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COVID-19 Resources: List of Essential Workplaces for Ontario on April 3rd, 2020

Updated: Oct 24, 2020

Updated April 4th 2020

The provincial government has updated the list of essential workplaces (effective April 4th 2020 at 11:59pm)  in order to control the spread of COVID-19.

In this post we are focusing on the impact of these changes to the Construction industry. For many of our current clients who work in residential construction Point 30 (extract below) affects them directly.

Also it’s worth noting that the business carrying of the work is required to adhere to the health and safety procedures as described below.

Extract from the website:


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Critical industrial construction activities required for,

  4. the maintenance and operations of petrochemical plants and refineries,

  5. significant industrial petrochemical projects where preliminary work has already commenced,

  6. industrial construction and modifications to existing industrial structures limited solely to work necessary for the production, maintenance, and/or enhancement of Personal Protective Equipment, medical devices (such as ventilators), and other identified products directly related to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.

  7. Residential construction projects where,

  8. a footing permit has been granted for single family, semi-detached and townhomes

  9. an above grade structural permit has been granted for condominiums, mixed use and other buildings, or

  10. the project involves renovations to residential properties and construction work was started before April 4, 2020.

Requirements that apply to businesses


  1. The person responsible for a place of business that continues to operate shall ensure that the business operates in accordance with all applicable laws, including the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the regulations made under it.

  2. The person responsible for a place of business that continues to operate shall operate the business in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials, including any advice, recommendations or instructions on physical distancing, cleaning or disinfecting.

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