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BC Centre for Disease Control provides information about the COVID-19 virus, how to protect yourself, your family and your community.

BCCDC: Prevention & Risks COVID-19
BC Centre for Disease Control describes preventative measures and actions you can take to stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

BCCDC: Symptoms of COVID-19
BC Centre for Disease Control describes symptoms of COVID-19 that can appear up to 14 days after being exposed to the virus.
Education & Training

HAVAN: Free Online Videos of Past Webinars on COVID-19
Home Builders Association of Vancouver allow free access to their previous webinars on COVID-19 including Strategies to Help Your Business Survive COVID-19, Construction Site Safety During COVID-19 – Builders’ Panel, and Navigating the Human Resources Side of Business During COVID-19.
Industry Information

BC Gov: BC Statistics on COVID-19
BC Government online dashboard provides regularly updated statistics, by region, on COVID-19 tests, cases, hospitalizations, ICU admittance, deaths, and recovered patients.

BCCDC: BC COVID-19 Details Data
BC Centre for Disease Control provides you the latest data on COVID-19 cases in BC, including detailed daily reports on cases in various regions of the province.

Canada Gov: COVID-19 Dashboard of Canadian Statistics
Canada Government online dashboard provides regularly updated statistics, by province, on COVID-19 cases and deaths.
Industry Sectors

ASHRAE: Epidemic Task Force for HVAC Industry
ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force has been established to help deploy ASHRAE’s technical resources to address the challenges of the current pandemic and future epidemics as it relates to the effects of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems on disease transmission in healthcare facilities, the workplace, home, public and recreational environments. The task force will also provide recommendations for setting up temporary field hospitals in convention centers, arenas and indoor stadia to deal with surges.

BC Gov: COVID-19 Provincial Support & Information
Province of BC site describes BC government COVID-19 support and information.

BC Hydro: Updates On BC Hydro Responses to COVID-19
BC Hydro provides regular updates on their responses to COVID-19.

BCNPHA: COVID-19 Updates for Non Profit Housing
BC Non-Profit Housing Association provides COVID-19 information and resources for the non-profit housing sector.

CCA: COVID-19 Resources for Canadian Construction Industry
Canadian Construction Association provides COVID-19 information and resources for the Canadian construction industry.

CHBA: COVID-19 & Residential Construction Industry
Canadian Home Builders Association provides COVID-19 information and resources for the residential construction industry. Note than some information is for CHBA members only.

FortisBC: Customer Assistance During COVID-19
Fortis BC describes what they are doing to assist their customers during this challenging COVID-19 time.

HAVAN: Homebuilders COVID-19 Resources
Home Builders Association of Vancouver provides COVID-19 information for the building industry including government resources & updates, municipal updates, education courses, work site resources, health & safety, and business resources.

REALPAC: Real Estate Industry COVID-19 Resources
REALPAC is the national industry association dedicated to advancing the long-term vitality of Canada’s real property sector. They provide COVID-19 information and links to resources relative to the real estate industry.

Small Business BC: COVID-19 Resources for Small Businesses
Small Business BC online information on COVID-19 resources for small businesses includes latest updates, managing you business, funding and financial relief, employee management, support for individuals, and additional resources.
Information Sources

BCCDC: COVID-19 Information & Resources
BC Centre for Disease Control provides information about COVID-19, prevention & risks, self-isolation, testing, priority populations, common questions, and more.

Small Business BC: Find PPE For Your Business
Small Business BC provides a listing of suppliers for Personal Protective Equipment.

Small Business BC: Latest Updates COVID-19
Small Business BC provided guidance and answers questions relating to COVID-19 resources and support programs for small businesses.
Issues & Performance

BC Gov: Provincial State of Emergency for COVID-19 Response
The Province of BC describes the state of emergency they have declared to support COVID-19 response.

BIV: Workplace Safety Regs Flexible to COVID-19
Business in Vancouver says nothing is in the works to cement specific COVID-19 measures into occupational health and safety policies, according to WorkSafe BC.

CBC: BC Closures During COVID-19
CBC News provides the latest COVID-19 advisories, updates and cancellations for businesses, community, government, schools, travel & transit, and more.

UDI: COVID-19 Municipal Closures & Updates
Urban Development Institute provides COVID-19 municipal updates covering facility closures, council meetings, permits, inspections, construction hours, and more.

WorkSafe BC: 6 COVID-19 Steps to Returning to Safe Operation
WorkSafe BC says employers are required to develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan that outlines the policies, guidelines, and procedures they have put in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. This plan follows the six steps outlined below. Employers must involve frontline workers, joint health and safety committees, and supervisors in identifying protocols for their workplace. You do not need a formal plan in place to begin operation, but are expected to develop it while protecting the safety of your workers.

