What Construction Can Continue in Ontario after April 4, 2020?

By April 9, 2020 news

On April 3, 2020, the Government of Ontario revised its Order in relation to
essential services passed under s. 7.0.1 of the Emergency Management and
Civil Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E9 . The Order provides that, as of April
4, 2020 at midnight, a limited scope of construction projects will be allowed to
proceed in Ontario. In announcing the changes, Premier Ford advised that,
towards ensuring compliance, the Ministry of Labour would put ongoing
construction under extremely high scrutiny.
Yet it appears, however, that the revised Order is in some ways no clearer
than its predecessor as regards what construction activities can, and cannot
continue. We do not mean to be critical when we say this. It is incredibly
difficult to draft generally applicable language to surgically draw the line in
an almost infinite number of scenarios. It is even harder when the goal is to
both protect health and safety and meet the essential needs of the public.
Our goal in this article is to simply point out, and discuss, the “grey-areas”.

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