Ontario Expands Permissible Construction Work During Current Shut-Down Period

The Ontario Government  amended the Regulation related to businesses permitted to open to permit the following construction work:

43. Construction activities or projects and related services, including land surveying and demolition services, that,

(g) were commenced before January 12, 2021 and that would,

(iii) provide additional capacity to, or enhance the efficiency or
operations of, businesses that extract, manufacture, process and
distribute goods, products, equipment and materials.

It appears that this amendment now permits certain industrial, commercial, and institutional (“ICI”) construction so long as it commenced before January 12, 2021 and provides additional capacity, or enhances the efficiency or operations of businesses that extract, manufacture, process and distributes goods, products, equipment and materials. 

This amendment potentially expands the type of construction services contractors may legally perform during the current lock-down period as previous restrictions limited much ICI construction.

Mathews Dinsdale will continue to monitor the Government’s response to COVID-19, and will provide updates and analysis on any important developments.

If you have any questions about the new Regulation, or any other workplace law assistance, please contact a Mathews Dinsdale lawyer, or refer to the Firm’s COVID-19 website resources.

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