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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Canada

April 1, 2020 – COVID-19: Continuity and Strength Moving Forward

With each passing day we hope for encouraging news about the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to spread and alter our daily lives in multiple ways, both at home and at work. In this unprecedented environment, for which we have no roadmap, Ground Effects LTD/LLC remains committed to the health and safety of our staff, customers, suppliers and the entire community.

In compliance with orders issued by the local, Provincial/State, and Federal governments Ground Effects will continue operating based on the most recently released publications. We have streamlined our resources to include critical operations personnel who will continue working in our facilities to supply critical customer projects and components. We are continuing to work with all levels of government to ensure that we can provide essential products and services to our customers in a timely manner.

As an organization, Ground Effects is taking all the necessary precautions to ensure that we are managing our operations without compromising the wellbeing of our employees and customers. Of the remaining critical staff, many have adopted a home office environment. This will help to minimize the risk associated with the COVID-19 virus and to assist the community in limiting the burden on our health care system. Our account management team is working remotely and remains available to our customers during this period.

For those staff that are working in our facilities we are continuing to follow the guidance of the local health unit:

  • Staff that are working in our buildings are practicing physical distancing in the workplace
  • Sanitization protocols are implemented to ensure the safety of all working spaces
  • All entrances are secure, and visitors are required to complete a short questionnaire before entering our premises
  • All meetings & communications are being managed by conference call
  • We are providing daily health updates to our employees

In fast-moving and unpredictable situations, Ground Effects is committed to supporting the industry as we unite, stabilize resources, and innovate to help overcome this challenge. We will continue to provide updates to our policies and operating status as we come to understand any future changes in legislation and recommendations from our government. Together, we will overcome these challenges and are committed to moving forward responsibly.

Useful Links – Canada

Links for Government Relief:
  1. Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan : Click Here
  2. Ontario Action Plan: Click Here
Links to each local financial institution’s COVID-19 relief pages for information on personal mortgage, loan and credit card payment deferrals:
  1. RBC: Click Here
  2. CIBC: Click Here
  3. TD: Click Here
  4. National Bank: Click Here
  5. Scotiabank: Click Here
  6. BMO: Click Here
  7. WFCU: Click Here
  8. Libro: Click Here
  9. Motor City Community Credit Union : Click Here
Links to the Ministry of Education “Learn At Home Resources” and each school board. School boards will likely provide additional learning resources in the coming weeks:
  1. Ministry of Education – Learn at Home Resources: Click Here
  2. Greater Essex County District School Board: Click Here
  3. Windsor Essex County District School Board: Click Here
  4. Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence: Click Here

Support for Families - Ontario

During school and child care centre closures, parents/guardians can apply for direct funding;

Parents/guardians must submit one application per child. Only one parent / guardian may apply for each child. The parent / guardian who applies should have custody of the child.

There is no income cap on this program. Eligible parents will receive a one-time per child payment of:
  • $200 for children aged 0 to 12
  • $250 for children or youth aged 0 to 21 with special needs
For more information please visit Ontario.ca/SupportForFamilies

Support for Individuals

Increasing the Canada Child Benefit
  • The Government is providing up to an extra $300 per child through the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) for 2019-20.
  • This benefit will be delivered as part of the scheduled CCB payment in May.
  • Those who already receive the CCB do not need to re-apply.
https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/child-family-benefits/canada-child-benefit-overview/canada-child-benefit-apply.html

Special Good and Services tax credit payment

  • The Government is providing a one-time special payment starting April 9 through the Goods and Services Tax credit for low- and modest-income families.
  • There is no need to apply for this payment. If you are eligible, you will get it automatically.

Extra time to file tax returns

  • The filing due date for 2019 income tax returns for individuals has been deferred until June 1, 2020. Any new income tax balances due, or instalments, are also being deferred until after August 31, 2020 without incurring interest or penalties.

