COVID-19 Information for General Contractors
The Ontario government has announced that Ontario will be immediately put into the second State of Emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA). The state of emergency will include a province-wide stay-at-home order and introduce a new set of essential and non-essential business effective this Thursday, January 14, at 12:01 a.m. The measures affect all of Ontario and will remain in place until at least February 11.
Across the Province of Ontario, non-essential construction has been further restricted, including below-grade construction. Despite this increase in restrictions, institutional, commercial and industrial construction will remain mostly operational. The Province has released a full list of restrictions and what projects have been deemed essential under the state of emergency.
The current COVID-19 Response Framework will be paused when the Provincewide Shutdown comes into effect.
The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, in co-operation with the OGCA, has established Construction site health and safety during COVID-19. The government has made screening mandatory as per Ontario Regulation 364/20 and provided a new COVID-19 Screening Tool For Workplaces to help employers keep workplaces safe. The Ministry has also released a new page outlining what employers can do to help control exposure to COVID-19 at meal and break periods.
Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, employers must take every reasonable precaution to protect workers’ health and safety. This includes protecting workers from hazards posed by infectious diseases. Guidance has been provided on using masks in the workplace, and the IHSA has provided information on construction facility hygiene during COVID-19.
To provide up-to-date health and safety information, the OGCA has partnered with the League of Champions on a series of webinars on keeping workers safe, both physically and mentally. You can find the recordings and presentations from the webinar series here.
We aim to provide members, association partners, and the public with an easily navigable space with all the relevant information needed regarding the restarting of ICI construction after COVID-19. Please keep checking this page, and that of your local Public Health Unit, to stay informed.
- Ontario Government COVID-19 Website
- City of Toronto: COVID-19 Statements
- Construction site health and safety during COVID-19
- COVID-19 Screening Tool For Workplaces
- Building a COVID-19 Safety Plan (4S Consulting)
- COVID Risk Hub (MARSH)
- Fasken COVID-19 Knowledge Centre
- Covid-19 and construction mental health (W.S. Morgan)
- Sample COVID policy (W.S. Morgan)
Please note that OGCA has done a cursory review of the items shown below, but members (and others) should do their own due diligence to ensure the items are approved. We take no responsibility for the delivery or payment of these items.