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COVID-19 Update & Resources

Daily COVID-19 Update

May 4, 2021

Please note that ORCA has discontinued its COVID-19 Daily Updates, including case counts, and is providing retirement community operators with regular updates. Information on COVID-19 and resources for retirement communities can be found to the right.

Important information for the public will continue to be shared on this page.

May 4, 2021

On May 4, 2021, the Chief Medical Officer of Health, on the advice of public health experts, announced the release of an updated Directive #3 for Retirement and Long-Term Care Homes.

April 29, 2021

On April 29, 2021, the Putting Workers First Act, 2021 (BILL 284), was introduced in the legislature and is expected to become law next week. The core benefit of this plan is a payment of up to $200 per day for up to 3 days of missed work due to COVID-19. The payment to workers comes directly from their employers. Employers will be reimbursed by government for these payments through WSIB. This program will be retroactive to April 19, 2021, and effective until September 25, 2021, the date the federal Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) will expire.

April 28, 2021

On April 28, 2021, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced an amendment to Emergency Order O. Reg. 272/21: Transfer of Hospital Patients, under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, to ensure hospital beds are available for COVID-19 patients in need of urgent care.

April 23, 2021

On April 23, 2021, the Chief Medical Officer of Health issued an update to Directive #3, reducing isolation requirements for fully immunized residents who are being admitted or transferred to a retirement home. In addition to Directive #3 changes, amendments were made to two existing provincial Emergency Orders; O. Reg. 271/21 – Work Redeployment for Local Health Integration Networks and Ontario Health, and O. Reg. 158/20 – Limiting Work to a Single Retirement Home.

April 19, 2021

On April 19, 2021, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announced the 2021 Federal Budget. The Minister’s address can be read here. The 2021 Budget can be read here.

April 16, 2021

On April 16, 2021, the Ontario government, announced they are strengthening enforcement of the province’s Stay-at-Home order while imposing new travel restrictions and further strengthening public health measures. Both the provincial declaration of emergency and the Stay-at-Home order (O.Reg 265/21) have been extended for an additional two weeks to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

April 7, 2021

On April 7, 2021, the Chief Medical Officer of Health issued updated versions of Directive #3 and Directive #5. The update to Directive #3 changes the provincial definition of COVID-19 outbreaks in both Retirement home and Long-term Care Home settings. Directive #5 was also updated to reflect the revised definition of an outbreak. The updated Directives took effect as of April 7, 2021.

April 7, 2021

On April 7, 2021, the Ontario government, announced they are immediately declaring a third provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Effective Thursday, April 8, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., the government enacted a province-wide Stay-at-Home order requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes.

Directives & Orders

Information About COVID-19

Guidance Documents for Providers

Public Resources