ECA Ottawa

COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan City, China in late 2019. Initially known as “2019 Novel Coronavirus,” the first case was reported on December 31, 2019, with confirmation and identification occurring on January 7th, 2020.  As the instances of COVID-19 continue to appear in Ottawa, employers should be prepared. Having the proper plans and policies in place to address COVID-19 in the workplace will not only assist in business continuity but will also protect employees. The following articles and information will set out some of the key obligations and important issues employers should consider. 

LEGAL OPINION IN MANDATORY VACCINATIONS – A Lawyer reviews on-site vaccination policy – CLICK HERE
VACCINATION POLICY TEMPLATE – For ECA Ottawa Member companies – CLICK HERE
ESA GUIDELINES ON SUBMISSION OF PHOTOS/VIDEOS – For photo or video inspections to ESA – CLICK HERE
PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR MANAGING PRICE ESCALATIONS – NECA Legal Alert works here as well – CLICK HERE
COVID-19 POLICIES & PRCEDURES – Sample Procedures CLICK HERE – Sample Policy CLICK HERE – Sample Self Screening CLICK HERE
STAY-AT-HOME ORDER EXTENDED – Ontario announces extension until June 2, 2021 – CLICK HERE
REIMBURSEMENT OF 3-DAY SICK LEAVE – The link to get reimbursed is now available – CLICK HERE
ONTARIO PASSES SICK DAYS – The Ontario government passed legislation allowing 3-Day sick leave – CLICK HERE
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT VACCINES – It’s not what you think. Watch this video – CLICK HERE
NEW CCA CONSTRUCTION SITE PROTOCOLS – With escalating cases and deadlier variants here is a new protocol standard – CLICK HERE
CROSS BORDER LETTER – To make crossing into Ontario easier – CLICK HERE
ONTARIO CLOSING BORDERS APRIL 19 – Here is a sample letter for employees who live in Quebec – CLICK HERE
RECORD OF EMPLOYMENT – Advice for filling out ROE – CLICK HERE
LOCAL 586 HIRING/LAYOFF PROCEDURE – Changes to hiring/layoffs during Covid – CLICK HERE
RECOVERY BENEFITS INDIVIDUALS – three recovery benefit programs – CLICK HERE
RECOVERY BENEFITS COMPANIES – recovery benefit list – CLICK HERE
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DEFINITION OF ESSENTIAL CONSTRUCTION – Here is the latest definition April 2021 – CLICK HERE
GOVERNMENT INPECTIONS – Provincial government attack hotspots in April 2021 – CLICK HERE
INSPECTORS CHECKING JOBSITES – Provincial inspectors visiting Ottawa jobsites – Click Here
ONTARIO 2ND STATE OF EMERGENCY – Ontario Gov’t announces new Stay At Home Order – CLICK HERE
KEEPING ONTARIO SAFE & OPEN DOWNLOAD –  You can download the complete Ontario framework – CLICK HERE
ONTARIO ANNOUNCES NEW COVID FRAMEWORK – Ontario government releases new framework – CLICK HERE
CONSTRUCTION SITE BEST PRACTICES FOR CONTRACTORS – Find resources, best practices & info – CLICK HERE
COVID WORKPLACE ACTION FLOWCHART – If one of your staff have potentially been exposed – CLICK HERE
PANDEMICs & CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTIVITY – Quantifying the Impact 
IMPACT OF THE PANDEMIC ON CONTRACTORS – OCS Survey 1 ActionsOCS Survey2 RecoveryOCS Survey 3 Adaptation


Many of these steps have been shared widely, but should be reiterated to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

1. Get vaccinated
2. Wear a mask 
3. Practice social distancing
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. Avoid touching common surfaces
5. Do not share tools or personal protective equipment
6. Avoiding touching your face, and particularly your eyes, nose and mout
7. Cough or sneeze into your elbow
8. Do your part to keep common areas clean
9. If you experience symptoms of cold or flu, stay home

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Ontario Enters 2nd State of Emergency

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canada emergency rent subsidy

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