A COVID-19 UPDATE TO MEMBERSHIP - Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Application Process to Open Monday April 27th
In addition yesterday's announcement, a CEWS calculator was launched on the CRA website (click HERE for calculator). 
 
Of note:
  • This is not the actual application, it is just a series of reference tools to help you in advance of applying next week; all or parts from the calculator will be used in the actual application submission
  • You may want to follow the “eligible to apply” link to make sure you are eligible to apply and for what periods
  • There is a “how to apply” button at the bottom of the first page which will take you to an information page with a reminder to make sure you are setup on your CRA “My Business Account”
  • More specific information is expected on the roll-out

Information contributed by: Durward Jones Barkwell & Company LLP
Your Action Is Needed!
Send This Letter to MPP's (takes 30 seconds) 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.
Free April 23rd webinar: A Perspective on Keeping Your Workplace Healthy & Safe



Click the graphic
or HERE
to register
FAQ COVID-19 Update for Employers
(Briefing Note as of April 21)
Information changes daily (sometimes within a day), including the details of the various government initiatives, announcements and regulations. As such, it is important to carefully review each updated Briefing Note to ensure you are aware of current information. Some content in older briefing notes may no longer apply.

Click HERE for Briefing Note
 
If you have additional questions and/or require assistance, please contact your Sherrard Kuzz LLP lawyer. If you are not a client of Sherrard Kuzz LLP, contact their firm at i nfo@sherrardkuzz.com with the subject line: COVID-19 and they will respond promptly.
CCA April 23rd Webinar:
Construction Worksite Protocols for
Health & Safety



Click the graphic
or HERE
to register

Full list of upcoming and past CCA webinars HERE
Local Craft Distillery Still Making Hand Sanitizer
"With the staggering response to our sanitizer, we have been overwhelmed with calls, emails and messages. We are trying to respond to everyone as quickly as we can while still focusing on providing help to those on the front lines of this crisis, but in the interest of reaching as many of you as possible, here is an update on where we are..." For full update click HERE

Ontario company Emterra also provides hand sanitizer ; to order contact Sean O'Neill or call 905-379-0177 
OGCA Now Presenting Free Weekly
"Best Practices" Webinars
Beginning this week, the OGCA will be presenting best practices webinars delivered by their members on important health and safety challenges via Zoom Meeting. This week's installment will be, Sharing Best Practices to Manage COVID-19” featuring League of Champions health and safety professionals.

When: Thursday, April 23rd
Time: 1:30PM
Register: HERE until April 22
Details / Upcoming Speakers: HERE
Free Physical Distancing Posters for Download
The Office of the Chief Prevention Officer has provided physical distancing posters for download and posting.

These posters are available in English and French in two (2) sizes (8.5” x 11” and 11” x 17”).
 
English click HERE

French click HERE
Send an 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.
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.
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