The recession caused by the response to the COVID-19 pandemic means governments across Canada now face tremendous fiscal challenges. Recent forecasts from the Royal Bank and Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) estimate that annual deficits in 2020/21 could total more than $300 billion between the federal and provincial governments.
It is well-known that during the past few months, the healthcare system has faced new challenges due to COVID-19. During these uncertain times, experts at BC Children’s Hospital—the only children’s hospital in BC—have continued to remain laser-focused on ensuring our kids in BC are getting the best possible care.
When COVID-19 began to peak in British Columbia, Jane Adams and her team at Surrey Hospital Foundation were unsure what to expect. In a region experiencing mass layoffs and shuttered storefronts they were certain philanthropy was the furthest thing from the minds of their community members. As a charity that relies on donations to support Fraser Health’s largest hospital, there was worry.