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Temporary pandemic pay will help frontline workers

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:59 PDT, Tue May 19, 2020

Health and social service workers delivering in-person, frontline care to some of BC’s most vulnerable people will receive a financial boost through temporary COVID-19 pandemic pay.

“From care aids to domestic violence workers, to people working in corrections and others delivering essential addictions and mental health supports, our frontline workers are providing vital support to people who are most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Finance Minister Carole James. “Temporary pandemic pay recognizes all that our health and social service workers do to help keep people healthy, our communities running and deliver important care and services to the most vulnerable during this challenging time.”

As part of a cost-shared program with the federal government, temporary pandemic pay will support people working on the frontlines in BC’s health-care system, social services and corrections. This includes workers delivering a range of health and social services to people most vulnerable to COVID-19.

More than 250,000 eligible frontline workers will receive temporary pandemic pay, a lump-sum payment of about $4 per hour for a 16-week period, starting on March 15. Eligible workers will receive the payment directly through their employer and do not need to apply.

“People at the frontlines of the pandemic are working tirelessly to keep us and our loved ones healthy, while also delivering services to the most vulnerable in our community,” James said. “This cost-shared program with the federal government will benefit thousands of British Columbia’s frontline health and social service workers.”

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