Ministry & Government Directives

Directives & Memorandums released from the Ministry & Ontario Government during the COVID-19 pandemic

Associate Deputy Minister Memo regarding Step One of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen and FAQs (Released on June 9, 2021)

Please use the links below to access a memo from Associate Deputy Minister Erin Hannah regarding Step One of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen. An updated FAQ document has also been released

Changes to Visitor and Absence Policies in LTC

The Ministry has released information on further changes to visitor and absences policies taking effect June 9, 2021 to improve the quality of life for long-term care home residents, as well as updates on surveillance testing. AsDM memo, updated FAQs on Directive #3, MLTC Guidance and Visiting Policy, as well as a new visitor, absences and social gatherings snapshot can be accessed using the links below.

AsDM Memo New Minister’s Directive: Long-Term Care Home COVID-19 Immunization Policy (Released May 31, 2021)
Long-term care homes have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and effort to support vaccine uptake. Today, the ministry is introducing a new directive to support this continued effort. The new directive establishes a consistent standard across the sector for each home to have a COVID-19 immunization policy.

Please find links below to a memo from the Associate Deputy Minister of LTC Pandemic Response, the new Minister's directive and a resource guide to support implementation.

*NEW* Surveillance Testing Directive Effective May 21, 2021
The Minister of Long-Term Care has released a new directive on Surveillance Testing and accompanying FAQ document. The update includes the removal of testing requirements for outdoor visits (effective May 21, 2021)

*NEW* AsDM Memorandum Issued on May 21, 2021

Updated Information: Shortened Interval for COVID-19 Second Dose Issued on May 10, 2021

Guidance for LTC

The most recent Guidance Documents linked below provide information on screening for entry into Long-Term Care homes, as well COVID-19 guidance for Public Health Units. Please review both documents on our website

Directive #3 for Long-Term Care Homes – May 4, 2021

The Directive #3 dated April 23, 2021 for Long-Term Care Homes under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, is revoked and replaced with this Directive:

The Associate DM Memo provides an overview of changes made in collaboration with the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health to Directive #3 as well as on ministry guidance being released. The guidance document is intended to support homes to operate safely while responding to the mental, emotional and social needs of residents and their caregivers. A Frequently Asked Questions document will be released soon.

*NEW* COVID-19 Guidance Document Information


Directive #5 for PHA Hospitals and Long-Term Care Homes (April 7, 2021)

Updated Path to Recovery and LTCH Zones

Changes to Inspection Protocols & IP Revision Overview (Apr. 14, 2021)

Directive # 3 (Date of Issuance: April 7)


Directive #5 for PHA Hospitals and Long-Term Care Homes (February 9, 2021)


Vaccine Information

Visiting Policies

Additional Information for LTC

Important Sector Reports

Ontario’s Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission (Final Report) April 30, 2021

Special Report on Pandemic Readiness and Response in Long-Term Care (Office of the Auditor General of Ontario)


Visiting Policy Updates

This COVID-19 Visiting Policy (policy) is provided to support homes in implementing the requirements in Directive #3 and the Minister’s Directive to safely receive visitors while protecting residents, staff, and visitors from the risk of COVID-19.