It is a challenging time for all, but we at the CISC are working hard to keep our membership community connected. Please see below some resources & links to reliable sources of information

Ontario

Click to view Provincial Gov Site for updates
Link to Ontario’s Economic action plan
Ontario Providing Electricity Relief During COVID-19
Measures to Limit the Spread of COVID-19 on Construction Sites
Ontario Enabling Financial Relief for Businesses
Businesses: WSIB financial relief package
Ontario Help for Business Website
Ontario 2020-21 Federal Tax Fund Allocations

Please note important updates:

Dear Clients and Friends,

A recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court, Coutinho v. Ocular Health Centre, could open the floodgates to constructive dismissal claims against employers from employees temporarily laid off as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our Briefing Note breaks down the decision for employers.

To learn more and for assistance, contact your Sherrard Kuzz lawyer or any member of our team at info@sherrardkuzz.com.  We’ll respond promptly.

SHERRARD KUZZ LLP | Employment & Labour Lawyers
250 Yonge Street, Suite 3300, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5B 2L7

Vaccination Update
As of May 11th, construction workers now qualify for vaccinations and can apply on the government portal for an appointment to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Ellis Don, Modern Niagara, Flynn and the Toronto Building Trades will be sponsoring a vaccination clinic for employees, their families and Peel residents at Ellis Don’s head office at 1004 Middlegate Road in Mississauga starting on May 19. The clinic falls under the auspices of Peel Public Health and 10,000 doses will be administered.

EllisDon is seeking partners for other community clinics as the costs of security, logistics, refrigeration and nursing can be considerable.

Bruce Power has established a COVID-19 vaccination site. The site administered 1,000 vaccinations last week, with 2,500 vaccinations to be administered this week and Bruce Power has notified all on-site construction workers about the vaccination site.

Antigen Rapid Test Update
The government recently set up a new portal at which companies and other organizations such as construction associations can apply to determine if they can access a supply of antigen rapid tests for administration to their employees in the case of a company or for distribution to their members in the case of an association. Since the new portal was announced about 40+ construction companies have ordered a supply of rapid tests for administration to their workers.

Section 22 Orders in Peel and Toronto
Section 22 orders that allow medical officers of health to order a full or partial shutdown of a workplace that experience 5 or more cases of COVID-19 in a 14 day period are being dealt with quite differently in the City of Toronto that they are in Peel. After considerable education, Toronto Public Health now has a better understanding about how the construction industry is deploying antigen rapid tests to keep the virus from coming onto construction sites. Only after a contractor threatened to stop deploying rapid testing was TPH persuaded to take a case by case approach with regard to shutdowns. Previously TPH would shut a site down when it found that five or more workers had been screened out of the workplace and placed in quarantine after a positive antigen rapid tests followed by positive PCR tests. The purpose of the rapid tests is to identify infected people and keep them out of the site.

COVID-19 Screening for Organizations – Accessing Rapid Antigen Tests through the Ontario Together website

Beginning May 7, constructions organizations looking to provide COVID-19 screening at their workplace can see if they are eligible to receive free rapid antigen tests through the Ontario Together website.

The COVID-19 Testing for Organizations page provides a ‘one-stop shop’ to apply for rapid antigen test kits through the Provincial Antigen Screening Program. The website will help an organization determine their eligibility for free tests, then intake them into the program providing all the necessary guidance and information about how to order tests and set up a screening clinic on-site.

For organizations not eligible to participate in the Provincial Antigen Screening Program, the COVID-19 Testing for Organizations page has information about alternative places to access or purchase rapid antigen tests.

More information can be found at ontario.ca/testingonsite

Role of the Government of Ontario

Through the Provincial Antigen Screening Program, the Government of Ontario provides free rapid antigen tests to high-risk communities, in-scope organizations and essential workplaces.

Centralizing the process to access rapid antigen tests through the Ontario Together website has been led by the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with Ontario Digital Services, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, Ministry of Economic Development Job Creation and Trade, and Government Services Integration Cluster.

The Ministry of Health also provides rapid antigen tests to support additional antigen test distribution channels, including through Chambers of Commerce and the Creative Destruction Lab Rapid Screening Consortium.

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the Ministry of Health will continue to support more sectors in accessing rapid antigen tests.

