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September 14      Members’ General Membership Meetings Resume


August 10      Windsor-Essex to Join the Rest of Province in Stage 3


July 31      COVID Alert Available for Download Beginning Today


July 9      Ontario Extends Emergency Orders


June 27      Ontario Extends Emergency Orders to July 10


June 5      Reopening of LiUNA 625! Offices


June 2      Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency until June 30


May 27      Ontario Extending Emergency Orders During COVID-19 Outbreak


April 7      Apply for Canada Economic Response Benefit


April 3      Ontario Extends Business Closures to Stop the Spread of COVID-19


March 30      Working-At-Heights certification extended


March 29      Ontario stepping up measures to limit spread of COVID-19 on construction sites


March 25      Watch these Explainer videos from the National Post.

COVID-19:The terms you need to know.

How long can the COVID-19 virus survive?

Common COVID-19 Myths

Is it safe to order food?

Who are the invisible infectors?


March 24      LIUNA / OPDC Letter to Ministry of Labour re: Job-Site Safety and COVID-19


March 24      List of Essential Workplaces To Remain Open


March 23      Health and Safety-Working On-Site


March 18      Questions and Answers for Members


March 17      An Important Message Regarding The Coronavirus


March 17      Basic Protective Measures


Important Links for Covid-19 Updates


Employment Insurance Benefits-How to Apply


Mortgage and Loan Assistance


Note: To apply for Employment Insurance benefits related to a coronavirus injury or if you have been quarantined
because of the virus, you must complete the EI sickness benefits application.

Click the link below to access the Employment Insurance website.
On the EI site, scroll down and click Employment Insurance.

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html


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SAFETY PHONE LINE

Construction workers now have a dedicated health and safety phone line to report unsafe conditions on the job site due to #COVID-19 to the Ministry of Labour.
Call 1.877.202.0008

Aug 10, 2020

Windsor-Essex to Join the Rest of Province in Stage 3

Following Public Health Advice Remains Critical as Ontario Continues Down the Road to Economic Recovery

Office of the Premier

TORONTO — On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer Health and the local medical officer of health, Windsor-Essex will be allowed to move into Stage 3 on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. The decision was based on positive local trends of key public health indicators, including lower transmission of COVID-19, ongoing hospital capacity, public health capacity to conduct rapid case and contact management, and a significant increase in testing.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will join the rest of the province’s 33 public health regions that entered into Stage 3 on July 17, 24 and 31, 2020 respectively.

“Thanks to the collective efforts of our frontline health care workers, public health experts, and the people of Windsor-Essex, more businesses in the region can hang up their ‘Open for Business’ sign and more people can go back to work as of this Wednesday,” said Premier Doug Ford. “As all of Ontario now enters into Stage 3, I ask everyone to remain on their guard and keep following the public health measures to protect the tremendous progress we’ve made and keep this deadly virus at bay.”

“I want to take the time to thank each and every Ontarian for their efforts, sacrifice and hard work, the entire province will now be in Stage 3 effective this Wednesday,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “This is an important milestone for the province in our fight against COVID-19 and one we can all be proud of. However, it’s never been more important for each of us to remain vigilant in following all public health advice.”

The Chief Medical Officer of Health and public health experts will continue to closely monitor the evolving situation across the province to advise when public health restrictions can be further loosened or if they need to be tightened.

It remains critically important for everyone to continue following public health advice as more businesses and services reopen in Stage 3. This includes practicing physical distancing with those outside your household or social circle, wearing a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge or where it is mandatory to do so, staying home when ill, washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, and downloading the COVID Alert App.

Quick Facts

  • For regions in Stage 3, gathering limits increased to a maximum of 50 people indoors and a maximum of 100 people outdoors, with physical distancing in place. Gathering limits apply to all social gatherings and events, as well as some higher risk activities and venues.
  • Some local municipalities may have enacted by-laws and local medical officers of health may have issued Section 22 orders under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, or instructions under emergency orders mandating additional restrictions such as the use of face coverings in some settings, and capacity limits in indoor restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments. Refer to local municipal or public health unit webpages for more information.
  • For questions on restrictions that will remain in place during Stage 3, review the Stage 3 Emergency Order on the emergency information portal or call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.
  • Businesses that are unable to open or resume full activities due to Stage 3 restrictions, or businesses that have ideas to safely amend Stage 3 restrictions or requirements, can visit Ontario.ca/reopen to submit a reopening proposal for consideration.
  • Over 180 guidance resources are available to businesses to help them safely reopen and keep customers and workers safe.
  • The province has set up a Workplace PPE Supplier Directory, where employers can find suppliers who sell personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies to support a safe reopening of their workplaces.
  • Testing is available at any of the province’s 144 assessment centres currently open. To find your closest assessment centre, please visit Ontario.ca/coronavirus.
  • The province has developed a practical step-by-step guide to help Ontarians as they safely develop and join a social circle.
  • COVID Alert is available for free use and download from the Apple and Google Play app stores. This new app lets users know if they may have been exposed to the virus.

