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COVID-19 Updates – July 5, 2021 – Step 3 of BC Restart

Entering Step 3 of the BC Restart Plan

With British Columbians achieving nearly 80% adult Dose 1 vaccine coverage and COVID-19 case counts continuing to decline, the Province is safely moving to Step 3 of its four-step restart plan on July 1, 2021.

During Step 3, businesses will gradually transition to new communicable disease plans, with guidelines for these plans released by WorkSafeBC on June 28. These guidelines were developed in consultation with public health and businesses will continue to be supported by WorkSafeBC and the PHO as they transition.

WorkSafe BC – Preparing for Step 3 of BC’s Restart: Communicable Disease Prevention

Do I need to keep some of the existing protocols from my COVID-19 Safety Plan?

Some of the fundamental elements of communicable disease prevention are similar to the measures employers and workers have been following during the pandemic, including:

  • Not coming to work if you are sick
  • Healthy hand hygiene practices, including hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes
  • Maintaining a clean work environment
  • Ensuring adequate ventilation
  • Supporting employees in receiving vaccinations for vaccine-preventable conditions to the extent that you are able

It is anticipated that, beginning in Step 3, other protocols, like distancing and barriers, will no longer be required. However, for the time being during the transition period, the provincial health officer has issued a statement recommending that employers maintain some of their current protocols, specifically those that do not negatively impact business operations.

There may also be instances where, based on direction from Public Health, employers may need to re-introduce additional safety measures if there’s an elevated risk of COVID-19 transmission in their workplace or community.

Spectrum’s Policy on Communicable Disease Prevention:

Our policy on communicable disease prevention is on our website and linked below:

Over the next two months we will be taking down the COVID Safety Plan signs and move towards homes and offices that have the guidelines and supplies available to reduce the transmission of all communicable diseases.

CLBC Conference Call – COVID 19 Updates – June 28, 2021 – Recording Available

CLBC and the BC CEO Network hosted a call for Service Providers and Home Share providers on June 28, 2021.  There is a recording of the call available on the CLBC website at:

Guest speakers on the call included the Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Nicholas Simons, and the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry.


You’re invited to a Conversation about the City of Vancouver’s Accessibility Strategy

Accessibility Strategy

Accessibility means being able to reach, understand, contribute to and use the places, information, and services in our city.

Persons with disabilities

Those who experience physical, mental health, cognitive, communication, intellectual, sensory, or age-related impairments, whether they are seniors, others with age-related impairments, or people with lived experience of mental health concerns or substance use issues.

For the purposes of this strategy, the City will use the term ‘persons with disabilities’ to reference the complexity and diversity of lived experiences.

We’re striving to have phase 1 of our Accessibility Strategy in place by fall 2021. This includes developing a draft strategy which sets out key, definitions, principles, and areas of focus, identifies what needs to be done, and plans how it will get done.

The proposed Accessibility Strategy will reflect our commitment to support the full participation of persons with disabilities by establishing and maintaining inclusive services, programs and infrastructure, and by identifying, removing and preventing barriers.

We anticipate that the proposed strategy will reinforce our recognition of the rights, dignity, and independence of people with disabilities within our community. It should strengthen our ability to foster a culture of equity and inclusion that values and includes all residents, visitors, and employees.

WHAT’S HAPPENINGBuilding an Accessibility Strategy

Take our survey and let us know what would help you to participate and feel included in your community.

Share your feedback on
Shape Your City 

To help create the draft strategy and ensure we hear diverse perspectives, we will:

  1. First host a series of conversations with persons with lived experience of disability, family members and/or caregivers and a number of community organizations who provide services.
  2. Host broader public engagement on the draft strategy once developed.

Watch this page for details.

About the proposed strategy

The proposed strategy will take into consideration the multiple identities that intersect to make us who we are and how experiences differ depending on factors such as gender, disability, age, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender identity.

