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TORONTO – Steven Del Duca, OLP Leader, is calling on the Ford government to reconsider its initial decision and pause Ontario’s construction industry for a minimum of one week.
“My family has been involved in the construction industry for many years. My grandfather worked as a labourer and my father spent his entire career in on-site construction management. My brothers and I spent our summers working on construction sites. This is an industry that is very important to me, and important to our province’s economy.”
“It’s clear that recent developments, including news that construction workers on the Crosstown LRT have tested positive for COVID-19, now require stronger action on the part of the government.”
“As recently as this morning, I learned that Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer had not yet provided clear guidelines to the industry relating to the minimum standards required for the health and safety of workers in response to this crisis. It is unclear when those guidelines will be provided.”
“A minimum one week pause would give the industry the time to mobilize to guarantee that the new guidelines and standards are met, and would help to protect workers and their families.”
“I have complete confidence in Ontario’s construction industry to get this right, and I sincerely hope the Ford government will give them the chance to make it happen.”