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Coronavirus and its impact on Canadian construction

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March 14, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Canada confirmed its first case of the virus in January. PHOTO: Getty Images

COVID-19, or coronavirus, was first identified in Wuhan, China late last year. The virus has since spread around the globe, with the World Health Organization officially declaring it a pandemic March 11.

Governments across Canada have taken extreme steps to prevent the further spread of the virus, with serious immediate and long-term implications for all industries, including construction.

Click here for a list of construction events cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus.

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April 1

Aecon withdraws financial guidance as it weighs impact of slow downs, stoppages tied to coronavirus

March 31

Ontario gives workers extra year to renew working-at-heights training due to COVID-19 closures

March 30

Coronavirus crisis brings construction industry’s long-standing issues with job site sanitation to forefront

March 27

CCA lays out standardized set of health and safety protocols to help job sites contend with coronavirus

March 25

Construction on Woodfibre LNG project in B.C. delayed a year as virus slows component deliveries

Construction industry answers call from hospitals to donate in-demand protective gear

March 24

Construction labour groups raise concerns over job site safety amid outbreak

March 23

‘No time for half measures’: Ontario, Quebec order shutdown of non-essential businesses

Husky Energy pauses construction on West White Rose Project in Newfoundland in response to coronavirus

March 20

Job sites stay open across country, though pair of Quebec unions call for halt to construction

March 19

No precedents put construction in ‘uncharted waters’ on force majeure clauses, coronavirus

March 17

Contractors, governments formulate coronavirus response, but construction sites remain open, for now

March 16

AHES postponed due to coronavirus

March 13

CONEXPO-CON/AGG to close a day early as coronavirus concerns mount

March 4

The impact of pandemic on construction’s supply chain: A new risk profile

March 2

One week out: Final prep underway for CONEXPO, special care being taken for coronavirus