COVID-19 Updates

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.*

*If you are not currently on the ACEC-Canada email distribution list, click here to subscribe to our newsletter and other communications.

 

ACEC Communications

View all of ACEC-Canada’s communications related to COVID-19 below and share with colleagues. 

ACEC Source newsletter article - Government creates COVID-19 Construction Industry Roundtable: ACEC and stakeholder partners to have input into COVID-19 response and recovery - June 17, 2020
ACEC offers FREE 2020 webinar series 'Engineering Your Business Through COVID-19'  - June 3, 2020
ACEC Source newsletter article - A Positive Step Forward for the Industry - May 13, 2020
COVID-19 Updates and Resources from ACEC Source - April 16, 2020
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

June 18, 2020
ACEC took part in a joint letter to the Prime Minister along with the Canadian Construction Association and the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships regarding economic stimulus and the importance of moving infrastructure projects forward during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Click here to view the letter to the Prime Minister

 

June 5, 2020
ACEC took part in a public consulting on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) launched by the Government of Canada. The feedback from this consultation will help inform potential changes to CEWS in order to maximize employment and meet the needs of both employers and employees. 
Click here to view the ACEC submission to the CEWS consultation

 

June 3, 2020
ACEC joined with other leaders of the Canadian construction industry in support of temporary sick pay coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic within a letter to the Prime Minister. 
Click here to view the letter to the Prime Minister

 

May 1, 2020
ACEC was invited to participate in a construction industry round table convened by the federal government and hosted by the Parliamentary Secretary to Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). This gathering of stakeholders is one of the key requests ACEC made to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities in a letter dated April 16, 2020. 
Click here to view more information on ACEC's participation in the industry round table hosted by PSPC

 

April 16, 2020
ACEC has written to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the honourable Catherine McKenna, to extend its assistance, and to offer key recommendations, for future economic recovery measures to bring much-needed prosperity to all Canadians.
Click here to view ACEC's letter to Minister McKenna

 

April 6, 2020
ACEC has written to the Minister of Finance, the Honourable Bill Morneau, and the Minister of Small Business, the Honourable Mary Ng, with specific recommendations regarding the eligibility periods of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program.
Click here to view ACEC's letter to Minister Morneau and Minister Ng

 

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

 

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:

Alberta
British Columbia
Manitoba
Ontario
Quebec: English
Quebec: French
New Brunswick
Northwest Territories
Nova Scotia
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nunavut
Prince Edward Island
Saskatchewan
Yukon

 

Resources

There are numerous resources to help business navigate the pandemic.   

 

ACEC-Canada is offering a FREE 2020 webinar series - Engineering Your Business Through COVID-19. 

Managing a business through COVID-19 is a significant challenge. The uncertainties created by the crisis make it difficult for leaders to manage current activities and plan for the recovery. Consulting engineering firms are contending with a host of new questions in this constantly evolving COVID-19 reality with no baseline from which to move forward. Engineering Your Business Through COVID-19 is a free webinar series brought to you by ACEC-Canada and its Maple Leaf Partners and sponsors. Each week, experts will address the issues and challenges our industry leaders are facing.

The first sesson titled Cybersecurity in the remote-empowered workforce presented by RSM Canada will take place on Wednesday June 10, 2020. For more information and to register click here.

 

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.

Furthermore, as businesses prepare to reopen or revamp their operations amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the CBRN has developed a Reopening Toolkit designed to provide guidance, or access to guidance, for business owners and senior managers responsible for re-establishing their operations while ensuring the health and safety of their staff, customers, suppliers and the general public is at the forefront.

CBRN has also developed the Business Resilience Service (BRS) which allows you to connect with experienced business advisors from across Canada for guidance on which government relief programs will be most appropriate to support your small- to medium-sized business, not-for-profit or charity on how to respond and reshape amid uncertainty. 

 

Defence Construction Canada (DCC), in response to the COVID-19 situation, will accept e-bids for all opportunities (goods, and construction, maintenance and professional services), including those that require bid security. As of April 6, 2020, companies can submit e-bids for all new professional services contracts. For more information please click 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. Victor has also provided tips on How to protect yourself from COVID-19 technology scams as well as a Risk Management Advisory: Evaluating contractor delay claims related to COVID-19.

 

Statistics Canada releases results of survey on Business Conditions: Impact of COVID-19 on businesses in Canada.

 

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?

 

FIDIC (International Federation of Consulting Engineers) has developed a COVID-19 specific webinar series to examine and provide best industry practice solutions to the challenges ahead. Registration and information on upcoming sessions, as well as access to past sessions, can be found here. 

ACEC has also collaborated with FIDIC on a guidance document specific to the consulting engineering sector which is available for download here.

 

ACEC Operations

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.