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: Canadian housing starts increased in June, face coverings now mandatory in Brampton, COVID-19 Virtual Assistant launched on Access Markham mobile app, and more news from the COVID-19 front.

Toronto skyline, image by Forum contributor skycandy

Government notices and announcements:

Ontario Passes Legislation to Deliver Subways Faster: Building Transit Faster Act Will Accelerate Delivery of Priority Transit Projects, Support Economic Recovery

City of Toronto launches online business licensing and permit application

City of Toronto updates on Stage 2 reopening progress

New zoning order allows local restaurants to use more available space for outdoor dining in Toronto

Implementation of priority bus-only lanes to be accelerated across the city; Eglinton East identified as first priority


Brampton City Council approves Mandatory Face Coverings By-law

COVID-19: Mississauga Strong and Ready with Four Pillar Recovery Plans – Corporate, Financial, Economic and Community

Mississauga COVID-19 Response Continues: Call for Funding, Temporary Patios, Active Transportation Recovery Framework, Deferral of Municipal Accommodation Tax and New Mandatory Face Covering By-law

Mississauga: Mandatory Face Covering By-law For Indoor Public Spaces

COVID-19 Virtual Assistant launched on Access Markham mobile app

Private sector/other notices and announcements:

Canadian housing starts increased in June

CanWel Building Materials to Issue Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results, COVID-19 impact July 30, 2020

Rogers collaborates with bciti to deliver critical smart city services to Canadian cities

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.