COVID-19 Resources

Last updated: Friday, November 20, 9:30AM

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, December 15, 2020

CRA releases improved guidelines for employee home office expense deductions.

Following up on the 2020 Fall Economic Statement, the CRA has further responded today to ongoing requests from employees, employers and the tax community for guidance on the employee work-space-in-the-home deduction availability and compliance measures (T2200 form) as COVID-19 restrictions remain in place. As anticipated in our previous publication, the CRA appears to understand the administrative burden the current T2200 requirement would have on employers for 2020 and has worked to provide an alternative approach. MORE


Thursday, November 19, 2020

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Extension: The federal government is extending the CEWS to June 30, 2021. The new legislation would also keep the CEWS’ current subsidy rate maximum at 65 percent of eligible wages until December 19, 2020.

The New Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy: to provide direct and easy-to-access rent and mortgage interest support to tenants and property owners until June 2021 for qualifying organizations affected by COVID-19. The new rent subsidy will support businesses, charities, and non-profits that have suffered a revenue drop by providing support up to a maximum of 65 percent of eligible expenses until December 19, 2020. Claims can be made retroactively to September 27, 2020.

August 21, 2020

CEBA is being expanded and will make available to small businesses additional loans of $20,000, with $10,000 of those eligible to be turned into forgivable loans if paid back by October 31. Businesses applying for the loans will be required to prove they have faced income losses specifically caused by COVID-19.

Federal Government Resources


Kevin Lee, CHBA CEO provides backgrounder into the CEWS update on April 8, 2020.



November 20, 2020

By order and direction of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), all individuals, places of work and businesses in B.C. must significantly reduce their level of social interactions and travel. The order is in effect from November 19, 2020 at midnight to December 7, 2020 at midnight. Masks are now required for everyone in all public indoor settings and workplaces. People who cannot wear a mask or who cannot put on or remove a mask on their own are exempt. Details.


November 7, 2020

BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry issued a new public order to significantly reduce the level of social interactions and travel in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions for two weeks up to November 23, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Details.

September 24, 2020: Provincial Election – Register to Vote by Mail

Register to receive a mail ballot to vote in the Provincial Election here. Reminder to vote and let your candidates know what matters to you.


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:

Restaurants, Cafes and Pubs


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

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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.

Read HAVAN’s latest Government Relations Weekly Update (GRU) newsletters.

May 2
April 25

Subscribe to our GRU newsletter for the latest municipal information.

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.