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April 9

DETAILS ON HELP FOR PEOPLE WHO RENT NOW AVAILABLE

BC Housing has just published details on the BC Temporary Rental Supplement Program. Details here.

BC INTRODUCES MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS

BC seniors, adults, youth and frontline health care workers experiencing anxiety, depression or other mental health challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic can get help through virtual services. Learn more.

April 8

HOW TO APPLY FOR CERB

Learn if you are eligle and how to apply for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit here.

IATSE 891 EXTENDS SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE

The application deadline for 2020-2021 IATSE Local 891 Scholarships has been extended to June 30, 2020. More details here.

April 3

TWO FREE WITHDRAWALS FROM CEIRP TFSAs

Effective April 20, 2020, CEIRP plan members will pay nothing for their first two withdrawals from their group tax-free savings accounts (TFSA). Learn more here.

HELP WITH WORKSAFEBC CLAIMS DURING COVID

WorkSafeCB has stated that there will be no disruption to claims and benefits during the COVID-19 crisis. However, if WCB attempts to conclude your wage loss or vocational rehabilitation benefits during this time, contact Michael Chen, the Local's OH&S rep, immediately. 604-306-3240.

UPDATE ON APPLYING FOR CERB

The Canadian government has released updated information on the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and all other COVID-19 related benefits. Learn more here

NEW HELP FOR SENIORS AND PEOPLE ON DISABILITY / PROVINCIAL ASSISTANCE

Low-income seniors and people on provincial disability and income assistance programs will receive $300 on top of their regular support cheques for the months of April, May and June. This is one of a number of ways the BC government is helping these vulnerable groups.

FORTIS GAS ANNOUNCES HELP WITH GAS BILL PAYMENT

Fortis Gas has announced that, due to the crisis, late payment fees are waived, disconnections are suspended, and flexible payment arrangements will be available. Learn more here.

April 1

MORE HELP WITH HYDRO BILLS

British Columbians who are unable to work as a result of the COVID-19 crisis can now get more help with their hydro bills. Learn more here.

VIDEO MESSAGE FOR IATSE 891 MEMBERS

Please watch this video in which our President, Business Representative, and Senior Steward, describe how the Local is managing to serve the members' needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. View it here.

MORE DETAILS ON THE CANADIAN EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT

The federal government has just posted useful information on the new emergency benefit. Read it here.

March 31

SUMMARY OF THE BENEFITS AVAILABLE DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

We’ve prepared a handy checklist of the various benefits to help lighten your financial load during this difficult time. Make sure you aren’t missing out on any help. Click here to download.

WHEN THE CALL COMES, BC FILM AND TELEVISION WORKERS SHOW UP!

Do you have safe access to PPE items to donate for use by our heroic health care workers and other essential workers? We are collecting (ideally still packaged, but definitely unused) Nitrile gloves, eye-protection, face-masks (of any kind - N95s are best) hand sanitizer, and full-body paint suits. Volunteers will be at IATSE 891, 1622 Boundary Road, Burnaby, at the following dates and times.

  • Thurs. April 2 between 12 pm or 3 pm

or

  • Fri. April 3, 12 pm or 3 pm.

Please share FAR and WIDE.

HOW TO GET FINANCIAL HELP FROM THE AFC

The AFC helps Canadian entertainment professionals with short term, emergency financial assistance. Check out this helpful guide on eligibility and how to apply. Read here

MANAGING FINANCES THROUGH DIFFICULT TIMES - FREE WEBINAR

To help ease the financal stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, watch this free 30 minute webinar. It includes: tips and ideas on how to assess your current financial position; information about the relief measures that will be available to Canadians; where to find sources of liquidity or cash; key personal information for emergencies and creditors. Sign up here.


March 27

CANADIAN EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT

Please read this update on the new CERB benefit.

TIPS ON WORKING FROM HOME + COUNSELLING SERVICES AVAILALE FOR MEMBERS

Download here.

DEALING WITH STRESS AND ANXIETY

In times of worry and uncertainty, it’s normal to feel stress and anxiety. This blog from Call Time: Mental Health, may help. Read it here.

TRUSTEE'S DECISION ON BENEFITS OF FILM ACTIVE PLAN HOUR BANK COVERAGE

The Trustees’ of the Benefits of Film IATSE 891 Active Plan have announced that they will “freeze” hours currently in members’ hour banks. This is to provide uninterrupted health benefits coverage for all members with active hour banks during the COVID-19 crisis. Read the Trustees' statement here.


March 26, 2020

HOT TIP:

If you don't have a "My Account" set up with the Canada Revenue Agency, do it now! It could mean quicker access to the CERB and other benefits. Learn how here.

