Home Builders’ Association Supports Ontario Government’s Direction on Re-Opening the Economy

Monday, February 8, 2021 – The Simcoe County Home Builders’ and the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) applaud the Ontario government’s decision to remove the construction permitting restrictions and the prohibition on starting new renovations that were part of the emergency orders that came into effect on January 13. The changes announced today, which will take effect on Feb. 10 at 12:01 a.m., mean that as the province transitions back to the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open, all residential construction, including renovations, and related support activities may resume on February 10 with strict COVID-19 measures in place.

This will enable the industry to meet the housing, commercial and renovation needs in the Simcoe County Region, while continuing to protect workers’ health and well-being.

“The health and well-being of workers and residents continues to be our top priority said Sandy Tuckey, Executive Officer SCHBA. Our members look forward to ensuring a healthy supply of new and renovated homes allowing workers to provide for their families and making our contribution the economy under strict health and safety protocols.”

Health and safety are always priorities on construction work sites. During COVID-19, the industry has adopted very strict enhanced measures that meet or exceed the requirements outlined by the provincial government. Construction continues to be a low-risk activity compared to other sectors.

“Our industry continues to implement the Ministry of Labour’s guidelines on construction site health and safety during COVID-19,” said Joe Vaccaro, OHBA CEO. “Keeping colleagues, employees, and homeowners safe needs to continue to be the priority, and that includes Ministry of Labour inspections and, if necessary, closing any site that doesn’t meet or exceed these requirements. We need to keep each other safe as we continue deliver keys to homeowners.”

 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 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.