The global COVID-19 pandemic is having far reaching effects in Toronto, including major impacts to what have been booming real estate and building industries. Many jobs and events are currently suspended, postponed, or affected in other ways, though UrbanToronto is still operating at full strength with our team working remotely. As a means to keep the public in the loop about the shutdowns, we'll be sharing information and status updates from around the industry on a daily basis.

In today's report, the construction industry, deemed an essential service, remains in the spotlight as workers, unions, and media voice both concerns and praise over new measures to safeguard against accelerated transmission of COVID-19. Municipalities are offering support for businesses in addition to previously-announced federal and provincial measures.

Downtown Toronto, image by Forum contributor ADRM

Government notices and announcements:

Ontario Stepping Up Measures to Limit the Spread of COVID-19 on Construction Sites 

Landlords, Condo Boards urged to adopt new health and safety measures to protect residents from COVID-19

Ontario Government: Construction site health and safety during COVID-19

City of Markham Approves Tax and Fee Relief for Residents and Businesses

City Launches Online COVID-19 Resources for Mississauga Businesses

Private sector/other notices and announcements:

North American Development Group (NADG) introducing national economic relief program to support small business owners in their shopping centres

A Message from the Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario

Latest VIA Rail Operations Update in Response to COVID-19

Labour Management Network: COVID-19: What you need to know about Health and Safety and Working On-Site

MNP COVID-19 Business Advice Centre

ULI Webinar: Confronting COVID-19: Healthy Buildings - Optimizing Mental Health

Colliers International Group Inc. Announces Information Regarding Shareholder Meeting

Everyone from construction workers to brokers to real estate executives are encouraged to share tips on what work and events have stopped, what is proceeding, and how their businesses are being affected by the various shutdowns.

You can share information by emailing us, or by posting in our dedicated Forum thread for industry tips.