Updated May 26, 2020

COVID-19 Resources for the Infrastructure Sector

In recent weeks, CCPPP has had a chance to hear from many of our members about their concerns regarding the unprecedented impact the global pandemic is having on the infrastructure sector.

For all of us, our highest priority is the health and safety of family, employees, partners and clients.
 
The Council is also well aware of how important it is to share critical information to keep abreast of how COVID-19 is affecting you and the sector across Canada and around the globe .
 
In an effort to help our members stay connected and informed on the latest infrastructure news, CCPPP has created this resource guide with advice from government and the infrastructure industry on various issues members may face during this time. The Council will keep this updated as often as possible. We also invite members to send links to resources they think might help others to us at jrobinson@pppcouncil.ca.

Summaries of CCPPP's Weekly Conference Calls on COVID-19 and the Infrastructure Sector

May 21, 2020: John Beck, Founder and Chairman, Aecon Group, who discussed the impact of COVID-19 from the perspective of the construction sector

May 14, 2020: Lou Serafini, Jr., President & CEO, Fengate Asset Management, who discussed the implications of COVID-19 through the lens of private equity investors

May 7, 2020: Steven MacKinnon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement, who discussed the federal ministry's perspective on the impact of COVID-19 and support for the construction sector

April 30, 2020: Mary Van Buren, President of the Canadian Construction Association, who discussed COVID-19's impact on the construction industry and how it is adapting

April 23, 2020: Joseph S. Mancinelli, International Vice President and Regional Manager of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LiUNA), Central and Eastern Canada Region, and Chair of the LiUNA Pension Fund of Central and Eastern Canada, on the impact of COVID-19 as viewed through the lens of LiUNA, a diverse union with members across Canada

April 16, 2020: Rachel Bendayan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, on the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan the federal government has rolled out to help businesses

April 9, 2020: Mairead Lavery, President and CEO of Export Development Canada, on EDC’s domestic support for Canadian companies impacted by COVID-19

 

April 2, 2020

General Resources


Federal Government of Canada Information & Resources

Ontario Information & Resources

Construction continues to be deemed an essential service

  • On April 8, 2020 Ontario announced it is extending construction hours for essential construction projects, such as critical projects in the health-care sector, to 24 hours a day. In addition, Ontario is temporarily limiting local noise bylaws from applying to these types of essential construction activities.
  • On April 4, 2020, Ontario announced most industrial construction will stop and no new residential building will be allowed to start. Construction projects and services associated with the health care sector, critical provincial infrastructure (transit, transportation, energy and justice) and maintenance activities will be allowed to continue.

Ontario COVID-19: Support for Businesses

  • Includes provincial tax deferrals on the Employer Health Tax (EHT), Tobacco Tax, Fuel Tax, Beer Tax and Mining Tax and other provincially-administered taxes until August 31, 2020 with no interest or penalty
  • WSIB premium deferrals until August 31, 2020 with no interest or penalty
  • Business Education Property Tax deferrals for one payment quarter (90 days after June)
  • Employer Health Tax (EHT) exemption threshold increased to $1-million for the next year
  • Property tax reassessments being conducted this year for the 2021 tax year have been postponed
  • Provincial Land Tax Payments are deferred from their next due date for 90 days without interest or penalty