COVID-19: Municipal measures - The City of Vancouver

Current as of October 3, 2020.

03 October 2020

Municipal measures - The City of Vancouver

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On March 19, 2020, the Vancouver City Council declared a local state of emergency.

The Province of BC has suspended local states of emergency specific to the COVID-19 pandemic, except for the City of Vancouver.

On May 25, 2020, Vancouver launched Restart Smart Vancouver as the City's phased approach to economic recovery in Vancouver. Vancouver is seeking input from residents and businesses in the Measuring Ongoing Impacts of COVID-19 Survey.

Temporary Emergency Childcare Referral System for Essential Services

DESCRIPTION

The City of Vancouver launched Temporary Emergency Childcare for Essential Workers in response to COVID-19. The referral system will connect Essential Service Workers meeting the program's criteria, with licensed childcare providers that are open and available for childcare during this public health crisis.

ACCESS AND ELIGIBILITY

Parents or guardians of children ages 0-12 who are eligible, should submit the Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre (WCCRC) online request form.

LINKS

The March 27, 2020 news release can be found here.

The WCCRC online request form can be found here.

Social Resilience Task Force Delivering Essential Needs for Vancouver Residents

DESCRIPTION

Two emergency response centres are opening in Downtown Vancouver to create additional capacity and provide a safer place for those experiencing homelessness.

In addition to the referral centres, the City's Social Resilience Task Force has deployed teams to work on the following areas:

  • Food security;
  • Single room occupancy hotels;
  • Supportive housing needs; and
  • Community.

LINKS

The March 26, 2020 news release can be found here.

Information on the Emergency Response Centres and Locations can be found here.

Information on the Food Security Task Force can be found here.

City Launches Office to Support Local Businesses

DESCRIPTION

The City established the COVID-19 Business Communications and Support Office to assist local businesses.

The office is a single point of contact for Vancouver's local business owners to get information from the City of Vancouver regarding business support programs, to learn what City-run business services are currently available, and to make suggestions to the City concerning business and the economy.

LINKS

Local businesses seeking help can connect with the office by visiting the webpage, or calling 3-1-1, or emailing COVIDResponseforBusiness@vancouver.ca

Community Resilience Measures

DESCRIPTION

The City of Vancouver has partnered with Vancouver Coastal Health and BC Housing on a multi-agency public partner task force to implement an immediate plan of action and information-distribution network that focuses on residents of the Downtown Eastside (DTES) and populations that are most at risk.

LINKS

Information on the City of Vancouver's Community Resilience program can be found here.

Tax Measures for Businesses and Individuals

DESCRIPTION

Property tax payments for both residential and commercial property taxes will be deferred for 60 days, moving the new tax payment deadline to September 30, 2020.

LINKS

April 29, 2020, announcement on the Vancouver City Council approving the delay, can be found here.

City of Vancouver information on property tax deferral can be found here.

Vancouver Improves Range of Grocery and Meal Programs for Downtown Eastside

DESCRIPTION

The Food Security and Access team, which is part of the City's COVID-19 Community Resilience Branch, is working on a number of scalable programs that will improve access to healthy and regular meals on a daily basis.

ACCESS AND ELIGIBILITY

These programs will focus on residents who are marginalized and/or made more vulnerable through the crisis, including those who are in self-isolation, ill or can't have their needs met because services are diminishing.

LINKS

April 6 ,2020, news release can be found here.

Stanley Park and Beach Avenue Temporary Shared Roadways for Vehicles and Cyclists

DESCRIPTION

The Vancouver Park Board passed a motion on Friday, June 19 to reopen Stanley Park with temporary measures to provide modified access to vehicle traffic to support businesses, individuals, and park partner needs. The reopen will see one lane of Park Drive designated for vehicles, while the other will be reserved for cyclists to allow for adequate physical distancing inside the park as the province readies itself to enter phase three of the BC Restart Plan.

LINKS

The June 19, 2020, news release can be found here.

Closure of roads information can be found here.

City Debuts Give a Hand Vancouver

DESCRIPTION

The City launched Give a Hand Vancouver, an initiative dedicated to accepting community offers from businesses and organizations in support of continued efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.

LINKS

April 2, 2020, news release can be found here.

Give a Hand Vancouver can be found here.

City introduces new measures in the Downtown Eastside

DESCRIPTION

The City is taking steps to help ensure residents can access essential services and information, and stay safe, during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include:

  • Collecting and cashing Income Assistance cheques;
  • Accessing critical information and services, including overdose prevention; and
Providing safe spaces.

LINKS

The April 22, 2020, news release that details the measures the City of Vancouver is taking in the Downtown Eastside can be found here.

