Another month is ending and the light at the end of the tunnel for COVID-19 doesn’t exactly appear to be coming up anytime soon.
Mid-March was when Canada began to close down. Efforts were not in vain, and we now find ourselves slowly opening up and getting more and more comfortable with the “new normal.” Each province and territory has been answering the COVID-19 problem with their own answers, and each appears to be doing pretty well. Although, comparing how we have been doing to places like the United States is futile.
It has been amazing watching every single industry (those involved in plumbing, heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, ventilation, etc., and those that are not) come together to try to combat this pandemic and get people back to work. Almost every single day, if not every single day, my inbox has some type of email detailing how a Canadian company has created a COVID-fighting product, donated money to a charity related to COVID, or how various governments are trying to help people and businesses out.
Each month our staff writes-up the building permits stats or investment in construction press releases provided by Statistics Canada. And every month, I am happy to report how the industry appears to be looking up.
On a sadder note, it is disappointing to hear that the tradeshows and conferences are being cancelled or postponed. As expected with everything going on.
We recently had someone come into our office to install a backflow system, per regional bylaw. While taking some action shots for the magazine, the installer and I were chatting about how their company was doing with everything slowly reopening. To my pleasant surprise, he told me that for his company, things really hadn’t really slowed down. They were constantly busy with jobsite calls, especially backflow related due to the recent region bylaw requiring them on potable water systems.
This is a pleasant surprise considering when our company did our last email survey, most responses were quite concerning, considering most said that it’d be at least six months until business was back to usual.
Let us know how your companies are doing now that we are almost past August. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear how you’re doing. And as always, stay safe and healthy.