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Since the outset of this pandemic, HRAI Canada has worked hard to ensure that governments across Canada understood the importance of the HVACR sector as both an essential service and as an essential tool in the economic recovery that will occur in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

HRAI is pleased that governments responded favourably to our requests regarding essential services.  As the spread of this virus continues, however, additional restrictions and mandatory closures are being introduced – as occurred in Ontario on April 4 and may soon follow in other jurisdictions.

For up-to-date provincial and territorial information regarding essential services and business closures, check the interactive map on the HRAI website.

Thinking beyond this crisis, HRAI continues to dialogue with senior officials at the federal government and with provincial governments across Canada to ensure that the HVACR sector is well understood and positioned to assist with the economic recovery and stimulus plans that will come.

The federal government’s responses to COVID-19, it has evolved along with the crisis.  On April 6, the federal government launched an application portal to enable Canadians facing unemployment due to the COVID-19 crisis to apply for emergency income support benefits.  Through this portal, workers have access to either Employment Insurance or the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

Business owners are encouraged to go the business support section or to call 1-800-622-6232 to learn more about the support options available regarding:

  • Layoffs and Re-hiring Employees:
    • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy,
    • Work Share program
  • Reduced and Deferred Payment options for tax filings
  • Access to Credit
  • Support Financial Stability
  • Support for Self-Employed Individuals
  • Support for Industries

Further support for small business owners can be found at the CFIB COVID-19 Small Business Help Centre.

Information is changing almost daily.  Please continue to check the HRAI COVID-19 Resource Centre for information.