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Window and door industry can continue to operate in Ontario

March 24, 2020  By Patrick Flannery

Ontario has released its list of business types NOT required to cease operations under its emergency directive in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Companies engaged in building construction services are exempted:

“28. Construction work and services, including demolition services, in the industrial, commercial, institutional and residential sectors”

Whether the order applies to window and door fabricators is less clear but appears broad enough to cover that sector.

“19. Businesses that extract, manufacture, process and distribute goods, products, equipment and materials, including businesses that manufacture inputs to other manufacturers (e.g. primary metal/ steel, blow molding, component manufacturers, chemicals, etc. that feed the end-product manufacturer)”


Fenestration fabricators providing materials to healthcare projects might also be exempted under this item:

“26. Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space;”

Fenestration Review has asked for clarification from the Ontario government.

Business not on the list are ordered to shut down at midnight March 24.

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2 Comments » for Window and door industry can continue to operate in Ontario
  1. Avatar photo Helen says:

    Can I have an entryways door system installed with the COVID lockdown in place right now or will I be fined? January 10/2021.

  2. Avatar photo Patrick Flannery says:

    Hi, Helen. I’m no lawyer but I feel it’s highly unlikely that you would be fined. The prohibition against visitors to your home is for social gatherings, which this would not be. Construction and property maintenance activities are allowed to continue. And installing a door is mostly an outdoor activity, in which case you are allowed to have up to 10 people at your house anyway.

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