Mobi by Shaw Go and City of Vancouver offers free bike share pass to essential workers

DESCRIPTION

Mobi by Shaw Go, in partnership with the City of Vancouver, has launched the Mobi by Shaw Go Essential Services Membership Program today to provide COVID-19 essential service employees with a free 90-day pass.

ACCESS & ELIGIBILITY

Designated essential workers who must travel at this time such as those working in healthcare, transit, and grocery stores, can obtain a free 90-day pass by signing up through their employers.

Employers of essential services professionals should email mailto:grouprates@mobibikes.com to obtain enrollment information to distribute to staff.

LINKS

The April 21, 2020, new release that details the bike share pass to essential workers can be found here.

City Dashboard to highlight COVID-19 Issues and Responses

DESCRIPTION

The City released an online dashboard for you to track our emergency response and efforts to curb to the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As the City takes unprecedented steps to adapt services and mobilize resources to help support everyone impacted by this public health emergency, this tool provides a snapshot view of integral services and will be updated regularly to keep people informed and up to date on the latest information.

LINKS

April 17, 2020, news release on the dashboard to highlight COVID-19 issues and responses can be found here.

The City of Vancouver's dashboard can be found here.

Map of Food Resources

DESCRIPTION

The City created a map of food resources in order to direct people and organizations to resources across the city where they can find information on how to find, grow, buy, and donate food or volunteer and apply for grants.

LINKS

The April 17, 2020, news release on the map of free and low-cost meals available can be found here.

The City's COVID-19 food resource page can be found here.

Park Board to Reopen Golf Courses and VanDusen Botanical Garden

DESCRIPTION

The Vancouver Park Board is reopening Fraserview and McCleery golf courses and VanDusen Botanical Garden for public use on Friday, May 1. The sites will operate with new physical distancing procedures for users and staff to ensure a safe experience.

Langara Gold Course will reopen to public use on Friday, May 15.

LINKS

The April 27, 2020, news release on the reopening of the golf courses and garden can be found here.

The May 7, 2020, news release on the reopening of the Langara Golf Course can be found here.

Emergency Response Centres for People Experiencing Homelessness

DESCRIPTION

The Vancouver Community Resilience team has partnered with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and B.C. Housing to temporarily use City facilities as emergency response centres.

Roundhouse and Coal Harbour community centres were selected as centres to house people who are experiencing homelessness.

LINKS

For more information on the COVID-19 Community Support's work, including the two emergency response centres, see here.

For the three-stage approach Vancouver has planned to meet urgent housing needs, announced April 29, 2020, see here.

Tennis Courts in Vancouver to Open

DESCRIPTION

The Vancouver Park Board is reopening tennis and pickleball courts in neighborhoods across Vancouver this weekend, with a phased approach that will see 53 courts in action across seven locations beginning Saturday, May 9.

LINKS

For the May 8, 2020, news release on tennis returning to Vancouver, see here.

City of Vancouver Offers Micro-Weddings Summer 2020

DESCRIPTION

The City of Vancouver is making the Helena Gutteridge Plaza outdoor venue adjacent to City Hall available for micro-weddings of up to 10 people total.

LINKS

To book the space for your wedding, see here.

For the May 8, 2020, news release, see here.

City of Vancouver to Provide Safer Washroom Facilities in the Downtown Eastside and Kingsway

DESCRIPTION

Starting next week, porta-potties and portable handwashing stations, which were quickly installed weeks ago as an initial urgent COVID-19 (Coronavirus) emergency response measure, will be replaced with washroom trailers equipped with toilets, soap, and handwashing basins

LINKS

For the May 14, 2020, news release, see here.

City Rescinds Emergency Order to Shut Down Restaurant Table Service

DESCRIPTION

The City is rescinding the order issued on March 20 that shut down all restaurant table service as a result of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The City is rescinding this order in order to provide clarity to Vancouver's business owners and operators under the Phase 2 orders issued by Dr. Bonnie Henry, which allows food service establishments to restart in-person service under new conditions as of Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

LINKS

For the May 19, 2020, news release, see here.

Approval of Public Alcohol Consumption

DESCRIPTION

Vancouver City Council has approved a temporary pilot program allowing public consumption of alcohol in select locations from August 10 to mid-October 2020.

The intent of the pilot program is to give people an opportunity to enjoy alcohol outside where physical distancing is easier.

LINKS

For the July 30, 2020, news release on the public consumption of alcohol, see here.

Temporary Expedited Patio Program

DESCRIPTION

Between now and October 31, 2020, businesses can apply online for their temporary small, large, curbside, or private patio permit

Applicants who meet the mandatory requirements for public patios can expect to receive their permit within two business days of submitting their completed application.

Since launched the Temporary Expedited Patio Permit Program on June 1, the City has received issued 280 temporary expedited patio permits and expanded the program to patios on private property.

