Sign in
EN - News

Here Are The Changes Coming To Toronto Workplaces Starting Today

Toronto is upping their COVID-19 reporting game.

Mayor John Tory announced new COVID-19 restrictions in Toronto in an effort to curb transmission of the virus in the city's workplaces.

The new measures mean all employers have to tell Toronto Public Health (TPH) if two or more employees have contracted COVID-19 as well as keep employees socially distanced "wherever reasonably possible." 

Editor's Choice: Loblaws Reports More Than 80 Ontario Employees With COVID-19 In The Past 4 Days

I urge all employers... to do the right thing and follow these measures. Mayor John Tory

Toronto is in the seventh week of restrictions, and the province is two weeks into a total lockdown, but cases are still rising.

In response, Toronto officials announced that workplaces have more responsibilities to help stop the COVID-19 pandemic in a press conference on Monday.

TPH will make workplace information publicly available, updating the information weekly on their website.

"By drawing attention to unsafe settings, we can hold employers and also governments accountable," said Councillor Joe Cressy, chair of the Toronto Board of Health, at the press conference.

Employers must now also have their employees stay socially distanced wherever possible, limit work vehicles to include only one passenger at a time, and implement rigorous cleaning for all high-touch areas.

Regarding enforcement, Tory said he hopes the province will step up the level of inspections to enforce the new regulations.

"Where Toronto can act, we have and we will continue to do more," Councillor Cressy added.

Stay Informed
Get Toronto's latest and greatest stories every day straight to your inbox.

An Ontario restaurant was forced to call the police after a man refused to show staff proof of vaccination.

According to Guelph police, officers responded to the call at around 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday after receiving reports that a male was refusing to show his vaccine certificate at a restaurant on Stone Road West.

Keep Reading Show less

The Government of Canada is ending its India flight ban next week, which has been in place since April 2021.

"Canada continues to take a risk-based and measured approach to re-opening the border while prioritizing the health and safety of everyone in Canada," federal officials said in a news release on Tuesday, September 21.

Keep Reading Show less

Premier Jason Kenney has just announced that the province will be taking measures to plan for a "worst-case" scenario as Alberta's COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

During a COVID-19 update on Tuesday, September 21, the premier said that he'd been in touch with different agencies to plan what the response would be in dire circumstances.

Keep Reading Show less

Ontario's ​Vaccine Passport Can Be Saved On Your Phone & Here's How I Did It In 5 Minutes

A new tool lets you store your vaccine certificate as an image, a PDF file, or as a card in your Apple Wallet.

Starting Wednesday, September 22, Ontarians are expected to show their proof of vaxx to enter certain non-essential businesses and settings. However, because enhanced vaccine certificates with QR codes won't come into effect in the province until October 22, a team of volunteer software engineers and medical professionals created a tool that lets you store your proof of vaccination on your phone with a QR code.

"No personal data is sent to the internet. [The] QR code is for verification only, with no personal info," the team behind the tool told CTV News.

Keep Reading Show less