Other Congregate Living Settings

Ministry of Health Guidance Documents

Group Homes, Co-Living Settings, Shelters, and Residential Treatment Centres

* The new document is aligned with the government’s COVID-19 Action Plan for Vulnerable People, released on April 23, 2020, and replaces the former guidance documents for Group Homes and Co-Living Settings, Guidance for Homeless Shelters, and Guidance for Community-Based Mental Health and Addictions Service Providers in Residential Settings. 


Ministry of Children Community and Social Services

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) recently released Interim Direction for Congregate Care Settings for the provincewide shutdown. This direction will be in effect from December 26, 2020 until January 23, 2021 for the WDG region. The new interim direction replaces previous guidelines and directions, which have been suspended:

  • MCCSS Visitors Guidelines 2.0: Re-Opening Congregate Living Settings
  • MCCSS Wave 2 Enhanced Precautions memos
  • Operational Guideline on Universal Source Control.

Congregate living settings should review the Interim Direction to understand current requirements for essential visits, short-stay absences and outings, essential overnight absences, personal protective equipment use amongst staff, and precautions for settings in an active outbreak. All MCCSS-funded congregate living settings must follow this new interim direction. Congregate living settings that are not funded by MCCSS are recommended to follow this guidance as best practices for COVID-19 precautions 

Public Health Ontario Resources 

WDGPH Resources

Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC)

Public Health Ontario has posted a webinar, Foundations of COVID-19 Prevention and Control for Congregate Living Settings. The recording of the webinar and the presented slides are available here.

IPAC Checklists for Congregate Living Settings

General Resources:

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

General cleaning and disinfection:


Screening and Testing

Screening for Shelters