Essential Services Update

To All Members: 

We are seeing across the country Provincial Governments and Health Authorities release lists and orders that outline essential services. Effective today the Province of Manitoba released the following: 

As with other provincial guidelines Real Estate Services are included as essential service, please refer to number 66 of the Schedule included in the order from the Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living. 

Despite being listed as an essential service all Physical / Social Distancing protocols should be adhered to to protect the safety and health of homeowners, appraisers and their families. We continue to stress that the risk of coming in contact with someone that has COVID-19 or unknowingly passing it on to a homeowner can be devastating to the appraiser, their clients, and the industry as a whole. As such, appraisers should refrain from entering homes to obtain interior information. 

We recognize that information and protocols are changing rapidly and that staying on top of things can be extremely difficult. The Small Business Help Centre at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business website is one resource that we have found to be excellent. It offers FAQs, Government Sources of Relief and Support (by province), Public Health Information (by province), and Co-Vid warning and notice templates. The link is below:     

We will continue to pass along information that we think will be helpful to you and your business during these challenging times. Please stay safe and healthy.