Masks Required in Residential Apartment Buildings and Condominiums throughout Ontario

October 2020

The Province of Ontario’s 364/20 Regulation under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act,  now requires that masks or face coverings be worn in common areas of any premises where persons are unable to maintain a physical distance of at least two meters from other persons. This applies to all persons who enter into common areas of residential apartment buildings and condominiums.

The regulation includes the following exemptions from the requirement to wear a mask or face covering:

  1. Children under two years of age;
  2. Persons with an underlying medical condition which inhibits their ability to wear a mask or face covering;
  3. Persons who are unable to place or remove a mask or face covering without assistance;
  4. Employees and agents of the person responsible for the residential complex within an area designated for them and not for public access, where they can maintain a physical distance of at least two meters from any other person;
  5. Persons who are reasonably accommodated by not wearing a mask or face covering in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act; and
  6. Persons who are reasonably accommodated by not wearing a mask or face covering in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code

A person shall not be required to produce proof of a medical condition and/or qualification for any of the exemptions set out above.

Owners and property managers of apartment buildings and condominiums should ensure proper signage is posted at the entrances and in the common areas of such buildings advising of the mandatory mask requirements.

Failure to comply with any regulation under the Act can result in one of the following: 

(a) in the case of an individual, subject to clause (b), to a fine of not more than $100,000 and for a term of imprisonment of not more than one year;

(b) in the case of an individual who is a director or officer of a corporation, to a fine of not more than $500,000 and for a term of imprisonment of not more than one year; and

(c) in the case of a corporation, to a fine of not more than $10,000,000.

Please note that certain municipal jurisdictions such as Ottawa and Toronto have additional restrictions in their municipal by-laws regarding mask use in common areas of residential apartment buildings and condominiums. In the case of Toronto, there is mandatory language that must appear on signs that are posted in and around the apartment building or condominium property.  

If you have questions or require services in relation to the above, please contact Kristin Ley at ley@cohenhighley.com.

A series of Bulletins we have issued relative to best practices is available at this link: Cohen Highley’s COVID -19 Bulletins

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Kristin's practice focuses on residential and commercial tenancies, human rights, condominium law and appellate advocacy. She works exclusively for housing providers and landlords with respect to all lease issues. Kristin regularly speaks at property management conferences and teaches human rights training courses to landlords and property managers. More →