COVID-19 News & Updates

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Stay up-to-date on the rapidly evolving situation, and on the nature of the virus itself, by frequently checking municipal, provincial, and national websites.

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Recent Government Updates

This afternoon, the provincial government released the regulations and guidance for businesses and organizations to support them in implementing proof of vaccination requirements.

As a reminder, effective 12:01 a.m. on September 22, 2021, Ontario will require patrons to provide ID and proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to access certain businesses and settings. Requiring proof of vaccination will help increase vaccination rates, protect individuals in higher-risk indoor settings, and keep businesses open.

In advance of September 22, all Ontarians can print or download their vaccination receipt from the provincial booking portal.

The Ministry is working on additional supports and services to assist Ontario residents who need help obtaining proof of vaccination, including requesting a copy be sent by mail. Those who need support obtaining a copy of their vaccination receipt including those who do not have access to a computer or printer can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.

Ontario is developing an enhanced vaccine certificate with a unique QR code to make it safer, more secure and convenient to show that you have been vaccinated, when required to do so. The enhanced vaccine certificate and verification app will be available by October 22, 2021.

 

Using Your Vaccination Receipt: Frequently Asked Questions

The Proof of Vaccination Guidance for Businesses and Organizations under the Reopening Ontario Act provides information for businesses and organizations implementing this requirement. Click here to access this document.

Please also refer to the regulations for more information.

Click here to access the full FAQ backgrounder.

While the province has reached the exciting milestone of more than 81 per cent of Ontarians having received a first dose, and is expected to reach its target of 75 per cent vaccinated with a second dose later this month, out of an abundance of caution the government is pausing the exit from the Roadmap to Reopen.

This means Ontario will be staying in the current phase (Step 3) of COVID-19 restrictions for an undisclosed amount of time. 

The Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts will continue to monitor the data to determine when it is safe to exit the Roadmap and lift the majority of public health and workplace safety measures currently in place.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health issued a directive mandating hospitals and home and community care service providers to have a COVID-19 vaccination policy for employees, staff, contractors, students and volunteers, and for ambulance services to have a COVID-19 vaccination policy for paramedics. The vaccination policy must be effective no later than September 7, 2021, and at a minimum will require these individuals to provide proof of one of three things:

  • Full vaccination against COVID-19;
  • A medical reason for not being vaccinated against COVID-19; or
  • Completion of a COVID-19 vaccination educational session.

Individuals who do not provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will be required to undertake regular antigen testing.

Further, to support the return to school plan, the Ministry of Education intends to introduce a vaccination disclosure policy for all publicly-funded school board employees, and staff in private schools as well as for all staff in licensed child care settings for the 2021-22 school year, with rapid antigen testing requirements for staff who are not immunized against COVID-19.

Vaccination policies will also be implemented in other higher-risk settings such as:

  • Post-secondary institutions;
  • Licensed retirement homes;
  • Women’s shelters; and
  • Congregate group homes and day programs for adults with developmental disabilities, children’s treatment centres and other services for children with special needs, and licensed children’s residential settings.

More details on these settings will be announced soon.

Click here to read the full announcement.

Additional COVID-19 Resources

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Support for Entrepreneurs Impacted by Coronavirus

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Business Continuity Plan and Templates for Entrepreneurs

Canada Business App
Your mobile business partner to navigate government services, get recommendations tailored to your business, and find the answers you need to start up, scale up and access new markets.

Canada Revenue Agency
Helping Canadians with the economic impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

City of Hamilton: Financial Support for Individuals
Many types of financial support is available to help individuals and families experiencing challenges due to COVID-19

Government of Canada: Managing your business during COVID-19
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Resources for Canadian Businesses

Reliefwithinreach.ca
What funding is available for you? Select your area, to find the financial support for your small business and how to contact your local MPP.

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
COVID-19 resources with tips and tools on how businesses can plan their recovery-return, plus a number of free downloads that are sector specific with guidance and best practices for various jobs.

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