TORONTO — Ontario’s construction sector could be green-lit to resume full activities as part of step one of the government’s new three-step Roadmap to Reopen unveiled by Premier Doug Ford May 20.
If targets for vaccinations and other indicators are met, construction activities now deemed non-essential would be permitted to resume on June 14.
The information was contained in background information issued by the government and confirmed by construction stakeholders.
The province will remain in each of the three steps for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators, a release explained. If at the end of the 21 days prescribed vaccination thresholds have been met, along with positive trends in other key public health and system indicators, then the province will move to the next step:
- Step 1: 60 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose.
- Step 2: 70 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 20 per cent vaccinated with two doses.
- Step 3: 70 to 80 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 25 per cent vaccinated with two doses.
Based on current trends in key health indicators, including the provincial vaccination rate, the government expects to enter step one of the roadmap the week of June 14. The province will confirm closer to the expected start.
“While we know that now is not yet the moment to reopen, Ontarians deserve to know the path forward on what we will carefully reopen and when, starting with the settings we know are safest,” said Minister of Health Christine Elliott. “Brighter days are ahead and we believe this roadmap represents a path out of the pandemic and will encourage Ontarians to get vaccinated and to continue following public health advice.”
The provincewide emergency brake restrictions remain in effect while the province assesses when it will be moving to step one of the roadmap, with the stay at home order expiring on June 2. During this time, the release stated, the government will continue to work with stakeholders on reopening.