We are all in this together.
DDA takes pride in being an essential service and advocate for those with developmental disabilities in Vancouver and Richmond. Our support staff and management are doing double duty to ensure our clients are well supplied, well protected, and are maintaining social distancing as best as possible during the COVID-19 crisis. As an essential service we are following any and all provincial government protocols when it comes to cleanliness for all of our residential homes, daycare centres, and drop-in centres. We have also taken the step to have any office staff work from home if possible.
DDA is a champion of the LGBTQ2+ community. We are now a proud part of the Vancouver Police Department’s Safe Space Program.
A reminder that DDA no longer accepts clothing or household donations. Please connect with Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver or Value Village directly.
NEW – Canada to Replace CERB with Lockdown Benefit
CTV/OTTAWA — The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) will expire as of Oct. 23, and will be replaced by a targeted benefit that helps individuals whose work is impacted by COVID-19 lockdowns.
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit will go live on Oct. 24 and would provide $300 a week to workers who are subject to a lockdown.
Federal Government and Provinces Agree on Vaccine Passport for Domestic Travel
The Province/OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced provinces and the federal government have agreed on a new national vaccine passport for domestic and international travel — and many Canadians already have them in their phones and wallets.
B.C. COVID Statistics as of Thursday, October 21st:
Over the last 24 hours, B.C. is reporting 715 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 200,249 cases in the province.
192,819 people have fully recovered.
There are 4,965 active cases in B.C.
In the past 24 hours, 4 new deaths have been reported, for an overall total of 2,096.
377 British Columbians remain hospitalized with 136 of those cases in ICU.
There are currently 26 active outbreaks in long-term care, acute care and assisted living facilities.
As of Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, 89.4% (4,141,865) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 83.8% (3,883,585) received their second dose.
In addition, 89.8% (3,884,354) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 84.4% (3,652,493) received their second dose.
87 percent of people in critical care due to COVID-19 were not fully vaccinated.
B.C. Makes Moves to Remove In-person Limits on Events
BC Gov’t News Release – On Monday, Oct. 25, more people will be able to come together at organized gatherings and events in parts of the province where vaccination rates are high. The provincial health officer’s order restricting capacity limits to 50% for inside organized events and gatherings will be revised to allow 100% capacity in those settings where the BC Vaccine Card is in place and proof of vaccination status is checked.
In addition, the requirement to remain seated at a table in restaurants and pubs will be lifted. Indoor mask requirements remain in effect for all indoor gatherings and events.
These changes apply to:
indoor sporting events (e.g. hockey or basketball games)
indoor concerts, theatre, movie theatres, dance and symphony events
indoor organized events: examples are weddings, funeral receptions (outside of a funeral home) and organized parties.