Additional Resources

July 31, 2020

COVID Alert Available for Download Beginning Today

Privacy-First, Made-in-Ontario App Notifies Users of Potential Exposure to COVID-19

TORONTO — As Ontarians continue to do their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the Ontario government is encouraging everyone to download the new COVID Alert app on their smart phone from the Apple and Google Play app stores. This app, which is available beginning today, lets users know if they may have been exposed to the virus. It is free, easy and safe to use. The more people who download the app, the more effective it will be in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Work on COVID Alert was initiated in Ontario by the Ontario Digital Service and volunteers at Shopify, and was the foundation of the work by the Government of Canada. The app was developed in consultation with the Privacy Commissioners of Canada and Ontario to ensure the highest level of privacy for everyone using it.

“This important, made-in-Ontario COVID Alert app will be a critical part of our case and contact management strategy as more regions in Ontario enter Stage 3 today,” said Premier Doug Ford. “This innovative tool was developed by some of the best and brightest minds in our province, working in partnership with Ottawa. As businesses open their doors and schools prepare for September, we need to help stop the spread and keep others safe by downloading this COVID Alert app.”

The COVID Alert app uses Bluetooth technology to detect when users are near each other. If a user tests positive for COVID-19, they can choose to let other users know without sharing any personal information. Ontarians who receive an exposure alert can then get tested and take action to help keep themselves, their families, and their friends from spreading COVID-19 throughout the community. The app does not collect personal information or health data, and does not know or track the location, name, address, or contacts of any user.

“Built with a privacy-first approach, COVID Alert is a safe and easy-to-use tool that Ontarians can download to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community from COVID-19,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “This Ontario-made app keeps people informed about being potentially exposed to the virus and allows them to act quickly to stop the spread of the virus. It is a key tool in our case and contact management strategy. I encourage all Ontarians to download the app, as early detection of cases will be important as we continue to carefully reopen more of the province.”

COVID Alert is a key tool to strengthen Ontario’s comprehensive case and contact management strategy, Protecting Ontarians through Enhanced Case and Contact Management. The app supports the efforts of public health units, allowing the province to quickly test, trace and isolate cases of COVID-19 to stop the spread of the virus and prepare for any potential outbreaks ― without sharing any personal information.

“As Ontario safely and gradually re-opens, we continue to take a digital-first approach to delivering simpler, faster, better services to support Ontarians, including the COVID Alert app, which will leverage technology to protect the health and safety of the people of Ontario,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board. “By making it easier for Ontarians to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities, we continue to deliver on our commitment to build a smarter government that works for you.”

If an app user receives a message from COVID Alert that they may have been exposed to the virus, they should follow the public health advice given on the app and get tested. To notify other people if an app user has tested positive for COVID-19, they can enter their one-time key from Ontario’s test results website (Ontario.ca/covidresults) into the app. A message will then be sent to other app users who have been within two metres of them for at least 15 minutes within the past 14 days, without sending any information that identifies the user, or the time and place of exposure.

To stay safe as more of the province reopens, Ontarians should continue to follow public health guidelines including physical distancing with people not in their social circle, wearing a face covering if physical distancing is a challenge, washing hands thoroughly and frequently, and if anyone thinks they have COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, get tested.

Quick Facts

  • COVID Alert is available for free use and download from the Apple and Google Play app stores.
  • All aspects of COVID Alert are completely voluntary. Ontarians can choose whether to download the app, whether to use the app after downloading it, and whether to notify others if they test positive for COVID-19.
  • COVID Alert does not collect any personal information, health information, or location data. It uses Bluetooth technology to send out encrypted codes to other nearby app users and was built using the Apple/Google framework for exposure notification to ensure that it leverages global best practices to protect privacy.
  • COVID Alert is a Digital First Smart Initiative, one of many cross-government projects that focus on better outcomes and improving the customer experience.
  • The Government of Canada is also working with the other provinces and territories to get their jurisdictions on board with the app in the coming weeks and months.
  • In addition to his responsibilities as President of the Treasury Board, Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy is now overseeing Ontario’s efforts to lead digital and data transformation for the people of Ontario, including oversight of the Ontario Digital Service.

Additional Resources

July 9, 2020

Ontario Extends Emergency Orders

Province Maintains Flexibility to Protect Public Health as Economy Gradually Reopens

Office of the Premier

TORONTO — The Ontario government, in consultation with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, has extended all emergency orders currently in force that were made under s.7.0.2(4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to July 22, 2020. The extension was made to ensure the province maintains the necessary flexibility to protect public health and safety as more businesses reopen and people go back to work.

