COVID-19: Province updates requirements for COVID-19 testing

As of April 8, 2020, travel has been removed as a requirement for testing for COVID-19. The list of symptoms being screened for has also expanded. If you have two or more of the following symptoms, visit https://811.novascotia.ca/ to determine if you should call 811 for further assessment:

  • fever
  • new or worsening cough
  • sore throat 
  • runny nose 
  • headache

COVID-19: Nova Scotia Securities Commission launches COVID-19 Investing Information webpage

The Nova Scotia Securities Commission has launched a new webpage and online video to provide COVID-19 investing information to the public. Read the full release from the Province detailing this new resource.

Visit Nova Scotia Securities Commission’s page for COVID-19 Investing Information.

COVID-19: NS announces second COVID-19 related death

Nova Scotia has recorded its second death related to COVID-19. On Wednesday, April 8, a woman in her 90s with underlying medical conditions died in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital as a result of complications related to COVID-19. Read the full statement released by the Government of Nova Scotia on April 9, 2020

A reminder, recordings of the Province’s news conferences are available shortly after they conclude on their official Youtube page.

COVID-19: GOC relaxes eligibility requirements for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

The federal government announced on April 8, 2020, relaxed eligibility requirements for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, as well as new measures to help students make money this summer during the coronavirus pandemic.

Key changes:

  • The threshold for CEWS has been lowered to 15 per cent.
  • If you have hired a student under the Canada Summer Jobs program for this summer, the federal government will now pay 100% of that student’s wages.
  • Businesses can use January and February benchmarks to qualify.

Read the full address from the Prime Minister here.

COVID-19: LAE – Conciliation and Mediation Services (CMS) shares COVID-19 Operation Protocols

Conciliation and Mediation Services (CMS) continues to carefully monitor the public health advice regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health risk. At present, CMS is operating remotely in alignment with the Province’s advice and our community responsibility to practice social distancing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

For details of CMS COVID-19 protocols, click here.

COVID-19: NSAA – Tips for trades workers during COVID-19

Are you still working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic? First and foremost, it is essential that those working must adhere to public health advisories. For further advice, the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency has issued tips to trades workers for staying safe while at work.

Click here to access Tips For Staying Safe While Working At Your Trade.

COVID-19: Portal Pending – Worker Emergency Bridge Fund and Small Business Impact Grant

An application portal for these two provincial support programs will be available by Friday, April 10, 2020.  All funds will be dispersed by the end of April. For more information and to access the portal when it’s ready, click here: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/#support

COVID-19: Fact sheet from the province – working during COVID-19

Employers and employees need to take steps to help staff and clients stay healthy and prevent spread of COVID-19. You should also know what to do if you have safety concerns. To that end, the province has created a helpful fact sheet on “working during COVID-19”

Click here to access the “Working During COVID-19” fact sheet.

Wondering what happens if an employee has a positive COVID-19 test? Click for more information on the Province’s process for positive tests and information for COVID-19 in the workplace.

COVID-19: Industry receives clarification from the province of Nova Scotia

On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, Deputy Minister Duff Montgomery, Department of Labour and Advanced Education issued a letter to CANS offering clarification on a number of industry questions related to COVID-19 emergency measures.

The letter provides a response from Dr. Strang’s Public Health team and Deputy Minister Duff Montgomery’s team at LAE regarding the appropriate level of protection for its workers with respect to the hazards posed by COVID-19 and Orders issued by the Medical Officer of Health for Nova Scotia.

Click here to read the Deputy Minister’s full response.

Gold Seal Certification Program Updates

Gold Seal Certification program new applications suspended April 8 to 30, 2020

The Canadian Construction Association’s (CCA) Gold Seal Certification program, for estimators, foremen, owner’s construction managers, project managers, safety coordinators and superintendents, will be temporarily closed for new applications beginning April 8, and will re-open on May 1, on the Gold Seal website. 

Submit your existing Gold Seal application by April 30

Those applicants who meet the Gold Seal Intern (GSI) or Gold Seal Certified (GSC) requirements are invited to update and submit their application for review by the month’s end. The submitted applications will either be approved or the applicants will be given a statement of how many credits they currently have, and what is missing to be approved to write the Gold Seal exam. Access to the applications in the current portal will be removed starting May 1. Those GSC applicants who do not currently meet the requirements can contact the Gold Seal team at goldseal@cca-acc.com to have their application reviewed, once they meet the requirements.

As a reminder:

GSI applicants require one year of experience (or two years in an assistant’s position) in the designation applied for as well as a letter of recommendation from a direct supervisor confirming the length of their employment and duties. 

GSC applicants need a minimum of 100 credits to be approved to write the Gold Seal exam. 50 credits (10 per year) can come from experience, 25 from education and training, mandatory education requirements included, and the remaining 25 credits can come from either experience, education and training or both. For more information on the process and requirements, refer to the Gold Seal Certification guide and other materials posted on goldsealcertification.com.

The deadline to submit your GSC application for review for the October 23, 2020 Gold Seal exam is April 30. Read more about the Gold Seal exam.