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 previously unimaginable. The impact on businesses, workers and job sites was swift and far-reaching and will continue in the months ahead.

Our industry has fared better than most by being allowed to continue as an essential service, but it has been far from business as usual.

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 the pandemic and as we all recover and grow anew in the months and years ahead.

The Federal and Provincial governments have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with ongoing 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.

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