IATSE International launches program to support vulnerable members during COVID-19 crisis

IATSE International has launched C.A.R.E.S., a program to help the most vulnerable IATSE sisters and brothers across North America. There will be a “Buddy System”, where members in need may request that a volunteer call them as frequently as they need. It also establishes a delivery system where members in need can have a trusted volunteer deliver groceries, prescriptions, etc. within 72 hours. For this to work, volunteers are needed. Sign up here.


March 25, 2020

BC Government announces rent support and eviction protection

The province has just announced the much anticipated package of support for people who rent in BC during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more here.

Update on new benefit for workers effected by COVID-19

Today, the Canadian goverment announced that it will merge two benefits recently introduced to assist Canadians whose work has been afffected by the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. The new benefit is called the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit. Learn more here [pdf].


March 24, 2020

HEALTH WORKERS NEED OUR HELP – PPE SUPPLIES - DROP OFF TOMORROW

If you have safe access to unused & unopened Nitrile gloves, eye-protection, face-masks (of any kind - N95s are best) hand sanitizer, and full-body paint suits, please donate them for the use by our heroic health care workers! Volunteers will be at 1622 Boundary Road – next to the Union offices tomorrow (March 25) from noon to 3 pm to receive your donations. Thanks so much.

HOUR BANK UPDATE - BENEFITS OF FILM IATSE 891 ACTIVE PLAN

The Local has requested an update from the Trustees of the Benefits of Film Active Health Plan on how member hour banks may be impacted during this shutdown (the Trust is a separate organization and operates at arm's length from the Local). The Trustees have been meeting regularly to ensure all health benefits remain in place for members and their dependents during the COVID-19 outbreak. Your plan is financially sound, and your health benefits are not in jeopardy. Please watch for future announcements from the trustees.

DAYCOUNTS AND DUES TAX RECEIPTS

You can download your dues receipts and daycounts here. [member login required]

NEW MEMBER GUIDE ON MAKING EI CLAIMS

We’ve put together a useful guide on how to claim regular EI and EI Sickness Benefits – download it here.

IF YOU ARE NOT NORMALLY ELIGIBLE FOR EI

Our understanding is if you are not normally eligible for regular EI, or EI Sickness Benefit, you may be able to access one of two new Federal EI benefits – the Emergency Care Benefit or the Emergency Support Benefit. You can learn more about eligibility and how to make a claim read it here.

BC GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES NEW FINANCIAL HELP

The BC Government will provide a one-time, payment of $1,000 to people whose ability to work has been affected by COVID-19. The benefit will be available for people who receive federal Employment Insurance (EI), or the new federal Emergency Care Benefit or Emergency Support Benefit. This includes workers who have been laid-off, who are sick or quarantined, parents with sick children, parents who stay at home from work while child care centres and schools are closed, and those caring for sick family members, such as an elderly parent. The workers can be EI-eligible and non-EI eligible, such as the self-employed.

HYDRO AND ICBC PAYMENTS

People who need more time to pay their bills can apply to payment deferral programs at ICBC and BC Hydro. ICBC is extending deferrals to up to 90 days. People dealing with job loss, illness or loss of wages due to COVID-19 may also qualify for BC Hydro’s Customer Crisis Fund grant program for up to $600.

STUDENT LOANS

To help people with BC student loans, the Province is freezing B.C. student loan payments for six months, starting March 30, 2020. Federal student loan payments are being frozen as well.

HELP FOR PEOPLE WHO RENT

We're waiting to hear how people who rent will be protected from eviction and/or receive rent assistance. We believe the BC government will make announcements tomorrow and will update this website with any news.


March 23, 2020

BENEFITS OF FILM IATSE 891 ACTIVE PLAN UPDATE

The Trustees of the Benefits of Film IATSE 891 Active Health Plan have met regularly to ensure all health benefits remain in place for members and their dependents during the Covid-19 outbreak. The Plan is financially sound, and your health benefits are not in jeopardy. Please watch for future announcements from the Trustees.

891 MEMBERS -- OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS NEED US

If you are aware of, or have any unused, unopened, eye-protection or face-masks (of any kind - N95s are best), please send a message to dgciahelp@gmail.com. Our film community always answers the call when we are needed and we’re facing a crisis the like of which we’ve never seen before.

BC GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES NEW FINANCIAL HELP

The BC Government has just announced that it will provide a one-time, tax-free payment of $1,000 to British Columbians whose ability to work has been affected by COVID-19. The benefit will available for people who receive federal Employment Insurance (EI), or the new federal Emergency Care Benefit or Emergency Support Benefit. This includes workers who have been laid-off, who are sick or quarantined, parents with sick children, parents who stay at home from work while child care centres and schools are closed, and those caring for sick family members, such as an elderly parent. The workers can be EI-eligible and non-EI eligible, such as the self-employed. The benefit will be paid to BC residents, in addition to their federal income supports. More details.


March 19-20, 2020

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March 18, 2020

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March 17, 2020

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March 16, 2020

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March 14, 2020

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