OHBA members across Ontario are facing significant challenges given the ongoing strikes in residential construction. These strikes impact members, and ultimately homebuyers, with delays and escalating costs. Members have continued to work collaboratively with their labour partners to keep jobsites safe, while ensuring that we could continue to deliver on the dream of homeownership for families and individuals across Ontario.
Members also continue to face numerous questions from home buyers and homeowners on why the construction or servicing of their home is delayed. Home buyers and homeowners should know why the services that our members provide are being delayed. OHBA is requesting that Tarion directly notify home buyers and owners of trade strikes that are ongoing and their impact on home construction services.
Currently, OHBA has confirmed that the following sectors have begun strike activities.
1. Residential Framing (LiUNA 183)
2. High Rise Forming (LiUNA 183, 1059 and IUOE 793)
3. Tile – high and low rise (LiUNA 183)
4. Railings (LiUNA 183)
5. Self Levelling (LiUNA 183)
6. ICI Operating Engineers Provincial Agreement (IUOE local 793)
7. Hardwood and Carpet –LiUNA has declared a strike for some contractors
Sharing information with respect to these strikes is an important step that Tarion can take to keep home buyers and homeowners aware of the factors impacting the construction or servicing of their most significant asset - their home. OHBA will continue to work proactively with our partner associations and Tarion to ensure our members and their clients have the most updated information on navigating the unavoidable delay process and everyone’s role within that.