+ May 12, 2021 – Ontario Continues to Expand Access to Rapid Testing for Workplaces

+ May 4, 2021 – Ontario to Introduce Paid COVID-19 Leave

Click here to view news release
COVID-19 Putting Workers First Act, 2021
Compendium – English
Compendium – French

+ May 4, 2021 – COVID-19: Enhanced Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures

Click here to view News Release

COVID-19 Putting Workers First Act

Compendium (English)

Compendium (French)

+ April 19, 2021 – COVID-19: Enhanced Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures

+ April 19, 2021 – What Construction Can Continue in Ontario after April 17, 2021

+ April 8, 2021 – Ontario Enacts Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order

+ March 5, 2021 – Applications Open for Ontario’s New Skills Development Fund

+ February 9, 2021 – COVID-19 Public Health Measures and Restrictions

+ February 8, 2021 – COVID-19 response framework: keeping Ontario safe and open

+ February 8, 2021 – Ontario Extending Stay-at-Home Order across Most of the Province to Save Lives

+ December 22, 2020 – Provincewide Shutdown Deck – Full Details About Ontario’s COVID-19 Shutdown

+ December 4, 2020 – Ontario Supports Businesses, Workers and Families during COVID-19

+ November 23, 2020 – City of Toronto and Region of Peel Moved to “Lockdown” Stage

+ October 8, 2020 – Face Coverings Now Mandatory in Many Ontario Workplaces

+ September 29, 2020 – COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces (Businesses and Organizations)

+ May 5, 2020 – Impacts of COVID-19 – Survey 

+ April 30, 2020 – Ontario government announced “Workplace Safety Guidelines” to ensure employers have safety guidelines to prepare for the gradual reopening of the economy in Ontario

+ April 30, 2020 – The government has also released a list of guidance documents for over sixty sectors

+ April 29, 2020 – Recommended COVID-19 Safety Protocol & Prevention Measures

Building & Construction Trades Council of Ontario – Letter to Employer Associations

– Recommended  COVID-19 Safety Protocol and Prevention Measures

– Appendix I – COVID-19 Preventative Measures Questionnaire to Be Completed by All Personnel Entering a Jobsite

– Appendix II – Employer Endorsement

– Appendix III – Checklist for Business Agents and/or Project Health and Safety Representatives

+ April 27, 2020 – Reopening Ontario after COVID-19

+ April 24, 2020 – Ontario Provides Urgent Relief for Small Businesses and Landlords

+ April 10, 2020 – Amendment to essential businesses for particular projects

+ April 10, 2020 – The Canadian Emergency Response Benefit portal is now open – Click the following link to apply

+ April 9, 2020 – Lien Revision to one element of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act

+ April 3, 2020 – Ontario Extends Business Closures to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

+ April 3, 2020 – List of Essential Workplaces Update

+ March 31, 2020 – Labour Ministry – What’s New – COVID-19 special issue

+ March 29, 2020 – Ontario Stepping Up Measures on Construction Sites

+ March 26, 2020 – Ontario Enabling Financial Relief for Business through WSIB

+ March 26, 2020 – Province takes unprecedented steps to support COVID-19 response

+ March 25, 2020 – COVID-19: Practice Advisory Notice for Professional Engineers and Limited Licence Holders

+ March 25, 2020 – Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19

+ March 23, 2020 – Ontario Closing At-Risk Workplaces to Protect Health and Safety

Quebec

Français
Click to view Provincial Gov Site for updates
Temporary aid for workers program
Caisse de dépôt funding support for businesses
Government Assistance Programs COVID-19
Quebec 2020-21 Federal Gas Tax Fund Allocations

L’ICCA Québec rappelle que « Ça va bien aller » !! Ensemble, on va passer au travers!
The Quebec CISC reminds us that “It’s going to be fine” !! Together, we will get through this!

Please note important updates:

+ September 29, 2020 – Pandémie de la COVID-19 – Les personnes symptomatiques et les personnes ayant été en contact avec une personne infectée seront priorisées pour le dépistage COVID-19 pandemic – Symptomatic people and people who have been in contact with an infected person will be prioritized for screening (In French only)

+ September 29, 2020 – Des solutions pour contrer la deuxième vague

+ September 29, 2020 – Maladie à coronavirus de 2019 (COVID-19) : Mise à jour quotidienne sur l’épidémiologie (document ci-joint)

Click here for English (PDF)

Click here for French (PDF)

+ June 11, 2020 – Seven promising infrastructure projects to ensure the economic recovery of the metropolis (French only) | Sept projets d’infrastructures porteurs pour assurer la relance économique de la métropole

+ June 9, 2020 -CNESST : flexibility measures for employers and workers in response to COVID-19 | CNESST : Mesures d’assouplissement de la CNESST pour les employeurs et les travailleurs dans le contexte de la COVID-19

+ June 8, 2020 – Government of Quebec: Quebec enhances Canada’s emergency assistance program for commercial rent by $ 140 million. (French only) | Le gouvernement du Québec : Québec bonifie le programme Aide d’urgence du Canada pour le loyer commercial à hauteur de 140 M$.

