The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Canada (ACEC) has been in ongoing contact with leadership within the federal government and with key stakeholder partners, including provincial and territorial consulting engineering associations, with respect to the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on every aspect of Canadian life.
ACEC has written the Prime Minister and several key cabinets ministers with specific recommendations on how the consulting engineering sector can retain its capacity in order to help the government mitigate the current crisis and support the post-crisis recovery.
In addition to the health and safety risks to Canadians and the strain on our healthcare system, the crisis is having an unprecedented impact on the economy, with implications for the viability of many businesses including consulting engineering firms that will be critical to our recovery.
Therefore, ACEC has also been working closely with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and over 60 other business associations across Canada on steps to protect and support businesses through the crisis. Most recently, ACEC participated in a joint statement in support of a national effort to protect jobs.
For the foreseeable future, mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on consulting engineering firms and positioning our industry to assist with the eventual recovery will be the primary focus of ACEC and the provincial and territorial associations across Canada.