TORONTO — The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) have issued a statement praising the Ontario government’s decision to remove construction permitting restrictions and the prohibition on starting new renovations implemented as part of emergency measures announced Jan. 13.
Changes announced Feb. 8 will take effect on Feb. 10 at 12:01 a.m., meaning the province transitions back to the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open, with all residential construction, including renovations, and related support activities permitted to resume.
“The health and well-being of workers and residents continues to be our top priority,” said Dave Wilkes, BILD president and CEO, in the statement. “Our industry looks forward to ensuring a healthy supply of new homes and workspaces.”
Joe Vaccaro, OHBA CEO, added, “Our industry continues to implement the Ministry of Labour’s guidelines on construction site health and safety during COVID-19. Keeping colleagues, employees, and homeowners safe needs to continue to be the priority, and that includes Ministry of Labour inspections and, if necessary, closing any site that doesn’t meet or exceed these requirements.”