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filed March 21, 2020 under Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.9

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ontario regulation 74/20

made under the

Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act

Made: March 21, 2020 (5:45 pm)
Filed: March 21, 2020
Published on e-Laws: March 23, 2020
Printed in The Ontario Gazette: April 4, 2020

Order Made Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act

Whereas an emergency has been declared pursuant to Order in Council 518/2020 (Ontario Regulation 50/20) on March 17, 2020 at 7:30 a.m. Toronto time pursuant to section 7.0.1 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (the “Act”);

And Whereas the criteria set out in subsection 7.0.2 (2) of the Act have been satisfied;

Now Therefore, an Order is made pursuant to subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act (and in particular, paragraphs 8, 9, 10, 12 and 14 of that subsection), the terms of which Order are set out in Schedule A herein:


1. This Order applies province-wide to health service providers within the meaning of paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of subsection 1 (2) of the Connecting Care Act, 2019.

2. Health service providers 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”) for patients.

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

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

A. Redeploying staff within different locations in (or between) facilities of the health service provider.

B. Redeploying staff to work in COVID-19 Assessment Centres.

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

D. Changing the scheduling of work or shift assignments.

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

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

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

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

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

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

iii. Require and collect information from staff or contractors about their availability to provide services for the health service provider.

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

v. Cancel or postpone services that are not related to responding to, preventing or alleviating the outbreak of the Virus.

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