Fenestration Review


April 9, 2020
By Patrick Flannery

We’ll update this page regularly with important news and resources concerning the COVID-19 pandemic for the Canadian window and door industry. Stay safe, everyone.


Richelieu comments on pandemic response

Pella launches virtual window-buying service

Major banks accepting Canada Emergency Business Account online applications today

Canadian Chamber of Commerce calls on parliament to swiftly pass CEWS

Trudeau warns anti-pandemic measures may be “new normal” until vaccine available

Federal minister of small business video with Chamber of Commerce discussing COVID impacts, aid

Calgary construction workers keeping it clean

Saskatchewan construction industry donates masks to health authorities

Municipalities, construction groups concerned about cost overruns on federal infrastructure projects

Ontario extending hours, repealing noise bylaws, bringing on inspectors to accelerate essential construction

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Corona Coverage – A look at credit insurance with Carl Pickett and Roch Simard from AU Group

Support for your Business – Bonny Koabel, AKR Consulting

Paying for Pandemic UPDATE – Bonny Koabel, AKR Consulting

Preventing pandemic pandemonium – Suzanne Bernier

Paying for pandemic – Bonny Koabel


Fenestration Canada COVID-19 Hub

Canadian Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Business Resilience page

MNP consultants’ business advice page


Government resources pages for businesses








New Brunswick

Nova Scotia


Newfoundland and Labrador





Business/financial assistance





April 8

Windows part of keeping Canadians connected

Pollard’s COVID blog provides insight to our industry’s experience

Centra Windows outlines safety policy

Hanover reporting business as usual for now

Construction continues in Thunder Bay despite concerns

P.E.I. acts fast to modify jobsite guidelines

Osler law firm white paper explaining provincial essential services orders

Ottawa updates, clarifies and expands Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Changes, per Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses:

1. Small firms will be able to compare gross revenue against either (a) the same month in 2019 or (b) January and February 2020. This will help new and rapidly growing firms gain access to the wage subsidy.

2. Only a 15% gross revenue decline will be needed in March (30% for April and May). Now firms that had a decent first half of March (but were hit in the second half) will be able to use the wage subsidy.

3. Firms will be able to choose between cash and accrual accounting to determine the 30% drop. This will help many firms whose gross revenue may look good on paper during the 3 months, but may not have the $ to pay wages.

The government has also clarified that pre-covid wages will be based on average weekly remuneration from Jan 1 to Mar 15, 2020.

Canada Post offering free emergency mail forwarding

CSA has made several workplace health-related standards free to download

April 7

Indoor humidity may affect virus transmission

CERB takes over 300,000 applications on first day

Ottawa, banks, near deal on small business loans

ConstructConnect lists delayed projects by province

Saskatchewan Construction Association wants work to continue

Manitoba to set up temporary hospitals

Construction concerns in New Brunswick

Sites working in Nova Scotia at a slower pace

April 6

CERB portal now open

Worker on Vancouver airport expansion site tests positive

Saskatchewan Construction Association collecting information on affected projects

Manitoba announces tax and payment deferrals

Manitoba construction orgs put guidelines in place for construction sites

CCQ list of continuing and suspended services

Difficulty with COVID safety on Atlantic sites

Health Canada guidelines for disinfecting workplaces

CD Howe institute calls for support for asset-based finance industry

Canadian Chamber of Commerce launches business conditions survey

Mixed reaction from small business to wage subsidy

April 3

Ontario shuts down commercial and industrial construction

EDC chief economist predicts terrible recession, even stronger recovery

What’s an essential service? Ottawa’s definition…

Toronto passes bylaw mandating social distancing in public – $5,000 fine


April 2

Arcola Building Supplies has come up with a novel use for All Weather’s products

6.6 million Americans file for unemployment benefits in one week

More details of federal wage subsidy released

Ontario considering shutting down construction sites

Quebec construction workers don’t want to lose construction holiday

Canada revenue agency hiring in anticipation of avalanche of benefits claims

WorkSafe BC releases safety guidelines for construction

April 1

Manitoba seeking businesses to provide supplies

Ontario state of emergency extended through April 13

Canadian Construction Association webinar tomorrow giving economic outlook for construction industry

CFIB reporting Canada Post will waive fees for forwarding business mail to home addresses. Nothing on the Canada Post site about this yet.

Ontario Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development warns jobsites will be shut down if they don’t sanitize toilets.


March 31

Manitoba orders non-essential businesses closed, manufacturing and construction exempted

BC Construction Association calls for input to inform lobbying efforts

Feds extend wage subsidy eligibility to any company seeing 30% revenue drop

Canadian Construction Association best practices for construction sites during pandemic

Mass gathering limits

BC – 50

Alberta – 10

Saskatchewan – 10

Manitoba – 10

Ontario – 5

Quebec – 2

New Brunswick – 10

Nova Scotia – 5

P.E.I. – 5

Newfoundland and Labrador – not specified “avoid crowds”


March 30

AXYZ invites fabricators to group making PPE and other COVID-fighting products

Ontario updates construction site guidelines

Ontario bans gatherings of more than five people

O’Leary predicts three-month shutdown, gives coping and investment advice 

Ontario keeping highway service centres open for truckers

March 27

Golden Windows to reduce operations:

“In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic declaration by the World Health Organization and the Government of Canada,
Golden Windows has been taking various precautionary measures and adjusting our operations to ensure the health
and safety of our employees, vendors and customers. At this time, we have reached the decision to operate on a very limited scale while ceasing plant operations from Monday, March 30, 2020 to Friday, April 10, 2020, with our full return on Monday, April 13, 2020. To our valued customers – if you have any questions related to an order, delivery, or service, please contact your sales representative. Also, you can continue to process your payments as always. We are taking this situation seriously and want to ensure that we all remain healthy and safe. May you experience health and peace during these trying times!”

The cure is not worse than the disease: Bloomberg

Small business group petitioning for government support

Statement from Canadian Construction Association

March 26

Feds to send $2,000 per month to support laid off and sick workers

WorkSafe BC to enforce social distancing on construction sites

Alberta Construction Association urges government to keep sites open

Ontario WSIB to allow payment deferral

Quebec construction union wants to keep working with safety measures

CCOHS makes courses and publications available to help workplaces

March 25

Fenestration Canada launches COVID-19 Hub

March 24

Quebec window and door industry ordered to shut down

Ontario window and door companies may remain open

March 20

Pandemic expert advises fenestration industry to expect more government orders