Rapid Relief Fund

The Oaklands Community Association would like to thank the generous citizens of Greater Victoria and all of the major Rapid Relief Fund sponsors for their quick support of our residents affected by this COVID-19 pandemic

COVID - 19

COVID - 19

The Oaklands Community Association is closed until further notice in keeping with the direction from the City of Victoria and the BC Centre for Disease Control.  


If you have booked a space for an event at OCA - we will provide a full refund of your fees. Refunds for missed recreation programs will be issued in the form of household credit for future registration. Refunds for cancelled programs will be issued via credit card or household credit. 

Emergency Childcare Update: May 5, 2020

Oaklands Community Association’s Out-Of-School Care (OSC) and Little Acorn day care has been providing Emergency child care services to Essential Workers since April 13th, 2020. Beginning May 1st, 2020, these services will temporarily be provided at only a $10 fee per day. 


Cindy Allen, Oaklands Child Care Service Manager, said thatwith the current health crisis creating financial hardships for families, providing care for children of Essential Workers is important and we are proud to be able to help them even more by alleviating any financial strain”.


These services are available to both In-House and General Public Families for single day, full-week or full-month care. Priority will be given to those families in Tier 1; however, should space allow Tier 2 and Tier 3 families will be offered care as well. Little Acorn accepts children between 2.5 to 5 years old, and OSC accepts children that are 5+.


“On behalf of the Oaklands families and all those who use our services I want to thank the Ministry of Children and Family Development; Victoria Foundation and all the Rapid Relief Fund supporters for their generous contributions which make these fee reductions possible.” - Christopher Holt, Executive Director


For more details and registration information contact Cindy at 250-370-9101

ext.1 or osc@oaklandsca.com and for Little Acorn Child Care, please call Amy at 

250-370-9101 ext. 6 littleacorn@oaklandsca.com

Emergency Childcare Update: April 5, 2020

Oaklands OSC and Little Acorn Child Care are planning to open for child care to Essential Workers on Monday, April 13, 2020. A list or those considered an Essential Worker is available here (Province of BC's list of Essential Services).  


Please visit the Out of School Care page, and Little Acorn page for more details.

COVID-19 UPDATES


The City of Victoria will be doing a daily Facebook livestream at 2:30pm. Tune. in for important updates and information.


RESOURCE GUIDES


FOOD SECURITY RESOURCES

  • Order free healthy meals from Red Cedar Café for pick up or delivery by filling out this form. The Red Cedar Café is a not-for-profit food delivery and take-out service, run by volunteers that provides FREE healthy meals to seniors, and people in self-isolation.
  • Summary of Food Resources by region and type of service here. (Thank you to the Foodshare Network for creating this!)
  • Access the Mustard Seed's food bank - see the weekly hamper schedule here.
  • Some of the Living Edge Neighbourhood Markets (free produce and groceries) are still on! See their Facebook or website for updates
  • The Shelbourne Community Kitchen offers self-select food hampers twice per monthly/household, and offers delivery! Contact them at 250-590-0980 or visit the website.
  • My FED Farm - The Food Eco District is putting together FREE Food Garden Kits that they will be making available to those financially impacted by COVID-19. Apply here. Kits contain 2-5 round planters, soil, 3 starter plants, seeds, initial consult & info package, access to webseries and #MyFEDFarm chatroom.
  • Request free seeds from Victoria Seed Share.
  • Through the “Growing in the City” program the City is growing veggie seedlings and distributing them to those impacted by COVID-19. Eligibility of this program prioritizes community members that are financially or physically impacted by COVID-19 that have a desire to grow food but may have limited access to edible plants and start-up garden materials, and are facing barriers to access fresh, healthy, locally grown produce If this describes your situation, please express your interest by emailing community@oaklandsca.com. Veggie starts will be distributed in late May, and late August. If you live in subsidized housing, contact your housing provider to express your interest.


RESOURCES FOR SENIORS 


GENERAL SUPPORT AVAILABLE


ACCESSING EI, CERB, AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT


CITY OF VICTORIA UPDATES AND INFORMATION


OPPORTUNITIES TO PROVIDE SUPPORT


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water,
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow,
  • Avoid others who are unwell, and stay home when you are sick,
  • Avoid touching your face,
  • Anyone who is concerned that they may have been exposed to, or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, should contact their health-care provider, or call 8-1-1.
  • You can also call 1-888-COVID-19 or text 604-630-0300 for details, advice, and further information on the virus.
  • BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool
  • More information: BC Centre for Disease Control, Island Health

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Community Development

Community Development

Community Development

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  Our goal is to improve your quality of life in the Oaklands neighbourhood by increasing social inclusion, making recreation affordable and accessible, and creating a lively neighbourhood through special events!   

Community Recreation

Community Development

Community Development

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 To register for programs call the centre at 250-370-9101, visit our online registration page, check out our Event Brite page, or visit us in person.  

Markets

Community Development

Neighbourhood Planning

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 The Oaklands Sunset Market runs  on Wednesday evenings during the summer from 4:30 to 8:30 pm at the Oaklands Community Centre. The Market is a free, weekly community celebration featuring over 40 local food growers and producers, artisans, crafters, live music, weekly beer garden, and a space for the community to come together and meet their neighbours. 

Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood Planning

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In advance of the City of Victoria's Official Neighbourhood Plan (ONP) Development process, the Oaklands Community Association has been tasked to provide the foundation for the plan. 

We have recruited and struck an ONP Committee and will be engaging our neighbours in a variety of planning and feedback processes to ensure a neighbourhood plan that represents the will of the neighbourhood.

Out-of-School Care

Neighbourhood Planning

Out-of-School Care

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  Out-of-school care and licensed camps provide a positive atmosphere in which children can develop self-esteem, confidence, and social awareness. While ensuring the kids have a great time, our focus is to encourage and facilitate physical and mental well-being. Our staff offer a warm, safe, and welcoming environment so your child’s time here is fun and memorable. Your child will enjoy lots of fun adventures and create lasting memories. You, as a parent, can rest assured your child is in a safe, warm, and nurturing environment.   



 

Preschool

Neighbourhood Planning

Out-of-School Care

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 Entrust your little ones to our fully qualified Early Childhood Educators (ECEs). At Little Acorn Care Centre, we offer either theme–based or emergent curriculums within a full day preschool program for children ages 2.5–5 years. 

Program & Events Calendar

Click the green button below to see our program & event calendar

Help Our Cause

Your support and contributions will enable us to  improve our services including programs like community dinners and children's breakfast programs.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

  The OCA acknowledges the privilege of serving our community on the ancestral territories of the Lekwungen-speaking Peoples, in particular the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations, whose rich relationship with the land remains today. 

Primary Funders including the Residents of Oaklands

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