Dear OCNI Members, Partners, and Customers,
To support our members during this time of uncertainty, we will be collecting important resources and providing guidance to the many SME’s that comprise a significant part of the nuclear supply chain. Check back regularly for updates on programs that have been put in place to support nuclear businesses during COVID-19.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
OCNI has complied a list of resources to help you stay informed on the materials available during COVID-19. Please share these materials, bookmark this page, and continue to check back for up-to-date information.
- Manufacturing Production during COVID-19 (With insights from Nu-Tech Precision Metals Inc.)
- Mental Health Presentation by Dr. Michelle Malborough – Featured in OCNI’s Doc Talk May 22, 2020
- COVID 19 Economic Relief: Eligibility and How to Apply (Prepared by Christy Kelly of IG Wealth Management)
- Summary of Government Support for Business – April 7, 2020 (Prepared by Marilyn Clake of LXM Law)
- Crowdsourcing Big Data: Real time information regarding the spread of COVID-19 in communities
- March 30: NGen Manufacturing Supercluster Launches FUNDING PROGRAM to Help Scale Response to COVID-19
- Bruce Power: Statement from Mike Rencheck, regarding support of local communities and programs in the fight against COVID-19
- OPG: A Message from Ken Hartwick, President and CEO
- SNC-Lavalin: Update on Business Resilience Measures
- NB Power: Message to Our Customers
- CNL: CNL and AECL work together to confront COVID-19
Ontario: Government shutdown of all non-essential services
Following the most recent advice from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, on December 26, 2020, Ontario updated the list of essential businesses that can remain open during government shutdown. The restrictions aim to further reduce contact between people, preventing hospitals from becoming overwhelmed and stopping the spread of COVID-19.
OCNI and member companies are exempt from closure during this shutdown as we are considered essential to the province’s nuclear energy infrastructure. Businesses can remain open but must follow proper health and safety measures. For any case-specific questions related to the provincial order, please call the Ontario Stop the Spread hotline at 1-888-444-3659.
Ontario: List of Essential Workplaces
For 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. Note that teleworking and online commerce are permitted for all businesses.
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, are considered essential.
Note: Businesses that are exempt from the shutdown will not require any permits or other formal confirmation of an “Essential Workplace” status.
via: Ontario Government
Read the full list of shutdown restrictions effective December 26, 2020 here.
New changes to Employment Act
On March 19, the Government of Ontario amended the Employment Standards Act to increase job protection for employees impacted by COVID-19. In Ontario, employers have the option to temporarily lay off employees for up to 13 weeks. After 13 weeks, the layoff becomes permanent and severance pay rules will apply.
New changes extend job-protection measures to employees unable to perform their duties due to COVID-19, including that the employee is under medical investigation, supervision or treatment; that the employee is in quarantine or isolation; that the employee is providing care or support to another individual; or that the employee is affected by travel restrictions.
Full release here.
The Government of Ontario will cover the cost of COVID-19 related services for uninsured individuals who do not meet the criteria for Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage. 3-month waiting period for OHIP coverage is also waived.
More information on OHIP can be found here.
For more useful information, please read the following resources:
- Canada: Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
- Canada: Large business, non-profits, charities eligible for wage subsidy
- Ontario: Statement from the Chief Medical Officer of Health (March 30)
- Ontario: Provincewide Shutdown effective, December 26, 2020
- Ontario: Province issues second Stay-at-Home order (January 12, 2021)
- Toronto: Public Health Instructions for Workplaces (January 4, 2021)
- Highlights from the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan – March 18th, 2020
- Canada: Additional Support for Canadian Businesses from the Economic Impact of COVID-19
- Canada: Resources for Canadian Businesses
- Canada: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update
- Canada: Frequently Asked Questions – Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers
- Ontario: COVID-19 self-assessment
- Ontario Together: help fight Coronavirus
- Ontario Providing Electricity Relief to Families, Small Businesses and Farms
- Durham Region- COVID-19 Response