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October 20, 2020

Ontario Protects Workers, Volunteers and Organizations Who Make Honest Efforts to Follow COVID-19 Public Health Guidelines and Laws:

Proposed Legislation Will Still Allow for Legal Action Against Intentional Misconduct and Gross Negligence

Ontario Extends COVID-19 Orders to Protect the Public:

Dance classes with conditions allowed in areas under modified Stage 2 regulations

October 9, 2020

Increased COVID-19 Precautions for Congregate Care Settings:

Further direction will help protect vulnerable people and those who care for them

October 2, 2020

Ontario Implementing Additional Public Health and Testing Measures to Keep People Safe:

Difficult, but Necessary Decisions to Prevent and Stop the Spread of COVID-19

October 1st, 2020

Ontario Revises COVID-19 Screening Guidance for Schools and Child Care:

Updates Reflect Latest Public Health Advice

September 30, 2020

Ontario Modernizes Social Assistance to Help More People Re-enter the Workforce:

Collaborative and innovative plan will make the system more responsive and efficient

Ontario Delivers $2.8 Billion COVID-19 Fall Preparedness Plan:

New Investments Prepare Province for Second Wave of COVID-19

Ontario Releases Updated COVID-19 Modelling for Second Wave:

Modelling Shows Following Public Health Measures Remains Critical to Stop the Spread

 September 28, 2020

Ontario Investing $52.5 Million to Recruit, Retain and Support More Health Care Workers:

Initiative Will Ensure the Province Can Meet any Surge in Demand during COVID-19

September 25, 2020

New Public Health Measures Implemented Provincewide to Keep Ontarians Safe:

Government Reinforcing the Importance of Following Public Health Advice to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Ontario Investing $741 Million to Reduce Surgeries Backlog and Expand Access to Care:

Additional Health Capacity Critical to Responding to Future Surges and Outbreaks

September 24, 2020

Ontario Investing More Than $1 Billion to Expand COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing:

Province Also Enhancing Efforts to Quickly Identify, Manage and Prevent COVID-19 Outbreaks

Ontario Updates COVID-19 Testing Guidelines

Ontario Extends Critical Delivery Program for Seniors and People with Disabilities:

Deliveries of food and essentials will continue into 2021

 September 23, 2020

Ontario Set to Employ the Largest Number of Labour Inspectors in Provincial History:

New Inspectors will help Keep Workers Safe on the Job during COVID-19

 September 22, 2020

Ontario Investing to Support Francophone Businesses and Recovery:

New Funding of $500,000 for Two New Initiatives in Support of Francophone Businesses and Entrepreneurs

 September 19, 2020

Ontario Limits the Size of Unmonitored and Private Social Gatherings across Entire Province

Province Takes Decisive Action to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

The new limit on the number of people allowed to attend an unmonitored private social gathering across the province is:

  • 10 people at an indoor event or gathering (previous limit of 50); or
  • 25 people at an outdoor event or gathering (previous limit of 100).

September 18, 2020

Ontario Supporting Jobs and Economic Growth in Rural Communities:

New targeted intake opens under the Rural Economic Development Program

September 17, 2020

Ontario Launches New COVID-19 Screening Tool to Help Protect Students and Staff:

New Tool Part of the Government’s Plan for the Safe Reopening of Schools

 September 11, 2020

Ontario Launches COVID-19 School and Licensed Child Care-specific Web Page:

Daily information available to parents and the general public 

September 4, 2020

Province Supports Ontario-Made Face Masks in the Fight Against COVID-19:

Lighter, Breathable Masks Will Allow Prolonged Wear for Frontline Workers

Fall Re-Opening Plan Prioritizes Health and Safety of Students, Faculty and Staff

August 21, 2020

Ontario Supporting Non-Profits as Province Recovers from COVID-19:

Grant Program Will Ensure Royal Canadian Legions and Other Non-Profits Can Continue to Deliver Vital Services

August 4, 2020

Ontario Provides More Supports for Families of Children on the Autism Spectrum:

Foundational family services are tailored to children’s needs and stages of development

July 31, 2020

COVID Alert Available for Download Beginning Today:

Privacy-First, Made-in-Ontario App Notifies Users of Potential Exposure to COVID-19

Ontario Legislature Adjourns after Significant Sitting in Response to COVID-19:

Emergency Measures Passed to Protect the Public and Prepare for Economic Recovery

Ontario Strengthens Protections for Tenants:

Legislative changes encourage negotiated settlements between tenants and landlords

July 17, 2020

Ontario Introduces Measures to Cap Interest and Fees on Payday Loans:

