Construction Pandemic Planning Document
UPDATED latest version as of 9:00 AM April 23, 2020.
– prepared under the leadership of the Calgary Construction Association with province wide contributions.
UPDATED latest version as of May 14, 2020
Become familiar with what you need to do in case you need to suspend a project.
Please check the link for more information and to reach out to a certifying partner.
This information is an overview of Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) incident reporting requirements with respect to operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Legal Perspective on the COVID-19 and Construction
Proactive Documentation of Impacts of Covid-19
From Revay and Associates
On the importance of documenting the affects of COVID-19 on your Construction projects.
by Ted Betts and Kerry Powell – GowlingWLG (Canada) LLP
A Canadian perspective on contractual obligations for construction companies.
Government of Canada Resources
For ongoing general updates: www.canada.ca
For general business information: www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html#business
The Government of Canada offers the Work-Sharing Program, which is a program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer.
For more info check out the website Work-Sharing programor call the Employer Contact Centre at 1-800-367-5693. www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/work-sharing.html
Employment Insurance Program:
The Government of Canada offers benefits for individuals who may qualify if they have lost their job. https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei.html
COVID EI claims can be made at: 1-833-381- 2725
Government of Alberta Resources
Current COVID updates:
Non-Healthcare Workplace Guidance
lberta Health has updated their Non-healthcare Workplace Guidance During COVID-19 document. Please find below a link to the revised document as well as a link to their Support for Employers and Employee page which contains this and other documents as well as orders issued.
Non-healthcare Workplace Guidance During COVID-19 document https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid-19-non-healthcare-workplace-guidance.pdf
Support for Employers and Employee page:
Information for employers and employees:
COVID-19 Updates From Alberta Government Occupational Health and Safety
Daily updates can be found here:
Income Support Program
Income Support can help you and your family with basic living costs and other necessities. Depending on your needs and situation you may be eligible to receive assistance through Alberta’s Income Support program. It is income/asset tested for your entire household and “ongoing” and/or “emergency benefit” streams.
Income support policy and contact info:
Note: your local office may be assessing via telephone, not in person at this time.
Information on employment rules for layoffs and terminations:
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce: http://www.chamber.ca/
- Flexibility regarding filing Taxes: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19-economic-response-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html#Flexibility_for_Tax-filers
- Individual communities Chamber of Commerce are updating their websites regularly with very good information
Updates March 19:
Letter to the Premier March 19. 2020
ACA urges the Alberta government to keep Albertans working in construction and avoid shutting it down.
Updates March 18:
Letter to the Premier
ACA sent a letter to the Premier on behalf of our members after a stakeholder conference call held earlier this week. Clarifying our positions as an industry as well as the government’s supporting role. You can read it here.
Contractors and Covid-19 Article
We are passing along a newsletter article from Peckar & Abramson, P.C published March 13, 2020. They gave us permission to share this with you. We feel this article is very well written and gives our contractors food for thought during this ongoing crisis. You can read it here.
Canadian Construction Association has a dedicated resource page for Construction companies:
Resources to support business continuity planning
To help businesses prepare for and manage through a potential COVID-19 escalation in Canada, CCA is referring members to a guide developed by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce on pandemic preparedness. It is designed to assist in business planning and continuity efforts. You can find a link to the guide as well as links to other helpful tools and resources on our website. We will continue to update this information on our website at www.cca-acc.com/covid-19-resources and we encourage you to also visit www.chamber.ca for additional resources.