A COVID-19 UPDATE TO MEMBERSHIP - Monday, May 25, 2020
Ontario Offering Tool, Clothing and PPE Funding to Apprentices + Forgiving over $10,000,000 in Loans
New Programs Focus on Apprentices and Hospitality Workers

The province is is helping apprentices by providing grants to purchase tools, protective equipment and clothing for their trade, along with forgiving previous loans to purchase tools; they are also investing in Ontario's first Virtual Action Centre, an online counselling and training portal, to support laid off and unemployed hospitality workers.

Click HERE for last Friday's full release.
Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Now Open for Applications
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program for small business opened for applications today. He encourages commercial landlords to apply.

Property Owners in Ontario can apply Tuesday.

Click HERE for the full release.
Federal Government to Work with Provinces on Plan to Allot 10 Paid Sick Days Per Year
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced his government intends to move forward on talks with the provinces and territories on ensuring that every worker in Canada who needs it can access 10 days of paid sick leave a year. The PM says details are yet to be worked out, but says this will be key to help slow down a potential second wave of COVID19. Click HERE for full CTV News release.
Relief & Recovery Fund for Niagara Businesses
Venture Niagara has launched the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to support the local economy. The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund is intended for those businesses that have not been able to receive any other Government of Canada COVID-19 related funding. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and social enterprises in Venture Niagara Community Futures Development Corporation’s service area are eligible. Click HERE for details.
New IHSA Videos Demonstrating
COVID19 Best Practices
This is a collection of workplace guides and best practice videos produced by IHSA including:
  • Hand Washing/Outdoor Plumbing
  • Donning & Doffing of Disposable Latex Gloves
  • Hand Washing/Indoor Plumbing
  • Sanitation/Cleaning of Commercial Motor Vehicles
Click HERE for the YouTube link.
Free COVID-19 Webinars for Construction / H&S
Construction's New Health and Safety Regime
May 28, 9:30AM-11:00AM

This webinar will identify the issues that came up at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, how prepared anyone was to adapt, any quick victories that were realized, what issues still need to be addressed, what needs to change permanently, and then thoughts on who should bear the expense of the changes. We will hear from experts in the policy, worker, health and safety, and training fields who will discuss these important issues, helping us understand how to inform labour ministries across Canada of the new regulations, action plans, and oversight that needs to be put in place so that every worker in the national construction industry can know that they will be working in a safe, healthy environment.

Andrew Pariser – Vice-President, RESCON
Enzo Garritano, President and CEO, IHSA
Sandro Pinto, Executive Director, LiUNA Local 183 Training Centre
Andrew Macklin – Moderator

Click HERE 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 .
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.
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