COVID-19: 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

Food Banks/Low-Cost Meals

For a full list of food banks on the Sunshine Coast, and their hours of operation, please click here.

Salt & Swine, a local food delivery/takeout service, is offering members of the Gibsons Seniors Society 50% off its regular meal prices, as well as special meals for $7. Members of the Gibsons Seniors Society can order meals by contacting Katrina at gibsonsrelics@gmail.com or by calling 604-741-4016. More information about the meal service is also available at the Gibsons Seniors Society website.

**Please note: Membership in the Seniors Society is open to all, at an annual cost of $20. Currently, that fee has been pro-rated to $10. To join, please contact Ron Sayer at ronjsayer@gmail.com.

Childcare Services

Essential Service workers who have children aged 0 – 5 years and require daycare should go here: https://forms.gov.bc.ca/family-social-supports/child-care-for-essential-service-workers/ to be matched with a local service provider.

Provincial and Federal Assistance Programs

Please follow the links for a full list of supports for both individuals and businesses: • Federal programsProvincial programs

People whose ability to work has been affected because of the COVID-19 pandemic and are receiving the federal Canada Emergency Response Benefit can now apply online for the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers.

Mental Health Supports

To support British Columbians of all ages during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Province is expanding existing mental health programs and launching new services. For a complete list of supports and program information, please click here.

Rental Supports

Applications are open for the Province’s Temporary Rental Supplement. No one should lose their home because of COVID-19, and this program will help people who have lost income to pay their rent. Eligible singles and couples will receive $300 per month and eligible families with dependents will receive $500 per month. For more information on the program, please click here.

Safe Seniors, Strong Communities

The Safe Seniors, Strong Communities program is a new initiative funded by the provincial government in partnership with the Better at Home program, bc211 and community agencies throughout B.C. It matches seniors who need support with non-medical essentials, to volunteers in their community who are willing to help. People who want to pick up groceries or deliver medications and hot meals to seniors can sign up, as can the seniors who need the support, and bc211 has added capacity to make that happen. After registering by calling 2-1-1 or visiting the web site, the person seeking help will be matched with the nearest local COVID-19 community response agency.