeBC is working with workers, employers, and industry associations to ensure manufacturing workplaces remain healthy and safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. The BC government has also issued guidelines for manufacturers during COVID-19.

View the guidelines from WorkSafe BC.

View the guidelines from the BC government.

MARCH 25, 2020

Worker Health and Safety Responsibilities

Workers should know and understand their workplace health and safety responsibilities — and those of others. If you’re a worker, you also have three key rights: the right to know about hazards in the workplace; the right to participate in health and safety activities in the workplace; and the right to refuse unsafe work. 

Learn what this means during COVID-19.

MARCH 25, 2020

Employer Health and Safety Responsibilities

Employers are required to take certain steps to keep their workers safe. If they are not following their responsibilities, please contact your CLAC representative.

View WorkSafe BC’s employer responsibilities.

MARCH 24, 2020

Changes to the Employment Standards Act

Announced on March 24, the government of British Columbia has made significant changes to the Employment Standards Act to better support workers both during the COVID-19 public health emergency and in the long term.

Job Protected Leave

Workers may take unpaid, job-protected leave if they are unable to work for reasons relating to COVID-19. The leave will be retroactive to Jan. 27, 2020. During this public health emergency, people can take this job-protected leave for as long as the circumstance that requires them to be away from work applies. This protection is for employees who are unable to work for the following reasons:

  • they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are acting in accordance with instructions or an order of a medical health officer or the advice of a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, or registered nurse;
  • they are in quarantine or self-isolation in accordance with an order of the provincial health officer, an order made under the federal Quarantine Act, or guidelines of the BC Centre for Disease Control or the Public Health Agency of Canada;
  • they have been directed by their employer to stay home because of concerns about their exposure to others;
  • they are unable to return to BC because of a travel or border restriction; or
  • they are providing care to their minor child or a dependent adult who is their child or former foster child, including when a school, daycare or similar facility has closed.

Workers may need to give reasonable evidence of eligibility if their employer requests it, but a doctor’s note will not be required.

MARCH 23, 2020

BC Action Plan

On March 23, the Government of British Columbia announced an Action Plan that dedicates $2.8 billion to help people and fund the services they need to weather the crisis; $2.2 billion will provide relief to businesses and help them recover after the outbreak. Elements of the plan affecting employees include:

MARCH 20, 2020

Mental Health Tips and Tools

News and information about COVID-19 is coming at us quickly. It can be hard to keep up and it can be even harder to remain calm given all that is going on. Stress, anxiety, and depression are not unusual for people of all ages. But there are things we can do to deal with stress and support one another during these challenging times. 

View tips and access resources from the ministry of mental health and addictions here.

MARCH 19, 2020

Best Practices for Transportation Companies

The BC Trucking Association has developed a number of best practices to ensure the safe movement of goods while mitigating the spread of COVID-19. View the COVID-19 Best Practices for Motor Carriers.

Stay up to date on the latest news and recommendations from the Canadian Trucking Alliance at COVID-19 Transportation News Updates.

Finally, access guidelines and updates from Transport Canada at COVID-19 measures, updates, and guidance issued by Transport Canada.

MARCH 19, 2020

Update for Peace River Hydro Partners Construction Ltd

As you are aware, the developments regarding COVID-19 are evolving on a daily—and sometimes hourly—basis. Through this constant state of flux CLAC and PRHP have been in close collaboration with BC Hydro and Atco, in order to share our best available information. We know everyone has questions and concerns for their health and safety, as well as the health and safety of their families and the communities in which they live.


March 18, 2020

BC Hydro Announcement

BC Hydro made the decision to scale back construction operations at the Site C Dam to only critical construction. We are in close communication with PRHP and BC Hydro on what that will mean for our members at Site C.


March 18, 2020

Guidelines for Mining and Smelting Operations

While mine sites are not considered to be gatherings of more than 50 people, the PHO has provided a number of directions for day-to-day production and site operations. 

View them here.

March 13, 2020

Infection Prevention and Control for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Interim guidance for Long-term Care and Assisted Living Facilities

View the interim guidance from the BC Center for Disease Control to healthcare workers for the prevention and control of COVID-19 in long term care and assisted living facilities.

Learn more.