Ontario’s new construction rules allow for ongoing home renovations to continue, but new projects are on hold. Those regulations say contractors can continue renovations to residential properties and construction work started before January 12 – but the rules won’t allow new renovation projects to start for at least 28 days.


Dave Wilkes, chief executive of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (B.I.L.D.), said the regulations on renovations and repairs ensure that people will not be left with a half torn-down kitchen or washroom as more people work or go to school at home.

Wilkes said his organization, at minimum, asks home occupants and work crews to fill out symptom and travel questionnaires, and requires designated wash stations for jobs longer than two days. Crews wear masks and log their schedules for contact tracing, Wilkes said, and extra communication with homeowners and occupants is done by phone or video.

Redesigned staircase
Redesigned staircase – Now wider, airy and safe!

Trades groups like carpenters and drywallers are scheduled to work separately to keep people distanced, said Wilkes. There are also cleaning requirements for renovations as part of “specific protocols that are in place to protect both the homeowner, but also the contractor.”

The initial design discovery phase and then the second design planning phase can can anywhere between
2 – 8 months – dependent on project scope and other criteria. Use this time to start planning your renovation. Don’t know how to start and need help?

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At NIKKA DESIGN, we observe all current COVID-19 provincial protocols on our projects and in our meetings with clients and vendors.
If you’re uncomfortable meeting in person, we can offer you virtual design consultations and meetings. Please ask us about this easy-to-use option. We can meet on Zoom, WhatsApp, Google’s Duo, or Skype.