Complete the Business Restart Survey by calling the NEW telephone hotline, powered by FortisBC 1-888-772-4667
Thank you for taking a brief moment to complete this important survey with questions geared towards business reopening.
The survey results will not be shared in any individual manner – all data will be released in aggregate format. In other words no business or individual name will be released. The only time a business or individual name is provided will be if they want their local economic development office to contact them.
The information will be used by local municipalities as an information resource only – it can help them to better provide information and support to their business community overall, it can be used for them to develop specific programs to assist their businesses, etc. For example, if results come back regarding a significant increase in labour needs, the EDO can ensure they are putting in programs around that.
BCEDA can use the aggregate information to support any requests to provincial or federal governments and other organizations. BCEDA would use the information to develop programs or education, etc., that will be of value to BC's communities.
Process safety risks in hazardous process facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic
What is the potential risk?
The COVID-19 pandemic can have an impact on how hazardous process facilities operate and may introduce risks that employers need to consider to ensure their workers’ safety.
This risk advisory will help employers with Step 6 of the COVID-19 Safety Plan: Assess and address risks from resuming operations.
The pandemic may have caused some facilities to shut down or to start up again. Shutdown and startup periods involve many non-routine activities that workers may not have enough experience or knowledge to handle. According to the Center of Chemical Process Safety (CCPS), process safety incidents occur five times more often during startup than during normal operations.
Similarly, operations that have been curtailed or are idling may encounter unusual conditions due to slow-progressing chemical reactions, micro-organism growth, and atypical equipment corrosion/degradation, for example. These unique situations can also create new hazards.
Deferring or delaying preventive maintenance or planned turnarounds because of the pandemic can lead to unexpected equipment failures and unplanned outages. In addition, changing operating conditions, such as extended storage of hazardous chemicals or increasing/decreasing production output, can lead to process upsets including fires, explosions, or releases of hazardous substances.
Which industries may be at risk?
Oil and gas refineries
Oil and gas extraction sites
Chemical manufacturing and storage facilities
Pulp and paper mills
Wood pellet facilities
Power generation plants
Breweries and distilleries
Other facilities with hazardous processes and large quantities of flammable, reactive, or toxic chemicals
Slides from BCEDA Economic Response & Restart Call, May 28
Thursdays at 2:00pm PST
How Airports and Travel will be Changed and Reshaped
On yesterday's call we were joined by Dave Frank of the BC Aviation Council, Chad Munchinsky and Geoff Ritchie of the Kelowna International Airport and Serge Corbeil of Air Canada. We are pleased to share the presentation slides below.
Ottawa announces $650M in new COVID-19 funding for Indigenous communities
Jorge Barrera, CBC News · May 29, 2020
The federal government is making an additional $650 million available for Indigenous communities to deal with current COVID-19 needs and prepare for a potential second wave of the pandemic, said Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller on Friday.
The new funding will go toward the public health response to the pandemic, the on-reserve income assistance program and the construction of new women's shelters.
Miller announced the new funding during a news conference in Ottawa on Friday. He said it would enable Indigenous communities to react to the "evolving needs" caused by the ongoing pandemic.
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