COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Information and Resources

As the situation develops, we are striving to communicate solid information and available resources to our members and their families.  We will continue to provide updates as they come along.

United Association General President Mark McManus has issued an address to UA members in regards to the current COVID-19 situation.  View the video on YouTube here.

UA Head Office has also released a publication outlining Guidelines to Protect Worker Health Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Other Potential Infectious Material (OPIM) in Plumbing and HVAC Systems.

Local 516 Office

The UA 516 office remains CLOSED to walk-ins, but all services are still available by phone and email.  If you don't know who you need to speak with directly, email, as this email is constantly monitored.



RTI Refrigeration Training Institute

RTI Refrigeration Training Institute has suspended all classes as of Friday, March 20, 2020.  As updates occur, we will pass them along to all members and contractors.

RTI Update March 18, 2020


Current Updates

Canada Life - Calm in the Pandemic Storm

Canada Life Newsline May 21, 2020

Union Dues Relief - April 15, 2020

Federal and Provincial Benefit Summary - April 8, 2020

UA 516 Update April 7, 2020

Canada Life Newsline March 30, 2020 - Retirement

Canada Life Newsline March 27, 2020 - Health

Canadian Government Proposed Emergency Response Benefit March 25, 2020

UA 516 Update March 23, 2020 - PM

BC Government announces $5 billion in support March 23, 2020     Full Article

BC Government Construction Guidelines March 22, 2020

UA 516 Update March 17, 2020 - AM

Canada Life Newsline March 16, 2020

UA 516 Update March 16, 2020

COVID-19 and Your Retirement Savings

Canada Life Newsline: Coverage and Coronavirus



COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool

The BC Ministry of Health has developed a self-assessment tool to determine if you might need further assessment or testing.  Click here for the Self-Assessment Tool.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please call 811 immediately.

BC Government/New COVID-19 Hotline

The Province of BC has created a new COVID-19 information hotline dedicated to non-medical questions about COVID-19 such as travel recommendations, social distancing, support and assistance from government agencies.  You can call or text 1-888-268-4319 from 7:30am to 8:00pm.

Visit the BC Government's COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information page.

BC Centre for Disease Control

Find information about COVID-19, how to protect yourself, your family and your community and what to do if you suspect you have the virus.  Visit their website here.

Government of Canada/Public Health Agency of Canada

For the latest updates on the response to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), visit the Government of Canada's website:

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.  Click here to go to the CERB website.

World Health Organization

For even more information on the outbreak, visit

Employment Insurance (EI)

Service Canada has set up a dedicated toll-free phone number, 1-833-381-2725, for those facing quaratine due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Please submit your application before contacting them.  Visit for more details.

Document: How to Apply for EI during COVID-19

BC Building Trades

The BC Building Trades has a COVID-19 Updates page focussing on updates relevant to BC workers.  Check it out here.

Technical Safety BC

The Health & Safety of our members is paramount at all times.  Visit Technical Safety BC to keep up to date on Safety Standards.


WorkSafeBC has an information page regarding COVID-19.  If you believe you contracted COVID-19 while at work, you may file a claim to determine if you are eligible for workers' compensation benefits.

Community Savings Credit Union

Community Savings Credit Union is offering a special Line of Credit for workers facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  This 6-month interest free line of credit is available to current and new members of Community Savings Credit Union.  For more information, visit their website or call 604-654-2000 or toll-free at 1-888-653-2000.

TELUS - Mental Health Resources

Going the Social Distance - Dr. Diane McIntosh

TELUS Talks with Tamara Taggart Podcast

Shoppers Drug Mart

Shoppers Drug Mart has put together a webpage of helpful resources to help during this extraordinary time.  Check out their resources for mental health, anxiety, and nutrition.

Other FREE resources


We're all in this together.  Check back for updates regularly. 




Whatever their faults, unions have been the only powerful and effective voice working people have ever had in the history of this country.

~ Bruce Springsteen