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***Coronavirus (COVID-19) INFORMATION ***

***Coronavirus  (COVID-19)  INFORMATION ***
I'Ve been vaccinated, now what? Please click here for further information

Province-wide restrictions: 

Provincial restrictions are in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  For current information, please click HERE

  • The Regional District of Mount Waddington is in the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA)
  • According to the updated travel restrictions released May 25, 2021, non-essential travel between health authorities is prohibited until at least June 15, 2021 at midnight. 
  • You still may travel for essential reasons, examples of essential reasons can be found on the Government British Columbia’s website whose link is above. 
  • You are advised to stay within your local area (ie North Vancouver Island), unless for essential purposes, although this is not mandated. These restrictions mean a person from Victoria can legally travel to Port Hardy. 
  • The green areas are the VIHA boundary:

 




 

COVID-19 VACCINATION INFORMATION - updated MAY 26, 2021

ARE YOU REGISTERED?

Everyone aged 12 years and older must be registered* in BC's Get Vaccinated system to make a 1st or 2nd dose COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

*Including people who were vaccinated before April 6th at an immunization or whole community clinic.

REGISTRATION IS EASY:

Online:  GetVaccinated.gov.bc.ca

Call:      1-833-838-2323 (toll free)

Once registered, you will receive a notice by text, email, or phone (your choice) when it is time to book your 1st or 2nd dose appointment at a location near you.

To view Island Health poster, please click HERE

  

ATTENTION Sointula Residents:  Island Health held several COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Sointula in March.  Immunization teams will return in the coming weeks to host another clinic and provide first or second doses to those who need them.  It is important that everyone in Sointula be registered in the provincial 'Get Vaccinated' system in order to make an appointment at that clinic.  Please view the Island Health memo HERE

If you need a ride to a nearby Triport Clinic for vaccination, please call the Volunteer Transportation Network at: 250-956-3151

    

For more info (including FAQ), please visit:  https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine/taking-whole-community-approach 

For general questions about COVID-19, Please visit islandhealth.ca/covid19vaccine

 

RDMW OFFICE ***MASKS ARE REQUIRED TO ENTER BUILDING*** UPDATE: APRIL 23, 2021

The Regional District of Mount Waddington office located at 2044 McNeill Road, Port McNeill is open; however, masks are required to be worn to enter the building, use hand sanitizer and sign in, and please practice safe social distancing.

Water and Waste Water samples are accepted at our office, please call ahead for direction.
Please call our office phone at:  250-956-3301  or email:  info@rdmw.bc.ca  for all inquiries.

Due to spacing limitations in our boardroom, guest attendance at public meetings is extremely limited. However, you are welcome to attend Public Meetings via Zoom.  Please find Zoom invites for meetings at this location:

http://www.rdmw.bc.ca/news-and-events/meetings-&-postings/

COVID-19 EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER ***LEVEL 1***ACTIVATION

The Regional District of Mount Waddington is working closely with the Provincial government, Vancouver Island Health Authority, our member municipalities, and other partner agencies to monitor the COVID-19 situation and respond appropriately.

The health and safety of our employees and community members is our first priority.

As of March 23, 2020, the Regional District of Mount Waddington activated an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at Level 1. Activating the EOC provides a mechanism to centralize planning and coordinate communications.

The EOC will be responsible for preparing for possible impacts and ensuring continuity of Regional District services. Our goal is to ensure accurate and coordinated information is available as it relates to the North Island community. The situation is evolving, and we will be working with our emergency service partners to further coordinate our efforts of keeping residents informed.

For the current status of Essential Services, please click HERE

Worksafe COVID-19 Safety Plans for RDMW Service Locations:

RDMW Main Office 7 Mile Recycling & Landfill,   7 Mile Scale House,   Recycling Depots,   Chilton Arena

Parks Headquarters, BerePoint/Link River Campgrounds

BC Announces Emergency Measures to protect workers and business, please click HERE

For Province-wide restrictions by order and direction of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), please click HERE

MOUNT WADDINGTON HEALTH NETWORK

For questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, please check the Island Health website, by clicking HERE

TO VIEW THE ISLAND HEALTH COVID-19 KEY MESSAGES BULLETIN (January 15, 2021), please click HERE

For testing/screening information, please call 811 or 250-902-6091 

Open 8:30am - 4:30pm  7 days a week.

