The Grand Valley Construction Association continues to monitor the new developments pertaining to COVID-19. This page is updated daily.


Our staff are available to serve you in person every day.  Our office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00-5:00, and Friday from 8:00-4:00.

We look forward to seeing you all and we will keep this page updated with the latest information from all levels of government.

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If you have questions about whether your business should be open or closed, please call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1.888.444.3659.

Ontario Government Updates

October 7
Ontario Helping Apprentices Cover Living Expenses during Training

October 2 
WSIB holds premium rates for Ontario businesses

September 30

Ontario Delivers $2.8 Billion COVID-19 Fall Preparedness Plan

September 29 
COVID-19 Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit for Ontario Businesses

September 25
COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces (Businesses and Organizations)

September 4
Ontario Providing In-Demand Skills Training to Over 15,000 People

September 3
Ontario Extends Support for Employers and Employees Impacted by COVID-19

 July 2020
July 28

Declared Emergency Leave is No Longer Available

July 23

Ontario Building and Expanding Schools across the Province

 June 2020
June 16

Ontario Updated Safety Plan

June 2

Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency until June 30

 May 2020

May 22nd

Ontario Launches Program to Help Apprentices and Hospitality Workers

May 20th

List of PPE Suppliers in Ontario

May 14th 
Lifting essential workplace limits on construction.

May 11th 
Resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace

May 11th

Economic and Budget Outlook, Spring 2020 - by the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario

May 6th 

Ontario Extends Electricity Rate Relief During COVID-19

May 6th
Ontario Further Eases Restrictions on Retail Stores and Essential Construction During COVID-19

May 1st
Certain Businesses Allowed to Reopen Under Strict Safety Guidelines

 April 2020

April 30

Health and Safety Association Guidance Documents for Workplaces During the COVID-19 Outbreak

April 23rd

Ontario Extends Emergency Orders to May 6 to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

April 16th
Ontario Significantly Expands Hospital Capacity to Prepare for Any COVID-19 Outbreak Scenario

April 14th
Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency to Continue the Fight Against COVID-19 

April 13th
Ontario Starts Planning for Economic Recovery.

April 13th 
Agricultural projects clarified and added to the list of essential workplaces

April 13th
Construction Act to be Exempt from Emergency Order Suspending Procedural Time Limits

April 8th 
Ontario Accelerates Essential Construction Projects During COVID-19 
Extending Construction Hours Will Help Keep Ontario Workers Safe.

April 6, 2020 
WSIB has determined that costs associated with COVID-19 related claims will not be allocated at an employer or class level. Instead, they will be allocated on a Schedule-wide basis and there will be no change in premium rates for 2020. For more information please visit

April 3, 2020
Ontario Revises Definition of Essential Construction

April 1, 2020
COVID-19 Resource Best Management Practices

April 1, 2020
Standards Review PLMHSC (March 2020)

April 1, 2020
WAH Regulation Extension

April 1, 2020 
Personal distancing construction shareable

April 1, 2020
Personal distancing construction poster

April 1, 2020
PPE Request

 March 2020

March 31,2020
Ontario Enacts Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public
Ontario Extends Emergency Declaration to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

March 30,2020
Construction site health and safety during COVID-19
Find resources, best practices and information to help construction employers understand their rights and responsibilities while operating during COVID-19.

March 29,2020
Ontario Prohibits Gatherings of Five People or More with Strict Exceptions

March 26, 2020

New financial measure will allow insurance premium payment deferrals for six months

Read the complete announcement

March 25, 2020

Government introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit to help workers and businesses

Read the complete announcement

March 24, 2020

Ontario releases list of essential workplaces that can remain open amid COVID-19 outbreak

Read the complete announcement

March 23, 2020 

WSIB Adjudicative Approach Document: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Claims

Read the complete announcement

March 23,2020 

The "Project Suspension Impact Checklist" has been designed to provide industry participants with an accessible resource in order to tackle the range of issues that present and developing circumstances may cause to be addressed. 

Read the complete Project Suspension Impact Checklist 



Federal Government Updates

October 9, 2020
Government announces new, targeted support to help businesses through pandemic

October 1, 2020
Prime Minister announces infrastructure plan to create jobs and grow the economy 

June 2020

June 16, 2020

Prime Minister announces extension of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit by 8 weeks - This extension will make the benefit available to eligible workers for up to a total of 24 weeks.

 May 2020

May 25, 2020

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance now open for applications

May 15, 2020

The Government extends the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to August 29

 April 2020

April 27, 2020
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

April 22, 2020

Service Canada Critical Programs and Services for Individuals during COVID-19

Service Canada Critical Services and Programs for Employers, Partners, Stakeholders and Unions during COVID-19

April 15, 2020

Expanding access to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and proposing a new wage boost for essential workers

April 9, 2020
CCA requesting modifications to the 75 per cent wage subsidy program on behalf of members.

April 3, 2020
COVID-19 Posters for Job Sites
Physical Distancing
COVID-19 Handwashing

*If you would GVCA to print the posters, please contact us.

 March 2020
March 18, 2020 

The Federal Government today announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses.

Read the complete announcement



gvca documents

October1, 2020
Protecting Your Workforce During the Second Wave - COVID-19 in Construction (FREE WEBINAR - October 13th)

Essential Services-Construction FAQ's

COVID-19 and the Construction Industry - A Surety Perspective

Ron Kelusky, Ontario's Chief Prevention Officer, COVID-19 best practices for construction:

Construction Pandemic Planning – A Guide to help you through this crisis!

Answers to the most common questions we are being asked during this crisis

Four Key Considerations

Business Planning Checklist

Recommended Strategies 

Guidance to Contractors & Stakeholders

The Grand Valley Construction Association communication on COVID-19

City of Guelph - limited inspections on unoccupied buildings

COVID-19 Project Suspension Impact Checklist

To get the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, make sure you follow up on news releases with: 

Health Canada

Canadian Centre of Occupational Health and Safety

Government of Ontario


Please take every precaution to protect your employees both in your office, and on the job site. Don't hesitate to call (519) 622-4822 or email if you have any questions. 

 City of Cambridge

City of Cambridge - Building Inspections Update. 

City of Kitchener

City of Kitchener - Building Inspections Update.


City of Guelph - Building Inspections Update. 

Region of Waterloo

The Region of Waterloo Essential construction, operations and maintenance during COVID-19 Pandemic


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