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More work on multi-unit residential projects allowed to restart in Ontario

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May 6, 2020 by On-Site Staff

When allowed to restart, construction projects need to follow strict guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Ontario continues to add more aspects of the construction industry to its essential service list as it makes good on its commitment to gradually reopen the industry.

In a press conference May 6, Premier Doug Ford said below-grade work on multi-unit residential projects will be allowed to restart.

“This will help clear the way for the housing and jobs our economy will need to support economic recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” the province said in a release.

Above-grade construction on condos and rental apartments was allowed to continue throughout the pandemic, but below-grade work on large multi-unit projects was restricted.

Dave Wilkes, president and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD), said the decision is an important step for residential builders, as no high-rise projects can get underway without shoring, piling, concrete pouring and other below-grade work.

“With almost two thirds of the new housing units delivered each year in the GTA being in high-rise buildings, the resumption of below-grade construction is absolutely vital to meeting the region’s housing needs,” said he in a release.

The move comes two days after excavation work on both residential and non-residential projects was allowed to resume.