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NEWS & UPDATES:

January 15, 2021: Amendments to Short-Term Rental Provision – Non-Application to Hotels. (Clarity on Hotel Restrictions During Provincial Emergency in Ontario)

REOPENING THE PROVINCE:

January 12, 2021:  Enhanced Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures in Provincewide Shutdown

January 12, 2021: Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency Effective Immediately to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives

December 21, 2020: Ontario Announces Provincewide Shutdown to Stop Spread of COVID-19. Effective as of Saturday, December 26, 2020, at 12:01 a.m.

Provincewide Shutdown PDFThe information contained in this document is intended to communicate a summary of information about measures proposed to come into effect in Ontario or in areas of Ontario at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, December 26.

December 18, 2020: Ontario Taking Further Action to Limit Spread of COVID-19. Peel and Toronto Regions to Remain in Grey-Lockdown

December 11, 2020: Ontario Moving Regions to New Levels with Stronger Public Health Measures. York Region Public Health moving into Grey-Lockdown

December 04, 2020: Ontario Moving Three Regions to New Levels in COVID-19 Response Framework

November 20, 2020: Updated Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open

November 20, 2020: Peel & Toronto Under Lockdown Effective November 23, 2020 as Ontario Takes Further Action to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

November 13, 2020: Ontario Updating COVID-19 Response Framework to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19. Click here to access the adjuntsments and Revised Thresholds​

November 09, 2020: Ontario Providing Additional Public Health Support for Peel Region

November 05, 2020: 2020 Budget Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover. Access the full Budget here

August 12, 2020: Ontario Releases 2020-21 First Quarter Finances. PDF available here

VACCINES AND RAPID TESTING UPDATES:

January 13, 2021: Ontario to Vaccinate up to 8.5 Million People in Phase Two

January 06, 2021: New Pre-departure COVID-19 Testing Requirements Come into Effect for All Air Travellers Flying Into Canada 

January 06, 2021: Ontario Launches Innovative Testing Program at Pearson Airport

December 31, 2020: Pre-departure COVID-19 Testing and Negative Results to be Required for All Air Travellers Coming to Canada

December 30, 2020: Ontario Releases Ethical Framework for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

December 23, 2020: Ontario Welcomes Health Canada Approval of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

December 18, 2020: Ontario Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Locations

December 11, 2020: Ontario Begins Rollout of COVID-19 Vaccine. Phase One will start December 15, 2020.

December 04, 2020: Ontario Appoints Members of the Ministers' COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force

November 24, 2020: Ontario Deploys Rapid Testing to Support COVID-19 Response

HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY:

MEETING & EVENT FACILITIES:

The below information is intended to communicate a summary about measures proposed to come into effect in Ontario between Tuesday January 12, 2021 and Thursday, January 14, 2021.

Image Chart from Enhancing Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures in the Provincewide Shutdown PDF, January 12, 2021, Page 15 (Refer to PDF here)

ORGANIZED PUBLIC EVENTS, SOCIAL GATHERINGS, RELIGIOUS SERVICES, RITES AND CEREMONIES

 The below information is intended to communicate a summary about measures proposed to come into effect in Ontario between Tuesday January 12, 2021 and Thursday, January 14, 2021.

Image Chart from Enhancing Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures in the Provincewide Shutdown PDF, January 12, 2021, Page 15 (Refer to PDF here)

 The below information is intended to communicate a summary about measures proposed to come into effect in Ontario between Tuesday January 12, 2021 and Thursday, January 14, 2021.

Image Chart from Enhancing Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures in the Provincewide Shutdown PDF, January 12, 2021, Page 15 (Refer to PDF here)

BARS & RESTAURANTS:

 The below information is intended to communicate a summary about measures proposed to come into effect in Ontario between Tuesday January 12, 2021 and Thursday, January 14, 2021.

Image Chart from Enhancing Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures in the Provincewide Shutdown PDF, January 12, 2021, Page 16 (Refer to PDF here)

December 18, 2020: Ontario Caps Food Delivery Fees to Protect Small Businesses Effective December 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.​

December 09, 2020: Ontario Permanently Allowing Alcohol with Food Takeout and Delivery 

November 26, 2020: Province Proposes Cap on Delivery Fees to Support Local Restaurants​

June 08, 2020: AGCO: Changes to Tied House Liquor Sales Licence Requirements

June 08, 2020: Ontario Extending Outdoor Patios to Allow for Social Distancing During COVID-19

Resources:

Restaurant and Food Services Health and Safety During COVID-19

Covid Alert App: Helping Ontario businesses and organizations to show their Ontario spirit and get the word out about COVID Alert

POOLS, SPAS AND RECREATIONAL WATER:

 The below information is intended to communicate a summary about measures proposed to come into effect in Ontario between Tuesday January 12, 2021 and Thursday, January 14, 2021.

Please refer to Enhancing Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures in the Provincewide Shutdown PDF hereJanuary 12, 2021, Page 20, which states that any indoor pools, indoor fitness centres, or other indoor recreational facilities that are part of the operation of Hotels, motels, lodges, cabins, cottages, resorts and other shared rental accommodation, including student residences, are closed.

STATEMENTS:

December 16, 2020: Ontario Launches New "Support Local" Marketing Campaign

December 16, 2020: Reconnecting Ontarians: Re-emerging as a Global Leader - A road map for economic and social recovery through Ontario’s Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.

May 13, 2020: Minister MacLeod Convenes COVID-19 Advisory Councils

Mar 26, 2020: Statement from Minister MacLeod: Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Matter - Here is my 10 point immediate action plan for our sectors during Covid-19

DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY:

January 12, 2021Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency Effective Immediately to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives

November 02, 2020: Ontario Releases Report on COVID-19 Emergency Measures. Click here to access the full report

August 20, 2020: Ontario Extends Orders Under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 until September 22

SUPPORT FOR WORKERS:

December 18, 2020: Ontario Supports Employers and Employees Impacted by COVID-19

September 03, 2020: Termination & Severance Protection Extended to January 02, 2021

  Guide to the Employment Standards Act

June 01, 2020: Ontario Extending Infectious Disease Emergency Leave for Workers during COVID-19

April 25, 2020: Ontario Supporting Frontline Heroes of COVID-19 with Pandemic Pay

SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYERS:

November 23, 2020: Canada Revenue Agency Opens Applications for the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

November 16, 2020: Applications Now Open for Ontario's COVID-19 Relief Funding for Your Business (Main Street Relief Grant for Personal protective equipment (PPE), Property Tax and Energy Cost Rebate Grants)

November 10, 2020: Ontario's Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover Promotes Job Creation by Reducing Taxes on Employers​

November 06, 2020: Ontario Increasing Services to Workers and Small Businesses. Ensuring non-unionized workers have access to the workplace representation they need and the benefits they deserve

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Operational Review Report

November 03, 2020: Ontario's Property Tax and Energy Cost Rebates Program (Application forms will be available starting on November 16, 2020.)

Archived News: COVID-19 Provincial Government