Legislation To Help Payday Loan Borrowers in Default and Protect Vulnerable Consumers

July 16, 2020

Nearly All Businesses and Public Spaces to Reopen in Stage 3:

Public Gatherings Will Increase in Size as the Province Continues its Path to Economic Recovery

July 10, 2020

Proudly Supporting Ontario's Manufacturing Sector:

Province Supports Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Launch of “Ontario Made” Program

July 9, 2020

EOHU Directive for Mandatory Masking in Indoor Public Spaces:

July 3, 2020

Ontario Extends Emergency Orders to July 10:

As more communities enter Stage 2, maintaining health and safety protocols remains a top priority

June 26, 2020

Ontario Provides Stable Electricity Pricing for Industrial and Commercial Companies:

Province provides predictable electricity rates for two years

June 24, 2020

Province Focuses on Safe, Gradual Approach as Reopening Continues

June 13, 2020

Ontario Eases Restrictions on Wedding and Funeral Ceremonies:

Attendees Will Still be Required to Practice Physical Distancing

June 12, 2020

Ontario Supports Children and Youth during COVID-19:

Additional funding will provide food and snacks while schools are closed

Ontario Protecting Agri-Food Workers during COVID-19:

Government investing $15 million into health and safety measures for farm operations

Ontario Lifting 30-Day Supply Limit on Prescriptions:

Everyone encouraged to buy medications in reasonable quantities

June 11, 2020

Ontario and Canada Helping Small Businesses Go Digital

$57 Million Investment in Digital Main Street Will Help Businesses Reopen, Recover and Grow Long after COVID-19

June 10, 2020

Ontario Helping Parents Return to Work

Province Reopening Child Care with Strict Protocols to Keep Kids and Staff Safe

June 3, 2020

Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency until June 30:

Extension Key to Protecting Ontarians as Province Safely Reopens 

June 2, 2020

Ontario Extending Infectious Disease Emergency Leave for Workers during COVID-19:

New Regulation will protect employees from permanent layoffs and businesses from potential closures

May 31, 2020

Ontario Provides Consumers with Greater Stability and Predictability with Their Electricity Bills

Backcountry Camping available at Ontario Parks and on Crown Lands Starting June 1:

Province providing more activities to help people get outside and enjoy nature while physical distancing

May 29, 2020

Ontario Opens Up COVID-19 Testing Across the Province

Strategy Expands Testing for General Public, Frontline Workers, First Responders and Workplaces

May 27, 2020

Ontario Extending Emergency Orders During COVID-19 Outbreak

May 20, 2020

As Ontario Reopens, People Urged to Continue Following Public Health Advice:

Face coverings now recommended when physical distancing is a challenge

May 19, 2020

Health and Safety Top Priority as Schools Remain Closed:

Government unveils plans for reopening child care, day camps and initiatives to strengthen learning into the summer

May 14, 2020

Ontario Announces Additional Workplaces that Can Reopen:

Additional seasonal, retail and household businesses must follow public health guidelines

May 13, 2020

Declaration of Emergency Extended While Ontario Gradually Reopens the Economy:

New legislation will allow for more virtual or remote transactions during COVID-19

May 12, 2020

Protecting Ontario's Children with COVID-19

Ontario Takes Steps to Better Protect Long-Term Care Residents and Staff During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Declaration of Emergency Extended While Ontario Gradually Reopens the Economy:

New legislation will allow for more virtual or remote transactions during COVID-19

May 11, 2020

Ontario Retail Stores Open for Curbside Pickup and Delivery:

Health and safety guidelines in place to protect workers and customers

May 6, 2020

Ontario Extends Electricity Rate Relief During COVID-19:

Residential, farm and small business customers continue to benefit from temporary relief measure

May 1, 2020

Certain Businesses Allowed to Reopen Under Strict Safety Guidelines:

Steady Decrease in COVID-19 Cases Required Before Beginning Next Stage of Reopening

April 30, 2020

pdfNOTICE: AMENDED Order from the Medical Officer of Health for Supermarkets, Grocery Stores; Convenience Stores; Discount and Big Box Retailers Selling Groceries; Beer, Wine and Liquor Stores; and Pharmacies - April 29, 2020

pdfNOTICE: NEW Order from the Medical Officer of Health for All Businesses That Provide Curb Side Pick-Up as an Alternative Method of Sale

pdfNOTICE: NEW Order from the Medical Officer of Health for All Restaurants That Provide Drive-Through Services

April 29, 2020

More Frontline Workers Eligible for Emergency Child Care:

