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Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17

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O. Reg. 458/20 EXTENSIONS OF ORDERS
O. Reg. 364/20 RULES FOR AREAS IN STAGE 3
O. Reg. 363/20 STAGES OF REOPENING
O. Reg. 345/20 PATIOS
O. Reg. 263/20 RULES FOR AREAS IN STAGE 2
O. Reg. 241/20 SPECIAL RULES RE TEMPORARY PANDEMIC PAY
O. Reg. 240/20 MANAGEMENT OF RETIREMENT HOMES IN OUTBREAK
O. Reg. 210/20 MANAGEMENT OF LONG-TERM CARE HOMES IN OUTBREAK
O. Reg. 195/20 TREATMENT OF TEMPORARY COVID-19 RELATED PAYMENTS TO EMPLOYEES
O. Reg. 193/20 HOSPITAL CREDENTIALING PROCESSES
O. Reg. 192/20 CERTAIN PERSONS ENABLED TO ISSUE MEDICAL CERTIFICATES OF DEATH
O. Reg. 190/20 ACCESS TO PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION BY MEANS OF THE ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD
O. Reg. 177/20 CONGREGATE CARE SETTINGS
O. Reg. 163/20 WORK DEPLOYMENT MEASURES FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS AGENCIES
O. Reg. 158/20 LIMITING WORK TO A SINGLE RETIREMENT HOME
O. Reg. 157/20 WORK DEPLOYMENT MEASURES FOR MUNICIPALITIES
O. Reg. 156/20 DEPLOYMENT OF EMPLOYEES OF SERVICE PROVIDER ORGANIZATIONS
O. Reg. 154/20 WORK DEPLOYMENT MEASURES FOR DISTRICT SOCIAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION BOARDS
O. Reg. 146/20 LIMITING WORK TO A SINGLE LONG-TERM CARE HOME
O. Reg. 145/20 WORK DEPLOYMENT MEASURES FOR SERVICE AGENCIES PROVIDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN RESIDENTIAL SERVICES AND CRISIS LINE SERVICES
O. Reg. 141/20 TEMPORARY HEALTH OR RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES
O. Reg. 132/20 USE OF FORCE AND FIREARMS IN POLICING SERVICES
O. Reg. 129/20 SIGNATURES IN WILLS AND POWERS OF ATTORNEY
O. Reg. 121/20 SERVICE AGENCIES PROVIDING SERVICES AND SUPPORTS TO ADULTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND SERVICE PROVIDERS PROVIDING INTERVENOR SERVICES
O. Reg. 118/20 WORK DEPLOYMENT MEASURES IN RETIREMENT HOMES
O. Reg. 116/20 WORK DEPLOYMENT MEASURES FOR BOARDS OF HEALTH
O. Reg. 114/20 ENFORCEMENT OF ORDERS
O. Reg. 98/20 PROHIBITION ON CERTAIN PERSONS CHARGING UNCONSCIONABLE PRICES FOR SALES OF NECESSARY GOODS
O. Reg. 95/20 STREAMLINING REQUIREMENTS FOR LONG-TERM CARE HOMES
O. Reg. 82/20 RULES FOR AREAS IN STAGE 1
O. Reg. 80/20 ELECTRICITY PRICE FOR RPP CONSUMERS
O. Reg. 77/20 WORK DEPLOYMENT MEASURES IN LONG-TERM CARE HOMES
O. Reg. 76/20 ELECTRONIC SERVICE
O. Reg. 75/20 DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS AND SEWAGE WORKS
O. Reg. 74/20 WORK REDEPLOYMENT FOR CERTAIN HEALTH SERVICES PROVIDERS
O. Reg. 205/20 EDUCATION SECTOR
O. Reg. 73/20 LIMITATION PERIODS

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

S.o. 2020, chapter 17

Consolidation Period:  From October 1, 2020 to the e-Laws currency date.

Last amendment: 2020, c. 23, Sched. 6.

Legislative History: 2020, c. 23, Sched. 6.

CONTENTS

Interpretation

1.

Definitions

Orders

2.

Orders continued

3.

Time limit on application of orders

4.

Power to amend orders

5.

Power to revoke orders

6.

Delegation of powers

7.

Provisions applying with respect to orders

8.

Expiry of power to amend, extend orders

Enforcement

9.

Proceedings to restrain contravention of order

9.1

Temporary closure by police, etc.

10.

Offences

10.1

Offence for occupier of premises

Reporting

11.

Reports to public

12.

