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Welcome Skeena Diversity News. We want to stay connected with you, keep you informed about health announcements, government notices and local tips.
APRIL 20, 2020 SDS NEWSLETTER COVERS:
  • Join Skeena Diversity Team for a Zoom Gathering
  • Procedure for Tax Returns at Skeena Diversity
  • Expanded Canada Emergency Response Benefits
  • Resources for Parents: Online Resources for Homeschooling
  • Medical Services Plan (MSP) Response to COVID-19
  • Translated BC Resources
  • Wed, April 22 at 7:15 pm Virtual Town Hall with Northern Health
  • Celebrating Earth Day in Terrace
  • Tue, April 21 at 11 am Learn How to Draw with Michelle Stoney
ZOOM MEETING WITH SKEENA DIVERSITY TEAM
We would like to start hosting weekly meetings to discuss any questions you may have, share new ideas, challenges, celebrations and jokes. In short - we miss you and want to create an opportunity to connect.
Let's get started this Thursday at 5 pm
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Email us if you have any questions or if you would like to suggest a different time

 
FREE TAX RETURN CLINIC DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP
FOR NEWCOMERS / IMMIGRANTS

Skeena Diversity's office continues to be closed, but we understand that filing taxes is a way to help you and your family to access financial support. We are following the recommendation to keep physical distance from each other. For that reason we are now offering Free Tax Return Clinic service drop-in / pick-up.
How it works: fill out the survey below, we will contact you and arrange for you you to drop the required documents. After we process them, we will contact you for pick up..

Please follow the steps below to apply:

1) Check your eligibility, if you are eligible go to the next step.
2) Fill the form: https://bit.ly/2J2Y2fe
3) Wait to be contacted.
4) Drop-off the documents as directed.
5) Pick-up your documents on the date scheduled. Bring your ID.

Eligibility criteria:
Examples of "modest income and simple tax situation":
  • Total family income of $35,000 (1 person), $45,000 (2 persons), $52,500 (5 persons)
  • international students

NOT ELIGIBLE: self-employment income; business or rental income; foreign property, etc. We are not able to help you. This is considered a complex tax situation. More information here: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/individuals/community-volunteer-income-tax-program/lend-a-hand-individuals/about.html

If you have any questions please contact us at info@skeenadiversity.com
CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFITS EXPANDED
Good news for all whose hours have been significantly reduced! If you earn less than $1000, you are now also eligible for CERB

follow the same schedule of birth months

You need to meet the eligibility criteria for each 4-week application period
If you no longer qualify, you will need to repay or return the benefits.

The benefit will be available to workers:

  • Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
  • Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits:
  • Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application (income from outside of Canada counts); and
  • Who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment income.
On April 15, Government of Canada announced changes to the eligibility rules to:
  • Allow people to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB.
  • Extend the CERB to seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to undertake their regular seasonal work because of COVID-19.
  • Extend the CERB to workers who have recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job because of COVID-19.

Find out all the details and answers to your questions and how to apply:
English version:
https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/apply-for-cerb-with-cra.html
French version:
https://www.canada.ca/fr/agence-revenu/services/prestations/faire-demande-pcu-aupres-arc.html

HELLO PARENTS
This lockdown period has been particularly hard on children and their families. Not only do children want to visit with their friends but you have been put in the role of a teacher.
Here are a few resources to help you out:

Email us about your experiences:
  • What has worked well for you and your kids?
  • What is your daily routine?
  • Do you have access to internet and technology?
  • Do you need any help?
Keep Learning School Resources (Grades K-12)
https://www.openschool.bc.ca/keeplearning/

Morning Ideas & Inspirations
Keep an eye on our daily 8 am morning posts on Skeena Diversity's Facebook page
We are celebrating Earth Day Week April 20-24
MEDICAL SERVICES PLAN (MSP) RESPONSE TO COVID-19
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/health-drug-coverage/msp/bc-residents/msp-covid-19-response

Expired Temporary Work or Study Permits
If your temporary permits have expired and you no longer have MSP coverage, you may be provided temporary MSP coverage if:
  • You are currently living in B.C.
  • You were previously enrolled in MSP as a deemed resident
  • Your MSP has expired
Contact Health Insurance BC to request this temporary coverage
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Temporary Foreign Workers
Temporary foreign workers in B.C. with a permit of less than 6 months, who would otherwise not be eligible for coverage under MSP, will be provided temporary MSP coverage to July 31, 2020 or the end of your permit, whichever is sooner.
Contact Health Insurance BC to request this temporary coverage.

Waiving the Wait Period
The three-month MSP coverage wait period will be waived for eligible individuals effective March 1, 2020, onwards. To determine if you are eligible for enrollment in MSP visit Are You Eligible.
 
It is each individuals’ responsibility to meet and maintain the residency requirements for MSP coverage.

Read more

 
COVID-19 INFO BY NORTHERN HEALTH: WED, APRIL 22 AT 7:15 PM
Have questions about COVID-19? On Wednesday, April 22, people living in the Northern Health Authority region can have their COVID-19 related questions answered, through a virtual townhall presented by the Government of British Columbia.

Please join local MLAs Doug Donaldson and Mike Bernier, along with Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Raina Fumerton and CEO Cathy Ulrich as they discuss COVID-19 in BC and answer your questions.
Join the event


Submit your questions in advance at:
https://feedback.engage.gov.bc.ca/997313?lang=en
 
BC COVID-19 RESOURCES IN SEVERAL LANGUAGES
新型冠狀病毒已翻譯內容
COVID-19 已翻译内容
COVID-19 ਅਨੁਵਾਦ ਕੀਤੀ ਹੋਈ ਸਮੱਗਰੀ
COVID-19 Isinalin na Nilalaman
COVID-19 Contenu traduit
COVID-19 متن ترجمه
COVID-19 번역판
COVID-19 المحتوى المترجم
EARTH DAY: APRIL 22
As the annual Earth Day approaches, let us know what you are planning.
What's the virus doing for the planet? Is it providing a needed break with less human activities? Or are we polluting more - increased use of bleach and plastic bags?
Terrace community is determined and really cares -
this Sunday, we would all gather for the annual Garbathon and help clean up our neighbourhoods, traiils, rivers and downtown.
The organizers came up with an alternative: We encourage you to head out (individually or with your family unit) and safely clean up garbage in a chosen area on Sunday April 26th.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1065365327166524/

FACEBOOK LIVE: TUE, APRIL 21 AT 11 AM
with Michelle Stoney , Gitxsan artist
How to draw a traditional eagle design and feather/mountain

Join the free event
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