COVID-19 Industry Update May 15, 2020

Provincial Update

Home Builders’ Associations Support Sector-Wide Construction Restart

WE HBA and the OHBA applaud the Government of Ontario’s decision to permit all construction activities under the COVID-19 Emergency Orders. The reactivation of construction activities will allow the industry to meet the housing, commercial building and renovation needs of Hamilton, the Halton Region and Ontario.  Read the news release here.

Today’s decision allows for the full resumption of residential and non-residential construction and planned renovations on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, including the restrictions on new home renovations. Regulations have not yet been posted, so please stay tuned as additional clarification may be required once they are released. 

As always, the industry will ensure that work is carried out in compliance with the Ministry of Labour’s Guidelines for Construction Site Health and Safety during COVID-19. WE HBA and OHBA continues to support the critical role enforcement role of the Ministry of Labour inspectors. The industry continues to support closing any job site that does not meet or exceed these requirements. Please visit the attached OHBA document for further health and safety information.

OHBA has been proactively working with the Ontario Building Officials Association (OBOA) to prepare for the resumption of all construction activities. We should all recognize the enormous pressure municipal building officials will be under to review, approve, issue, and inspect projects as an immediate result of this announcement and remember that safety is always the primary focus.  

The Government’s Stage 1 Framework for Reopening the Province can be viewed by following this link.

A detailed list of Stage 1 Openings can be found here.


Building Code Update

Amendments to Ontario’s Building Code Related to Building Permits and Inspections 

On May 11, 2020, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing filed Ontario Regulation 209/20, which made amendments to Ontario’s Building Code related to the delivery of building code services, such as reviewing building permit applications and conducting inspections. Building Departments are required to be open, process permits and do inspections.

The amendment requires that municipal building officials continue to review permit applications and conduct construction inspections by providing that the time periods in the Building Code remain in effect for all construction projects, even when the municipal offices are closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The amendment will remain in effect for as long as municipal building department offices are closed to the public for in-person services due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The regulation is available here.


Hamilton Update

FAQ for Development Approvals

As the COVID-19 situation in Hamilton continues to evolve, the City of Hamilton has provided a website of COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions surrounding the approval process for development applications. These FAQ will be regularly updated as circumstances change to provide residents and developers with current information.

Have a look at the FAQ website here.


OHBA Update

Regional OHBA Conference Call

OHBA is continuing to organize weekly regional conference calls to provide a general COVID-19 update. All of the regions together will be scheduled for one big “zoom” meeting this coming Tuesday May 19th @ 9:00 AM. The short half hour meeting will be open to any interested members from the local

HBA’s in the regional groupings of the Central HBAs and Southwest HBAs. WE HBA encourages our members to join in and stay up to date! For the meeting details please contact WE HBA Manager of Planning and Government Relations, Kirstin Jensen at 

Hand Sanitizer Opportunity through OHBA

OHBA has partnered with Heretic Spirits to provide hand sanitizer to our industry.

Please email Jeremy directly and provide him the group code in order to place the order.

To order contact with the group code OHBA2020.


Webinar Updates


Exclusive Workshop with Intrigue

Opening Back up for Business

Join a group of leading entrepreneurs just like you for this breakthrough workshop online. Learn how to create a business strategy to get back to business with success, manage your team while building trust & loyalty, and develop a marketing plan to retain current customers and attract new ones.

THURSDAY MAY 21 | 1:00 PM-2:30 PM

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OHBA Excess Soils Regulation Webinar

Excess Soils Session

In December, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks released a final excess soils regulation under the Environmental Protection Act as well as an amendment to the Record of Site Condition (brownfields) regulation 153/04. The MECP has finalized a package of regulatory amendments that will impact the residential construction industry as the province transitions to the new way of managing and transporting excess soil. OHBA will be hosting a one hour webinar that will inform OHBA members about the new regulations, how the regulations apply to their business activities, and changes required to business practices as a result, with solutions to transition and examples of best practices. 

FRIDAY MAY 22 | 9:30 AM

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Webinar with Ontario Dispute Adjudication for Construction Contracts

Construction Adjudication Under Ontario’s Construction Act

Adjudication and prompt payment provisions of the Construction Act came into force on October 1, 2019. ODACC is responsible for administering adjudications and for training and certifying adjudicators. Join ODACC staff as they discuss the adjudication process. This webinar will give an overview of what adjudication is, its cost, how to commence an adjudication, the process, the benefits of adjudication and more!


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OHBA Member Information Series with Urban Solutions

Provincial Policy Statement Webinar

On February 28th, as part of the new Housing Supply Action Plan, the province released a new Provincial Policy Statement that provided additional policy context such as expanding the time horizon for urban boundary expansions and included a new policy focus on market considerations in planning for housing. Join us on May 26th at 1:00 pm for an information session to learn about these new policy changes, and to understand the on-the-ground implications for future planning. 

Join Matt Johnston, MCIP, RPP – Principal, Urban Solutions & Past President of WEHBA, and Amber Lindsay, MCIP, RPP – Planner, Urban Solutions, for this great information session!

TUESDAY MAY 26 | 1:00 PM

Join now!