COVID-19: Ontario Extends Key Emergency Orders for Another 30 Days

In response to the surge in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks the Ontario government has announced the extension of Emergency Orders for another 30 days.  While some Emergency Orders have been brought to an end, and other Emergency Orders have been amended, the key Emergency Orders of relevance for not-for-profit disability and developmental services agencies and the people and families they support remain in force until at least November 21, 2020.  These include:

    • The single employer rule under Ontario Regulation 177/20 for service agencies in the developmental services (DS) sector and intervenor services sector, which also makes all guidance, advice and recommendations from the Ministry of Health or Chief Medical Officer of Health binding on agencies in the DS sector and intervenor services agencies;
    • The work deployment and staffing powers for developmental services and intervenor services providers  under Ontario Regulation 121/20; and
    • The exceptions applicable to temporary Covid-19-related payments to certain employees (under Ontario Regulation 195/20) and temporary pandemic pay program restrictions (under Ontario Regulation 241/20).

You can view all emergency orders that continue to be in effect here.

As always, PooranLaw will continue to monitor developments related to emergency measures and provide updates on our website. In the meantime, if you require legal assistance, we encourage you to reach out to your regular PooranLaw lawyer, or any member of our team.