The extension of the emergency orders will help protect vulnerable people, such as seniors, by allowing the redeployment of frontline staff in long-term care facilities, retirement homes and other congregate care settings, like women’s shelters and residential services. In addition, the extension would allow public health units to redeploy or hire staff to support case management and contact tracing.

“Our government is getting Ontario back on track and more people back to work, but at the same time taking steps to ensure we don’t undo the tremendous progress we have made together,” said Premier Doug Ford. “By keeping these emergency measures in place, we will continue to support our frontline care providers, protect our most vulnerable, and ensure we can rapidly respond to potential outbreaks or surges.”

The government intends to extend emergency orders to align with the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, if passed. This proposed legislation is part of the government’s plan to cautiously reopen Ontario in a way that recognizes the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 even after the provincial declaration of emergency has ended. The bill, if passed, would allow Ontario to continue its path to recovery by easing restrictions where appropriate, while maintaining important select tools to address the ongoing threat of this deadly virus and protect Ontarians.

A full list of emergency orders can be found on the e-Laws website under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and at Ontario.ca/alert.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Ontario declared a provincial emergency on March 17, 2020 under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The declaration of emergency was extended and is currently in effect until July 15, 2020.
  • The government brought forward a motion in the Ontario legislature that, if passed, would extend the provincial declaration of emergency until July 24, 2020.

Additional Resources

Media Contacts

June 27, 2020

Ontario Extends Emergency Orders to July 10

News Release

Ontario Extends Emergency Orders to July 10

As more communities enter Stage 2, maintaining health and safety protocols remains a top priority

TORONTO — The Ontario government has extended all emergency orders currently in force that were made under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until July 10, 2020, while removing restrictions that were limiting access to certain sport training facilities. This decision was made in consultation with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health to ensure the safe and gradual reopening of the province on a regional basis can continue as part of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening the Province.

The extension of the emergency orders will allow key measures needed in the fight against COVID-19 to continue, including allowing frontline health care providers and public health units to redeploy staff where they are needed most, while providing the government with the tools it needs to successfully steer the province through the next stage of reopening and beyond.

“While we have made truly incredible progress in our fight against COVID-19, thanks to the collective efforts of our frontline heroes and the people of Ontario, we know that we must remain vigilant,” said Premier Doug Ford. “These emergency orders will allow us to take action, if necessary, to ensure our continued success as we reopen our province and get more people back to work.”

In addition, the government has removed certain restrictions for Stage 2 indoor sports and recreational fitness activities facilities. This will enable the facilities to be used by more businesses and organizations to train amateur or professional athletes, or to run certain non-contact amateur or professional athletic competitions. In all cases, facility owners would only be able to permit activities to occur in a way that meets public health requirements. These changes will also enable many sports and recreational organizations around the province to again offer  sport training programming, helping more people return to sport in Ontario.

On June 24, Ontario announced the extension of the Declaration of Emergency to July 15, allowing the province to continue to make or amend emergency orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The government continues to review all these emergency orders to determine when and if it is safe to amend or lift them as restrictions are eased and more places in the province reopen in a safe and measured way.

A full list of emergency orders can be found on the e-Laws website under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and at Ontario.ca/alert.

Additional Resources

Media Contacts

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June 5, 2020

Brothers and Sisters,

Although I am pleased to announce the re-opening of our offices beginning Monday, please remember that the coronavirus remains a serious threat to the well-being of our families and our community. We are only able to move forward with the re-opening phase in accordance with the health and safety protocols our governments and health organizations have put in place and because we have been working together to stay safe and protect one another. I urge you to remain diligent in the days and weeks ahead. Do not put yourself or other Members at risk. Continue to practice social and physical distancing. Wear a mask whenever possible.Wash your hands and sanitize frequently. Together, we will defeat the COVID-19 pandemic. As we work towards a full and safe recovery, stay connected with your union. Watch for further announcements regarding training programs and special Member events.

Take care of yourself. Take care of one another.

In solidarity,

RobPetSIG

Rob Petroni
LiUNA 625!
Business Manager

June 2, 2020

Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency until June 30

News Release

Extension Key to Protecting Ontarians as Province Safely Reopens

TORONTO ― In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario is extending the provincial Declaration of Emergency to June 30. The decision supports the government’s efforts to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and protect the health and safety of Ontarians as the province reopens in a measured and responsible way. The extension, under s.7.0.7 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, was approved by the Ontario legislature earlier today.

“Extending the provincial Declaration of Emergency will allow us to safely and gradually reopen the province, while we continue to use every resource at our disposal to battle this deadly virus,” said Premier Doug Ford. “We are not out of the woods yet, so it is critical that we exercise caution to keep everyone safe, including protecting our most vulnerable citizens in long-term care homes, retirement homes and group homes.”

