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 most 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 regular basis.

In today's report: more openings announced as GTA municipalities enter phase 2 of reopening, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing taking steps to resume Planning Act timelines suspended due to the COVID-19, and more news from the COVID-19 front.

Construction in Toronto, image by Forum contributor ADRM

Government notices and announcements:

City of Toronto to resume limited Toronto Island Park ferry service with COVID-19 precautions starting June 27

Mayor Bevilacqua launches the new Ready Resilient and Resourceful Committee

Virtual Press Conference: City of Brampton update on response to COVID-19

Canada and Ontario support improved cycling and public transit infrastructure for Guelph residents

Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency to July 15

Canada and Ontario invest in public transit infrastructure for Peterborough residents

Private sector/other notices and announcements:

Metrolinx brings in new cleaning measures as customers return to transit this summer

Bringing Back Our Sports and Entertainment Districts

ULI Toronto: Webinar: Residential Building Design & Wellbeing - Lessons Learned from COVID-19

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has taken steps to resume Planning Act timelines that had been suspended due to the COVID-19 disruption (PDF Download)

The Builders Voice - From the Ground Up: Insights from Builders: June 25

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.