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Essential/non-essential construction projects

If you are a contractor looking for clarification on essential/non-essential construction projects, please contact Paul Lacina directly at:

Paul Lacina CBO

Building Development Services
519-360-1998 x 3240
519-436-3215 Fax
315 King Street West, Chatham, ON N7M 5K8

Construction site health and safety during COVID-19

Find resources, best practices and information to help construction employers understand their rights and responsibilities while operating during COVID-19.

Keeping constructions sites open during COVID-19 means an increased focus on health and safety. A new guidance document from Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer can help construction employers understand how to protect workers. 

Construction Act Payment Suspension Revision

The Province has revised one Construction Act section of a previous emergency order, O. Reg. 73/20 made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, which suspended limitation periods and procedural time periods retroactive to March 16, 2020.  At the time of this update, O. Reg. 73/20 has not been revised to include this revision on the provincial e-Laws site. 

This emergency order has been amended to lift the suspension of limitation periods and procedural time periods under the Construction Act.  This will allow for the release of holdback payments to contractors and subcontractors in the normal course, helping to resolve a potentially significant cash flow problem as a result of the order for the construction industry.

The suspension will be lifted on April 16, 2020, to give the industry time to prepare for these changes.  Once lifted, parties will have the same amount of time to meet a deadline that had been remaining before the suspension began on March 16, 2020.