Support for Vulnerable Populations During COVID-19

Vulnerable populations include those in our community who are homeless, those struggling with mental health, substance use disorders, differently-abled, youth, seniors and others who face barriers to meeting their basic needs. Those without housing/shelter face the greatest challenges in maintaining safe physical distancing and access to hygiene facilities in order to stay healthy and prevent the transmission of COVID-19 within our community.

The Province of BC is responsible for managing the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and within this framework the needs of vulnerable populations in this crisis is the responsibility of the Ministry of Health (that oversees Island Health) and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (that oversees BC Housing).  

The planning and response for the health and shelter needs for those who are homeless is being led jointly by Island Health and BC Housing, with support from the City of Nanaimo.

While we are taking Provincial direction on planning for vulnerable populations, the City recognizes the importance of working collaboratively with our Provincial, First Nations Governments and non-profit partners to support vulnerable community members through the actions outlined below.

Supporting Vulnerable Populations

  • Overall Planning Work

  • Planning for Shelter/Self Isolation Facilities to Help Flatten the Curve

  • Washrooms, Hygiene Facilities & Water Access

  • Emergency Food

  • Next Steps

Last updated: April 14, 2020

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