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New spaces secured for vulnerable people to self-isolate

VICTORIA − To support British Columbians who need a place to self-isolate and to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Province is partnering with local governments, non-profits and the hotel industry.

So far, more than 900 spaces have been secured at 23 sites including hotels, motels and community centres throughout B.C.

“These new spaces are a critical part of how we can support those who are vulnerable in our community, including those who are experiencing homelessness or living in communal locations where the virus could spread more quickly,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “In partnership with health authorities and local government, these new spaces are helping us mitigate the effect of this virus and support our health-care system in communities across the province.”

These new rooms and community centre beds are assisting a range of people, including people experiencing homelessness, people without safe spaces to self-isolate and youth.

In addition, some hotels are reserved specifically for people who have COVID-19 and need a place to self-isolate while they recover. Other spaces are for patients being discharged from hospitals who do not have COVID-19 and who do not need emergency care, but still require ongoing health care − freeing up much needed beds in hospitals.

Health authorities are identifying those who require self-isolation and working with BC Housing to refer people to hotel rooms or community centres. Some of these facilities are already operational, while the others are expected to be ready in the coming days and weeks. In addition to the more than 900 spaces secured to date, more rooms have been identified in communities throughout the province to be able to expand capacity if a need is identified by health authorities.

Non-profit societies who have significant experience working with vulnerable populations will oversee the day-to-day management of the hotels, motels and community centre spaces. Staff will be on site regularly and will provide daily meals and cleaning services. When required, health-care workers will also provide on-site care to ensure people are getting the medical attention they need.

This initiative is part of the Province’s efforts to stop the spread of the virus and protect vulnerable people, by ensuring those who need it have the space to self-isolate when they need to.

Learn More:

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/

Or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

For provincial health officer orders, notices and guidance, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/phoguidance

For non-health related information, including financial, child care and education supports, travel, transportation and essential service information, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/Covid-19

Or call 1 888 COVID19 (1 888 268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week.

More information about how BC Housing is supporting British Columbians during the COVID-19 outbreak can be found here: https://www.bchousing.org/COVID-19

A backgrounder follows.


Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Media Relations
778 584-1255

Media Relations BC Housing


Community breakdown for new self-isolation sites

BC Housing is working with regional health authorities, municipal partners and experienced non-profit shelter and housing providers to develop community-based response plans to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes identifying locations where vulnerable individuals, including those who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, would be able to recover and self- isolate.

The following list includes the number of spaces secured in hotels, motels and community centres in each health region across B.C. The names of hotels and motels have been excluded so that these facilities can operate privately and focus on helping people who need a safe place to self-isolate.

Vancouver Coastal: 7 sites, 382 spaces

  • Squamish: 1 site, 15 spaces
  • Vancouver: 6 sites, 367 spaces
    • Includes 64 beds at Coal Harbour Community Centre and 79 beds at Roundhouse Community Centre

Fraser: 4 sites, 179 spaces

  • Hope: 1 site, 10 spaces
  • Surrey: 3 sites, 169 spaces
    • Includes 110 beds at North Surrey Recreation Centre

Interior: 9 sites, 211 spaces

  • Kamloops: 2 sites, 50 spaces
  • Kelowna: 1 site, 20 spaces
  • Nelson: 2 sites, 38 spaces
    • Includes 8 beds at Kalein Hospice Center
  • Penticton: 2 sites, 19 spaces
  • Vernon: 2 site, 84 spaces
    • Includes 70 beds at Vernon Curling Club

Vancouver Island: 2 sites, 160 spaces

  • Victoria: 2 sites, 160 spaces

North: 1 site, 7 spaces

  • Prince George: 1 site, 7 spaces

Total: 23 sites, 939 spaces


Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Media Relations
778 584-1255

Media Relations BC Housing