02/08/2012 06:09 EST | Updated 04/09/2012 05:12 EDT

Toronto's Mild Weather Helping Construction

The old joke about Canada having two seasons — winter and construction — is being proven wrong in Toronto as the mild winter puts many construction projects well ahead of schedule.

"It's been fantastic for the construction industry with the weather we've been having," construction worker Abdul Zawadi told CBC News Wednesday. "We get a lot more cement work done, we get a bunch of digging done, keeps the boys working all winter."

Zawadi said he's had more days on the job than in any recent winter he can remember.

"The guys are happy," he said. "They're taking bread home to their families."

One high-rise crew told CBC's Genevieve Tomney they were two months ahead of schedule, and the city said the warm weather has helped public projects, too, giving construction workers more work than they'd expected.

"I think they all figured they'd be in Florida like they usually do every year," said John Bryson, the city's manager of expressways and structures. "But the weather has helped on some projects and they're doing some work."

The city said it's not necessarily saving money with the unexpected work, though it's saving time.