25 April 2020 – Emergency order allows medical staff to be redeployed to support seniors

Type of Intervention: Regulation
Sectors Involved: Health, Social Services
Intervention Categories: Legal and policy; Regulatory change
Level of Jurisdiction: Ontario
Lead People/Agency: Ontario Premier (Doug Ford), Chief Medical Officer of Health (Dr. David Williams)

Overview: The Ontario government announced new emergency orders and amendments to existing orders under subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. These orders offer greater support to the province’s long-term care homes and the deafblind community, allowing redeployment of staff to ensure they can work where they are most needed.
The orders also help ensure food security for some individuals and families, permitting the use of community gardens across the province which allows for the growth of fresh food.
Full details here: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/ontario-allows-the-redeployment-of-staff-to-better-care-for-vulnerable-people-during-covid-19.html

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group
Source of Evidence or Justification: Sub-national, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario
Evidence/Justification: These new orders and amendments were developed under the advice of Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. The orders are justified by reasons including enhancing support and protection for those at higher risk (i.e. those in long-term care homes) and providing mechanisms for access to fresh food.