COVID-19 resources: updates to members

When we published our first information about COVID-19 for members in March 2020, we couldn’t have imagined the course of things to come. Since then we’ve developed a set of resource pages, and will continue to update them as information becomes available- see the options at the bottom of this page. We are grateful to everyone as they do their best through this crisis and wish all well as we work within this extraordinary time.


Operational Update

September 30th, 2020: The health and safety of PAN members and participants, as well as that of the staff and volunteers is of paramount importance. Given the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, the decision has been made to continue to keep the PAN office (located on West Pender Street in Vancouver) closed until further notice.

All staff can be reached by phone, or by email – see our contacts here. PAN staff will continue to work virtually from their home offices – the work of the network will continue in this manner as it has since March when the pandemic began.

We are also cancelling and/or postponing all in person events and meetings until the end of March 2021 (PAN’s current fiscal year), at which time this will be assessed. We feel that this is consistent with the latest recommendations coming from public health. This also supports our commitment to effectively plan for the ongoing delivery of virtual services and supports to our membership, and to communicate effectively with our funders, partners and supporters.


Shifting from emergency response to the reality of working in a COVID-19 world

July 24, 2020: Our province has moved into Phase 3 of the COVID-19 restart plan, and there is no doubt that BC has done a good job of “flattening the curve” – thanks to the leadership of our public health officials (including PHO Dr. Bonnie Henry), and the work of health care workers, and countless others including PAN member organizations and allied agencies in every corner of the province. Despite the successes of our collective “provincial response”, there have been just as many failures, perhaps none more apparent than the back-to-back record months for fatal drug overdoses in May and June. It is obvious that the COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting all the many inequities that exist for the most vulnerable. Four months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and halfway through summer, we wanted to take the opportunity to revisit our original three commitments to our membership vis-à-vis COVID-19. Continue reading


PAN statement to members

March 16, 2020: Without a doubt, these are challenging and uncertain times. Now it is time for all of us to come together – as we have so many times in the past – to confront this new and significant public health threat. PAN members will no doubt build on their history of responding in a creative and effective manner, as each decides how to continue to deliver services and programs often times to some of the most vulnerable members of our society.  Here is information on PAN operations, as well as our commitment to members at this time. Continue reading


See all COVID-19 resource pages


PAN updates to members


COVID-19 Prevention and vaccine updates

HIV and Hepatitis C




Harm Reduction: substances and sex



Indigenous Communities and Cultural Safety


Prison Populations


Mental Health



Economic Response Plans


Funding sustainability for non-profits


Workplace Adaptation


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