BFY & CANS Construction Connection Program – Virtual Q&A Will Help Youth Explore Construction Careers from Home

Just because we’re social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t safely explore careers in construction together! Do you know any youth who are eager to learn more about a career in construction and the trades? Share this information with them! They’ll be able to explore careers in construction from the comfort of home with our upcoming series of virtual Q&A sessions.

Every Thursday from May 7 – June 15, Building Futures for Youth and CANS Construction Connection will host virtual Q&A sessions with successful local tradespeople and construction professionals.

Session One – Howie Doiron, Red Seal Carpenter

For more information, please contact Alain Lefebvre, alefebvre@cans.ns.ca or 902-456-6444.

COVID-19: WCB Clearance Letters & Health and Safety Week

Safety and Health Week

May 3 – 9 is Safety and Health Week (formerly NAOSH Week), a continent-wide initiative to focus employers, employees, partners and the public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home, and in the community. Access resources to share with your workforce including posters, videos, audio clips, social media graphics and much more.

COVID-19 Workplace Safety Resource Hub

Working safely during the COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge for workplaces across the province. Check out the new resource hub.

Digital Clearance Now Available in MyAccount

From now on, WCB clearance letters will only be available digitally through MyAccount. With this new online process, employers will be able to quickly save, print and share clearance letters from any device, any time of day. More information about digital clearance and how it works is available at wcb.ns.ca/clearance. 

Virtual Q&A Will Help Youth Explore Construction Careers from Home

BFY & CANS Construction Connection Program -Virtual Q&A Will Help Youth Explore Construction Careers from Home

Just because we’re social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t safely explore careers in construction together! Do you know any youth who are eager to learn more about a career in construction and the trades? Share this information with them! They’ll be able to explore careers in construction from the comfort of home with our upcoming series of virtual Q&A sessions.

Every Thursday from May 7 – June 15, Building Futures for Youth and CANS Construction Connection will host virtual Q&A sessions with successful local tradespeople and construction professionals.

Session One – Howie Doiron, Red Seal Carpenter

 For more information, please contact Alain Lefebvre, alefebvre@cans.ns.ca or 902-456-6444.

COVID-19: Reminder About Physical Distancing at Work

While construction work continues in Nova Scotia, construction workers, workplaces, and worksites are expected to comply with the physical distancing requirements of two metres (six feet).

CANS has created a quick tip sheet providing a reminder on how to maintain the appropriate level of protection, with respect to the hazards posed by COVID-19 and the orders issued by the Medical Officer of Health for Nova Scotia. Click here to access CANS Reminder on Physical Distancing.

COVID-19: URGENT – Tender Opportunity for DND closes May 4

The DND has posted an urgent requirement for cloth face coverings on Buyandsell.gc.ca. This opportunity closes on May 4, 2020, at 15:00 Atlantic Time. For full details on this requirement, please read the Notice of Proposed Procurement – Cloth Face Covering (W8486-217311/A).

Access more information about this request on Buyandsell.gc.ca.

Did you know? You can access this tender and more on CANSnet!

Find this tender in our Open Tenders Library with Project # VL20-0088. You can use our Pipeline and Open Tenders Library to prospect for new business across Atlantic Canada. To access CANS Tender Library, click here. (Please note you must be logged in to view the library.)

COVID-19: Nova Scotia Business Inc’s Nova Scotia Consultant Directory

Nova Scotia Business Inc (NSBI) will be launching a Consultant Directory to help companies connect with consultants to address immediate challenges. The online index will be published on the NSBI website. It will include contact information for each consultant listed, associated areas of expertise and a filter to help companies quickly find a consultant to meet their business needs.
 
Do you want to be included in the Nova Scotia Consultant Directory? Access the application form and complete your submission by May 4, 2020.

COVID-19: CCA Details COVID-19 Recovery Plan Principles to Federal Government

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau detailing their recommendations for COVID-19 recovery plan principles with respect to the construction industry.

CCA recommends an industry-specific economic stimulus package be provided on the following principles:

  • Coordination
  • Balance
  • Clarity
  • Flexibility

Read more about these principles and the recommendations sent to Prime Minister Trudeau.

CCA is also advocating for an emergency COVID-19 cost relief fund. If you have not done so already, we urge you to send a letter to your MP today (click here to write your MP now). Our voice is stronger together.

COVID-19: Province Offers Clarity for Construction on Section 11 of Health Protection Order

The following answer was provided to CANS by the province on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, to provide clarity around physical distancing requirements outlined in Section 11 of the Health Protection Order.

Q: There has been some confusion for those involved in construction activities that may also be work for municipal units in maintaining critical infrastructure (as referenced in Section 11 of the Medical Officer of Health Order). Are there different requirements for physical distancing under the Medical Officer of Health Orders For contractors working with municipalities to support critical infrastructure and when they are not?

A:  Section 11 exemption is intended to recognize that there may be times when the work to maintain critical municipal infrastructure will require multiple people in a limited space to complete the work. the exemption for the 5-person rule and the 2-metre physical distancing was to allow this work to proceed as safely as possible. Despite the exemption, it is expected that contractors should still take a critical look at how the work is being conducted and look to incorporate measures to protect workers from potential spread of COVID-19 and practice physical distancing as best they can. Workers should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and should stay home if ill.

COVID-19: Canadian Businesses Taking Action

Canadian Business for Social Responsibility and Upswing Solutions have compiled the Canadian Business Responders List. This resource includes nearly 200 companies from across the country who are taking action to support their stakeholders and the community in response to the pandemic. 

Take a look at who’s making a difference in our area,view the Canadian Business Responders List.

COVID-19: Listen to the Inaugural Episode of ChamberChats (with Mayor Mike Savage)

Mayor Mike Savage joins the Halifax Chamber of Commerce for their inaugural episode of ChamberChats. The mayor sat down with Chamber President & CEO, Patrick Sullivan to talk about the city’s response to COVID-19. Listen to the podcast now (on Youtube).