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

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

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,   Chilton Arena Summer IceParks Headquarters, BerePoint/Link River Campgrounds

BREAKING NEWS:

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

 

MOUNT WADDINGTON HEALTH NETWORK

For questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, please check the Island Health website, by clicking 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/covid-19-north-island-supports    

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

UPDATE:  Transit Fares will be reinstated on Monday, June 1, 2020 

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 *** COVID-19 NOTICE***

Update Posted:  June 1, 2020

All RDMW managed Recreation Sites and Trails will be open for DAY USE ONLY  as of May 14, 2020 to June 4, 2020. 

OVERNIGHT CAMPING will be available on June 5, 2020 for the remainder of the camping season.

Safety measures will align with messaging from Recreation Sites and Trails BC:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/recreation/camping-hiking/sites-trails

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

Please note:  All Reservations are subject to the 50% non-refundable deposit.

Please check back for updates.  For inquiries, please call the RDMW Office phone at (250) 956-3301  or email:  info@rdmw.bc.ca

Marble River Update: June 26, 2020

Marble River has opened up for the 2020 Season. For additional information, go to https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/recreation/camping-hiking/sites-trails

TRIPORT MOTORBIKE/ATV TRACK

The Triport Motorbike/ATV track (located across from 7Mile Landfill) is CLOSED until further notice due to COVID-19 

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented event.