Find information and links to some great general resources for your community at this time.
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August 24, 2021 – We’ve now entered Phase 3 of the province’s restart plan. See all the information about what that means and the next phases here.
CHF BC has moved all its in-person events and services online, and members are encouraged to join us for these free virtual opportunities. As many co-ops transition to virtual meetings, we’re here to help with our Virtual Meeting Support Services.
Check our event calendar for more opportunities.
When restrictions do ease, your co-op can use this questionnaire to ensure safety for contractors, employees and members needing to enter a member's unit, prior to entry.
Our advice at the moment is that co-ops should do whatever they can to be part of the solution to the COVID-19 pandemic. That means limiting contact among people and practising social distancing to the greatest extent possible.
We canvassed the views of maintenance services including our own at COHO and the staff at BC Housing. They are providing maintenance and repair services to occupied homes only in emergency situations. All regular or routine maintenance is being restricted to vacant homes and common areas (interior and exterior). We think this is prudent in the circumstances and important for the protection of co-op members, staff and tradespeople. Of course there are always situations that call for judgement to be exercised. If, for example, a home is vacant because a member is away on vacation, it may be possible to have work done safely in the home while the member is away. That’s a decision for the board to make.
The board is charged with a special responsibility to act at all times in the best interests of the co-op. This sometimes calls for tough choices to be made. In the current situation, it is difficult for us to imagine that it’s in the co-op’s best interests to proceed with business as usual.
Trail Appliances has now closed all retail stores and outlets to protect the safety of their staff and clients. They are still able to provide curbside delivery but cannot offer haul-away service at this time. If your co-op has an emergency request, please contact Catherine Maxwell at email@example.com. All other requests should go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cabinets and Countertops:
Danube Kitchens, our cabinet and countertops partner on the Mainland, will still provide service on request, while respecting health and safety guidelines. If you have a request, please contact email@example.com.
Our flooring partners in the Lower Mainland, CD Contract and K&A Flooring, are both available for service on request, while respecting health and safety guidelines. On Vancouver Island, co-ops can work with the Island Flooring Centre . For any flooring requests, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our partner RONA stores are still open and you can shop until 6:00 p.m. You can also shop online. If you need more information or to request a service, please contact Brad LeGrow at email@example.com.
Our telecom program partner TELUS has let us know that their technicians will not enter units to upgrade wiring to fibre-optic. Regular internet speed upgrades and repair appointments are still happening with modifications for safety. You can visit TELUS.com/covid19 for the most up to date information on how they are supporting clients in this uncertain time. And for any members with questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Waste and Recycling partners Waste Connections on the Mainland and GFL Environmental on the Island continue to provide all services with no interruption.
If you have additional questions about any of our Group Buying programs, including ways we can help your co-op access group buying services at this time, please contact Arnold Sang at email@example.com.
BC Centres for Disease Control: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-professionals/clinical-resources/covid-19-care/signage-posters
Infection Prevention and Control Canada: https://ipac-canada.org/posters-graphics-and-videos.php
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety: https://www.ccohs.ca/outbreaks/resources/