VAUGHAN, ONT. — The newly released Coronavirus Contractor Survey: Spotlight on Civil/Engineering Sector, finds COVID-19 has significantly impacted Ontario’s civil and engineering contractors and has resulted in a dramatic drop in tenders being issued for municipal projects.
The recently released survey was conducted by the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) and commissioned by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) to gauge how firms that do work in the civil and engineering sectors in Ontario have been impacted by the coronavirus, including the volume of work coming down the pipeline.
Sixty-one per cent of civil and engineering contractors are anticipating revenue declines in 2020, compared to 2019, and 25 per cent report they will need government support to stay afloat.
Approximately 56 per cent indicate there have been fewer municipal projects available to bid on since July 1.
The survey also found that COVID-19 and the health and safety of workers and staff are the overarching concerns of contractors, followed by the ability to get skilled labour, the impact of supply chain disruptions, and the ability of government to quickly roll out stimulus spending on infrastructure projects, states a release.
The Daily Commercial News will have a more in depth analysis of the report in an upcoming story.