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Government launches a COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate Verification App

  • October 15, 2021

On Thursday, October 15, the province launched a COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate Verification App (the “App”).  The App, for businesses and organizations, will make it easier, more secure and more convenient for individuals to provide proof of vaccination status when required.  Individuals will now be able to download an enhanced vaccine certificate, which will include a QR code that the App will be able to scan to confirm vaccination status.  For more information on the App and how to download your new enhanced vaccine certificates, please visit the Government of Ontario website.

Ontario Extends Virtual Meeting Provisions to September 30, 2022

  • October 06, 2021

The Government of Ontario has made regulatory amendments under the Business Corporations Act, Corporations Act, Co-operative Corporations Act and Condominium Act, 1998 and a new regulation under the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act that extend the effective period of temporary legislative provisions permitting corporations governed under these statutes to call and hold meetings virtually, as applicable, notwithstanding certain restrictions or requirements. The effective period of these temporary legislative provisions has now been extended to end on September 30, 2022. Over the course of the pandemic, the OBA has consistently advocated for the government to ensure that rules and regulations governing required meetings be amended to allow meetings to proceed virtually. This latest announcement is consistent with the OBA’s efforts.

Ontario Government: Regulations and Guidance re. Proof of Vaccination Policy

  • September 14, 2021

The government has released the regulations and guidance for businesses and organizations regarding implementation of proof of vaccination requirements, which take effect on September 22, 2021. The government has said an enhanced vaccine certificate and verification app will be available by October 22, 2021. Ontario’s proof of vaccination guidance will be updated to reflect the new processes. For more information, please refer to the government News Release.

Appointment Opportunity: OCJ Judicial Vacancies - North Bay (1) and Sudbury (1) 

  • September 16, 2021

The Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee (JAAC) has advised it is inviting applications for a judicial position in North Bay and one in Sudbury.  These appointments involve presiding over criminal and family law matters and also involves travel within the regional boundaries and elsewhere in the province of Ontario, as assigned by the Regional Senior Justice and/or the Chief Justice.

Ontario Chief Justices: Statement regarding September 30th, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

  • September 09, 2021

The three Chief Justices from Ontario's courts have issued the following joint statement: Thursday, September 30th is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a day that serves as a significant reminder of the tragic consequences of the residential school system and its ongoing impact on Indigenous peoples across Canada. It calls on us to honour survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that we continue to acknowledge these experiences as part of the reconciliation process. Read more...

Ontario Courts: Annual Opening of the Courts of Ontario 2021

  • September 14, 2021

OBA President Karen Perron attended Ontario’s annual Opening of the Courts Ceremony on September 14, 2021. For more about the event, see remarks of Ontario’s three chief justices: The Honourable George Strathy, The Honourable Geoffrey Morawetz, and The Honourable Lise Maisonneuve.  

Ontario Government: Amendments to O. Reg. 364/20 re compliance with advice, recommendations and instructions by medical officers of health relating to a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

  • August 26, 2021

The province has filed amendments to the regulation regarding Rules for Areas at Step 3 and the Roadmap Exit Step, to add provisions relating to compliance with any advice, recommendations and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, or by a medical officer of health after consultation with the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, in relation to a COVID-19 vaccination policy.