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  • 16 Jun 2020 9:58 AM | Anonymous

    Child care providers and parents can continue to count on funding from the Province to support the ongoing operations of child care centres throughout British Columbia.

    The temporary emergency funding program (TEF) for licensed child care centres is being extended until Aug. 31, 2020. This funding is a key part of the Province’s COVID-19 response, as it helps to ensure essential-service workers have access to safe, reliable child care and parents can return to work as the economy restarts and more B.C. businesses open.

    It also ensures that child care centres are holding spots, free of charge, for their existing families who may choose to stay home with their children through the summer. Communicating this timeline well in advance will allow child care providers, as well as parents, sufficient time to plan their next steps.

    “As a former early childhood educator, I understand what a challenging time this has been for families and for child care professionals,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development. “Whether centres have remained open or are temporarily closed, I want to thank all child care providers for their unrelenting dedication, support and patience. This funding is another way our government is recognizing the critical role they play in communities, social support systems and the economy.”

    The funding supports open centres to operate with reduced enrolment and helps those that are temporarily closed to cover fixed costs, like rent or lease payments. In addition, the Province will require operators to use any surplus TEF – after meeting funding and health guidelines – to provide their early childhood educators (ECEs) with temporary wage enhancements or other compensation, such as training or benefits.

    “With the implementation of the temporary emergency funding, the Britannia Child Care Hub has been able to keep programs open to provide priority care for essential care workers,” said Jacky Hughes, manager of child care services, Britannia Community Services Centre. “The funding has allowed the programs to save child care spaces for families, reduce essential service parent fees by 20%, increase educators' wages by 30% and provide educators with free priority child care. The pandemic has created many uncertainties for the future of ECE, but with the continuation of temporary emergency funding, we are able to provide some relief for families and educators, while ensuring the financial sustainability of our programs.”

    The fund is a unique program in Canada, providing centres that are open with seven times their average monthly funding from government to help cover their monthly operating expenses. Child care providers temporarily closed due to COVID-19 are also eligible to receive twice their average monthly funding so they can safely reopen. Smaller home-based child care providers are also eligible for these supports.

    “High-quality, affordable child care goes hand in hand with the success of B.C.’s economy, and that is especially true right now,” said Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care. “By extending this funding, we are providing stability for providers and certainty for parents that their spot will be held, free of charge, so they can return to work as the economy restarts and life returns to a new kind of normal. We’re also ensuring that any surplus funding is redirected to support early childhood educators.”

    In addition to TEF, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and the Ministry of Health have released health and safety guidelines for child care settings that are supporting child care centres, which were temporarily closed, to reopen safely. As well, the BCCDC and the ministry are reassuring parents, as they return to work, that their children will be cared for in a safe environment.

    One of the conditions of the funding is that centres must prioritize spaces for children of essential service workers. As of May 2020, more than 8,000 children of essential service workers were attending child care, allowing their parents to provide the health care and critical services British Columbians rely on.  

    To support families who may be struggling with loss of employment and income, child care providers receiving this funding must not charge parents fees for any periods of closure or for any vacant spaces while they are open, including when a parent chooses to temporarily withdraw a child due to COVID-19.

    Since its implementation on April 1, 2020, the Province has invested more than $150 million through the TEF to support over 4,500 child care centres, representing over 115,000 spaces, both open and closed. Approximately 90% of eligible providers in B.C. are receiving support from the TEF program.

    Investing in child care and early childhood education is a shared priority between government and the BC Green Party caucus, and is part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement.

    Quick Facts:

    • Child care centres receiving temporary emergency funding continue to be eligible for the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative and the ECE Wage Enhancement.
    • The fee reduction helps parents by providing funding for licensed child care providers to reduce and stabilize their monthly child care fees.
    • The wage enhancement has provided nearly 12,000 ECEs with a $1-per-hour wage enhancement, which increased to $2 per hour on April 1, 2020, to better recognize the work they do.
    • Families accessing care from these providers may also be eligible for the Affordable Child Care Benefit. As of June 2020, more than 52,000 families have benefited from savings of up to $1,250 a month, per child.

