Protecting the Health and Safety of Users of the Ontario Food Terminal During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
O. Reg. 269/20
O. Reg. 275/20
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Ontario Food Terminal Act
Summary of Decision:
These two new regulations will provide for the enforcement of health and safety protocols at the Ontario Food Terminal (Terminal) during the COVID-19 emergency.
O. Reg 269/20 requires the Terminal General Manager to develop a protocol to prevent the spread of COVID 19 at the Terminal and to protect against the threat of COVID 19 impacting the ability to operate the Terminal.
O. Reg 275/20 requires all persons at the Terminal to comply with any protocols developed under O. Reg 269/20.
The regulations were filed with the Registrar of Regulations and came into force upon filing.
UPDATE: September 21, 2020:
O. Reg. 269/20: Manager's Protocol Respecting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been amended to extend the effective date of the COVID-19 protocol made under this regulation to help to safeguard health and safety, and to remove the requirement for any person entering the Ontario Food Terminal to be actively assessed by Terminal staff for symptoms. Terminal staff are working with public health officials to develop and implement self-screening for tenants and buyers prior to entering the facility. This amendment to regulation will extend the duration of the protocol for one year until September 23, 2021 and will align with evolving best practices and guidance from Ministry of Health related to self-assessment for COVID-19. These amendments to O. Reg. 269/20 help to ensure that Ontario's food supply chain remains strong during the recovery period.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
Given the state of emergency and the immediate need for this regulation in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, no regulatory impact assessment was conducted. The implementation of this emergency regulation is a further step taken to protect the health and safety of the vital frontline workers who help to feed and nourish Ontarians.
Summary of Proposal:
Food Safety Inspection Delivery Branch
1 Stone Rd West, Guelph, N1G 4Y2
June 12, 2020