Directive #3 for Long-Term Care Homes under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007

Long-Term Care
Bedded & Service Capacity


  • The update allows long-term care homes to reintroduce group indoor dining and allows for social gatherings with safety precautions.
  • The directive defines and allows the “essential” absences for residents under the stay-at-home order whether they’re fully immunized or not.


  • Homes with an 85% resident and 70% employee vaccination rate can be flexible with measures like physical distancing.
  • Once the province’s stay-at-home order is lifted—and under forthcoming direction– fully immunized residents will be allowed short absences beyond essential ones. For now, they can leave for medical and compassionate absences.

DISCLAIMER: This document has been reviewed by Ontario Health West staff. While staff has provided its summary and interpretation of key action items, every health service provider remains responsible for ensuring their own understanding of the document and actions items, next steps and/or accountabilities outlined in the document.

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