The resources below provide guidance for the health care sector in managing COVID‑19 in health care organizations and long-term care and retirement homes.

Case definition

The case definition for COVID‑19 has been updated and is current as of September 2023. This information may change frequently, please check back often for updates.

For clinical testing purposes: health professionals who are involved in the assessment and management of possible COVID‑19 cases are encouraged to consult Tables 1 and 2 in the daily WHO Situation Report to help inform their decision making.

Travelers from outside of Canada

Requirements for entry into Canada may change over time. For updated information, please visit the Government of Canada's website for travel advice and the Ministry of Health website dedicated to coronavirus.

Guidance documents

Guidance documents on COVID‑19 have been produced for a number of health and other sectors.

Note: To the extent that any guidance document conflicts with a Directive issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health under s. 77.7 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, the Directive prevails.

For controlled drugs and substances (CDS) prescribers

Health Canada is moving forward with regulatory exemptions to improve pharmacological and therapeutic options for allowing patients to access controlled medications during the COVID‑19.

Health Canada Exemption and Interpretive Guide for Controlled Substances.


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