COVID-19 update #13

Mar 27, 2020

At Coast Mountain College we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation very closely. We continue to be guided by the Provincial Health Officer and are working with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. The health of our college community, students and employees remains our top priority. 

Inventory for medical supplies being compiled for local COVID response

Coast Mountain College yesterday provided 10 sets of much-needed scrubs to Northern Health for use in Terrace for infection prevention and control training. 

“We are very pleased to be able to work with Northern Health and our local governments in these exceptional times to assist where we can to provide required medical supplies, equipment and facilities,” says President Justin Kohlman. “I’m proud our staff and faculty have been more than happy to help however we can.”

CMTN’s Colin Elliott is maintaining an inventory of all available supplies for the response effort and is the first point of contact for requests. Requests should come through official channels and come to for consideration of official approval. 

CMTN is committed to supporting the ongoing medical emergency and will continue to work with Northern Health and be guided by the Provincial Health Officer and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training and Northern Health as the situation evolves.

Province announces all educational facilities essential services

Yesterday, the Province announced public post-secondary institutes are considered  essential services. Educational institutions, including public and private K-12 schools and public post-secondary institutions—for purposes of facilitating remote learning or performing essential functions, including services that are needed to ensure the safety, security, welfare, integrity and health of the community, property and research, and certain operational and contractual activities, if operating under rules for physical distancing or other recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer.

The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Students and others in the community who have lost their jobs due the COVID-19 outbreak may be eligible for relief as the federal Government announced its economic response plan to COVID 19. 

The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit includes support for people facing unemployment.

It will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:

  • Workers who must stop working due to COVID19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support. 
  • Workers who are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • Working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures. 
  • Workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work.
  • Wage earners and self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be accessible through a secure web portal starting in early April. Applicants will also be able to apply via an automated telephone line or via a toll-free number.

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Further information

Media contact

Sarah Zimmerman, APR
Executive Director, Communications
Cell: 250-641-2206