As Ontario charts a path to recovery, the Declaration will support the continued enforcement of emergency orders that give hospitals and long-term care homes the necessary flexibility to respond to COVID-19 and protect vulnerable populations and the public as the province reopens.

Current emergency orders include allowing frontline care providers to redeploy staff where they are needed most, enabling public health units to redeploy or hire staff to support case management and contact tracing, limiting long-term care and retirement home staff to working at one home, and preventing unfair pricing of necessary goods.

The Declaration of Emergency may be further extended with the approval of the legislature, as set out in the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

A full list of emergency orders can be found on the e-Laws website under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and at Ontario.ca/alert.

Additional Resources

 

Media Contacts

May 27, 2020

Ontario Extending Emergency Orders During COVID-19 Outbreak

Public health and safety remain top priorities

Office of the Premier

TORONTO — The Ontario government continues to protect the health and safety of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak by extending all emergency orders in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

Current emergency orders include the closure of outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment, public swimming pools and outdoor water facilities, as well as bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery. Additionally, there continues to be restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and staff redeployment rules remain in place for long-term care homes and congregate settings like retirement homes and women’s shelters.

“We are extending these emergency orders to protect the health and safety of all individuals and families as we begin to gradually and safely reopen our province,” said Premier Doug Ford. “To build on the progress we have made to contain COVID-19, people should continue to follow these simple public health guidelines, practise physical distancing, wear a mask when it is a challenge to physical distance, and wash their hands regularly. If you think you have COVID-19 or may have been exposed to the virus, go to an assessment centre and get tested. Please stay safe.”


The following emergency orders have been extended until June 9, 2020:


The following orders have also been extended:


Quick Facts

  • The Government of Ontario declared a provincial emergency on March 17, 2020 under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. This declaration of emergency was most recently extended on May 12, 2020 and is currently in effect until June 2, 2020.

Additional Resources

April 3, 2020

Ontario Extends Business Closures to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Additional Measures Necessary to Protect the Health and Safety of the People of Ontario
April 3, 2020 2:15 P.M. Office of the Premier
TORONTO — Following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is reducing the list of businesses classified as essential and ordering more workplaces to close. This measure is necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of the people of Ontario, while ensuring that necessary goods and services remain available.

The government is ordering all businesses not covered by the updated Emergency Order to close effective as of Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. This closure will be in effect for 14 days, with the possibility of an extension as the situation evolves. Teleworking, online commerce and other innovative ways of working remotely are permitted at all times and are strongly encouraged for all businesses. All supply chains necessary for the production of vital food and healthcare supplies are being protected and remain intact.

The updated essential businesses list can be found here.

“We are facing a critical moment in the fight against COVID-19 and we must do everything in our power to keep everyone safe and healthy and prevent our health care system from being overwhelmed,” said Premier Ford. “Everyone must do their part to stop the spread and flatten the curve. If you are not an essential business, you need to close your doors, work from home if possible and play a role to help contain this outbreak. This is a matter of life and death.”

As a temporary measure the Ontario government has revised the list of essential businesses. The updated list will direct additional businesses to close and restricts specified businesses to providing services by alternate methods such as curb side pick up and delivery, except in exceptional circumstances. This includes stores that sell hardware products, vehicle parts and supplies, pet and animal supplies, office supplies and computer products and repairs and safety supplies.

“We have now reached a critical time in our fight against COVID-19.” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health “Every step taken by the province and every effort made by each of us to avoid close contact with others are the key to our success as a province to stop the spread of this virus.”

Only critical construction projects will continue, including industrial projects such as refineries and petrochemical plants and infrastructure projects such as new hospitals, roads and bridges. New starts in residential projects will stop, while residential construction that is near completion will continue. Business-owners with questions concerning their essential business status are encouraged to call the Stop the Spread hotline at 1-888-444-3659. The hotline is available from 8:30 a.m.― 9:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8:30 a.m.— 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“We recognize the toll this outbreak is taking on business owners and workers,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “Ontario businesses are top of mind during this unprecedented time. We know that the only way to ensure the health of our businesses and our economy is to ensure the health of all Ontarians.”

The government is implementing additional measures to protect frontline workers in essential businesses by adding more than 60 special consultants and officers and doubling the number of phone agents at its Health and Safety Call Centre to 50 to make it easier for workers to report safety concerns. Workers worried their workplaces are unsafe can phone 1-877-202-0008 to speak with an agent.

“If you’re a worker on the frontlines of this outbreak, you should know we’re doing everything in our power to keep you safe at work,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “We’re beefing up our inspectors and making it easier for you to report your concerns. We’re working around the clock.”


