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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.

B.C. NDP Delivers 2021 Budget: Key Social Spending

  • Doubling ECE wage enhancements – $4/hr by Sept

  • 4000 more $10/day spaces

  • 400+ no-fee Aboriginal Head Start spaces

  • Serving 2000 more children with extra support needs

  • Continued space creation

Supporting people and businesses

  • Saving families up to $672 a year per child with free public transportation for children 12 years and under.

  • Making it easier to find affordable, quality child care by doubling the number of $10-a-day child care spaces, doubling the wage enhancement for early childhood educators, and continuing to build and expand spaces.

  • Creating 400 more spaces through the Aboriginal Head Start program that provides culturally relevant child care for Indigenous families.

  • Continuing to fund the BC Recovery Benefit, which has helped over 2.5 million British Columbians to date and provides up to $1,000 to families and single parents, and up to $500 for individuals.

  • Helping 80,000 low-income seniors by increasing the Senior’s Supplement for the first time ever.

  • Helping those who are struggling most by delivering the largest-ever permanent increase to income assistance and disability assistance rates, a 53% increase to income assistance since 2017.

NEW UPDATE: B.C. Government Again Clarifies Travel Boundary Restrictions

NEW: NEWS 1130/Vancouver – People travelling within the Lower Mainland will not be subject to checks on travel when restrictions come in later this week.

“The Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health authorities will be treated as one health authority,” Farnworth said of check-stops.

“You’re likely to see something at the [BC] Ferries, for example,” he added. “The other obvious location is when you head into the Interior just before Hope, if you were going to take [Highway 1] or the Hope-Princeton, or the Coquihalla. But you will not be seeing anything on Boundary Road — in Vancouver or Burnaby, or the Tri-Cities, for example.”

B.C. COVID Statistics as of Tuesday, April 20th:

  • B.C. has recorded 862 new cases over the last 24 hours for a running total of 121,751.

  • 111,039 people have fully recovered.

  • There are 8,906 active cases in B.C.

  • 13,135 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. 

  • At least 50% of all new cases are COVID variants of concern, mainly the B117 variant.

  • There have been 7 new Covid-related death reported. B.C.’s current total of deceased is 1,546. 

  • 483 British Columbians remain hospitalized with 164 of those cases in ICU.

  • There are two new outbreaks at Dawson Creek and District Hospital and Surrey Memorial Hospital. The outbreak at the Long Lake Chateau is now over.

  • 1,456,946 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 88,335 of which are second doses.

COVID-infected people arrive in B.C. from India as Trudeau ponders flight restriction

Vancouver Sun – According to the latest data from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, 10 flights arrived in Vancouver from Delhi between April 6 and April 16 with infected people on board — and in some cases with several infected people on board.

During the same period, infected people also arrived in Vancouver from Amsterdam and the U.S.

To be allowed to board a flight to Canada all passengers aged five and over must show a negative COVID-19 test result taken within the previous three days. If the person arrives by plane they must quarantine for three days in a government-approved hotel while they wait for a test taken when they arrived.

It is not known how people who have tested negative three days before departure arrive in Vancouver sick with the disease, but health officials have said they could have contracted the virus after the test.

Biden Administration to Get More Vaccines to Canada

News1130/WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden says the United States plans to provide Canada with more help in procuring COVID-19 vaccines.

Biden says he spoke today with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the subject.

He says the White House is looking at what to do with vaccines that aren’t currently in use in the U.S.

That’s likely a reference to the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot, which has been approved for use by Health Canada but not by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The U.S. has already provided Canada with about 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and gave 2.5 million doses to Mexico.

AstraZeneca Age Eligibility Changes

Global News – After getting the green light from Ottawa, B.C.is expanding the availability of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announces at her COVID-19 briefing on Monday that 88,000 doses of AstraZeneca shot will be made available in pharmacies province-wide to people 40-years of age and older.

Schedule for Cohort Vaccination Sign-Up

The registration schedule is as follows:

  •  Monday, April 19: Registration opens for people aged 40 and up

  •  Tuesday, April 20: Registration opens for people aged 35 and up

  •  Wednesday, April 21: Registration opens for people aged 30 and up

  •  Thursday, April 22: Registration opens for people aged 25 and up

  •  Friday, April 23: Registration opens for people aged 18 and up

You Can Register HERE.

Federal Budget 2021 Includes $30 Billion Over 5 Years for Childcare

CBC – Federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announced today the federal government will invest roughly $30 billion over five years to help offset the cost of early learning and child care services.

This federal investment — the single largest line item in the massive 739-page budget document tabled today — is designed to significantly reduce what parents pay for care in the coming years. The government’s stated goal is to make life more affordable and to drive economic growth by drawing more women into the workforce.

The federal government estimates the COVID-19 pandemic has driven at least 16,000 women out of the job market altogether, while the male labour force has grown by 91,000 over the same period.

On Thursday, Canada set a new single-day record with 9,561 COVID-19 cases.

Province Offers Mental Health Hub for Sectors Hit Hard by the Pandemic


Employers and employees throughout B.C. who work in the tourism, hospitality and community social services sectors now have access to vital mental health resources with the creation of a digital resource hub.

The online hub offers a range of tools to help address common workplace concerns, such as bullying, harassment, COVID-19 exposure, coping with stress and more.

Real-Time Vaccine Dosage Map Across Canada

Someone Sick at Home with COVID? Tips to Stay Safe from BCCDC

Common symptoms for COVID-19, which may take up to 14 days to express, include:

To limit contact with others, you should:

  • Stay home

  • Avoid those who have chronic conditions, compromised immune systems, and older adults

  • Avoid having visitors to your home

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds

  • Cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing

If you have questions about COVID-19, please call:

  • COVID-19 Questions: 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319)

  • BC HealthLink: Dial 811

April is World Autism Awareness Month: From the DDA Blog – Dispelling the Myths of Autism

Work at DDA Today

DDA is an essential service for our clients. That means we keep the doors open to make sure our clients are as protected as possible by following government guidelines very closely. We currently have vacancies for DDA Support Staff in many of our group homes and daycare centres. For a list of current opportunities go here. Apply today and make a difference in someone’s life.

*Due to COVID-19 and the need to practice social distancing, the interview process for DDA and prospective employees may be delayed. Thank you for your understanding.

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