The OBOA wants to keep you updated on the provincial state of emergency that may impact you, your family and/or your workplace. See below a timeline of the latest information from the province and a list of government resources:

January 5, 2022

As of January 5, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. the following measures will be in place for at least 21 days (until January 27) subject to trends in public health and our health system. Read more. 

October 22, 2021

Reopening Ontario – Read the news release  

In the Roadmap to Reopen, the province put together a three-step plan to safely and gradually lift public health measures based on ongoing progress of provincewide vaccination rates and improvements of key public health and health care indicators.
Construction activities will be opened as follows:

Before Step 1 – Open with some limitations to commercial projects
Step 1 –
All construction open
Step 2 –
All construction open
Step 3 –
All construction open

May 13, 2021 – Ontario Extending Stay-at-Home Order Until June 2

With the new, more contagious variants continuing to pose significant risks, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has extended the Stay-at-Home Order (O. Reg. 265/21) until at least June 2, 2021. Read more…..


May 3, 2021 – Ontario Expands COVID-19 Vaccination Booking for More People 

As of Monday, May 3, 2021 at 8:00 a.m., individuals who are 18 or older in 2021 and live in one of the 114 hot spot communities will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at a mass immunization clinic through the provincial online booking system or directly through public health units that use their own booking system.

Beginning Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 8:00 a.m., the following groups throughout the province will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the provincial online booking system and call centre, or directly through public health units that use their own booking system. Read more…


April 16, 2021 – Enforcement of the emergency stay-at-home order 

This afternoon, the Ontario Premier announced that the province is strengthening the enforcement of the stay-at-home order. As part of this order, all non-essential construction will cease as of Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

Click here for a list of essential construction activities that may continue under the stay-at-home order.

April 7, 2021 – Provincial emergency and stay-at-home order 

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is immediately declaring a third provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA). Read more…. 

April 1, 2021 – COVID-19 shutdown: enhanced public health and workplace safety measures 

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, a provincewide emergency brake is in effect as of Saturday, April 3, at 12:01 a.m. At this time there are no changes to construction services. Construction activities or projects and related supporting services, including demolition and land surveying, are allowed. Read more….

February 12, 2021 – Second Provincial State of Emergency 

On Feb. 8th, the Ontario government announced the extension of the Stay-at-Home Order including a regional approach to transition each region from the shutdown measures to a revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open (the “Framework”).

Information about construction projects  

As of February 10, 2021, all residential construction projects and related construction activities and services including residential renovations across Ontario are allowed to commence and continue. This applies to residential construction in public health unit regions in a Shutdown Zone and in public health unit regions that are subject to the COVID-19 Response Framework.

Restrictions on non-residential activities are still in effect in public health unit regions in a Shutdown Zone. Once a public health unit region has been moved to the COVID-19 Response Framework, there will be no restrictions on construction activities. Please refer to the Provincial website for information on the Framework. Read the list of essential construction services.

Amendments have been made to O. Reg 82/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 1 under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act and can be found here.

Read the Q&A that provides recommendations about the O.Reg. 10/21
Read the O.Reg. 10/21 

MMAH Guidance under Ontario’s Building Code for the Winter Use of Patio Tents

Legal Opinion on COVID-19 Provincial Emergency Orders – O.Reg. 82/20, as amended: 

– Legal opinion letter 

– Supporting documents:

O.Reg. 82/20, as amended
Enforcement of emergency order by building inspectors
Letter from the Provincial Solicitor General and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Letter from the Ministry of Health re: Use of hotels and retirement homes
Q&As for enforcement personnel
Relevant Ontario Regulations 

New regulations:

O.Reg. 141/20New regulation addressing temporary facilities to provide assistance during COVID-19 emergency
O.Reg. 137/20 – Timelines respecting the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act are no longer suspended during the emergency order

Government websites: 

Updates from the Ontario Ministry of Health including tips on how to protect yourself and recognize symptoms.

A list of essential workplaces in Ontario that includes the construction sector.

Construction site health and safety during COVID-19 from

Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development home page

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing home page

Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility home page

Public Health Ontario

Government of Canada website


Industry partners: 

Build Right Ontario

Conservation Authorities in Ontario

ESA (Electrical Safety Authority) updates on COVID-19

PEO (Professional Engineers of Ontario) response to COVID-19

OAA (Ontario Association of Architects) updates on COVID-19 including a Q&A  for industry professionals

OGCA (Ontario General Contractors Association) updates on COVID-19 

OHBA (Ontario Home Builders Association) updates on COVID-19, impacts to job sites, resources and building industry information 

Best practices guide for construction employers from OHBA

PEO (Professional Engineers of Ontario) response to COVID-19

RESCON (Residential Construction Council of Ontario) updates on COVID-19  

TSSA (Technical Standards & Safety Authority)  response to COVID-19 including inspections 

TSSA Legislation and Regulatory information

UL – updates on COVID-19