Quick Facts

  • Everyone in Ontario should stay home unless absolutely necessary and practice physical distancing to reduce their exposure to other people. Avoid close contact (within 2 metres) with people outside of your immediate families.
  • If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate and then use Ontario’s Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to seek further care.
  • Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health: wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer; sneeze and cough into your sleeve; avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; avoid contact with people who are sick; and stay home if you are sick.

 


Additional Resources

 

List of essential workplaces

Read the list of essential workplaces in response to COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus). If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

Following advice from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, on April 3, 2020, Ontario updated the list of essential businesses that can remain open. The restrictions are aimed at further reducing contact between people and stopping the spread of COVID-19.

By 11:59 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2020, businesses that are not identified on this list must close their physical locations.


For the purposes of this order, businesses include any for-profit, non-profit or other entity providing the goods and services described herein.

This does not preclude the provision of work and services by entities not on this list either online, by telephone or by mail/delivery. This also does not preclude the operation or delivery of services of any publicly funded agency or organization that delivers or supports government operations and services, including operations and services of the health care sector.

Teleworking and online commerce are permitted at all times for all businesses.


Supply chains

Businesses that supply other essential businesses or essential services within Ontario, or that supply businesses or services that have been declared essential in a jurisdiction outside of Ontario, with the support, products, supplies, systems, or services, including processing, packaging, warehousing, distribution, delivery, and maintenance necessary to operate.


Food

Businesses that primarily sell food, beverages and consumer products necessary to maintain households and businesses including:

      Supermarkets and grocery stores.
      Convenience stores.
      Discount and big box retailers selling groceries.
      Restaurants (take-out, drive-through and delivery service only).
      Beer and wine and liquor stores.


Services

      Pharmacies.
      Gas stations and other fuel suppliers.
      Laundromats and drycleaners.
      Security services for residences, businesses and other properties.
      Vehicle and equipment repair and essential maintenance and vehicle and equipment rental services.
      Courier, postal, shipping, moving and delivery services.
      Funeral and related services.
      Staffing services including providing temporary help.
      Veterinary services (urgent care only) and other businesses that provide for the health and welfare of animals, including farms, boarding kennels, stables, animal shelters, zoos, aquariums and research facilities.
      Home child care services of up to six children as permitted under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014, and child care centres for essential workers authorized to operate in accordance with Ontario Regulation 51/20 (Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Closure of Establishments) made under the Act.
      Hotels, motels, other shared rental accommodation including student residences, except for seasonal campgrounds and any pools, fitness centres, meeting rooms and other recreational facilities that may be part of the operations of these businesses.
      Cheque cashing services.


Services to the public that are restricted to alternative methods of sale

Stores that sell any of the following items and provide them to the customer only through an alternative method of sale such as curb side pick-up or delivery, except in exceptional circumstances:

      Hardware products.
      Vehicle parts and supplies.
      Pet and animal supplies.
      Office supplies and computer products including computer repair.
      Safety supplies.


Financial services

Businesses that provide the following financial services:

      Capital markets and related securities trading and advisory services.
      Banking/credit union activities including credit intermediation.
      Insurance.
      Land registration services.
      Real estate agent services.
      Pension and benefits payment services.
      Financial services including payroll and payment processing and accounting and tax services.


Telecommunications and IT infrastructure/service providers

      Information Technology (IT) services, including online services, software products and the facilities necessary for their operation and delivery.
      Telecommunications providers and services (phone, internet, radio, cell phones etc.) and facilities necessary for their operation and delivery.
      Newspapers, radio and television broadcasting.


Maintenance

Maintenance, repair and property management services strictly necessary to manage and maintain the safety, security, sanitation and essential operation of institutional, commercial, industrial and residential properties and buildings.


Transportation services

      Businesses and facilities that provide transportation services, including,

          transportation services provided by air, water, road, and rail, including taxis and other private transportation providers, and
          support services for transportation services, including,

          • logistical support, distribution services, warehousing and storage, truck stops and tow operators,
          • services that support the operations and safety of transportation systems including maintenance and repairs, and
          • marinas, but only to the extent that the marina is necessary to enable individuals to access their primary place of residence.
      Businesses that provide and support online retail, including by providing warehousing, storage and distribution of goods that are ordered online.


Manufacturing

Businesses that extract, manufacture, process and distribute goods, products, equipment and materials, including businesses that manufacture inputs to other manufacturers, (e.g. primary metal/ steel, blow molding, component manufacturers, chemicals, etc. that feed the end-product manufacturer), regardless of whether those other manufacturers are inside or outside of Ontario, together with businesses that support and facilitate the movement of goods within integrated North American and global supply chains.


Agriculture and food production

      Businesses that produce food and beverages, and agricultural products including plants, including by farming, harvesting, aquaculture, hunting and fishing.
      Businesses that process, manufacture or distribute food, beverages, crops, agricultural products, animal products and by-products.
      Businesses that support the food or agricultural products supply chains and the health and safety of food, animals and plants.


