Thunder Bay school construction resumes as emergency regulations eased

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Construction work at a Thunder Bay elementary school has resumed, one of several projects that can continue with expanded exemptions from COVID-19 emergency stop work regulations.

Changes to the provincial regulations surrounding construction to Ecole Elsie MacGill Public School during the pandemic have made it possible for work to be resumed after being shut down for six weeks according to TB Newswatch.

“The province of Ontario have just announced that by following the proper health and safety guidelines, an expanded list of essential construction projects will be permitted to begin operations on Monday, May 4,” said principal Heather Harris. “We are pleased to confirm that construction will resume at Ecole Elsie MacGill Public School on Monday. We will be working with our contractors to determine the impact that the shut-down has had on the construction schedule, and will continue to keep you up-to-date through our school and school board social media channels.”

The new school is expected to open by September.

The JK to Grade 8 dual-track school, is being constructed on the site of the former Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and Vocational Institute and will house students from Agnew H. Johnston and Edgewater Park Public Schools.

Tom Jones Corp. is the project’s general contractor.

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