COVID-19: Long-Term Care & Retirement Homes

COVID-19 Guidance for Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes

Please see the COVID-19 Guidance Document for Long-Term Care Homes in Ontario to learn more about requirements for long-term care homes with respect to COVID-19. Changes to the document from previous versions are highlighted at the top.

Directive #3 for Long-Term Care Homes provides additional information.

Effective December 27, 2021, retirement homes will also implement Directive #3.


Vaccination for those who work, volunteer or visit Long-Term Care Homes

The Minister’s Directive: Long-Term Care Home COVID-19 Immunization Policy was revoked effective March 14, 2022. Please contact the facility directly to determine the details of the facility’s vaccination policy and what is required for staff, volunteers, caregivers and other visitors.


Fourth Doses for Residents

As of December 30, 2021, fourth doses (second booster) of COVID-19 vaccines are available to residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, Elder Care Lodges and other congregate care settings if at least three months (84 days) have passed since their booster dose. This eligibility is based on the recommendations from the Ontario Immunization Advisory Committee.

Additional details will be shared directly with the eligible homes and care settings once they are available.

    Last Updated: 12/04/2022