    Learn More:

    For more information on TEF, visit:

    More information on health and safety standards for child care, plus the latest COVID-19 related child care information is available online: www.gov.bc.ca/ChildCareCovid-19Response

    Essential workers looking for child care, along with parents whose regular child care spots are currently being used by the children of essential workers, can fill out a “parent” form to identify their need for urgent child care. Forms can be accessed by calling 1 888 338-6622 and selecting Option 4, or online: www.gov.bc.ca/essential-service-child-care  

    For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/
    Or follow the BCCDC on Twitter @CDCofBC.

    For the provincial health officer's orders, notices and guidance, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/phoguidance

    For non-health related information, including financial, child care and education supports, travel, transportation and essential service information, call (toll-free) 1 888 COVID19 (1 888 268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific time), seven days a week, or visit: www.gov.bc.ca/Covid-19

  • 15 Jun 2020 11:35 AM | Anonymous

    International students

    If you’re an international student who has a valid study permit, or were approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020, you’re exempt from the travel restrictions.

    Find out what you need before you travel to Canada.

    If you’re travelling by air, you need to pass a health check conducted by an airline before you’ll be allowed to board your flight. Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada by air.

    When you arrive in Canada, we’ll assess your health before you leave the port of entry. You must have a plan to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada. This is mandatory, even if you have no symptoms.

    If you don’t have a plan, you shouldn’t travel to Canada.

    Online courses won’t affect your PGWPP eligibility

    If your in-class courses are being moved to an online-only format because of COVID-19, you’re still eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP).

    If you have a study permit, or been approved for a study permit for a program starting in the spring, summer or fall, but you can’t travel to Canada at this time due to travel restrictions, you’re also still eligible for the PGWPP.

    If you’re in this situation, you may

    • begin your classes while outside Canada, and
    • complete up to 50% of your program while outside Canada, if you can’t travel to Canada sooner.

    If you start your studies in fall 2020, you won’t have time deducted from the length of your post-graduation work permit for studies you complete while outside Canada between fall 2020 and December 31, 2020.

    Students with authorization to work

    You can continue to work even if COVID-19 has forced you to become a part-time student or take a break in studies if you’re

    • a full-time student
    • authorized to work on- or off-campus while you study

    If you’re working off campus, you can work up to 20 hours per week during an academic session. You can work full-time during scheduled breaks in the academic year.

    Letter of support for future applications

    If an officer asks you for more information about your time studying in Canada on an application in the future, your designated learning institution should provide you with a letter of support to explain how your studies were affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

    International students providing essential services

    You’re temporarily allowed to work more than 20 hours if you’re

    • a study permit holder in an academic session
    • eligible to work off campus, and
    • providing an essential service

    This change is in effect until August 31, 2020.

    Find out if your work is considered an essential service or function

    Temporary workers

    Some temporary workers are exempt from travel restrictions if they’re coming for an essential (non-discretionary) purpose.

    Find out how to apply for a work permit and what you need before you travel to Canada.

    If you travel by air, you need to

    Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada by air.

    Before you travel to Canada, you must have a plan to quarantine. Your plan must include a place to stay for 14 days upon arrival in Canada. This is mandatory, even if you have no symptoms. When you arrive in Canada, we’ll assess your health and your quarantine plan before you leave the port of entry. If you don’t have a plan, you should not travel to Canada.

    Visitors, international students or temporary workers in Canada

    Due to restrictions on non-essential travel at the US-Canadian border, you can’t travel from inside Canada to apply at a port of entry.

    If your visitor status, or study or work authorization hasn’t expired

    You must apply online, unless exempt, to extend your stay in Canada.

    If you’re a visitor, you can apply for a visitor record to extend your stay in Canada.

    If you’re a worker or student, you have 2 options:

    1. If you’re no longer working or studying, you can
    2. If you want to continue working or studying, you may be able to extend your work permit or study permit if you’re eligible.

