COVID -19 UPDATE
As news updates regarding COVID-19 are announced daily by the government, we intend to keep you up to date with as much information as possible that may affect your businesses.
WE HBA will make continuous efforts to provide regular updates regarding government announcements, municipal operations, business impacts and construction activities, among others. We hope that you, your families, friends and colleagues remain healthy and safe, and are taking all necessary precautions.
GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO UPDATE
Ontario Orders the Mandatory Closure of All Non-Essential Workplaces to Fight Spread of COVID-19
The Government of Ontario has announced that as of Tuesday March 24th at 11:59 PM, they have ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces to further contain the spread of COVID-19. The closure will remain in effect for a minimum of 14 days, with the possibility of extension.
Businesses that can continue operations remotely are being given approximately 36 hours to prepare and adapt. The government has advised that essential services which include maintenance of supply chains, manufacturers, grocery stores, pharmacies, LCBO outlets and take out restaurants are permitted to remain open.
In response to questions about construction sites across Ontario, the premier responded that issues with adequate sanitation and conditions of job sites have become an issue. A full list of businesses that are permitted to stay open will be released tomorrow. WE HBA will update our members as soon as this information is available.
ONTARIO CONSTRUCTION SITES
Ontario Government Continues to Allow Construction Sites to Remain Open
An update received Sunday March 22nd stated that while the government has thus far permitted construction sites to remain open, labour leaders and unions are calling for improved sanitation on sites and Ministry of Labour enforcement or they will call for sites to be closed. The OHBA has provided a resource and guidance document to support members keeping sites open that can be found at this link.
LiUNA International has supported the continued operation of construction sites but calls for improved sanitation conditions or else they will also move for sites to be closed. Central Ontario Building and Construction Trades Council has written to the Premier requesting a 2-week temporary halt of construction sites in order to improve the job site conditions. The OHBA has advised that a number of individual Home Builder members have made the decision to close their sales centres, model homes and some active construction sites across Ontario as well.
CITY OF HAMILTON SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS UPDATE
The City of Hamilton would like to thank you for your continued patience as they deal with a number of items tied directly to the City’s overriding goal of keeping their staff and the public safe and minimizing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The City continues to be open for business, however is closed to the public. All applications and re submissions will need to be submitted as per the instructions in the attached PDF document that can be accessed by clicking here. The current situation is very fluid and it may be subject to change.
CITY OF BURLINGTON DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY
Over the weekend, the City of Burlington declared a state of emergency in response to COVID-19. A news release was provided on Sunday March 22nd, which advised that within the City, an essential service is defined in Federal terms as any service, facility or activity of the Government of Canada that is or will be necessary for the safety or security of the public or a segment of the public.
At City Hall, facilities were closed as of last week and staff were asked to work from home with the exception of services that were required to be delivered under one of the following categories:
• Are required to meet certain legislative requirements;
• Support employee and public health, safety and security;
• Enable critical community services and supports, including COVID-19 mitigation and recovery;
• Support services necessary to keep essential services operating;
• Protect and operate vital infrastructure; and
• Fulfill contractual, legal and financial obligations.
The City of Burlington is hosting a public telephone town hall that will take place on Thursday, March 26 at 6:45 p.m. The one-hour town hall will be open to all members of the public and provide an opportunity to hear from a panel including members of council and senior staff, Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and our City Manager, Tim Commisso. Burlington residential phone numbers will be randomly selected to be part of the telephone town hall, however in addition, residents who would like to be added to the telephone call list can email firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of day March 25. Interested parties can call 1-800-280-9610 at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 26 to join the town hall.