The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC) is calling upon federal and provincial governments to present a united message with regards to how the COVID-19 pandemic has been affecting contracting companies.
In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, MCAC states that they are supportive of the measures taken to date to address the outbreak. “As with all industries across Canada, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a disruptive effect on Canada’s mechanical contracting sector. Given the important work out members undertake we are committed to ensuring our workplaces and work sites remain safe for employees, customers, partners, and workers,” said the letter signed by Dave Holek, president and chair of MCAC.
MCAC is asking that provincial and national health authorities work closely with subtrade associations to help establish and enforce clear health and safety protocols. In addition, it wants governments to recognize that the pandemic is an event beyond the control of contractors and that any construction delays as a result should be regarded as beyond their control. Or, in other words, contractors should not be held liable for delays and missed deadlines caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and its related closures.
MCAC is also asking for the federal government to support the mechanical contracting sector by ensuring financial support for those construction firms affected by the closure of construction sites and any project delays as a result of the pandemic.