Ontario Revokes More COVID-19 Orders
Date: March 25, 2022
On March 24, 2022, the Ontario government revoked certain Orders made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA), effective March 28, 2022. The remaining ROA Orders have been extended to April 27, 2022.
This action is further to the province’s current plan to lift all remaining directives, Orders and measures implemented as a result of COVID-19 by April 27, 2022.
Employers in the social services, long-term care and hospital sectors should review these ROA Orders and determine the impact their revocation may have on your operations.
Ontario Regulation 235/22, Revoking Various Regulations, revokes the following ROA Orders effective March 28, 2022:
O. Reg. 210/20 (Management of Long-Term Care Homes in Outbreak)
O. Reg. 193/20 (Hospital Credentialing Processes)
O. Reg. 177/20 (Congregate Care Settings)
O. Reg. 163/20 (Work Deployment Measures for Mental Health and Addictions Agencies)
O. Reg. 158/20 (Limiting Work to a Single Retirement Home)
O. Reg. 156/20 (Deployment of Employees of Service Provider Organizations)
O. Reg. 146/20 (Limiting Work to a Single Long-Term Care Home)
O. Reg. 98/20 (Prohibition on Certain Persons Charging Unconscionable Prices for Sales of Necessary Goods)
On March 24, 2022, the government also filed O. Reg. 234/22, which extends all the remaining ROA Orders to April 27, 2022.
It is important to note that most of the work redeployment Orders have been extended, including, among others, O. Reg. 74/20: Work Redeployment For Certain Health Services Providers.
As we noted in our FTR Now of March 10, 2022, Ontario Lifting Remaining COVID-19-Related Measures: What Employers Need to Know, any employer who has been relying on the ROA Orders in making its staffing and staff deployment decisions, or who has been providing temporary COVID-19-related payments to its employees, will need to begin planning now for the revocation of the remaining Orders and the return to the pre-pandemic staffing rules of any applicable collective agreements, as well as the original restrictions under the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019 (Bill 124).
Please contact your regular Hicks Morley lawyer should you have any questions regarding the revocation of these ROA Orders.
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