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Municipal Road Construction During COVID-19: UPDATE

Today, the Government of Ontario announced that it was taking further steps to limit the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

The Premier announced that effective at 11:59 pm on Saturday, April 4, 2020 all construction would be required to close for 14 days with the exception of “critical construction projects… including industrial projects such as refineries and petrochemical plants and infrastructure projects such as new hospitals, roads and bridges.”

At this point in time, it is OGRA’s understanding that municipal road construction projects are still permitted to continue under this new directive if the local road authority determines that a project is deemed critical.

The Government of Ontario’s List of Essential Workplaces identifies those businesses that are permitted to continue operating under the Government’s Emergency Declaration. The list that was updated on Friday, April 3, 2020 specifically states the following activities are still permitted:

  • Transportation services
    21. Businesses and facilities that provide transportation services, including,
    1. transportation services provided by air, water, road, and rail, including taxis and other private transportation providers, and

  • Community services
    34.Businesses that deliver or support the delivery of services including:
    1. Sewage treatment and disposal.
    2. Collecting, transporting, storing, processing, disposing or recycling of any type of waste.
    3. Potable drinking water.
    4. Critical infrastructure repair and maintenance including roads, dams, bridges etc.

OGRA will continue to monitor developments related to COVID-19. We are committed to ensuring the Ontario municipalities have the most up-to-date information that they need.


The Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) was founded in 1894. Based out of Oakville, Ontario, OGRA is governed by 15 board members with 17 staff supporting its membership. The mandate of the Ontario Good Roads Association is to advance the infrastructure and transportation interests of its members through training, advocacy and services. OGRA currently has more than 650 members, which includes corporations, municipalities, and First Nations. For more information visit www.OGRA.org

For more information please contact:

Rachel Swiednicki
Manager, Communications and Marketing | Ontario Good Roads Association
1525 Cornwall Road, Unit 22. Oakville, ON L6J0B2


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The Ontario Good Roads Association advances the infrastructure and transportation interests of our members through training, advocacy and services.