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Response to concerned constituent re: grant-in-aid

On May 20, I requested feedback from the community regarding a donation from the qRD to the Canadian Red Cross from the Grants-in-Aid service. I appreciate all the responses, the large majority of which were supportive, which helped with the finalization of my vote at the Board decision on this donation.

Island Health: Lasqueti Community Vaccine Clinic for all adults 18+

From: Island Health

To: Lasqueti Island Residents

RE: Whole Community Vaccination clinics for the Lasqueti Island population


Information from the qRD


qathet Regional District COVID-19 site has information on response, health information, etc.

qRD notice: please postpone Easter travel (April 8)

Services available online (libraries, etc.)

Vancouver Island Regional Library

Is now allowing new cards to be obtained online.

[more coming soon]

Financial assistance from the Provincial and Federal Governments

Info on financial assistance from the Provincial and Federal Governments

From Ruth Ervin (250-333-858; ruthlasqueti at

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan has links to the different supports and actions of the Federal government (regarding individuals, families, unemployment, people who are sick or in self-isolation, seniors, students, businesses, farmers, etc.


The New Canada Emergency Response Benefit is briefly described, below. Please note, that you can apply for this in the first week in April.



We will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:

  • workers who must stop working due to COVID19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support.
  • workers who are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures.
  • workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work.
  • wage earners and self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance.

Application details will be available through My CRA and My Service Canada, beginning the first week of April.

Support for individuals and families (part of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit), including:

  • Increasing the Canada Child Benefit
  • Special GST credit payment
  • Extra time to file income tax returns
  • Mortgage support


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