Ontario Extending Stay-at-Home Order Until June 2, 2021

  Province Outlines Plans to Make Pfizer Vaccine Available to Youth Aged 12 to 17   TORONTO — With the new, more contagious variants continuing to pose significant risks, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has extended the Stay-at-Home Order (O. Reg. 265/21) until at least June 2, 2021. […] Read More

COVID-19 Putting Workers First Act Receives Royal Assent

  Proposed amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 introduced by the COVID-19 Putting Workers First Act, 2021, received Royal Assent April 29, 2021.  Accordingly, provincially regulated employers in Ontario are required to provide employees with up to 3 days’ paid leave for COVID-19 related reasons which include:   COVID-19 testing Isolating while waiting for […] Read More

Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit

On April 28, 2021, the Ontario Government announced the COVID-19 Putting Workers First Act which requires employers to provide up to 3 paid sick days for COVID-19 related reasons including:   COVID-19 testing Isolating while waiting for test results Illness due to COVID-19 Vaccination appointments Side effects from the vaccination Self-isolation due to COVID-19 mandated […] Read More

Ontario to Introduce Paid COVID-19 Leave

Province to reimburse employers for up to three paid leave days related to COVID-19 for every employee. TORONTO – While Ontario government continues to work with the federal government to further support vulnerable workers by doubling payments made through the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) program, the province will introduce legislation that, if passed, will […] Read More

Workplace Inspection Campaign Launching In COVID-19 Hotspots

      News Release April 8, 2021 Inspections begin this Friday in Peel and Halton warehouses, manufacturers, and retail businesses TORONTO – The Ontario government is launching a series of zero-tolerance workplace safety inspections in sectors and regions hardest hit by COVID-19, beginning tomorrow with warehouses, food processors and manufacturers in Peel and Halton […] Read More

Ontario Implements Provincewide Emergency Brake

News Release April 1, 2021 All 34 Public Health Unit Regions to Move into Shutdown TORONTO —The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is imposing a provincewide emergency brake as a result of an alarming surge  in case numbers and COVID-19 hospitalizations across the province. The provincewide emergency brake […] Read More

Update on Covid-19 Screening Tools

  On February 26, 2021 two new screening tool requirements were introduced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario.  The new screening questions require a worker or patron:   Travel outside of Canada: In the last 14 days, have you or anyone you lived with travelled outside of Canada? (This […] Read More

Ontario Extending Stay-at-Home Order across Most of the Province to Save Lives

News Release February 8, 2021 Public Health Units to Gradually Return to the COVID-19 Response Framework TORONTO — In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the government is moving to a regional approach and maintaining the shutdown in the majority of the public health regions in Ontario, including the Stay-at-Home order and all […] Read More

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