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The District of Tofino understands that COVID-19 is not only a public-health challenge, but also an economic and social one. Like much of the world, British Columbia is still responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and working to mitigate potential impacts to individuals and our healthcare system.
Over the coming months, the District will be working with local organizations, businesses and community leaders to identify how to best provide leadership, coordination, and support for the cohesive recovery of all sectors of Tofino's community, while remaining steadfast to the principles and needs of the public health response to COVID-19.
On the COVID-19 Recovery Planning page you'll find the following information:
- Tofino's COVID-19 Recovery Action Plan
- Community Recovery Framework
- Mayor's Economic Recovery Task Force
- Mayor's Community Health Task Force
- Thought Exchange
- BC's Restart Plan
- WorkSafeBC Safe Plan
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The District of Tofino's COVID-19 Recovery Action Plan intends to chart a pathway for recovery while taking direction from the Provincial Health Officer. The role of the Plan is to fit within the COVID-19 response and recovery framework provided by the Province of British Columbia.
The District of Tofino,in collaboration with the Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Tofino, intend for the Action Plan to be a working document that is responsive to evolving circumstances relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. The strategies and timelines provided are tied to directives of the Provincial Health Officer to allow for recovery actions that are fluid and reactive to the evolving situation,while following the recovery framework provided by the Province.
Recovery from emergencies is a responsibility of local government, however the activities of recovery are generally undertaken through partnerships between government and existing community organizations. Tofino's Recovery Task Forces outlined below are in line with the recovery model grounded in the Provincial Emergency Program Act, and are intended to provide a community-driven approach to undertaking immediate actions for the benefit of all Tofitians.
Mayor Osborne, Councillor Andrea McQuade, Dr. Carrie Marshall (Long Beach Physician Lead for the Divisions of Family Practice), Maureen Fraser (Common Loaf Bakeshop and Tourism Tofino), J.J. Belanger (Crystal Cove Beach Resort and Tourism Tofino), Ryan Teremy (Jamie’s Whaling Station and Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce), Saya Masso (Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation).
The focus the Task Force is to ensure coordination among the efforts of government and businesses, and to provide advice and make recommendations to Council and the Tofino Emergency Operations Centre on matters related to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Early in its mandate, the Economic Recovery Task Force will establish its priorities through a needs / impact assessment and create an Action Plan.
Mayor Osborne, Councillor Tom Stere, Iris Frank (Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation), Rebecca Hurwitz (Clayoquot Biosphere Trust), Margaret Morrison (West Coast Community Resources Society), Drew Ryan (School District 70), and Ursula Banke (Employment Centre).
This Task Force will focus on coordinating the community health and psycho-social aspects of recovery. It is proposed to be established in partnership with existing organizations that have a focus on health and wellness and community capacity building.
The Thought Exchange results are in! Join Mayor Josie Osborne as she reviews the results of the Though Exchange that asked Tofitians, and our West Coast region, what's important to be thinking about as we respond to COVID-19 and prepares for the future.
A downloadable PDF version of the presentation can be found here.
BC’s Restart Plan lays out a series of steps that we will take together to protect people and ensure that our province can come back from COVID-19 stronger than before. Learn more and see the full plan on the Government of BC's website.
Find health and safety information, industry information for Phase 1, returning to safe operation for Phase 2, and claims at the WorkSafeBC website.
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