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With Ontario moving into Stage Two of its Framework for Reopening the Province, many of the restrictions we have been living with since March are beginning to ease, and more businesses and services will be permitted to open.

As the Government of Ontario gradually approves measures to reopen the economy, consumers continue to look to Ontario REALTORS® for advice and insight on real estate. To that end, we have updated the OREA COVID-19 Information hub with Guidance on Real Estate Transactions in Stage Two of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening the Province.

With the move to Stage Two, more Ontarians will be looking to get back into the real estate market. Ontario REALTORS® will continue to put health and safety first while doing what we have always done best — helping Ontarians achieve the dream of home ownership.

Thanks again, for your ongoing help in keeping each other and your clients safe. And we invite you to stay up to speed by visiting OREA’s COVID-19 Information hub for the latest updates.

Please visit the GDAR Staff page to contact us or register for upcoming webinars in your member area: https://members.gdar.ca/mpower/mpp/login.action

Wellington-Dufferin Guelph enters Phase 2- June 12

The government outlined Ontario’s gradual, staged approach to reopening the province, restarting the economy and easing the restrictions put in place to stop the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in A Framework for Reopening our Province. Stage 1 of the plan helped more people safely get back to work and enjoy a return to some everyday recreational activities. Informed by public health advice and workplace safety guidance, and supported by the willingness of businesses, workers and families to make the changes necessary to limit potential spread of the virus, Ontario will begin to move into Stage 2.

Additional Resources

• Find workplace safety guidance documents to prepare for reopening at Ontario.ca/covidsafety.

• Learn more about Stage 1 of reopening. Learn more about A Framework for Reopening our Province.

• Learn more about the first phase of Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19.

• Learn more about A Measured Approach to Planning for Surgeries and Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic,

• Learn more about the COVID-19 Action Plan for Vulnerable People.

• Learn more about the COVID-19 Action Plan for Protecting Long-Term Care Homes.

• Provide your input on the economic impacts of COVID-19 and the next phase of Ontario’s Action Plan.

• Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the government continues to protect people from COVID-19.

Government of Ontario Update: Open houses prohibited
Effective Saturday, April 4 at 11:59 p.m.
“Every person who is responsible for a business that provides real estate agent services shall ensure that the business does not host, provide or support any open house events.” (link)
COVID-19 and the professional liability insurance program
For information, please view this document from the insurance provider, Alternative Risk Services.

RECO strongly recommends that brokers and salespeople follow the direction of health officials by limiting in-person showings to situations where they are absolutely necessary. For more questions and answers from the regulator check out their latest updates here:  www.reco.on.ca/covid-19

As REALTORS® you still have the ability to trade, however we understand that your job has become more difficult during this time. You may be eligible for government programs such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy which is geared to help employers retain staff.

REALTORS® are adapting to this new reality, and REALTOR.ca has now added a live stream open house feature. Currently members can manually add this information to REALTOR.ca and soon it will automatically be fed to CREA via Matrix.

You can visit www.OREA.com to watch a recording of the Emergency Forms Webinar and  Forms State of Emergency Part 2   The four new State of Emergency Standard Clauses have been added to WEBForms™.

For all OREA updates visit: https://www.oreacovid19info.com/

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