Ontario To Help More Essential Staff During the COVID-19 Outbreak

April 27, 2020

Ontario Unveils Guiding Principles to Reopen the Province:

Premier and Ministers Commit to New Phased Approach for a Safe Restart and Recovery

School Closures Extended to Keep Students, Staff and Families Safe:

Students Will Still Be Able to Complete School Year

April 25, 2020

Ontario Supporting Frontline Heroes of COVID-19 with Pandemic Pay:

Government Recognizes the Dedication and Sacrifice of Frontline Workers

Ontario Allows the Redeployment of Staff to Better Care for Vulnerable People During COVID-19:

Emergency orders support seniors, the deafblind community, and vulnerable communities

April 24, 2020

Governments Invest $2.5 Million to Grow Agri-food e-Business During COVID-19:

Families will have more choice when buying food and plants online

pdfOntario is launching the new Ontario Community Support Program to assist low-income seniors and people with disabilities in need.

Ontario Provides Urgent Relief for Small Businesses and Landlords:

Rent Assistance in Addition to Billions in Measures to Support Business During the COVID-19 Outbreak 

April 23, 2020

Ontario Delivers Action Plan to Increase Protection for Vulnerable People and Those Who Care for Them:

Additional measures will help stop the spread of COVID-19

Health Experts Say the COVID-19 Outbreak Has Likely Peaked in Ontario:

Modelling shows physical distancing still needed to prevent further spread

Province Calls for Innovative Solutions to Combat COVID-19:

Ontario Investing $20 Million to Advance Medical Research

Canada and Ontario Supporting Agri-food Sector Supply Chain During COVID-19:

$1 million in new funding to support efforts that match employers with job-seekers

Ontario Offers Emergency Child Care to More Frontline Staff:

Expansion Will Assist Essential Workers During the COVID-19 Outbreak


April 17, 2020

Ontario Takes Further Action to Protect Vulnerable People from COVID-19:

Province makes it easier to reassign staff where they are needed most

April 14, 2020

Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency to Continue the Fight Against COVID-19

Sustained Measures Necessary to Stop the Spread and Protect Public Health

Passed during a special sitting of the Ontario legislature and with the full cooperation of all parties, the Declaration of Emergency has been extended until May 12. The extension of the provincial declaration of emergency allows Ontario to continue to enforce current emergency orders, such as the closure of all non-essential workplaces, outdoor amenities such as parks and recreational areas, public places and bars and restaurants, as well as restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and prohibitions against price-gouging.

April 13, 2020

Province Developing New Health Data Platform to Help Defeat COVID-19

New platform will allow researchers to better detect, plan and respond to the outbreak

April 11, 2020

Ontario Takes Further Action to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Province Extends Emergency Orders until April 23

Ontario Protects Parents during COVID-19:

Province Prevents Operators from Charging Fees while Child Cares are Closed

Ontario Significantly Expanding COVID-19 Testing:

Enhanced testing strategy will help stop the spread of the virus

 April 7, 2020

Community Financial Support related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

To all our community partners, organizations, non-profit agencies and to those who support the most vulnerable in our community, we would like to hear from you as to how the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) may financially assist you in order for you to continue to offer the best support to our community in these trying times.

On March 23, 2020, the Provincial government announced a $200-million investment in social services relief funding to help protect the health and safety of the province’s most vulnerable people in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.

If you are providing new or enhanced support or service(s) for vulnerable persons in Prescott and Russell with respect to homelessness, shelter, food security, seniors, youth, etc., as a result of COVID-19, we would ask that you submit your request by Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

Please send your request to the attention of Alain Lacelle, Housing Services Manager, at . For any questions, call 613-675-4642, ext. 6500.

pdfNotice available here

April 3, 2020

Additional Measures Necessary to Protect the Health and Safety of the People of Ontario

Following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is reducing the list of businesses classified as essential and ordering more workplaces to close. This measure is necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of the people of Ontario, while ensuring that necessary goods and services remain available.

The government is ordering all businesses not covered by the updated Emergency Order to close effective as of Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. This closure will be in effect for 14 days, with the possibility of an extension as the situation evolves. Teleworking, online commerce and other innovative ways of working remotely are permitted at all times and are strongly encouraged for all businesses. All supply chains necessary for the production of vital food and healthcare supplies are being protected and remain intact.

The updated essential businesses list can be found here.

April 2, 2020

Ontario Increasing Mental Health Support During COVID-19:

Additional Resources will Improve Access to Online and Virtual Supports

April 1, 2020

Failing to correctly identify oneself carries a fine of $750 for failure to comply with an order made under the EMCPA or $1,000 for obstructing any person in exercising a power if a provincial offences officer issues a ticket. In addition, failure to comply with an emergency order could carry punishments of up to one-year imprisonment or a fine of up to $100,000 for an individual, $500,000 for a director of a corporation, or $10,000,000 for a corporation itself if a provincial offences officer charges the individual by issuing a summons.

Public Required to Identify Themselves if Charged with Breaching an Emergency Order During the COVID-19 Outbreak

March 31, 2020

Ontario Extends School and Child Care Closures to Fight Spread of COVID-19:

Province announces second phase of Learn at Home to support continuity of learning

Ontario Extends Emergency Declaration to Stop the Spread of COVID-19:

All Outdoor Recreational Amenities across Province Now Closed

March 30, 2020

Ontario Stepping Up Measures to Limit the Spread of COVID-19 on Construction Sites

March 29, 2020

Ontario Prohibits Gatherings of More Than Five People with Strict Exceptions.

Stronger action required to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Ontario Taking Emergency Measures to Support Long-Term Care Homes During COVID-19:

Funds, resources and flexibility for the sector to support staffing and continue to protect province’s most vulnerable.

March 28, 2020

Ontario Protecting Supply Chains To Support COVID-19 Emergency Response

Province to Buy Urgently Needed Critical Goods and Services and Deploy them to Where They are Needed the Most

March 26, 2020

Ontario Enabling Financial Relief for Businesses:

New financial measure will allow insurance premium payment deferrals for six months.

pdfPreventing Covid-19
in the workplace: advice for employers, employees and essential service workers.

March 25, 2020

For safety reasons, all parks and facilities are CLOSED until further notice.

To help workers and assist businesses to keep employees, the Government has introduced the #COVID19 Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19:

Premier Ford and Minister Phillips Announce Additional Health Care Resources and Support for People, Jobs and Employers

Stop the Spread Business Information Line Now Open at 1-888-444-3659.

March 24, 2020

Ontario Implements Enhanced Measures to Protect the Safety of Residents in Long-Term Care Homes :

Additional protocols help keep province’s most vulnerable safe

Ontario Orders the Mandatory Closure of All Non-Essential Workplaces to Fight Spread of COVID-19 :

New Measures to Further Protect the Health and Safety of the People of Ontario

List of Essential Workplaces

March 23, 2020

Ontario Protecting the Most Vulnerable During COVID-19 Crisis:

New Funding Will Support Municipalities, Food Banks, Homeless Shelters and Individuals

Ontario Significantly Enhancing COVID-19 Screening Measures and Supports

Interactive Self-Assessment Tool Now Available to Help Keep People Safe:

March 22, 2020

ORDER by the Medical Officer of Health under Section 22
Health Protection and Promotion Act R.S.O., 1990 Chapter H. 7

From the Eastern Ontario Health Unit;

As part of our expanding social distancing public health measures and to clarify any confusion, I have issued, effective today and until further notice, an order which I have attached for the immediate closure of the following establishments/premises in the EOHU area:

  • All PERSONAL SERVICES SETTINGS INCLUDING ALL premises at which hairdressing and barbering, tattooing, body piercing, nail services, electrolysis and other aesthetic services are offered

Ontario Takes Extraordinary Steps to Ensure Health Care Resources are Available to Contain COVID-19

March 21, 2020

Ontario Urges Business to Join the Fight Against COVID-19:

New Government Website Removes Barriers for Companies to Provide Essential Goods and Services



Ontario Expands Coverage for Care. Enhanced Health Care Coverage Critical to Support Efforts to Contain COVID-19

March 18, 2020

Ontario Helping Students Learn from the Safety of Their Own Home.

Province Launches First Phase of the Learn at Home Portal.

March 19, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to spread globally, watch out for associated scams. Fraudsters want to profit from consumers' fears, uncertainties and misinformation. Fraudsters are exploiting the crisis to facilitate fraud and cyber crime.

Ontario Protecting Critical Front-Line Justice Services in Response to COVID-19

Ontario Extending Validation Periods for Driver, Vehicle and Carrier Products, Services and Health Cards:

New Measures and Regulations Will Reduce In-person Visits to Help Contain Spread of COVID-19

March 18, 2020

Prime Minister Trudeau announces more support for workers and businesses through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Ontario is Protecting Seniors' Health and Safety

March 17, 2020

Ontario Enacts Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public

Significantly Enhanced Measures will Help Contain Spread of COVID-19

Enhanced Measures to Protect Ontarians from COVID-19

March 14, 2020

Government of Canada advises Canadians to avoid non-essential travel abroad