Provincial COVID-19 Updates2020-06-16T16:08:13-04:00

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

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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:

+ 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:

Alberta implemented public health measures to restrict mass gatherings to protect Albertans’ health and limit the spread of COVID-19.

A gathering is any event or assembling that brings people together in person, in a single room or single space at the same time. At this time, it does not include normal operations of workplaces and businesses (i.e. offices, manufacturing, construction, industrial) not specifically defined by the chief medical officer of health. Where workplace gatherings of 50 or more people in a single space occur (e.g. training events), they must not proceed. Likewise, it does not include airports, shopping malls, retail or grocery stores or other spaces people may be moving in or walking about as part of normal activities of daily living.

Read More: https://www.alberta.ca/restrictions-for-mass-gatherings.aspx#toc-1

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

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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:

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.”

For a list of industry resources, government programs, FAQs and more, visit the dedicated Winnipeg Construction Association COVID-19 website at www.togetherwebuild.ca

WCA released a statement calling on the provincial government to invest in the construction industry

View it here: https://winnipegconstruction.ca/files/Construction_in_Crisis_Recovery.pdf

+ 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

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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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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

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:

Effective March 18, 2020, the Minister of Health and Community Services declared COVID-19 a public health emergency under the Public Health Protection and Promotion Act. The following facilities are ordered to close:

  • Gyms and fitness facilities, including yoga studios, tennis and squash facilities
  • Dance studios
  • Businesses that hold a license under the Liquor Control Act whose primary purpose is the consumption of beer, wine, or spirits
  • Cinemas
  • Arenas
  • Performance spaces
  • Bingo halls
  • Personal services establishments including spas, esthetic services, hair salons, body piercing, tattooing and tanning salons
  • Retail stores, unless those stores provide services essential to life, health or personal safety of individuals and animals. See the Special Measures Order above for details.

Please check this webpage to read more and for updates: https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/

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:

As of today, there are no known confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

The public health communicable disease team is following approximately 111 persons under investigation. So far, 43 people who were under investigation have been cleared and no longer need isolation.

Starting at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 strict travel restrictions to Nunavut will be in place. Only residents and critical workers can travel into the territory. Everyone, except critical workers with written permission from the Chief Public Health Officer, must be in a mandatory 14-day isolation period in the south before they can board a plane to come to Nunavut. This includes residents and students.

All public gatherings are now banned, and all playgrounds and municipal parks are now closed.

I want to remind everyone and make it very clear that it is also necessary that anyone who arrived into the territory on or since March 15 needs to self-isolate.

Please know that we are taking this very, very seriously.

Click here for more info: https://gov.nu.ca/executive-and-intergovernmental-affairs/news/covid-19-gn-update-march-23-2020

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

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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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