Canada Day: ORL locations will be closed on Friday, July 1, for Canada Day. Regular hours resume on Saturday, July 2.
Source: Government of British Columbia
Starting September 13, you need proof of vaccination to access some events, services and businesses. Learn how to get a card, where you will and won’t need to use it, and privacy measures associated with the card.
Review the federal requirements for travel within Canada and find out how to obtain federal COVID-19 proof of vaccination for travel.
Learn about how BC's plan for protecting people and safely getting life back to normal.
Current Health Orders, Guidelines and Statistics
Facts About the COVID-19 Virus
Mental Health and Well-Being
Talking to Children About COVID-19
Education During School Interruption
Source: Province of British Columbia
Vaccine registration is open for people who are eligible. There are three steps to get vaccinated. Register when it’s your turn, book an appointment and get the vaccine.
Source: Interior Health
If you are a resident in the Interior Health region, please review this page for information on booking your COVID-19 immunization.
Source: Province of British Columbia.
The information on this page is updated frequently and is subject to change based on vaccine availability and the latest COVID-19 data.
Details the recent province-wide restrictions on activities related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including:
These are the full texts of Orders from the Public Health Officer of British Columbia regarding restrictions on work and social activities for sectors including night clubs, food and drink services, care home workers, mass gatherings and travelers. Important guidance pages are available to instruct social organizations and businesses in how to prevent COVID-19 transmission.
BC's Economic Recovery
B.C.'s Economic Plan supports people and families and to ensure that our province can come back from COVID-19 stronger than before.
COVID-19 BC Support App
The BC COVID-19 Support App is a partnership between the B.C. Ministry of Health and Thrive Health. This app is a central resource for accessing personalized, trusted, evidence-based information about the COVID-19 pandemic. Updates will be made as Provincial guidelines evolve to ensure that you can access the most up-to-date recommendations.
This site offers a good summary of information regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
Source: BC Centre for Disease Control
Find information about COVID-19, how to protect yourself, your family and your community and what to do if you suspect you have the virus. Non-medical information about COVID-19 is available 7:30am-8pm, 7 days a week at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319).
Source: National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)
This is a page of alternative accessible formats of the charts and graphics that news sites, public health agencies, universities and other organizations are using to explain COVID-19 data in easy to understand ways. NNELS created these accessible versions so people with print disabilities or individuals with slower internet connections could access the same data. The alternate accessible formats include text descriptions and sonifications (audio versions of graphs).
Latest Data on COVID-19
Up-to-date data for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s website.
Source: World Health Organization
The WHO has a good list of myth busters and easy ways to share their graphics.
Source: Government of Canada
The Government of Canada has prepared ways for Canadians (individuals, communities, schools & daycares, and workplaces) to be prepared for this or any other emergency that may occur. It is important to be prepared at the individual and community level for all possible scenarios.
Source: Oxford University Press
As part of their response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic across the world, Oxford University Press has made content from online resources and leading journals freely accessible to assist researchers, medical professionals, policy makers, and others who are working to address this health crisis.
If you are in an emergency or crisis
Source: Anxiety Canada
Anxiety Canada offers free digital resources based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) that teach people about anxiety and how to cope. Whether you are struggling with self-isolation, financial hardship, are working on the frontlines, or are simply feeling scared about the future, it’s more important than ever to stay informed about how to take care of your mental health.
Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support
Source: Government of Canada, plus partner organizations.
Wellness Together Canada provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed. Educational resources and immediate support crisis lines are available without creating an account. Other mental health services require registration.
Source: The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
This site offers professional advice on managing mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak, including reducing anxiety and depression, and helping others with their mental health challenges.
Source: Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division
Review this helpful advice for coping with anxiety, self-assessment, and helping others.
Written by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts. Illustrated by Axel Scheffler.
Source: Candlewick Press
This informative and accessible guide for young readers defines the coronavirus, explains why everyday routines have been disrupted, and lays out how everyone can do their part to help. With child-appropriate answers and explanations, the book addresses several key questions.
Written by Sally Nicholls and Vivian Schwarz.
Source: Andersen Press
This is a gentle story for ages 4-10, explaining what the coronavirus is, how to stay safe, and dealing with social isolation as a family.
Source: Listen Notes Search Engine
Share this collection of science-themed podcasts related to coronavirus with children ages 5 to 12. Includes podcasts from the Fun Kids Science Weekly, Curious Kid Podcast, The Show About Science, Brains On, Tumble Science Podcast for Kids, and YPR: But Why.
Source: Kids Help Phone
“Kids Help Phone is always there for you. No matter what you want to talk about, we’re here to listen. No judgment, totally private, 24/7.” This site provides support for kids on issues that concern them, through phone, text, chat and web-based text and links to community resources. There is also support information for kids concerned about the COVID-19 outbreak.
Children may be anxious and curious about the new coronavirus. This site explains to them what viruses are, how they function in the body, and their physical and social effects.
Source: Open School BC
Launched in March 2020; updates are now limited. The site provides a collection of resources for parents and caregivers to help with their child's learning.
Source: Okanagan Regional Library
Explore the many free online educational resources provided by the Okanagan Regional Library. Includes digital books for babies and toddlers, kids, teens, and young people with diversabilites.
Use this page to find links to free external educational websites.
ORL is now producing videos of children's story book readings, science and technology activities, oral stories, and songs and rhymes. Come watch them, then subscribe!
“British Columbians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are able to access income supports, tax relief and direct funding for people, businesses and services. This compiled list of federal and provincial financial benefits is updated on an ongoing basis.”
Source: Government of Canada
Improve your awareness of ongoing frauds and scams that try to use the COVID-19 emergency to cheat, exploit, and misinform people through phone and internet solicitations.
Read about the federal government measures to provide support to Canadian individuals and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak, including: families, the sick and quarantined, people facing unemployment, Indigenous communities, seniors, students and farmers.
Review the Government of British Columbia’s measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including: child care, education, employment and finances, businesses, housing and monthly bills, transportation, health care, travel and tourism, and reduced services.
Source: Canadian Federation of Independent Business
Get helpful information on how to protect your business during the COVID-19 outbreak. Topics include: business continuity, EI and employee income, employee management, fraud and business security, health and safety, and employee travel. This site features links to free templates, provincial and federal relief measures, and public health authorities.
Source: Justice Education Society – LegalHelpBC
The COVID-19 situation is rapidly changing and creating many law related questions. LegalHelpBC.ca provides up-to-date answers to legal questions for British Columbians.
The provincials government's guidelines for how to travel safely.
This is the Government of Canada’s site for helping travellers assess their risks, find travel health notices, travel safely, register during travel, and advising on what to do upon returning to Canada.