A COVID-19 UPDATE TO MEMBERSHIP - Thursday, June 4, 2020
Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency
to June 30
"Extending the provincial Declaration of Emergency will allow us to safely and gradually reopen the province, while we continue to use every resource at our disposal to battle this deadly virus," said Premier Doug Ford. "We are not out of the woods yet, so it is critical that we exercise caution to keep everyone safe, including protecting our most vulnerable citizens in long-term care homes, retirement homes and group homes." Click HERE for June 2nd release.
Ontario Extending Infectious Disease Emergency Leave for Workers During COVID19
On June 1st, the Ontario government announced that it has enacted a new regulatory amendment that will put non-unionized employees on  Infectious Disease Emergency Leave  during the COVID-19 outbreak any time their hours of work are temporarily reduced by their employer due to COVID19. This will ensure businesses aren't forced to terminate employees after their ESA temporary layoff periods have expired.

Click HERE f or June 1st release.
ESA Amendment During COVID19 Exempts Layoffs/Reductions from Being Deemed Termination
" On May 29, 2020, the Government of Ontario introduced a regulation under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) that provides welcome relief to any employer that temporarily laid off a non-union employee or reduced non-union employee wages and/or hours due to COVID19. The regulation largely exempts any such layoff or reduction from being deemed a termination of employment, so that there is no obligation to provide ESA notice and severance." Click HERE for full brief.
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
  • First come, first-served, before June 15, 2020

Why this training matters and how to register: click HERE
Ontario's Workplace PPE Supplier Directory
The Workplace PPE Supplier Directory lists Ontario companies that are ready to supply PPE.

  • If you 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
Job Grants and Business Funding/Programs
J une 9th, 1PM-2PM

Having difficulty navigating payroll?

Need a new position created, but don't have the cashflow right now?

We have the webinar - free and NCA-exclusive - for you!

There are supports out there - programs, grants, funding - to assist in ensuring that your payroll expenses are covered, and, even grants for job creation.
Join us on Wednesday, June 9th for a webinar - exclusive and free to NCA members - from 1PM-2PM via Zoom, as JobGym guides you through:

♦ Provincial grant and incentive programs
♦ Federal grant and incentive programs
♦ COVID-19 specific programs
♦ Free business services
Register HERE .
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.
Free COVID19 Safety Training from
4S Consulting
To help employers keep their workers safe from COVID19 and minimize workplace transmission, 4S Consulting is offering free COVID19 online training. This is their contribution to flatten the curve. Click HERE for details.
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:
CCA COVID19 Financial Health Survey
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.
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