Reports to Assembly committee at 30-day intervals

13.

Report to Assembly after one year

General

14.

Protection from action

15.

Action not an expropriation

16.

Crown bound

17.

Termination of COVID-19 declared emergency

 

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:

Interpretation

Definitions

1 In this Act,

“continued section 7.0.2 order” means an order continued under section 2 that was made under section 7.0.2 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act; (“décret pris en vertu de l’article 7.0.2 et maintenu”)

“COVID-19 declared emergency” means the emergency declared pursuant to Order in Council 518/2020 (Ontario Regulation 50/20) on March 17, 2020 pursuant to section 7.0.1 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. (“situation d’urgence déclarée en raison de la COVID-19”)

“occupier” has the same meaning as in the Trespass to Property Act; (“occupant”)

“premises” has the same meaning as in the Trespass to Property Act. (“lieux”) 2020, c. 17, s. 1; 2020, c. 23, Sched. 6, s. 1.

Section Amendments with date in force (d/m/y)

2020, c. 23, Sched. 6, s. 1 - 01/10/2020

Orders

Orders continued

2 (1) The orders made under section 7.0.2 or 7.1 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act that have not been revoked as of the day this subsection comes into force are continued as valid and effective orders under this Act and cease to be orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

Exception

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to the order filed as Ontario Regulation 106/20 (Order Made Under the Act — Extensions and Renewals of Orders).

Clarification

(3) For greater certainty, an order that is in force is continued under subsection (1) even if, on the day that subsection comes into force, the order does not apply to any area of the Province.

Time limit on application of orders

3 (1) An order continued under section 2 ceases to apply 30 days after it is continued under section 2, subject to extension under subsection (2).

Extension of orders

(2) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may by order, before it ceases to apply, extend the effective period of an order for periods of no more than 30 days.

Power to amend orders

4 (1) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may, by order,

(a) subject to subsections (2) and (5), amend a continued section 7.0.2 order in a way that would have been authorized under section 7.0.2 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act if the COVID-19 declared emergency were still in effect and references in that section to the emergency were references to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects;

(b) amend an order continued under section 2 to address transitional matters relating to the termination of the COVID-19 declared emergency, the enactment of this Act or the continuation of orders under section 2.

Limitation on amendments

(2) An amendment may be made under clause (1) (a) only if,

(a) the amendment relates to one or more of the subject matters listed in subsection (3); or

(b) the amendment requires persons to act in compliance with any advice, recommendation or instruction of a public health official.

Same

(3) The subject matters referred to in clause (2) (a) are the following:

1. Closing or regulating any place, whether public or private, including any business, office, school, hospital or other establishment or institution.

2. Providing for rules or practices that relate to workplaces or the management of workplaces, or authorizing the person responsible for a workplace to identify staffing priorities or to develop, modify and implement redeployment plans or rules or practices that relate to the workplace or the management of the workplace, including credentialing processes in a health care facility.

3. Prohibiting or regulating gatherings or organized public events.

Definition of “credentialing process”

(4) In paragraph 2 of subsection (3),

“credentialing process” means the activities, processes, procedures and proceedings for appointing and reappointing health care staff and determining the nature and scope of privileges assigned to them.

Orders that may not be amended

(5) Amendments may not be made under clause (1) (a) to the following orders:

1. Ontario Regulation 75/20 (Drinking Water Systems and Sewage Works).

2. Ontario Regulation 76/20 (Electronic Service).

3. Ontario Regulation 80/20 (Electricity Price for RPP Consumers).

4. Ontario Regulation 114/20 (Enforcement of Orders).

5. Ontario Regulation 120/20 (Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act — Access to COVID-19 Status Information by Specified Persons).

6. Ontario Regulation 129/20 (Signatures in Wills and Powers of Attorney).

7. Ontario Regulation 132/20 (Use of Force and Firearms in Policing Services).

8. Ontario Regulation 141/20 (Temporary Health or Residential Facilities).

9. Ontario Regulation 190/20 (Access to Personal Health Information by Means of the Electronic Health Record).

10. Ontario Regulation 192/20 (Certain Persons Enabled to Issue Medical Certificates of Death).

11. Ontario Regulation 210/20 (Management of Long-Term Care Homes in Outbreak).

12. Ontario Regulation 240/20 (Management of Retirement Homes in Outbreak).

13. Ontario Regulation 241/20 (Special Rules Re Temporary Pandemic Pay).

14. Ontario Regulation 345/20 (Patios).

Amendments may change requirements, extend application

(6) For greater certainty, an amendment made under clause (1) (a) may do the following, subject to subsection (2):

1. Impose more onerous or different requirements, including in different parts of the Province.

2. Extend the application of the order being amended, including the geographic scope of the order and the persons it applies to.

