Ministry Issues Directive for Vaccination Requirements in Long-Term Care Homes

On October 1, 2021, the Minister of Long-Term Care issued an updated Long-term care home COVID-19 immunization policy directive (Directive). The Directive sets out COVID-19 vaccination requirements for staff, support workers, student placements and volunteers (Covered Individuals) working in long-term care homes and applies regardless of the frequency or duration of their attendance at the…

Federal Government Announces COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Travellers and Federal Sector Employees

On October 6, 2021, the federal government announced that as of October 30, 2021, all travellers departing from Canadian airports, travelling on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains or travelling on non-essential marine passenger vessels must be fully vaccinated. The government also announced that, effective October 30, the federally regulated transportation sector will be required…

Appellate Court Confirms that Employers are not Obligated to Negotiate with Unions in Maintaining Pay Equity

On September 21, 2021, the Ontario Divisional Court issued Ontario Nurses’ Association v. 10 Community Care Access Centres, an important decision on pay equity maintenance. The Court confirmed that a union, in the context of seeking a joint process with an employer to maintain pay equity, does not have a right to negotiate the maintenance…

Court Upholds CMOH Directives #1 and #5 as Reasonable and Consistent with the Precautionary Principle

In Ontario Nurses’ Assn. v. Chief Medical Officer of Health (Ontario), the Ontario Divisional Court upheld Directives #1 and #5 (Directives) of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) as reasonable and consistent with the precautionary principle. The Court dismissed an application brought by the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA), and others, to amend or quash…

Check-in on the Impact of COVID-19 on Wrongful Dismissal Litigation

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a broad-ranging impact on employment law since March 2020. Now that we are 18 months into the pandemic, employers may find it helpful to have a check-in on how Canadian courts have, to date, considered the impact of the pandemic on wrongful dismissal claims arising from layoffs and terminations during…

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,…

Update on Immunization Disclosure Policy for School Boards

On August 17, 2021, the Ontario government announced that COVID-19 vaccination policies will be made mandatory in certain settings including, but not limited to, publicly funded school boards, private schools and licensed child care settings for the 2021-22 school year. On August 18, 2021, the Minister of Education outlined further details of this initiative in…