MEMBER UPDATE: April 17, 7:30AM

Province Issues New Temporary Emergency Orders

Ontario’s Provincial government issued new temporary emergency orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act:

  • Restricting retirement home employees from working in more than one retirement home, long-term care home or health care setting, with compliance required by April 22, 2020;
  • Providing Local Health Integration Networks with the ability to direct home care service provider organizations to safely reassign frontline staff to areas where they are most needed, including home and community care settings, long-term care homes, supportive housing, retirement homes and hospitals;
  • Providing municipalities and District Social Service Administration Boards with flexibility to offer reassignments to certain staff where there is local need during the outbreak, including child care, by-law enforcement, and public health services.

To ensure there are enough paramedics and emergency medical attendants, ambulance services now have flexibility to hire and assign college students who have not yet completed exams or graduated, to provide services appropriate to their competence level and scope of practice./

New staffing flexibility measures means municipalities or District Social Services Administration Boards will determine where local need for staffing is greatest to deliver particular services. Employers must comply with all provincial orders and any guidance and safety standards prescribed by the Province for COVID-19. They are also responsible for ensuring any staff reassigned to the new duties have the required training and skills.

If you have concerns about what this new announcement means for your business or tenants, contact us today at You can view the full announcement here.