As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread, ECAO would like to share what we are doing to manage this pandemic. The safety of our community and their families is our utmost priority.
ECAO endorses and adopts the position of the Canadian Construction Association regarding construction work during the COVID-19 pandemic:
"...compliant sites should be open and those that cannot consistently comply with measures and guidelines of public health authorities should shut down."
COVID-19 Best Practices for Construction in Ontario
Released by Provincial Labour Management Health and Safety Committee: March 20, 2020
MOLTSD Construction Site Guidelines: March 29, 2020: Click Here
April 03: Ontario Extends Business Closures to Stop the Spread of COVID-19
Following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is reducing the list of businesses classified as essential and ordering more workplaces to close. This measure is necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of the people of Ontario, while ensuring that necessary goods and services remain available. READ HERE
April 02: Ontario Increasing Mental Health Support During COVID-19
Ontario government is making it easier for everyone, especially those on the front lines, to reach out for mental health support during the COVID-19 outbreak. To improve access, the province is providing emergency funding of up to $12 million to immediately expand online and virtual mental health supports and $2.6 million to hire new psychologists and other mental health workers to support Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) personnel. READ HERE
March 30: Ontario Extends Emergency Declaration to Stop the Spread of COVID-19
In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep people home, the Government of Ontario has extended the Declaration of Emergency and associated emergency measures, including the closure of non-essential workplaces and restrictions on social gatherings. In addition, Ontario is issuing a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to close all outdoor recreational amenities, such as sports fields and playgrounds, effective immediately. These actions are based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. READ HERE
March 29: Ontario Stepping Up Measures to Limit the Spread of COVID-19 on Construction Sites
Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, issued the following statement today regarding health and safety on construction sites:
"The health and safety of construction workers is a top priority for our government. With the COVID-19 situation changing day by day, we are working to ensure that workers have the tools they need to help keep job sites safe. We must do everything possible to fight the spread of this disease. READ HERE
March 28: Ontario Prohibits Gatherings of More Than Five People with Strict Exceptions
Today, the Ontario government is taking immediate and decisive action to further stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and well-being of all Ontarians.
Based on the best advice of Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is issuing a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to prohibit organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people, effective immediately. READ HERE
March 26: Ontario Provides $3.3 Billion More to Increase Health Care Capacity
The Ontario government is providing an additional $3.3 billion to support frontline health care workers and increase health care capacity in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This funding will allow the province to take immediate action to increase the number of assessment centres, add more acute care and critical care beds, improve testing and provide more protective equipment for frontline workers. READ HERE
Ontario Enabling Financial Relief for Businesses
New financial measures will allow insurance premium payment deferrals for six months. The Ontario Government is enabling $1.9 billion in relief for employers to reduce the financial strain on business brought on by COVID-19. The measure, which will run through the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), will see premium payments deferred for six months for all businesses in the province. READ HERE
March 25: Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19
Premier Ford and Minister Phillips Announce Additional Health Care Resources and Support for People, Jobs and Employers. READ FULL PLAN HERE
Stop the Spread Business Information Line Now Open at 1-888-444-3659
The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province's recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health.
On Monday, the province issued an emergency order to close at-risk workplaces and encourage non-essential businesses to find ways to help their employees work from home. The government also reminded businesses to put in place protocols for physical distancing and regular hand-washing in order to protect the health and safety of employees and the general public.
Businesses who have questions about closures of at-risk workplaces or how emergency measures impact their business or employment can call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.
Help is available from Monday to Sunday, from 8:30 a.m.―5:00 p.m.
March 23: Ontario Orders the Mandatory Closure of All Non-Essential Workplaces to Fight Spread of COVID-19
To further contain the spread of COVID-19, the Ontario Government will order the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces effective as of Tuesday, March 24th at 11:59 p.m. This closure will be in effect for 14 days with the possibility of extending this order as the situation evolves. READ HERE
March 19: "The Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020" and "The Municipal Emergency Act, 2020"
Please find the News Release from the Ontario Government announcing the passage of "The Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020" and "The Municipal Emergency Act, 2020." READ HERE
March 17: Declaration of Emergency
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy:
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Canada Emergency Business Account:
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April 02: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with premiers on continued efforts to address the impacts of COVID-19
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke with premiers to discuss the evolving COVID-19 situation. The leaders discussed preparations and actions undertaken by the federal government and provincial and territorial partners to protect the health and safety of all Canadians and to support workers and businesses. READ MORE
March 27: Prime Minister announces support for small businesses facing impacts of COVID‑19
The Government of Canada is focused on helping Canadians and businesses through this tough economic time. We will continue to protect the health and safety of Canadians, while supporting families and businesses and keeping our economy strong in the face of uncertainty.
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced additional new measures to support small businesses dealing with the economic impacts of the pandemic. These measures will help Canadian businesses protect the jobs that Canadians depend on, and pay their workers and bills during these difficult times. READ MORE
March 25: Government introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit to help workers and businesses
The Government of Canada is taking strong, immediate and effective action to protect Canadians and the economy from the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic. No Canadian should have to choose between protecting their health, putting food on the table, paying for their medication or caring for a family member.
