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COVID-19 INFORMATION

January 18, 2021

The Ontario government on late January 15th amended Regulation 82/20 under the Reopening Ontario Act (2020) to further clarify what construction projects can remain open. We encourage our members to review all the available information to determine if their projects can continue to operate or not.
 

Click HERE to view the most current rules for areas in Stage 1.  You can find the construction specific regulations in section 43 of Schedule 2

 
The changes made to the legislation on January 15th are as follows:
1. (1) Clause 43 (b) of Schedule 2 to Ontario Regulation 82/20 is revoked and the following substituted:
(b)  ensure safe and reliable operations of, or provide new capacity in,
(i)  municipal infrastructure, or
(ii)  provincial infrastructure, including but not limited to, the transit, transportation, resource, energy and justice sectors;
 
(2) Clause 43 (d) of Schedule 2 to the Regulation is amended by striking out “municipal infrastructure”.
 
(3) Clause 43 (l) of Schedule 2 to the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:
 
(l)  are funded in whole or in part by,
(i)  the Crown in right of Canada or in right of Ontario,
(ii)  an agency of the Crown in right of Canada or in right of Ontario, or
(iii)  a municipality;
 
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2. This Regulation comes into force on the day it is filed.

January 15, 2021

The Building Department of the City of Sault Ste. Marie released an update on their operations today.  The bulletin can be found here

Applications for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant are now open.  More information and the application can be found at https://www.ontario.ca/page/businesses-get-help-covid-19-costs

January 14, 2021

The Ontario government late Wednesday January 13th posted online the Regulation under the Reopening Ontario Act (2020) with the precise wording defining essential construction which can continue stay open.

Click HERE to view the Regulation to amend existing Regulation 82/20
(Rules for areas in Stage 1).


An important clarification has emerged in respect to the final section dealing with affordable housing and projects funded by government.
 
The Ontario summary of emergency measures (shown below) that was released Tuesday (click HERE to download) provided 34 pages of detail including on page 23 & 24 the listing of the many types of essential construction that could continue.


SSMCA's bulletin on Tuesday replicated the information in the same format regarding the final 2 sections dealing with affordable housing and projects funded by government. Below is a copy and paste from the Ontario document.



The separation of 2 distinct sections led many to believe that the 2 were not interconnected. The way it was separated left many to believe affordable housing was one category of essential construction and that projects that were government funded was another category of essential construction.
 
Take a look at the just released regulation wording below and you can see that the intention is it is one category - not two. It is affordable housing that is funded by the various sources that is essential.



Another Web Reference
In addition to the above links readers can go to this Ontario Web Page to review the emergency information complete with links to the legal orders currently in force under:
 

Emergency Management & Civil Protection Act
 
and
 
Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act.


Maintenance and Repair Work is Essential
Members asked whether maintenance and repair work was essential because it wasn't contained in the January 12th briefing. You will find it listed as essential in paragraph 35 in Regulation 82/20 of the Rules for areas in Stage 1 noted above.
 
The exact wording is:
 
Maintenance, repair and property management services that manage and maintain the safety, security, sanitation and operation of institutional, commercial, industrial and residential properties and buildings.

Construction Specific COVID-19 Resources

The IHSA has produced a number of resources to help employers keep their essential workers safe.  We strongly encourage all members to review the resources found here as they continue to develop and improve their COVID Workplace Safety Plans.

Contact Us Anytime

If we can be of any assistance to your organization during these challenging times, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are more than happy to help.

January 13, 2021

As you are likely well aware, yesterday the Province of Ontario declared a second provincial emergency with measures that will be in full effect Thursday, January 14th at 12:01am.

There are parameters established for general offices that the SSMCA will abide by, even as a support office to an essential sector, we can, and will make some administrative changes to follow the emergency order while maintaining our core membership services.
In particular, the 2 bullets in red below taken from the attachment are the primary reasons the SSMCA have altered their staffing arrangements at the office.

  • Work from Home Except Where Necessary: Each person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall ensure that any person who performs work for the business or organization conducts their work remotely, with limited exception, for instance, where the nature of their work requires them to be on-site at the workplace.
  • Businesses or organizations must ensure that masks or face coverings are worn by any person (including members of the public and workers) in the indoor area of the business or organization, with limited exceptions.

