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March 19 COVID-19 Update

March 19, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic we will be providing daily updates to our members with concise, relevant information they need for their businesses, employees and personal health.
For more frequent updates please follow us on Twitter @WCANews.
For past editions of these bulletins please visit the News section on our website.
If you have any questions about the pandemic, please email our COVID-19 hotline at


Federal Government Support for Employees and Businesses

The Government of Canada is working on several measures to help employees who have been laid off due to illness, the need to care for loved ones or a lack of work because of COVID-19. It's also announced a number of measures to help small and medium businesses struggling because of the pandemic.

More details on these measures, including eligibility, compensation and application methods are still emerging, but we're doing our best to parse the information and make it available to you. Please see the two graphics below, one for employees and one for businesses, for a high-level overview of these programs.

For our full breakdown of these programs, click here for our report.

As work slows down and business owners are forced to lay people off, please keep the following in mind:


  • Laid-off employees who would normally be eligible for E.I. should apply for E.I. through the normal channels.

  • Please be diligent when filling out their ROE forms - consult pages 22-24 of this document to see the proper code to use on ROE forms. Note that if an employee is not sick but is self-isolating you should still use Code D (illness or injury).

  • Since some of these funds will be distributed through CRA, we would encourage employees to sign up for direct deposit through CRA MyAccount as soon as possible. Administering these funds will be logistically difficult, and direct deposit will help laid-off employees get paid quicker.




City of Winnipeg Permit Update

The City of Winnipeg's Planning, Property & Development Department is currently working on moving its commercial permit application process online. This is not in place yet but we expect to have more information about this process by the end of next week.

Until we have more information, the department is asking applicants to drop off permit applications and book a phone appointment to discuss the application. To provide staff time to review the application, they are asking for three business days between dropping off the applications and setting up an appointment. If the department reviews the application sooner than three business days and have any questions or need additional information they will reach out directly.


Changes to WCA's Office

Due to the pandemic, our office is currently closed to visitors. We have also allowed a number of staff members to work from home. Neither of these changes mean that we are reducing services to our members.

Our dedicated WCA staff is still available to reach by phone at 204-775-8664 or via email at Individual staff members can still be reached at their respective phone numbers or email addresses and will be ready and willing to help you.

If you do need to visit the office to pick up a seal, a construction document, or something else, please call the office at 204-775-8664 when you arrive and a staff member will meet you at the door to let you in.


COVID-19 Hotline

We'll be here for our members through every step of this pandemic. If you have any questions or concerns, please email our dedicated COVID-19 hotline at If we don't have the answer you're looking for, we'll use our industry contacts and knowledge to find it for you.