WorkSafe BC: COVID-19 Claims Presumed To Be Caused from Work
WorkSafe BC is looking at presumption for COVID-19 claims in that COVID-19 claims will be presumed to be caused from work, unless proven otherwise.

WorkSafe BC: COVID-19 Health & Safety Information & Resources
WorkSafe BC online COVID-19 information and resources cover health and safety, industry information, and claims.

WorkSafe BC: COVID-19 Safety Plan Checklist
WorkSafe BC says employers are required to develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan that outlines the policies, guidelines, and procedures they have put in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. This tool will guide you through a six-step process to help you create your plan. The tool is provided as a fillable PDF you can download and save with the details of the plan for your workplace.

WorkSafe BC: Industry-Specific Guidance for Next Phase of Restart
WorkSafeBC has released industry-specific guidance and resources for employers resuming operations as part of phase 2 of the provincial government's restart plan.
Procedures Businesses

Board of Trade: COVID-19 Business Resources
Greater Vancouver Board of Trade has compiled resources and links to support your business planning, including government & official updates, business resiliency, leadership, and resources.

Concrete BC: Online Video on Managing During COVID-19
Concrete BC online video from their webinar Managing During COVID-19 examines some of the consequences that COVID-19 is having on workplace and employment relationships. It covers: Lay-off, constructive dismissal or termination; EI & other relief programs for employees and employers; Temporary lay-off; Unpaid leaves; Changes in BC Employment Standards.

Electrical Business: COVID-19 Workplace Pandemic Planning
Electrical Business provides information on the COVID-19 pandemic, and steps employers should take to manage the impact on their workforce.

HAVAN: Business Continuity Planning & COVID-19
Home Builders Association of Vancouver member Federated Insurance is sharing resources to help during COVID-19, including business continuity planning guides, checklists plus signage to ensure you and your business are protected.

Small Business BC: Resources for Managing Your Business in COVID-19
Small Business BC provides some resources for managing your business in COVID-19, including: Adapting and Pivoting Your Business; Operating a Remote Team; Supply Goods to the Government; Importing & Exporting; Pausing or Closing Your Business.

WorkSafe BC: Preventing Exposure to COVID-19 in Workplace
WorkSafe BC online guide Preventing exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace: A guide for employers, provides questions you should ask to address health and safety concerns in the workplace raised by COVID-19.
Procedures Construction

BC Gov: COVID-19 Resources for Building Construction & Operations
BC Government Building and Safety Standards Branch COVID-19 provides a central location for information to help guide and inform the building construction and operations sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

BC Gov: Guidance to Construction Sites Operating During COVID-19
BC Government provides updated guidance to construction sites operating during COVID-19.

BC Housing: COVID-19 Updates for Residential Construction Industry in BC
BC Housing Licensing & Consumer Services division News section now includes updates relating to COVID-19 for the residential construction industry in BC.

BCCSA: BC Construction Safety Alliance COVID-19 Resources
BC Construction Safety Alliance provides COVID-19 resources including COVID-19 information, prevention measures at work, identification and response at work, and signage and posters.

BCCSA: COVID-19 Prevention Procedures While Working on a Construction Site
BC Construction Safety Association outlines their recommended COVID-19 prevention procedures while working on a construction site. (PDF)

BCCSA: How to Safely Perform Work in Private Residences
BC Construction Safety Association bulletin How to Safely Perform Work in Private Residences describes how to conduct a risk assessment and to identify and control any potential hazards to which workers might be exposed. (PDF)

CCA: COVID-19 Standardized Protocols for All Canadian Construction Sites
Canadian Construction Association online Standardized Protocols for All Canadian Construction Sites outlines the best practices for construction sites in order to maintain the health and safety of all workers required to perform duties during the COVID-19 crisis. The protocols, which include prevention, detection and response measures, will minimize the impacts of the crisis and ensure business continuity in the construction industry. (PDF)

CHBA: Residential Construction Guidelines for Operating During COVID-19
Canadian Home Builders Association online Residential Construction Guidelines for Operating During COVID-19 document is based on the recommendations of Canada’s health agencies, and are considered the minimum requirements. (PDF)

Fenestration Canada: Safe Install Guidelines During COVID-19
Fenestration Canada online Safe Install Guidelines During COVID-19 outline measures for window installers to consider in the next few months.

HAVAN: COVID-19 Worksite Resources
Home Builders Association of Vancouver offers worksite resources on COVID-19.

