A COVID-19 UPDATE TO MEMBERSHIP - Thursday, May 7, 2020
Ontario Further Eases Restrictions on
 Essential Construction and Retail Stores
The Premier announced on May 6th that in addition to easing restrictions on retail, the government is expanding essential construction to allow below-grade multi-unit residential construction projects like apartments and condominiums to begin and existing above-grade projects to continue.

As early as Friday, May 8 at 12:01 a.m., garden centres and nurseries will be able to open for in-store payment and purchases, operating under the same guidelines as grocery stores and pharmacies. Hardware stores and safety supply stores will be permitted to open for in-store payment and purchases as soon as 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 9. On Monday, May 11 at 12:01 a.m., retail stores with a street entrance can begin offering curbside pickup and delivery, in accordance with the Ministry of Health's Guidance Document for Essential Workplaces and occupational health and safety requirements. 

The government's Framework for Reopening our Province , which was released on April 27, 2020, includes guiding principles for the safe, gradual reopening of businesses, services and public spaces, and the criteria Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts are using to advise the government on the loosening of public health measures, including emergency orders.
Merit Contractors Niagara Ltd Shares
Company COVID-19 Policy
  • Workplace Health
Mental Health Supports and More

Click HERE for the Niagara Region Public Health monthly "Workplace Health" newsletter.

This month's issue includes:
  • You are not alone 
  • Staying mentally healthy during isolation 
  • Mental Health Week: Begin celebrating May 4!
  • New! Stories of lived experience webpage
  • Mental health services during COVID-19
  • Connect with Niagara Parents!
  • Attention all parents and caregivers
COVID-19 & Construction
Top 10 Questions asked by Petrela Winter Clients

The prevailing pandemic related disruption has given rise to a number of unique challenges for businesses, including the construction business.

Click HERE for a list of the more commonly raised insurance, bonding and general business inquiries from Petrela Winter clients, with answers provided.
Labour-Management Network's May 2020 Report

Click HERE or the graphic for the the monthly report from the Ministry of Labour’s coordinator of the construction health and safety program to the Provincial Labour Management Health and Safety Committee.

Report includes: Fatalities/Critical Injuries stats, a message from the Provincial Coordinator on COVID-19, WSIB COVID19 claims link, IHSA COVID19 resources & links, Ontario infectious disease emergency leave, What's New newsletter.
Free COVID-19 Webinars for Construction Sector
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.
COVID-19 Government Financial Support
Programs for Business
Presented by COCA, LDCA, MNP and BDC
May 8 - 8:30AM - 10:00AM

COVID-19 is having a very negative impact on health, social and business environments in Canada, with limited to no visibility of when life will return to normal. This webinar will cover:
  • types of government financial supports available for businesses including, a) how to access these supports and b) reporting and other government requirements
  • Common Scenarios (do these program fit my company and need?)
  • Q&A with participants and presenters

For full details click HERE . To register, via ZOOM click HERE. ( Meeting ID: 841 7663 9385)
Or dial in by phone:
       +1 438 809 7799 Canada
       +1 587 328 1099 Canada
       +1 647 374 4685 Canada
       +1 647 558 0588 Canada
       +1 778 907 2071 Canada
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.

To register click HERE.
For past webinars/briefs click 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