A COVID-19 UPDATE TO MEMBERSHIP - Monday, June 1, 2020
$2.2 Billion in Federal Infrastructure Funding for Communities to Be Delivered in June
Prime Minister Announces Support to Help Communities Create Jobs and Restart Economy

The Prime Minister today announced that funding delivered through the federal Gas Tax Fund will be accelerated this year to help communities as quickly as possible while respecting public health guidelines.

This means that $2.2 billion in annual federal infrastructure funding for communities will be delivered in one payment in June. Early delivery of the full funding for 2020-21 will help communities quickly move forward with infrastructure projects.

Communities have flexibility to use the funding to meet their local needs. Projects could include access to high-speed broadband, improvements to water and road systems, and the building of cycling and walking paths.  Read the full News Release HERE.  
F ixed Electricity Rate & Payment Relief
Today the Ontario government announced additional details regarding relief from electrical costs:

  • $9 million for the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) to support consumers struggling to pay their energy bills during the pandemic. CEAP will provide one-time payments to consumers to help pay down any electricity bill debt incurred over the COVID‑19 period. Applications will be available through local utilities in the upcoming months;
  • $8 million for the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business (CEAP-SB) to provide support to businesses struggling with bill payments as a result of the outbreak; and
  • An extension of the Ontario Energy Board's winter disconnection ban until July 31, 2020 to ensure no one is disconnected from their natural gas or electricity service during these uncertain times.

Last Friday the government announced fixed electricity rates (12.8 cents/kWh, 24/7) effective June 1 through October 31, 2020.

Click HERE f or June 1st release.

Click HERE for initial May 30th release.
Strategy Expands Testing for General Public, Frontline Workers, First Responders and Workplaces

"Ontario now has the most open and robust testing criteria in the entire country. In fact, anyone who feels they need a test will be able to get a test," said Premier Ford. "We can't manage what we can't measure, and our newly expanded testing strategy is our best defence against stopping the spread of COVID-19 as we gradually and safely reopen the province. More proactive testing will give employers and their employees confidence as they return to work and will fortify our alert system for any potential surge in new cases."

Click HERE for full May 29th release.
National Hotline Provides Financial Planning Advice to Small Businesses Amid COVID19
The Government of Canada in conjunction with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce announced the launch of a four-week hotline service called the Business Resilience Service. This service will help entrepreneurs and small business owners in need of financial planning advice, particularly those who may not have access to an accountant. The service will also be open to not-for-profit organizations and charities. Click HERE for the full May 25th release.

Toll Free: 1-866-989-1080, 7 days/week, 8AM-8PM
The CCA Un-Conference! Coming June 15
Like many businesses, the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) cancelled its annual conference in March to protect members, their families and communities due to the global coronavirus pandemic. While they were not able to produce the event they had planned, they still have a ton of incredible content, thought leadership and a celebration that they want to share. Click HERE for details.
CCA COVID19 Financial Health Survey
The COVID19 pandemic has undoubtedly affected the entire Canadian construction industry. Worksites around the country have been temporarily halted or delayed due to the safety measures taken by health officials to reduce the spread of the virus. Implementing new safety protocols, including supplying necessary protective equipment, and challenges with supply chains have affected project timelines and costs. These challenges, among many others, have been cause for concern for CCA and many members.

In order to better advocate on members’ behalf, CCA has compiled a short survey on how the novel coronavirus has personally impacted members’ operations and finances, and ask you to complete this survey to help CCA gain further insight on the scope and impact of COVID19. Click HERE for survey.
Free COVID19 Safety Certification for Construction
How this certification works
  • View a 30-minute self-training module on demand
  • Answer the quiz accurately
  • Receive an e-certificate

Why this training matters and how to register: click HERE
COVID19 Return to Work Readiness Assessment
The Readiness Assessment is a self-administered questionnaire to help businesses assess how prepared they are for returning to the workplace following COVID19. It is meant to prompt thinking and bring to light considerations for a safe and sustainable Return to the Workplace. 

The results will help identify potential areas of focus when developing your Return to the Workplace plan. Click HERE f or questionnaire link.
COVID19:  Rapid Innovation & Readiness Survey
The Conference Board of Canada and the Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA) are partnering to discover emerging innovations that organizations have developed to:
  • Manage the challenges related to the pandemic
  • Support both essential and non-essential employees
  • Prepare for the return to the workplace 

By participating in this pulse check, you will be invited to a webinar where we will share the results. The exchange of information this webinar will facilitate might stimulate ideas around other solutions your organization could benefit from throughout this COVID-19 pandemic as well as during post-COVID-19 recovery. Click HERE for the survey link.
Guidance on Handling and Receiving Packages During COVID19
Employers and constructors have obligations to protect workers from hazards in the workplace as set out in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations and the directives coming from the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Workers should raise any concerns to their Supervisor, Joint health and safety committee and/or health and safety representative. This will help ensure the employer has taken all reasonable precautions.

Click HERE for Guide.
Ontario's Workplace PPE Supplier Directory Reminder
To support business owners, workers and the economic recovery of the province, the Government of Ontario has developed the Workplace PPE Supplier Directory to help Ontario businesses identify suppliers of personal protective equipment (PPE). The Workplace PPE Supplier Directory lists Ontario companies that are ready to supply PPE. It includes their company name, contact information and type of PPE that they can provide. 

