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:

Construction Site Safety

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.

The BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA)'s guidelines include information on:

  • Surface cleaning
  • Site inspection
  • Handwashing protocols for First Aid Attendants

 

Regulated Work Under the Safety Standards Act

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:

  • Electricians
  • 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

Support & Resources for Construction Industry Groups

Where to ask questions, find information, and access financial supports.

Municipal Insurance Association of British Columbia (MIABC) 

“Ask us Anything” Blog

  • 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)

COVID-19 discussion forum

  • Forum for building officials to discuss issues and best practices during the pandemic

COVID-19 Updates for Local Governments & Improvement Districts

Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia

COVID-19 Practice Advice and Guidance

Architectural Institute of BC

Find information on Field Review requirements and attending required meetings AIBC Response to COVID-19

BC Housing

Provides regular COVID-19-related service updates on topics of interest to licensed residential builders

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

 

Apartment & Condominium Operations

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.

https://ncceh.ca/environmental-health-in-canada/health-agency-projects/building-shutdown-and-re-opening-during-covid
 

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.

Guidance to owners and operators of building water systems (PDF) 

 

BC Building Code Questions

General Code Questions are still being answered during COVID-19.

Building & Safety Standards Branch Updates

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.