+ June 8, 2020 – Government of Quebec: Municipal infrastructure repair and construction program | Le gouvernement du Québec : Programme Réfection et construction des infrastructures municipals

+ June 8, 2020 – The governments of Canada and Quebec, as well as the City of Montreal work together to support businesses in the metropolis (French only) | Les gouvernements du Canada et du Québec, ainsi que la Ville de Montréal travaillent ensemble pour appuyer les entreprises de la métropole

+ June 4, 2020 – Premier of Quebec-Acceleration of more than 200 public infrastructure projects (French Only) |Premier ministre du Québec-Accélération de plus de 200 projets infrastructure publique

+ June 4, 2020 – An Act to restart Québec’s Economy (French Only) | Projet de loi sur la relance économique du Québec 

+ May 27, 2020 – Deconfinement planning, subject to changes in the pandemic | Planification du déconfinement et conditionnel à l’évolution de la pandémie

+ May 25, 2020 – Manufacturing companies throughout Québec will be authorized to resume their operations with no restriction on the number of employees present to ensure such operations. All employees who can engage in teleworking must continue to do so. | Les entreprises manufacturières de toutes les régions du Québec seront autorisées à reprendre leurs activités sans aucune restriction quant au nombre d’employés présents pour assurer leur fonctionnement. Tous les employés qui peuvent télétravailler devront continuer à le faire. 

+ May 25, 2020 – Construction of the new Île-d’Orléans bridge – Publication of a call for interest (French only) | Construction du nouveau pont de l’Île-d’Orléans – Publication d’un appel d’intérêt

+ May 25, 2020 – Highway 389 Improvement Program – Start of work in the Baie-Comeau – Manic-2 sector | Programme d’amélioration de la route 389 – Début des travaux dans le secteur Baie-Comeau–Manic-2

+ May 25, 2020 – The City of Lévis will invest $ 39.6 million ($ M) on its municipal streets in 2020 and 2021 as part of an intensive rehabilitation plan. It also plans to upgrade its water and sewer infrastructure with an investment of $ 23 million for the same period. | La Ville de Lévis investira 39,6 millions de dollars (M$) sur ses rues municipales en 2020 et 2021 dans le cadre d’un plan intensif de réfection. Elle compte également mettre à niveau ses infrastructures d’aqueduc et d’égouts avec un investissement de 23 M$ pour la même période.

+ May 25, 2020 – Ministers Marguerite Blais and Andrée Laforest announce the construction of an alternative seniors’ home in Saguenay (French only) | Les ministres Marguerite Blais et Andrée Laforest annoncent la construction d’une maison des aînés et alternative à Saguenay

+ May 25, 2020 – COVID-19 Pandemic – Quebec deploys more than 1,000 prevention officers (French only) | Pandémie de COVID-19 – Québec déploie plus de 1 000 agents de prévention

+ May 25, 2020 – ACQ: Construction Holidays (French only) | ACQ : Vacances de la construction

+ May 22, 2020 – REMINDER-REVENUE QUEBEC: Incentive Program to Retain Essential Workers (IPREW) The Incentive Program to Retain Essential Workers (IPREW) is a financial assistance program created by the Québec government in response to the exceptional situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic | RAPPEL-REVENU QUÉBEC : Programme incitatif pour la rétention des travailleurs essentiels (PIRTE) Le Programme incitatif pour la rétention des travailleurs essentiels (PIRTE) est un programme d’aide financière qui a été mis sur pied par le gouvernement du Québec dans le contexte de la crise liée à la maladie à coronavirus (COVID-19)

+ May 21, 2020 – Government of Quebec-Gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic: Beginning May 22, outdoor gatherings will be permitted provided that specific measures are respected. | Gouvernement du Québec- Rassemblements dans le contexte de la COVID-19 : À compter du 22 mai, il sera possible de se rassembler à l’extérieur à condition de respecter différentes mesures