NAHB: Construction Jobsite Safety Guidance for COVID-19
NAHB, as a member of the US Construction Industry Safety Coalition, provides a detailed plan to outline the steps that every employer and employee can take to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

VRCA: Sample Exposure Control Plan for COVID-19
Vancouver Regional Construction Association online document outlines a sample Exposure Control Plan for COVID-19. (PDF)

WorkSafe BC: Construction & COVID-19 Safety
WorkSafeBC is working with workers, employers, and industry associations to ensure construction sites are healthy and safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. They provide information to workers and employers through worksite inspections focusing on the controls that the employer can use to limit exposure, including maintaining distance between workers and ensuring adequate hygiene facilities.

WorkSafe BC: Real Estate COVID-19 Protocols for Returning to Operation
WorkSafe BC protocols are for those providing services related to real estate, including real estate professionals and home inspectors. Employers must also ensure they are abiding by any orders, notices, or guidance issued by the provincial health officer, and the appropriate health authority, which are relevant to their workplace.
Procedures Customers & Individuals

BC Gov: Online COVID-19 Update App & Self Assessment Tool
BC Government offers free tools including the BC COVID-19 App that provides updates, critical alerts, self-assessment tool, and resources from public health, as well as the online Self-Assessment Tool that will determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.

BCCDC: Priority Populations at Risk COVID-19
BC Centre for Disease Control says most people with COVID-19 recover; however, some people are more vulnerable to developing severe illness or complications from COVID-19 including older people and those with chronic health conditions. Other patients may have questions about how their health may be impacted by COVID-19.

BCCDC: Self-Isolation COVID-19
BC Centre for Disease Control provides information about self-isolation and self-monitoring, what to do if you get sick, and how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Procedures Employees

HAVAN: Free Course Navigating Human Resources Side of COVID-19
Home Builders Association of Vancouver free online course Navigating Human Resources Side of COVID-19 provides high-level information about a business’ legal responsibilities to employees as well as strategies to keep employees informed during this time of crisis, and keeping them engaged, motivated, and focused on moving forward. Free registration required.

Small Business BC: Employee Management for COVID-19
Small Business BC articles provide information about employee management, including: Employee Health; COVID-19 Related Leave; Avoiding Layoffs; Laying Off Employees.

WorkSafe BC: Staying Safe at Work
WorkSafe BC provides COVID-19 information on staying safe at work, including respiratory protection, physical distancing, protecting mental health, and more.
Procedures Financial Support

BC Gov: COVID-19 Provincial & Federal Benefits
Province of BC lists the various sources of COVID-19 provincial and federal benefits.

BC Hydro: COVID-19 Relief Fund
BC Hydro is supporting their customers during these challenging times by introducing the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Canada Gov: Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
Canada Government describes their COVID-19 Economic Response Plan and offerings of support for individuals, businesses. and other sectors.

Small Business BC: Sources of COVID-19 Funding & Financial Relief
Small Business BC describes sources of COVID-19 funding and financial relief including BC Government, Canadian Government, credit and financing, tax updates and deferrals, and more.
Procedures HVAC

ASHRAE: HVAC Industry COVID-19 Resources
ASHRAE provides the HVAC industry with some COVID-19 resources.

ASHRAE: Relationship Between COVID-19 & HVAC in Buildings
ASHRAE has published two statements to define guidance on managing the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease (Coronavirus) with respect to the operation and maintenance of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems in buildings.
Procedures Indigenous Communities

BCCDC: Indigenous Communities & Local Governments COVID-19
BC Centre for Disease Control provides some COVID-19 information for indigenous communities and local governments.
Procedures Inspectors

Arlington: US City Policy for Virtual Inspections During COVID-19
Arlington Virginia describes their policies for virtual inspections that they have implemented during COVID-19 as an alternative to in-person inspections. Virtual inspections are conducted between a customer and County inspector by using a video call on a smart phone or tablet.

BOABC: Building Official Safety During COVID-19
Building Officials Association of BC bulletin from the Municipal Insurance Association of BC describes advice for building official safety during COVID-19, as building officials are required to enter buildings and construction sites, which are often filled with building trades people. (PDF)

CAHPI: COVID-19 Recommendations for Home Inspectors
Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors provides updates on COVID-19 and home inspection services.

HIABC: Home Inspection Guidelines During COVID-19 Epidemic
Home Inspectors Association BC describes home inspection guidelines to be followed during the COVID-19 epidemic. (PDF)

TSBC: COVID-19 Inspection Guidelines
Technical Safety BC outlines their COVID-19 inspection guidelines for their site inspections.

TSBC: Remote Assessments During COVID-19
Technical Safety BC will be carrying out remote assessments due to COVID-19. To continue operations in compliance with the recommendations made by the BC Government and health experts, we will now be conducting assessments remotely, rather than in-person. At this time, physical assessments will only be conducted when we determine them to be critical to the safety system.
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