Residential construction partially resumes as of April 20

Like everywhere else in Quebec, residential construction will resume in Westmount as of April 20. However, in accordance with the announcement by Legault’s government, only construction and renovation work allowing for the delivery of units scheduled for July 31, 2020, at the latest will be authorized. In other words, the objective of the provincial measure is to make new residential units available, as well as existing unoccupied ones under renovation. Any non-essential beautification or expansion project is excluded.

Residential construction projects that meet all of the criteria mentioned must also be subject to a valid permit already issued by the City of Westmount. No new permits can be delivered as long as the main activities of the Urban Planning Department are suspended.

In addition, contractors will have to comply with strict hygiene standards so that workers remain within two meters apart from each other at all times. The Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) provides guidance to contractors on the practices to be adopted. If you witness a dangerous situation or behavior on a construction site, please contact the CNESST at 1 844 838-0808.

Finally, building surveying and inspections will resume with the reopening of certain worksites, which also ends the “pause” for many SMEs in the construction supply chain.