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May 26, 2020 News

COVID News – May 26

by Patrick Flannery

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with Salesforce to offer $10,000 COVID relief grants to 62 lucky small businesses. Applications open Monday. Some economists are seeing signs of improvement in the housing market. Others are predicting double-digit drops

May 25, 2020 News

COVID News – May 25

by Patrick Flannery

Efficiency Canada is a group of construction associations lobbying for energy-efficient building policies to help members recover from the pandemic. Could be a smart way to kill two birds with one stone. As long as you have to shovel money

May 22, 2020 News

COVID News – May 22

by Patrick Flannery

Nearly a third of Canadian businesses are now fully open, according to this report. Alberta has the highest rate of open businesses, while Ontario has the lowest.   Ottawa has entirely lifted payroll requirements for CEBA loan eligibility. It’s initial

May 21, 2020 News

BuildCenter offers free COVID-19 health screening app

by BuildCenter

As the construction industry reopens in California and across the United States, BuildCenter, a software spinoff from COBE Construction, Inc., is offering a free health screening tool and attendance log. The app helps all construction companies meet critical mandates set

May 21, 2020 News

Scheatzle joins Tarkett as president of North American residential business

by Tarkett

Tarkett, has hired John Scheatzle as president of its residential business in North America, where he will lead continued growth in the segment. Scheatzle brings more than 30 years of experience leading and transforming businesses to the role. Most recently

May 20, 2020 News

COVID News – May 20

by Patrick Flannery

It’s getting a bit quieter out there, but the COVID news grinds on… CFIB is happy with Ottawa’s plan to expand the CEBA to take in more small businesses.

May 19, 2020 News

COVID News – May 19

by Patrick Flannery

IPAF will host a webinar on how to minimize COVID-19 exposure when using MEWPs. 4 pm EST on Thursday. This is cute, though possibly 0not as safe as we might like… Trudeau has announced the federal CEWS wage subsidy will

May 15, 2020 News

COVID news – May 15

by Patrick Flannery

Ontario has lifted its restrictions on construction activities. Get back to work, safely. Ontario has posted a list of PPE suppliers for businesses opening up. It’s a great resource, but you have to make an agreement with the Queen herself

May 14, 2020 News

The Hammer COVID SPECIAL: Get It Delivered – Eamonn O’Rourke, RenoRun

by Canadian Contractor

We’re changing how we do things on jobsites: keeping workers apart, providing PPE and installing handwashing stations. But one of the big ways that coronavirus gets spread is just through people moving around. And with curbside deliveries only, the lineups

May 14, 2020 News

COVID News – May 15

by Patrick Flannery

Here’s an extensive report on the pandemic’s impact to Q1 Canadian construction from the Canadian Institute of Quality Surveyors. Takeaways: workloads down modestly, expectations down sharply, margins likely to drop. Ontario to lift “essential” restrictions on construction: report MasterCard is

May 14, 2020 News

Report on Q1 impact to Canadian construction


A survey commissioned by the Canadian Institute of Quality Surveyors reveals the impact of the pandemic on the broad Canadian construction sector. Download the full report here: Canada CI Q1 2020 Workloads fall modestly in Q1 as virus begins to

May 13, 2020 News

ECI Software Solutions acquires BuildTools

by ECI Software Solutions

ECI Software Solutions has announced that it has acquired BuildTools, a web-based construction management platform for custom builders and remodelers. BuildTools will become part of ECI’s Residential Home Construction Group, and the team will report to ECI’s Residential Home Construction

May 12, 2020 News

COVID news update for May 12

by Patrick Flannery

The International Powered Access Federation will host a webinar advising how to minimize COVID-19 exposure when using aerial equipment. The Canadian Construction Association has released a recording of its very detailed webinar on the various financial assistance programs available for

May 8, 2020 News

COVID-19 news for May 8

by Patrick Flannery

Provincial workers compensation boards say they are only allowing claims for COVID infections if the workplace put the workers at increased risk for getting the virus. And you don’t even have to report if the worker’s case doesn’t seem to

May 8, 2020 News

Workers may be compensated for COVID-19 contracted on the job

by Patrick Flannery

Provincial workers compensation boards around the country say they may allow compensation claims for confirmed COVID-19 infections contracted in workplaces. Whether an infection was obtained at work will be adjudicated on a case-by-case basis. Some examples from the various boards

May 7, 2020 News

RESCON supports methodical approach to expanding residential construction


The Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) welcomes the Ontario government’s announcement to further expand residential construction. Allowing below-grade, multi-unit residential construction projects like apartments and condominiums to begin and existing above-grade projects to continue is an important step of

May 6, 2020 News

COVID-19 news for May 6

by Patrick Flannery

Do you love numbers? Here’s StatCan’s raw pandemic data since January. Surrey. B.C., city council has approved an impressive slate of assistance measures for residents, including cuts to municipal development fees. How does it compare to what your jurisdiction is

May 5, 2020 News

COVID-19 News Roundup for May 5

by Patrick Flannery

SAWDAC has launched a petition calling on the federal government to save jobs and the environment with its promised $40,000 home renovation loan program. Jeld-Wen has some advice on designing healthier indoor environments. CFIB welcomes the start of reopening but