We are all in this together.

DDA prides itself on 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. Together we can flatten the curve.

Federal Government Update

The Canadian government is allocating more funds to buy much-needed personal protective equipment for front-line workers. Prime Minister Trudeau said today his government has put aside $2 billion dollars for such purchases.

The government is also set to buy 500 Canadian-made ventilators in the next couple of weeks as demand rises during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I know that this pandemic has been incredibly challenging for people right across the country, but we’re also seeing the best of what it means to be Canadian,” he said. “From coast to coast to coast, businesses are retooling to produce face shields, ventilators, hand sanitizers, and other supplies our healthcare professionals need.”

On Monday, Prime Trudeau has announced a new wage subsidy program for businesses and non-profit organizations that see a drop of at least 30 per cent in revenue due to COVID-19. Organizations affected will qualify for the government’s 75 per cent wage subsidy program.

B.C. Government Update

Current Statistics in B.C.:

  • The number of people infected with COVID-19 in B.C. increased by 43 on Monday for a current total of 1013 with 507 of those recovered.
  • There are 506 active cases.
  • There were 5 more deaths over the weekend from COVID-19 bringing B.C.’s current total to 24.
  • There are currently 128 patients in acute care. The province has 4233 acute care beds at the ready should they be necessary.
  • The government says if we exceed those numbers the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre will be used to take the overflow of patients.
  • The Provincial Health Authority has increased the number of CVOID hospitals to 19 should they be required.
  • Paid parking at hospitals will be suspended as of April 1st.

Burnaby-Lougheed MLA Adds List of Government Support

Through email and social media avenues, B.C. MLA Katrina Chen offers an extensive list of government supports available to British Columbians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find the list here.


Back to School Plans

B.C. teachers are back on the job today, however, there will be no in-class instruction. According to the B.C. Teacher’s Federation teachers will spend much of this week putting together a plan to keep education going for the province’s thousands of students.

The province says parents should learn more this week about the next steps. In-class learning was suspended indefinitely on March 17, 2020.

On Friday, March 27, the province launched Keep Learning B.C., a new at-home education resource website for parents and families.

B.C. Grocery Store Advisory

The provincial government has also created an advisory in how local grocery stores need to operate in order to prevent COVID-19 spread.

  • Retailers should not allow consumers to use their own reusable bags
  • No more than 50 people at a time in a large store unless strict social distancing is followed
  • Enhance sanitation stations and cleaning schedules
  • Ensure bathrooms are well stocked with liquid soap and paper towels

B.C. food banks get provincial funding but will need your support long-term

The provincial government has approved $3 million in critical funding to be distributed among B.C.’s many food banks in an effort to prevent people from going hungry during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more details on the story go here.

In spite of the government support food banks are still concerned about increasing demand as the crisis drags on. For that part of the story go here.


Staying Home

This is currently the number one prerogative of all British Columbians as we try to flatten the curve of COVID infections. While school remains closed it leaves the question of what to do while your kids and teens are at home for long periods. DDA has a couple of blogs to help keep them and the family engaged and educated in this difficult time.

Keep Engagement Flowing for Youth with Special Needs

Quarantine: What to Do with the Kids

The One to Watch: Crip Camp Movie

While staying at home we are all catching up on the latest theatrical releases. Set in 1971, a group of ground-breaking teenagers set up an inclusive camp for those with developmental disabilities. Together they forge a new path towards greater equality.


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

For Richmond Residents


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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Call us: 604 273 9778

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Posted by dda-editor in: Daily Updates