Mortgage Support

  • Canadian banks will work with their customers on a case-by-case basis to find solutions to help them manage hardships caused by COVID-19. This includes permitting lenders to defer up to six monthly mortgage payments (interest and principal) for impacted borrowers.
  • You are encouraged to visit your bank’s website for the latest information.
Source: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

What is the Canada Emergency Response Benefit?

  • The CERB supports Canadians by providing financial support to employed and self-employed Canadians who are directly affected by COVID-19.
  • The benefit is available from March 15, 2020, to October 3, 2020.
  • Eligibility periods are fixed in 4-week periods to a maximum of 16 weeks.
For More information in regards to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/apply-for-cerb-with-cra.html

Who can apply?

To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements:
  • You reside in Canada
  • You are 15 years old or more when you apply
  • For your first CERB application:
    • You have stopped or will stop working due to reasons related to COVID-19
    • For at least 14 days in a row for the period you are applying for, you will not receive:
    • employment income
    • self-employment income
    • provincial or federal benefits related to maternity or paternity leave
  • For your subsequent CERB applications:
    • ou continue to not work due to reasons related to COVID-19
    • For the 4-week period you are applying for, you will not receive:
    • employment income;
    • self-employment income; or
    • provincial or federal benefits related to maternity or paternity leave.
  • You have not quit your job voluntarily
  • You did not apply for, nor receive, CERB or EI benefits from Service Canada for the same eligibility period
  • You earned a minimum of $5,000 income in the last 12 months or in 2019 from one or more of the following sources:
    • employment income
    • self-employment income
    • provincial or federal benefits related to maternity or paternity leave

Questions about applying for CERB with CRA?

  • Find answers to common questions with this automated help line: 1-833-966-2099
  • To speak with an agent about CERB, or CRA My Account: 1-800-959-828

Resources

Government of Canada

The Federal government’s webpage provides general information about COVID-19, travel advice, tips to stay safe.

Ontario Ministry of Health

Every weekday at 10:30 am, the Province of Ontario’s novel coronavirus web page is updated with the most up-to–date information, including the status of cases in Ontario.

Windsor Public Health

Windsor Public Health maintains a webpage with current information. Follow them on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

Service Canada

Ontario government’s webpage for employment insurance (Unemployment Insurance)

COVID-19 Tips

Here are some tips and resources to help support the mental health and well-being of your people.
Introduction to working remotely (Webinar)

While advances in technology offer greater flexibility around when, where, and how you can work, this increased availability also produces unique issues. This 15-minute webinar will address some of the challenges and best practices for working in a remote team to create an effective and enjoyable experience for everyone.
Using technology to connect when you work from home

As we redefine “going to work” as working in the comfort of our own homes, this can be a challenge for some, but it is possible, with the right technology, to thrive in this new atmosphere. In this article, we explore our best tips for using technology to work from home.
Boosting team morale when remote working due to COVID-19

You and your employees may find the transition from coming into a workspace every day to working from home difficult. Staying connected while showing compassion are great ways to boost team morale during this uncertain time.
Managing family dynamics

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in many ways. Day-to-day routines have changed and learning to navigate new norms are prevailing. In some cases, this means seeing the people in your household more than you are accustomed to, and perhaps seeing less of other family and friends.
Maintaining your mental well-being if you are a health care worker

If you are a medical professional or caregiver, you may be enduring stress beyond that of others and struggling to maintain your mental well-being while doing your job. It has never been more important for you to do what you can to take care of your mental well-being, while doing your best to help people impacted by the pandemic.

Products & Services

Ground Effects has dedicated itself since its inception in 1986 and has evolved into a multi-faceted supplier of quality interior and exterior accessory components for the automotive industry and more. Click for more information

Capabilities

Our foundation capabilities include:
  • Automated Manufacturing
  • Automated Assembly
  • Specialized Surface Coatings
  • Mass Vehicle Customization
We pride ourselves in our in-house services for CAD/CAM Product Design and Development, Machining, Milling, Bending, and Robotic Plasma Cutting and Welding. Click for more information

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