April 3, 2020
Following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is reducing the list of businesses classified as essential and ordering more workplaces to close. This measure is deemed necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of the people of Ontario, while ensuring that necessary goods and services remain available.
The government is ordering all businesses not covered by the updated Emergency Order to close effective as of Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. This closure will be in effect for 14 days, with the possibility of an extension as the situation evolves. Teleworking, online commerce and other innovative ways of working remotely are permitted at all times and are strongly encouraged for all businesses. All supply chains necessary for the production of vital food and healthcare supplies are being protected and remain intact.
The updated essential businesses list can be found HERE.
For the benefit of HRAI members, included in the shortened list of essential businesses are the following key business categories:
Maintenance -- 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.
Construction (now limited – see new definitions at link) and
Supply Chains -- businesses that supply other essential businesses or essential services within Ontario, or that supply businesses or services that have been declared essential in a jurisdiction outside of Ontario, with the support, products, supplies, systems, or services, including processing, packaging, warehousing, distribution, delivery, and maintenance necessary to operate.
HRAI will be seeking clarifications from the Ontario Government to ensure that HVACR services are included within the definition of “maintenance.”
The media release can be found HERE.
More information is available from the provincial government at Stop the Spread hotline at 1-888-444-3659, available from 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
As this situation continues to evolve, HRAI Canada has worked to support members by providing up-to-date information and resources, as it becomes available.
Impact of COVID19 on HRAI Operations
It’s amazing how fast the world moves in times of crisis. Just 10 days ago, we were confident that our popular biennial show, CMPX, would run as expected, today it’s hard to imagine attending an event of any size.
Last week HRAI Staff were receiving calls and emails about CMPX. This week, it’s all about training, with participants who are looking for direction or updates on course and event postponements.
Here is the latest news on HRAI operations:
HRAI Course Postponement/Virtual Classroom Opportunities:
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the mindfulness of social distancing, HRAI has made a decision to suspend the “Guaranteed-to-Run” campaign for the remainder of the fiscal year. We are running courses on a case by case scenario. All HRAI courses running in Canada until April 17th, 2020 will be cancelled. HRAI will re-evaluate the delivery of in-person courses on April 19, 2020. In February, we ran a virtual classroom that received positive accolades. Watch for details about other HRAI training held in virtual classrooms. For those who have registered for training between now and June 2020, please watch your emails for updates. Anyone who is registered and feels the need to postpone to our next schedule may do so. Contact HRAI at 1-800-267-2231 ext. 241 for more details.
HRAI has prepared information for members to help them to develop responsible approaches to dealing with their employees and customers. We encourage you to check it out.
In closing, I would like to add that I appreciate you and what you are going through in these difficult times. I am looking forward to the time in the near future where we can work together to improve your business.
Thank you for your business and your loyalty.
If HRAI can help you in any way over these coming weeks, reach out to us.
Best wishes and be safe.
Sandy MacLeod, HRAI President and CEO
firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-602-4700 x 237
- HRAI is also equipped to run meetings through our video conferencing set-up, as well as through our webinar capabilities. If you’d like to find out more about this call us at 800-267-2231 x 254. We are happy to share, with our members, our experiences with this technology.
HRAI staff and working environment:
Effective, Monday, March 23, 2020, the office will be closed, however, we will function remotely. Here is a link to our company directory. You can contact us anytime.
HRAI Government Relations:
HRAI is keeping abreast of federal and provincial plans, addressing business and citizen concerns about COVID-19, and will make relevant information available to members as it becomes available. We are advocating that governments understand that the products and services of the HVACR industry – heating and cooling for occupant comfort and safety, refrigeration processes for food preservation and medical care, etc. -- are essential services for Canadians, and give appropriate consideration as such in policies and programs that are rolled out to address the pandemic. HRAI is also pressing for appropriate financial supports for business owners, self-employed contractors and employees who may be especially vulnerable during the economic downturn resulting from restrictions on activity.
Postponement of the 2020 CMPX event:
A notice went out on Thursday, March 12th, 2020 that the CMPX show scheduled for March 25-27 has been postponed. We are working through the various possibilities and contractual obligations and will communicate details to the various stakeholders as they become available. We request your patience and support as we work through these issues.