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03/17/2020

ECAA Update on COVID-19


We know our members have questions and concerns during this unprecedented time and will try to provide updates without flooding your emails. ECAA has been working diligently with other trade associations to protect jobs and keep worksites safe. We were very happy to see the $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses from the Federal government (details on the www.canada.ca).  Premier Jason Kenney also announced immediate new funding and supportive measures to provide relief to families, Alberta’s most vulnerable populations, local businesses and employers (www.alberta.ca). 

 

Attached are documents ECAA has permission to share with our membership:

1.  A Client Alert on Guidance for Contractors from PA law;

2.  McLennan Ross Workplace Pandemic Planning: What Employers Should Do and Know (along with a Pandemic Planning Checklist) that was previously sent to our members.  

 

 

 

 

Below is an update regarding Apprenticeship training during the current Covid-19 situation in Alberta (details www.tradesecrets.alberta.ca). Some key points listed below:

 

·     The March-April and May-June intakes for apprenticeship education are cancelled;

·     Apprenticeship students who started classroom instruction on or after March 2, 2020 should discuss tuition refund options with their institutions and will receive priority for fall intake.

·     Apprenticeship students who started classroom instruction before March 2, 2020 will be advised by their institution about next steps for distance learning options, assessments and completion. Clients should be advised that their post-secondary institution is developing a plan to determine the next course of action, based on critical learning outcomes.

·     Apprentices who complete the program and are in good academic standing will not be required to challenge the provincial theory or practical examinations.

·     AIT’s attendance policy is suspended during this time to eliminate any confusion about program cancellation or apprenticeship suspension.

·     All Apprenticeship and Industry Training exams being written at an AIT office will be suspended until April 1, 2020. Reintroduction of exams will be dependent on the development of a plan that protects the health of AIT staff and clients;

·     All practical examinations are suspended until the fall.

·     Client Service offices will suspend counter-services until further notice to protect the health of AIT staff and clients.

·     Services will continue to be provided online through My Tradesecrets and through the AIT Information Line.

·     AIT Officers will be temporarily suspending site visits until further notice.

·     Information gathering and follow up on compliance activity will be done by telephone or targeted site visits.

 

ECAA will continue to send out relevant updates. On behalf of President Terry Barnett, Legislation chair Terry Milot, and your Provincial Board of Directors, know that the well-being of your families and colleagues, as well as the challenges you are facing as employers are very important to us and we will continue to work on your behalf in these uncertain times.  

 

Sheri McLean, CAE,

ECAA's Executive Director

17725 103 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5S 1N8