COVID 19 and the Residential Construction Sector in Nova Scotia

The year 2020 has brought with it unprecedented social and economic challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic that have challenged the residential construction sector and its workforce in ways that were unimaginable just weeks ago. The impact on businesses, workers and job sites has been swift and far-reaching and will continue in the weeks and months ahead.

Our industry has fared better than some by being allowed to continue as an essential service. But it has been far from business as usual:

  • Many of our customers have lost incomes, financing has become more difficult to secure 
  • Job sites have had to be adapted to maintain physical distancing 
  • Supply chains have been disrupted
  • Each of us has had to prioritize our individual health needs and those of our families and loved ones 

The Atlantic Home Building and Renovation Sector Council has been dedicated to supporting Nova Scotia’s residential construction industry and its workforce for more than 20 years. Since 2000 we have led human resource management and labour market planning for this critical economic sector. We will continue to support the homebuilders and renovators and the workforce they employ throughout this pandemic and, as we all emerge from it, recover and grow anew in the months and years ahead.

The Federal and Provincial governments have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with public health guidance and financial supports for individuals and businesses. Many of our industry partners, including the Canadian Home Builders Association, Construction Safety Nova Scotia and others in Nova Scotia and across Canada, have developed tools and resources to support our industry and workers. If you are an employer or employee in the residential construction sector, we encourage you to review and consider the following resources that may be available to assist you as you navigate through these unprecedented times.

Resources for employees:

Public Health Information

Financial Supports

Other Information

Resources for employers and business owners:

Public Health Information

Financial Supports

Other information

Resources for self-employed contractors:

Public Health Information

Financial Supports

Other Information