Health & Safety

New tax credit could apply on eligible common area upgrades


New tax credit may apply on common area upgrades

The one-time tax credit applies on eligible capital improvements made in 2021 to safeguard seniors and enable mobility and independence within their current principal residence.
small businesses eligible for up to $5,000 to cover COVID-19-related expenditures

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New grants for COVID-19-related expenditures

Small business operators could receive up to $5,000 to be used for physical modifications to comply with public health requirements, PPE or upgrading digital/e-commerce capabilities.
FireSmart measures emphasis no-cost/low-cost maintenance and upgrades

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

FireSmart measures begin with maintenance

About 11 million people currently reside in Canada's wildland-urban interface areas, enjoying the benefits of proximity to forests and other natural features, but perhaps overlooking the perils.
chlorine gas release nets funds for health and safety initiatives

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Chlorine gas release warrants $150,000 fine

The Alberta court determined the fine should be directed to efforts to educate workers at the water treatment plant and ensure indoor air quality at a local health care centre.
Accessibility Standards Canada to conduct public consultation until Sept 25

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Accessibility Standards Canada seeks public input

The agency is mandated under the Accessible Canada Act to develop accessibility standards for all federally regulated organizations and to more widely promote accessibility and inclusiveness through research and public engagement.
Indoor air quality assurance and vigilance key to building reopenings

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Indoor air quality assurance bolsters reopenings

BOMA Toronto's new HVAC Advisory Council will monitor and respond to emerging knowledge about how SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — spreads.

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ASHRAE points prescriptive way on legionellosis

ASHRAE has produced supplemental guidance to help facilities managers and building operators with the practical steps of implementing legionellosis prevention measures.
Avenue Living fined for safety violation

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Avenue Living fined for safety violation

The Calgary-based rental housing provider pleaded guilty under its legal name, Boulevard Real Estate Equities Ltd., for an incident that caused a worker injury.
real estate arms of major Canadian pension funds scrutinized for COVID-19 responsibility to workers

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Pension fund watchdog tuned to real estate arms

Board trustees for some of Canada’s most prominent commercial real estate portfolios are underscoring the obligations owed to on-site building services personnel during the COVID-19 crisis.
Alberta museums and galleries preparing to welcome back the public

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Look, don’t touch at Alberta museums

Both museums will be closing interactive areas that normally invite hands-on experiences. Instead, visitors will be reminded to look, but not touch any of the available exhibits
lengthy building shutdowns could increase the risk of Legionnaire's disease

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Shutdowns can factor in Legionnaires’ disease

Lengthy building shutdowns to help stop the spread of COVID-19 could create friendlier conditions for Legionella bacteria growth.
Exposure to UV light can cause skin and eye damage

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

UV light injurious to microorganisms and humans

The Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada is reinforcing the timely message that UV disinfection procedures are highly technical and the light, itself, is hazardous.
COVID-19 lets loose work-from-home preference

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COVID-19 lets loose work-from-home preference

Fewer than 18 per cent of survey respondents report they have been more productive in home workspaces during the COVID-19 lockdown, but a majority conclude they are at least 80 per cent as productive as in a formal office setting.
Fort McMurray flood water spills into downtown core

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Fort McMurray flood swamps 1,230 buildings

Approximately 13,000 evacuees have been instructed to abide by COVID-19 social distancing requirements.

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Opinions on remote work become more favourable

A majority of surveyed corporate real estate executives are planning for a phased return of their workforces once public officials within their jurisdictions lift COVID-19 related stay-at-home orders.
REMI Network webinar explores journey back to business as usual

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Steering the journey back to business as usual

As property managers look to both industry associations and professional service providers for support to navigate COVID-19 upheaval, REMI Network is bringing the three groups together for webinar-based sharing of insight.
village commons

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Code rigour relaxed for ad hoc health care space

The NFPA guidance on alternative compliance options was developed to address four scenarios that have been rapidly arising in the United States.