COVID-19: RESCON’s latest construction industry update
March 20th, 2020 11:13 pm     A+ | a-
Richard Lyall and Andrew Pariser / RESCON
As always, RESCON will continue to update all members and key stakeholders as information related to COVID-19 becomes available. Our position is our industry will keep working as best it can under challenging circumstances.
We will only stop working if the government orders us to do so. To that end, today’s update will include:
  1. Health and Safety Updates
  2. Government Relations Update
  3. Municipal Update
  4. Labour Supply and Sub-trades Update
  5. Jurisdictional Scan

1. Health and Safety Update:
RESCON has been working with other associations and has authored this best management practices document which has been reviewed by top-level health and safety officials and endorsed by the IHSA (both employer and union representatives). Please share with your entire network and implement immediately. We are consulting with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development and have requested assistance in obtaining additional sanitization and health and safety equipment to keep sites safe and open.

2. Government Relations Update:
Comprehensive advocacy efforts with both provincial and municipal government as well as with industry partners and chambers of commerce are being undertaken. Specific updates are included in this Government Relations document.

3. Municipal Update:
RESCON has created a municipal tracking sheet to coordination information related to permits and inspections. This document is being updated daily to reflect the on-the-ground realities builders face. The latest version can be found here.

4. Labour Supply and Sub-Trade Updates
It is very important that all sub-trades follow the best practice Health and Safety guide attached. Everyone’s health and safety depends on all builder and trades ability to ensure social distancing (on and off the site), proper hygiene, and an adherence to enhanced health and safety protocols.
We have also received two letters (attached) from sub-trades:
- The first is from the OFA.
- The second is a joint letter from the RTCA/Railing Association.

 5. Jurisdictional Scan
RESCON is gathering information from other jurisdictions and looking for best residential construction and housing practices. Here is a draft jurisdictional scan, which we will continue to update as this pandemic continues to evolve.
We will be in touch as news progresses and updates become available. If you have questions, concerns or information we are available at or
Richard Lyall, president of RESCON, has represented the building industry in Ontario since 1991. Andrew Pariser is the vice-president of RESCON, chair of RESCON Training and Apprenticeship Committee, and sits on the BOLT board of directors.
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