Essential construction and maintenance during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on Friday April 17, 2020

In the coming days and weeks, residents will begin to see essential construction projects resuming or starting around the city.

The City of Cambridge would like to assure residents that all work will be carried out with the health and well-being of residents and workers as the top priority and strict physical distancing measures will be followed.

As indicated on the list of essential workplaces issued by the Province of Ontario, City-led infrastructure construction has been deemed essential and we will proceed with various projects, such as water and sewer upgrades, as well as work on our transportation and roads network.

Non-essential capital projects, such as playground repairs and facility upgrades, have been paused during this period. Projects involving preliminary design work, such as the Preston Auditorium Expansion, will continue to move forward as work can be conducted remotely.

“Specific construction and maintenance work is considered essential to ensure the City’s infrastructure remains in good condition, working properly, and able to meet the needs of our residents,” said City of Cambridge Mayor Kathryn McGarry.

“Furthermore, completing this work now under safe protocols has certain benefits in terms of maintaining a level of economic activity in the community and it hopefully will have a reduced impact on area businesses before they re-open.“

All City contractors must abide by the Occupational Health and Safety Act and adhere to guidelines issued by Public Health authorities and the Ministry of Labour, Training & Skills Development to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The City is working with contractors to ensure that appropriate measures are followed to protect workers and members of the public.  Screening and sanitation measures will be in place and additional personal protective equipment (PPE) provided as required.  No interaction with the public is needed in order for workers to perform construction activities.

Further measures to promote physical distancing include staggered work shifts and lunch breaks, and additional equipment on site.

As well, residents may notice the presence of our Ambassador Team – who are all following the same social distancing measures – in our core areas.  The team has increased cleaning efforts, including street sweeping and litter and debris pick-up. Parks, trails, roads and sidewalk maintenance is ongoing.

This approach is consistent with other local area municipalities.  As the pandemic unfolds, we will continue to work in collaboration with our municipal partners and evaluate the situation under the guidance of Region of Waterloo Public Health and the Province. 

More information on specific upcoming construction projects can be found at To learn about current Regional projects, visit the Region of Waterloo's website.



Primary media contact

Susanne Hiller
Director of Communications
City of Cambridge