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Ontario extends emergency orders, suspension of legal limitation periods

Monday, June 08, 2020 @ 4:06 PM | By John Schofield

The Ontario government is extending all emergency orders currently in force under the province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until June 19 and the suspension of limitation periods and time periods in legal proceedings until Sept. 11.

“This will ensure people will not experience legal consequences if the original time requirements of their case are not met while this order is in effect,” said a government news release dated June 6. “The province is working closely with the courts to ensure operations can resume as soon as it is safely possible.”

“It is critical that we keep these emergency orders in place so we can continue to reopen the province gradually and safely,” Premier Doug Ford said in the release. “We are not out of the woods yet, and this deadly virus still poses a serious risk. We encourage businesses to begin preparing to reopen so when the time comes, they will be able to protect employees, consumers and the general public.”

The emergency orders being extended under the act impact a wide variety of areas, including business closures, the education sector, child care fees, drinking water systems and sewage works and traffic management. They also include orders that enable front-line care providers to redeploy staff where they are needed most, allow public health units to redeploy or hire staff to support case management and contact tracing, and prohibit long-term care and retirement home employees from working at more than one home or for another health service provider.

The news release links to more detailed information pertaining to each area.

The government of Ontario declared a provincial emergency on March 17 under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. This declaration of emergency was recently extended and is currently in effect until June 30.