RECOVERING FROM COVID-19 – IMPORTANT INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW
Earlier this year, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Ontario declared a state of emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The state of emergency ultimately resulted in a shutdown of most ICI construction worksites, except for a few essential projects. You can check out the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and the Government of Ontario website for up to date information on COVID-19 in Ontario.
Now, the Government of Ontario is in the process of slowly reopening the economy, starting with the construction industry. To frame the restarting of Ontario’s economy, the government put out A Framework to Reopening our Province.
The OGCA is working every day to make sure that our members are informed about COVID-19, that ICI worksites are open as soon as possible and that workers are kept safe. Through our advocacy, worksites are beginning to open and some contract relief has been provided to contractors. More needs to be done to keep workers are safe, ensure supply chains are kept open and support those that have been most affected.
The OGCA has also partnered with the League of Champions on a series of webinars to help members learn how to keep workers safe, both physically and mentally. You can find the recordings and presentations from the webinar series here.
We aim to provide members and the public with an easily navigable space with all the relevant information needed regarding the restarting of ICI construction after COVID-19. We have also reached out to our Associate Partners and others for information that they wish to share with you.
Please keep checking this post to stay informed.
ADVOCACY FROM THE OGCA
COVID-19 Physical Distancing Protocols (May 5)
Letter to Minister of Finance Rod Phillips re Opening the ICI Sector (April 30)
Letter to Education Minister Stephen Lecce Regarding Clarity for School Construction (April 16)
COVID-19 Shutdown Statement from OGCA (April 3)
Letter to Premier (March 30)
GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS FOR CONTRACTORS
List of Essential Construction Services (UPDATED)
Daily Commercial News – COVID-19 Special Feature
COVID-19 Knowledge Portal – from Fasken (April 27)
COVID-19 Resource Portal – from WeirFoulds LLP (April 22)
OHSA/WSIB Questions Answered – from Fasken (April 13)
Updates on COVID-19 / WSIB – from Les Liversidge LLB (April 16)
FROM ASSOCIATE PARTNERS
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions updated to May 8 – from Sherrard Kuzz
The Impact Of COVID-19 On The Construction Industry: A Reference Guide To The Changed Landscape
Construct Connect delayed project reports: A timely update of projects that have pushed the bid date or cancelled to COVID (regionally and cross-provincially)
Navigating Business through a Global Pandemic -More Advice related to Contractor Shutdown – from Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company (April 16)
How to test your mask – from Alliance Creative (April 10)
Managing Temporary Project Suspensions – from Petrela Winter & Associates (April 10)
FROM INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS
OCS Economic Update – from Ontario Construction Secretariat (May 8)
Coronavirus Contractor Survey: Impacts & Actions – from Ontario Construction Secretariat (May 5)
CDAO Letter to Hon. Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance (April 22)
Effective MCEA Consultation during the COVID-19 Pandemic – from Municipal Engineers Association (April 17)
FROM INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS
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 delivery or payment of these items.
Alliance Creative Marketing – face masks
Emterra Group – Hand Sanitizer
MI Integration – face shields for hard hats
Physical Distancing Floor Decals and Face Masks – from Astley Gilbert
Physical Distancing Posters – English / French (April 23)