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COVID-19 Legal and Strategic Considerations for Construction Projects in Ontario

by Franklin Holtforster, Colliers Project Leaders & Geza R. Banfai, McMillan | April 28, 2020

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) formally declared the COVID-19 epidemic to be a pandemic. Six days later, the Province of Ontario declared a state of emergency and various businesses were forced to close.

Since that time, the list of essential workplaces has continued to evolve. A significant amount of construction activity, however, has been allowed to continue throughout the province, as long as required physical distancing and other safety measures are maintained on site.

Construction owners and contractors have experienced delays and disruptions in varying degrees due to COVID-19. These include disruptions in the workforce, delays in obtaining materials and equipment, and reduced productivity.

To help owners prepare for potential delay claims due to the pandemic, we have prepared a Client Advisory Bulletin in partnership with Geza R. Banfai, Counsel with McMillan LLP.

Read the bulletin, COVID-19 Legal and Strategic Considerations for Construction Projects in Ontario, for detailed information on:

  • the costs of potential contractor claims;
  • the potential for contract terminations;
  • the impact on consultants and considerations relating to the OAA-600 contract; and
  • advice for owners on mitigating exposure in claims.

Download the Client Advisory Bulletin Now