What is a Safety Plan and When Must Condominium Corporations Create One?
The most important responsibility of the condominium board is to ensure the safety of residents and visitors to the condominium corporation. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, condominium boards have been faced with many new safety related challenges. A safety plan which can both simplify and add accountability to this process.
Importantly, Ontario Regulation 364/20, a regulation under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, requires that condominium corporations that have opened indoor condominium amenities or sports and fitness facilities, create a safety plan.
Safety Plan Details
The safety plan must:
- Describe measures/procedures that have been or will be implemented in the condominium corporation to reduce spread of COVID-19. Be sure to include guidelines for
- Physical distancing;
- Masks and face coverings;
- Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects;
- Wearing of personal protective equipment; and
- Preventing and controlling crowding.
- Include information regarding mitigating the risk of any interactive activities which may occur in the space.
- Prevent gatherings and crowds;
- Mitigate the risk of any interactive activities, exhibits or games that may be included in the business or place or at the event.
- Be in writing and made available to any person for review, on request.
The safety plan must be posted in a conspicuous place where it is most likely to be seen by the members of your condominium community. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic requires that condominium corporations stay on top of any and all COVID-19 related updates from the Government of Ontario. Relevant updates should be included in the safety plan, including updates to physical distancing and mask and face covering requirements.
Updated January 31, 2022.