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AWMAC COVID-19 Survey Results

We are pleased to share with you the survey results from our COVID-19 survey. Please visit this link to view the full survey results.

We received a total of 39 responses across all regional Chapters. We would like to thank all of those who participated in the survey.

Summary of Responses

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 wellbeing?
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.

British Columbia
25.64% 10 – Responses

Southern Alberta
15.38% 6 – Responses

Northern Alberta
15.38% 6 – Responses

Saskatchewan
5.13% 2 – Responses

Manitoba
7.69% 3 – Responses

Ontario
17.95% – 7 Responses

Quebec
5.13% – 2 Responses

Atlantic
7.69% – 3 Responses

TOTAL 39 Responses

Manufacturer – 58.97% – 23 Responses

Associate (Supplier) – 33.33% – 13 Responses

TOTAL 39 Responses

Our business location is open.
48.72% – 19 Responses

Our business location is open for appointments only.
28.21% – 11 Responses

Our business location is temporarily closed except for essential personnel. All others are working from home.
17.95% – 7 – Responses

Our business location is temporarily closed. All personnel are working from home.
5.13% – 2 – Responses

Our business location is temporarily closed and no personnel is working.
0.00% – 0 – Responses

TOTAL 39 Responses

 

2020 AGM Postponed

As you are likely aware, the 2020 AWMAC National Convention scheduled for June 2020 has been cancelled. Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) was to be incorporated into this event, and subsequently, we planned to hold the AGM virtually on the same date.

However, we have come to understand that the current bylaws do not permit us to hold an AGM by electronic means at this time. To address this issue, we have applied to Corporations Canada for an extension to hold the AGM at a later date.

As we await details on their decision, we are preparing 2019 reporting information that we will share with you if we are unable to hold our AGM within the next few months.

We thank you for your patience as we work through this process and hope to share information with you very soon.

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