Member Login 1-888-263-5556 Email Us

COVID-19 Update & Resources

COVID-19 Updates

October 8, 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.

October 8, 2021
On October 8, 2021, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced that they are lifting capacity limits in select indoor and outdoor settings where proof of vaccination is required, as well as certain outdoor settings that have a capacity below 20,000. As of October 9, 2021, capacity limits lifted to allow 100 per cent capacity in settings such as concert venues, gyms, meeting spaces, and more. For full details, please view the Ontario government’s news release here.

October 7, 2021
After ORCA’s ongoing, productive advocacy and discussions with government, Ontario informed the sector on October 7, 2021, that effective immediately, all residents living in retirement homes are now eligible to receive a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine as recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). The recommended interval for residents of retirement homes to receive a third dose is at least five months (20 weeks) after their second dose.

September 14, 2021
On September 14, 2021, the Ontario government released the regulations and guidance for businesses and organizations to support them in implementing proof of vaccination requirements, which took effect September 22, 2021. For full details, please review the Ontario government’s news release.

September 1, 2021
On September 1, 2021, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced that they will require people to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to access certain businesses and settings starting September 22, 2021. For complete details, please click here.

September 1, 2021
On September 1, 2021, the Ontario government announced that it is reinstating renewal requirements for driver’s licences, licence plate stickers, Ontario Photo Cards, Ontario health cards, and other products that would have expired on or after March 1, 2020, but were extended to provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure everyone has enough time to renew, Ontario has extended the renewal deadlines for most driver’s licences, licence plate stickers, and Ontario Photo Cards and health cards until February 28, 2022. For more details, please click here.

September 1, 2021
On September 1, 2021, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, announced that the COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit (WIPB) has been extended to December 31, 2021. As part of the WIPB, Paid Infectious Disease Emergency Leave, which was originally set to end September 25, 2021, has also been extended until December 31, 2021.

Directives & Orders

Information About COVID-19

Guidance Documents for Providers

Public Resources