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Ontario’s long-term approach for pandemic response

Learning to live with and manage COVID-19

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) announced the province’s long-term approach for pandemic response.

The province will move away from emergency measures and shift its focus to ongoing operations. A process is now underway to gradually revoke all CMOH Directives and Instructions by the end of April 2022. Tracking of key indicators will continue.

This announcement is a result of steady or improving key public health indicators and confidence in our provinces ability to manage the impact of the virus going forward (e.g. high vaccination rates, natural immunity and the arrival of antiviral medications).

Some key dates and changes include:

March 10, 2022

March 14, 2022

  • Provincial mandatory vaccination policies end.

March 21, 2022

  • Most mask mandates end.
  • Regulatory requirements for businesses to conduct passive screening and have a safety plan are removed.

March 28, 2022

  • Reopening Ontario Act (ROA) expires.

April 27, 2022

  • All remaining mask mandates end.
  • Any remaining emergency orders under ROA expire.
  • Directives 1, 2.1, 3.4 and 5 revoked.


  • As CMOH Directives and Letters of Instruction are revoked, individual organizations will continue to have the authority to keep requirements in place, as they see fit.
  • PPE and rapid antigen tests will continue to be provided to support health and safety in certain settings.

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