Glass Canada


April 7, 2020
By Patrick Flannery

We’ll update this page regularly with important news and resources concerning the COVID-19 pandemic for the Canadian architectural glass industry. Stay safe, everyone.


Indoor humidity may affect virus transmission

CERB takes over 300,000 applications on first day

Ottawa, banks, near deal on small business loans

ConstructConnect lists delayed projects by province

Saskatchewan Construction Association wants work to continue

Manitoba to set up temporary hospitals

Construction concerns in New Brunswick

Sites working in Nova Scotia at a slower pace


Support for your Business – Bonny Koabel, AKR Consulting

Paying for Pandemic UPDATE – Bonny Koabel, AKR Consulting

Preventing pandemic pandemonium – Suzanne Bernier

Paying for pandemic – Bonny Koabel


Canadian Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Business Resilience page

MNP consultants’ business advice page

Government resources pages for businesses








New Brunswick

Nova Scotia


Newfoundland and Labrador




Business/financial assistance




April 6

CERB portal now open

Worker on Vancouver airport expansion site tests positive

Saskatchewan Construction Association collecting information on affected projects

Manitoba announces tax and payment deferrals

Manitoba construction orgs put guidelines in place for construction sites

CCQ list of continuing and suspended services

Difficulty with COVID safety on Atlantic sites

Health Canada guidelines for disinfecting workplaces

CD Howe institute calls for support for asset-based finance industry

Canadian Chamber of Commerce launches business conditions survey

Mixed reaction from small business to wage subsidy

April 3

Ontario shuts down commercial and industrial construction

EDC chief economist predicts terrible recession, even stronger recovery

What’s an essential service? Ottawa’s definition…

Toronto passes bylaw mandating social distancing in public – $5,000 fine

April 2

Ontario Association of Architects posts document outlining best practices for COVID-related construction shutdowns

6.6 million Americans file for unemployment benefits in one week

More details of federal wage subsidy released

Ontario considering shutting down construction sites

Quebec construction workers don’t want to lose construction holiday

Canada revenue agency hiring in anticipation of avalanche of benefits claims

WorkSafe BC releases safety guidelines for construction

April 1

C.R. Laurence donates PPE

Diamond Schmitt using 3D printer to produce face shield visors

Manitoba seeking businesses to provide supplies

Ontario state of emergency extended through April 13

Canadian Construction Association webinar tomorrow giving economic outlook for construction industry

CFIB reporting Canada Post will waive fees for forwarding business mail to home addresses. Nothing on the Canada Post site about this yet.

Ontario Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development warns jobsites will be shut down if they don’t sanitize toilets.


March 31

Manitoba orders non-essential businesses closed, manufacturing and construction exempted

BC Construction Association calls for input to inform lobbying efforts

NGA publishes pandemic best-practices document for glaziers

Feds extend wage subsidy eligibility to any company seeing 30% revenue drop

Canadian Construction Association best practices for construction sites during pandemic

Mass gathering limits

BC – 50

Alberta – 10

Saskatchewan – 10

Manitoba – 10

Ontario – 5

Quebec – 2

New Brunswick – 10

Nova Scotia – 5

P.E.I. – 5

Newfoundland and Labrador – not specified “avoid crowds”


March 30

AXYZ invites fabricators to group making PPE and other COVID-fighting products

Ontario updates construction site guidelines

Ontario bans gatherings of more than five people

O’Leary predicts three-month shutdown, gives coping and investment advice 

Ontario keeping highway service centres open for truckers

March 27

AGMCA cancels Member Appreciation Days

Guardian says support available via video conference:

SNC Lavalin withdraws 2020 financial outlook

The cure is not worse than the disease: Bloomberg

Small business group petitioning for government support

Statement from Canadian Construction Association


March 26

Feds to send $2,000 per month to support laid off and sick workers

WorkSafe BC to enforce social distancing on construction sites

Alberta Construction Association urges government to keep sites open

Ontario WSIB to allow payment deferral

Quebec construction union wants to keep working with safety measures


March 24

Quebec shuts down most glass industry activities

Ontario glass companies may remain open


March 20

Pandemic expert advises glass industry to expect more government orders


March 17

CSC Toronto chapter cancels upcoming events until further notice


March 16

C.R. Laurence announces changes to will-call service practices


March 11

Top Glass rescheduled for Sept. 29 at new venue