As part of Vancouver's efforts to expand the program and support more businesses, breweries with a manufacturing licence are now eligible to apply for a temporary expedited patio permit.

ACCESS & ELIGIBILITY

Submit an application for the Province's temporary service area expansion here.

Businesses intending to serve alcohol on their patio must also meet Provincial liquor licensing requirements, and obtain provincial approval for a temporary service area expansion.

LINKS

For the July 24, 2020, news release, see here.

For the July 17, 2020, news release, see here.

For the July 3, 2020, news release, see here.

For the June 19, 2020, news release, see here.

For the June 12, 2020, news release, see here.

For the June 4, 2020, news release, see here.

For the June 1, 2020, news release, see here.

For the May 22, 2020, new release, see here.

Outdoor Recreation Facilities to Open for Casual Use

DESCRIPTION

The Vancouver Park Board will begin reopening more than 320 outdoor recreation amenities across the city on Friday, May 29 including skate parks, synthetic sports fields, basketball and volleyball courts, disc golf, roller hockey, multisport courts, and 166 playgrounds.

LINKS

For the May 28, 2020, news release, see here.

The City of Vancouver Announced Plans for 50 km of Slow Streets and Use Roadways for Patios

DESCRIPTION

Vancouver is introducing 50 kilometers of "slow streets" that will free up parking space and travel lanes for patio and sidewalk areas, allowing for easier adherence to physical distancing.

LINKS

See the May 25, 2020, news release here.

Pop-Up Plazas and Parklets

DESCRIPTION

Vancouver is installing its first temporary pop-up plaza, to help residents safely return to community life.

Pop-up plazas are the latest measure Vancouver is taking to provide people with more space to resume everyday activities. The plazas will be designed with temporary seating to give people the opportunity to eat, visit, rest, and enjoy the weather while maintaining a safe distance from others.

Four more plazas were installed on June 23, 2020.

LINKS

The June 23, 2020, news release can be found here.

The June 12, 2020, news release on pop-up plazas can be found here.

Outdoor Sport Facility Permits

DESCRIPTION

Beginning July 1, the Vancouver Park Board will resume outdoor sport facility permits which allow groups, such as sports teams and childcare programs, to reserve:

  • Sport fields
  • Diamonds
  • Courts for modified training, camps, and play.

All Park Board permits were initially suspended in March as part of the Park Board's response to COVID-19.

ACCESS & ELIGIBILITY

To apply for an outdoor facility rental permit, see here.

First, you must review the facility schedules for availability.

Second, you must complete an online reservation request. This will require proof of insurance.

LINKS

For the status of services and facilities impacted by COVID-19, see here.

For the June 15, 2020, news release on outdoor sport facility permits, see here .

COVID-19 Recovery Committee

DESCRIPTION

Vancouver City Council has created a special committee to gather advice and insight from experts and stakeholders, as it continues to push forward the city's recovery from the pandemic.

The Council COVID-19 Recovery Committee (CCRC) is made up of all Council members and began work on May 22. The Committee will be hearing from experts and stakeholders on a range of issues, and has already received advice from leading economic advisors.

LINKS

For the June 5, 2020, news release on the COVID-19 Recovery Committee, see here.

Day Camps for Children Offered this Summer

DESCRIPTION

Day camps are set to begin operating this summer at 18 neighbourhood parks in Vancouver and VanDusen Botanical Garden.

The Vancouver Park Board and Community Centre Associations will operate day camps in parks for seven weeks beginning July 20, while the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association will operate nature camps for eight weeks at VanDusen Garden beginning June 29.

LINKS

For the June 25, 2020, news release on day camps, see here.

Park Board to Resume Food Services at Concession Stands and Golf Courses

DESCRIPTION

Beginning in July, the Vancouver Park Board will welcome diners to its concession stands and golf course restaurants throughout the city. Food services will resume with some changes.

LINKS

For the June 30, 2020, news release on resuming food services, see here.

Childcare Services Returning to Community Centres in September

DESCRIPTION

Licensed childcare and preschool services will be able to reopen at 20 community centres across Vancouver starting September 1. The majority of childcare services that operate out of Park Board community centres were closed in March in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, with the exception of Britannia, Creekside, Mount Pleasant, and Ray-Cam, which provided childcare to children of essential service workers.

ACCESS & ELIGIBILITY

Some childcare and preschool services may already be filled as parents and guardians registered their children at the start of the year.
More details regarding registration will be posted when finalized at vancouver.ca/covid19.

LINKS

See the July 23, 2020, news release on childcare services here.

Priority Programs to Restart in September

DESCRIPTION

Programs and services focusing on children, youth, seniors, and food security, are scheduled to restart September 8 at 24 community centres across Vancouver.

