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Ontario health training

Ontario offers free online health and safety training

The Ontario government's new online health and safety training touches on topics such as infection control, ladder safety, and preventing harassment.
Ontario Ombudsman investigates delays at Landlord and Tenant Board

Ontario Ombudsman tracks LTB’s sluggish pace

The Ombudsman's newly released 2019-20 annual report identifies the Landlord and Tenant Board as one of the most common sources of complaints, prompting an in-progress investigation.
bacteria corrosion

Reopening buildings face bacteria, corrosion issues

As buildings are reopened, inactive plumbing lines may cause bacteria and corrosion problems that lead to additional issues beyond the spread of coronavirus.
water quality

Ontario guide helps buildings restore water quality

Building owners and managers are responsible for water flushing activities to restore drinking water. Sometimes this process could take up to 12 weeks.
wellness ready

Quadrangle and Human Space launch Wellness Ready

Quadrangle and Human Space have launched Wellness Ready, a program to support businesses as they create healthy environments for returning occupants and customers.
Most downtown office markets still seeing few impacts from COVID-19

Q2 leaves most downtown office markets unscathed

Second quarter vacancy rates and rent trends provide a first look at Canadian commercial real estate markets during widespread COVID-19-triggered business shutdowns.
Toronto Council to consider updates to investment decision process

Toronto to refine investment decision process

Proposed policy changes would embed United Nations sustainable development goals in ESG criteria and adjust parameters for allocations to real assets.
generator safety

Summer ideal for generator safety refresh

Following manufacturer guidelines and using the right fuel are just two of the summertime generator safety tips provided by OPEI.

Buildings can now report energy and water usage for 2019

Building owners and managers can now report their 2019 energy and water usage to the ministry, with the deadline extended due to COVID-19.
Saskatchewan training

Saskatchewan launches employee training subsidy for reopening businesses

The program will reimburse eligible private-sector employers in Saskatchewan 100 per cent of employee training costs related to reopening.
Climate projections

Climate projections show Ottawa will get warmer, wetter

Ottawa will continue to get warmer and wetter year-round, with a greater chance of extreme weather, according to recent climate projections.
Saskatchewan construction long-term care

Saskatchewan invests $80M in construction, renewal of long-term care facilities

The government of Saskatchewan is investing more than $80 million into its long-term care facilities, including $7.2 million for maintenance projects.
temporary rental supplement

Colliers: CRE rent collection on downward trend

Colliers Canada reveals that 16 per cent of commercial tenants paid no rent in May 2020 as rent collection continues to decrease.
contact tracing

Most Canadians support digital contact tracing

A new report from Ryerson University found the majority of Canadians support using a mandatory contact tracing app to go to work or take public transit.
Ontario to amend Commercial Tenancies Act to temporarily halt evictions of tenants qualifying for CECRA

Ontario to amend Commercial Tenancies Act

Following similar actions in B.C. and Alberta, the Ontario government will temporarily halt evictions of tenants eligible for Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA).
Alberta pledges to halt commercial evictions while tenants recover from losses COVID-19 has inflicted

Alberta pledges to halt commercial evictions

The announcement accompanies a promise to disperse grants of up to $5,000 to help businesses and non-profit organizations with the costs of relaunching after COVID-19-triggered shutdowns, but few details are yet available.
A new round of the federal Enabling Accessibility Fund is now open to applicants

Enabling Accessibility Fund opens for proposals

A new flat-rate costing formula will replace the previous requirement to submit construction quotes and other budget information. Instead, applicants can match their proposals to standardized specifications.