Member Update: April 4, 3:00PM

Province Announces Additional Business Closures - UPDATE

The new guidelines state, critical management, safety, security and essential operations staff at residential properties are allowed to continue work. The new guidelines also reference; “Maintenance, repair and property management services strictly necessary to manage and maintain the safety, security, sanitation and essential operation of institutional, commercial, industrial and residential properties and buildings ” (#20) and “Not-for profit organizations that support the provision of food, shelter, safety or protection, and/or social services and other necessities of life to economically disadvantaged and other vulnerable individuals.” (#44) as essential.

ONPHA sought a legal opinion on these changes with respect to the non-profit housing sector. We were advised our interpretation of appropriate activities is reasonable. We strongly encourage organizations to review the list in its entirety to see how these changes apply to them specifically. We also encourage organizations to seek their own legal opinion on the interpretation of essential services.

ONPHA will continue to work to seek further clarification from provincial staff but we recommend providers contact the Provincial Hotline if they have any questions. Please note the deadline above for the new restrictions is 11:59pm Saturday April 4th.