+ May 13, 2020 – Premier François Legault: We have to recommend wearing a mask or a face cover in public places. | Le premier ministre, François Legault : Il faudra préconiser le port du masque ou du couvre-visage dans les lieux publics

+ May 13, 2020 – This guide aims to support workplaces for the management of occupational health and safety (OHS) in their workplace | Ce guide vise à soutenir les milieux de travail pour la prise en charge de la santé et la sécurité du travail (SST) dans leur milieu de travail

+ May 6, 2020 – The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Inc – Invitation to Tender | Les Ponts Jacques Cartier et Champlain Inc – Appels d’offres sur invitation

+ May 5, 2020 – Impending re-openings | Reprises à venir

+ May 4, 2020 – Gradual resumption of activities under the COVID-19-related pause | Reprise graduelle des activités en lien avec les mesures de ralentissement de la COVID-19

+ April 29, 2020 – On April 28, the government announced that various sectors and businesses will be able to resume operations gradually – Le 28 avril, le gouvernement a annoncé que divers secteurs et entreprises pourront reprendre leurs activités de façon progressive (French only)

+ April 29, 2020 – The Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister responsible for the Mauricie region, Mr. Jean Boulet | Le ministre du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale et ministre responsable de la région de la Mauricie, M. Jean Boulet (French only)

+ April 29, 2020 – Quebec City offers an economic plan for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Quebec City agglomeration affected by the impact of COVID-19. | La Ville de Québec offre un plan économique destiné aux petites et moyennes entreprises (PME) de l’agglomération de Québec touchées par les répercussions de la COVID-19

+ April 29, 2020 – City of Montreal: Support measures for Montréal businesses | Mesures en soutien aux entreprises montréalaises

+ April 28, 2020 – MTQ – IMPORTANT – Notice to contractors and notes to supervisors of the MTQ (French only) | MTQ – IMPORTANT – Avis aux entrepreneurs et notes aux surveillants du MTQ

Avis aux Entrepreneurs – Avis Chantiers routiers
Avis aux Entrepreneurs – Attestation de formation – Signaleur routier
Note aux surveillance – Surveillance des chantiers – Gestion des dépenses additionnelles et des délais associés à la COVID-19

+ April 23, 2020 – REMINDER: Form – Information for businesses on essential services | RAPPEL : Formulaire – Renseignements pour les entreprises sur les services essentiels

+ April 23, 2020 – List of suppliers of hygiene products and equipment | Liste des fournisseurs en produits et matériel d’hygiène

+ April 22, 2020 – The Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale is proposing a temporary web platform enabling businesses offering essential services or commercial activities to publish job offers that quickly reach workers looking for a job. | Le ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale propose une plateforme Web transitoire d’affichage d’emplois qui permet aux entreprises qui sont considérées comme des services prioritaires ou qui exercent des activités prioritaires de publier des offres d’emploi et de les faire connaître rapidement aux personnes à la recherche d’un emploi. 

+ April 22, 2020 – The Government of Quebec has created a list of questions and answers related to the revival of residential construction. | Le gouvernement du Québec a créé une liste de questions et réponses en lien avec la relance de la construction résidentielle.

+ April 16, 2020 -Three Things You Need To Know If A Contract Is Breached Because Of COVID-19 | Trois choses que vous devez savoir advenant une violation des termes d’un contrat en raison de la COVID-19

+ April 16, 2020 – Ouverture des soumissions : les fournisseurs n’ont plus besoin de se déplacer | Opening of tenders: suppliers no longer need to travel (French Only)

+ April 16, 2020 – Plus de 20 M$ maintenant disponibles pour les PME de Québec | Over $ 20 million now available for Quebec SMEs (French only)

+ April 14, 2020 – L’application des clauses de force majeure dans l’industrie de la construction – The application of force majeure clauses in the construction industry (french only)

+ April 14, 2020 – Quebec to reopen residential construction, mines, auto mechanics, gardening centres

+ April 14, 2020 – Certains emplois ajoutés à la liste des services essentiels

+ April 13, 2020 – COVID-19: Minister Jean Boulet confirms the addition of residential construction sites to the list of priority services and activities (French Only) COVID-19 : Le ministre Jean Boulet confirme l’ajout des chantiers de construction résidentielle à la liste des services et activités prioritaires