Construction

      Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space.
      Construction projects and services required to ensure safe and reliable operations of, or to provide new capacity in, critical provincial infrastructure, including transit, transportation, energy and justice sectors beyond the day-to-day maintenance.
      Critical industrial construction activities required for,

      • the maintenance and operations of petrochemical plants and refineries,
      • significant industrial petrochemical projects where preliminary work has already commenced,
      • industrial construction and modifications to existing industrial structures limited solely to work necessary for the production, maintenance, and/or enhancement of Personal Protective Equipment, medical devices (such as ventilators), and other identified products directly related to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.
      Residential construction projects where,

      • a footing permit has been granted for single family, semi-detached and townhomes
      • an above grade structural permit has been granted for condominiums, mixed use and other buildings, or
      • the project involves renovations to residential properties and construction work was started before April 4, 2020.
      Construction and maintenance activities necessary to temporarily close construction sites that have paused or are not active and to ensure ongoing public safety.


Resources and energy

      Businesses that provide and ensure the domestic and global continuity of supply of resources, including mining, forestry, aggregates, petroleum, petroleum by-products and chemicals.
      Electricity generation, transmission, distribution and storage and natural gas distribution, transmission and storage.


Community services

Businesses that deliver or support the delivery of services including:

      Sewage treatment and disposal.
      Collecting, transporting, storing, processing, disposing or recycling of any type of waste.
      Potable drinking water.
      Critical infrastructure repair and maintenance including roads, dams, bridges etc.
      Environmental rehabilitation, management and monitoring, and spill clean up and response.
      Administrative authorities that regulate and inspect businesses.
      Professional and social services that support the legal and justice system.
      Government services including but not limited to policing and law enforcement, fire and emergency services, paramedics, coroner and pathology services, corrections and court services, licences and permits.


Research

Businesses and organizations that maintain research facilities and engage in research, including medical research and other research and development activities.


Health care and social services

      Organizations and providers that deliver home care services or personal support services to seniors and persons with disabilities.
      Businesses that sell, rent or repair assistive/mobility/medical devices, aids and/or supplies.
      Regulated health professionals (urgent care only) including dentists, optometrists, chiropractic services, ophthalmologists, physical and occupational therapists and podiatrists.
      Organizations that provide health care including retirement homes, hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, independent health facilities and mental health and addictions counselling supports.
      Laboratories and specimen collection centres.
      Manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers of pharmaceutical products and medical supplies, including medications, medical isotopes, vaccines and antivirals, medical devices and medical supplies.
      Manufacturers, distributors and businesses that provide logistical support of or for products and/or services that support the delivery of health care in all locations.
      Not-for-profit organizations that provide critical personal support services in home or residential services for individuals with physical disabilities.
      Not-for profit organizations that support the provision of food, shelter, safety or protection, and/or social services and other necessities of life to economically disadvantaged and other vulnerable individuals.


Requirements that apply to businesses

Compliance

      The person responsible for a place of business that continues to operate shall ensure that the business operates in accordance with all applicable laws, including the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the regulations made under it.
      The person responsible for a place of business that continues to operate shall operate the business in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials, including any advice, recommendations or instructions on physical distancing, cleaning or disinfecting.

 

Restricting access to businesses and providing alternative methods of sale

      Subject to subsection (2), the person responsible for a place of business that continues to operate and that engages in retail sales to the public, except for pharmacies and businesses that primarily sell food and beverages at retail, shall, to the fullest extent possible, restrict public access to the place of business by providing alternative methods of sale such as curb side pick-up or delivery.
      The person responsible for a place of business described in paragraph 15 of Schedule 2 shall restrict public access to the place of business and shall provide all items to the public using an alternative method of sale such as curb side pick-up or delivery, except in exceptional circumstances.

 

Short term rentals

      Every person who provides short term rentals in rental accommodations shall ensure that any rentals booked after April 4, 2020 are only provided to individuals who are in need of housing during the emergency period.
      Subsection (1) does not apply in respect of hotels, motels and student residences.

 

Open houses prohibited

      Every person who is responsible for a business that provides real estate agent services shall ensure that the business does not host, provide or support any open house events.

March 30, 2020

Attention ALL LiUNA! 625 Members!

Working at Heights training completed between February 28, 2017 and August 31, 2017 is
valid for four years from the date of successful completion of the training program.
This is a one-year extension for existing certifications.
The amended regulation has been filed and has now taken effect.

To view the Regulation click here
https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r20096

Rob Petroni
Business Manager
LiUNA!625

March 29, 2020

Ontario Stepping Up Measures to Limit the Spread of COVID-19 on Construction Sites

March 29, 2020 1:00 P.M.
Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development

TORONTO — Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, issued the following statement today regarding health and safety on construction sites:
“The health and safety of construction workers is a top priority for our government. With the COVID-19 situation changing day by day, we are working to ensure that workers have the tools they need to help keep job sites safe. We must do everything possible to fight the spread of this disease.

