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The city wants to curb construction noise that starts too early and goes too late.

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Following complaints from citizens, Toronto City Council decided on Thursday to go to the province to change construction times.

Last spring, at the start of the pandemic, the province amended the City of Toronto Act to allow housing construction between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. every day of the week.

The city says this is a “significant departure” from its original statute, which did not allow construction Monday through Friday from 7am to 7pm and Saturday from 9am to 7pm and on Sundays at all.

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“This was an unscrupulous decision at a time when the Ford government was calling on people to do their part to stop the spread of COVID by staying home,” the motion said on the agenda.


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“Residents across the city have complained that their mental health and jobs have suffered as a result of these extended construction times. An extension of the construction times should never have happened from the outset, but it is certainly long overdue that this decision be reversed. “

The motion was accepted without discussion at the city council meeting on Thursday.