+ April 10, 2020 – The Canadian Emergency Response Benefit portal is now open – Click the following link to apply

+ April 9, 2020 – COVID-19: Impacts on the construction sites (French only) | COVID-19 : impacts sur les chantiers de construction 

+ April 8, 2020 – COVID-19 Response plan for the construction industry –(French only) – Plan de réponse à la COVID-19 pour l’industrie de la construction

+ April 8, 2020 – Customs and Borders for Canadian Businesses- Getting your Trucks Across the Border During COVID-19 by CCMM (This webinar is in English only) | Participez à notre webinaire spécial sur la douane américaine pair CCMM

+ April 7, 2020 – A Panel of Experts Answered Questions Online | Un panel d’experts a répondu aux questions en ligne

+ April 7, 2020 – The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montréal Ask a panel of experts questions | La Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain : Posez vos questions à un panel d’experts

+ April 6, 2020 – City of Québec (French only) – Quebec City is injecting an additional $ 7 million Ville de Québec | la Ville de Québec injecte 7 millions $ supplémentaires

+ April 6, 2020 – Revenu Québec Has Introduced Relief Measures to Coincide With Income Tax Season. | Revenu Québec a adopté des mesures d’assouplissement pour faciliter la vie des citoyens et des entreprises en cette période de production des déclarations de revenus.

+ April 6, 2020 – Pandémie de la COVID-19 – Le Québec sur pause jusqu’au 4 mai, annonce François Legault | COVID-19 Pandemic – Quebec on pause until May 4, announces François Legault (In French only)

+ April 5, 2020 – Pandémie de la COVID-19 – Québec soutient l’achat local avec le projet Le Panier Bleu – COVID-19 Pandemic – Quebec supports local purchasing with Le Panier Bleu project (In French only)

+ April 3, 2020 – Government Assistance Programs COVID-19 | Programmes d’aide gouvernementaux COVID-19

+ April 3, 2020 – Free Webinar by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton – on April 8 | Webinaire (gratuit) par Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton – le 9 avril

+ April 2, 2020 – An Envelope of $4 Billion to Support Québec Companies Temporarily Impacted by COVID-19 | Enveloppe de 4 G$ destinée aux entreprises québécoises temporairement affectées par la COVID-19

+ April 1, 2020 – Quebec Unions Oppose Idea of Cancelling Construction Holidays Due to COVID-19 Pandemic | Les membres de la FTQ-Construction et de l’Inter rejettent l’idée de devancer les chèques de vacances et d’annuler les vacances de la construction

+ March 31, 2020 – REVENUE QUEBEC Covid-19: FAQ | REVENU QUÉBEC-Covid-19 : Foire aux questions

+ March 30, 2020 – Updated Guide to Make Best Decisions | Ce guide est conçu pour aider les gens à prendre les meilleures décisions possibles

+ March 26, 2020 – COVID-19 pandemic: A force majeure under Québec civil law? | La pandémie de COVID-19 : Un cas de force majeure en droit civil Québécois?

+ March 26, 2020 – Contractual rights and obligations in the context of COVID-19

+ March 26, 2020 – Support for entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19 | Du soutien pour les entrepreneurs touchés par le coronavirus COVID-19

+ March 26, 2020 – Revenue Québec Adapts Its Approach to Support Individuals and Businesses | Revenu Québec contribue aux efforts collectifs et adapte son approche pour faciliter la vie des citoyens et des entreprises

+ March 26, 2020 – The Solidarity Fund FTQ offers its partner companies a 6-month deferral of principal and interest payments related to loans (French only) | Le Fonds de solidarité FTQ offre à ses entreprises partenaires un report de 6 mois des paiements de capital et intérêts reliés aux prêts

+ March 26, 2020 – CNESST: Questions and answers – COVID-19 Occupational health and safety section. Information on the rights and obligations of the workplace with regard to the impacts associated with the spread of the virus is available on this page. | CNESST -Questions et réponses – COVID-19 : Des renseignements concernant les droits et obligations des milieux de travail à l’égard des impacts associés à la propagation du virus sont disponibles sur cette page

+ March 25, 2020 – Essential? Check the list and if not apply. Essentiel? Consultez la liste et si non applicable

+ March 25, 2020 – BLG will be hosting a series of weekly webinars to address business issues in the wake of COVID-19. | Utilisez le lien ci-dessous pour vous inscrire aux webinaires hebdomadaires de BLG traitant des incidences commerciales liées à la pandémie de COVID-19 (en anglais seulement).

