Bill 195, Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (“Bill 195”) was proclaimed into force on July 24, 2020; the same day on which the provincial declaration of emergency established under O. Reg. 50/20 came to an end.
Under Bill 195, the Ontario Government is able to amend, extend, or revoke orders made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (“EMCPA”), even though the provincial declaration of emergency has expired.
The Government has exercised its authority under Bill 195 to extend various orders, including those relating to labour redeployment in long-term care and retirement homes, stages of reopening, compliance with public health advice, and public gatherings. A full listing of the orders that remain in force can be found on the Government’s website.