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COVID-19: Emergency Orders

The COVID-19 Pandemic is constantly evolving, requiring frequent emergency orders pursuant to the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

Below are key emergency orders that may impact your practice.  Visit the Ontario Ministry of Health website for a complete list of orders, directives and other resources


Beginning April 21, 2021, health care professionals either from Ontario or out-of-province, including nurses, are authorized to provide patient care services outside their regular scope of practice in a hospital setting provided that:

  • it is necessary in response to the pandemic
  • it is consistent with the duties that are assigned or granted by the hospital,
  • the health care professional acts in a manner consistent with the measures taken by a hospital in its COVID-19 response efforts.

Nurses may be asked to perform activities by the hospital outside of their usual responsibilities.  Hospitals are responsible to ensure that staff members are only assigned tasks or asked to deliver services they are reasonably qualified to provide.

Out-of-province nurses with certificates of registration are not required to register with CNO. They can be hired and screened directly by the hospital.

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This order falls under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act.

To support additional staff capacity in retirement and long-term care homes, government has amended regulations to allow fully immunized long-term care and retirement home employees to work in more than one home or health care setting (unless otherwise directed by a local medical officer of health).

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Page last reviewed June 29, 2021