To support workers and help businesses keep their employees, the government has proposed legislation to establish the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CERB would be a simpler and more accessible combination of the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit. READ MORE
March 18: Prime Minister announces new actions under Canada’s COVID-19 response
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy and help Canadians affected by the impacts of this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses, plus $55 billion to meet the liquidity needs of Canadian businesses and households through tax deferrals to help stabilize the economy. Combined, this $82 billion in support represents more than 3 percent of Canada’s GDP. This wide-ranging support will help ensure Canadians can pay for rent and groceries, and help businesses continue to pay their employees and their bills during this time of uncertainty. READ MORE
March 17: The Prime Minister, today outlined additional actions being taken under the Government of Canada’s whole-of-government response to COVID-19 to limit its spread and to provide support to Canadian travellers. The Prime Minister also strongly urged Canadians to heed the following recommendations that:
- - All Canadians avoid non-essential travel outside the country until further notice.
- - Canadian travellers return to Canada via commercial means while they remain available.
- - All travellers to Canada self-isolate for 14 days upon entry, with exceptions for workers who are essential to the movement of goods and people. READ MORE
Government of Canada
Government of Ontario
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
COVID-19 Construction Picture Across Canada
This chart provides a construction picture of what is happening across the country with COVID-19 concerns.
Most major industrial sites closed. Several large commercial projects still open currently.
Sites commercial and institutional sites still open. Some shutdowns being delayed.
Quebec shut the industry down March 23rd until April 12th. Some limited exceptions (to be determined).
March 23 Construction declared an essential service with some limitations.
Sites still working. Currently not experiencing worker refusal.
Sites still open with some concern over manpower reporting for work
Large sites reducing their workforce. Shutdowns have been deferred. Construction not considered essential. Shutdowns will be considered by owner experiences site if labour supply issues.
Government considers construction an essential service. Some workers walking off sites claiming unsafe conditions
IHSA Safety Talk: COVID-19 Precautions
Employment Insurance (EI)
Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits provide up to 15 weeks of income replacement and are available to eligible claimants who are unable to work because of illness, injury or quarantine, to allow them time to restore their health and return to work. Canadians quarantined can apply for Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits. Learn More
How to Protect Yourself
Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre.
There is no vaccine available to protect against the 2019 novel coronavirus, but there are actions you can take to help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses.
Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health:
- wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- sneeze and cough into your sleeve
- avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- avoid contact with people who are sick
- stay home if you are sick
Everyone in Ontario should be practicing social distancing to reduce their exposure to other people.
Everyone in Ontario should do their best to avoid close contact with people outside of their immediate families. Close contact includes being within two (2) meters of another person.
If you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms, you should begin to self-monitor for a period of 14 days. This means that, in addition to social distancing, you should track how you feel. You should take your temperature daily and log any other symptoms that develop (e.g., sore throat, new cough). You can share these records with your primary care provider over the phone if you seek assessment services.
Symptoms and Treatment
Symptoms range from mild – like the flu and other common respiratory infections – to severe. The most common symptoms include:
- difficulty breathing
- muscle aches
- sore throat
- runny nose
Complications from the 2019 novel coronavirus can include serious conditions, like pneumonia or kidney failure, and in some cases, death.
There are no specific treatments for coronaviruses, and there is no vaccine that protects against coronaviruses. Most people with common human coronavirus illnesses will recover on their own.
- drink plenty of fluids
- get rest and sleep as much as possible
- try a humidifier or a hot shower to help with a sore throat or cough
If you start to feel symptoms of COVID-19
- Anyone who begins to feel unwell (fever, new cough or difficulty breathing) should return home and self-isolate immediately.
- People who are self-isolating should seek clinical assessment over the phone - either through Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) or by calling their primary care provider's office. If you need additional assessment, your primary care provider or Telehealth will direct you to in-person care options.
If you need immediate medical attention you should call 911 and mention your travel history and symptoms.
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declares the global outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic.
On March 9, 2020, Canada confirms its first death related to COVID-19.
On February 20, 2020, Canada confirms its first case related to travel outside mainland China.
On February 9, 2020, Canada expands COVID-19 screening requirements for travellers returning from affected areas to 10 airports across 6 provinces.
On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declares the outbreak of COVID-19 a public health event of international concern.
On January 25, 2020, Canada confirms its first case of COVID-19 related to travel in Wuhan, China.
On January 22, 2020, Canada implements screening requirements related to COVID-19 for travellers returning from China to major airports in Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver.
On January 15, 2020, the Public Health Agency of Canada activates the Emergency Operation Centre to support Canada's response to COVID-19.
On January 7, 2020, China confirmed COVID-19.
On December 31, 2019, the World Health Organization was alerted to several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, China. The virus did not match any other known virus.
Source: Government of Canada and Ontario.ca