+ March 25, 2020 – How do we adapt to COVID-19? – by BDO | Comment nous adaptons-nous à la pandémie de COVID-19? – BDO

+ March 24, 2020 – Letter to François Legault, Premier of Quebec – Essential Work in Response to COVID-19 | Lettre au Monsieur François Legault, premier ministre du Québec

+ March 24, 2020 – 1,013 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Quebec as province prepares for midnight shutdown

+ March 23, 2020 – Quebec Orders All Non-Essential Workplaces to Close

+ March 11, 2020 – Contractual Risks amid the COVID-19 OutbreakLes risques contractuels au temps de l’épidémie de COVID-19

Alberta

Click to view Provincial Gov Site for updates
Support for businesses
Corporate income tax changes deferred until August 31, 2020
Utility payment deferral for businesses
WCB premium deferral and relief for businesses
List of Essential Services
Alberta 2020-21 Federal Gas Tax Fund Allocations

Please note important updates:

New mandatory health measures go into effect immediately to protect lives.

Expanded health measures will be in effect provincewide. All Albertans, businesses, organizations and service providers must follow all new health measures. These restrictions will be in place for a minimum of four weeks.

“Alberta has sought to protect both lives and livelihoods from the beginning of the pandemic. The recent surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations will threaten our health-care system and the lives of many vulnerable Albertans unless further action is taken now. With the promise of a vaccine early in 2021, we can see the end of this terrible time. But all Albertans must take this more seriously than ever by staying home whenever possible, and following these new measures.”

Jason Kenney, Premier

“Alberta’s case numbers and hospitalizations have reached a point where we must take stricter measures in order to protect capacity in our health system. These mandatory new health measures are some of the strictest we’ve implemented, but they are absolutely critical to the future of our province.”

Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health

“These mandatory measures will help us slow the spread of COVID-19. This will require individual sacrifices that are necessary to protect our province. It’s not just about one person, it’s about doing what we can to protect and save our loved ones, colleagues, neighbours, and even strangers. Following these public health measures is how we as Albertans care for and protect each other.”

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health

New expanded mandatory measures come into effect Dec. 8 for social gatherings and mandatory masking. All others come into effect at 12:01 a.m., Dec. 13.

Social gatherings – immediate

  • All indoor and outdoor social gatherings – public and private – are prohibited.
  • Close contacts are limited to household members only.
    • Individuals who live alone will be allowed up to two close contacts for in-person visiting, with those two people remaining the same for the duration of the restriction period.
  • Festivals, parades, events, concerts, exhibitions, competitions, sport and performance remain prohibited.

Masking – immediate

  • The mandatory indoor public masking requirement will be extended provincewide.
    • Public spaces include locations where a business or entity operates and is applicable to employees, visitors and the general public.
    • Applies to all indoor workplaces and facilities outside the home.
    • Farm operations are excluded.
    • Rental accommodations used solely for the purposes of a private residence are excluded.

Places of worship – starting at 12:01 a.m., Dec. 13

  • All places of worship will be limited to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy for in-person attendance.
    • Virtual or online services are strongly encouraged.
    • Drive-in services where individuals do not leave their vehicles and adhere to guidance will be permissible and are not subject to capacity restrictions.
    • Mandatory mask mandate, physical distancing and other guidelines remain in place.

Retail – starting at 12:01 a.m., Dec. 13

  • Retail services must reduce customer capacity to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy, with a minimum of five customers permitted.
    • Curbside pickup, delivery and online services are encouraged.
  • Shopping malls will be limited to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy.

Closures – starting at 12:01 a.m., Dec. 13

  • Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes will be closed to in-person service.
    • Only takeout, curbside pickup and delivery services are permitted.
  • Casinos, bingo halls, gaming entertainment centres, racing entertainment centres, horse tracks, raceways, bowling alleys, pool halls, legions, and private clubs will be closed.
  • Recreational facilities – fitness centres, recreation centres, pools, spas, gyms, studios, day and overnight camps, indoor rinks and arenas – will be closed.
  • Outdoor recreation is permitted, but facilities with indoor spaces except for washrooms will be closed.
  • Entertainment businesses and entities – libraries, science centres, interpretive centres, museums, galleries, amusement parks and water parks – will be closed.
  • Hotels may remain open but must follow restrictions – no spas, pools or in-person dining. Room services only.
  • Personal and wellness services, including hair salons, nail salons, massage, tattoos, and piercing, will be closed.

