COVID-19: Local Resources

Health Resources

To speak to someone by phone about COVID-19, please call your physician, or 8-1-1.

Anyone looking for non-medical information about COVID-19, can call or text the provincial government at 1-888-268-4319 (1-888-COVID19) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.

The Respiratory Assessment Clinic is now able to assess and test anyone on the Sunshine Coast who develops possible COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, difficulty breathing, a new runny nose, a sore throat, muscle aches, chills, headaches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea. If you develop any of the listed symptoms, please call your family doctor or contact the Respiratory Assessment Clinic by phone at 604-740-1252 or by email at coastrespclinic@gmail.com.

Sunshine Coast Physicians Task Force: for updates on what’s happening locally in our health care centres, please visit the Physician Task Force website.

Vancouver Coastal Health: For other localized information about COVID-19, please visit Vancouver Coastal Health’s website.

BC Centre of Disease Control: For information about how COVID-19 is affecting the province, please visit the BC Centre of Disease Control’s website.

Health Canada: For information on the Government of Canada’s response to COVID-19, please visit Health Canada’s website.

Social Supports

Sunshine Coast Community Services Society

The SCCSS has set up a COVID-19 Emergency Food and Essentials service for families and individuals who cannot afford food or essential items and are not able to access the Food Bank. To access this service, please call their hotline at 604.865.0832, Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. More information can also be found at sccss.ca.

The Sunshine Coast Community Task Force

This team of dedicated volunteer and community organizations is working together to connect people on the Sunshine Coast to the resources they need during the COVID-19 crisis. Information about local transit, health services, food delivery services, social services, financial assistance programs and more have been collected on this website. Alternately, please call 1-866-212-5025 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Monday – Friday) or email scctaskforce@gmail.com

Resources for Small Businesses

The Gibsons & District Chamber of Commerce gives the local business community a voice, and advocates to local, provincial and federal governments on behalf of its members to ensure that their concerns are being heard. Through the Gibsons Chamber, members may access benefits, partnerships, marketing, and networking opportunities.

Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Organization (SCREDO) and Community Futures Sunshine Coast have launched the Sunshine Coast Business Recovery Centre at www.scbrc.ca. The recovery centre is intended to be a one-stop online resource for local business owners adapting to new realities in our local markets since the onset of the global pandemic. Some of the resources and supports available include: local bridge financing, revising business plans, interpreting new operating guidelines, reducing commercial rent, exploring alternate sales channels, and succession planning. In addition to the website, staff can be reached by phone at 604-747-4696 or by email at help@scbrc.ca.

The British Columbia (BC) Government and Government of Canada offer a full range of economic and business recovery programs. View economic supports for BC businesses here. View the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan here.

In September 2020, the Province of BC launched the Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant Program (Program) to help businesses impacted by COVID-19.  The Program has a two-step process:

  • Businesses need to visit gov.bc.ca/businessrecoverygrant to learn how the program works, determine eligibility requirements, and see what they need to apply.  Then they are ready for Step One:  start their application.
  • After an application is received, the BC Government reviews for eligibility, reaching out to applicants if they have any questions or need more info.  If eligibility is confirmed, businesses move to Step Two:  complete a recovery plan.
  • Information is available on the Program website in languages other than English, including Simplified Chinese, Punjabi, French, Farsi, Korean, Vietnamese and more.