To help businesses prepare for and manage through a potential COVID-19 escalation in Canada, the Canadian Construction Association is referring members to a guide developed by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. It is designed to assist in business planning and continuity efforts. This tool includes links to some of the most relevant and credible information, best practice tools and resources. We will continue to update this information on our website www.cca-acc.com and we encourage you to also visit www.chamber.ca for additional resources. To view construction specific documents from our associations, click here.
Businesses play a critical role in protecting the health and safety of employees and limiting the negative impact on the economy and communities. Preparedness, not panic, is the best way to mitigate the risks posed by a COVID-19 pandemic to the Canadian economy and our citizens. A business continuity plan will minimize the impact on business and facilitate a speedy resumption of activities if the business has been forced to scale back or close during the pandemic.
Should COVID-19 escalate in Canada, some of the things businesses need to plan for include:
- Staff absences due to a number of reasons (personal illness, ill family members, looking after children if schools close, government authorizing quarantine or self-isolation, etc.);
- Disruption to essential services like information, telecommunications, financial services, energy supply, and logistics;
- Disruption to supply of necessary materials or contractors;
- A major increase or decrease in demand for products and services;
- Cancellation or disruption of travel and cross-border movement of people and goods;
- Cancellation of public meetings or gatherings like sports events, concerts or religious services;
- Impact on the trade status of Canada, or of our trading partners; and
- Increased public fear that causes citizens to avoid public places.
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