Effective tomorrow, we will modify our operations, but will remain open to members from 8:30a.m. to 4:30pm from Monday to Friday. The building will be restricted to staff only.  SSMCA staff members will attend the office on a rotational basis during open periods to offer services to members which will include the Commissioner of Oath Services/Statutory Declarations, plan copies, etc. All of these services will be done through one of either contactless pickup or in a curbside/drive-through method. 

We also are happy to provide virtual commissioning of documents, please contact adam@ssmca.com for more information.

Staff not on hand or in person will be available each day 8:30a.m. to 4:30 pm and can be contacted at the information below:
Adam Pinder, Executive Director, email: adam@ssmca.com or call 705-255-3712
Karen Mueller, Membership Services Coordinator, email: karen@ssmca.com or call 705-759-8830

Full details on the lockdown and operations of businesses can be found here: https://files.ontario.ca/moh-enhanced-provincewide-shutdown-en-2021-01-12-v3.pdf

We thank everyone for their understanding and cooperation as we navigate these challenges. 

Sincerely,
Adam Pinder – Executive Director

January 12, 2021

The Province has released further details on Enhancing Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures in the Provincewide Shutdown.  The document details information regarding general public health and workplace safety measures for all businesses, organizations and facilities and individuals.  The document can be found here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-provincewide-shutdown

 January 12, 2021

Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work. This order and other new and existing public health restrictions are aimed at limiting people's mobility and reducing the number of daily contacts with those outside an immediate household. In addition to limiting outings to essential trips, all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, does work from home.

 

The Ontario government has updated the list of construction projects deemed essential, and that list includes:

 

Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector and long-term care, including new facilities, 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, or to provide new capacity in, provincial infrastructure, including transit, transportation, energy, mining and justice sectors beyond the day-to-day maintenance. 

Construction projects and services that support the operations of, and provide new capacity in schools, colleges, universities, municipal infrastructure and child care centres within the meaning of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014.  

Construction projects under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program 

Construction projects and services that support the operations of Broadband internet and cellular technologies and services. 

Critical industrial construction activities required for,

  • the maintenance and operations of petrochemical plants and refineries, 
  • significant industrial petrochemical projects where preliminary work has already commenced,
  • industrial construction and modifications to existing industrial structures limited solely to work necessary for the production, maintenance, and/or enhancement of Personal Protective Equipment, medical devices (such as ventilators), and other identified products directly related to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Construction projects that are due to be completed before July 2021 and that would provide additional capacity in the production, processing, manufacturing or distribution of food, beverages or agricultural products.

Construction projects that were commenced before January 12, 2021, and that would,  

  • provide additional capacity for businesses that provide logistical support, distribution services, warehousing, storage or shipping and delivery services, or 
  • ii. provide additional capacity in the operation and delivery of Information Technology (IT) services or telecommunications services.

Residential construction projects where,  

  • a footing permit has been granted for single family, semi-detached and townhomes 
  • the project is a condominium, mixed use or other residential building, or 
  • the project involves renovations to residential properties and construction work was started before January 12, 2021.

Construction to prepare a site for an institutional, commercial, industrial or residential development, including any necessary excavation, grading, roads or utilities infrastructure.

 

Construction and maintenance activities necessary to temporarily close construction sites that have paused or are not active and to ensure ongoing public safety.

Below-grade multi-unit residential construction projects, such as apartments and condominiums. The Ontario government also provided that businesses must follow public health measures and should review the workplace safety guidelines.

Construction on any project intended to provide either, 

1.      affordable housing, or 

2.      shelter or supports for vulnerable persons,  

 

If the project is being funded in whole or in part by, or is being undertaken by, any of the following:  

A. the Crown in right of Canada or in right of Ontario,  

B. an agency of the Crown in right of Canada or in right of Ontario,  

C. a municipality,  

D. a service manager as defined in the Housing Services Act, 2011, or 

E. a registered charity and not for profit within the meaning of the Income Tax Act (Canada)

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