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COVID-19  UPDATES

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 (bcea@bcea.bc.ca) 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.

Sincerely,
Barbette Igonia, CAE
President & CEO

IMPORTANT RESOURCES

FEDEREAL ASSISTANCE 

PROVINCIAL ASSISTANCE

HOW TO WEAR NON-MEDICAL MASK OR FACE COVERING PROPERLY

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

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.

AWC Process Solutions
Bartle & Gibson
City Electric Supply
Commercial Lighting
EB Horsman & Son
Eecol Electric
Gescan
Graybar
Guillevin International
Nedco
Robertson Electric
Wesco Canada
Westburne West

Partner Associations

Alberta Electrical Alliance
Electrical Contractors Association of BC
Electro Federation Canada

 

 

September 2020
Events
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Info
Okanagan Golf Tournament
September 23rd, 2020
Sunset Ranch Golf & Country Club
Branch Manager
E.B. Horsman & Son
Vernon, BC
Posted September 4th, 2020
Distribution Business Developer
E.B. Horsman & Son
Surrey B.C
Posted September 3rd, 2020
Industrial Sales Representative
Gescan
Burnaby, BC
Posted July 12th, 2018
2015 Canadian Electrical Code Book
The most up-to-date safe electrical installation requirements.
BCEA Scholarship Program
Find out about BCEA scholarships.



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