MEMBER UPDATE: March 27, 1:00PM

Toronto urges Landlords to Adopt Safety Precautions

Today, the City of Toronto urged Landlords and Condo Boards to adopt new health and safety measures to protect residents from COVID-19. Large residential buildings require new practices and a rigorous cleaning routine to prevent viral spread.

The City says building operators and staff to follow these guidelines to protect residents in vertical communities:

  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer or a hand washing station with soap and water should be at all building entrances.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be available in all common areas, like laundry rooms.
  • Close non-essential common areas such as bathrooms, gyms, playrooms, playgrounds and other high traffic areas.
  • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces in common areas, like doorknobs, elevator buttons, light switches, toilet handles, counters, hand rails, touch screen surfaces and keypads with common household cleaners and disinfectants.
  • Organize the building to accept deliveries, like medications, for residents to avoid non-essential trips outside.
  • Post signage limiting residents allowed in common areas, including laundry rooms and elevators, to ensure individuals maintain a two-metre distance. Consider allowing a maximum of three residents at a time in elevators.
  • When showing units or suites for sale or lease, practice physical distancing - keep a safe two metre distance from the resident and wash hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, before and after the visit.

If you would like to learn more about General Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Guidance for Commercial or Residential Buildings can be found here.

Still have questions? Contact ONPHA today at to see how we can help keep you, your staff, and your tenants healthy and safe.