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Health and social service workers set to receive pandemic pay

(Files by Justin Madu-MyPGNow)

The Provincial Government will be offering temporary COVID-19 pandemic pay to health and social service workers delivering in-person, front-line care.

Among those included: care aids, domestic violence workers, those working in corrections and others delivering essential addiction and mental health supports.

The program is cost-shared with the federal government and looks to support those working on the front lines of COVID-19.

More than 250,000 eligible workers will receive temporary pandemic pay: a lump-sum payment of about $4 per hour for a 16-week period, starting on March 15, 2020.

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Eligible workers will receive the payment directly through their employer and do not need to apply.

Temporary pandemic pay is part of the government’s $5-billion COVID-19 Action Plan.

More information on pandemic pay can be found on the BC Government’s website.

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