Today, Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer announced updated guidance to help employers better understand their responsibilities and what is needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the job site.

The update follows an initial guidance document circulated on March 20, 2020, and addresses sector topics including:

  • providing better on-site sanitation, including a focus on high-touch areas like site trailers, door handles and hoists
  • communicating roles, responsibilities, and health & safety policies, by, for example, posting site sanitization schedules and work schedules
  • enabling greater distances between workers by staggering shifts, restricting site numbers and limiting elevator usage
  • protecting public health by tracking and monitoring workers

 


Construction Site Health and Safety Practices During COVID-19

Overview

This is not a legal document and employers are advised to seek legal advice.

Employers and constructors have obligations to protect workers from hazards in the workplace as set out in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations and the directives coming from the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Workers should raise any concerns to their:

  • supervisor
  • joint health and safety committee
  • health and safety representative

 

This will help ensure the employer has taken all reasonable precautions.

Ontario is currently in the midst of a global pandemic. While the COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly, the legislation and regulations used to govern Ontario’s workplaces are not.

Under Ontario law, employers have the duty to keep workers and work sites safe and free of hazards. Workers have the right to refuse unsafe work. If health and safety concerns are not resolved internally, a worker can seek enforcement by filing a complaint with the ministry’s Health and Safety Contact Centre at 1-877-202-0008. Failure of the employer or constructor to comply with the OHSA and its regulations could result in a stop-work order upon inspection by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.


On-site best practices

The health and safety of workers is a top concern amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, all parties must place an increased focus on health and safety in order to keep job sites open.

All measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 should be done in compliance with requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and associated regulations and public health directives issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

In addition, below are a set of resources, tips and best practices to help employers prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Protecting yourself and your co-workers

Coronaviruses are spread through close contact, including at work. Here are some helpful tips to help prevent the spread of germs:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve.
  • If you use a tissue, discard immediately and wash your hands afterward.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid high-touch areas, where possible, or ensure you clean your hands after.
  • Where possible, wear gloves when interacting with high-touch areas. Do not touch your face with gloved hands. Take care when removing gloves. Ensure you wash your hands after removing them.
  • Wash your clothes as soon as you get home.
  • If you are ill: notify your supervisor immediately, complete the self-assessment and follow the instructions you get.

 

Reporting illness

The symptoms of COVID-19 are like many other illnesses, including the cold and flu. At this time, it is recommended that any worker who has any symptoms related to cold, flu or COVID-19 should be sent home.

In addition, employers should advise these workers to complete the online self-assessment or call either:

  • Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000
  • their primary care provider (for example, family physician)

 

Please note that additional resources, policies and procedures are being developed to provide additional support in this area.

Getting information on infection prevention and control

Employers can contact local public health units for questions on workplace infection prevention and control related to COVID-19 infections. Please note additional resources, policies and procedures are being developed to provide additional support in this area.

Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development reporting requirements

Employers must report all known positive test results for COVID-19, to:

  • the ministry (in writing) within four days
  • the joint health and safety representative
  • a trade union (if applicable)

 

Share information

It is important that all parties in a workplace communicate their roles and responsibilities. Employers will need to ensure health and safety policies are updated and posted for all employees to see. Using industry resources, including this one and those produced by the Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA), will improve on-site understanding.

Post your policies

All employers/constructors need to post and communicate COVID-19 policies to employees and contractors or trades.

These policies should cover how the site will operate, including, but not limited to:

  • the sanitization of sites
  • how employees and contractors report illnesses
  • how to ensure physical distancing
  • how work will be scheduled

 

Physical distancing (two metres)

As advised by the Chief Medical Officer, public health officials, and outlined throughout government communications, physical distancing is required to control the spread of COVID-19.

In order to ensure physical distancing on site, employers should consider:

  • staggering start times
  • staggering breaks
  • staggering lunches
  • restricting the number of people on-site and where they are assigned to work
  • controlling site movement (by limiting the potential for workers to gather, including personnel in material hoists and site trailers)
  • limiting the number of people who use elevators and hoists at one time
  • holding meetings in an outside or large space to enable physical distancing
  • limiting unnecessary on-site contact between workers, and between workers and outside service providers, and encourage physical distancing in these areas (for example, by removing coffee trucks from site)

 

On-site sanitation

Coronaviruses are spread person to person through close contact, including at work. While employers always have an obligation to maintain clean worksites, that obligation is under sharper focus during an outbreak like the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Employers should focus on:

  • access to soap and water (ways to properly clean hands) or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • washroom facilities
  • sanitizing commonly touched surfaces or areas (hoists, site trailers, door handles, equipment, residential units)
  • avoiding the sharing of hand tools and power tools. If sharing is necessary, enable sanitization of shared equipment.
  • posting signage on hygiene in English and the majority workplace language so everyone can understand how to do their part

 

Adjust on-site and production schedules

Physical distancing will result in lower staffing on job sites. In order to keep sites open, employers will need to adjust production schedules as the impacts of physical distancing become clear. Owners and trades will need to collaborate to ensure there is a clear understanding of how production will be impacted.

