COVID-19 Resources for Building Construction and Operations
The government of British Columbia has declared the safe construction and operation of buildings to be essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We'll post updates to this site as they become available.
Last updated: June 11, 2020
On this page:
Guidelines on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on construction sites.
Site managers should contact local building departments to find out about changes to their inspection services to ensure everyone’s safety during the pandemic.
Employers should take all necessary precautions to limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission and illness.
Read the Provincial Health Officer's guidance to construction sites operating during COVID-19. Check back daily for any updates.
WorksafeBC provides information for employers, contractors, sub-contractors and employees on responsibilities and actions to prevent exposure to COVID-19. They also guide how to control risk on the worksite.
Skilled trades that are required for regulated equipment under the Safety Standards Act must be available to respond to site emergencies and ensure public safety. This includes:
- Elevator mechanics
- Gas fitters
- Boilers, pressure vessels and refrigeration trades
Owners and operators of systems must ensure they are safe to operate. Consult the Technical Safety BC COVID-19 website for details and the Technical Safety BC main page for more information about safety oversight of the technology you operate
Where to ask questions, find information, and access financial supports.
Municipal Insurance Association of British Columbia (MIABC)
- This blog provides advice to its local government members
- For example, the March 26, 2020 post “Changing practices for building inspections” provides guidance on Building Official safety and options for delivery of inspection services during COVID-19
- Submit your own questions by email: AskUsAnything@miabc.org
Building Officials Association of BC (BOABC)
- Forum for building officials to discuss issues and best practices during the pandemic
COVID-19 Updates for Local Governments & Improvement Districts
- BC Government Local Government site with additional information for local governments on the BC Restart Plan, finances, governance, operations and more.
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
CSA has standards for infection control during the construction, renovation and maintenance of health care facilities (CAN/CSA-Z317.13-17) in addition to other standards
The Province created a list of supports for businesses to help cope with some of the effects of COVID-19.
This list contains information on topics such as:
- Credit and financing
- Tax remedies
- Wage supports
The National Collaborating Centre on Environmental Health (NCCEH) provides guidance for building managers and discusses the following key topics:
- High-touch surfaces in common areas
- Cleaners and disinfectants
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Enhanced cleaning measures
- Specific actions for elevators, laundries and washrooms
- Precautions related to building ventilation
You can print these posters for your building or distribute them to residents:
The National Collaborating Centre on Environmental Health (NCCEH) has a number of environmental health resources to guide building shutdown and reopening during COVID-19.
The Vancouver Coastal Health bulletin provides steps to address health risks to microbes such as Legionella, through the proper operation, maintenance, shut-down and start up of equipment. The Best Practices can be used across the province.
General Code Questions are still being answered during COVID-19.
- First review our Code Questions page
- If you can't find the information you need, please send your question to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Building and Safety Standards Branch is committed to supporting the construction and safety sector now and as we move towards economic recovery. Further administrative or technical guidance on construction and safety oversight will be posted on this page as it becomes available. Subscribe to this page using the box at the top right to be notified of updates.
Comments or questions? Please contact us at Building.Safety@gov.bc.ca. Our response time may be delayed slightly, as we are all working remotely.