TORONTO — The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) say they are supportive of the provincial government implementing more restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 announced today (Dec. 21).
While construction is permitted to continue, the industry recognizes the immense responsibility that comes with an essential workplace designation.
Under the new measures, construction activities and supporting services for new building may continue with enhanced protocols and inspections in place and sales centres for new developments must move to virtual and to appointment only.
The provincewide shutdown is a necessary, the release states, adding allowing the residential and commercial construction industry to continue working will mean “once we do return to a semblance of normalcy later in 2021, we will not have exacerbated the housing supply crisis in an already undersupplied market.”
“We all want to be safe at home and at work,” said Joe Vaccaro, CEO of the OHBA, in a statement. “With these new restrictions, the Ontario government continues to make public safety the priority. Across Ontario, industry members have been continuously enhancing their health and safety and COVID-19 protocols. We support increased inspection and enforcement and are utilizing the extended construction hours to stagger work and increase social distancing on projects.
“All of our members, from builders to renovators to suppliers, will continue to focus on public and worker safety while ensuring that thousands of families get the keys to the homes they have been waiting for across Ontario.”