HEALTH ALERT: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Construction - ICBA

HEALTH ALERT: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Construction


A new coronavirus is the cause of an outbreak of respiratory infections, now known as the COVID-19 global pandemic. All British Columbians should be aware of the virus and how to prevent its spread. Here is information for ICBA members working in the construction sector (bookmark this page as we will be updating frequently).

Public Health and News Links

Information for Construction Employers

Legal Advice for Construction Employers

Government Aid For Employers

Both the federal and provincial governments are working on financial aid for employers – we are working hard to share construction’s perspective. ICBA is a founding member of the COVID-19 Business Cabinet.

  • Federal measures:
  • Provincial (B.C.) measures:
    • Complete list of small business supports in B.C.
    • Small Business BC (a government agency) has a helpful coronavirus portal
    • Deferred payment programs for ICBC and BC Hydro. Hydro also reducing rate by 1%
    • Employer Health Tax, PST, municipal and regional district tax, motor fuel tax, and carbon tax (all for businesses) filings and payments deferred until Sept. 30
    • 75% (previously announced as 50%) school tax cut for business and light- and major-industry property classes, and extending payment deadline to Oct. 1

ICBA’s Commitment to Our Members

  1. We are committed to helping you facilitate solutions in your company – we are already at work on the federal and provincial governments to do right by construction companies and the families who rely on them
  2. Our ICBA services – including ICBA Benefits and the Construction Industry’s Benefit Plan – continue and are as seamless as possible during this time

ICBA Benefits and the Construction Industry’s Benefit Plan/Hour Bank


If You Are Concerned You Have The Virus:

  • Use this self-assessment tool:
  • Call the COVID-19 hotline: 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) for non-medical advice
  • Call 811 for medical advice

Homebound? Try one of ICBA’s Online Courses

  • Kudos to our ICBA member companies who are using the ICBA online training options to keep their workers trained during shutdowns. Check out or talk to us at to see how we can help you with bulk course registrations for your workers (these are now open to all British Columbians). We’re in this together!
  •  ICBA has launched webinar training at