Apologies - this replacement newsletter has been issued to correct a wording error in the Ontario title
Québec Shuts down non- essential construction
Ontario keeps open all construction defining ICI & Residential as Essential
Both Ontario and Québec have released this evening additional details as to what 'essential' businesses will be allowed to stay open.

In a sign of the tumultuous times we are experiencing we have different directions being taken with Québec shutting down most construction by only allowing a specified list of essential construction services and projects to continue while in Ontario the construction industry's ICI (Institutional, Commercial, Industrial) and residential sectors have been deemed essential and will not be shut down.

For Ottawa Construction Association members working on both sides of the river this presents a new dimension to your new reality of managing resources.
Québec List of Essential Construction that will stay open
The Québec government has ordered the closing as of Wednesday, March 25 at 00:01 until April 13, 2020 of all non-essential stores and services including construction EXCEPT the following:

Maintenance and operation of strategic infrastructure, including:
  • the production, procurement, transmission and distribution of energy (electricity, fossil energies);
  • the maintenance in good operating condition of essential public infrastructure such as bridges, municipal buildings, and so on;
  • construction, maintenance and the maintenance of essential activities related to public and private infrastructure that may pose a threat to public health and safety (private dams, the management of hazardous and radioactive materials, on so on);
  • health services and supply chain, for example, a water treatment plant;
  • computer resources (security, maintenance, urgent needs related to the situation);
  • data centres.

Construction sector:
  • construction firms for emergency dispatching or security purposes;
  • electricians, plumbers and other trades for emergency services;
  • rental equipment.

Building maintenance services -
  • building-maintenance firms (elevators, ventilation, alarms, and so on).
Ontario keeps open construction declaring ICI and residential essential
The list of essential businesses may be reviewed at the website link at the bottom. The construction industry is in this listing and will not be required to close down. All businesses in the list of essential business list are being asked to put into place any and all measures to safeguard the well-being of their employees on the front-lines.

Institutional, Residential, Commercial and Industrial Maintenance

13. Businesses that provide support and maintenance services, including urgent repair, to maintain the safety, security, sanitation and essential operation of institutional, commercial industrial and residential properties and buildings, including, property management services,plumbers, electricians, custodial/janitorial workers, cleaning services, , security services, fire safety and sprinkler systems, building systems maintenance and repair technicians and engineers, mechanics, (e.g. HVAC, escalator and elevator technicians), and other service providers who provide similar services


26. 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;

27. Construction projects and services required to ensure safe and reliable operations of critical provincial infrastructure, including transit, transportation, energy and justice sectors beyond the day-to-day maintenance;

28. Construction work and services, including demolition services, in the industrial, commercial, institutional and residential sectors;

29. Construction work and services that supports health and safety environmental rehabilitation projects