October 14, 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:


PDF DOCUMENT – WorkSafeBC Phase 3 Update

  • AUGUST 11, 2020 – Canada Emergency Wage SubsidyGovernment of Canada launches updated Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Calculator to support employers, The CEWS calculator can be found on the CRA’s Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy web page, which includes detailed information to help employers understand how the CEWS can support their employees and operations, who is eligible to apply, and how claim periods are structured. The calculator uses a step-by-step approach to get employers to enter information about their business situation to provide an estimate of the subsidy they can expect to receive.
    Government of Canada launches updated Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Calculator to support employers

  • 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