Ontario Updates COVID-19 Testing Guidelines

TORONTO — Today, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health issued the following statement outlining updated COVID-19 testing guidelines for Ontario:  “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario has adhered to public health measures and established a strong foundation for testing and case and contact management that allowed us to rapidly identify and contain any COVID-19 outbreaks. To support this, Ontario established a provincial COVID-19 lab network with...

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Keeping Students and Staff Safe as They Return to School

STATEMENT Toronto — Today, the Honourable Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education issued the following statement on students returning to school over the coming days.  “While COVID-19 has forced upon us many changes to our schools and our lives, some things remain constant. The importance of quality education, our collective mental health, and the safety of our students and staff.  This year is like no other in our past.  I am fiercely proud of our province, and our...

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Ontario Releases COVID-19 Management Plan for Schools

Plan Prevents and Minimizes Outbreaks to Keep Students and Staff Safe August 26, 2020 1:45 P.M. Office of the Premier TORONTO — As part of Ontario’s plan for students to safely return to the classroom in September, the government has released the Operational Guidance: COVID-19 Management in Schools document. This guide was developed in consultation with public health experts, including Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, and aims to help schools...

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Ontario Moving More Regions into Stage 3

More Businesses and Services Across the Province Can Safely Reopen on Friday July 20, 2020 1:00 P.M. Office of the Premier TORONTO — The Ontario government is allowing seven more regions to enter Stage 3 on Friday, increasing the number of businesses and public spaces that will reopen across the province. This decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and is based on positive local trends of key public health indicators, including lower or low...

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Here’s what you need to know about the mandatory face mask policy in Toronto

Masks are now mandatory in Toronto as everyone is required to wear face masks in any indoor public space. Recently, Toronto released further details for anyone who has questions about the new bylaw, which has now been enacted as of July 7. Where do you need to wear a mask? The onus of the new guideline will be placed on business owners, who must implement and aptly communicate a policy of “no mask, no entry” if they fall...

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Ontario Launches Online Training to Promote Safe Workplaces

Real-Time Courses Make It Easier for People to Get Essential Qualifications July 3, 2020 1:00 P.M. Office of the Premier TORONTO ― As the province safely and gradually reopens, the Ontario government is investing $3 million to provide free online health and safety training for the first time. These virtual courses will make it easier for job seekers and workers to get essential qualifications, while practising physical distancing and preventing the spread of COVID-19. The...

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Ontario Supporting Restaurants as Province Safely Reopens

New and Amended Emergency Orders Will Help Establishments Expand Patios Faster July 3, 2020 7:00 A.M. Office of the Premier TORONTO — The Ontario government is helping restaurant and bar owners reopen and safely serve more customers by issuing a new emergency order and amending another under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, which willallowmunicipalities to quickly pass temporary bylaws for the creation and extension of patios and allow...

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Ontario Encourages Support of Local Small Businesses

Province Promotes Shop Local, Shop Safe and Shop with Confidence Campaign Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade TORONTO — The Ontario Government is celebrating International Small Business Week with the launch of the “Shop Local! Shop Safe! Shop with Confidence!” campaign, encouraging Ontarians to support their local small businesses and to shop safely while doing so. “The countless stories of success from our diverse small business community is...

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How BC construction sites are keeping their workers safe from the coronavirus

For over a week now, construction work, firms, and trades across British Columbia have been given the all clear from the provincial health officer to remain operational, as they have been classified as an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, this means all types of construction projects in the province can continue. Over the latter half of March, construction contractors have had to quickly adapt to changing mandated health policies for their work sites, but the...

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Ontario Stepping Up Measures to Limit the Spread of COVID-19 on Construction Sites

March 29, 2020 1:00 P.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO — Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, issued the following statement today regarding health and safety on construction sites: “The health and safety of construction workers is a top priority for our government. With the COVID-19 situation changing day by day, we are working to ensure that workers have the tools they need to help keep job sites safe. We...

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