COVID-19: Construction Initiative Update from LAE

The Department of Labour and Advanced Education (LAE) shared the results of their Construction Initiative site visits over April 15-17, 2020. Along with confirming traditional safety compliance, the Province was looking for the presence of a COVID-19 plan and appropriate measures for handwashing and social distancing.

Click here to for a breakdown of these results.

COVID-19: Removal of Nova Scotia Spring Weight Restrictions

On April 23, 2020, the Province announced the removal of spring weight restrictions in Nova Scotia. Click here for information and removal dates, by county.

DCI COVID Forum Roundtable Discussion

Join the Design and Construction Institute (DCI) on April 28, at 10:00 AM for the first interactive series of DCI COVID Forum Roundtable Discussions. Business owners and leaders from our industry will share experiences, insights, challenges and opportunities confronting and navigating business during COVID-19. 

Register now for this hour-long session.

COVID-19: NSBI Offering Virtual Training Sessions

Nova Scotia Business Inc (NSBI) is providing digital content to support SME’s with special programming during the current climate of COVID-19. The virtual workshops and training courses provide companies with vital strategies and hands-on tips on how to deal with the current pandemic. 

For more session information and dates, click here.

COVID-19: Federal Government Announces Support for Students

The Government of Canada announced a $9 billion support package for students on April 22, 2020. In addition to offering financial support directly to students, the package will be used to create 7,600 jobs for students in sectors that need support due to the pandemic. This is in addition to the Student Works Program.

Other supports announced as part of the package include a $291 million grant extension for grad students and the Canada Student Service Grant program, which will provide $1,000 to $5,000 to students who volunteer. Read more about these supports and more from yesterday’s announcement.

COVID-19: OHS Tips for Construction Workers

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safetyhas developed a series of tip sheets to guide businesses operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to view the tip sheet for Construction.

COVID-19: Halifax Chamber of Commerce – Navigating COVID-19 Webinar Series

The Halifax Chamber of Commerce’s webinar series continues this week with the following FREE sessions:

A Conversation with MP Darren Fisher

Staying Present Under Pressure – A Mental Health Resource for Entrepreneurs

Funding Navigator with Patrick Sullivan

COVID-19: Cape Breton Partnership – Helping Businesses Respond During COVID-19 Webinar Series

Recently, Cape Breton Partnership hosted a webinar on the response of Nova Scotia Works to COVID-19. The session outlined how Nova Scotia Works centres continue to support employers with recruitment needs and job seekers with employment needs via remote service delivery. 

A recording of this session, as well as past webinars, is posted on their site at

COVID-19: Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Wage Applications Open April 27

As a Canadian employer whose business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 12 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to June 6, 2020.

This wage subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, help prevent further job losses, and better position you to resume normal operations following the crisis.

To help businesses determine coverage, a subsidy calculator has been added to the CRA website at

COVID-19: Federal Government announces $350 million for charities and non-profits

On April 21, the Federal Government announced the Emergency Community Support Fund, an investment of $350 million to support vulnerable Canadians through charities and non-profit organizations that deliver essential services to those in need. 

Read more about the newly announced initiative here.