Check back for updates to our list of COVID-19 resources. Check your Local Union website for updates specific to your Local/region.

May 1, 2020

Premier Ford announced today the plan to allow certain businesses to reopen. See the full article at the link below. Areas specific to construction are as follows:

By following the proper health and safety guidelines these businesses will be permitted to begin operations on Monday, May 4 at 12:01 a.m.:
Additional essential construction projects that include:

- shipping and logistics
- broadband, telecommunications, and digital infrastructure
- any other project that supports the improved delivery of goods and services
- municipal projects;
- colleges and universities
- child care centres
- schools
- site preparation, excavation, and servicing for institutional, commercial, industrial and residential development

Read the full article here.


The UA wants to hear from you! We are looking for COVID-19 pictures and stories from UA members, good and bad, for the UA Journal and social media. Please send job site pictures with appropriate PPE and safety practices in use, as well as stories related to the UA, to Include your name, UA card number and other info!


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Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks. Visit the Canada Emergency Response Benefit website for information on eligibility and on which days to apply.

April 21, 2020

NOTICE: Canada Emergency Response Benefit

As you know, the Government of Canada has rolled out the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and those that have already applied for it may now have received your first payment.

Given the Government’s commitment to ensuring that individuals applying for this benefit received the money quickly, the benefit is currently being paid to all that apply.

This means that:

• If you were already receiving EI and applied for the CERB, you may now be in receipt of payments from both. You are NOT entitled to both EI and CERB. If you are receiving EI, you should NOT apply for CERB. If you have not yet applied for EI, apply for CERB and when that benefit expires (in 4 months), apply for EI.

• If you do not qualify for CERB (i.e., voluntarily quit your job, did not make $5000 in 2019, are not without income for 14 consecutive days in the previous 4 weeks), you may still have received a payment.

• If you applied through Service Canada and CRA, you may have received two payments.

The Government has indicated that anyone who has received the CERB in instances where they should not have will be required to repay the amount paid out. It is unclear exactly when this repayment will be required. It could be in a few months or during tax season next year but be aware that the Government will want its money back at some point. 

We would also like to remind you that the CERB is a taxable benefit, meaning that you will have to pay taxes on all amounts received.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your business representative.

The Union maintains its commitment to keep you up-to-date on any developments and will update this information when we have more details.


April 17, 2020

COVID-19 Keeping You and Your Family Safe

April 12, 2020

UA General President Mark McManus and MCAA President Brian Helm discuss how cooperation, communication and common sense are fueling joint efforts to adapt to new working conditions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 9, 2020

UA General President Mark McManus announces relief for UA members affected by COVID-19

Watch General President McManus speak about some relief coming to our members from UAHQ

March 30, 2020

Canada is facing an unprecedented time with the spread of COVID-19 putting extreme strains on our healthcare system and supplies. Canada’s Building Trades Unions has announced a partnership with Canada’s Federation of Nurses Unions to donate extra N-95 respirator masks and other protective equipment to nurses who remain on the front line to protect all of us from the spread of COVID-19. Learn more by clicking here (voir en français).

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