BC Courthouse Libraries ClickLaw
- Wikibook – Tracking information, listing resources, and providing information about court and other services.
- Clicklaw Blog – listing of training that will be updated regularly
Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS)
FNLC – Covid-19 Resource Information – This document is about benefits available to Indigenous communities, businesses, and individuals during the Covid-19 novel coronavirus emergency.
- Provincial Government
– Information about various government services and benefits
– Information about family law matters
- Federal Government
– Economic Response Plan
Human Rights Issues (BCCLA)
- CLAS’s Human Rights Clinic – Three-part blog series for Mental Health Week covering some of the human rights issues that arise in the ocntext of mental health.
- Covid-19 Advocacy Documents – COVID-19 related advocacy on human rights specifically in relation to those who are incarcerated, refugees at the border, and family protection orders
- Pandemic Response – A series of updates specific to privacy and free expression rights
- Your Rights in a Pandemic – A series of public legal education fact sheets on emergency orders, enforcement powers, and tenant privacy rights
Justice Education Society – Legal Help BC – Provides questions and answers on Covid-19
Legal Aid BC
- Online and remote resources available from Legal Aid BC – Overview
- How COVID-19 is affecting the legal system – information on how COVID-19 is affecting legal aid applications and court services
- Coronavirus and the law: your questions answered – FAQs on issues such as parenting, mortgage & rent, support, and abuse & family violence.
- Aboriginal Legal Aid in BC website – FAQs covering COVID-19 related issues important to the Indigenous community.
- Getting help without leaving the house – MyLawBC is an interactive site that provides online information and services such as Guided Pathways, Family Resolution Centre, and the Dialogue Tool.
Mediate BC is running Quarantine Conflict Resolution Service a low-bono/pro bono pilot program to provide online mediation services to help individuals, small businesses and not-for-profits resolve conflicts arising due to COVID-19. It will deal with family or civil issues such as disputes between landlords and tenants or neighbours, changes to co-parenting arrangements affected by COVID-19, or disagreements about small businesses or not-for-profits reopening. Fees are on a sliding scale, starting at $20 an hour for those making under $45k and can be waived entirely.
People’s Law School – Information on issues such as housing, work, money, and court services.
PovNet Website – at the top of the home page there is a red banner (sounds simple, but several have missed it) with small white writing that has links to:
- a listing of advocacy groups and their level of service
- COVID 19 resources (domestic violence, housing, utilities, and financial info)
The PovNet lists are also a great place to keep updated on changes as they happen. There are specific lists on welfare, housing and family law, as well as a community discussion board. The EI list has updated information on CERB benefits.
Contact Kate Fish to get signed up firstname.lastname@example.org
Various groups and individuals have created information sheets about benefits and other information resources.
- Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan – A chart summarizing eligibility criteria for, and potential payments from, government benefits
- Adrienne Smith, lawyer has created a document summarizing and explaining various government benefits
- The Vancouver Board of Trade has another sheet of assistance from federal and provincial governments
- A Carleton university prof has made what says is a plain language document about benefits.
- The National Self-Represented Litigants Project has a list of resources
BC Hydro COVID Relief Fund – In addition to the Customer Crisis Fund, there is now a Covid Relief Fund available to people who have lost their jobs because of the Covid pandemic. If necessary, it is possible to apply for both the Customer Crisis Fund and the Covid Relief Fund. BC Hydro will not be doing any disconnections during this time.
Family Law Resources
- *NEW*MS Teams and Virtual Hearings in the Provincial Court of BC
- Rise Legal Clinic has a sheet on parenting guidelines during Covid- 19
- Provincial Government has information about family law matters
- JP Boyd has a collection of Covid-19 family law cases, a Youtube channel discussing Covid-19 and family law, as well as a Family Law wiki at ClickLaw. We will posting a link to JP Boyd’s new materials next week.
Multilingual Resources – Provincial Government Information about COVID-19 in 8 languages:
Resources for Immigrants and Refugees
- Government information for immigrants and refugees is at https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19.html
The Law Foundation will continue to update this information and provide you with information about training as it becomes available.