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COVID-19 RESOURCES

MHCA’s WORKSAFELY™ team has prepared a series of safety resources for working during the pandemic. Click here

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COVID-19 important reminders

The rise in COVID-19 cases in our province has triggered tighter restrictions and underscores the need for greater care in preventing transmission, even as Manitobans are increasingly vaccinated.

Our industry’s ability to continue working amid public health COVID restrictions depends absolutely on the compliance with good safety and health protocol for the protection of our workforce.

MHCA has been informed of one incident in which a construction crew needed to be reminded of its need to observe those protocols. We are proud that, overall, our industry has closely adhered to the rules. MHCA Safety Advisors will be working diligently with the industry to reinforce the need for compliance to public health orders to protect all from potential health risks.

We remind all within the industry that even the few, isolated incidents of lax compliance can put the industry’s status as an essential service at risk.

The importance of your company’s strict adherence to COVID-19 prevention is underscored by developments that materialized in Ontario.  As you are likely aware by now, Ontario has implemented stricter lockdown measures as a result of the rapid increase in transmission rates of COVID-19 and its variant.  Under these measures non-essential construction is closed, including construction at shopping malls, hotels, and office towers.

Although essential construction is allowed to continue to work under Ontario‘s lockdown measures, public perception that some companies in the Ontario construction industry have been lax regarding COVID-19 protocols, may have contributed to the government’s decision on restrictions for the construction industry.

The increased COVID-19 infections and the emergence of more infectious variants demand we redouble efforts to ensure COVID-19 COVID-19 prevention protocols are followed, including:

  • Daily health assessments of employees 
  • Physical distancing (2 meters/6 feet)
  • Encouraging effective hand washing
  • Providing clean & sanitary handwashing and toilet facilities
  • Cleaning and disinfecting common surfaces such as tools and equipment
  • Implementing alternative procedures such as masks and eye protection when physical distancing is not possible
  • Effective training and communication of all policies

It is critical for our industry to continue maintaining safety protocols put in place to protect workers from the spread of COVID-19. 

WORKSAFELY™’s detailed list of COVID-19 prevention protocols for our industry are available on our website here.

Working together and practicing the fundamentals is key to the success of pandemic and outbreak management.

Don Hurst
Director, MHCA WORKSAFELY™ Program

  • Read the latest provincial public health order here.

  • Heavy construction continues as an essential service in during shutdown – November 10 – read more
  • As of November 2, 2020, Manitoba’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin ordered the Winnipeg Metro Region to move to level ‘red’, in response to the rising numbers of COVID cases and the pressure on the health institutions. The rest of Manitoba is moved to level ‘orange’. read more
  • As of Monday, September 28, new restrictions are imposed in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region to battle the spread of COVID-19. Masks will be mandatory in all indoor public places in the metro region communities. Public gatherings will also be restricted to 10 people, both indoors and outdoors. These restrictions will remain in place for a minimum of four weeks (two incubation periods of the virus). View the release
  • Construction groups tell City of Winnipeg to boost infrastructure investment – read more
  • Manitoba has announced a series of business support programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The MHCA WORKSAFELY™ program and the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba have secured assurance construction workers are exempted from Manitoba’s 14-day self-isolation order when traveling to and from another jurisdiction for construction work purposes. To read the rules when leaving and entering Manitoba for construction work, click here.

COVID-19 resources

Industry at work during COVID-19

  • Heavy construction continues as an essential service in during shutdown – November 10 – read more
  • MHCA Board reminds industry on need for safe work amid pandemic – read more
  • COVID-19 claims to WCB to follow policy on occupational disease – April 8 – read more
  • Winnipeg Water & Waste releases 2020 tender schedule – April 7 – read more
  • MHCA’s WORKSAFELY™ has a series of safety procedures for companies working during the COVID-19 pandemic – see resources
  • MHCA, MI working on detailed COVID-19 safe-work practices –  Read more
  • City of Winnipeg proceeding with street renewals, water & waste projects – March 26 – Read more
  • MHCA at work during COVID-19 response –  Read more
  • Manitoba to issue construction tenders as usual – March 16 – Keep reading
  • WORKSAFELY response to COVID-19 – March 16 – Keep reading

Other updates

  • Interest-free, repayable loads of up to $40,000 now available from Western Economic Diversification Canada for small and medium-sized businesses that do not qualify for the Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA) program. Click here
  • Federal government’s Canada Emergency Response Benefit will now cover will now also cover seasonal workers, part-time workers, people whose EI benefits have run out, and people whose hours have been reduced. Details to come, keep checking this page.
  • The vast majority of respondents to the MHCA’s April 16 survey said they will be able to find enough workers and source supplies for the 2020 construction season, even if the province or city double their core infrastructure programs this year. Members can see the results of the survey here.
  • City of Winnipeg property taxes that are due on June 30, 2020 will have fees waived until October 1, 2020. Business taxes that are due on May 29, 2020 will have fees waived until September 1, 2020. – read more
  • Province Announces Temporary Exception to Employment Standards Layoff Rules During the COVID-19 Pandemic – read more
  • WCB defers premium and penalty payments – read more

  • Manitoba announces major investments in flood protection while modernizing provincial disaster financial assistance – read more

  • Manitoba Government extends tax payment filing deadlines for businesses – read more

Support for businesses

  • Manitoba is investing up to $120M in a new wage subsidy program to support employers from the private and non-profit sectors to hire high school and post secondary students this summer. read more.
  • The Manitoba government announced help for small and medium-sized businesses with interest-free, forgivable loans of up to $6,000 for those that do not qualify for any other government assistance. Click here for details
  • The Province of Manitoba has announced new relief measures for individuals and businesses to cope with the economic pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full release

Additional resources

Manitoba Human Rights Commission has prepared guidelines on your rights and responsibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. View them here.

  • Canada has extended to August 29 the program for wage subsidy. Click here for details
  • Premier announces extra $500 million over two years for infrastructure – read more
  • Saskatchewan adds $2B to capital program, including highways – read more
  • Now’s the time to invest in infrastructure – read more
  • Manitoba to begin easing restrictions on businesses – read the release
  • MHCA joins industry and business groups in calling upon Ottawa to accelerate its Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program for 2020 – read the letter.
  • The Canada Emergency Wage Supplement application process is now open, on the CRA’s “My Business Account”. View the support guide from Manitoba Chambers of Commerce. 
  • Industry says it has the capacity and supplies to work this construction season: MHCA member survey results