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  • Recent News Announcements & Information

Recent News Announcements & Information

To keep you informed throughout this ongoing pandemic, CANS has compiled the latest COVID-19 information and its impact on the construction industry.


CANS COVID-19 Email Communication to CANS Members

COVID-19 Update for CANS Members: March 4, 2022

COVID-19 Update for CANS Members: February 25, 2022

COVID-19 Update for CANS Members: February 10, 2022

COVID-19 Update for CANS Members: February 4, 2022

Archived CANS COVID-19 Email Communications to CANS Members

COVID-19 Provincial Government News Updates

COVID-19 – Provincial News Releases & Information – March 2022

Archived COVID-19 Updates

Resource — COVID-19 Protocols for Office Workspaces

COVID-19 Testing & Isolation Requirements


Self-Isolation

Directions for self-isolation may vary slightly for each person, based on their personal situation and vaccination status. Wondering whether you need to isolate? Please click here to find specific information for different exposure and contact scenarios.

Work Isolation

Review the new Work-Isolation guidelines (released Feb 3, 2022) that discusses how employers can develop a work isolation plan to safely allow fully-vaccinated, non-symptomatic close contacts of a COVID-19 positive case to continue working outside of their home, including who can and cannot participate in these programs, and what policies and procedures need to be followed.

Testing

Visit Nova Scotia Health Authority for testing requirements, how to self-isolate, and what you need to do if you’re a close contact or have tested positive for COVID-19.

You can complete a COVID-19 Self-assessment to find out if you need a COVID-19 test or to book a COVID-19 test (your reason for needing a COVID-19 test determines if you can book a test). Or you can call 811 if you’re unable to book a test online (or to speak with a nurse).

Ask us a Question

We know many of you have questions and concerns about the impact COVID-19 is having on your business. Please keep us informed to help us advocate on your behalf. Email your questions to questions@cans.ns.ca

  • Important CANS Updates Regarding COVID-19

Access to CANS Office

Update for the week of January 4, 2022

CANS staff are working from home, offering members our services remotely.

During this time, CANS office, including access to the Business Centre and board rooms, will be closed to CANS staff, members, and visitors. We will re-evaluate at the end of this week.

All CANS staff are able provide services remotely however, please note there may be delays in the services we provide but we will keep any issues to a minimum.

CANS continues to monitor the situation and we will re-evaluate our office opening at the end of this week. 

Updates to CANS Programs & Services 

CANS Projects & Documents Services

CANS Tender Library remains active and accessible to members 24/7. Note the following adjustments to CANS Projects & Documents Services:

  • Print Orders
    For all print orders, contact Lesley Whynot for more information at 902-880-6046 or email lwhynot@cans.ns.ca
  • CCDC & CCA Standard Documents
    CCDC & CCA Standard Documents can be purchased online or via phone. Documents are not available for pickup; they will be mailed to you. Please contact Lesley Whynot for more information at 902-880-6046 or email lwhynot@cans.ns.ca
  • Statutory Declarations
    All Commissioner of Oaths services for the signing of Statutory Declarations will be completed virtually. To book your virtual appointment, contact Lesley Whynot for more information at 902-880-6046 or email lwhynot@cans.ns.ca
  • COVID-19 Restrictions for Nova Scotia

Current COVID-19 Restrictions

Updated Provincial COVID Restrictions Announced Feb 9, 2022

Provincewide COVID-19 restrictions will be eased over three phases, starting at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, February 14.

  • In Phase 1, events will be allowed again, gathering limits will increase and all border restrictions for domestic travellers will be lifted.
  • In Phase 2, gathering limits will be further increased.
  • In Phase 3, there will be no more gathering limits or physical distance requirements.

Details of the restrictions in each phase are at: https://novascotia.ca/reopening-plan/

COVID-19 Restrictions Easing Next Week, Fully Lifted on March 21

Nova Scotia is moving up the timeline for easing public health restrictions and will end all restrictions on March 21, 2022.

On Monday, February 28, Phase 1 of the Province’s reopening plan will be adjusted to end the current requirement to show proof of full vaccination before participating in non-essential, discretionary events and activities. Other restrictions continue.

