LAST UPDATED: APRIL 30, 2020
LATEST MHBA UPDATES
MANITOBA HEALTH & SAFETY RESOURCES
Shared Health Screening Tool – Shared Health Manitoba has developed this online screening tool to help those who are wondering if they should contact Health Links – Info Sante to seek medical advice.
Province of Manitoba COVID-19 Updates and Resources – has the latest updates from the provincial government and additional resources.
CHBA Draft Guidelines for Operating During COVID-19
While the association is not a health authority and is therefore not in a position to make definitive recommendations, given the circumstances CHBA has put together Draft Guidelines for Operating During COVID-19 for our members. This is a living document, open for discussion and input from members across the country who are on job sites and adjusting their business practices to follow the recommendations and requirements of their local health authorities, while also finding innovative ways to be most efficient, productive and safe. If you have any feedback or contributions you’d like to make – whether it’s something different your company is doing, or challenges you’re facing that need to be addressed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
CSAM Best Practices for Construction Sites and Supervisors
CSAM created a resource document outlining the best practices for construction sites amid the concern over COVID-19. Their list covers hygiene procedures; resources to verify health of anyone coming on site; social distancing in lunchrooms, meetings, elevators, and stairwells; and more.
Click HERE to download the document
As more health and safety measures are put in place in response to COVID-19, businesses across the country are being affected. Below are some best practices for business owners to consider during the current pandemic as well as any future event, aggregated by CHBA.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RESOURCES
The Government of Canada has released resources to ensure businesses and citizens have support during this very fluid situation.
Economic Response Plan – On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during 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.
THE CANADA EMERGENCY WAGE SUBSIDY
The Federal government has proposed the new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy that would cover 75 per cent of salaries for qualifying businesses, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020. Employers of all sizes and across all sectors of the economy would be eligible with the exception of public sector entities. Details on eligibility and how to apply can be found HERE.
SUPPORT FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA
Small Business Loan: Low-interest loans up to $100,000 if your business has been generating revenues for at least 24 months by the BDC. To find out eligibility for the loan, please click here. Additional updates on BDC news can be found here.
Working Capital Loan: This loan may be available to your network and would allow a small business to gain a line of credit for operational needs.
Purchase order financing: Cover up to 90% of the purchase order amount to ease cash flow to your suppliers.
Deferring of Income Tax: Allow all businesses to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and before September 2020.
Helping businesses keep their employees: The Federal government is providing temporary wage subsidies for a period of 3 months. The subsidy will be equal to 10% of remuneration paid during that period, up to a maximum subsidy of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer. Businesses will be able to benefit immediately from this support by reducing their remittances of income tax withheld on their employees’ remuneration.
You can find additional information at the following link: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html#business
SUPPORT FROM FINANCIAL SERVICES AND ADDITIONAL GRANTS
Facebook Small Business Grants Program:
Offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits for 30,000 eligible small businesses. Applications will be available in the coming weeks. Please see the link above to sign up for more updates and information.
Big 6 Canadian Banks (TD, BMO, CIBC, ScotiaBank, RBC, National Bank):
Offering various financial relief programs for clients impacted by COVID-19 including potential deferral of payments on mortgages (up to six months), deferral of payments on loans and credit cards, and more. Please click on the corresponding bank to see additional information provided by the banks.
MHBA member Federated Insurance has developed this guide to help answer questions that you may have about your policies. Other business resources, shared by Federated Insurance are: