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Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020


formerly under Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act


Note: This Regulation was revoked on April 27, 2022. (See: O. Reg. 346/22, s. 1)

Last amendment: 346/22.

Legislative History: 386/20, 346/22.

This is the English version of a bilingual regulation.

Terms of Order

1. The terms of this Order are set out in Schedule 1. O. Reg. 386/20, s. 3.

schedule 1


1. This Order applies to every board of health within the meaning of the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

Work redeployment and staffing

2. Boards of health shall and are authorized to take, with respect to work deployment and staffing, any reasonably necessary measure to respond to, prevent and alleviate the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) (the “Virus”).


3. Without limiting the generality of section 2, and despite any other statute, regulation, order, policy, arrangement or agreement, including a collective agreement, boards of health shall and are authorized to do the following:

1. Identify staffing priorities and develop, modify and implement redeployment plans, including the following:

i. Redeploying staff within different locations in (or between) facilities of the board of health.

ii. Changing the assignment of work, including assigning non-bargaining unit employees or contractors to perform bargaining unit work.

iii. Changing the scheduling of work or shift assignments.

iv. Deferring or cancelling vacations, absences or other leaves, regardless of whether such vacations, absences or leaves are established by statute, regulation, agreement or otherwise.

v. Employing extra part-time or temporary staff or contractors, including for the purposes of performing bargaining unit work.

vi. Using volunteers to perform work, including to perform bargaining unit work.

vii. Providing appropriate training or education as needed to staff and volunteers to achieve the purposes of a redeployment plan.

2. Conduct any skills and experience inventories of staff to identify possible alternative roles in priority areas.

3. Require and collect information from staff, contractors or volunteers about their availability to provide services for the board of health.

4. Require and collect information from staff, contractors or volunteers about their likely or actual exposure to the Virus, or about any other health conditions that may affect their ability to provide services.

5. Cancel or postpone services that are not related to responding to, preventing or alleviating the outbreak of the Virus or services that are not deemed to be critical by a board of health’s business continuity or pandemic plans.

6. Suspend, for the duration of this Order, any grievance process with respect to any matter referred to in this Order.

Redeployment plans

4. For greater certainty, a board of health may implement redeployment plans without complying with provisions of a collective agreement, including lay-off, seniority/service or bumping provisions.