COVID-19 Information for General Contractors

The Ontario government has issued a list of construction projects and activities that are considered essential under expanded emergency orders issued today to deal with the pandemic. The new regulations take effect Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

You can find the official regulation amending the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COV/0- 19} Act, 2020 here.

Please ensure you refer to the posted regulation as the only official guidance issued by the government on what is considered essential.

Permitted construction activities include:

Construction activities or projects and related services, including land surveying and demolition services, that,

(a)  are associated with the health care sector or long-term care, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space;

(b)  ensure safe and reliable operations of, or provide new capacity in,

(i)  municipal infrastructure, or

(ii)  provincial infrastructure, including but not limited to, the transit, transportation, resource, energy and justice sectors;

(c)  support the operations of, or provide new capacity in, electricity generation, transmission, distribution and storage, natural gas distribution, transmission and storage or in the supply of resources;

(d)  support the operations of, or provide new capacity in, schools, colleges, universities or child care centres within the meaning of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014;

(e)  are required for,

(i)  the maintenance and operations of petrochemical plants and refineries,

(ii)  significant industrial petrochemical projects where preliminary work commenced before April 17, 2021, or

(iii)  industrial construction and modifications to existing industrial structures limited solely to work necessary for the production, maintenance or enhancement of personal protective equipment, medical devices such as ventilators and other identified products directly related to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic;

(f)  would provide additional capacity in the production, processing, manufacturing or distribution of food, beverages or agricultural products;

(g)  were commenced before April 17, 2021 and that would,

(i)  provide additional capacity for businesses that provide logistical support, distribution services, warehousing, storage or shipping and delivery services,

(ii)  provide additional capacity in the operation and delivery of Information Technology (IT) services or telecommunications services, or

(iii)  provide additional capacity to, or enhance the efficiency or operations of, businesses that extract, manufacture, process and distribute goods, products, equipment and materials.

(h)  support the operations of broadband internet and cellular technologies and services;

(i)  are residential construction activities or projects and related services;

(j)  prepare a site for an institutional, commercial, industrial or residential development, including any necessary excavation, grading, roads or utilities infrastructure;

(k)  are necessary to temporarily close construction sites that have paused, or that are not active, to ensure ongoing public safety;

(l)  are funded in whole or in part by,

(i)  the Crown in right of Canada or in right of Ontario,

(ii)  an agency of the Crown in right of Canada or in right of Ontario, or

(iii)  a municipality;

  (m)  are,

(i)  intended to provide shelter or supports for vulnerable persons or affordable housing; and

(ii)  being funded in whole or in part by, or are being undertaken by,

(A)  the Crown in right of Canada or in right of Ontario,

(B)  an agency of the Crown in right of Canada or in right of Ontario,

(C)  a municipality,

(D)  a service manager as defined the Housing Services Act, 2011, or

(E)  a registered charity within the meaning of the Income Tax Act (Canada), or

(F)  a not-for-profit corporation.

COVID-19 VACCINATION

Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to protect you and those around you from serious illnesses like COVID-19. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. This can reduce your risk of developing COVID-19covid 19 and make your symptoms milder if you do get it.

Our supply will not arrive all at once, so distribution will happen in stages. The goal is for everyone in Ontario to be able to get a covid 19 vaccination if they want one, as soon as enough doses are available from manufacturers. Find out how you can book a vaccine.

COVID-19 CONSTRUCTION HEALTH AND SAFETY

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, in co-operation with the OGCA, has established Construction site health and safety during COVID-19

To help employers the Ministry has made a tip sheet to ensure everyone is kept safe.

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. The Ontario government has launched a series of zero-tolerance workplace safety inspections in sectors and regions hardest hit by 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.

COVID-19 INFORMATION

COVID-19 RESOURCES

PPE EQUIPMENT

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.