On Monday, March 7, at 12:01 a.m., Phase 2 will begin. Learn more about these updates.

  • Nova Scotia’s Immunization Plan

Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout
Appointments and Eligibility

You can get a COVID-19 vaccine if you’re 5 or older. You can book an appointment for yourself or someone else (like a parent, grandparent or child). You can also book an appointment if you’re eligible for an additional dose or booster dose. Most appointments need to be booked in advance. You may also be able to go to a drop-in clinic without an appointment.

BOOK NOW: Book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment here.

Booster Doses

The Province has expanded eligibility for COVID-19 booster doses. Booster doses are administered at least 168 days after the primary series. People who received two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine or the one-dose Janssen vaccine are still eligible to schedule a booster dose of mRNA vaccine. The following groups are eligible for a booster dose:

  • anyone 18 years of age and older;
  • all frontline healthcare workers, including community healthcare providers who provide direct patient care;
  • all designated caregivers.

LEARN MORE: Read more about booster dose eligibility.

Get Vaccinated on Your Work-Site – Public Health Will Come To You!

CANS and Nova Scotia Public Health have collaborated to improve vaccine uptake for workers in the construction industry with a solution that will make it easy to get vaccinated, while improving coverage rates across the province.

Mobile units are equipped for on-site vaccinations that can be easily conducted at your workplace. To set up a vaccination clinic for your workplace, please contact the appropriate public health office for your zone. (Unsure of your zone? Find your region on this map).

Public Health Contacts:

  • Central zone– please email phczoutreachimmunization@nshealth.ca
  • Eastern zone– please call (902) 867-4500 ext. 4800
  • Northern zone– please call (902) 893-5820
  • Western zone– please call (902) 599-2402
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Government Contractors

Click here for more information about vaccination requirements for government contractors for Nova Scotia and Canada.

  • Useful Links & Resources

Provincial & Federal Government

Provincial
Federal

Find out the latest from the Public Health Agency of Canada including the current situation, risk to Canadians and how Canada is monitoring COVID-19

Health & Safety

Government of Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia provincial government has compiled guidance and resources for employers and employees on how to keep workplaces safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.This includes:

Government of Canada

Mental Health & Addictions Services
  • If you’re experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or are concerned about someone who is, the Provincial Mental Health Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call toll-free: 1-888-429-8167
  • Crisis Text Line is available for adults who are going through a difficult time and need someone to text with. This service is free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Text NSSTRONG to 741741.
  • If you or a family member needs help, you can self-refer to a mental health or addictions clinic, service or program through the Nova Scotia Health Authority or IWK Health Centre. Call toll-free: 1-855-922-1122 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm)
  • For non-emergency advice and information about mental health and addictions, call 811.
  • Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) is a free and confidential online resource with interactive activities and videos for people facing mental health challenges. It includes activities on a variety of topics, and you can choose which ones you want to explore.
  • Wellness Together Canada is an online tool that connects you with support, resources and counselling for mental health and substance use.
  • Download The Working Mind COVID-19 Self-care & Resilience Guide (PDF).
Financial Support

Provincial

The Sector Impact Support Program provides a one-time grant of up to $7,500 to help small business owners that have been impacted by the new province-wide public health restrictions. Applications will open early January 2022.

Nova Scotians who need to take time off work because of COVID-19 may qualify for up to four paid sick days through the COVID-19 Sick Leave Program. More details to come.

Federal

The Government of Canada has compiled resources to help you manage your business during COVID-19 and includes Resources for businesses, their employees and self‑employed individuals including financial support, loans and access to credit:

Support for businesses

The Local Lockdown Program is a way businesses, charities, and non-profits affected by a qualifying public health restriction can be eligible for wage and rent support through the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP). You do not have to be in the tourism, hospitality, arts, entertainment, or recreation sectors to be eligible for this support.

The Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit gives temporary income support to employed and self-employed people who cannot work due to a COVID-19 lockdown.

Industry & Business
Resources From CANS Members