COVID-19 Industry Update April 6, 2020

OHBA Update

Members Update on COVID-19 Document

With a busy week of COVID19 updates, OHBA has prepared the attached “Members Update on COVID19 Document” designed to cover a broad range of issues that OHBA members may have questions about as they and their businesses navigate a rapidly changing public policy environment through this health crisis.

As part of the “state of emergency” that has been declared, the provincial government has been releasing a steady stream of emergency orders, policy changes, updates on lists of essential workplaces and initiatives to support people and businesses. 

This is not a business as usual situation – the health and safety of our members and their employees is our number one priority. 


WSIB Update

COVID-19 Related Claims

Please be aware that WSIB has made a decision regarding COVID-19 related claims costs. WSIB has determined that costs associated with COVID-19 related claims will not be allocated at an employer or class level. Instead, they will be allocated on a Schedule-wide basis and there will be no change in premium rates for 2020.

You can find more information on the WSIB website including information on their financial relief package and adjudicative guidance for COVID-19 claims.


Offer from Reliance Home Comfort

Water Heaters for Hand Washing Stations on Work Sites

Reliance Home Comfort would like to help your businesses during this time of uncertainty, to make sure collectively we can stay safe while keeping our projects moving along.

To help with improving on site hand washing facilities, Reliance can provide you with small electric water

heaters to supply hot water to your hand washing stations. These space saver four gallon water heaters

are easy to install and can be located wherever a standard 120 volt power source is available.

Have a look at the attached document and reach out to the team at Reliance to learn more!


For Your Information

WHSC Information Resources

The Workers Health & Safety Centre has produced a host of online information resources to assist workers from all sectors deemed essential during the COVID-19 crisis. These resources include information on appropriate hygiene and social (physical) distancing measures, safe use of PPE when all other safeguards are not possible, what disinfectants are effective against COVID-19, as well as information on worker rights and employer responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.


MNP’s Latest Real Estate & Construction Update

Check out the newest article release from MNP LLP – Preparing your Real Estate and Construction Business for COVID-19 Business Interruptions. The coronavirus pandemic has impacted all levels of Canada’s social and economic landscape, including the real estate and construction sector. To help transition through this evolving crisis, MNP has provided some guidelines to help create strategies, respond quickly and secure business continuity for your company.


Housing Trends and Affordability

Have a look at the latest report from RBC Economics on the impact of COVID-19 on Canada’s housing market – “A Tough but Temporary Blow to Canada’s Housing Market”.


Tips for Moving to Online Sales

CHBA member McOuat Partnership provides a helpful guide for builders & developers in such uncertain times.  Read now – “6 Tips for Homebuilders Moving to Online Sales through COVID-19 Crisis”, featured in Livabl Real Estate Magazine.


Webinar Updates


WE HBA presents Legal Webinar with Q&A

How has the Covid-19 Pandemic affected Real Estate Development, Closings, Employment and Construction Liens

Join David Ionico and Ceili Andrew from McHugh Whitmore LLP on April 8th for a discussion and question and answer period to learn about how the current pandemic is affecting real estate, development and the industry as a whole.


Join us by clicking here to register!