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COVID-19: CTEA Actions


Dear Members and Friends,


We are aware that the outbreak and spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) can raise questions and concerns. This is an ever-evolving situation and we recognize we all need to make decisions that best support our own health and the health of those around us.


We take pride in our member relationship which is the cornerstone of our Association. In keeping with the guidelines outlined from our health authorities and to proactively protect our staff and members, we are restricting our non-essential/non-urgent member meetings and encouraging the use of technology such as computers, webinars, phones etc.  If you have planned or registered to an event with us please review our calendar of events as it is updated with new dates.


We appreciate your understanding as we work through this unprecedented situation and will further communicate as new information unfolds.

Thank you,


Suzy Léveillé

General Manager/Directrice Générale

Link: Government of Canada, Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

l'hyperlien:  Gouvernement du Canada, Maladie à coronavirus (COVID-19)


COVID-19 Update 


The most critical concern for many of our members right now is the definition of "essential workplaces" at the provincial level and federally (should the Emergencies Act be invoked).  As of 12:00 PM, March 24, 2020, Ontario and Quebec released their lists of essential workplaces that will not close under general "lock-downs" ordered under their respective Emergency provisions.



Also, the Government of Canada has elected not to invoke the Emergencies Act at the federal level, however as Prime Minister Trudeau has indicated it is still "on the table and again we will be watching this closely.


Please click on the links below for access to the latest information regarding COVID-19, business closures and current state of affairs from all provincial and territorial governments.


COVID-19 Federal Assistance Programs


I am sure that every business is tuned into announcement regarding the programs that the federal government has initiated to assist businesses through the pandemic, however we wanted to put the links to this information out to ensure everyone is aware:


Support to businesses


Latest news from Prime Minister

Avoid layoffs

Access to credit

Supporting financial market liquidity

More flexibility



In response to CME lobbying, the Work Share program process has been improved. The application process has been simplified and forms 5100 and 5101 have been updated accordingly. Companies can now apply for the entire 76 weeks program right at the start through one single application. They have also introduced e-mail approvals to process applications more quickly, in addition to adopting a lax approach to approvals of applications. This means that if you had ruled out work share as a possible option previously, it may be worth revisiting to see if the changes made help you.


Guidance and toolkits, both for employers and employees, will be available shortly here




Announced today, the CERB is a simpler and more accessible combination of the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit. It is more universal and is a response to many of CME’s recommendations to improve the EI system and the older emergency relief programs.  


This taxable benefit provides $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Additionally, workers who are still employed, but are not receiving income because of disruptions to their work situation due to COVID-19, would also qualify for the CERB.


This benefit will not be available until April and will take at least 10 days to pay out benefits. CME is calling for direct wage subsidies through employers as a better way to help keep workers on the payroll. More details... 




Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), the manufacturing supercluster, will invest $50 million to support projects that will quickly improve Canada's industrial capacity to produce goods critical to fighting COVID-19. Learn more.  


Please watch your e-mails for ongoing developments and the day to day updates across Canada.


Stay safe.


CTEA Staff

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