Covid-19 FAQ for Members

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To our Members.

We recognize Covid-19 has created a number of challenges for our members, their families, the industry sectors we support and truly all Albertans. We are committed to providing relevant and up-to-date information and resources to help you through this time. We encourage you to review these links and access the resources and supports that are applicable to you. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Business Associate.

The Carpenters International Training Fund has also released a course on Covid-19 Preparedness Qualification in English and French.

Last updated: November 16, 2020

What should I do if I think might have Covid-19?

What should I do if I am sick?

  • Determine what benefits are available to you through your union by calling 780-471-3200 or visit www.acawtrustfunds.ca.
  • Apply for the new Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) (this replaces the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit).
  • If you are eligible for the CRB, you can receive $1,000 ($900 after taxes withheld) for a 2-week period.
  • Applications can be accessed through either your CRA MyAccount or My Service Canada Account. For more information, call 613-369-3710.

What should I do if I am laid off due to work closures, cannot work due to school closures or must quarantine ?

  • Apply for the new Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) (this replaces the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit).
  • If you are eligible for the CRB, you can receive $1,000 ($900 after taxes withheld) for a 2-week period.
  • Applications can be accessed through either your CRA MyAccount or My Service Canada Account. For more information, call 613-369-3710.

What should I do if I am laid off and am ineligible for Employment Insurance OR if I am still employed but still not receiving pay?

  • Apply for the new Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) (this replaces the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit).
  • If you are eligible for the CRB, you can receive $1,000 ($900 after taxes withheld) for a 2-week period.
  • Applications can be accessed through either your CRA MyAccount or My Service Canada Account. For more information, call 613-369-3710.

What should I do if I am self-quarantined and ineligible for Employment Insurance?

  • Apply for the new Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) (this replaces the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit).
  • If you are eligible for the CRB, you can receive $1,000 ($900 after taxes withheld) for a 2-week period.
  • Applications can be accessed through either your CRA MyAccount or My Service Canada Account. For more information, call 613-369-3710.

If I contract Covid-19 on a job site or through work, am I eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits?

Do members still need to pay union dues at this time?

  • Currently, members are required to review and ensure they keep their dues up to date.

How do I pay my union dues?

  • In Edmonton, call 780-471-3200 or 1-800-272-7905. Leave a detailed message including your full name, union ID number and phone number. Your call will be returned within 1-2 business days.
  • In Calgary, call 403-283-0747.
  • In Fort McMurray, call 780-743-1442 or 1-866-739-7017. Members of Local 1325 may also call the Fort McMurray office to pay their dues.

There are jobs on the Dispatch page. Are companies hiring? 

How are work-safety rules changing during the Covid-19 outbreak?

  • While jobsites are implementing Covid-19 policies, work safety rules and regulations may vary from site to site.
  • Be sure to check in with and review your site’s work safety rules related to social distancing, bus loading and other standing regulations.

What is happening with training and training certificates?

  • First, visit the Alberta Carpenters Training Centre and check for updates on the website.
  • If you have questions, contact the Training Centre by email at training@abcarptc.ab.ca or by calling 780-455-6532 or toll free at 1-877-455-6532.
  • Please leave a detailed message regarding your question or concern, including your full name, union ID number and phone number. Your message will be returned within 1-2 business days.

Given the sudden changes, what mental health resources are available? 

  • The Construction Employee Family Assistance Program (CEFAP) provides Counselling, Education and Self Development Services. 
  • Contact CEFAP @ 1-800-663-1142. 
  • The Government of Canada also has information on how to manage your mental health during the outbreak.

What government resources are available?

All orders of government are providing regular updates regarding Covid-19, including the availability of supports and resources.

What other resources are available?

If you have any questions about your work situation or who to call about your health situation, you can:

  • Visit your Council website
  • Call your local union hall.
  • Call your Business Associate.
  • The Canadian District Office.

What is the best thing to do right now? 

  • Remain calm. Follow the health recommendations of elected officials and health professionals, and work safely. 
  • Take care of your family, friends and neighbours. 
  • Seek help when you need it.