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From the Government of BC website:

"Temporary pandemic pay supports health, social services and corrections employees delivering in-person, front-line care during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes employees delivering a range of health and social services to people most vulnerable to COVID-19, where maintaining physical distancing is difficult or impossible."



To receive temporary pandemic pay, an employee must:

  • Have been working straight-time hours at any point during the 16-week period starting on March 15, 2020, at the height of the Province’s response to the pandemic
  • Casual, on-call, and part-time workers who have worked straight-time hours during this period are also eligible
  • Work in an eligible sector, workplace and role delivering in-person, front-line care in health, social services and corrections
  • Provide additional support and relief to front-line workers by working in ways that directly serve vulnerable populations

Temporary pandemic pay is not dependent on whether there is a COVID-19 outbreak in the workplace location.

  • Excluded management staff, fee-for-service providers or employees on leave are not eligible

Contact your employer to see if you are an eligible employee.


Eligible Sectors, Workplaces and Roles

Health Services - Eligible Workplaces

  • Hospitals
  • Long term care and assisted living facilities
  • Provincial mental health facilities
  • Provincially funded home and community care services
  • Public health units
  • Primary care clinics
  • Diagnostic facilities
  • Community clinics
  • Diagnostic and treatment centres

Health Services - Eligible Roles

  • Registered nurses
  • Licensed practical nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Registered psychiatric nurses
  • Allied health professionals
  • Resident doctors
  • Health care assistants, community health workers and other patient care support workers
  • Paramedics
  • Pharmacists
  • Administrative/clerical support roles
  • Essential non-clinical staff, including
    • Food service workers
    • Housekeepers
    • Laundry workers
    • Porters
    • Security
    • Other key roles


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