May 27, 2020

RCABC is committed to providing members and stakeholders with the resources and information needed to navigate these trying times.  RCABC, our industry partners and federal & provincial governments continue to provide assistance for individuals and businesses.  We will endeavor to maintain this page with the most up to date information to help you, your employees and your companies through these unprecedented times:

THIS PAGE IS BEING UPDATED CONSTANTLY WITH NEW, RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • WAGE SUBSIDY PROGRAM HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO AUGUST 29, 2020 the CEWS rules are:
    • Open to corporations, businesses, partnerships and non-profits – no matter how large or small
    • Revenues originally had to be 30% less than same month last year. This has changed: monthly decline will have to be 15%, and businesses can choose to use January/February as reference period instead of March 2019
    • The benefit will cover up to 75% of workers’ salaries on the first $58,700 earned annually
    • The maximum benefit will be $847 per week, per worker
    • The subsidy will be backdated to March 15
    • Employers must attest that they are doing everything they can to pay other 25%, although it’s unclear how this will be determined
    • Employers can also claim a 100% refund for the employer-paid part of EI and CPP made on behalf of eligible employees who are furloughed.

To make the application process easier the Federal Government created a calculator to to see if your company is eligible (and how to prove it), and calculate the subsidy they can apply for.

Also, visit the application portal HERE to make sure you have your Business Account up-to-date.

  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) — Provides $2,000 per month for four months to any workers who have lost their income for reasons related to COVID-19 including reasons of sickness, quarantine, taking care of those with COVID-19 as well as working parents needing to stay at home with children. This applies to wage earners, contract workers, and self-employed individuals. Applications for this benefit will begin April 6 at the earliest, with payments to Canadians set for April 16.

May 6, 2020 – Premier Horgan  revealed the first details of “BC’s Restart Plan”

Initial review of Restart Plan:

    • The plan is focused on three areas of action:
      • Personal Care
      • Social Interaction
      • Economic Activity
    • It is a Four Phase Plan
      • Phase 1: Now, continuing for another week or two
      • Phase 2: Next, maybe starting Mid-May (around May 19)
        • Safe social interactions with smaller numbers of people, maintaining distance, preferably outside.
        • Engineering and Administrative controls must be in place.
        • Reopening regulated health services, elective surgeries.
        • Provincial parks open for day-use May 14 (but do not travel outside your area to visit a provincial park, stick with the ones near you).
        • Expanded in-person schooling for K-12.
        • Legislature back in session.
        • Businesses such as hair salons, restaurants, and pubs can start to reopen if they are in compliance with PHO and WorkSafeBC guidelines.
      • Phase 3: In the “coming months”
        • Depends on outcomes over the next few weeks and months.
        • Continued expansion with strict protocols.
        • Opening more parks, film and TV production, movie theatres, spas, hotels and resorts.
      • Phase 4: Only when there is vaccine or community immunity
        • Will need testing, tracing, isolation.
        • Borders will remain closed until other jurisdictions have the virus under control.
        • No concerts or conference before this time.

Zero tolerance for illness in the workplace.

Guidance to construction sites operating during COVID‐19

May 4, 2020 – BC extends the layoff period from 13 weeks to 16 weeks

To ease financial hardship on businesses and to keep employees connected with their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic, government has extended the temporary layoff period to 16 weeks for COVID-19 related reasons.

March 26, 2020 – BC COVID-19 Action Plan 

BC Business COVID-19 Support Service 

To help B.C. businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the B.C. government, through the Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness and the Government of Canada, through Western Economic Diversification Canada, have partnered with Small Business BC (SBBC) to launch a new B.C. Business COVID-19 Support Service.

BC Center for Disease Control

Health Canada

WorkSafeBC