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December 15, 2020 - By Elia Associates

COVID-19 Bulletin No. 32: Ontario Enforces Tougher Restrictions On Regions

Updated on December 15th 2020

What zone is my Region in? (Correct as of Monday, December 14, 2020)

The following Regions are in Lockdown: Toronto, Peel, York and Windsor-Essex.

The following Regions are in the “Red” Zone: Durham, Hamilton, Halton, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph and Middlesex-London.

The following Regions are in the “Orange” Zone: Brant, Huron, Niagara, Ottawa, Simcoe Muskoka, Southwestern, Eastern Ontario, Haldimand-Norfolk and Thunder Bay.

The following Regions are in the “Yellow” Zone: Chatham-Kent, Grey Bruce, Peterborough, Sudbury, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge.

All other Regions remain in the “Green” Zone of Stage 3 NONE

Please click here and here for more information regarding Ontario’s COVID-19 zoning system.

What businesses are deemed essential and may continue to operate during a lockdown?

Ontario Regulation 82/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 1 (“O. Reg. 82/20”), as amended, under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17 (the “Reopening Ontario Act”) mandates the closure of all non-essential businesses and places that are currently under Stage 1 of Ontario’s Re-Opening Plan.  Businesses and places that are deemed “essential” must operate under strict restrictions.

The following businesses, which have been deemed essential, may be applicable to condominiums:

What services/amenities must be suspended during lockdown?

All indoor and outdoor fitness facilities must be closed, including swimming pools.

Open houses are prohibited during lockdown; however, properties can be shown to individuals on an appointment-only basis.

Non-essential renovations are prohibited. Limiting access to the building to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is a reasonable response to the pandemic and a condominium corporation should enforce this. However, there must be exceptions for emergencies and essential services.

Can condominiums continue to hold Board Meetings and AGMs in person?

The lockdown restrictions prohibit organized public events and social gatherings. It is recommended that all in-person meetings be suspended during the lockdown and instead, be held by videoconference or teleconference.  To book a meeting for 2021, please contact

Ontario Regulation 541/20: Extension of Temporary Suspension Period (“O. Reg. 541/20”) under the Condominium Act, 1998, S.O. 1998, c. 19 (the “Act”) has authorised an extension to the temporary suspension period under the new Schedule to the Act to allow condominiums to hold AGMs virtually without the requirement of a by-law until May 31st 2021. It is still recommended that a condominium corporation adopt a by-law allowing for virtual meetings and electronic voting to take place. It is important to note that while the exception period to allow virtual AGMs to proceed without a by-law has been extended, the deadlines for AGMs have not, this has remained the same since July 2020.

Please refer to our previous COVID-19 Bulletins on proper protocols and procedures to be implemented and followed by condominium corporations.

Please also ensure that you speak with your legal counsel if you do not already have COVID-19 protocols and policies in place to help manage the risk of transmission of the virus within your condominium community and require assistance with respect to drafting and/or implementing the same.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact anyone on our team:

Richard Elia

1-866-446-0811 ext. 801

Patricia Elia

1-866-446-0811 ext. 802

Antoni Casalinuovo

1-866-446-0811 ext. 808

Ashley Winberg

1-866-446-0811 ext. 806

Megan Molloy

1-866-446-0811 ext. 805

Victor Yee

1-866-446-0811 ext. 810

Jonathan Wright

1-866-446-0811 ext. 603

Julia White

1-866-446-0811 ext. 824

All of the information contained in this article is of a general nature for informational purposes only, and is not intended to represent the definitive opinion of the firm of Elia Associates on any particular matter. Although every effort is made to ensure that the information contained in this newsletter is accurate and up-to-date, the reader should not act upon it without obtaining appropriate professional advice and assistance.

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