Yesterday, the provincial government announced that health and social service workers delivering in-person, front-line care to B.C.’s most vulnerable people will receive a financial boost through the temporary pandemic pay program.

More than 250,000 front-line workers across B.C. are eligible to receive the lump-sum payment, which works out to $4 per hour for a 16-week period, dating back to March 15 and ending on July 5, 2020. 

Providence is working with our health authority partners and HEABC to confirm specific details including eligibility and the process employers will need to follow to distribute the funds. Staff will not need to apply to receive payment. 

Temporary pandemic pay applies to employees who have worked straight-time hours during the 16-week period starting on March 15 in eligible workplaces like hospitals, long-term care and assisted living facilities and in roles such as registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and allied health professionals. (View all Eligible Sectors, Workplaces and Roles.)

Temporary pandemic pay does not apply to excluded management staff, fee-for-service providers or employees on leave; funding is only available for workers who are funded by the province in provincially-funded programs. 

More information will be forthcoming and communicated to staff in the COVID-19 staff bulletin. 

This page last updated May 20, 2020 6:19pm PDT