Insights Header image
Insights Header image
Insights Header image

Learning to Live with COVID-19: Ontario Releases Amendments Setting Out New Requirements as of January 31, 2022

January 28, 2022 Employment and Labour Bulletin < 1 read

As Ontario continues to see signs of stabilization in key public health indicators, the Government of Ontario recently announced the next stage of the province’s re-opening plan, with several restrictions easing as of January 31, 2022.

On January 27th, the province released the latest amendments to O. Reg 364/20, and employers should be aware that:

  • the work from home mandate will be lifted;
  • all contact tracing requirements are removed – employers will no longer be required to record the name and contact information of employees and/or individuals that attend their place of business; and,
  • requirements for businesses to maintain contact records and produce them to public health authorities upon request are consequently lifted.

While contact tracing will become “old news”, employers must nonetheless continue to passively and actively screen employees and visitors. Notably, employers are required to:

  • Passively screen all members of the public entering their offices by posting signs at all entrances to their business in a visible location to inform individuals on how to screen themselves for COVID-19 prior to entering the premises; and,
  • Actively screen every person who works at the business for COVID-19 before they enter the premises by asking them a list of questions relating to possible COVID-19 symptoms and recent exposures.

There are no changes to masking or physical distancing requirements and employers should still continue to evaluate their re-opening plans with regards to the requirements in the regulation.

Our Employment and Labour Group remains available to guide employers through the re-opening process.

by Marie-Eve Jean, Dave McKechnie and Ricki-Lee Williams (Articling Student)

A Cautionary Note

The foregoing provides only an overview and does not constitute legal advice. Readers are cautioned against making any decisions based on this material alone. Rather, specific legal advice should be obtained.

© McMillan LLP 2022


Insights (5 Posts)View More

Featured Insight

Investor Relations Activities Require Clear and Conspicuous Disclosure

BC Notice 51-703 emphasizes that investor relations activities must be “clearly and conspicuously” disclosed pursuant to Section 52(2) of the Securities Act.

Read More
May 22, 2024
Featured Insight

Unpacking Ontario’s Proposed Strengthening Cyber Security and Building Trust in the Public Sector Act, 2024

Unpacking Ontario's Bill 194: Strengthening Cyber Security and Building Trust in the Public Sector Act, 2024. Key changes & compliance strategies detailed.

Read More
May 17, 2024
Featured Insight

Navigating International Student Worker Restrictions: Post-Expiry Guidelines for Employers

On April 30, 2024, Canada’s temporary waiver allowing international students to exceed 20 hours of work per week expired.

Read More
May 14, 2024
Featured Insight

Understanding the Consumer-Driven Banking Framework: Key Insights from the Budget Implementation Act, 2024, No.1

On April 30, the federal government introduced the Budget Implementation Act, 2024, No. 1, which provides the legislative framework for open banking in Canada.

Read More
May 13, 2024
Featured Insight

Legal Risk Assessments – An Essential Risk Management Tool

The best way to address the legal issues that arise in any business is to focus on their identification and resolution before they become legal problems.

Read More
May 9, 2024