Last updated: Monday, April 19, 2021, 4:00PM
A summary of COVID-19 updates and resources is found on this page, broken down by Federal, Provincial, HAVAN Education, Municipal, Worksite, Health and Safety, and Business Resource Pages. To view the information in detail, please click on individual Resource Page links, noted in headings below.
April 19, 2021
This afternoon, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced the government’s intentions to impose new regulations that will prohibit non-essential travel outside of one’s regional health authority. The Public Safety Minister, Mike Farnworth, is expected to issue an order on Friday under the Emergency Program Act and specific details on how this will be implemented are expected to come forward prior to then.
At this time, it has been indicated by the Premier that random roadside checks would be in place and that fines could be issued if one is travelling outside of their health region, without a legitimate reason. Additionally, signs will be placed along the Alberta border to remind travellers entering the province should not be there unless it for essential business purposes.
At this time, CHBA BC is seeking clarity from the Ministry of Public Safety on how this measure applies to the work of members within the residential construction industry. Specifically, CHBA BC is seeking clarification on how essential travel and business are defined and how workers travelling to work sites will need to demonstrate proof of essential travel.
Individual circumstances may affect whether a trip is considered essential or non-essential. Essential travel within B.C. includes:
HEALTH AUTHORITY BOUNDARIES
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Any members with concerns on how this forthcoming public health order will impact their workers’ abilities to travel to a worksite are strongly asked to speak to CHBA BC’s Director of Policy and Government Relations, Carmina Tupe, as soon as possible to help ensure considerations are made for the residential construction industry prior to the order taking effect. Carmina can be contacted by phone at 647-326-6181 or via email at email@example.com.
Until specific rules are defined, it is strongly recommended that members provide their workers with documented proof of the location of their worksite, if they are required to work outside of their Health Authority.
Monday, April 19, 2021
Today the Federal Government tabled its first Budget since 2019, including the extension of COVID-19 emergency benefits.
Extension of COVID-19 Emergency Benefits
Budget 2021 also extended several key benefits to support pandemic recovery by businesses and individuals. The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), the successor to the CERB, Federal wage subsidy (CEWS), rent subsidy (CERS) and Lockdown Support will be extended until September 25, 2021. CERB and CEWS supports will slowly decrease beginning in July until their conclusion in September.
Offering a series of online courses to help navigate COVID-19, courses are being offered free of charge to both members and non-members alike, with the focus of ensuring access to resources and information is made available, to help keep the construction industry safe, and listed as an essential service. View courses.
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The Government of BC’s Guidance to Construction Sites Operating During COVID-19 outline is located on this page, along with resources provided by the BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA), Work Safe BC, and HAVAN’s industry expert members to help you navigate a safe, compliant work environment for the safety of your employees and our communities during COVID-19.
Information from the BC Centre for Disease Control can be found on this page, including the self-assessment tool.
Human resources, financial support, insurance information, business tools and communication solutions can be accessed on this page.