Amendments may be retroactive

(7) An amendment, if it so provides, may be retroactive to a date specified in the amending order that is on or after the day subsection (1) came into force.

Regulations to define “public health official”

(8) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations defining “public health official” for the purposes of clause (2) (b).

Power to revoke orders

5 The Lieutenant Governor in Council may by order revoke an order continued under section 2.

Delegation of powers

6 The Lieutenant Governor in Council may by order delegate to a minister of the Crown any of the powers of the Lieutenant Governor in Council under section 3, 4 or 5.

Provisions applying with respect to orders

7 (1) Subsections 7.2 (3) to (8) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act continue to apply, with necessary modifications, with respect to orders continued under section 2, including any amendments to such orders made under this Act.

Same

(2) Subsections 7.0.2 (6) to (9) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act continue to apply, with necessary modifications and the modifications specified in subsection (3), with respect to continued section 7.0.2 orders, including any amendments to such orders made under this Act.

Modifications

(3) The modifications referred to in subsection (2) are the following:

1. The reference, in paragraph 1 of subsection 7.0.2 (7) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, to the emergency is deemed to be a reference to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects.

2. The reference, in paragraph 2 of subsection 7.0.2 (7) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, to when the declared emergency is terminated is deemed to be a reference to when the order in relation to which that paragraph applies is revoked or ceases to apply.

Expiry of power to amend, extend orders

8 (1) The following powers cease to apply on the first anniversary of the day orders are continued under section 2:

1. The power under subsection 3 (2) to extend orders.

2. The power under section 4 to amend orders.

Extension by Assembly resolution

(2) The Assembly, on the recommendation of the Premier, may by resolution extend the expiry date mentioned in subsection (1) for additional periods of no more than one year.

Same

(3) If there is a resolution before the Assembly to extend the expiry date, the powers listed in subsection (1) shall continue until the resolution is voted on.

Effect of orders after expiry of power to amend, extend

(4) An order extended under subsection 3 (2) continues in effect until the date to which it was extended, even if that date is after the time the powers listed in subsection (1) cease to apply, unless it is revoked before that date.

Enforcement

Proceedings to restrain contravention of order

9 Despite any other remedy or any penalty, the contravention by any person of a continued section 7.0.2 order may be restrained by order of a judge of the Superior Court of Justice upon application without notice by the Crown in right of Ontario or a member of the Executive Council and the judge may make the order and it may be enforced in the same manner as any other order or judgment of the Superior Court of Justice.

Temporary closure by police, etc.

9.1 (1) A police officer, special constable or First Nations Constable may order that premises be temporarily closed if the police officer, special constable or First Nations Constable has reasonable grounds to believe that an organized public event or other gathering is occurring at the premises and that the number of people in attendance exceeds the number permitted under a continued section 7.0.2 order. 2020, c. 23, Sched. 6, s. 2.

Compliance with order

(2) Every individual who is on the premises shall comply with the order to temporarily close the premises by promptly vacating the premises after being informed of the order. 2020, c. 23, Sched. 6, s. 2.

Same

(3) No individual shall re-enter the premises on the same day that the premises were temporarily closed under subsection (1) unless a police officer, special constable or First Nations Constable authorizes the re-entry. 2020, c. 23, Sched. 6, s. 2.

Exception for residents

(4) Subsections (2) and (3) do not apply to individuals residing in the premises. 2020, c. 23, Sched. 6, s. 2.

Section Amendments with date in force (d/m/y)

2020, c. 23, Sched. 6, s. 2 - 01/10/2020

Offences

10 (1) Every person who fails to comply with subsection 9.1 (2) or (3) or with a continued section 7.0.2 order or who interferes with or obstructs any person in the exercise of a power or the performance of a duty conferred by such an order is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction,

(a) in the case of an individual, subject to clause (b), to a fine of not more than $100,000 and for a term of imprisonment of not more than one year;

(b) in the case of an individual who is a director or officer of a corporation, to a fine of not more than $500,000 and for a term of imprisonment of not more than one year; and

(c) in the case of a corporation, to a fine of not more than $10,000,000. 2020, c. 17, s. 10 (1); 2020, c. 23, Sched. 6, s. 3.

