B.C. officials to announce pandemic relief for businesses

B.C. Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation Ravi Kahlon will make an announcement about COVID-19 relief supports for businesses affected by the most recent pandemic measures at 10 a.m. PT.

Health officials announced more public health restrictions in B.C on Tuesday., including a shutdown of bars and nightclubs, as well as plans to cancel scheduled surgeries as the Omicron variant spreads across the province.

On Wednesday, the province recorded the highest one-day total for new cases to date with 1,528 new cases of COVID-19 across the province.

The federal government already announced it is expanding access to two pandemic financial programs: the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit and the Local Lockdown Program.

Extreme weather preparations

At Thursday’s press conference, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth will also speak about preparations for the extreme winter weather forecast to hit the province early next week.

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, a series of strong storms will clash with cold Arctic air, likely bringing periods of heavy and blowing snow, freezing rain and frigid temperatures to many parts of B.C. until Jan. 1.

The province says all shelters, including extreme-weather response shelters, are open throughout B.C. to make sure people experiencing homelessness have a warm place to sleep and can get out of the cold and rain.

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