UPDATE – What to Do When Physical Distancing is Not Possible
This page contains links to Important Information that you may need for the financial wellness of your business with regards to COVID-19.
To find out more on The Government of Canada is response to the COVID-19, please click here.
Alert Level 2
Important Resources to Assist Your Business For Safe Return to Work:
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
|COVID-19 Update Homepage||www.gov.nl.ca/COVID-19|
|Alert Level System||https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/alert-system/|
|Information Sheets for Business and Workplaces||https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/information-sheets-for-businesses-and-workplaces/|
|Business Response Teamemail@example.com or call 1-833-771-0696|
|Guidance on Cloth and Non-medical masks||https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/files/Guidance-on-Cloth-Masks-Non-Medical-Masks.pdf|
|Centers for Disease Control and Prevention||https://www.cdc.gov/|
|World Health Organization||https://www.who.int/|
|Hard surface disinfectants (Health Canada)||https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/disinfectants/covid-19/list.html|
|Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOHS)||https://www.ccohs.ca/outbreaks/|
|Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Safety Association (NLCSA)||http://nlcsa.com/news/covid-19-resources.php|
|Newfoundland and Labrador Fish Harvesting Safety Association (NL-FHSA)||https://www.nlfhsa.com/covid-19|
|Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)||https://cme-mec.ca/coronavirus-covid-19-resources/|
|Forestry Safety Association (FSANL)||https://nlforestsafety.ca/covid-19/|
Important Resources to help your business:
- Pandemic Planning: Reopening for Business is available on the CCOHS website in French and English languages: www.ccohs.ca/products/courses/pandemic-reopening/ – updated August 18
- COVID-19 Essential Worker Support Program is available online – updated August 13
- Nalcor COVID-19 UPDATE: Important Information for Vendors & Suppliers – updated April 24
- ConstructConnect – Delayed Projects Report and other Important resources for you – updated April 1
- Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Guidelines for Healthy and Safe Operations During COVID-19 Pandemic – updated April 7
- McInnes Cooper Coping with COVID-19: Employer FAQs – updated April 7
- Government of NL: Risk Informed Decision Making Guidance for Construction Sites Operating During COVID-19 – updated April 2
- NLCSA: Guidance Document for Employers when Performing Work in Private Residences – updated April 1
- NLCSA: What to do when physical distancing is not possible – updated April 1
- Organizations Providing Respiratory Fit Testing – updated April 1
- College of the North Atlantic – COVID-19 changes that may impact their suppliers – updated April 3
- COVID-19 Editorial Feature on ConstructConnect’s Daily Commercial News
- Grant Thornton’s 5 tips for extending cash flow amid times of uncertainty
- WorkplaceNL Webinars
- Learn how you can take advantage of the EDC Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) Guarantee as it stands today
- COVID-19 and the Construction Industry – What you need to know!
- NLCSA Sample Exposure Control Plan – COVID-19
- COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool
- Canadian Construction Association COVID-19 Resources
- Payroll and COVID-19: Canadian Payroll Association
- IBC-Emergency Preparedness
- AON’s COVID-19 Response Site
- Business Continuity Guide from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
- CAL LEGROW’S Business-Readiness—Corona-Virus
- WHO Getting Workplace Ready for COVID-19
- COVID-19 Sunlife Group Benefits Update
- Manulife COVID-19 FAQ
- City of St. John’s COVID-19 Updates
- City of Mount Pearl COVID-19 Updates
- Town of Paradise COVID-19 Information
- City of Corner Brook COVID-19 Updates
- Town of Gander COVID-19 Information & Updates
- Town of Grand Falls-Winsor COVID-19 Info
- Labrador West COVID-19 Info
- Canada Revenue Agency opens applications for enhanced Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, click here to read the release – updated August 17
- Government of Canada launches updated Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Calculator to support employers, click here to read the release – updated August 12
- Government Announces New Extension of Rent Relief for Small Businesses, click here to read the release – click here to read the release – updated August 12
- Government of Canada temporarily sets a minimum unemployment rate for EI program, click here to read the complete release – updated August 12
- Government introduces legislation to support Canadian workers, businesses and persons with disabilities, click here to read the complete release – updated July 21
- Red Tape Reduction Initiative Established to Gather Feedback from Local Business Community, click here to read the complete release – updated June 8
Release: Increased Procurement Thresholds Will Help Support Local Businesses, click here to read the complete release – updated June 1
Government of NL News Release: Chief Medical Officer of Health Announces Plan for Living with COVID-19 in NL, click here to read details – updated April 30
- CCA releases COVID-19 Standardized Protocols for All Canadian Construction Sites
- City of St. John’s: Tax Relief for Commercial and Residential Properties
- NL Public Advisory: WorkplaceNL extends the validity of certification safety training certificates
- Minister of Health and Community Services for NL declared COVID-19 a public health emergency
Updated May 19
While engineering and administrative control measures are the most preferred methods to be implemented in the workplace (i.e. physical distancing, barriers, reducing the number of individuals on site), certain tasks/activities cannot be completed while maintaining physical distancing requirements.
As a minimum requirement, where physical distance cannot be maintained, in order to mitigate a worker’s exposure to COVID-19, Service NL are now advising that all workers must wear:
- A non-medical mask (this includes cloth masks and face coverings).
