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COVID-19 Updates

January 3, 2022

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.

January 3, 2022
The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, temporarily moves the province into Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen with modifications that take into account the province’s successful vaccination efforts until at least January 26, 2022. Please view the Ontario government’s news release for more information.

December 22, 2021
The Ontario Government passed a regulation, effective immediately, which allows non-regulated health professionals the ability to help administer COVID-19 vaccines if, they undergo online training through the Ontario Matching Portal; and: that the non-regulated health professional who is administering the vaccine is supervised by a physician, registered nurse or nurse practitioner, or pharmacist and is present at the premises where the vaccine is administered. For more details, please view the Ontario Government’s new release.

December 20, 2021
Individuals aged 18 and over are eligible to schedule their booster dose appointment through Ontario’s booking portal, by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre, through Indigenous-led vaccination clinics, participating pharmacies and primary care settings. Appointments will be booked three months (84 days) after a second dose as the province urgently expands booster eligibility to millions more individuals. For more details, please view the Ontario government’s news release

December 17, 2021
The Ontario government announced it is applying additional public health and workplace safety measures, including capacity and social gathering limits. As of December 19, 2021, the province has introduced a 50 per cent capacity limit in select indoor public settings, reduced social gathering limits to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, and more. Please view the Ontario government’s news release for full details.

December 10, 2021
The Ontario government announced further actions to encourage vaccination and help limit the spread of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. New measures include delaying the lifting of proof of vaccination requirements beyond January 17, 2022, requiring the use of the enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code and the Verify Ontario app in settings where proof of vaccination is required effective January 4, 2022, and more. For more information, please view the Ontario government’s news release.

December 7, 2021
The Ontario government announced that it is extending the Worker Income Protection Benefit program until July 31, 2022, to keep workers safe and ensure they do not lose pay if they need to miss work for reasons related to COVID-19. Employees can continue to access this paid leave to get tested, vaccinated, self-isolate, or care for a family member. For more information, please view the Ontario government’s news release.

December 2, 2021
Solicitor General Sylvia Jones and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, announced that 90 per cent of Ontarians aged 12 and over have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. For more details, please view the Ontario government’s news release here.

December 2, 2021
The Ontario government announced that it is accelerating COVID-19 vaccine booster dose eligibility to Ontarians aged 50 and over and additional high-risk individuals. Starting on Monday, December 13, 2021, at 8 a.m., individuals aged 50 and over will be eligible to schedule their booster dose appointment through the COVID-19 vaccination portal, by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre, through Indigenous-led vaccination clinics, select pharmacies and primary care settings. Appointments will be booked for approximately six months (168 days) after a second dose. To learn more, please view the Ontario government’s news release here.

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