Reopening the real estate industry

by Baldev S. Gill, Chief Executive Officer

Today’s eMemo contains the following updates:

  • WorkSafeBC releases protocols for real estate industry to return to operation
  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy extension

WorkSafeBC releases protocols for real estate industry return to operation

In accordance with the Provincial Health Officer, Premier Horgan has announced a phased approach to gradually restarting the BC economy during COVID-19.

In partnership with the BC government, WorkSafeBC has released occupational health and safety guidelines and resources for all industries. The real estate industry – encompassing brokerages, REALTORS®, and home inspectors – is part of Phase 2 of the government’s reopening plan. As are real estate Boards and Associations.

We outlined the Board’s plan for reopening in an earlier eMemo today. This second e-Memo is to provide you with links to WorkSafeBC reopening guidelines specific to real estate offices and anyone providing real estate services.

As Board President, Chris Shields, referenced in his video update this week, the WorkSafeBC recommended guidelines continue to emphasize REALTORS® rely whenever possible on virtual services when working with clients, and stringent health and safety protocols for in-person viewings.

Real estate employers or brokerages must:

  • Develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan that outlines the policies, guidelines, and procedures they have put in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. This plan must be posted at the worksite.
  • Understand the risk that COVID-19 spreads in several ways and ensure higher risk situations have adequate protocols in place to address the risk.
  • Select protocols for your workplace that offer the highest level of protection.

WorkSafeBC’s specific protocols for real estate address these areas as well as others:

  • Provide virtual services
  • In-person viewings
  • Hygiene protocols
  • Disinfection protocol and considerations for offices and homes

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy extension

Also worth noting today, the federal government announced an extension to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to August 29, 2020.

The CEWS helps businesses keep employees on the payroll and encourages employers to rehire workers previously laid off.  We also have provided additional resources below.

Stay well, stay safe, and stay as healthy as you can.

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Additional resources: