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REVISED List of Essential Workplaces For COVID-19 Including Construction

April 3, 2020

UPDATE: April 3, 2:48:39 PM

Message from Executive Secretary Treasurer, James Barry:

Following advice from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, on April 3, 2020, Ontario updated the list of essential businesses that can remain open. The restrictions are aimed at further reducing contact between people and stopping the spread of COVID-19.

By 11:59 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2020, businesses that are not identified on this list must close their physical locations.

If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at tel: 1-888-444-3659. 

The full updated list of essential businesses is linked below.  Among the list, are construction services that will impact IBEW members and the construction industry as a whole, including:

  1. Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space.
  2. Construction projects and services required to ensure safe and reliable operations of, or to provide new capacity in, critical provincial infrastructure, including transit, transportation, energy and justice sectors beyond the day-to-day maintenance.
  3. Critical industrial construction activities required for,
    1. the maintenance and operations of petrochemical plants and refineries,
    2. significant industrial petrochemical projects where preliminary work has already commenced,
    3. 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 (such as ventilators), and other identified products directly related to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. Residential construction projects where,
    1. a footing permit has been granted for single family, semi-detached and townhomes
    2. an above grade structural permit has been granted for condominiums, mixed use and other buildings, or
    3. the project involves renovations to residential properties and construction work was started before April 4, 2020.
  5. Construction and maintenance activities necessary to temporarily close construction sites that have paused or are not active and to ensure ongoing public safety

Full List of Essential Services

The full list can be found at https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces

James Barry
Executive Secretary Treasurer
IBEW Construction Council of Ontario

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