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CKCA's COVID-19 website houses much information to help, but call us with any questions at 613-493-5858 or email .

Who care's about kitchen cabinet manufacturers?
Staying the course
It's time we talked!

Sign up here for CKCA's national roundtable discussion

Tuesday, April 28 at 1pm (EST)

Open to members and non-members
Sharp Deep Unprecedented Provincial Outlook Spring 2020 Preliminary Forecast

According to the Conference Board of Canada, labour recovery is expected to rebound, but they still anticipate the unemloyment rate to shoot up to average 14.4% in the second quarter.

Conference Board of Canada released a report on Wednesday, April 15
Want to know what's being said about your province?
Click here and select province.

Even assuming that physical distancing measures are slowly relaxed over the spring and summer, the effects of the pandemic on the economy will likely endure until a vaccine is available. Given this assumption, real GDP is forecast to contract by 4.3 per cent in 2020, followed by a solid 6.0 per cent rebound in 2021.

Canadian overview here .
Would a 25% property tax
reduction help?
CFIB is lobbying Provinces for a minimum 25% property tax reduction and emergency hardship money to help with fixed costs. As of April 16, Province of BC has announced they will be adopting the recommendation. This should help make it easier to advocate in other Provinces - according to Laura Jones, Executive-Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer, CFIB.
Answers to your pressing questions from a trusted source that keeps their information current.
The CMA offers Q&A on health questions that you and your staff may have. They are a reliable source for valid information and you can feel confident sharing this important information. Click here
Ready for some good news?

Congratulations to those who inspire us!

WMC announced recipients of the 2019/2020 awards.

Amanda Gay, Planit Canada (and CKCA Board member!)
Amrita Bhogal, Sunrise Kitchens (CKCA member)
Mark Bramer, Conestoga College (CKCA member)

Read full article here.
CG Morrison, Finance and Administration Manager at Harbour City Kitchens in Victoria, BC finds ways to navigate through the pressures of the new normal...
CG Morrison tapped into a tool he'd seen on this website, as a way to gain more perspective and remind himself of how to manage the business environment.

"This chart resonates with me because I think it's the perfect reminder that business, like life is a marathon and not a sprint. Especially with the new normal, it is tempting to force the issue and rush, but the only way to see the light at the end of the tunnel is to actually get through the tunnel!"
What does your new normal look like?
Send us photos of your showroom, your workshop, your stories and how your staff are responding.
Sharing stories helps everyone manage
and get "through the tunnel".
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CKCA's "new normal" survey reveals more pressure in our industry

According to CKCA's recent survey 60% of respondents have laid off staff in the last month.

42% of respondents said they've lost staff to CERB funding

We also heard the following:

  • "We are having trouble getting supply and do not have enough people in production to fill orders."
  • "Managing the best we can, we have no other option."
  • "Challenging, jobs are backing up, we are subbing out some work."

A full report from this survey will be made available later this week.

Mental health matters!

The news is tough. A slipping economy, layoffs, uncertainty, supply chain challenges, government funding. Now add in tragic news from Nova Scotia - it's a lot for anyone to absorb.

  • Consider a review of the mental health tools you have available for you and your staff.
  • Attend CKCA's roundtable discussion April 28 and stay connected with the industry - You're Not Alone!

According to this video by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the cost of mental health and illness to the Canadian economy is $51 billion annually.

  • Click here - 10 things you can do right now to reduce anxiety, stress, worry related to COVID-19.

  • Click here - Mental Health Commission of Canada's resources for COVID-19

  • Click here - Voluntary psychological health and safety in the workplace standard (created in 2013) by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

  • Click here -Mental health management with COVID-19.

Who cares about kitchen cabinet manufacturers?

CERB, CEBA, CEWS - how do I manage
all this?

Get help and clarity
on COVID-19 Government policies.

CKCA's partnership with CFIB gives you access to Provincial updates and
answers "how to's" on CERB and other programs that are constantly changing

Financial Assistance by Province/Territory- Click here
Provincial programs (updated) Click here

Confused about what to do with subsidies?
Listen to the most recent CFIB webinar (recorded)
Click here CFIB April 17

More valuable webinars being developed
from CFIB include:
How to Leverage Shopify
Managing Stress with Morneau Shepell.

Got more questions? Get the answers here .

CKCA's membership INCLUDES CFIB membership!
Now more than ever your membership dollars bring you great value to support your business.
Not a member? Join CKCA and CFIB here .
Privacy, scams and insurance related to business interruption
WOODsure, a CKCA partner, offers up three excellent articles that touch on important topics.

WOODsure recommends you speak with your insurance broker for questions on cyber coverage and commercial insurance and seek legal council on privacy issues.
Food for Thought
The return of manufacturing to Canada
Click here for an interesting read.
Calculation of CEWS eligibility
CKCA's accounting firm interprets the CEWS eligibility using the cash basis of accounting

Get the details here .
can you build
in your
NGen has compiled a reference list (called "Bank") to help manufacturers provide high quality, rapid response to COVID-19. Click here .

Do you have the ability to manufacture frontline gear?
NGen is an initiative created by the Federal Government in 2018 to bring together Canadian business to collaborate with other innovation partners. Now the Feds are leveraging the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster and directing funding to mobilize companies that can rapidly respond to COVID-19 pandemic by building a Canadian supply of essential equipment, products and therapeutics.
Overview of program here.
Financial guide document here .
Can you help manufacture esssential products for the front lines?
NRC IRAP has been tasked by the Government of Canada to work with Canadian industry to address a range of medium‑term Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada needs, including:
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Sanitization
  • Diagnostic and testing
  • Therapeutics
  • Disease tracking technology

More information here .

To register your company - Click here (takes 3-5 business days for a response given high level of of registrants).
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The Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association (CKCA) will inspire progress and innovation in the Canadian kitchen manufacturing industry, by promoting excellence, facilitating continuous improvement and working to ensure high standards for design and manufacturing are upheld by members. We will also build strong relationships and enduring trust between CKCA members and the consumers, builders and industry partners whose support ensures the
success of our members.