Information for workplaces and other businesses including non-compliance reporting related to COVID-19.
The Province of Ontario has ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces effective Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. This closure will be in effect for 14 days with possible extension as the situation evolves.
Essential workplaces will be permitted to continue operations to maintain important supply chains, such as those for groceries, medicines and other essential services and products. In addition to closures, the Ontario government issued a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to prohibit organized public events and social gatherings of more than 5 people, effective immediately.
Peel Public Health strongly recommends that essential businesses that choose to remain open should work to limit access to their facilities and the number of occupants on their premises. They must also move their operations to delivery and pick-up as much as possible and maximize physical distancing, infection prevention and control practices, and cleaning. They should also consider active screening of their employees and staff for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
Your rights in the workplace
Your rights at work are identified in the Occupational Health and Safety Act. If you have concerns about the safety of your workplace, including safety related to COVID-19, you can file a complaint with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development’s Health and Safety Contact Centre. Call 1-877-202-0008, or visit: Stop the Spread webpage.
Construction site health and safety during COVID-19
Information and resources to help construction employers understand their rights and responsibilities while operating during COVID-19.
Help for businesses during the COVID-19 crisis
On March 18, 2020, the Government of Canada announced an emergency care package to help individuals and businesses during the current COVID-19 situation, with specific help for:
- Individuals who are not eligible for Employment Insurance benefits, and
- Businesses that can't operate normally in these current times and require supports to help keep employees on the payroll.
Learn more about Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.
Large meetings and events
The Ontario government has suspended gatherings of more than 5 people. For essential workplaces still operating, it's important to practice physical distancing by avoiding physical contact and keeping a safe distance of about 2 metres away from other people. Learn more about physical distancing also called social distancing.
When an employee tests positive for COVID-19
Sometimes, despite a person's best efforts to protect themselves from an exposure, an employee may fall ill to COVID-19. Peel Public Health understands that a positive diagnosis can be stressful for the employee and that it can be concerning to the employer.We've created a resource to explain the steps that Public Health takes when a person tests positive and the role that Public Health will play in assessing risk of exposure at a workplace. View positive cases in the workplace (PDF).
Infection prevention signage
Infection prevention resources, for flu and other illnesses, can be downloaded from the Peel Public Health website. This includes signage recommending that employees stay home when they are sick. View stay at home poster - version 1 (PDF) and stay at home poster - version 2 (PDF).
Receiving packaged goods from outside of Canada
Other coronaviruses can't survive for long periods of time on hard surfaces and objects, so we should expect the same for COVID-19. Scientific knowledge so far on COVID-19 has not indicated any evidence to treat shipped goods any differently.
Business continuity planning
Masks at work
All public health officials across Canada, including Peel Public Health, are not advising people who are well to wear masks. In specific situations, mask use may be recommended.
- Brampton businesses
- Caledon businesses
- Mississauga businesses
- Business closure FAQ
- Guidance for food premises – Ministry of Health (PDF)
- Guidance on cleaning and disinfecting public spaces – Public Health Agency of Canada
- Preventing COVID-19 in the workplace: Employers, employees and essential service workers – Public Health Agency of Canada