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COVID-19 Guidance for Canadian Workplace (FAQ)

With the latest update on COVID-19 restrictions, here is a compilation of up to date information and resources relating to COVID-19 in the workplace for employers in Ontario. 

  • COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan Checklist 
  • Business Eligibility for free self test kits 
  • Downloadable Posters & Graphics 
  • Information on Booster shots & enhanced vaccination certificate

COVID-19 Guidance for Employers, Workplaces & Businesses 

As of December 19th 2021, the Government of Ontario has updated the public health and workplace safety measures including capacity, and social gathering limits. For indoors the capacity is limited to 25% and for outdoor gathering, it is limited to 75% with a minimum of 2 metres from every other person in the establishment. For more information on capacity limits for events and gathering visit: Reopening Guidelines by City of Toronto here 

Owners, operators and employers of businesses, workplaces and organizations in the City of Toronto can use this safety plan checklist to document and serve as the required COVID-19 safety plan

The Safety checklist includes: 

  1. Screening
  2. Physical Distancing
  3. Masks and Face Coverings
  4. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  5. Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
  6. Cleaning and Disinfection
  7. Preventing and Controlling Crowds

Complete this document by downloading a copy here: download COVID-19 safety checklist 

Businesses eligibility for self test kits: 

Small to medium sized organizations are now eligible to access rapid antigen test kits in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. 

You may be eligible to receive rapid tests from pharmacies if you:

  • are an incorporated business
  • have 10 to 199 employees
  • are in an industry that is currently open under provincial guidelines

Free rapid tests are available for Canadian small and medium sized businesses with less than 150 employees. A handling fee of $14 per kit for 25 may be applied by some participating pharmacies.

  • Register to get rapid rests from participating neighbourhood pharmacies here 
  • Register to get rapid tests from shopper drug mart near you here 

 

Downloadable Posters & Graphics 

COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire

Access all printable information poster, graphics and questionnaires approved and provided by City of Toronto including: 

  • Screening Posters 
  • Questionnaires
  • Safety regulations 
  • COVID-19 spread related information 

Use this link to access them: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-spread-the-word/

How many days after exposure do COVID-19 symptoms appear?

COVID-19 sufferers exhibit a range of mild to severe symptoms including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. COVID-19 Symptoms appear anywhere from 2 days to 14 days after someone is exposed to the virus.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Who is eligible for a booster shot in Ontario?

As of this week, all Ontarians over the age of 18 years are eligible for the booster shot. You can book an appointment using the Ontario COVID-19 Vaccination portal. Contact the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900 to make an appointment between 8 am to 8 pm.

All the information shared here is derived directly from various federal, provincial and municipal guidelines provided form the Canadian government. We have tailored the content to provide helpful COVID-19 resources for Canadian business owners, employers and workplace safety operators. 

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