COVID-19 Industry Update May 29, 2020

CHBA Update

CHBA’s 2020 National Awards for Housing Excellence

This year, the CHBA will be hosting a Virtual Gala Experience on Friday June 12th, at 3 PM EDT to celebrate the 2020 National Awards for Housing Excellence plus CHBA’s Association Leadership Awards.

Join the CHBA on YouTube and Twitter (#chbahousingawards) for a second screen celebration, sponsored by Avid Ratings Canada, as they showcase all housing awards finalists, announce the runners-up in each category for the first time ever, and present the 2020 winners in Canadian new homes, renovations, community development, and marketing.

The winners of this year’s Association Leadership Awards (#chbahonours) for Member of the Year, HBA of the Year, EO of the Year, and the Community Service Award will also be unveiled during this virtual event.

WHEN: Friday, June 12, 2020

TIME: Beginning at 3PM Eastern Time

WHERE (ONLINE): YouTube (the link will be shared and emailed closer to the viewing time)

WHERE (SOCIAL): Twitter (@CHBANational)

Click here to view the 2020 Finalists Gallery!

More information and the press release can be found here.


OHBA Update

OHBA’s 2020 Awards of Distinction is going Virtual!

The OHBA is excited to announce that this year’s Awards of Distinction is going virtual! There are 2 days left before their early bird submission goes live from June 1st to June 26th.

Since 1991, the OHBA Awards of Distinction (AoD) recognizes the creativity, innovation and talent of land developers, builders, renovators, designers and marketers within our dynamic industry.

Submissions Open on Monday, June 1, 2020!

The 2020 OHBA Awards of Distinction #OHBA2020AoD will be here before you know it! Start planning and putting together your submissions now. For more information and how to apply, follow this link.


IHSA Update

IHSA COVID-19 Safety Resources Available Online 

The Infrastructure Health and Safety Association has created a COVID-19 resource page to provide information to its members. They are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Ontario and will continue following recommendations from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and guidance from the Government of Canada. This page is updated on a regular basis.

Here you will find:

The IHSA has also put together a “Safety Talk: Respirators—Maintenance”. To provide protection to workers from contaminants such as welding fume, asbestos, silica, etc., respirators must be properly maintained. Dirty, missing, or damaged parts can prevent your respirator from working properly. For instance, valves that are damaged, missing, or poorly seated can drastically reduce the protection provided by your respirator. There’s also a danger in sharing respirators—it’s not hygienic.

Read the safety talk on Respirators—Maintenance now!


WSPS Update

Health and Safety Solutions have Gone Virtual 

The Workplace Safety and Prevention Services, like many businesses across the world, have had to rethink their strategy due to COVID-19. To continue to serve you, and ensure that every Ontarian has access to the health and safety training they require, WSPS is making their traditional in-class training available virtually. 

WSPS Virtual Solutions offers an interactive learning experience that shares many of the benefits of in-person training, including instructor-led courses, but now participants can learn from anywhere that suits their needs! No travel required. 

Start your virtual health and safety training journey today! Choose from a variety of courses, including: 

  • Certification Part 1 
  • Supervisor Responsibilities and Due Diligence  
  • Workplace Mental Health Awareness 

Follow this link now to read more about virtual instructor-led training with WSPS.


Webinar Updates


Mental Health Webinar with Holden & Associates

Workplace Resiliency and 5 Actions Leaders can Take

Hosted by West End HBA President, Robert Molinaro with Speaker Julie Holden of Holden & Associates Consulting Inc.


Register now!


Missed Out?

PPS Webinar with Urban Solutions

On Tuesday May 26th, OHBA together with Matt Johnston and Amber Lindsay from Urban Solutions offered an insightful webinar on the new Provincial Policy Statement, that provided additional policy context such as expanding the time horizon for urban boundary expansions and included a new policy focus on market considerations in planning for housing. This information session went over these new policy changes, and the on-the-ground implications for future planning. 

The PowerPoint presentation is now available for viewing here.

For additional information, please visit the following links:

If any members would like a video copy of the webinar, please contact Kirstin Jensen at