Updates for Healthcare Workers

JUNE 11, 2020

All Front-Line Workers Deserve Recognition

CLAC has been advocating tirelessly in the last few weeks to ensure our members are treated with the same considerations as the other front-line workers in our province. Please read this letter regarding fair pandemic pay that CLAC sent to BC Finance Minister Carole James on June 9, 2020. 

Read more here.

June 1, 2020

Eligible Workers to Receive Pandemic Pay

It has been a trying time for our front-line workers as the fight against COVD-19 continues. But we are pleased to share that our calls for healthcare worker pay equity have been heard and answered!

The BC government recently announced that there will be a temporary 16-week pandemic pay for eligible health care workers.

Read more here.


May 15, 2020

CLAC Seeks Increased Pay and Additional Benefits for Our Members

CLAC, together with the other members of the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA), has sent a unified message to Finance Minister Carole James on May 8, 2020, regarding fair pay and additional benefits. The CSSBA has been advocating tirelessly in the last few weeks to ensure our members are treated with the same considerations as the other healthcare workers in our province.

Read more here.


APRIL 28, 2020

CLAC Advocates for Your Rights to Fair Pay and Safe Working Conditions

CLAC, in solidarity with the other healthcare unions represented by Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA), has sent a unified message to the Community Social Service Employer Association (CSSEA) to advocate for your rights to fair pay and safe working conditions.

Read more here.


APRIL 22, 2020

CLBC to Distribute Emergency Funds

The province’s emergency COVID-19 funding will be distributed through Community Living BC service (CLBC) to ensure people with developmental disabilities stay supported and safe during the pandemic. We encourage you to read the government news release: Emergency supports for home share, support service providers.

Read more here.



APRIL 20, 2020

CLAC is working hard to advocate for your rights and safety

On April 17, 2020, we sent a letter to Premier John Horgan, regarding our members’ safety and the ongoing shortage of personal protective equipment.

Read more here.


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.

Read more here


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.

Read more here.


April 3, 2020

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) FAQ for Healthcare Workers

View the FAQs 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 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 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.

Read more here.


March 11, 2020

Coronavirus Response and Preparedness for Healthcare Workers

Read more here