Renew pandemic support in BC’s 2024 Budget

Against an image of BC's Parliament Building and a vivid blue sky is the DoNoHarm BC logo, and yellow and gold text reading, Renew pandemic support in BC's 2024 Budget. www.DoNoHarmBC.ca - Deadline December 15

B.C. funding for COVID-related initiatives ends after 2023. This means losing capacity for economic recovery, supporting vulnerable British Columbians, and vital health management like vaccination, testing, and protective equipment for healthcare workers.

As we head into 2024, we call on the B.C. government to recommit to funding these essential programs - and to harness lessons learned so far from COVID-19 and climate emergencies, and make forward-thinking investments in public health:

  1. Renew a three year-plan for economic recovery, sustainable health management of communicable diseases, and resilience against future pandemics;

  2. Establish a Clean Indoor Air Act with an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) advisory council;

  3. Support a comprehensive building retrofit strategy including cooling and IAQ improvements in the BC Building Code;

  4. Provide a tax credit of $5 million/year to offset PPE costs for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities (bolstered by expanded medical equipment coverage, and raising rates of income and disability assistance indexed to inflation);

  5. Include Long COVID care in improved support for complex chronic illnesses;

  6. Invest in improved digital health solutions including better usability and interoperability between health authorities.

Find our full recommendations here (including some of the government spending recommendations they’re based on!).


Take Action:

Email your MLA and then SHARE THIS CAMPAIGN! Then take further action by December 15, 2023:

📞 Leave a phone message saying you support DoNoHarm BC's budget recommendations. Get your MLA's contact info here and use our phone script.

📠 Send a free fax using our email wording (or get fancy, and fax the full budget recommendations!)

💌 Send a postcard or letter - mail to government is free!

Note: the Action Network platform requires a return address so the system can find your MLA. If you prefer not to enter your address, you also can use our template wording to email your MLA yourself.

Hi, my name is blank postal code blank. I'm hoping MLA [their name] will support some provincial budget recommendations made by DoNoHarm BC concerning clean indoor air, a PPE tax credit, and support for Long COVID sufferers. The recommendations are on DoNoHarm BC’s website at DoNoHarmBC.ca. No need to call me back / A call back would be appreciated, my number is blank.


Why does this matter?

“The worst thing any country could do now is to use [ending the pandemic’s emergency phase] as a reason to let down its guard, to dismantle the systems it has built, or to send the message to its people that COVID-19 is nothing to worry about… If we all go back to how things were before COVID-19, we will have failed”. - WHO Director-General, May 5, 2023

Learn more about DoNoHarm BC at DoNoHarmBC.ca

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