COVID-19 Industry Webinar Update

On Wednesday April 29th The OWMA hosted a Covid-19 related information webinar for members. Thank you to Andrew Teft from the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association who provided a comprehensive list of best practices on health and safety for workers amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. As we know, during this time, all parties must place an increased focus on health and safety in order to keep workers safe and services operational.

We would also like to recognize and thank Andrew Bratt from Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP who lead a discussion on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and how OWMA members may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 12 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to June 6, 2020.

OWMA CEO Mike Chopowick provided members with a general overview of how to request temporary relief from Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) conditions. Following OWMA’s March 2020 request for contingency measures to help deal with pandemic-related waste management challenges, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks has recently created a process for operators to request temporary relief from Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) conditions.

Thank you to everyone who attended last week's webinar. We look forward to your ongoing participation!