The response from Public Safety Canada was as follows:
“In response to the letter from the Canadian Paint and Coatings Association, we will add the following bullet that includes reference to paint and coatings:
Workers who support the supply chain of building materials from production through application/installation, including cabinetry, fixtures, doors, cement, hardware, plumbing, electrical, heating/cooling, refrigeration, appliances, paint/coatings, and employees who provide services that enable repair materials and equipment for essential functions.”
Please note that the essential service includes activities from production to application, which had already been captured in the list generally, and also captured within the Provinces’ essential list. Given that it was not specifically stated CPCA wanted to ensure that any further reference to the Public Safety Canada essential list was conclusive and not misinterpreted, especially as governments are now considering re-starting the economy in the coming days.
Please note that CPCA has a COVID-19 section on the website listing support programs of the federal and provincial levels of government and links are provided for members to quickly access specific government sites as they are updated regularly.
Should members have specific questions or concerns on any matter please contact CPCA directly to determine if further support can be provided.
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