Updated Emergency Orders Chart

The updated Emergency Orders chart can be found here:


Disclaimer: This chart is provided for information purposes only and is not legal advice.  The links provided to https://www.ontario.ca/laws/ will contain the text of the regulations in this document; however, the statutes accessible at that site might not reflect these regulatory amendments.  Please consult www.ola.org for the full text of proposed legislation. This chart is current only to the date and time indicated.

Health Law Update


  1. Bill 235, Cannabis Licence Amendment Act, 2020

This Bill was introduced by Marit Stiles (Davenport), Opposition. It was carried on first reading on November 25, 2020.

Highlights: This Bill would amend the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018 to provide that

  • In absence of evidence to the contrary, the Registrar shall consider a resolution of the council of the municipality as proof of the needs and wishes of the residents of the municipality for the purposes of paragraph 5 of subsection 4 (6) of the Act
  • (municipality above referring to the municipality in which the person is seeking a store permit in)


No new and approved regulations of interest.

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Ontario Appoints New Ministers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force

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Ontario Cancelling Road Tests for Regions in Grey (Lockdown) Level

Ontario Providing Additional Funding to Enhance Safety and Protection in Schools

Province Proposes Cap on Delivery Fees to Support Local Restaurants

Ontario Orders New Management at Mississauga Long-Term Care Home

Governments Taking Action to Meet Demands of Ontario’s Meat Sector and Support Farmers

Ontario Expanding Existing Community Paramedicine Programs to Long-Term Care

Canada and Ontario invest in accessible public transit for Greenstone, Kenora and Machin

Ontario Increasing Investment in Video Surveillance Systems

Ontario Calls on Ottawa for Certainty as COVID-19 Vaccine Preparation Continues

Ontario Moving Regions to New Levels in COVID-19 Response Framework

Inquest into the Deaths of Fayzullo Fazilov, Alexsandrs Bondarevs, Vladimir Korostin and Aleksey Blumberg Postponed

Ontario Supporting Municipalities as They Manage Financial Pressures From COVID-19

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Ontario reports record-high 1,855 new COVID-19 cases

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Trudeau turns to the military to help with COVID-19 vaccine distribution


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Updated Emergency Orders Chart

The updated Emergency Orders chart can be found here:


Ontario has now placed Toronto and Peel in the “grey (Lockdown)” zone, and the following regions in the “red” zone: Hamilton, Durham, Halton, Waterloo, York. Under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA) regulations, the grey zone regions must abide by the rules under Stage 1, and the red zone regions must abide by the rules under Stage 2.

Stage 1 (Grey/Lockdown zone) rules and restrictions include the following:


  • Restaurants (except dine-in and takeout)
  • Short-term rentals after Nov 22/20 unless person requires housing; does not apply to motels/hotels/resorts/student residences
  • Sports/recreational facilities, except under certain conditions (e.g. Olympic training, professional sports leagues)

Capacity Limits:

  • No indoor organized public events OR social gatherings
  • Outdoor organized public events limited to 10 people
  • Outdoor social gatherings limited to 10 people
  • Exceptions for same household or same household plus one person who lives alone

Stage 2 (Red zone) rules and restrictions include the following:

  • No indoor dining; outdoor patios allowed
  • General capacity limits: 10 people indoors, 25 people outdoors
  • Outdoor wedding, funeral or religious service, rite or ceremony: limit 100 people and must comply by physical distancing and public health guidelines

Health Law Update


1. Bill 230, Front-line and Essential Service Worker Week Act, 2020

This Bill was introduced Kaleed Rasheed (Mississauga East – Cooksville), Government. It was carried on first reading on November 16, 2020.


  • Designates the third full week of March as “Front-line and Essential Service Worker Week”

2. Bill 231, Protecting Ontarians by Enhancing Gas Station Safety to Prevent Gas and Dash Act, 2020

This Bill was introduced by Deepak Anand (Mississauga-Malton), Government. It was introduced on November 16, 2020 and was Ordered referred to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy on November 18, 2020.

Highlights: This Bill would amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act to:

  • Requires employers to require mandatory prepay before being given gasoline; replace any pumps not capable of prepay
  • Requires employers to give notice of new mandatory prepay requirement
  • Requires employers to provide training to workers involved in sale of gasoline

3. Bill 233, Improving Access to Health Care Act, 2020

This Bill was introduced by France Gélinas (Nickel Belt) and Jill Andrew (Toronto – St. Paul’s), Opposition. It was carried on first reading on November 19, 2020.


  • Amends various Acts to require the making of specified instruments in order to implement the recommendations set out in the “Clinical Handbook for Sickle Cell Disease Vaso-occlusive Crisis”, published by the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • Connecting Care Act, 2019: requires Minister of Health to conduct reviews to determine whether health care funding is sufficient for patients with sickle cell disease and for communities impacted by the disease.
  • Local Health System Integration Act, 2006: Minister of Health shall issue provincial standards on sickle cell disease.
  • Public Hospitals Act: Minister of Health shall issue directives respecting sickle cell disease.
  • Anti-Racism Act, 2017: Ministry of Health, Ministry of Long-Term Care and Ontario Health to collect race related information from patients


No new and approved regulations of interest.

Government News

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Ontario Adding 3,000 New and Upgraded Long-term Care Spaces

Ontario Increases Funding to Renew and Modernize Colleges and Universities

Ontario Supporting Small Businesses with Financial Advice and Training

Ontario Increasing Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

Ontario Launching New Agency to Centralize Government Procurement

Ontario Expanding Mobile Crisis Services to Respond to Mental Health Emergencies

Ontario Opens COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream for Municipalities

New Inquest Date into the Deaths of Fayzullo Fazilov, Alexsandrs Bondarevs, Vladimir Korostin and Aleksey Blumberg Announced

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Toronto and Peel Region to move into ‘lockdown’ Monday as Ontario tries to fend off ‘worst-case scenario’

Advocates brace for ‘poorer health outcomes’ in areas hard-hit by COVID-19

The third wave: The shortage of health-care workers because they are too burnt out or sick themselves

Majority of travellers entering Canada during COVID-19 given OK to not quarantine

Manitoba’s ‘amazing’ new pandemic restrictions will take time to show effect: Dr. Theresa Tam

B.C.’s mask mandate an about-face in a province struggling to replicate its 1st wave success

WHO advises against treating hospitalized COVID-19 patients with remdesivir

Sweden finds coronavirus in mink industry workers

Health Care

Ex-health minister Philpott says federal government should back drug decriminalization in Vancouver

Health Canada warns against UV products that falsely claim to kill COVID-19 virus

Vancouver to seek federal approval to decriminalize simple possession of illicit drugs

New data paints picture of how Canadian health care changed as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold

Ontario hospitals face ‘unprecedented’ financial pressure, need funding: association says

Advocacy and Racial Justice

‘We need a radical change’: Toronto-area students stage walkout to protest racism

Demonstration for Black, Indigenous lives set up at Ottawa Intersection

Motion on racial awareness debated in P.E.I. Legislature

Data, Privacy and AI

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Updated Ontario Emergency Orders Chart

The updated Emergency Orders chart can be found here:


Ontario has now placed the following regions into the “Red” zone: Toronto, Peel, York, Hamilton and Halton.  Under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA) regulations, these regions now fall under Stage 2 of Reopening, and must abide by Stage 2 rules and restrictions, which include the following:

  • Indoor dining closed
  • Indoor fitness/gyms closed
  • General capacity limits on business/places for rent: 10 people indoors, 25 people outdoors
  • Fitness lessons must allow physical distance of at least 2 meters between participants, and adhere to capacity limits: 10 people indoors, 25 people outdoors