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Announced September 1/21 -  Ontario to Require Proof of Vaccination in Select Settings

To further protect Ontarians as the province continues to confront the Delta-driven fourth wave of the COVID-19, the government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, will require proof of vaccination for Ontarians to access certain businesses and settings starting September 22, 2021. 

Find out more - News Release and Information

Announced August 3/21 - Ontario unveils its Back to School guidance for a safe return to full-time, in-person learning this fall.

Based on the latest public health data and supported by investments, the province is providing direction to school boards, students, and parents on health and safety protocols. The guidance includes direction for students, including secondary students who will return to in-person learning daily for the full school day, remote learning, masking, and cohorting guidance for students (Grade 1 to 12) and staff as well as guidance around extra-curricular activities. While public health indicators give us a reason for optimism, COVID-19 continues to pose a threat. By making available more than $1.6 billion in resources to school boards throughout the province for this coming year, the province is keeping kids as safe as possible. This will provide schools with access to a wide range of supports for student mental health, the hiring of additional staff, school-focused nurses in public health units, asymptomatic testing, remote learning technology, and supporting health and safety measures in student transportation.

Throughout the 2021-22 school year, the Ministry of Education will continue to work with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local public health units to assess key indicators (such as vaccination rates and community transmission) to inform and update provincial guidance for schools and child care as needed. 

Read more - Guide to Reopening Schools in Ontario

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Roadmap to Re-Opening

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the province has released its Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures.  The province will move into step two earlier than first predicted - June 30/21  

Our Constituency Office is Here to Help with your Provincial Issues

Please be advised that the constituency office in Orillia is open but doors will be locked so you will be required to ring the doorbell.  For those wanting to visit the Midland Office, please call to arrange.  We encourage making an APPOINTMENT PRIOR TO VISITING in Orillia as well to ensure a minimum wait time as we only allow one person in the office at a time as a COVID-19 safety measure.  Our offices can manage the majority of questions/issues for Simcoe North via phone or email, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm. 

If you must visit, please make arrangements for your visit, 705-326-3246 or [email protected].

Strict safety guidelines are in place and will be adhered to. 

For the safety of visitors and staff, please be sure to wear a mask that covers both your nose and chin, hand sanitizer is available upon arrival, and be reminded, one person will be permitted into the office at a time.