Canada

Commercial landlords expected to confirm requisite vaccinations of building personnel in federally leased space

Canadian Property Management

Landlords must certify requisite vaccinations

Commercial landlords will be expected to verify the vaccination status of building personnel, including contractors and subcontractors, who enter premises that the Canadian government leases.
Buildings urged to brandish orange for Truth & Reconciliation Week

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Buildings urged to brandish orange Sept. 30

Orange is the designated colour to show support and build awareness within commercial and institutional buildings as Canada prepares to mark its first official National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
New government positions support Accessible Canada Act mandate

Canadian Facility Management & Design

New roles will support Accessible Canada Act

Applications are invited for Governor-in-Council appointments within the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Ministry of Employment and Social Development.
energy training delivery agents sought for Canada's promised home retrofit program

Construction Business

Energy training delivery agents sought

Public agencies, not-for-profit organizations and private sector energy services providers are all expected to play a role in developing the workforce that will underpin Canada’s promised home retrofit program.
Modest spending outlay promised for Canadian government's own portfolio

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Modest spending outlay for federal portfolio

The Canadian government expects to spend nearly $93 million to offset energy-related greenhouse gas emissions in its own portfolio, but $77.9 million of that is slated for unspecified “future years”.
surrey accessibility

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Feds amplify funding for accessibility upgrades

A $100-million injection to Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund will boost availability of grants for retrofit, renovation and construction projects to support universal navigability of the built environment.
HASCAP low-interest loan rollout now underway

Canadian Property Management

HASCAP low-interest loan rollout now underway

Loans of $25,000 to $1 million will be available through the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP), fully guaranteed by the Business Development Bank of Canada.
Construction rebar imports from nine countries subject to dumping investigation

Construction Business

Construction rebar imports spur dumping inquiry

Canada Border Services Agency is currently investigating evidence that up to nine countries are dumping products that undercut domestic prices and are deleterious to Canadian manufacturers.
COVID-19 related investment announced in fall economic statement

Canadian Property Management

COVID-19 related investment unveiled

The commercial real estate, facilities management and construction/retrofit sectors appear poised to capture a share of the spending announced in the Canadian government’s fall economic statement.
Proposed Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act tabled

Canadian Property Management

TCFD appears embedded in accountability Act

Newly tabled federal legislation would commit the Canadian government to set five-year targets and report progress in reaching the stated goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.
CERS draft legislation outlines new commercial rent relief program

Canadian Property Management

CERS draft legislation awaits adoption

CERS will deliver direct rent support to qualifying tenants without the need to work though their landlords. As a direct subsidy, unlike CECRA, no loan agreement is required.
Throne Speech pledges to build back better from COVID-19

Canadian Property Management

Throne Speech pledges to build back better

Infrastructure investment and climate risk mitigation are key to the Canadian government’s goal to create one million jobs and rebound from the economic slump of COVID-19.
biomass power

Canadian Property Management

WTO okay with provinces buying biomass power

The World Trade Organization agreed with Canada that the U.S. conflated wholesale and retail electricity rates to arrive at its supposition that B.C. and Quebec hydro utilities overpaid for biomass power.
CECRA allocations

Canadian Property Management

Feds suggest CECRA sets Canada apart from peers

About $221 million in Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance had been disbursed as of July 3, Finance Minister Bill Morneau reported in the 2020 Economic and Fiscal Snapshot he released today.
office-using sectors show relative resilience in COVID-19 job loss scenarios

Canadian Property Management

Office-using sectors show relative resilience

There is plenty of uncertainty and little consensus on the economic outlook for Canada and the United States. It is becoming clear that it will not be a V-shaped recovery, and it is more likely to be uneven and prolonged.
accessible homes

Canadian Property Management

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.

Canadian Property Management

The Benefits of Building Energy Modelling

Building Energy Modelling (BEM) is a versatile, multipurpose tool used in both new construction and existing buildings. Experts from RJC Engineers share the benefits.