Framework for Reopening the Post-Secondary Sector in Ontario
The Ontario government has developed a plan for the gradual and safe resumption of in-person instruction at postsecondary institutions across the province for the summer term. The plan was developed in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Starting in July 2020, limited in-person education and training may restart for students who were not able to graduate due to COVID-19 closures. This first phase will allow institutions to reopen to provide in-person instruction to students in essential, frontline, and high labour market demand areas, such as nursing, personal support workers, engineering, and other critical professions. Thousands of students across the province could benefit from this summer's reopening.
In September, all students will have the opportunity to attend postsecondary education through virtual learning, in-class instruction, or hybrid formats.
As you may have heard, in Doug Ford’s press conference yesterday, June 9, he was asked why Registered Massage Therapists are able to reopen but hairdressers or not. Both Ford, and the Minister of Health Christine Elliott were unable to clearly articulate that this was because unlike hairdressers, Registered Massage Therapists are a regulated health profession that has a regulatory college to set requirements to protect the public, and make important contributions to Ontario health care.
The RMTAO has written to both Ford and Elliott today reiterating the role of Registered Massage Therapists as Regulated Health Professionals and requesting a statement of correction to ease public confusion and ensure that the public is more aware of the role of RMTs.