Dear CPIO Members and Industry Stakeholders:
Today, Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford announced a significantly pared-down list of essential services allowed to remain open as we all continue to fight the COVID-19 virus. Those that did not make the cut must suspend operations by Saturday night at 11:59 p.m. This list can be found on the Government of Ontario’s website.
Specific to CPIO members and the industry, please note on this list the reference made under the Community services, section 34. - “Businesses that deliver or support the delivery of services which includes: vii. Professional and social services that support the legal and justice system".
The Council of Professional Investigators of Ontario (CPIO) urges its members and industry to be aware and cautious, practice social distancing while keeping the COVID-19 situation in perspective. Please practice the community-based measures to mitigate the spread of the virus. Find out more on the Government of Canada's website.
The CPIO is committed to ensuring its members are up to date on the latest information that effects the industry. As such, the CPIO obtained a legal opinion from counsel which clearly sets out the opinion that private investigative services are deemed to be “essential workplaces”. For those businesses who choose to remain open during this time, the Government has urged business owners to ensure measures are put in place to safeguard the well-being of its employees.
The CPIO is very concerned about the impact this shutdown will have on our industry and understand that this will be a difficult time for employees, and employers within the private investigation sector. We encourage you to reach out to us should you have any additional questions or concerns.
Brian M Sartorelli
President, Council of Professional Investigators of Ontario