COVID-19 NOTICE

BROTHERS AND SISTERS,


These past few weeks have been truly unlike anything we’ve experienced before in our lives. As an organization, we want to reassure every member that your health and safety is our top priority. We are engaged fully with the UBC Canadian District, the Canadian and Provincial Building Trades, and governments to supply your Local Union with updated information as fast as possible to ensure you are well informed as we move together through these challenging times. Our team is providing Locals and employers with pertinent information, best practices for safe workplaces, coordinating with benefit and training plans, and making recommendations to the government and employers about mitigating the threat of COVID-19 and the effects it has on the health, welfare and livelihood of our members.

The Millwright Regional Council of Ontario remains committed to supporting the province’s essential services through conversions, retooling and retrofitting of manufacturing facilities in controlled isolated environments to support the production of medical equipment, industry or retail guard work, ventilators, and essential supplies to help Ontario, and Canada cope with imminent shortages.

In this rapidly changing situation, our advocacy for our members continues as staff practices social distancing measures. Immediate needs related to COVID-19 are our top priority. We understand that members and their families across the province are having to take action and make arrangements for this current reality, and as we navigate the impacts of this virus, it is important to remember that we will get through this together, as we always have.

Stay safe, and stay healthy.
Sincerely,

Ed Spence
Executive Secretary Treasurer

COVID-19 SCENARIOS FOR MRCO MEMBERS


LAID OFF DUE TO WORK CLOSURES

• Apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The CERB will be accessible through your CRA My Account as of April 6. View the application guidelines here.

• Canadians who are already receiving EI regular and sickness benefits as of today would continue to receive their benefits and should not apply to the CERB. Learn more.

• Apply for regular EI benefits in case you are still unemployed after the 16-week CERB period. You will need a required number of hours. See eligibility info here. You will need an ROE from your employer saying you’ve been laid off. There is a one-week wait period (so you will not be paid for 1 week). Apply here. Or call 1-800-206-7218.

LAID OFF AND INELIGIBLE FOR EI

• Apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The CERB will be accessible through your CRA My Account as of April 6. View the application guidelines here.

UNABLE TO WORK DUE TO SCHOOL CLOSURES

• Parents with children who require care due to school closures can apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The CERB will be accessible through your CRA My Account as of April 6. View the application guidelines here.

• Canadians who are already receiving EI regular and sickness benefits as of today would continue to receive their benefits and should not apply to the CERB. Learn more.

UBC COVID-19 MEMBER RESPONSE TEAM

• UBC members can contact the UBC COVID RESPONSE TEAM to answer your questions and provide information during this pandemic period.

• The UBC is here to listen and help.

Call 1-800-354-1812.

THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE COVID-19

• If experiencing symptoms, complete this self-assessment tool. It’s also an app for both Android & Apple devices.

If you are sick, self-isolate and contact a health care provider – you can call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 to speak with a registered nurse.

SICK, QUARANTINED, OR IN DIRECTED SELF-ISOLATION

• Apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The CERB will be accessible through your CRA My Account as of April 6. View the application guidelines here.

• Apply for EI sickness benefits.

• The one-week waiting period for EI sickness benefits will be waived for new claimants who are quarantined so they can be paid for the first week of their claim.

• The requirement to provide a sick note has been waived for people claiming EI sickness benefits due to sickness, quarantine, or directed selfisolation.

SICK, QUARANTINED, OR IN DIRECTED SELF-ISOLATION & HAVE BENEFITS THROUGH MY UNION

• Email askus@mymanion.com or call 1-866-532-8999 to confirm you are currently qualify for additional coverage under the MRCO benefit plan.

Download the SUB Application Form, and email the completed forms to your Local office

• Apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The CERB will be accessible through your CRA My Account as of April 6. View the application guidelines here.

• Apply for EI sickness benefits in case you are still sick after the 16-week CERB period.

DO I QUALIFY FOR WSIB BENEFITS?

• WSIB benefits are not available for preventative measures or nonwork-related exposure.

• Only file a claim for COVID-19 virus infection contracted through workrelated exposure.

• Visit the WSIB website for more info.

SICK, QUARANTINED, OR IN DIRECTED SELF-ISOLATION & DON’T HAVE BENEFITS THROUGH MY UNION OR AM UNSURE IF I HAVE BENEFITS

• If you are unsure if you currently have health benefit coverage, you can email askus@mymanion.com or call 1-866-532-8999 to find out if you are currently covered on the MRCO benefit plan. If you are on the benefit plan, see the applicable grid cell. If not:

• Apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The CERB will be accessible through your CRA My Account as of April 6. View the application guidelines here.

• If you are not covered but are eligible for EI, apply for EI sickness benefits that may be available after the 16-week CERB period.

SICK, QUARANTINED, OR IN DIRECTED SELF-ISOLATION & INELIGIBLE FOR EI

• Apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The CERB will be accessible through your CRA My Account as of April 6. View the application guidelines here.

• If you have benefits through your union, your benefit plan may offer short-term disability or a member and family assistance program.

• Contact your council to see if you are currently covered on its benefit plan, or call 1-800-354-1812 to speak with someone from your council’s COVID-19 Member Response Team.

COVID-19 INFO & RESOURCES

• Workers Health & Safety Centre’s page on Construction and COVID-19 Safety.

• Workers Health & Safety Centre resource for Construction workers facing COVID-19.

This federal website is a directory for information about COVID-19 in relation to a variety of topics.

• Here’s a directory of local resources and support through Crisis Services Canada.

General Occupational Health Advisory about COVID-19 – from Health Canada.

• View this additional guide for directing Canadians to benefits & information.

COVID-19 RESOURCES

The Millwright Regional Council of Ontario, our country and the world are facing an unprecedented time amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. As things continue to rapidly change, the MRCO wants to ensure we provide as much relevant information to you, our members, as possible, to assist in navigating this difficult time.


If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19

Contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000, your local public health unit or your primary care provider if you’re experiencing symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus.

Please do not visit an assessment centre unless you have been referred by a health care professional.

Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.



Worker Resources


Manion – COVID-19 Update
Updates from our benefit provider regarding COVID-19

Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) Health and Safety Guidance Toolkit
Guidance on steps that should be taken in the construction industry.

United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America – COVID-19 Updates



Provincial Resources


Ontario Ministry of Health: The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
This resource provides updates on the status of COVID-19 cases in Ontario, as well as information on the evolving situation and the provincial response to the pandemic. Information on the status of cases is updated twice daily at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm EST

Ontario News about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
Direct link to news releases and statements from the Government of Ontario



Federal Resources


Government of Canada: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Updates.
Information on COVID-19 cases nationwide as well as news releases from the Government of Canada

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Indigenous Communities.
Resource with information and links to Indigenous Services Canada’s preparedness and response as well as announcements in Indigenous languages

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.
Steps the government is taking to provide support for Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.