The Accessibility Strategy will reflect and reinforces our commitment to:

  • Respecting the rights, dignity, and independence of persons with disabilities
  • Creating an environment where all people feel valued, respected, and openly welcomed
  • Ensuring equitable access and opportunity to participate in planning and designing municipal policies programs and service delivery
  • Fostering a culture of equity and inclusion for all residents, visitors, and employees, including persons with disabilities, seniors, and other inequitably treated groups
  • Demonstrating City leadership by embedding an accessibility lens in the daily operating practices of every department
  • Valuing and incorporating the knowledge and perspectives of people with lived experience
  • Aligning the City’s strategy with both the federal and provincial accessibility legislation

The Accessibility Strategy is being developed in tandem with the Equity Framework and the Healthy City Strategy and will also align with the Vancouver Plan and the City of Reconciliation Framework.

Take the survey through the following link:

Accessibility Strategy | Shape Your City Vancouver

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June 30, 2021


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Plan members can win $1,000 by submitting an e-claim!

The enhancements we’ve made to the my Sun Life mobile app and make it easier to submit electronic claims.

Service provider delisting update

In an effort to better protect your plan, Sun Life sometimes finds it necessary to disallow certain health-care service providers, clinics, facilities or medical suppliers from claims processing and reimbursement.




For info or to register:

  • Email
  • Call Collingwood Neighbourhood House at 604-435-0323
  • Or ask a RISE Staff member

Spots are limited.  Registration required.

Please click these links below for further details:

Rise Groups

RISE Spring 2021 Workshops Info


ᐈ Earthquakes stock cliparts, Royalty Free seismic images | download on Depositphotos®

It is a great time to review the contents of emergency medical and earthquake kits in your home. 

Are your water and food rations currently dated? Other items like glow sticks and batteries have expiry dates. It’s a good time to make sure everything is up to date.

Did you use some of the medical supplies during the year?  Now is a great time to order replacement items.  Please note that WCB First Aid Kits are required in all of the homes that are staffed.

Have there been changes in the number of people residing in your home?  Do you need more or less supplies?

Have any of the people you live with changed their diets over the past year? Do you need to change the dietary foods in their earthquake kits?

If you need help with restocking your emergency medical and earthquake supplies please feel free to contact Judy Smith at for assistance.

It is a good time to review all safety procedures in the home; making sure that exit routes are clear of debris, including accessing risk factors (for example, moving items on shelves that could fall and moving heavy items to bottom shelves instead of top shelves). Are all staff are familiar with where emergency care items are stored?  Please review the following information from our policy manual with the staff and individuals you support. Include staff to join on skype or zoom if you cannot meet in person so everyone is familiar with this process.


When you have completed your Earthquake Drill please record this information on Sharevision.


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How to Register for First Aid:

We recommend obtaining and/or renewing your First Aid through St. John’s Ambulance with the Emergency First Aid Community Care course. If there is another course offered by a different provider, please contact Human Resources prior to enrolling to determine if it is equivalent and meets the basic requirements.

To obtain/renew through St John’s Ambulance, please call (604) 321-7242

If an employee does not have a valid first aid certificate upon hire, the fee to obtain or renew certification is the responsibility of the employee. Future renewal fees for active employees are covered by Spectrum.

  • If you are renewing your first aid, ask St. John Ambulance to invoice Spectrum Society
  • Let them know Spectrum Society will be paying for your course fee.

*St. John Ambulance may request authorization from Spectrum. Email with the date/location you want to complete the course and we will call them to confirm your registration.

First Aid is a requirement for employment as indicated in ‘Policy 4: Requirements for Employment. Below is a link to Spectrum’s First Aid policy:

For employees renewing their first aid, please ensure St. John’s Ambulance (SJA) includes the CPR pocket mask with your first aid registration. If the CPR pocket mask is not included with your registration fee, SJA requires attendees pay for this on the day of course completion; you can save your receipt and submit it to Human Resources for reimbursement.  

Please email your certificate of course completion to to have your file updated.

Please let Judy know if you have any questions or issues registering, by emailing