    When you apply, make sure you include a note explaining why you need to extend your stay in Canada.

    If you change jobs or employers

    If you have an employer-specific work permit and you want to change jobs or employers, you must apply for a new work permit from inside Canada.

    However, you don’t need to wait until your work permit application is approved to start your new job or work for a new employer.

    As always, open work permit holders can change employers at any time.

    Who’s eligible

    How to apply

    To change jobs or employers, follow these steps:

    Step 1: Apply for your work permit

    Apply for a new work permit from inside Canada.

    Most people must apply online.

    If you can’t apply online because of a disability or because there is a problem with the online application, you can apply on paper.

    Step 2: Fill out the IRCC Web form

    After you apply, fill out the IRCC Web form.

    When you fill out the Your enquiry section, you must copy the text below that applies to your situation. Make sure you fill out the sections in square brackets, including the

    • dates
    • name(s) of employer(s)
    • title of your job

    If you applied on paper and don’t know your application number, include your courier tracking number. This will ensure we can find your application.

    If you have other questions, you need to fill out a new IRCC Web form.

    Message that work permit holders changing jobs or employers need to paste into the Web form
    Message that workers who have been work permit exempt need to paste into the Web form
    Step 3: Wait for our email

    Wait for us to send you an email. It will confirm that you can start your new job or work for your new employer while we process your application.

    If you applied online for your work permit, the email should arrive in about 10 business days. If you applied on paper, it may take longer.

    If your visitor, study or work status has expired

    If it’s been less than 90 days since your status expired

    You can apply to restore your status.

    To restore your status, use the document checklist and guide for extending your stay as a

    When you apply, make sure to:

    • select “Restore my status” under section 3 at the top of the form
    • include a note explaining the reason you need to extend your stay
    • include the restoration fee

    If your temporary resident status is restored, you’ll get a visitor record or appropriate permit. Your record or permit will outline the conditions of your stay in Canada.

    Your temporary resident status in Canada will be extended until a specified date.

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  • 15 Jun 2020 11:24 AM | Anonymous

    Michelle Mungall, Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness, has issued the following statement on the auditor general's BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) audit report:

    “The Office of the Auditor General has completed an audit of the skills immigration stream of the BC PNP. I thank the office for its review and recommendations.

    “The BC PNP supports economic growth and delivers positive results for employers and applicants by attracting and retaining international talent. The program helps address labour market needs and contributes to B.C.’s economic development.

    “The Office of the Auditor General has identified important opportunities to further strengthen the BC PNP, including enhancing program integrity. The B.C. government agrees with the auditor general’s findings and accepts all four recommendations. We will be taking firm action to address and maintain the effectiveness and integrity of the program.

    “Work on the auditor general’s recommendations are already underway, including developing a formal framework to better assess risks of misrepresentation, fraud and corruption.

    “To further maintain program integrity, the BC PNP will expand its Program Integrity Unit. The enhanced unit will strengthen our capacity to investigate, conduct site visits, support staff training and develop a dedicated reporting process for people who witness fraudulent activity in the program.

    “We are defining comprehensive key performance measures to better assess the effectiveness of the BC PNP. Through the BC PNP online case management system, we are making improvements to the quality of data and how we collect it. Part of this work includes enhancing staff training to improve data collection practices and quality assurance.

    “Newcomers contribute significantly to the social and economic fabric of our province. We are committed to enhancing and improving the BC PNP to protect the integrity of the program and the newcomers who have chosen to make B.C. their home.”

    Learn More:

    To read the report from the Office of the Auditor General, visit: https://www.bcauditor.com/sites/default/files/publications/reports/OAGBC_PNP_RPT.pdf

    To read the statement in Chinese, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/2020.06.01_STMT_PNP_Audit_Report-Chinese.pdf

    To read the statement in Punjabi, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/2020.06.01_STMT_PNP_Audit_Report-Punjabi.pdf

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