Schedules should consider:

  • limiting number of workers to critical number by staggering work schedules
  • sanitation of sites and workspaces
  • site planning to facilitate appropriate physical distancing (two metres) between workers during any particular shift
  • work-site mobility and transportation, including hoist operations

 

Track and monitor your workforce

Due to the latency period of COVID-19, it is important to track where employees have worked. If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, the local public health unit will ask employers to provide information on where the employee worked as well as the contact information of any other employee who may have been exposed. Employers will track information and Public Health Units will respond.


Under Ontario law, employers must take every reasonable precaution to keep workers safe. Workers have the right to refuse unsafe work. If health and safety concerns are not resolved internally, a worker can seek enforcement by filing a complaint with the ministry’s Health and Safety Contact Centre at 1-877-202-0008.

Ministry inspectors are inspecting job sites today and every day. Employers and constructors should know: failure to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations could result in a stop work order.
Keeping job sites open during the current pandemic requires a heightened focus on health and safety.

We all have a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

LIUNA / OPDC Letter to Ministry of Labour re: Job-Site Safety and COVID-19

March 24, 2020

Health and Safety-Working On-Site

March 17, 2020

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brothers and Sisters,

An Important Message Regarding The Coronavirus

As you are aware, the federal government announced yesterday that effective immediately, borders across Canada will be closed to International visitors in order to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID 19). And today, the Ontario provincial government has announced a state of emergency in the province that bans organized public events of more than 50 people and compels bars and restaurants to close in order to curb the spread of the virus.

We have been in constant contact with our LIUNA counterparts across North America while they monitor the situation closely and will continue to do so over the next few weeks and in the coming months.

As a result of our discussions, and recommendations by LIUNA Headquarters in Washington, as well as consultations with LIUNA’ s Ontario Locals and the advice of LIUNA’ s Senior Council, LIUNA 625 has implemented the following temporary measures at your home local:

Effective immediately, LIUNA 625 doors will remain closed until further notice. All LIUNA 625 staff, business representatives and organizers will continue to work as normal. All regular business hours will continue uninterrupted with the exception that the building at 2155 Fasan Drive will be closed until further notice.

These measures have been implemented in order to promote the health and safety of each and every LIUNA 625 Member, their families and your office staff.

Please note, that any and all Union business including benefits, pensions, dispatching and or work-related issues will be handled with the same promptness you have become accustomed to. Both your office staff and Business Representatives will be available to answer your calls and address issues you may have.

We are experiencing unprecedented times because of the coronavirus and are faced with difficult decisions. I can assure you at LIUNA 625, our number one priority is the health and well-being of our Members, their families and our staff.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all Brothers and Sisters for your patience and understanding and to thank our entire office team for their dedication and commitment to continue to service each and every Member without interruption.

Rest assured, we are monitoring the coronavirus situation daily and will advise Members of any changes that may affect our regular services or schedules as promptly as possible.

Be kind to each other and assist those around you that may be vulnerable.

Be safe. Stay healthy.

In Solidarity,

RobPetSIG

Rob Petroni
Business Manager
LiUNA!625

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March 17, 2020

Important Links To Keep You Informed

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
www.wechu.org/coronavirus


Government of Ontario
https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus


Government of Canada
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html


World Health Organization
https://www.who.int


Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
https://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/diseases/coronavirus.html


Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)
https://www.wsib.ca/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-update


Mortgage and Loan Assistance

Canada’s major banks are advising their customers that they could be eligible for special measures on different products if they are directly affected by the current situation and may have difficulty making their payments. These measures may include payment deferrals of up to six months on mortgages, for example, or longer amortization periods. Special loans to cover living expenses may also be offered. These special measures apply on a case-by-case basis, depending on personal situation.

To learn more, click on the bank links below:


https://www.scotiabank.com/covid-19


https://www.td.com/ca/en/personal-banking/covid-19


https://www.rbc.com/covid-19/


https://www.cibc.com/en/personal-banking/advice-centre/covid-19.html


https://www.bmo.com/main/personal/bmo-branches-coronavirus-update/


https://nationalbank.com


https://www.wfcu.ca/COVID-19/


Basic protective measures against the new corona virus

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider

Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading

Follow the guidance outlined above.

  • Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.
    Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
  • If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers.
    Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.