Councillor Josh Matlow

Take Action: Stop Excessive Construction Noise

Take Action: Stop Excessive Construction Noise2020-11-11T15:42:45+00:00

Ontarians are home for longer hours than ever. The vast majority of residents are doing their part to stop the spread of COVID by staying home and limiting their interactions with members of other households. Essential workers deserve a quiet home to return to. Since the provincial government implemented Limitation 2 to Ontario Regulation 130/20 of the City of Toronto Act, residents have been dealing with excessive construction noise without any relief from the very early mornings to the late night.

Residential construction, without proper public health protocols, can put residents at risk of COVID-19 infection, as it allows construction workers inside common areas of multi-residential buildings and often within tenants’/condominium owners' units. In addition, mental health is a serious issue for Ontarians as a result of the pandemic and it will only be worsened by constant noise.

Unrelenting noise also impacts the productivity and thus the job security of individuals working from home.

Please sign the petition and click on the resulting link to demand the province take action by:

- Redacting Limitation 2 to Ontario Regulation 130/20 of the City of Toronto Act that allows for “construction activity in the City between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.” This represents a significant departure from the City's By-laws, which permit noise from construction between 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and not at all on Sunday.

- Developing policy that would allow for residential construction, while protecting tenants'/condo owners' quality of life and health. For example, this policy could require property management to have a construction mitigation strategy and tenant consultation plan in place so that management would have a formal process to address tenants concerns regarding construction.

This policy may include adjusting hours based off feedback and providing a respite room from construction noise. During the pandemic, health needs to be prioritized and should be included in this plan. This policy should ensure that workers entering the building are following the latest COVID-19 guidelines and tenants/condo owners who are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 are accommodated accordingly.

To fight this pandemic, it is essential that every decision be made in the interest of public health. Thank you for helping to support Ontarians.

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