COVID-19 Resources 

BCAA Child Passenger Safety Program

BCAA Child Passenger Safety Program provides information and resources to keep your children safe while travelling on BC roads. While we’ve paused on our in-person car seat information sessions and workshops, BCAA’s Child Passenger Safety Educators are still available to help with car seat questions and information on how to transport your children safely. Email, call us at 1.877.247.5551 or check out our website for more information, including step-by-step car seat installation videos. Learn more at

BC Council for Families: Online parenting courses for families during COVID-19

Parenting classes are a great way for parents and caregivers to connect, strengthen their relationships with their children and increase their skills and confidence.

However, many parenting classes and programs are not currently running in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. For parents who would like to learn about general or specific aspects of parenting, or who have been directed to complete a parent education program, online parenting courses are a great solution. Online courses enable parents to learn about specific topics, at their own pace and schedule, within the safety of their homes.

To give parents the option of learning online, and to make parenting programs more accessible for families across the province, the BC Council for Families has partnered with Online Parenting Programs to offer eight different courses

BC Council for Families: Fathering During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Tips for Dads

COVID-19 Resources for Island Families

To help Island families navigate through these difficult and uncertain times, Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island have compiled a list of tips and resources from trusted sources to help you stay informed.

Family Support Institute of BC

Provincial office tel:  604-540-8374  

Toll free: 1-800-441-5403


COVID-19 Resources:

We are having weekly zoom calls that parents can reach out to us, sometimes it is just to talk, sharing information, do you qualify for extra money, what are you doing to take care of yourself, music trivia. Link to the document of FSI's daily zoom schedules is shared below:

Since the beginning of March 2020, the Family Support Institute has been compiling relevant and accurate COVID-19 information, resources, and updates to better support families across the province. FSI has also been deeply listening to the family voice as it pertains to their biggest challenges, fears and struggles during these uncertain times. FSI has put together tools and resources in response to families’ needs. On our COVID-19 Page, you can:

  • Connect with us for Support
  • Join in a number of themed zoom conversations 
  • Access COVID-19 Resources
  •  Find Support Staff
  • Tell us How you are Doing 

Check out the Family Support Institute's regular resources and services in the Family Services section.

Government of BC: Virtual Mental Health Supports During COVID-19

B.C. 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:

Human Early Learning Partnership The University of British Columbia:

COVID-19 consolidated resources and publications:

This Netflix docuseries explores a decade of groundbreaking science that reveals the emotional and astounding story of a baby's first year of life and featuring UBC’s Centre for Infant Cognition and its research lead, Dr. Kiley Hamlin.  

Nanaimo Child Development Centre: Youtube playgroup videos:

Nanaimo Parks and Recreation

At this time all City of Nanaimo recreation facilities remain closed and programs have been cancelled until the end of May, however Parks and Trails remain open and people are reminded to practice proper physical distancing. We encourage the public to follow our Instagram page @nanaimoparksandrec and to visit the Isolation Recreation page of our website at for daily activities, challenges and ideas of how stay active and engaged

Vancouver Island Regional Library

Help your child get ready to read!

Parents and caregivers play an integral part in the development of children’s early literacy skills. The library offers a number of resources for parents and caregivers to help children develop language and pre-reading skills starting at birth.

Vancouver Island Regional Library is offering online programming for children during the COVID-19 pandemic: 

Storytime - Families are encouraged to join the library’s Storytime Corner Facebook Group.  New storytimes are posted at 10:30 AM every Monday and Friday.  New Babytimes are posted every Tuesday at 10:30 AM.

Summer Reading Club – Children ages 0-12 years are welcome to sign up for Summer Reading Club.  This year’s theme is “Explore Our Universe!”  Families can register their children by visiting and find the complete event schedule at or on the library’s Virtual SRC 2020 Explore Our Universe! Facebook group.


Phone Numbers:

Gabriola Island Library: 250-247-7878

Ladysmith Library: 250-245-2322

Nanaimo Harbourfront Library: 250-753-1154

Nanaimo Wellington Library: 250-758-5544

Nanaimo North Library: 250-933-BOOK (2665)

Vancouver Island University Foundation

Thinking about saving for your child’s education after High School? You can sign-up from home to receive up to $3200 and VIU is here to help!

Saving for your child’s post-secondary education is important, especially considering that 80% of future jobs in Canada are expected to require some form of higher education in the next decade. The great news is that there is up to $3200 of FREE money available through federal and provincial grants for children under the ages of 15 to help parents get a head start on savings for their child’s education after high school. However, navigating through the ins and outs of Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) and respective grants can be daunting for those who have busy schedules, do not have experience with education savings plans, or are not sure they are eligible to receive the funding. With social distancing measures narrowing service offerings from banks, education savings might be on the backburner for many. Fortunately, it is possible to open an educations savings plan and receive the grants from the comfort of your own living room and VIU wants to support local families in doing so. As part of the VIU Day of Caring, VIU will be launching a platform to offer virtual live guidance and video chat walkthroughs for families starting on May 5th to complete registration and to answer any questions regarding RESPs and available grants.

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