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COVID-19 (Coronavirus): City construction

Essential work in progress: we’re keeping the city safe, clean and moving.

The provincial health officer has deemed construction work an essential service. City crews are continuing critical infrastructure upgrades and maintenance work.

The information on this page applies to City construction only.

Why City construction is essential

During the current health crisis, the City and residents still need safe and passable roads, clean drinking water, functioning sewers, and garbage pick up. Without these basic services, people would not be able to stay home and stay healthy.

Essential services at the forefront of this crisis — like healthcare, food supply, firefighting — also depend on safe roads, clean water, and disposal services like sewers and waste collection. 

Our recovery from this crisis will be aided by these services having been maintained.   

How our crews are staying safe

The provincial health officer has rated construction work as lower risk for spreading illnesses than other types of work because it occurs outside.

Our construction crews are following provincial health guidelines, including:

  • Limiting the number of people on work sites 
  • Increasing the number of handwashing stations
  • Regularly cleaning common areas and surfaces 
  • Ensuring anyone who is sick stays home 
  • Reducing the number of people in vehicles

Crew members also try to maintain 2 m distance from each other where possible. However, there are some tasks where people can’t be 2 m apart for safety reasons. 

Noise

As people stay home to help contain the spread of COVID-19, we know you may be more sensitive to construction noises in your neighbourhood during the day.

Noise By-Law 6555 allows for regular construction to take place:

  • 7am to 8pm Monday to Saturday
  • 10am to 8pm on Sundays and holidays

Thank you for your patience as we continue this essential work.