Things are changing daily...
In an ever changing environment, the QHBA is attempting to providing our members with as much industry related information as we can related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are here to support members in any way we can.
Please contact us at or 613-970-2216 if you have questions or require more information.
During this critical, ever-changing time, organizations are making decisions that are best for their clients, home buyers, employees, contractors and suppliers; all things considered.  Our members are doing their utmost to protect the health and safety of those working onsite while at the same time, contributing to providing the homes that families across the Region are counting on to live in – some of whom don’t have alternative accommodations if that home is not ready for them in time.

Health authorities have determined that construction sites can remain open with the proper protocols in place, and firms are distancing trades, changing their work schedules and minimizing the number of people on site at any given time. At the same time, members are dedicated to the safety of municipal staff and inspectors, and will follow all city-directed protocols during site visits. In order to assist members with protecting everyone on site, the QHBA is encouraging the use of best practices laid out in the following resources:

Hastings Public Health

Ontario Ministry of Health

Health Canada

Companies should be communicating with their employees and trades a minimum of once per day to ensure they are well informed on COVID-19 and the measures that are in place on-site to prevent transmission and protect workers.

Jobsite Measures & Best Practices

RESCON has developed a list of best management practices for construction health and safety on site during the #COVID19ON pandemic. Please see attached.

Additional SIGNAGE to alert workers of any signs & symptoms of acute respiratory illness

POSTERS promoting hand-washing and respiratory hygiene.

The Ottawa Construction Association has created a proposed protocol for firms/contractors to adopt with respect to site access (screening, data collection) and on-site protection measures (individual hygiene, job site cleaning, social distancing). Please see attached.

To assist in these communications members are encouraged to use IHSA’s new safety talk addressing COVID-19 as well as the Hastings Public Health - Employer Package, which includes:

  1. Outbreak Preparedness Checklist


Enbridge Gas system operations - update
The rapid evolution of COVID-19 has prompted us to re-evaluate the work performed by our employees and service providers. We need to ensure that we encourage social distancing as much as possible for our team and our customers, while also maintaining safe and reliable operations.
As a result, Enbridge Gas will be temporarily postponing non-priority work such as routine meter changes, non-priority construction work and in-person energy conservation services. We will continue to respond to emergency calls such as gas leaks or calls from customers who do not have heat. We will also continue to undertake priority work that ensures we can reliably and safely deliver natural gas services to homes and businesses including critical safety inspections, emergency repairs to our system, and new service installations for homes or businesses pending occupancy or without heat.
Our commitment to our employees and our customers Our commitment to deliver reliable operations and excellent customer service remains unchanged, as is our focus on the safety of our employees, customers and the communities we serve.
As the situation continues to evolve, we will monitor new developments and implement appropriate steps to protect our employees and customers. We will endeavor to provide updates regularly on our website.
Please contact your Residential New Construction Senior Analyst if you have any questions or concerns. Please refer to the attached document for the appropriate contact information.
Thank you for your continued business. Stay safe.
Tanya Mushynski
Vice-President, Customer Care
Your Enbridge Gas New Residential Construction Team

FROM THE QW Chamber of Commerce:
Employment & Insurance Canada
- How to complete a record of employment if you need to lay off staff.
Note to employers for ROE's
Service Canada Employer Contact Centre now have a pre-recorded message stating the following in regard to ROE's and Coronavirus:

  • Use Code D (Injury/Illness) if the employee is sick/quarantined - Do not add comments
  • Use Code A if there is a shutdown/shortage of work related to Coronavirus - Do not add comments
  • Use Code E (Quit) or N (LOA) if the employee is not sick or quarantined but is absent due to other Coronavirus concerns -Only add comments when absolutely necessary
For business owners and the self employed that are out of work because they have temporarily shut down their businesses I have received clarification from the Chief of Staff from the Office of the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade that you will be able to apply for the Emergency Support Benefit when it comes available. 
CLICK HERE TO ACCESS Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses

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