Ontario Shutdown Measures for Construction

Ontario Shutdown Measures for Construction

Dear CIQS members,

As you may have seen, Ontario Premier Doug Ford recently announced additional public health and workplace safety measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 during the ongoing province-wide shut down. Among these new measures are a number of implications for our industry which we wish to highlight for you below.

Construction projects and services that may continue under the new restrictions include those which are:

  • Permitted activities or projects and related services, including land surveying and demolition services;
  • Associated with the healthcare sector and long-term care;
  • Required to ensure safe and reliable operations of or to provide new capacity in provincial and municipal infrastructure, including transit, transportation, energy, mining and justice sectors beyond the day-to-day maintenance;
  • Supporting the operations and provide new capacity in schools, colleges, universities, municipal infrastructure and child care centres;
  • Under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program;
  • Supporting the operations of Broadband internet and cellular technologies and services;
  • Due to be completed before July 2021 and that would provide additional capacity in the production, processing, manufacturing or distribution of food, beverages or agricultural products;
  • Have commenced before January 12, 2021 and that would provide additional capacity for businesses that provide logistical support, distribution services, warehousing, storage or shipping and delivery services or provide additional capacity in the operation and delivery of Information Technology (IT) services or telecommunications services;
  • Intended to provide affordable housing, shelter or supports for vulnerable persons;
  • Preparing a site for an institutional, commercial, industrial or residential development; and
  • Below-grade multi-unit residential construction projects, such as apartments and condominiums.

Residential construction projects are permitted in the following cases:

  • A footing permit has been granted for single family, semi-detached and townhomes;
  • The project is a condominium, mixed use or other residential building; or
  • The project involves renovations to residential properties and construction work was started before January 12, 2021.

Critical industrial construction activities are also permitted in the following cases:

  • The maintenance and operations of petrochemical plants and refineries;
  • Significant industrial petrochemical projects where preliminary work has already commenced; and
  • Industrial construction and modifications to existing industrial structures limited solely to work necessary for the production, maintenance, and/or enhancement of Personal Protective Equipment, medical devices, and other identified products directly related to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Projects are also permitted if they are being funded in whole or in part by, or is being undertaken by, any of the following:

  • the Crown in right of Canada or in right of Ontario;
  • an agency of the Crown in right of Canada or in right of Ontario;
  • a municipality;
  • a service manager as defined in the Housing Services Act, 2011; or
  • a registered charity and not for profit within the meaning of the Income Tax Act (Canada).

These measures will also be enhanced with workplace testing and additional enforcement to ensure compliance.


Full details on the enhanced measures during the Ontario shutdown can be found below:


Should you have any questions, please reach out to Brianna Workman at briannace@impactcanada.com.