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Area home builders applaud government's decision to restart construction

Move allows residential and non-residential construction, as well as planned renovations, to begin on Tuesday, May 19
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The Simcoe County Home Builders’ Association (SCHBA) and the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) applaud the government of Ontario’s decision 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 Simcoe County and Ontario.   

“We are still focused on the safety of jobsites, workers and clients. Getting our industry safely back to work means we can get back to providing the housing supply and choice our community needs, from renovations to new home builds to adding new commercial workspaces in Simcoe County,” said Sandy Tuckey, Executive Officer. 

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. 

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. The Simcoe County Home Builders’ Association and OHBA continues to support the critical role enforcement role of the Ministry of Labour inspectors.  The industry continues to support closing any jobsite that does not meet or exceed these requirements

“We all want safe jobsites. The health and safety of colleagues, employees, tradespeople and clients continues to be the industry’s number one priority as the industry continues to make enhancements to the COVID-19 health and safety protocols,” said Joe Vaccaro, CEO, OHBA. “The provincial government continues to take a measured approach in response to this crisis. The reactivation of construction and renovations for both residential and non-residential means the industry can work through the short Canadian construction season and deliver the keys to businesses waiting for their new work spaces and thousands of families waiting for the keys to their new or renovated homes.“ 

The Simcoe County Home Builders’ Association (SCHBA) represents builders, developers, renovators, sub-contractors, suppliers and building industry professionals in Simcoe County. Simcoe County is the region immediately north of the Greater Golden Horseshoe which is home to 450,000 people and has an employment base of 230,000. The County is comprised of 18 Municipal jurisdictions

The Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) is the voice of the residential construction industry in Ontario, representing 4,000 member companies organized into 27 local associations across the province. The residential construction industry contributes over $51 billion dollars to Ontario’s economy, employing more than 330,000 people across the province.