Late on Monday, March 23, 2020, the Ontario government issued a list of essential workplaces that will be allowed to continue operating. The list can be found here.
“Businesses” includes both for profit and non-profit entities.
Churches operating solely as religious institutions are not included as an essential service. Charities may fall into any number of categories, depending on the nature of its services.
What can churches and charities do?
- Contact your insurer to determine what your obligations are to maintain coverage should your facility be closed
- Carefully review your church and charity’s operations: for example, do you provide:
- Financial services including payment processing, or have a payroll division (#34)
- Radio and television broadcasting (#44)
- Home care services (#48)
- Services supporting health sector including mental health and addictions and counselling supports (#55)
- Personal support services (#57)
- Critical personal support services in home or residential services for individuals with physical disabilities (#59)
- Supporting the provision of food, shelter safety or protection such as food banks (#60)
- If you do provide these services, consider how you can continue to provide them under current directives to social distance, provide hand washing and sanitizing stations, etc., in an effort to cooperate with governing authorities.
As of today, March 25, the province has launched a toll-free line to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the order and how emergency measures impact their employment. The line is open Monday to Sunday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm 1-888-444-3659.
- Coronavirus: Inform & Prepare Your Organization
- COVID-19: T3010 Filing Extension & CCCC Resources
- Essential Workplaces in Ontario: What about Churches and Charities?
- COVID-19: Government Support for Charities
- COVID-19: CCCC Advocates for Churches
- COVID-19: CCCC Advocates for Churches – UPDATE
- COVID-19: Ontario Limits Gatherings to FIVE people
- COVID-19: Manitoba Limits Public Gatherings to TEN people
- COVID-19: Ontario PGT Allows Charities to Access Restricted Funds
- COVID-19: Provincial and Territorial Reference Chart
- COVID-19: Options for Corporate AGMs in Ontario
- COVID-19: Corporations Canada Extends Return Deadlines
- COVID-19: Churches, Gathering Limits & Virtual Worship
- COVID-19: Canada Summer Jobs 2020 Expansion
- COVID-19: Alberta Suspends In-Person Meetings under Societies Act
- COVID-19: Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) Q&A
- COVID-19: CRA Charities Directorate Resumes Call Centre Operations
- COVID-19: CCCC Calls for a Matching Funds Program to Support Charities
- COVID-19: Flexibility for Corporate AGMs in BC, Nova Scotia, Ontario
- COVID-19: Accessing Restricted Funds – Clarifications from the Ontario Public Guardian & Trustee
- COVID-19: Re-Opening Plans Across Canada
- COVID-19: A Call to Include Religious Organizations in Re-Opening Plan
- COVID-19: Options for Federal Corporate AGMs
- COVID-19: Privacy Commissioner’s Videoconferencing Tips
- COVID-19: National Survey – Finding the Way Forward Together
- COVID-19: Ontario Allows Drive-in Worship Services
- COVID-19: Private Schools Now Eligible for CEWS
- COVID-19: Canada Emergency Community Support Fund Applications Open!
- COVID-19: Virtual AGMs in Saskatchewan & Manitoba
- COVID-19: CEWS Consultation
- Church Doors Are Opening!
- Ontario Churches & Re-Opening Guidance
- AGM Deadline Extended for Federal Charities
Noteworthy is provided for general information purposes and does not constitute legal or professional advice. Every organization’s circumstances are unique. Before acting on the basis of information contained in this blog, readers should consult with a qualified lawyer for advice specific to their situation.