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Toronto EllisDon sites hit by COVID-19 outbreaks

Don Wall
Toronto EllisDon sites hit by COVID-19 outbreaks

Toronto Public Health (TPH) reported April 30 in its latest update of COVID-19 outbreaks that three EllisDon workplaces have been hit by significant outbreaks since April 20.

TPH’s list of Toronto Workplaces with Active Outbreaks and Outbreaks Declared Over in the Past Week indicates an EllisDon site reported eight cases of COVID on April 23; another reported 13 cases a day later; and a third site noted to be associated with subcontractors Marel and Univex reported 26 cases on April 21.

A list of closures, updated April 29, indicated that one EllisDon site, at 390-440 Dufferin St., had been partially shut down by TPH that day. Subcontractors working on the site were said to be Torino Drywall Inc., Tri-Clean Building Services Inc., Zerem Electrical Services, Figure 3 and Royalguard Industries Inc.

An April 22 list of outbreaks documented a total of 11 construction worksites struck by COVID outbreaks or with outbreaks resolved between April 8 and April 21.

The latest list of outbreaks also included the following among newly affected construction worksites or workplaces (since April 22): Commonwealth Plywood, with an outbreak of 15 cases, reported April 23; Mizrahi Inc. (developer), two cases, April 23; REA Construction, six cases, April 24; and Reliance Construction, 11 cases, April 23.

Reliance Construction was partially closed by TPH on April 22. Another EllisDon site, at 825 Coxwell Ave., was partially closed April 23.

EllisDon has not yet responded to a request for more information.

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development said in a statement it has issued six stop-work orders in the past two weeks for COVID-19 related reasons but it does not publish business names in those cases.

“Typically, local public health units are responsible for determining if and when there is a potential health risk to the public, and whether or not to communicate that risk,” the statement said.

EllisDon has reported a number of outbreaks at sites across the city in the past four months. Between Dec. 27, 2020 and Jan. 29 there were 69 positive test results reported at The Well project, where EllisDon is a prime contractor. There were also multiple positive tests at Crosslinx sites, where EllisDon is a contractor, and there were 15 positives reported at the Michael Garron Hospital site in December, another EllisDon job.  

The firm announced it had introduced rapid antigen testing at its large sites in February.

Watch for more information at as it becomes available.

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