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COVID-19 Updates

September 1, 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.

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.

July 14, 2021
On July 14, 2021, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health released a revised Directive #3 for retirement and long-term care homes to align with Step 3 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen. The revised Directive #3 will take effect Friday, July 16, 2021. The Retirement Home Policy to Implement Directive #3 has also been updated to reflect Step 3 and will take effect Friday, July 16, 2021.

July 9, 2021
On July 9, 2021, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced that the province is moving into Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 16, 2021.

June 24, 2021

On June 24, 2021, on the recommendation of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government announced it is moving the province into Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen, effective 12:01 am on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

June 18, 2021

On June 18, 2021, Premier Doug Ford announced changes to Ontario’s cabinet. Of note, former finance minister Rod Phillips has been appointed Minister of Long-Term Care, replacing Minister Merrilee Fullerton. Minister Fullerton will assume the role of Minister of Children, Community and Social Services.

June 17, 2021

On June 17, 2021, the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility, announced that O. Reg. 317/21 (Agreements Between Health Service Providers and Retirement Homes) is no longer in effect as of June 16, 2021. This revocation comes after improvements to Ontario’s health system capacity and the removal of provisions to enable transfers of ALC patients to retirement homes under O. Reg. 272/21.

June 3, 2021

On June 3, 2021, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced the release of a revised Directive #3 for retirement and long-term care homes. The revised Directive #3 takes effect on June 9, 2021.

Directives & Orders

Information About COVID-19

Guidance Documents for Providers

Public Resources