Updates from the Ontario Construction Secretariat

May 15, 2020

Construction is about to resume on London’s largest project

After a seven-week COVID-19 shutdown, Maple Leaf Foods is resuming construction on a $660-million chicken processing plant in London after a nine-week shutdown due to COVID-19, now that Ontario has eased restrictions on essential construction projects.

Read the full story here.

Ontario announces additional workplaces that can reopen

The Ontario government announced the retailers, seasonal businesses and health and community service providers who will be permitted to open or expand their services on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. The government and health and safety associations have released more than 90 safety guidance documents to assist employers in multiple sectors, including construction, retail, facilities maintenance and manufacturing.

The official release from the Ontario Newsroom can be found here.

Significant decline in construction employment in new StatsCan Data

Statistics Canada released its April Labour Force Survey data today, with data showing steep declines in employment across the economy. After being spared from the full impact of the coronavirus economic disruption in the previous month, Ontario’s construction employment fell dramatically in April. Ontario’s economy as a whole has now lost over a million jobs since the disruption began, and its unemployment rate increased in April to double-digits.

Read the full economic update as it relates to construction here.

Wage-subsidy program to be extended as steep job losses continue

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) will be extended beyond its early-June endpoint. The program covers 75 per cent of worker pay up to $847 a week to try to help employers keep employees on the job in the face of steep declines in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an announcement in Ottawa, Trudeau says more details on the extension will come next week.

Read more details here.

Have a safe and happy Victoria Day!

As we wind down towards the end of the week, we’d like to pass along good wishes for a safe and happy Victoria Day long weekend.