COVID-19: Flatten The Curve

MoveUP on COVID-19

During these difficult and unprecedented times with the whole world dealing with the pandemic that is the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus), it is important for all us to remember that while our public health officials urging us to maintain our social distance, that does not equate for us to increase our social isolation.

Real people are being affected by these events. They may be our family, our friends, our colleagues, and our fellow union members.

This is a time where we have to remember to support one another, so we can get through this.

Graphic source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Stay Informed

As the situation around COVID-19 is constantly evolving, we are making it a priority to keep our members frequently updated. The majority of our member-to-member communication is done through email. If you have previously unsubscribed to our mailing list, we encourage you to resubscribe by clicking here.

For those who would like even more routine updates, you can sign up for our weekly e-newsletter here.

*BC Province-wide restrictions in effect (ongoing)*

*Applications for the $1000 BC Recovery Benefit*

*Three hours paid leave to get your COVID-19 vaccine*

*Legislated paid sick leave in BC*

How to get your COVID-19 vaccine in BC

  1. Make sure you register online at All 18+ individuals are now eligible to book their first shot.
  2. If you have not registered previously, even if you have already received your first shot elsewhere (i.e. pharmacy, out-of-province), you must still register so to receive your second shot. You will receive your invitation to get your second shot from the government system.
  3. If you have received your first shot already and you are invited by the system again to book your first shot, do not book at this time. Wait until you are invited for your second shot.

You will be asked for your first and last name, date of birth, postal code, and personal health number. You WILL NOT be asked for your SIN number, driver’s license number, or banking or credit card information.

Fraser Health, BC Transit, and TransLink have teamed up to provide free shuttles for seniors, vulnerable people, and people with disabilities living in Fraser Health. Learn more.

How Vaccines Work

This video from VOX illustrates how COVID-19 vaccines work and explains why it is in your best interest to take the first one made available to you.

Our stories

Interview with Kathleen Todd, MoveUP member at ICBC

Interview with Antara Deb, MoveUP job steward at BC Hydro

Interview with Michael Chutskoff, SOGI educator and son of a MoveUP member

Interview with Stephen Von Sychowski, President of the Vancouver & District Labour Council

Interview with Mike Schilling, President & CEO of Community Savings Credit Union

Interview with Neal Adolph, Director of Labour Participation with the United Way of the Lower Mainland

Interview with Bowinn Ma, BC NDP MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale, on combatting racism.

Statement by Anderson Charles, MoveUP member at BC Hydro and Executive Board member, on anti-Black racism and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Interview with Natti Schmid, MoveUP member at WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre, talking about domestic violence in the age of COVID-19 and the resources available for survivors

Interview with Vivian Ho, MoveUP member at Coast Mountain Bus Company, talking about damaging effects of cuts to public transit

Interview with OH&S expert Niki Schnurr

Supporting front-line workers through 3D printing: Brian’s story

MoveUP Resources

Wash Your Hands Poster
Physical Distancing Poster
Keep Surfaces Clean Poster
Be Kind Poster
Racism Not Welcome Poster
MoveUP Safety Plan

Exposure Control Plan – COVID-19

Anti-Racism Resources

Visit our Human Rights & Multicultural Committee page to see resources.

For Parents and Caregivers

*Request Temporary Emergency Child Care*

Government of BC – Open School BC: Keep Learning
Berlitz – Learn a new language!

Health Resources

WorkSafeBC Guides:

BC Human Rights: Mask Poster

MoveUP – The Importance of Joint OH&S Committees and Safety Representatives
BC’s Restart Plan
MoveUP – Working from Home and Ergonomics
BC Women’s Health Foundation #AlsoMe campaign – Mental Health
Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support
Government of BC – Virtual Mental Health Supports During COVID-19
No boundaries with COVID-19 – By Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer
Donate your medical supplies – COVID-19 Supply Hub
Fraser Health – COVID-19 Questions
MoveUP – Helpful tips when working from home
BC Federation of Labour Health & Safety Centre – COVID-19 Resources
Government of BC COVID-19 App (also available on Apple Store and Google Play)
CTV – Five tips to cope with anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic
BC Centre for Disease Control
BC HealthLink
BC COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool
Government of Canada COVID-19 updates
College of Pharmacists of British Columbia – Prescription Refills Can Be Provided by a Pharmacist
BC Family Doctors “Sick Note”
Defining social distancing, self-isolation and quarantine
WorkSafeBC – Preventing exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace: A guide for employers
WorkSafeBC – Health and safety responsibilities when working from home
Anxiety Canada – What to do if you’re anxious or worried about coronavirus (COVID-19)
Anxiety Canada – MindShift CBT app (Free Evidence-Based Mental Health Relief)
COVID-19 Psychological First Aid Service
Vancouver Black Therapy & Advocacy Fund

