Member Update: April 23, 2020

Province Extends Emergency Orders until May 6

On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario is extending all emergency orders until May 6, 2020. The declaration of emergency, extended to May 12th, is separate from emergency orders. This Emergency Order extension includes outdoor amenities closures – like in parks and recreational areas, non-essential workplaces, public places and bars and restaurants, along with restrictions on social gatherings and limiting staff from working in more than one retirement home or long-term care home.

Ontario also introduced a new measure to allow mental health and addictions agencies to redeploy staff within different locations or between programs, and employ extra part-time staff, temporary staff or contractors in order to ensure people continue receiving the high quality care they expect and deserve during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Agencies would be required to provide appropriate training and education to achieve the purposes of a redeployment plan.

You can view a full list of emergency orders extended until May 6, 2020 here. If you have questions, reach out at