Emergency Preparedness & Infection Prevention and Control

Emergency preparedness includes all plans developed and reviewed in anticipation of a crisis, which includes a wide variety of public health emergencies such as pandemic influenza and natural disasters that impact on the infrastructure that supports the health care system.

Disease Specific Information

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As with every public health issue, it is essential that you stay informed and that the information you obtain comes from reputable sources. For additional links to several key agencies that offer reliable and up-to-date information on the most recent respiratory illness first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China please click here.

For media inquiries or to view recent articles related to COVID-19 please see our media room.

For information on Emergency Registration please click here.

CRTO Updates

CRTO FAQs related to COVID-19

Message from the CRTO to Graduate Respiratory Therapists (GRTs) Working in a Healthcare Setting During the PandemicSent April 06, 2020

Message from the CRTO to RT Students Working in a Healthcare Setting During the PandemicSent April 06, 2020

Update on Emergency Registration in Response to COVID-19Sent March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Update to ALL CRTO MembersSent March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Directives

Directive #1 for Health Care Providers and Health Care Entities Issued under Section 77.7 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA), R.S.0.1990, c. H.7 – March 12, 2020

Directive #2 for Health Care Providers (Regulated Health Professionals or Persons who operate a Group Practice of Regulated Health Professionals) – March 19, 2020

Ramping Down of Non-Emergent Activities during the COVID-19 Outbreak

The most recent directive from the MOHLTC is to cease all non-essential services immediately. Exceptions can be made only in those circumstances where necessary to avoid adverse patient outcomes. Therefore, RTs should no longer be performing diagnostic tests such as (but not limited to) spirometry, pulmonary function testing, and sleep studies unless the test is considered essential to the patient’s urgent healthcare needs (e.g., to eliminate their need to access acute care services, to expedite discharge from hospital). RTs are encouraged to work in collaboration with their employer to ensure the continued provision of optimal patient care.

If further clarification is required, please contact the CRTO at hamp@crto.on.ca. A copy of the full directive from the MOHLTC can be accessed here.

Directive #3 for Long-Term Care Homes under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007

Directive #4 for Ambulance Services and Paramedics under the Ambulance Act

Directive #5 for Hospitals within the meaning of the Public Hospitals Act


  • English MOH Situation Report: COVID-19 – April 05, 2020
  • French MOH Situation Report: COVID-19 – April 05, 2020
  • Assistive Devices Program (ADP) Update – April 03, 2020

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) has made temporary changes to the policies governing funding assistance for home oxygen therapy. The CRTO/RTSO has highlight two (2) of these most recent changes that will impact current or future ADP-funded clients.

    • The ADP has extended funding assistance for current ADP-funded clients if their funding assistance for home oxygen therapy is scheduled to end between March 12, 2020, and August 30, 2020.  The funding period has been extended to August 31, 2020.
    • For the duration of the pandemic, ADP has waived the requirements for a physician or nurse practitioner to submit ABG or oximetry test results to confirm that first-time applicants meet the Program’s medical eligibility criteria for ADP-funded home oxygen therapy. The ADP will accept a prescription from a physician or nurse practitioner, licensed to practice in Ontario, as confirmation of the need for home oxygen therapy.  The ADP-registered vendor will still need to complete an application form.

    Full details are included in the Memorandum “COVID-19 Pandemic – Home Oxygen Therapy” (UPDATE to the memo dated March 20, 2020)” dated April 3, 2020.  Questions regarding these or any other temporary changes can be sent to adp@ontario.ca.

Additional Resources and Guidance Documents

  1. Ministry of Health and Long-term Care – Guidance Documents for Health Care Workers
  2. Public Health Ontario
    1. Updated IPAC Recommendations for Use of Personal Protective Equipment for Care of Individuals with Suspect or Confirmed COVID-19
  3. The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada issued a committee opinion regarding COVID-19 during pregnancy. Information can be found on their website.
  4. Several websites have been created for COVID-19 that act as a portal for trusted and legitimate information and resources and have been shared below.
  5. Optimizing the use of masks and respirators during the COVID-19 outbreak




MOHLTC Health System Action Plan: Respiratory Illness Surge – December 20, 2017 – English French

MOHLTC Influenza Season Preparedness & Monitoring Memo – November 6, 2017

MOHLTC Situational Update on Avian Influenza A(H7N9) Virus – October 11, 2017 – English French

Ministry of Health and Long-term Care


Other Alerts/Patient Issues

2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP) Consumption

Infection Prevention and Control Lapse Investigation Process Updates

Guidance Documents – General

Resources – General