This replaces previous guidance advising the use of surgical masks and appropriate eye protection (i.e. CSA approved face shield or glasses). Personal protective equipment available at the workplace which can provide an equivalent or greater level of protection (i.e. surgical masks, N95 disposable respirators) would also be acceptable.
Non-medical masks are suitable if (and only if) they are being used to protect solely against COVID-19 transmission. All other COVID-19 control measures must be maintained (hand washing, cleaning/disinfecting etc.). In situations where workers have a greater risk of exposure to COVID-19 (i.e. entering a home under quarantine,to perform emergency repairs), a higher level of protection would be required. In these situations, employers must conduct a hazard assessment and identify appropriate control measures to protect their workers, based upon the level of risk. Similarly, if hazards other than COVID-19 exist, (i.e. welding fumes, silica dust, wood dust, etc.) a hazard assessment must also be conducted and controls appropriate to those hazards must be implemented.
NLCSA will be updating all COVID-19 resources on their website to reflect these changes. If you have any questions, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 709-739-7000; or 1-888-681-SAFE (7233).
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Application Portal
Updated April 29
The application process to apply for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) is now open.
Here’s some steps to get you started:
- Sign up for My Business Account or Represent a Client
- Register for Direct Deposit for your payroll account
- Calculate your CEWS eligibility
Proactive documentation and monitoring the impacts of COVID-19 on construction projects
In view of the uncertainty in the industry, REVAY and Associates Limited encourage their clients to be proactive in identifying and documenting all issues encountered related to the COVID-19 situation as soon as they occur. This includes recording lost time and additional costs as accurately as possible in daily reports, correspondence and progress reports. It is also essential, of course, that all parties be mindful of contract notification periods. Since COVID-19 is now a known issue, it will be imperative for parties entering into new contracts, or raising new change orders, to consider the related risks and adjust their contracts accordingly. Please select revay_covid-19 to read more from them.
Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses
The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses.
Support for Canadians
- Income Support for Individuals Who Need it Most
- Flexibility for Taxpayers
- Mortgage Default Management Tools
- Role of Financial Institutions
Support for Businesses
- Supporting Canadian Businesses Through the Canada Account
- Helping Businesses Keep Their Workers
- Flexibility for Businesses Filing Taxes
- Ensuring Businesses have Access to Credit
- Supporting Financial Market Liquidity
The Work Sharing Program
Work-Sharing program is implementing temporary special measures to support employers and employees affected by the downturn in business caused by COVID-19. The new temporary special measures are available to employers impacted directly or indirectly by COVID-19. The measures allows for eligible employers to retain skilled employees and workers to remain employed during the temporary downturn in business due to COVID-19.
Access the Work-Sharing page to learn more about the program and its requirements. Access the Work-Sharing temporary special measures page to find out if you are eligible for temporary special measures.
Surety Association of Canada Recommends Digital Bonds to Minimize Impact and/or Delays Resulting from COVID-19 Crisis
In response to the ongoing and rapidly escalating crisis arising from the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Surety Association of Canada (SAC) has received several concerned inquiries from its members about the challenges of providing properly executed bonds during this period of uncertainty and adjustments to operational procedures and practices. Click here to find out important information that you may need for the financial wellness of your business: https://www.suretycanada.com/SAC/LATEST-ARTICLES/03-16-2020-SAC-Recommends-Digital-Bonds-During-COVID19.aspx
BDC: Support for entrepreneurs impacted by COVID-19
The Business Development Bank of Canada has provided the following resources for support for entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19. As announced by the Minister of Finance, they will increase the amount of financing available as the situation develops. With flexible and tailored solutions, BDC can help you with the right financing and advice for your business with Small Business Loan, Working capital loan, extra funds to bridge cash flow gaps and support everyday operations, Purchase Order Financing & more.
For more information on support for the financial wellness of your company? Please click here.
Click here to view their youtube video on how to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on your business.*Please note that this webinar was recorded on March 23, 2020* With the COVID-19 situation constantly evolving, you need to be prepared for any disruptions.
The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is taking the following steps to support you during this difficult period.
Defending your interests with the federal government
CCA has been in daily contact with the Government of Canada to stay apprised of any policies in support of, or at odds with, the industry’s efforts. CCA staff have been providing advice and support to our construction association colleagues to share our knowledge. We are also committed to joining any task forces or committees that any local or provincial associations are creating to help deal with the crisis. Please contact Rod Gilbert, vice-president of public affairs, at email@example.com with details as we could offer a federal perspective to any working group.
Resources to support business continuity planning
To help businesses prepare for and manage through a potential COVID-19 escalation in Canada, CCA is referring members to a guide developed by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce on pandemic preparedness. It is designed to assist in business planning and continuity efforts. You can find a link to the guide as well as links to other helpful tools and resources on our website. We will continue to update this information on our website at www.cca-acc.com/covid-19-resources and you to also visit www.chamber.ca for additional resources. Links to trusted health information sources can also be found on the page.
**As the COVID-19 situation is fluid and ever-changing, the information contained on this page may be time-sensitive. Please view the Government of Canada’s and the Government of NL’s websites for the latest updates.