The province will provide $500,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to help assist communities in India affected by COVID-19.
“As the COVID-19 pandemic rages in India, its effects are being felt around the world,” said Premier John Horgan. “The relief funds from B.C. will help deliver urgently needed medical equipment and technical support for public health operations in communities across the country. For those with family in India, we stand with you during these challenging times.”
The Canadian Red Cross is supporting the Indian Red Cross Society, the province said. The aid is in addition to $10 million provided by the federal government. Canada’s contribution will support the procurement of essential supplies and medicines, including oxygen cylinders for clinics and ambulances.
“The pandemic has been devastating to people and families here in British Columbia and around the world, with India currently being severely impacted,” said Pat Quealey, vice-president for B.C. and Yukon, Canadian Red Cross.
“The funding announced today by the Government of British Columbia will help save countless lives by providing essential care and supplies to assist people in India who are affected or at risk of being affected by COVID-19.”
British Columbians who want to donate to emergency efforts in India can call 1 (800) 418-1111 or donate online through the India COVID-19 response appeal.
Additionally, donations to support COVID-19 relief in India will be accepted at all BC Cannabis Stores and BC Liquor Stores starting May 17.