The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging our people and our businesses in ways many of us had not planned. Managing a business through a pandemic crisis is a significant challenge. For this reason, ACEC has created this section of our website to support our member firms during this unprecedented event.
We’re featuring resources and information that are of interest to the consulting engineering industry, updates on activities ACEC is undertaking to support our member firms through the crisis and recovery, as well as the communications that we are sending out to our distribution list.*
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View all of ACEC-Canada’s communications related to COVID-19 below and share with colleagues.
COVID-19 Relief Now Includes 75% Wage Subsidy for Impacted Businesses - April 1, 2020
ACEC makes recommendations to Prime Minister - March 25, 2020
ACEC update on COVID-19 - March 18, 2020
2020 ACEC Awards Update - March 18, 2020
ACEC Office Closure - March 16, 2020
ACEC Advocacy Efforts
UPDATE - March 27, 2020
ACEC has communicated with the Minister of Public Safety, the Honourable Bill Blair, on the importance of considering the consulting engineering industry as part of federal essential services to support the safety of Canadians.
Click here to view ACEC's letter to Minister Blair
ORIGINALLY POSTED - March 25, 2020
ACEC has written the Prime Minister and several key cabinets ministers with specific recommendations on how the consulting engineering sector can retain its capacity in order to help the government mitigate the current crisis and support the post-crisis recovery.
Click here to view ACEC's letter to the Prime Minister
ACEC has also been working closely with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and over 60 other business associations across Canada on steps to protect and support businesses through the crisis. Most recently, ACEC participated in a joint statement in support of a national effort to protect jobs.
Click here to view the joint statement
ORIGINALLY POSTED - March 20, 2020
ACEC-Canada has been in direct contact with senior levels of the federal government and many of its stakeholder partners. Our discussions have focused on:
- possible policy responses that could provide assistance to businesses in protecting their employees
- ensuring both the immediate and long-term survival of businesses
- stabilizing and rebuilding the economy through the post-crisis recovery
ACEC-Canada has also had specific discussions with the leadership at Infrastructure Canada on the role of infrastructure in general - and the consulting engineering sector in particular - in Canada’s resilience to and recovery from the crisis. The need for firms to start designing six months to two years before there are shovels in the ground was stressed should the government decided to drive stimulus through infrastructure. Our industry’s significant capacity to work remotely was also discussed. ACEC-Canada has strongly recommended that for the time being, the government needs to continue implementing its infrastructure plan and encouraging provinces and municipalities to stay the course on infrastructure. We have also suggested that in the longer term, to facilitate the recovery, accelerating/re-profiling some of the infrastructure investments from the later years of the program into the next two or three years could result in a more even distribution of investments over the remainder of the program.
Finally, we are also contacting Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) to similarly stress the importance of continuing to deliver projects. In addition, timely payment of invoices and approval of scope changes will be critical to cashflow for consulting engineer firms and other service providers doing work for the federal government.
Staying Up to Date
We all will need to provide confidence to all stakeholders, empathy and support to those under challenge. Our member firms also have a very important role to play in helping communities to reduce the spread of the pandemic. This responsibility is both a moral, ethical and in some cases may even be a legal obligation.
To help keep you current on the developments in your region, the following information sites from across the country provide updates on the COVID-19 virus:
Newfoundland and Labrador
Prince Edward Island
There are numerous resources to help business navigate the pandemic.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Government of Canada, has established the Canadian Business Resilience Network (CBRN) and dedicated CBRN website with information, tools and resources to help support Canadian businesses through COVID-19, available here.
Our partners at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce have consolidated some useful information which you can view by clicking here.
Heal & Co. LLP has prepared a crisis management bulletin related to construction contracts and COVID-19 that you can view here.
Note: COVID-19 response is developing in real time. Since the Publication of this Bulletin, several provincial governments have issued orders pertaining specifically to construction sites. Please ensure that you are compliant with such orders within your jurisdiction.
VICTOR has provided a Fact Sheet: Coronavirus Resiliency & Online Meeting Best Practices document for your reference. Information on Architects & Engineers Professional Liability can be found here.
The Harvard Business review also has a number of articles that may be of interest:
Guide to Leading Your Business Through the Coronavirus Crisis
Prepare Your Supply Chain for Coronavirus
What Organisations Need to Survive a Pandemic
What’s Your Company’s Emergency Remote-Work Plan?
ACEC has also collaborated with FIDIC (International Federation of Consulting Engineers) on a guidance document specific to the consulting engineering sector which is available for download here.
ACEC Awards Programs
To ensure your firm can focus on the health and well being of its employees and its core business, ACEC-Canada and our partner Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine have agreed to temporarily suspend the Stage 2 and Stage 3 deadlines of the 2020 Canadian Consulting Engineering (CCE) Awards. The 'Stage 1 Notice of Intent to Submit' deadline has also been extended to March 31st. All of the awards program’s entry information and forms remain available online.
ACEC-Canada has also temporarily suspended the candidate submission deadlines for the 2020 Beaubien Award and the 2021 Allen D. Williams Scholarship.
These actions will help ensure all firms have the opportunity to participate in this year’s awards process. Over the coming weeks, we will continue to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on our industry and make decisions regarding submission deadlines based on the information available at the time. We will ensure you are kept abreast of developments as they unfold through email, Source newsletter and the ACEC website.
When the submission deadlines are reinstated, we will ensure member firms receive ample notice in order to prepare their submissions, which this year may be provided in wholly digital form, with no hard copies required. This change will help save time and make the process more amenable to the realities of work-from-home policies.
While the CCE Awards gala, currently scheduled for October 27 in Ottawa, has not been cancelled, ACEC-Canada is evaluating the viability of moving forward with the event on this date. Should it become necessary to cancel the gala, it will be rescheduled for 2021 to provide all award winners the opportunity to celebrate with their teams and colleagues.
While ACEC is continuing its core business of advocating for the industry, ACEC staff are working remotely to the best extent possible and will be in the office only minimally. However, all staff will continue to be available by email to respond to inquiries. Please refer to the ACEC staff directory of our website for email addresses.
At this time, all “in-person” events hosted by ACEC-Canada from now through to the end of April will be postponed or cancelled. If you have registered for any events through ACEC-Canada, our team will be in touch regarding details.
ACEC-Canada will also be exploring ways to help support its member firms as they navigate these unprecedented events.