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COVID-19 News

OTTAWA ENTERS STAGE 3

The provincial government announced that as of Friday, July 17 at midnight, Ottawa will officially enter Stage 3 of the reopening framework.  This includes an expansion of people gather from 10 to 50 indoors and 100 outdoors.  Restaurants, gyms, movie theatres live shows, festivals, sporting activities,  open houses, casinos, bath houses  and more will now open.  Remember to maintain social distancing, wash your hands and wear a mask when inside to ensure we continue to keep this pandemic at bay. Click here to read the full press release from the provincial government.

PANDEMICS & CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTIVITY

Quantifying the Impact

July 06, 2020 – ELECTRI-INTERNATION, a research and education  group for the electrical construction industry. They have just finished a report on the impact of Covid-19 has had on construction productivity.  This is an excellent report to reference when costing change orders or the overall cost to contractors due to this pandemic. ” Early measurements of the impact of this pandemic suggest that construction productivity has been impacted by nearly 20%.” It is vital to consider this when bidding on work going forward. To read the report please click here.

ONTARIO EXTENDS DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario is extending the provincial Declaration of Emergency to July 22

ECA OTTAWA OFFICE OPEN

The ECA Ottawa office at 86 Greenfield Ave, is now open. Anyone requiring Stat Dec ‘s to be signed or any apprentice testing or paperwork should call the ECA Office make an appointment. Access to the office is available by appointment only. If you show up without an appointment you will not be allowed in.

LINKS TO GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

Click the following link below for fact sheets and government resources.
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Click the following link for Province of Ontario updates provided twice daily.
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Click the following link for articles pertaining to construction & business.
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CANADA EMERGENCY WAGE SUBSIDY (CEWS)

For employers, the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) applies at a rate of 75 per cent of the first $58,700 normally earned by employees – representing a benefit of up to $847 per week, per employee. You must submit a separate application for each of the 3 claim periods.  Employers of all sizes and across all sectors of the economy would be eligible, with certain exceptions including public sector entities. An eligible employer’s entitlement to this wage subsidy will be based entirely on the salary or wages actually paid to employees.  Click here to apply.

ONLINE STABILIZATION FUND NOW OPEN

The IBEW has launched its new Online Stabilization Fund Program on June 1, 2020. With this software system going live, all applications must now be processed through the online program and not through the ECA Ottawa office. Should you have any issues with the system contact the IBEW office directly.

ONTARIO CONSTRUCTION SECRETARIAT SURVEY SERIES

Between May and June  2020, the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) led a series of Contractor Survey’s. These survey’s include hundreds of ICI (Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional) contractors from across Ontario. This survey provides insight into how the construction industry is adapting to new safety guidelines and issues related to the coronavirus pandemic.
All three recent OCS surveys can be found below: 

  1. Coronavirus Contractor Survey 1: Impacts and Actions – May 5, 2020
  2. Coronavirus Contractor Survey 2: Restart and Recovery – May 25, 2020
  3. Coronavirus Contractor Survey 3: Reemergence & Adaption – June 30, 2020

CANADA EMERGENCY WAGE SUBSIDY (CEWS)

For employers, the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) applies at a rate of 75 percent of the first $58,700 normally earned by employees – representing a benefit of up to $847 per week, per employee. You must submit a separate application for each of the 3 claim periods.  Employers of all sizes and across all sectors of the economy would be eligible, with certain exceptions including public sector entities. An eligible employer’s entitlement to this wage subsidy will be based entirely on the salary or wages actually paid to employees.  Click here to apply.

For information on eligibility, calculations 10% wage subsidy for employers and the Canada Emergency Business Allowance click here.