Creston, BC – June 4, 2020: Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry presented updated modeling on the epidemiology of COVID-19, outlining how the virus has affected people in BC, following her last modelling presentation on May 4, 2020. The modelling presented suggests continued declines in transmission of COVID-19, resulting from ongoing physical distancing; however, if there is too much relaxation of physical distancing transmission may rebound. So stay safe, stay kind, and remember to keep your distance from others. To review the Provincial Medical Health Officer’s presentation, please visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/June4_Covid19_ForSplitScreen_V8.pdf
Canadian seniors to receive special payment in early July: Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) will receive their special one-time, tax-free payment during the week of July 6. Seniors eligible for the OAS pension will receive a payment of $300, and those also eligible for the GIS will receive an additional $200, for a total of $500. Allowance recipients will also receive $500. For more information visit: https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/06/04/canadian-seniors-receive-special-payment-early-july
Columbia Basin Trust Support for Small Businesses: The Columbia Basin Trust has established multiple measures to support small businesses during the uncertainty of COVID-19. These measures include, but are not limited to:
- providing low interest working capital loans to help businesses meet immediate needs
- increasing the number of small business that can receive wage subsidies to hire students
- increase the resources available through the Basin Business Advisors program
- providing low interest loans for working capital and equipment to help food producers expand operations.
For more information on the support offered by Columbia Basin Trust please visit: https://ourtrust.org/our-work/community/support-for-covid-19-impacts/