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health care facilities

Ontario construction crews to work 24/7 on health care facilities

Construction work on new health care facilities in Ontario, including COVID-19 assessment centres, will now be a round-the-clock effort.
CUI platforms

CUI launches COVID-19 learning platforms

The Canadian Urban Institute has released two new platforms online to support quick learning and adaptation during COVID-19.
fire and life safety guidance for ad hoc healthcare space

Code rigour relaxed for ad hoc health care space

The NFPA guidance on alternative compliance options was developed to address four scenarios that have been rapidly arising in the United States.
residential construction

Ontario scaling back residential construction

Ontario announced updates to its essential services list, stating that most residential construction in the province will be paused for now.

Ontario steps up COVID measures on jobsites

The Ontario government is stepping up measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 on construction sites. The update provides further guidance for employers.
Bird Construction

Bird Construction celebrates 100 years

Bird Construction is celebrating 100 years since its first job on March 29, 1920. Hubert John Bird founded the company in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
remote video inspections

Remote video inspections abet social distancing

The technology does not replace the human element of inspections, but it does allow for parties to the inspection to be separate from each other.
ASHRAE volunteers guidance for setup of temporary field hospitals

ASHRAE to aid setup of temporary field hospitals

ASHRAE has forged an epidemic task force to volunteer expert guidance on the setup of temporary field hospitals in non-traditional health care venues, such as convention centres and arenas.
covid CCA

CCA releases COVID-19 jobsite protocols

CCA has released its first version of the COVID-19 Standardized Protocols for All Canadian Construction Sites to help the industry keep workers safe.

WorkSafeBC works with industry to ensure safety

WorkSafeBC is working with workers, employers, and industry associations to ensure construction sites are healthy and safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Technology helps contractors work remotely

Many construction businesses are turning to technology to assist with daily operations such as video conference calls during the COVID-19 crisis.
education property tax deferrals introduced in Ontario and Alberta

ON/AB: education property tax relief introduced

Alberta and Ontario are offering ratepayers temporary relief from the education portion of property tax bills.
residential construction

Construction industry urges best practices for safety

With construction recently deemed an essential service by the Ontario government, industry members are promoting best practices to optimize safety.

Ontario groups call for jobsites to stay open

Four Ontario construction organizations have issued a joint statement calling for jobsites to be kept open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

B.C. construction sites open but with restrictions

The B.C. provincial health officer has clarified that the mass gatherings order during the current COVID-19 pandemic does not apply to construction sites.
REALPAC answers call for a real estate sector cultural influencer

REALPAC steps up as COVID-19 cultural influencer

Fittingly, a currently posted update points to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plea for “cultural influencers” to get involved.
HVACR technicians adhere to Health Canada protocol

HVACR technicians adhere to health protocol

A newly released message to consumers underscores the critical role the industry plays in the viability of indoor environments and in safeguarding food, medical supplies, data and other strategic services.