COVID-19 Update & Resources for the Construction Industry

Resources and information on the COVID-19 pandemic for the construction industry.

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Virtual Hotline

At an unprecedented time like this, communicating your situation to us is more important than ever. We are asking you to keep us informed by filling out the COVID-19 Virtual Hotline Survey. Together, with the BC Construction Association and the 3 other Regional Construction Associations of BC, we are gathering feedback and questions on how the COVID-19 pandemic affects the construction industry. 

Virtual Hotline

The input will be monitored each day and a team of industry experts has been formed to support us in our response to you and to government:

  • Canadian Construction Association
  • BC Ministry of Finance
  • Partnerships BC
  • CBRE Ltd
  • Council Of Construction Associations
  • BCCA Employee Benefit Trust
  • WorkSafeBC
  • BC Construction Safety Alliance
  • Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP
  • Myers Norris Penny (MNP)
  • Pace Communications
  • Jouta Performance
  • Group Wylie-Crump Ltd

COVID-19 & Your Business

Please view links below for valuable resources for employers and employees

Government Construction Project Updates

Government Health Updates

Government Updates

  • Deferred Tax Payments
    • Effective immediately, B.C. is extending filing and payment deadlines for the following taxes until September 30, 2020:
      • Employer health tax
      • Provincial sales tax (including municipal and regional district tax)
      • Carbon tax
      • Motor fuel tax
      • Tobacco tax

Safety Information

Additional Resources

Contracts & Force Majeure

  • Construction Connect - Legal Notes: Could COVID-19 trigger 'force majeure' in contracts? 
  • Construction Contracts & COVID-19 | Tyler Galbraith, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP 
  • Updated Content: COVID-19 and "Force Majeure" Clause
    • Once Coronavirus and COVID-19 became known, it can be argued that it no longer qualifies as a force majeure event
    • Coronavirus and COVID-19 may disrupt construction supply chains and workforce availability. We asked our contract experts if CCDC2 clauses provide protection for contractors in these circumstances.  Here are the basics:
      • The virus falls under the definition of force majeure in CCDC section 6.5.3.4:
        • "any cause beyond the Contractor's control other than one resulting from a default or breach of Contract by the Contractor"
      • This grants an extension of time only (not money):
        •  the Contract Time shall be extended
          for such reasonable time as the Consultant may recommend in consultation with the Contractor. The extension of time shall not be less than the time lost as the result of the event causing the delay, unless the Contractor agrees to a shorter extension.
        • The Contractor shall not be entitled to payment for costs incurred by such delays unless such delays result from actions by the Owner, Consultant or anyone employed or engaged by them directly or indirectly
      • Time is of the essence:
        • 6.5.4 -notify within 10 days of the delay, or lose the right of delay claim.

This is information only and is not offered and should not be treated as legal advice

Workforce

  • Employer obligations are:
    • Reasonable precautions
    • Communication of hazards
    • Training
  • Reasonable precautions include:
    • Written plan
    • Education on infection prevention (handwashing etc.)
    • Require employees to stay home if sick
    • Require employees to stay home if they have traveled to an affected area
    • Require employees to report the location of travel
    • Post signs to communicate these instructions
    • Regular cleaning
    • Make disinfectants available
    • Engage a third-party medical advisor
    • You are required to report to WCB within 3 days if you think an employee contracted COVID-19 during employment.
  • Employment & Social Development Canada