COVID-19 Information for General Contractors
Ontario has moved into Step One of its Roadmap to Reopen as of 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021.
All construction activities are now open.
Public health and construction workplace safety measures will continue to apply in Step One, including maintaining physical distance, capacity limits, wearing face coverings in indoor spaces, and whenever physical distancing is a challenge.
After meeting the necessary public health requirements, Ontario will move into Step Two on Wednesday, June 30 at 12:01.
HEALTH AND SAFETY TRAINING RESTRICTIONS
Public health restrictions have also impacted health and safety training. Please see the restrictions on training according to the Ontario Roadmap to Reopen:
Step 1: Indoor: 10 person limit. Outdoor: 10 person limit. Physical distance of at least two metres from every other person in the instructional space, except where necessary for teaching and instruction that cannot be effectively provided if physical distancing is maintained
Step 2: Indoor: 10 person limit. Outdoor open, with capacity and other restrictions
Step 3: Indoor and outdoor open with capacity and other restrictions
COVID-19 vaccinations are currently available for construction workers in Ontario. It is critical for the safety of the industry and our collective public health that you get vaccinated. Each public health unit has a vaccine plan tailored to their own community’s needs. Find your public health unit.
The OGCA is in the process of developing an employer vaccination policy for all OGCA members.
You can book your vaccine at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/.
TEMPLATE VACCINE POLICY
Working in collaboration with Norm Keith at KPMG Law, the OGCA has developed a practical workplace vaccination policy for our members. The purpose of the template policies is to encourage vaccination in the workplace and establish a way to track employees that have been vaccinated while ensuring employees and site staff’s privacy and workplace rights are maintained. These records must be kept in secure company records, and formal authorization must be given from the employee to record this information.
The editable policies include the following:
- voluntary authorization to retain medical information regarding COVID-19 vaccination
- confirmation that the employee received both vaccine doses
- confirmation of the date and location where they received the first dose of the vaccination
- confirmation of the date of the second dose of the vaccination
To meet the diverse needs of OGCA members’ organizational needs, we have developed two versions of the vaccination policy and draft internal communications encouraging vaccination:
- SHORT: OGCA Employer Vaccine Policy
- LONG: OGCA Employer Vaccine Policy
- OGCA Template Employer Letter Encouraging COVID-19 Vaccination
RAPID TESTING PORTAL
The Government of Ontario has launched a new rapid testing portal to access the free Provincial Antigen Screening Program—with rapid testing kits being shipped directly to businesses to help screen for asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 and keep essential workers safe.
Businesses of any size can find out how to access rapid antigen tests through the Provincial Antigen Screening Program by visiting ontario.ca/testingonsite.
As the results of positive PCR tests are already reported to local public health units (PHUs) through the provincial lab network, the Ministry of Health is updating program requirements so organizations providing rapid antigen screening will no longer have to report preliminary positive results to PHUs, nor will they be required to report results of confirmatory lab-based PCR tests to the province.
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
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 and League of Champions have been presenting a series of webinars on keeping workers safe, both physically and mentally. You can find the recordings and presentations from the webinar series on the OGCA Youtube Page and the League of Champions Youtube Page.
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
- CPO COVID-19 Rapid Testing Update May 12 (Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development)
- Avetta Employer COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance (Fasken)
- 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.