Finance Resources

*Emergency Funding for Post-Secondary Students*

*After CERB: Transitioning to new benefits*

*Apply for Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit*

*Apply for Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit*

*Apply for the BC Emergency Benefit for Workers*

*Apply for BC Temporary Rental Supplement Program*

*Apply for StudentAidBC – BC Access Grant*

*BC Hydro COVID-19 Relief Fund*

Explainer – Government COVID-19 Benefits (by Adrienne Smith Law)
Your guide to benefits available to Canadians affected by COVID-19 (Compiled by CBC News)
Guide to accessing government resources (Compiled by Jennifer Robson, Associate Professor of Political Management, Carleton University using public information)
Government of BC – Emergency support for province’s most vulnerable
Government of BC – Supporting renters landlords during COVID-19
Government of BC – Information on rent and evictions
Government of Canada – For businesses and employees
Government of Canada – Emergency Wage Subsidy
Government of BC – Protecting jobs during difficult times (More: Statement from leaders on COVID-19 financial aid package for people, businesses)
Government of Canada Benefits and Services
Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
Applying for EI in BC during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Community Savings Credit Union – Support for People impacted by COVID-19
Canadian Centre for Cyber Security – 5 ways to protect yourself from COVID-19 scams
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre – COVID-19 fraud alert
Fraud Prevention (courtesy Community Savings Credit Union)
Government of Canada – Registration process to access the CRA login services
Government of BC – Support for arts and culture sector
Government of BC – Emergency funding support for post-secondary students

Assistance Resources

Government of BC – Child Care Resource and Referral Centres
United Way Lower Mainland: Mobilizing Local Love
ShelterSafe – Women’s Shelters Canada
VictimLink BC
Women Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW)
Attira Women’s Resource Society
Battered Women’s Support Services
Ending Violence Association of BC
Kids Help Phone
Here2Talk – Mental health resource for B.C. post-secondary students
Crisis Centre
Employee & Family Assistance Program (consult with your specific employer’s program)
ICBC COVID-19 updates
Resources compiled by Feminists Deliver
Egale – National Survey of the impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQI2s community

MoveUP updates

MoveUP calls for policy on quarantine breakers at ICBC – August 10, 2020
MoveUP statement on public transit incident – June 29, 2020
Lack of PPE for transit security could pose a public health risk – June 1, 2020
Pandemic pay must apply to all critical workers – May 22, 2020
Rescinding public transit layoffs will help in COVID-19 recovery – May 8, 2020
MoveUP supports members during the COVID-19 crisis: Minimum dues requirement waived during pandemic – April 8, 2020
Occupational Health & Safety updates – April 3, 2020
Table Officers: Checking in with our members – March 31, 2020
MoveUP urges public to remember social responsibility and distance – March 20, 2020
Changes to Employment Insurance, and BC Emergency Funds – March 18, 2020
MoveUP office closed to visitors in response to COVID-19 – March 17, 2020
Further information to follow on COVID-19 response – March 16, 2020
MoveUP monitoring COVID-19 situation; Information on scheduled events – March 10, 2020
Facts about the Coronavirus: Keeping yourself and your workplace safe – January 30, 2020

What is Flatten The Curve?

Flatten The Curve is a term that has become popular recently and used to show how our actions can have an impact on helping others by preventing our health care system from becoming overstressed.

The “curve” is a reference the projected number of people who will contract the COVID-19 over a period of time. The faster the curve rises, the faster our health care system becomes overloaded and the fewer people will be able to access care as a result.

A flatter curve assumes the same number of infections but, by social distancing, it will avoid over-stressing our health care system and allow more people to access the care they need.

It is about doing our part to help our fellow neighbours, and why we have chosen this highly appropriate phrase to title this resource page.

We’re in this together

This page will provide important resources to updates from our local health officials, but we also want to share your stories as well.

We want MoveUP members to reach out to other members through us, so we can share our stories of how we are coping, offer tips and helpful advice to one another and, most importantly, remind each other that we are all one family and we are here for each other.

We will be updating this page frequently with posts from our members and staff. If you have something you would like to share, please email us at and check back on this page to frequently to read stories from your fellow members.