Date: April 4, 2020
Dear valued clients,
As we enter week four (4) of mandated physically distancing (the term now used by the Canadian Government), Proma would like to advise you on our current understanding of the construction landscape.
Please note that the information below pertains to Ontario and is changing hourly.
Ontario Essential Construction
The link above highlights all services that are deemed essential as of April 3rd 2020.
Section 11 pertains to construction and lists the following:
Construction projects and services associated with the #healthcare sector, 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, critical provincial infrastructure, including transit, transportation, energy and justice sectors beyond the day-to-day maintenance.
Critical industrial construction (exceptions apply).
Residential construction projects (exceptions apply).
Construction and maintenance activities necessary to temporarily close construction sites that have paused or are not active and to ensure ongoing public safety.
Building Departments & Permits
City of Toronto
As per the above allowable construction activities, the City of #Toronto has issued a statement that all progress inspections by City staff are currently on hold. However, if a #buildingpermit has been issued (and not revoked), #construction or #demolition can proceed, provided that the owner/agent submits a progress report at each mandatory inspection stage.
Details on how and what to submit can be found by clicking the following link: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/affected-city-services/covid-19-toronto-building-permits/
City of Kingston
The City of #Kingston staff has halted all inspections. Kingston is still accepting online permit submission system through DASH and is performing plan reviews, yet we are currently unclear if they are issuing new permits.
City of Ottawa
Inspectors are currently not entering certain building types for inspection.
Proma is currently in contact with the city to identify if they are conducting application reviews and issuing new permits.
City of Vaughan
The City of #Vaughan is currently receiving and issuing permits – new submission requirements have been implemented relating to electronic and mail submissions.
Building inspections can be placed using the following email firstname.lastname@example.org
Architects, Designers, and Engineers
Most consulting firms continue to stay open as they transition to a remote work environment. Expect delays in responses or deliverables based on the epidemic. Please call your consultants directly to ask about potential delays and revised timelines.
Increased Health & Safety requirements have been announced and were listed in our last newsletter. The #MinistryofLabour continues to conduct regular site visits to ensure all contractors are abiding by the new guidelines. Any contractor not following new requirements will be shut down.
Expect timelines to extend based on workers falling ill, smaller staff, inspection delays, and/or scarcity of materials.
We recommend all contractors to contact their sub-trades to ensure they can continue their commitments to active projects and update schedules accordingly.
Materials & Procurement
Expect delays in delivery times and quantities in the coming weeks.
Most manufacturing is considered an essential service yet, due to Covid-19 related health and safety measures, a slow-down of work is already being realized.
As we continue to navigate in these unknown waters, Proma is here to help. Please contact us for your project-related questions.
Stay healthy, stay safe.
Proma Management Inc.