Ian Cunningham, president of the Council of Ontario Construction Associations
, Ian Cunningham, tells us that there are fewer people working in construction now than a year ago, but the decline is not dramatic. Pre-pandemic there were approximately 540,000 people working in construction in Ontario. Today, that number would be closer to 516,000. Cunningham cites several reasons for the decline. There are increased costs for the industry because of elevated health and safety protocols. These new measures have slowed down productivity somewhat.