Other Congregate Living Settings

 Ministry of Health Guidance Documents

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

This document is aligned with the government’s COVID-19 Action Plan for Vulnerable People 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) has released Updated Direction for Congregate Care Settings. At this time, all congregate care settings in all public health unit regions across the province are to follow enhanced precautions. Enhanced precautions will remain in place until the setting has been notified by the Ministry that the community’s level of COVID-related risk has changed.

Congregate living settings should review this updated 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. Facilities should also follow any guidance provided directly by MCCSS.

All MCCSS-funded congregate living settings must follow the direction provided by MCCSS. 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:

Visit the Guelph-Wellington Satellite IPAC Hub webpage for information about additional IPAC services and supports available to Long-Term Care, Retirement Homes and Other Congregate Living Settings.


Screening and Testing

Screening for Shelters