Public Health Unit Region Classifications – Last updated February 22, 2021 at 5:00 PM.
*These regions will transition from the Stay-at-Home orders and are anticipated to re-enter the Framework on Monday, March 8, 2021 at 12:01 am
- Toronto Public Health*;
- Peel Regional Health Unit*;
- North Bay Parry Sound District*.
- Niagara Region Public Health.
- Chatham-Kent Public Health;
- City of Hamilton Public Health Services;
- Durham Region Health Department;
- Halton Region Public Health;
- Lambton Public Health;
- Middlesex-London Health Unit;
- Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services;
- Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit;
- Southwestern Public Health;
- Thunder Bay District Health Unit;
- York Region Public Health;
- Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health;
- Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.
- Brant County Health Unit;
- Eastern Ontario Health Unit;
- Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit;
- Haliburton, Kawartha,
- Pine Ridge District Health Unit;
- Huron Perth Public Health;
- Ottawa Public Health;
- Porcupine Health Unit;
- Public Health Sudbury and Districts.
- Algoma Public Health;
- Grey Bruce Health Unit;
- Northwestern Health Unit;
- Peterborough Public Health.
- Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Public Health;
- Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health;
- Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit;
- Renfrew County and District Health Unit;
- Timiskaming Health Unit.
If your public health unit region is in the levels Green-Prevent, Yellow-Protect and Orange-Restrict, open houses are permitted. Even if you are permitted to host open houses, we continue to urge Ontario REALTORS® to advise clients to use virtual open houses, virtual showings or in-person safe showings to show and view properties.
For information on safe open house practices, please visit our guidance document in the OREA COVID-19 Information Hub: Guidance for Safe Open House Practices.
For regions that are under Stay-at-Home orders, Red-Control and Grey-Lockdown, open houses are not permitted. Scheduled in-person showings are permitted, provided they follow all health and safety guidelines.
For safe in-person showings protocol, please visit the following guidance document: Guidance for Safe In-Person Showings.
How does this affect residential evictions?
Enforcement of residential evictions will remain paused in the public health unit regions where the provincial Stay-at-Home order remains in effect. This will ensure people are not forced to leave their homes. In regions where the Stay-at-Home order is lifted and they have transitioned back to the Framework, the regular process for residential eviction enforcement will resume.
For more information or clarification on residential evictions, you may wish to contact the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB).
How about short-term rentals?
Short-term rentals are prohibited in regions that are still under Stay-At-Home Order and if a Public Health Unit is in a Grey-Lockdown Zone (once back in the Framework).
Short-term rentals are allowed in the Red, Orange, Yellow and Green zones.
For more information about the updated and strengthened Framework, please visit the Government of Ontario website.
Disclaimer. The information contained in this email is not meant to be relied upon as legal advice by REALTORS®, or others. Members wishing further clarity or advice should seek independent legal advice specific to their circumstances. Due to the quickly changing regulatory environment during the COVID-19 emergency, this information may not be current or accurate by the time it is read.