Ontario is currently in the midst of the second wave of COVID-19 cases. With thousands of employees returning to workplaces across Ontario this fall, employers are no longer encouraged but obligated under the law to provide safe working conditions for all employees.
According to a recent amendment made to regulation 364/20 under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, pre-entry COVID screenings are now mandatory for all employees and essential visitors—effective immediately, regardless of sector.
Under the new requirements, employers must:
- Screen employees before (or when) they enter the workplace at the start of each day or shift
- Ask if they’re experiencing any new or worsening COVID-19 symptoms or signs
- Ask if they’ve travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days
- Ask if they’ve had close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19
- Refuse entry to anyone who does not pass a self-assessment, and direct them to self-isolate, call their healthcare provider, or telehealth Ontario
But That’s Where the Advice Ends
Despite sharing a “Screening Tool,” which is nothing more than the minimum amount of questions an employer is required to ask before granting access to enter the workplace, the provincial government does not provide guidance on how screenings should be conducted, collected, and stored by employers.
With 1 in 5 COVID-19 infections in Ontario originating from a workplace, pre-screening is not only essential to the sustained health of office teams and workplaces, but to the province as a whole.
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