Supporting Ontario's Recovery Act

Published on October 21, 2020

The government is supporting the volunteers, frontline workers, charities, and community partners who are essential to Ontario’s recovery.

Attorney General Doug Downey introduced the Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act, 2020 following extensive consultations across Ontario.

This legislation proposes liability protection for workers, volunteers, and organizations that make an honest effort to follow public health guidelines and laws relating to exposure to COVID-19. At the same time, it will also maintain the right of Ontarians to take legal action against those who willfully, or with gross negligence, endanger others.

The proposed legislation would support Ontario’s recovery by ensuring Ontarians, who are contributing to the recovery of our province and make good faith efforts to follow public health guidance and laws on COVID-19, are not discouraged from making a difference in their communities.

If passed, the Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act, 2020 will provide targeted protection for those who are making an honest effort to follow public health guidelines and laws, including:

  • Healthcare workers;
  • Frontline workers who serve the public everywhere from grocery stores to restaurants and retail stores;
  • Businesses and their employees;
  • Charities, non-profit organizations; and
  • Coaches, volunteers, and minor sports associations.

To ensure workers are compensated for work-related injuries, the proposed legislation will not interfere with the existing workers’ compensation system.  In addition, workers who are not covered by the Workplace and Safety Insurance Act would continue to be able to sue their employer and/or any third party for work related COVID 19 exposure and infection.

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