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PLEASE NOTE: The OBOA offices are closed temporarily. We are still responding to emails and telephone calls from 10 am – 3 pm Monday to Friday.

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 for some resources that provides information on a day by day basis: 

 

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

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. 

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

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. 

Second Provincial State of Emergency – Update Feb. 12, 2021

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.

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 Ontario.ca

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