Dear OCNI Members, Partners, and Customers,
To support our members in this time of uncertainty, we’ll being collecting important resources and providing guidance to the many SME’s that comprise a large and important part of the nuclear supply chain. Check back here regularly for updates and timely information on programs that governments have put in place to support nuclear businesses in these challenging times.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Toolkit
OCNI has developed this toolkit to help you stay informed on materials available on the COVID-19. Please share these materials, bookmark the page, and check back often for the most 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 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 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.
Services of OCNI and members are exempt from this shutdown and are considered essential to the operation of critical energy infrastructure in the province. Businesses can remain open but must follow proper health and safety measures. For any case-specific questions related to the order, please call the Ontario Stop the Spread hotline at 1-888-444-3659.
Ontario: List of Essential Workplaces
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. Note that teleworking and online commerce are permitted at all times 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.
Note: businesses that are exempt from the shutdown will not require any permits or other formal confirmation of their “Essential Workplace” status.
via: Ontario Government
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.
- 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)
- 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