Program offerings such as Happy Hearts, yoga for seniors, osteofit, seniors' social, Minds in Motion External website, opens in new tab, seniors' lunch, food hamper,  and youth social and leadership activities might be limited due to new COVID-19 protocols, room capacity, and safety precautions.

Making Streets for People Initiative

DESCRIPTION

As part of the "Making Streets for People" initiative, the City of Vancouver has supported and adapted to evolving needs, including:

  • approving over 360 new temporary patios so more people can dine out and so that many restaurants can come closer to their pre-COVID occupancy;
  • creating pop-up plazas and parklets so people can gather outside;
  • calming traffic to make 'slow streets' more comfortable for people walking, biking, and rolling;
  • making more room to line up and board buses at key bus stops;
  • repurposing street space for more walking, rolling, and cycling along Beach Avenue; and
making more room where there is queuing on narrow sidewalks.

LINKS

See the August 19, 2020, news release on Making Streets for People initiative.

To offer feedback on these temporary changes, see here.

Vancouver Police Department Enforcement of COVID-19 Orders

DESCRIPTION

As of August 21, 2020, the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) will have the authority to enforce provincial health orders with specified penalties such as tickets.
If enforcement is escalated, the $2,000 fines set by the Province to owners, operators and organizers contravening provincial health orders will include:

  • Hosting a private party or public event in excess of 50 people
  • Failing to provide appropriate hand sanitation and washroom facilities
  • Failing to provide sufficient space in the venue for physical distancing
  • Failing to obtain a list of names and contacts at large event
  • Having more than five guests gathered in a vacation accommodation

$200 violation tickets for individuals will be for those who:

  • Actively encourage others to attend gatherings or events that do not comply with health orders
  • Refuse to leave or disperse when directed to do so by enforcement officers
  • Refuse to comply with requirements for a restaurant, bar or other licensed establishment
Respond with abusive behaviour towards employees

ACCESS & ELIGIBILITY

The City and the VPD strongly urge residents and businesses to report all complaints and concerns via VanConnect, online or by mobile app, or by calling 3-1-1.

LINKS

For more information on penalties, see here.

See the August 21, 2020 news release on VPD enforcement here.

Pandemic Recovery Funding

DESCRIPTION

Province of British Columbia will provide more than half a billion dollars in funding to local governments and transit agencies, as part of the pandemic recovery program.

LINKS

See the September 17, 2020 news release here

For more information about the City of Vancouver's COVID-19 support and recovery efforts, see here.

Revised Capital Investment Plan

DESCRIPTION

City Council proposed adjustments to the current capital plan, in response to an estimated $219 million in reduced development and partner contributions as a result of significantly decreased development activity and the economic downturn brought on by the pandemic. The $254 million reduction in the capital plan reduces the four-year capital investment from $2.9 billion to $2.6 billion.

ACCESS & ELIGIBILITY

Examples of projects that have been scaled back or delayed to a future capital plan include:

  • City facilities renovation and construction projects including Manitoba Yards and work on City Hall campus buildings for a total of $3.25 million in savings
  • Delayed construction for a number of parks for a total of $26.3 million in savings
  • Gastown complete streets project with no construction this capital plan for $7.2 million savings
Georgia Gateway West complete streets project for savings of $4.5 million.

LINKS

See the September 18, 2020 news release here.

For a complete list of adjustments by program and by project, see here.

Reduced Fare Transit Pilot

DESCRIPTION

The Reduced Fare Transit Pilot will be funded through $50,000 provided by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities.

The Reduced Faire Transit Pilot will seek to design, test, evaluate and make recommendations for free or subsidized single-zone transit passes in Vancouver for 50-100 people experiencing poverty, with Indigenous and racialized residents prioritized.

LINKS

See the September 15, 2020 news release here.

For a full Reduced-Fare Transit Pilot Project report, see here.

Cultural Impact Critical Assistance (CICA) Program

DESCRIPTION

The COVID-19 Cultural Impact Critical Assistance (CICA) program aims to provide one-time funding for cultural nonprofit organizations that have been most impacted by COVID-19 and those who provide critical programs, services, and space to some of the most impacted artists and groups in the city.

ACCESS & ELIGIBILITY

CICA grants are open to all Vancouver-based arts and cultural nonprofit organizations, including groups that already receive funding from the City of Vancouver and those that have never applied or received funding before. Most of these one-time grants will be up to $25,000.

To apply, organizations must complete a brief Expression of Interest (EOI) form before November 4, 2020. These submissions are the first in a two stage process for consideration of funding, therefore we encourage organizations to submit their EOIs as early as possible in order to complete an application, where applicable, before November 18th.

LINKS

For more information about the CICA program, see here..

For information on applying for the one-time grant, see here.

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