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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
- Mayor's Community Recovery Task Force
- Thought Exchange
- BC's Restart Plan
- WorkSafeBC Safe Plan
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 intends 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.
While recovery from emergencies is a responsibility of local government under the Emergency Program Act, the associated recovery activities are generally undertaken in partnership between government and existing community interests.
In April, 2020, the Mayor of the District of Tofino established an Economic Recovery Task Force and a Community Health Task Force to inform a cooperative approach within the region to realize the objectives of the COVID-19 Recovery Action Plan.
As the District of Tofino, and all of British Columbia, moves into Phase 3 of the BC Restart Plan, it is expected that physical distancing restrictions will begin to be gradually lifted and the community will require increased coordination from community organizations and stakeholders. In order to better coordinate the community’s continuing economic and psycho-social recovery, and to prepare for future waves of the pandemic, the Mayor of the District of Tofino has combined the formerly distinct Task Forces into one.
The Mayor’s Community Recovery Task Force will focus on supporting and coordinating strategies identified in the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force to address public health, economic recovery, and the stress and psychological needs of residents.
Community Recovery Task Force Summaries:
Previous Task Force Meeting Summaries:
Economic Task Force
Community Health Task Force
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, and claims at the WorkSafeBC website.
District of Tofino Emergency Operations Centre
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