Last updated: Friday, June 19, 2020, 6:00pm
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.
Tuesday, June 16, 2002
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) OPENING May 25, provides relief for small businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. It offers unsecured, forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners to:
- reduce the rent owed by their impacted small business tenants meet operating expenses on commercial properties
- Property owners must offer a minimum of a 75% rent reduction for the months of April, May and June 2020.
Friday, May 15, 2020
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Extended through to August 29, 2020 — To help companies of all sizes, non-profits, and charities. This subsidy will provide employers a 75 percent wage subsidy, back-dated to March 15 and will cover the first $58,700 per employee – up to $847/week per employee. Funds to be received starting May 7th (ensure you set up an online account.)
Kevin Lee, CHBA CEO provides backgrounder into the CEWS update on April 8, 2020.
June 19, 2020
The Government of British Columbia is extending the temporary rental supplement (TRS) until the end of August 2020 to continue to support renters and landlords.
May 19, 2020: Phase Two
BC’s COVID-19 Four-Stage Plan is now in Stage two, as of May 19th. Businesses re-opening are required to develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan that outlines the policies, guidelines, and procedures they have put in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. WorkSafeBC has developed a six-step process to help you create your own plan. The tool is provided as a fillable PDF you can download and save with the details of the plan for your workplace.
NOTE: Your safety plan must be posted online and also available in the establishment for staff, customers and WorksafeBC inspections.
WorksafeBC Reopening Protocol for:
May 6, 2020
British Columbians will move forward with safely restarting their province beginning in mid-May, according to a plan announced by Premier John Horgan. Review the highlights of the staged plan, and access best practices and resources for BC’s Restart Plan.
May 4, 2020
Building and Safety Standards Branch – A central location for key information to help guide and inform the building construction and operations sectors
On this page:
May 1, 2002: Applications for the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers OPEN for the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers, a tax-free, one time $1,000 payment for B.C. residents whose ability to work has been affected due to COVID-19. Apply
COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information (Live link)
COVID-19 Economic Development Resources
Last Updated: April 16, 2020
CBC’s Local Updates: Closures and Notices
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.
Click here to view the latest municipality updates, compiled by UDI.
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May 4, 2020: Surrey Board of Trade Releases Call to Action and Planning Guide to Prepare Workplaces with Pending Economic Re-Opening.
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.