Ontario and Quebec Update their COVID-19 Workplace Requirements

Two Canadian provinces, Ontario and Quebec have issued updated COVID-19 guidance for businesses. 

Quebec has announced relaxation of several COVID-19 measures that were in place, including the following.  Effective on Feb. 8th, the curfew remains in place from 8 pm to 5 am until at least Feb. 21, 2021.  For the regions of Nord-du-Québec, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Côte-Nord, and Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine' the curfew will be in effect every day from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. until February 21, 2021.  Only those individuals who are required to travel for work or have another legitimate reason may be outside their home during the curfew hours.  For those employees who do need to travel during curfew hours, it is recommended that employers provide documentation. 

For those operating in Ontario, all businesses are still  required to have a written safety plan.  The province has updated its guidance and provided new workplace screen tools.  The updated guidance provides information on measures to be implemented to control potential exposures to COVID-19; new guidance on self-isolation and return to work policies, and new workplace posters.

Printing companies are encouraged to download and use the COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan developed by the PRINTING United Alliance to help companies develop and implement COVID-19 workplace programs, for both safety and personnel practices.  For more information or questions, contact Marci Kinter, mkinter@printing.org, Gary Jones, gjones@printing.org, or Adriane Harrison, aharrison@printing.org.

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