  • If your have a ready supply of PPEs or are looking for PPEs, please note the directory HERE.

  • The directory includes information on industry exchanges/platforms. If your organization has a PPE exchange or platform and you would like it listed on the website, please confirm by emailing ontariotogether@ontario.ca and provide the following information:
  • Your organization’s PPE exchange/platform name, as you would like it to appear on the directory
  • Website link
Free COVID19 Webinars for Construction / H&S
Wednesday, June 3, 3:00pm

Three CEOs will talk about the challenges and solutions to operating and sometimes closing down and restarting while protecting their employees.

Featuring:
Harold Reinders , President and CEO of Maple Reinders Group
Bryan Arnold , President and CEO of Eastern Construction Company
Frank Perricone , President of Percon Construction
They will each provide their unique perspective of managing their firm through the pandemic crisis and positioning it for the new challenges of ensuring a safe environment for their workers and all on-site. The discussion will include comments on their corporate commitment to health and safety and how that guided their actions, and how COVID19 has changed construction safety for years to come.

Click HERE to register via Zoom.
Job Grants and Business Funding/Programs
June 9th, 1PM-2PM

Who couldn’t use some extra resources and access to financial aid to help cope with these challenging times!

Join us on June 9th at 1pm as JobGym presents a free Zoom webinar designed exclusively for NCA members covering job creation grants and business funding/programs available.
We'll cover:

  • Provincial grant and incentive programs
  • Federal grant and incentive programs
  • COVID-19 specific programs
  • Free business services

Click HERE for more info and to register.
COVID19 Return to the Workplace Virtual Conference
June 16, 8AM-5PM

Designed for organizational leaders, RTWp will explore how COVID19 has impacted the people we work with, the places we work, and the things we do at work.

LEARN how the pandemic has created the next normal for businesses, INTERACT with experts for guidance on how to navigate return to the workplace during COVID19, and hear about innovations to help you LEAD in keeping employees and customers healthy and safe.

RTWp will feature speakers such as Dr. Bill Howatt , Chief of Research at the Conference Board of Canada, Dr. Michael Ungar , Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University, Dr. Peter Smith , Senior Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health, and more!
Click HERE t o register.
IHSA COVID19 Safety Resources Available Online
IHSA has created a COVID19 resource page to provide information to its members. We are closely monitoring the COVID19 situation in Ontario and will continue following recommendations from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and guidance from the Government of Canada. This page will be updated on a regular basis. Here you will find:
COVID-19 Links & Resources from CCA
Send This 30-second Auto Message to Your MP Regarding Construction Cost Reimbursement
The CCA has made this a 30-second exercise for its members. Request the federal government to alleviate some of the financial pressure the industry is experiencing by creating an Emergency COVID-19 Construction Cost Reimbursement Program . MP's need to hear from construction companies on this. Click HERE to view the CCA email , then c lick on the blue button which will link you to an auto-template; just fill in your details and your MP's information will automatically be added.
COVID-19 Links & Resources from COCA
For a list of construction-specific, up-to-date information covering latest news & announcements, guidance & best practice documents, and financial/government subsidies/support, click HERE.
Send This 30-second Auto Message to Your MPP to Achieve Relief from Delay Claims
The Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA) is your voice at Queen’s Park.

COCA is seeking relief for contractors like you from delay claims that have been caused by the COVID19 pandemic. Because their usual methods of lobbying have been curtailed as a result of the pandemic, COCA has turned to a digital advocacy tool. If you have not already done so,   please click here   and enter your home address and your email address and send a message supporting COCA to your MPP. It is simple and takes about 30 seconds of your time. We encourage you in the strongest way possible to participate. And after you do, forward this message to your work colleagues, your workers and everyone you know in the industry. Please help out.
The more people from our industry that participate, the much greater is the chance of securing the relief our industry needs. Many thanks for your help.
COVID-19 Links, Previous Webinars, Briefs & Resource from OGCA & League of Champions


Niagara Area Building Inspections, Permits, Planning Offices - Update by Municipality
The NCA has compiled updates from Niagara's municipal building and planning departments, including building inspections, building permits, planners' availability, and more. Click HERE .
Let NCA Members Know Your Business Status
REPORT YOUR STATUS - COVID-19 Niagara Construction Job-Site/
Office Closures/Restrictions/Business Notices

To assist our members in sharing the status of their companies/projects at this time, we are posting your  job-sites and/or office closures, business notices and/or restrictions  here  .

Please complete form  here   for us to post the information on our website  or tag us with your changes on Facebook and/or Twitter. Or, just  email  and let us know your updated information.
NCA COVID-19 RESOURCES
The Niagara Construction Association (NCA) is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will do what we can to ensure members have up-to-date information by communicating through e-blast, social media posts, and  COVID-19 RESOURCES. (please navigate the drop-down menu for industry-specific news, updates, information, and links).
Please do not hesitate to contact me at karin@niagaraconstruction.org with any concerns or questions, or suggestions to our website/eblast COVID-19 information.

Thank You,

Karin Sheldrick
General Manager
www.niagaraconstruction.org