While times are difficult right now, there are resources available online to help adapt to new working arrangements.
Learn a New Skill
Looking for something beyond YouTube for learning a new skill? There are paid resources (with free introductory rates) to help learn a skill.
- LinkedIn Learning
- Requires a subscription (currently there is a promotion for 1 month free). One of the biggest libraries available online of courses offered by subject matter experts. Check out the Time Management Fundamentals course.
- Has both free and premium subscriptions (currently there is a promotion for 2 months free for premium subscriptions).
Health and Wellness
With gyms and other wellness facilities closed, it important not to neglect your health during this time of social distancing. It’s possible to receive professional services over the internet and support local businesses at the same time.
- yoga on the go, Via Patreon
- Add some yoga to your routine with this remote service being offered by yoga on the go.
- Telehealth, Via Back In Motion
- Telehealth services can provide professional services remotely ranging from physiotherapy to mental health sessions.
- Curbside Beer Delivery, Via Dageraad
- Need a craft beer fix? Dageraad Brewing in Burnaby is offering same day delivery for orders placed before 2:00 PM.
If you or anyone you know requires assistance during these difficult times, below are some of the programs that are being offered to the Metro Vancouver community.
- Resources for Businesses, Government of Canada
- The Federal Government has introduced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) for businesses, providing $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers and entrepreneurs who are not receiving a paycheque as a result of COVID-19
- EI Benefits, Government of Canada
- The one-week waiting period for EI sickness benefits is currently being waived for new claimants who are quarantined so they can be paid for the first week of their claim.
- If you are directly affected by the COVID-19 because you are sick or quarantined and you have not yet applied for EI benefits, Government of Canada asks that you submit your application before contacting them.
- The Greater Vancouver Food Bank
- The GVFB provides assistance to approximately 8,500 people weekly through 13 locations across Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and the North Shore.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Per the WHO’s recommendations keep observing social distancing, washing your hands and staying home when you’re sick and we’ll get through this together!