A COVID-19 UPDATE TO MEMBERSHIP - Monday, May 11, 2020
The Financial Accountability Office (FAO) Releases 2020 Spring Economic & Budget Outlook
Today the FAO projects that Ontario’s budget deficit will quadruple to $41 billion in 2020-21, the largest in Ontario’s history. Higher deficits will result in sharply increased borrowing and debt, raising Ontario’s net debt-to-GDP ratio to a record 49.7 per cent in 2020-21, up almost 10 percentage points from last year. Even as the economy recovers through 2021, Ontario’s debt burden would remain elevated at 48.7 per cent of GDP next year. Click HERE for the report.
Ontario Government Continues to Prepare for the Next Stages of Re-opening the Economy
Last Friday afternoon, Premier Doug Ford, Minister of Finance Rod Phillips and Deputy Premier/Minister of Health Christine Elliott highlighted the ongoing preparations for reopening the economy, including the work of the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee. Click HERE for the news release.

Businesses can also request a temporary rule or regulation change to help your business respond to COVID-19 HERE .
Cotton Inc. Shares Company COVID-19 Policy

Click HERE for Cotton Inc.'s COVID-19 P rotocol

Click HERE for Cotton Inc.'s COVID-19 Questionnaire
Free COVID-19 Webinars for Construction & H&S
COVID-19 Litigation Webinars & Briefs

Presenters Kennaley Construction Law and Sherrard Kuzz LLP have provided many free webinars on navigating COVID19 litigation as it applies to the construction sector. Webinars take place every Tuesday at 9AM, finishing with participant Q&A.

May 12 's webinar will explore: 
a) an update to essential business list 
b) return to work issues, including protocols and employee concerns and work refusals;
c) labour relations implications of “new” worksite practices 
d) the elements of proving (and defending) a delay and lost productivity claim

To register click HERE.
For past webinars/briefs click HERE .
International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials  ( IAPMO) on Safer Re-opening of Buildings
May 13 through June 3

The “After COVID-19” series is designed to provide jurisdictions, health departments, building owners and managers, and contractors with detailed information and guidance on reopening the various building types. Click HERE for details and to register. From Construction Links Network
Re-opening the Construction Industry
Thursday, May 14th, 1:00pm-2:30pm

The government has taken the initial step to open the industry and we expect all sectors to be fully operational in the next few weeks. This Zoom webinar will feature:

  • Chief Prevention Officer Ron Kelusky will discuss the COVID-19 Guidelines that have been issued to set expectations for the operation of construction during the pandemic, and their application. He will also discuss the services provide to support contractors.

  • Craig Lesurf, President of the Gillam Group, and Chair of the League of Champions will present Gilliam’s program for health and safety operations during COVID-19. This will include an extensive plan for breaching physical distancing allowing workers to work in close quarters when necessary.

  • Stephen Agla, EHS Director for the Aecon Group will present on Aecon’s screening techniques for workers, and contact tracing, a plan to undertake a COVID-19 investigation.

Click HERE to register.
Construction after COVID19: 
Finding new Coherence Amid a Shaken Industry

T hursday, May 14th, 3:00pm-4:30pm
Featuring: Mary Van Buren President, Canadian Construction Association; John Gamble President & CEO, Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Canada; Sandra Skivsky Chair, National Trade Contractors Council of Canada; Clive Thurston President, OGCA; Patrick Thompson (Moderator) Partner, Construction Group McMillan LLP

Click HERE for details and to register.
Partners in Prevention Health & Safety (conference) Virtual Series  
  May 26 through May 29

During these unprecedented times, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) understands that protecting your business and your people are of the utmost importance. That is why WSPS is moving its annual Partners in Prevention Health and Safety conference online to help prepare you and your employees get back to work safely.

Who Should Attend?   
  • Business Owners
  • Human Resources
  • Managers, Supervisors, and Trainers
  • Front-line Workers
May 26 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
May 27 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
May 28 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
May 29 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Register HERE
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 .
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.
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