CKCA is focused on bringing you reliable information from across Canada. Things are changing quickly, we are here to support you.
CKCA's COVID-19 website houses much information to help.
No member is alone.
Welcome New CKCA Members!
Welcome to Ryan Pemberton, GM and his team located in Barrie, ON
Welcome to Donna Price, Owner and her team located in
Whitby, ON
Diversity pays off









A message to other kitchen cabinet manufacturers:

"Continue forward to keep cash flow. Reach out to clients who got quotes from you previously. Offer discounts, keep people optimistic. Talk to your contractors and keep things positive. Reach out to clients and contractors, keep those relationships strong no matter the circumstances." Joanne Parnham, Prestige Kitchens April 2020
While the impact of COVID-19 continues to unfold, many business owners are thinking about the future.

CKCA will be conducting a survey in the months ahead to assess the full impact of COVID-19 on our market and strategies for recovery.
Prestige Kitchens in PEI says "We're busier than ever"
Prestige Kitchens located in Summerside, PEI is well stocked on 20 colours of countertops and they have seen an increase in countertop purchases as people are at home staring at a less than attractive kitchen! Another CKCA member also commented that people stuck at home are staring at their "ugly kitchen" and realizing they'll need a new one in the future.

Prestige sells countertops at a very competitive price, less than $20/square foot (excludes delivery/install fees) and they are well stocked when others are not. People looking to make some type of change can very reasonably put in a new countertop making a big change in their kitchen, even if they can't afford to make any other change.

In addition, Prestige has a very diverse showroom (the home decor section is closed), but they also have a floral shop which is booming as people are sending flowers in the absence of being able to visit. Prestige sees a lull as new builds slow, but right now they will continue strong with the business they have.
Lessons Learned about business being "essential"

From CKCA member, Evan Smith of Berenson Hardware

What I have learned about the legalities of this situation is that there is no black and white. It is all new areas in the law and even the lawyers we have spoken to aren’t giving us black and white answers, everything is grey .
 
The lessons we are taking from this are to be proactive and prepared. In dealing with Ontario Ministry of Labour in the past, they like to see an organization that is being pro-active before they get there for an inspection . They want to see considerations already being made and actions already being taken. We are treating this whole COVID-19 crisis like this, expecting that we will receive a visit eventually, and have the info ready to show that we are doing everything we can to be safe.
What does our industry have in common with Government? We're all pivoting!
Here's a few examples where Governments across Canada are making daily announcements, creating policy as they go - its hard to keep up. But there's much to learn from each other and watching on a national level provides good perspective. We'll keep bringing you updates from a national perspective.
April 8 - Gov't lowers wage subsidy eligibility from 30% revenues to 15%
The Government continues to write policy at rapid speed and industry tries to keep up. adjust and modify qualifying requirements to receive CERB. Click here for details.
April 8 - New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs says "We are still focused on health care but also now looking at recovery and getting New Brunswick and business back"
The Premiere acknowledge the success of their ONB Navigators program which has had more than 1,200 companies registered. The programs helps companies navigate government regulations. Check it out here.

April 9 - Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says "Albertans need work today"
The Premier talked about $2B infrastructure spending in Alberta to stimulate the economy. The Premier is pushing hard to protect the oil and gas sector, Canada's largest industry sector. He says "we will not allow foreign interest to permanently damage our energy industry." Infrastructure monies will be available for roads, updates in school buildings and a variety of other areas.
Does your business have to close?
Check out this handy chart from
CKCA's partner CFIB!
What
can you build
in your
shop?
NGen has compiled a reference list (called "Bank") to help manufacturers provide high quality, rapid response to COVID-19. Click here .


Do you have the ability to manufacture frontline gear?
NGen is an initiative created by the Federal Government in 2018 to bring together Canadian business to collaborate with other innovation partners. Now the Feds are leveraging the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster and directing funding to mobilize companies that can rapidly respond to COVID-19 pandemic by building a Canadian supply of essential equipment, products and therapeutics.
Overview of program here.
Financial guide document here .
CKCA members have joint membership with CFIB

You get the benefits from both!

CFIB lobbied Government to get the wage subsidy increased from 10% to 75%

CFIB does weekly webinars to keep members informed.

Most recent recorded (April 3)




You're NOT alone!
Weekly input from over 10,000 businesses, more than 1,000 calls a day - CFIB keeps small business informed!
CFIB offers an FAQ page, worth checking out and updated regularly to keep up with Government programs.

"Hope our members are taking advantage of these CFIB opportunities as they're a great resource that CKCA is now providing to our membership."

James Dewinetz, President & Controller,
Pacfic Rim Cabinets, BC
Can you help manufacture esssential products for the front lines?
NRC IRAP has been tasked by the Government of Canada to work with Canadian industry to address a range of medium‑term Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada needs, including:
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Sanitization
  • Diagnostic and testing
  • Therapeutics
  • Disease tracking technology

More information here .

To register your company - Click here (takes 3-5 business days for a response given high level of of registrants).
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The Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association (CKCA) will inspire progress and innovation in the Canadian kitchen manufacturing industry, by promoting excellence, facilitating continuous improvement and working to ensure high standards for design and manufacturing are upheld by members. We will also build strong relationships and enduring trust between CKCA members and the consumers, builders and industry partners whose support ensures the
success of our members.