Regions in the COVID-19 Framework
Public Health Unit Region Classifications – Last updated March 5, 2021 at 5:00 PM.
* These regions will transition from the Stay-at-Home orders and will return to the Framework on Monday, March 8, 2021 at 12:01 am
* * These public health unit regions will be entering a new colour level of the Framework on Monday, March 8, 2021 at 12:01 am
STAY AT HOME ORDER
- * North Bay Parry Sound District. (moving to Grey-Lockdown)
- * Peel Public Health. (moving to Grey-Lockdown)
- * Toronto Public Health. (moving to Grey-Lockdown)
- Thunder Bay District Health Unit.
- ** Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit; (moving to Red-Control)
- City of Hamilton Public Health Services;
- Durham Region Health Department;
- Halton Region Public Health;
- Lambton Public Health;
- Niagara Region Public Health;
- Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services;
- York Region Public Health;
- Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health;
- Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.
- Brant County Health Unit;
- Chatham-Kent Public Health;
- Eastern Ontario Health Unit;
- Middlesex-London Health Unit;
- Ottawa Public Health;
- Porcupine Health Unit;
- Southwestern Public Health.
- ** Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit; (moving to Yellow-Protect)
- ** Public Health Sudbury and Districts; (moving to Red-Control)
- Algoma Public Health;
- Huron Perth Public Health;
- Northwestern Health Unit;
- ** Peterborough Public Health; (moving to Red-Control)
- ** Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit; (moving to Orange-Restrict)
- Grey Bruce Health Unit;
- Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Public Health;
- Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health;
- Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit;
- ** Timiskaming Health Unit. (moving to Orange-Restrict)
- ** Renfrew County and District Health Unit. (moving to Yellow-Protect)
What does this mean for you and real estate?
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 guidance, please refer to OREA’s Guidance for Safe In-Person Showings
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, I 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 OREA’s Guidance for Safe Open House Practices
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.