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Canada Post Corporation: Response to COVID-19

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Amazon, Purolator and Canada Post

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Health and safety

Pandemic’s impact on Canada Post business

Canada Post 2019 annual report

On May 20, 2020, Canada Post Corporation released its 2019 financial results and recorded a loss before tax of $153 million.

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Canada Post arbitrator decision

On June 11, 2020, an arbitration ruling was issued for 2 disputes involving Canada Post Corporation and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). This ruling will serve as the basis for new collective agreements between the 2 parties.

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National Capital Commission: Response to COVID-19

Since the onset of COVID-19, the National Capital Commission (NCC) has worked to provide public access to its assets while respecting public health directives. To date, this has meant enjoying the outdoors while ensuring safe physical distancing.

As the governments of Ontario and Quebec have recently outlined plans to gradually reopen, the NCC has also developed a Framework for Public Use of Assets to ease toward greater public access.

In doing so, the NCC will stay responsive to public health directives and measures by provincial authorities, as they happen, and will continue consultations with local municipalities.

We are currently in Phase 2 of the NCC’s Framework for Public Use of Its Assets.

Planning framework

The NCC has developed the following planning framework to guide its actions moving forward. It provides clear guidance about how the NCC will align increased access to its assets with the broader provincial re-openings, as they occur.

The NCC will remain responsive to external factors such as public health directives and measures by provincial authorities, and will continue consultations with local municipalities.

Overview of the 3-phase approach:

In all cases, physical distancing will need to be practised by all users. On-site signage will continue to remind the public of this directive.

Dogs are permitted on most NCC trails and in most NCC parks, but they must be kept on leash at all times. They are permitted off leash in designated areas and parks.

Gatineau Park

Greenbelt

National Capital Commission urban parks and lands

Parkways

Challenges enforcing new rules

The NCC is working closely with local authorities to enforce closures and ensure social distancing rules are respected.

Festivals and events

The Jazz festival and the festival Franco-Ontarien have been cancelled. The Ottawa Race Weekend has also been cancelled. The NCC continues to monitor the situation.

Harrington Lake renovations

Canada Lands Company: Response to COVID-19

Closures

Rent relief

Canada Lands Company (CLC) is offering rent relief to most of its commercial and all of its residential tenants. The relief is retroactive to March 1, 2020 and is provided to the earlier of government declarations that businesses may resume or June 30, 2020. The CLC continues to monitor the situation and will consider extending its rent relief on a case-by-case basis beyond June 30, 2020 if appropriate.

Protecting the health of workers

Buildings normally open to the public and administrative offices are closed. Only operations deemed essential are carried out on site by skeleton crews who are afforded special considerations to protect their health and safety. Certain retail operations in Quebec at the Old Port of Montreal have resumed based on provincial guidelines. All CLC employees will continue to be paid until September 2020, at which time a review of business operations and needs will be conducted. Most employees are working from home and some, while on full pay, are “relieved of duties” at this time.

The CLC amended a number of its human resources policies in response to COVID-19, removing the waiting period before employees can access paid sick leave and removing the doctor’s note requirement. Leave for family obligations that would normally not have been paid is now considered paid leave. Planned vacation can be cancelled and carry over maximums have been established.

Once provincial governments and health authorities provide their support and reopening guidelines, operations will only resume once CLC feels it has appropriate measures and procedures in place to ensure the health and well-being of staff and guests.

Financial impact

The CLC has been, and will continue to be significantly financially impacted by the closures of its attractions sites, cost of rent relief provided to tenants, cost of carrying full payroll obligations with significantly reduced revenues, the cooling of the real estate markets across the country, and additional, incremental health and safety measures incurred in responding to COVID-19. CLC assesses significant cost implications to restart the businesses at the Old Port of Montreal and CN Tower that will most likely extend into the 2021 to 2022 fiscal year.

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