In many parts of the country, construction activity has been permitted to continue during the COVID-19 crisis—but there are pockets where construction sites have been shuttered.
Last updated April 15, 2020.
Current construction projects and services in the ICI and residential sectors are considered an essential service and are permitted to continue operating.
Newfoundland & Labrador
Construction projects can stay open but contractors have been advised to continually evaluate the situation.
Construction is exempt from an imposed gathering limit of five people in one space, but workers must still adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Construction is still working but many trades are off work because some construction work is on hold and maintenance shutdown work has been postponed.
Construction projects, jobsites and work camps can continue as they are exempt from Alberta's 50-person mass-gathering rule.
In addition to certain kinds of essential construction, Alberta has stated that “any other construction project that can safely abide by the CMOH Public Health guidelines/directives” can proceed. Here’s of construction that has been specifically deemed essential by Alberta:
- Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector, including new facili-ties, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space.
- Construction projects and services required to ensure safe and reliable operations of critical provincial and municipal infrastructure, including transit, transportation, energy and justice sec-tors beyond day-to-day maintenance.
- Construction work and services, including demolition services, in the industrial, commercial, in-stitutional and residential sectors.
- Construction work and services that supports health and safety environmental rehabilitation projects.
- Construction projects to repair or render operable / safe any public conveyance, including ele-vators, escalators and ski lifts.
- Construction projects and services that are required to ensure safe and reliable operations of critical energy infrastructure or support supply chains.
In B.C., construction work has been deemed an essential service by the province under “Other Non-Health Essential Service Providers”. Specifically, the province has deemed “construction work, construction firms, skilled trades, and professionals, and; construction and light industrial machinery and equipment rental” to be essential services. However, to continuing working, sites must follow these guidelines from the provincial health officer:
- There should be no more than 50 people in the same space in any circumstances.
- Where possible, employees should maintain a distance of two metres apart from each other.
- Post signage that limits the number of occupants in any elevator to four people at a time.
- Reduce in person meetings and other gatherings and hold site meetings in open spaces or out-side.
- Increase the number of handwashing stations and post signage that identifies their location.
- Maintain a list of employees that are currently working on sites and update this list daily.
- All common areas and surfaces should be cleaned at the end of each day. Examples include washrooms, shared offices, common tables, desks, light switches and door handle.
- Anyone with COVID19-like symptoms, such as sore throat, fever, sneezing or coughing, must self-isolate at home for 14 days.
Both ICI and residential construction are exempt from a provincial order that shuts down all non-critical businesses.
Under the provincial state of emergency, construction companies are deemed an allowable business.
Under an exemption to NWT's pandemic travel restrictions, out-of-territory construction workers can head straight to work without mandatory self-isolation.
Construction can continue on transportation, energy and healthcare facilities, expansions and renovations.
Transient workers who enter Nunavut on private flights to a mine site must remain at the site and not enter any community.
Construction has been deemed essential and the province has extended work hours to 24 hours a day on essential infrastructure projects like hospitals and transportation, but the list of industrial construction has been pared down to refineries and petrochemical plants. Residential construction that is near completion will be allowed to continue but no new residential building will be allowed to start.
The province has halted all non-essential activity which includes construction sites and affects some 250,000 workers in the province. Trades like electricians and plumbers who do repairs are exempt. Work to complete construction of residential units scheduled for no later than July 31, 2020 is authorized. Activities permitted include construction and renovation work, including those related to surveying and building inspection.