Separate offence

(2) A person is guilty of a separate offence on each day that an offence under subsection (1) occurs or continues. 2020, c. 17, s. 10 (2).

Increased penalty

(3) Despite the maximum fines set out in subsection (1), the court that convicts a person of an offence may increase a fine imposed on the person by an amount equal to the financial benefit that was acquired by or that accrued to the person as a result of the commission of the offence. 2020, c. 17, s. 10 (3).

Exception

(4) No person shall be charged with an offence under subsection (1) for failing to comply with or interference or obstruction in respect of an order that has been amended retroactive to a date that is specified in the amendment, if the failure to comply, interference or obstruction is in respect of conduct to which the retroactive amendment applies and the conduct occurred before the retroactive amendment was made but after the retroactive date specified in the amendment. 2020, c. 17, s. 10 (4).

Section Amendments with date in force (d/m/y)

2020, c. 23, Sched. 6, s. 3 - 01/10/2020

Offence for occupier of premises

10.1 (1) A person is guilty of an offence if the person hosts or organizes a public event or other gathering at residential premises or other prescribed premises and the number of people in attendance exceeds the number permitted under a continued section 7.0.2 order. 2020, c. 23, Sched. 6, s. 4.

Presumption that owner, etc. is hosting or organizing

(2) If the owner or occupier of premises at which a public event or other gathering is held is present at the event or gathering, the owner or occupier is presumed, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, to be hosting or organizing the event or gathering. 2020, c. 23, Sched. 6, s. 4.

Penalties

(3) A person who is convicted of an offence under subsection (1) is liable,

(a) in the case of an individual, subject to clause (b), to a fine of not less than $10,000 and not more than $100,000 and for a term of imprisonment of not more than one year;

(b) in the case of an individual who is a director or officer of a corporation, to a fine of not less than $10,000 and not more than $500,000 and for a term of imprisonment of not more than one year; and

(c) in the case of a corporation, to a fine of not less than $10,000 and not more than $10,000,000. 2020, c. 23, Sched. 6, s. 4.

Applicable provisions

(4) Subsections 10 (2) to (4) apply, with necessary modifications, with respect to offences under subsection (1). 2020, c. 23, Sched. 6, s. 4.

Regulations

(5) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations prescribing premises for the purposes of subsection (1). 2020, c. 23, Sched. 6, s. 4.

Section Amendments with date in force (d/m/y)

2020, c. 23, Sched. 6, s. 4 - 01/10/2020

Reporting

Reports to public

11 The Premier, or a Minister to whom the Premier delegates the responsibility, shall regularly report to the public with respect to the orders continued under section 2 that continue to apply.

Reports to Assembly committee at 30-day intervals

12 At least once every 30 days, the Premier, or a Minister to whom the Premier delegates the responsibility, shall appear before, and report to, a standing or select committee designated by the Assembly concerning,

(a) orders that were extended during the reporting period; and

(b) the rationale for those extensions.

Report to Assembly after one year

13 (1) Within 120 days after the first anniversary of the day orders are continued under section 2, the Premier shall table a report in the Assembly concerning,

(a) orders that were amended under this Act;

(b) orders that were extended under this Act; and

(c) the rationale for those amendments and extensions, including how any applicable conditions and limitations on the making of the amendments were satisfied.

Report, if extension under s. 8

(2) If the expiry date mentioned in subsection 8 (1) is extended under section 8, the Premier shall, within 120 days after the end of each extension period, table an additional report in the Assembly concerning,

(a) the rationale for recommending the extension;

(b) orders that were amended during the extension period;

(c) orders that were extended during the extension period; and

(d) the rationale for those amendments and extensions, including how any applicable conditions and limitations on the making of the amendments were satisfied.

General

Protection from action

14 Section 11 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act applies, with necessary modifications, with respect to orders continued, amended, extended or revoked under this Act.

Action not an expropriation

15 (1) Section 13.1 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act applies, with necessary modifications and the modification specified in subsection (2), with respect to this Act and orders continued, amended, extended or revoked under this Act.

Modification

(2) The modification referred to in subsection (1) is the following:

1. The reference, in subsection 13.1 (2) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, to the emergency is deemed to be a reference to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects.

Crown bound

16 This Act binds the Crown.

Termination of COVID-19 declared emergency

17 Unless it has been terminated before this section comes into force, the COVID-19 declared emergency is terminated and Ontario Regulation 50/20 (Declaration of Emergency) is revoked.

18 Omitted (provides for coming into force of provisions of this Act).

19 Omitted (enacts short title of this Act).

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