The Regional Municipality Of York


Preventing COVID-19 in the Workplace

Like all residents, businesses have a responsibility to have the proper procedures and policies in place to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Find sector specific guidelines and posters to keep workers, customer and the general public safe.

Section 22 Class Order

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and avoid a lockdown, York Region’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Karim Kurji, has issued a Section 22 Class Order, effective Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. and requires specified businesses to comply with all requirements set out under the Reopening Ontario Act (ROE).  Learn more about sector-specific Public
Health Safety Measures.

Employer responsibilities for workplace health and safety

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act employers have a responsibility to abide by certain requirements to keep workers safe. Make sure you understand your responsibilities and how you can protect your workers.

These resources have been developed and are maintained by the Government of Ontario.

Employer workplace safety plan

The Government of Ontario recommends that employers develop a workplace safety plan that outlines how they will help prevent COVID-19 transmission in the workplace. To help employers, the province has developed a guide and template for developing a workplace safety plan.

Creating a workplace safety plan is highly recommended and can help to ensure a healthy and safe workplace for everyone. Employers are not required to submit their plan to the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

Guidance for employers

The Government of Ontario has outlined specific steps employers should take to protect themselves and their workers. Resources are provided for each sector and are maintained by the province.

Most popular sectors


Guidance note

Construction sector

Tip sheet
Guidance note

Child care

Guidance note

For a complete list of guidance documents for all sectors, visit

Suppliers for PPE and sanitization products

The province maintains a directory of companies that sell personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitization supplies.

Access posters for your workplace

York Region COVID-19 Resources