Residential construction activities to resume On feb.10
Feb. 8, 2021
Today, the Government of Ontario announced a gradual re-opening of the Ontario economy as it expires the emergency orders put in place to address the second wave of COVID-19 cases in the province. As of February 10 at 12:01 a.m., all residential construction activities—high-rise, low-rise and renovations—are permitted to resume. Read the full announcement.
This means that all requirements related to construction and renovations will revert back to what they were prior to Dec. 26, 2020.
The COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open determines the treatment of sales centres, retail supply of construction material and head offices, which will vary according to the zone of the local public health unit. Additional details of these measures are available on the COVID-19 Response Framework web page.
While case counts and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are on the decline, members are reminded of the responsibilities that come with essential workplace designation, and are encouraged to continue to take all steps to ensure their COVID-19 protocols are maintained to the highest possible levels. This is especially important given the rise in more virulent COVID-19 strains being seen across the province. Members are asked to refer to the provincial government's updated health and safety guidelines for the construction industry.
Additionally, later this week we anticipate an announcement by the Ministry of Labour on a new program to make a limited supply of rapid screening kits available to larger construction sites in areas with higher rates of COVID-19. BILD and OHBA have been actively involved with the Ministry in discussions on the criteria for program eligibility and will be forwarding more details shortly.
BILD members may always access the latest COVID-19 information on our website, www.bildgta.ca.