The Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada has just released the results of its COVID-19 survey.
Nearly 40 companies responded to the survey and here is a summary:
“Question: How has the COVID-19 crisis impacted you?
There is a consensus that there is a significant slowdown in work projects. Some respondents noted that although open, they have had to suspend projects as well as temporarily lay off some staff. Many staff are working from home, and some employees are choosing not to work out of concern for their health.
It was noted that due to self-isolation and the closures of schools, the workforce has been reduced for some businesses. Some respondents noted that this has also impacted mental health.
Contracts are down overall, and it was noted that some installers were driving themselves to worksites.
Respondents noted that they are maintaining physical distancing rules and using gloves and masks as required.
Question: What resources do you need to support your business?
The majority of respondents said that government financial assistance is welcome at both the provincial and federal level to support lost wages for employees, and help offset lost revenue.
Also welcome would be:
• A list of current government information regarding subsidies and deferred payments.
• Financial information related to the woodworking industry and businesses.
• Information to help keep installers as safe as possible on job sites.
Question: What resources do you need to support your safety, health and well being?
Most respondents said that they require extra respirators, gloves, and other safety equipment so that a safe work environment can be maintained.
Another item requested by the majority of respondents is access to cleaning supplies, including sanitizers, disinfectants and PPE.
Also, information on where to obtain these items in bulk form would be welcome.