A message from our President & CEO
During this time of uncertainty, it is important for our industry to stay safe and stay informed with the ongoing changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a fluid situation that changes daily and hourly.
There is much we can do as an industry to help plank the curve. Continue to encourage your team, your customers, and your families to practice social distancing as provided by the CDC. There is timely information regarding COVID-19 on the Government of Canada website and our Provincial Government website. We will continue to post relevant information on our website to help you and your business.
The BC Electrical Association is working hard to stay on top of the developing situation. I want to commend our members for the outstanding measures they are taking to help make our community safe. Our members continue to service the construction industry that BC’s economy relies so much on. You still see members of our community working hard during these turbulent times.
There are many messages coming through on how each of us can help out. Any information you would like to share or any services you would like to provide the community, can be sent to us (email@example.com) and we will post accordingly.
We recently did a short poll on current distributor procedures and hours. A general overview will be posted on our new COVID-19 page.
For our friends across Canada, the Alberta Electrical Alliance and the Electro Federation of Canada has dedicated pages to keep members informed.
It is encouraging to be part of such a dedicated community that is passionate about what they do and who they service. I fully believe that we are stronger together. I ask that you continue to send relevant information to us so we can keep everyone informed and stay as close to business as usual during these difficult times.
Barbette Igonia, CAE
President & CEO
- Increased access to EI and recovery benefits
- CERB Extended by 4 more weeks
- CEWS Program extension
- CERB Extended from 16-24 weeks
- More small business eligible to access CERB
- Extension of rent release program for small businesses
- Business Credit Availability Program: $10 billion to support Canadian businesses obtain financing in this time of uncertainty
- COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: $27 billion to support Canadian workers and businesses as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak
- Temporary Wage Subsidy: To help businesses prevent lay-offs through a subsidy per employee
- Tax Flexibility: Businesses can defer income tax payments until September 1, 2020
- Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS): Find out if your business is eligible for a subsidy of 75% for up to 12 weeks retroactive from March 15 – June 6, 2020.
- Government announces support program for large employers is open for applications
- August 25, 2020: last day to apply for the COVID-19 temporary layoff with a variance
- Temporary layoff application process: New Tool
- Canada & BC Invest in Infrastructure
- Temporary Layoff Provision Extended to August 30, 2020
- Provincial Tax Changes
- Temporary Rental Supplement Program
- State of emergency extended to support COVID-19 response
- British Columbia’s Restart Plan
- BC Government Creates COVID-19 Temporary Layoff Period
- BC COVID-19 Action Plan: $5 billion plan that includes $2.2 billion for businesses.
- COVID-19 support service launched for B.C. businesses
- Guidance to BC Manufacturers During COVID-19
- Province’s Support of Essential Services During COVID-19
- BC Emergency Benefit for Workers
- Employer Guide for Handling Absences and other Disruptions
- WorkSafeBC Resources for Workers
- WorkSafeBC Guidelines Support Safe Reopening of Business
FIND FINANCIAL HELP DURING COVID-19
Here, you’ll be asked 7 to 10 questions, one at a time. Then it will show you a list of benefits that may help in your situation. It will also have links for more information. This applies to employees not employers. Start questionnaire
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS? GET IN TOUCH
For non-medical information about COVID-19, call 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319), 7:30am-8pm, 7 days a week.
If you have questions about your health, call 8-1-1 at any time or speak with your health care provider.
CASE SUMMARY (Last updated September 1)
Visit BC COVID-19 Dashboard for current updates
• Total confirmed cases in B.C.: 5,790
• Current hospitalized cases: 22
• Intensive care: 7
• COVID-19 related deaths: 208
• Recovered: 4,466
PHASE 3 (JUNE TO SEPTEMBER)
If transmission rates remain low or in decline, under enhanced protocols:
- Hotels and Resorts (June 2020)
- Parks - broader reopening, including some overnight camping (June 2020)
- Film industry - beginning with domestic productions (June/July 2020)
- Select entertainment - movies and symphony, but not large concerts (July 2020)
- Post-secondary education - with mix of online and in-class (September 2020)
- K-12 education - with only a partial return this school year (September 2020)
WORK SAFE BC - COVID 19 SAFETY PLANS
Every employer is required to have a COVID-19 safety plan that assesses the risk of exposure at their workplace and implements measures to keep their workers safe. If a formal plan is not already in place prior to operation, you are expected to develop it while protecting the safety of your workers. To find out what you need to do to comply visit their website.
BC's Restart Program
On May 6 BC announced the restart program to get our economy ready and what steps the government is taking. Here is a 24 page report on their BC's Restart Program.
Government of BC Website
All the information BC resident's needs to stay up to date on our government is doing to help and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Important information related to SR&ED tax incentives during the COVID-19 crisis
(based on information sent to BCEA to share with our members)
We recognize the vital role that the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Program plays in supporting Canadian businesses. We are doing everything we can to ensure that businesses receive their credits as soon as possible during these difficult times, and that innovation and creativity are fully supported when they are most needed.
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)’s Business Continuity Plan has been adjusted to include priority activities that support the economic well-being of Canadians. This includes programs like SR&ED
To learn more about how the CRA is helping Canadians with the economic impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, go to Changes to taxes and benefits: CRA and COVID-19.
Calculator for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy - Does your business qualify?
How to apply for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
Latest COVID-19 Policy Updates - Last week, the federal government introduced new programs and amended existing measures to provide additional financial support for businesses.
- Eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account was expanded to businesses that paid between $20,000 and $1.5 million in payroll in 2019. This program provides up to a $40,000 loan, $10,000 of which will be forgiven for eligible businesses, and is now available through financial institutions.
- Eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) have been updated to include workers who are earning less than $1,000 per month, those who have exhausted EI, as well as seasonal workers unable to find work due to COVID-19. This program provides $2,000 a month to those whose income has been impacted by COVID-19.
- The government has proposed a new Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program that aims to cover rent for small businesses for the months of April, May and June. Further details of this program to come.
Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19 - Can you help Canada fight COVID-19? Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced Canada’s Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19, which will create pathways to deploy resources to domestic manufacturers and businesses so they can help during this critical time. More information on how you can help is provided here.
BC Provincial Support Information - Orders and notices, childcare, education, employment and finances, business information
Conference Board of Canada - this page gives you updated information on the economic impacts of COVID-19, the impact on Canadian and global economies, as well economic implications on social distancing.
Government of Canada pages
- Awareness Resources (preventing COVID in the workplace, information on how to self isolate, etc.)
- Outbreak updates (current situation, risk to Canadians)
- Information for Businesses and Employees (response plan, support, etc.)
Your Industry Information
Currently distributors are working regular hours but are taking precautions to ensure the safety of their staff and their customers. They are encouraging on-line orders that will either be delivered to your place of business, placed in drop boxes, or delivered to your vehicle. As things evolve updates are made regularly. We suggest you visit their website to get the latest information.