Health services, including physiotherapy or acupuncture, social or protective services, shelters for vulnerable persons, emergency services, child care, and not-for-profit community kitchens or charitable kitchens will remain open for in-person attendance.

Work from home – starting at 12:01 a.m., Dec. 13

  • Mandatory work from home measures will be implemented unless the employer determines that work requires a physical presence for operational effectiveness.

Closures – ongoing from Nov. 27

  • Entertainment businesses and entities – community halls and centres, indoor children’s play centres and indoor playgrounds, theatres, auditoriums, concert halls, and community theatres, nightclubs, banquet halls and conference centres, indoor and outdoor festivals, concerts with the exception of drive-in events, tradeshows, and sporting events or competitions, remain closed.

Multimedia

British Columbia

Click to view Provincial Gov Site for updates
BC Government COVID-19 provincial support
Economic Support
BC Government Provincial Tax Changes
Handling Absences and Illnesses
Worksafe BC
BC Government’s COVID-19 support initiatives for businesses
BC 2020-21 Federal Gas Tax Fund Allocations

Please note important updates:

Manitoba

Click to view Provincial Gov Site for updates
Manitoba Government extend tax payment filing deadlines for business
WCB’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Manitoba 2020-21 Federal Gas Tax Fund Allocations

Please note important updates:

+ May 20, 2020 – City of Winnipeg Changes to Contract Award Process

In reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, and effective immediately, the City of Winnipeg is changing its process for awarding contracts. The city will be moving away from hard copy contract document packages to an electronic system.

The City of Winnipeg will now be providing a link and password to contractors in the award letter, allowing them to download the contract documents for a period of 10 days.

Contractors can expect to see a change in tenders and RFPs to accommodate this new practice. Where the tender has closed and the award letter still needs to be sent and for contractors who have been awarded contracts and have not yet received hard copy contract documents for execution, there will be a direct communication providing them with notice of the change and the link and password to download the contract documents, and asking for their concurrence on the change.

In the same vein, some construction documents contained a provision for the City to furnish documents to the Contractor. This will also be done electronically, and accordingly the provision in the Tender will be modified to read “Upon award of Contract, the Contractor will be provided with ‘issued for construction’ Contract Documents electronically, including Drawings in PDF format only.”

+ May 19, 2020 – COVID-19 Update 

+ May 5, 2020 – Construction During a Crisis Recovery

+ April 21, 2020 – Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba Returns $37-Million Surplus to Provide Financial Relief to Employers

+ April 10, 2020 – The Canadian Emergency Response Benefit portal is now open – Click the following link to apply

+ April 2, 2020 – COVID-19 Project Suspension Impact Checklist

+ April 1, 2020 – Guidance for Performing Work in Occupied Spaces Amid COVID-19

+ March 30, 2020 – Construction Deemed Critical Business

Construction Deemed an Critical Business

This afternoon, the Province of Manitoba issued a public health order mandating the closure of all non-critical businesses starting April 1 at 12:01 a.m. until April 14.

You can see the full list of businesses that are exempt from the order here, but it appears as though construction is largely considered a critical business and is allowed to continue. Here are the points from the public health order stating that:

Institutional, residential, commercial and industrial maintenance

9. A business that provides support and maintenance services, including urgent repair, to maintain the safety, security, sanitation and essential operation of institutional, commercial, industrial and residential properties, and includes

(a) property management services, including residential snow clearing;

(b) services provided by skilled trades, such as plumbers, electricians and HVAC technicians;

(c) custodial or janitorial services and cleaning services;

(d) fire safety and sprinkler systems installation and monitoring; and

(e) similar services provided by other service providers.

Construction

27. A business engaged in construction work or services in the industrial, commercial, institutional and residential sectors, including demolition services and expanding, renovating, converting or repurposing existing spaces.

28. A business engaged in construction work or services that are required to ensure safe and reliable operations of provincial and municipal infrastructure.

