Ontario Enhances Protections for Students Reporting Sexual Violence on Campus

As a new academic year commences, the Ontario government is taking additional steps to address sexual violence on post-secondary campuses. The government has filed O. Reg. 646/21 (Amending Regulation), which amends O. Reg. 131/16, Sexual Violence at Colleges and Universities, made under the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act, to include additional protections for…

Ontario Announces Further Extension of Temporary Relief from ESA Termination and Severance Provisions

Effective September 16, 2021, the Ontario government has extended the temporary relief measures from the termination and severance provisions of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) until January 1, 2022. The temporary measures are found in Ontario Regulation 228/20, Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (IDEL Regulation), which has been amended to define the “COVID-19 period” as…

Further Details Released on Ontario’s Requirement for Proof of Vaccination in Select Settings

On September 1, 2021, the Ontario government announced that in order to access certain public settings, patrons would be required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. On September 14, 2021, it filed a regulation to give effect to these requirements. The new proof of vaccination requirements will begin to apply on September 22,…

Ontario Requires Proof of Vaccination in Certain Settings, and More

On September 1, 2021, the Ontario government announced that it will require individuals to provide proof of vaccination in order to access designated public settings, beginning on September 22, 2021. Regulatory amendments have also been filed regarding the paid Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (IDEL) and the indoor instructional space at post-secondary institutions requirements in the…

Employers Now Required to Follow Advice of Chief Medical Officer of Health on Vaccination Policies

On August 24, 2021, the Ontario government filed a regulation (O. Reg. 577/21) amending the Rules for Areas at Step 3 and at the Roadmap Exit Step with respect to the establishment and implementation of vaccination policies by businesses or organizations. Specifically, O. Reg. 577/21 requires businesses or organizations to operate in compliance with “any…

Ontario to Implement Mandatory Vaccination Policies for Hospitals, Schools, Post-Secondary Institutions, and More

On August 17, 2021, the Ontario government announced that it is making COVID-19 vaccination policies mandatory for certain high-risk settings, which include hospitals, schools and post-secondary institutions, among others. The government also announced: it is pausing the exit from Step 3 into the Roadmap Exit Step, in light of concerns regarding the transmission of COVID-19…

Arbitrator Upholds College’s Requirement that Employee be in Receipt of Employment Insurance Benefits to Receive SUB Payments

In Re Niagara College v. Ontario Public Service Employees Union, Arbitrator Schmidt held that revisions to pregnancy and parental leave provisions in the 2017 – 2021 academic collective agreement did not extend entitlement to Supplementary Unemployment Benefits (SUB) where an employee’s entitlement to employment insurance (EI) benefits had been exhausted. In the 2017 negotiations, the…