May 12, 2020

Ontario Emergency Order Extension and Re-opening Plans
The Legislative Assembly of Ontario extended the Emergency Declaration and all orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act related to the COVID-19 pandemic until June 2, 2020. The extension was passed during a special sitting of the Legislature and marks almost two months since the first order was made on March 17, 2020.
 
Premier Doug Ford noted in his update today that as of this Thursday the province will begin Phase 1 of its re-opening strategy under provincial guidelines. At this point, information on what Phase 1 of the re-opening strategy entails has not been shared. Retail businesses such as garden centres and hardware stores have been able to re-open to the public while observing health and safety protocols since last week while retail stores with a street entrance have been able to open for curbside pick-up and delivery since May 11, 2020. This news comes as Ontario’s COVID-19 cases have been trending downward in recent days with 361 new cases reported today, a 1.8 per cent increase.

Building Code Amendments – Permit Applications and Inspections to Continue
On May 11, 2020, the Province made amendments to Ontario’s Building Code under O. Reg 209/20. As a result, municipal building officials must continue to review permit applications and conduct inspections for all construction projects. All time periods set out in the Building Code remain in effect, regardless of whether a municipal office is closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Conditional permits can be issued for non-essential construction projects during the outbreak. The amendment remains in effect until municipal building department offices are opened to the public for in-person services.

AMO’s COVID-19 Resources page is being updated continually so you can find critical information in one place.  Please send any of your municipally related pandemic questions to covid19@amo.on.ca.