Click this link to bring you directly to the COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool: https://covid19.thrive.health/

COVID-19 NORTH ISLAND SUPPORTS:

For information and links to North Island Local Government, Food Security (Organizations, Networks, and Supply), Social Services & Crisis Supports, Mental Health & Substance Use, Community Organizations, Medical Services, Income Assistance, and Transportation:                     Please visit the Mount Waddington Health Network website:   https://www.mwhn.ca/north-island-resources    



For Community Specific Resource Information, please click on the community below:

Electoral Area A:                Electoral Area B:                  Electoral Area C:                      Electoral Area D:

   - Sointula                      - Coal Harbour/Quatsino        - Hyde Creek/Nimpkish Heights        - Woss

                                       - Holberg                             

                                       - Winter Harbour

Municipalities

- District of Port Hardy            - Town of Port McNeill       - Village of Alert Bay            - Village of Port Alice

FINANCIAL RESOURCES FOR COMMUNITIES

(Housing, Personal Income-Workforce, Income and Other Supplements for People, Businesses, and Funding Boosts to Charities for Program Delivery):   Please click HERE

DISTRICT OF PORT HARDY WEBSITE

This District of Port Hardy has updated their website to include a "COVID-19 Resource and Information Page" which is being updated on a regular basis.  For a direct link to this very informative page, please click HERE

MOUNT WADDINGTON TRANSIT

MASKS ARE REQUIRED TO RIDE THE BUS 

Information from BC Transit on keeping a safe social distance while riding the bus can be found HERE

Additionally, BC Transit Coronavirus COVID-19 Information can be found HERE

SMALL BUSINESS COVID PROGRAMS

March 25, 2020:    Today, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s leading and most representative business association, announced a new program, the Canadian Business Resilience Network Small Business Relief Fund, to provide small Canadian businesses from coast to coast with $10,000 grants to help their recovery efforts during these unprecedented times. The grant will be targeted at small (between 2 and 50 employees) for-profit businesses that have been operating for several years and are now experiencing challenges because of COVID-19. The application period will open on June 1, 2020 on the CBRN website and will close on June 12, 2020. The successful applicants will be announced in late June to early July 2020, with the funds being transferred to the successful applicants shortly thereafter.

SMALL BUSINESS SURVEY:

(Posted May 25, 2020)

The Regional District of Mount Waddington together with its partners, the North Island Communities, Chambers of Commerce, Community Futures Mount Waddington, and the Vancouver Island North Training and Attraction Society, have created the Mt. Waddington Economic Recovery Task Force. 

As COVID-19 restrictions on individuals and business activities are being lifted, the Task Force identifies what our business operators need to re-establish normal operations.  

This Survey is a first step in opening a dialogue with businesses on how business recovery looks to you and what resources you need to return your business to a safe operating level.  

Please take a few minutes to complete this CONFIDENTIAL survey and tell us what you need:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MYTPNRB

Community Tips for Response and Recovery:  Please click HERE

The Rural Island Economic Partnership is pleased to announce the launch of the COVID-19 INFO HUB at the following site to help meet the information needs of our rural island communities. https://hub.ruralislandspartnership.ca

COVID-19 Bulletin (update: May 8, 2020) - Resources for BC Businesses & Resources for Economic Developers and Local Leaders:                Information, tools, and links for the BC business community are now located in one document, please click HERE

Additionally, click the following link:   https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OjtkSJ_VedTzPVJIRL2fDp8NyXA07RkXMB6St12eYdc/edit#heading=h.tlj4sbsncpsb

Support for Regional Businesses, please click HERE

LINK RIVER, BERE POINT, KWAKSISTAH CAMPSITES

Update Posted:  November 25, 2020

Campsite reservations are now closed for the season.  The reservation system will be open on February 1, 2021 at 8:30am. 
Camping during the Off-Season (Sep - end of March) is NOT RECOMMENDED due to FLOODING AT LINK RIVER and STORM SURGES & EXTREME TIDES AT BERE POINT
**USERS STAY AT THEIR OWN RISK**
Anyone visiting the campgrounds during the off-season are asked to fill out the Visitor Forms to help with COVID-19 Contact Tracing measures.  We also ask that visitors pack out what they bring in, including their garbage - PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ONSITE OR PUT INTO PIT TOILETS.  Thank you.
We are asking that all visitors please follow safety protocols while visiting the North Island, including maintaining a minimum of 2 metre distance from others, washing or sanitizing hands frequently, bringing your own clean trip kit and being patient when lining up for services and stores. Please click on the link below for additional information for COVID 19 Safety Protocols from BC Parks.   BC Parks COVID 19 Safety Protocols
For inquiries, please call the RDMW Office phone at (250) 956-3301  or email:  info@rdmw.bc.ca

 

Thank you for wearing a mask and keeping a safe social distance from others.