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Canadaâ€™s construction industry is responding to COVID-19
OTTAWA, March 21, 2020 â€“ The health, safety and well-being of our workers, their families and friends, and the communities we operate in is the top priority of the more than 20,000 member firms of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA). This has never been more true than it is right now.
The construction sector is also one of Canadaâ€™s largest employers and a major contributor to the countryâ€™s economic success. The industry, 70 per cent of which are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), employs more than 1.5 million Canadians and contributes 7 per cent of Canadaâ€™s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The projects we deliver are fundamental to Canadiansâ€™ quality of life and to the success of our country. In many cases, they support the delivery of essential services, including the clean water we drink, energy infrastructure and the power grid, critical transportation infrastructure, and the hospitals and other health care facilities where we receive care.
As part of normal business practice and operations, the construction industry already has in place and implements highly disciplined health and safety protocols on construction sites and at manufacturing facilities. In the current environment, our members have significantly amplified these protocols and implemented new measures based on recommendations from governments and public health authorities.
At this time, the CCA recommends that construction and related manufacturing activities remain operational.
We will continue to actively evaluate this position as the COVID-19 situation evolves and in support of health and government directives.
On behalf of our members, the CCA urgently calls on the Government of Canada for the following actions and information.
This is a challenging time for all Canadians. The construction sector stands ready to support the Government of Canada as it manages the COVID-19 crisis. This includes re-directing efforts to higher priority projects like hospitals and/or if directed, an orderly and thoughtful stoppage of some or all work in consultation with the industry.