29. A business engaged in construction work or services that supports environmental rehabilitation projects

+ March 24, 2020 – Documenting Your COVID-19 Expenses

+ March 24, 2020 – Manitoba Governments Latest Bulletin

Note: A new community testing drive-thru site will officially open Wednesday in Winkler at the Winkler Centennial Arena at 600 Park St. Hours are daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. When it opens, it will be Manitoba’s 12th community testing site and fourth drive-thru location. The public is reminded that a referral to these sites is needed and they are not walk-in clinics. Information on locations and hours of operation are available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

+ March 23, 2020 – COVID-19 Prevention – Best Practices for Construction Sites 

New Brunswick

Click to view Provincial Gov Site for updates
Commercial Leases: renewed and revised Mandatory Order COVID-19
NB Power will defer electricity bill payments for businesses
NB 2020-21 Federal Gas Tax Fund Allocations

Please note important updates:

Nova Scotia

Click to view Provincial Gov Site for updates
Measures to Help Citizens, Businesses Affected by COVID-19
Measures to Help Nova Scotia Businesses
Government business navigators
Nova Scotia 2020-21 Federal Gas Tax Fund Allocations

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+ April 28, 2020 – CANS Education – Three New Virtual CSA Infection Control Course Dates

CANS Education – Three New Virtual CSA Infection Control Course Dates

April 28, 2020

To support the application of CSA Standards at this time, CSA pleased to announce that they have converted CSA Infection Control Z317.17 to a virtual, instructor-led format. CANS has secured three new dates!

Please note the following before registration:
– Each course will be capped at 15 participants,
– You must attend all four-half day session to receive a certificate,
– You must have a working webcam and audio to attend.

Course Information:

CSA: Infection Control – CSA Z317.17
Date: May 4, 5, 6, and 7, 2020
Duration: Four half days
Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Price: $1,500.00 + HST
Location: 100% Online
Click HERE to register.

CSA: Infection Control – CSA Z317.17
Date: May 25, 26, 27 & 28, 2020
Duration: Four half days
Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Price: $1,500.00 + HST
Location: 100% Online
Click HERE to register.


CSA: Infection Control – CSA Z317.17

Date: June 23, 24, 25 & 26, 2020
Duration: Four half days
Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Price: $1,500.00 + HST
Location: 100% Online
Click HERE to register.

For questions or to register contact:
Janelle Deveau
Education & Training Coordinator
902-468-2267 ext. 716
jdeveau@cans.ns.ca

+ April 23, 2020 – COVID-19 OHS Tips for Construction Workers

+ April 23, 2020 – Design and Construction Institute (DCI) round table on April 28, 10:00 am

+ April 17, 2020 – Electronic Submission Information for TIR Building Project Services

+ April 17, 2020 – Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) Stakeholder Update

+ April 10, 2020 – The Canadian Emergency Response Benefit portal is now open – Click the following link to apply

+ April 6, 2020 – Construction Dive — Vital actions every construction project needs to take to tackle COVID-19 now

+ April 2, 2020 – Province Extends State of Emergency 2 Weeks and Announces $20 MM Grant to Help Small Businesses

+ April 1 2020 – WCB: Premium payments deferred and more

+ March 31, 2020 – COVID-19 FAQs for Construction

+ March 26, 2020 – NS Department of Business Communique

+ March 22, 2020 – The Province of Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19

+ March 18, 2020 – APEC’s Online Presentation of the Potential Economic Impacts of COVID-19 to the Atlantic Provinces

Newfoundland and Labrador

Click to view Provincial Gov Site for updates
COVID-19 and the Construction Industry
Government support programs for businesses
Risk-Informed Decision Making Guidance for Construction Sites
Risk-Informed Decision Making Guidance for Employers Operating during COVID-19
Newfoundland and Labrador 2020-21 Federal Gas Tax Fund Allocations

Please note important updates:

Nunavut

Click to view Provincial Gov Site for updates
Small Business Support Program
Nunavut 2020-21 Federal Gas Tax Fund Allocations

Please note important updates:

Prince Edward Island

Click to view Provincial Gov Site for updates
Available programs, support and online forms for businesses
Emergency Capital Financing for businesses
Workers Assistance Program
PEI 2020-21 Federal Gas Tax Fund Allocations

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Saskatchewan

Click to view Provincial Gov Site for updates
COVID-19 Support info for businesses
Managing Staffing and Leave
Saskatchewan 2020-21 Federal Gas Tax Fund Allocations

Please note important updates:

Yukon

Click to view Provincial Gov Site for updates
Yukon government accounted a new rebate program for employers
Closures and cancellations
Yukon 2020-21 Federal Gas Tax Fund Allocations

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