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April 3 COVID-19 Update

April 3, 2020

COVID-19 Update - April 3

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.
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Ontario narrows list of essential businesses

This afternoon, Ontario premier Doug Ford announced the province was narrowing its list of essential workplaces. You can view the new full list of essential workplaces here. The changes come into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, April 4.

This move has significant impact on construction in Ontario. While the original list included most types of construction, the new list deems most construction to be non-essential, meaning these sites need to close down.

Here's the list of essential workplaces relevant to our members:


  1. Maintenance, repair and property management services strictly necessary to manage and maintain the safety, security, sanitation and essential operation of institutional, commercial, industrial and residential properties and buildings.



  1. Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space.
  2. Construction projects and services required to ensure safe and reliable operations of, or to provide new capacity in, critical provincial infrastructure, including transit, transportation, energy and justice sectors beyond the day-to-day maintenance.
  3. Critical industrial construction activities required for,
    1. the maintenance and operations of petrochemical plants and refineries,
    2. significant industrial petrochemical projects where preliminary work has already commenced,
    3. industrial construction and modifications to existing industrial structures limited solely to work necessary for the production, maintenance, and/or enhancement of Personal Protective Equipment, medical devices (such as ventilators), and other identified products directly related to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. Residential construction projects where,
    1. a footing permit has been granted for single family, semi-detached and townhomes
    2. an above grade structural permit has been granted for condominiums, mixed use and other buildings, or
    3. the project involves renovations to residential properties and construction work was started before April 4, 2020.
  5. Construction and maintenance activities necessary to temporarily close construction sites that have paused or are not active and to ensure ongoing public safety.

While these changes do not affect construction in Manitoba, we realize that many of our members perform work in Ontario, and this will affect them. Businesses should also prepare for a similar scenario happening here. Manitoba will follow the directives of its own public health officials, but it would be prudent for business owners to factor in the possibility of further closures in their contingency plans.

Manitoba announces tax deferrals

On Friday morning, Manitoba premier Brian Pallister announced the province is deferring provincial income tax and corporate income tax filing deadlines and payments to coincide with the current revised federal deferral of income tax to Aug. 31 and has indicated it would be willing to extend these deferrals until Oct. 1, should the federal government agree.

Pallister also announced he will be accelerating the removal of PST from home and business property insurance. This move, originally slated for 2021, will now happen on July 1, 2020.

You can read the full release from the province here.

City of Winnipeg defers property and business taxes

On Friday, Winnipeg mayor Brian Bowman announced the City of Winnipeg is waiving penalties for unpaid property and business taxes for up to three months following their due date.

  • Property taxes are due on June 30, 2020 (fees waived until September 30, 2020)
  • Business taxes are due on May 29, 2020 (fees waived until August 31, 2020)

The City is waiving Tax Instalment Payment Plan (TIPP) program fees on both property and business taxes for the period of April 1, 2020 until October 1, 2020. This means no enrolment fee for the TIPP program and no penalty fee as a result of non-sufficient funds (NSF) during that time. In the event of a declined payment due to NSF, you would be allowed to remain enrolled in the program and make delayed TIPP payments without any late payment fees.

Click here for more information.

Hand Sanitizer

Yesterday, we announced we had a limited amount of hand sanitizer for sale. Despite limiting companies to 10 bottles each, we sold out of our stock of 800 in less than 10 minutes. We're working on securing another order and hope to have more for sale in the very near future.