COVID-19 and Community Living Sarnia-Lambton

Please check here for the latest updates related to COVID-19 and services provided by Community Living Sarnia-Lambton.


Please find below various government documents that are relevant to the Developmental Services Sector.



MCCSS New Guidance - Visitors (June 16, 2021)

Ontario Providing Accessible Rides to COVID-19 Vaccination Sites (June 22, 2021)

MCSS COVID-19 Wave 2 Congregate Care Notice of Enhanced Precautions (February 17, 2021) (French Version)

Appendix: Summary of Permitted Visitor and Recreational Activities by Wave 2 Community Risk Continuum (February 9, 2021) (French Version)

COVID-19 Fact Sheet (CK & Lambton Public Health)

Things to know about the COVID Vaccine

Ontario to Vaccinate up to 8.5 Million People in Phase Two (January 13, 2021)

Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives (January 12, 2021)

Appendix: Summary of Permitted Visitor & Recreational Activities by Wave 2 Community Risk Continuum (November12, 2020)

MCCSS West Region Director Memo Wave 2 Notice of Additional Precautions - Lambton Public Health (October 22, 2020)

MCSS West Region Director Memo Mandatory Mask Wearing (October 14, 2020)

MCCSS Re-Opening of Congregate Living Setting: Short-Stay Absences and Outings and Essential Overnight Absences (August 28, 2020)

Summer Day Camps Guidance - Version 3 (August 13, 2020)

Operational Guidelines Re-Opening Day Supports (August 13, 2020)

MCCSS Visitor Guidelines Congregate Living (July 22, 2020)

MCCSS West Region Director Memo Re-introductions of Visits in Congregate Living Settings (June 12, 2020)

MCCSS Resuming Visits in Congregate Living Settings (June 11, 2020)

COVID-19 Preparedness Prevention - Congregate Living Settings (June 1, 2020)

Congregate Living Guidance (May 28, 2020)

O.Reg 121_20 - ORDER UNDER SUBSECTION 7.0.2 (4) OF THE ACT (April 6, 2020)

Bill 186_Employment Standards Act

Bill 195, Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020





Please view below CLSL communications and memorandums for review


November 3, 2020

Message to our Support Staff at Community Living Sarnia-Lambton from our Board of Directors


 September 18, 2020


As the outbreak evolves in Ontario MCCSS will keep the health, safety and emotional well-being of residents and staff at the forefront by continuing to adjust direction regarding visits and absences at congregate living settings. This revised document combines previous guidelines and provides updated direction on the following: Essential, Non-Essential and Designated Visitors.


 July 22, 2020


Careful consideration will be given to when and whether an in-person visitor is truly vital to maintain health, wellness and safety of a person supported; and will not cause undue hardship or increased anxiety. Visitors should consider their personal health and susceptibility to the virus in determining whether visiting is appropriate.  Where it is not possible or advisable for in-person visits virtual visiting should continue.

To ensure the safety of people supported, their families, and staff the following procedures must be in place:

Visit Requirements

The following requirements must be met prior to being able to accept any in personal visitors:

1)      The setting must NOT be currently in outbreak. Visits cannot occur in instances where a staff and/or individual supported is awaiting COVID-19 test results,
2)      The congregate living setting will ensure:
a.      Procedures for the resumption of visits is communicated with people supported, their families, visitors and staff, including but not limited to infection prevention and control (IPAC), scheduling and any setting-specific procedures;
b.      An information package will be shared and visitors will be educated on IPAC, masking, physical distancing of a minimum of 2 metres (6 feet), and all visits will occur outside.
3)      A designated outdoor area on site or indoor area if feasible will be identified where visitors can meet with loved ones, that allows for:
a)      a minimum of 2 metres (6 feet) physical distance,
b)      a physical barrier (as some people will have difficulty with physical distancing)
c)      and wipeable seating that can be cleaned and disinfected
4)      Physical contact is not permitted at any time during the visit.  The area must be thoroughly disinfected after every visit.
5)      Staff must be available to assist the individual and accompany visitors to and from the designated area and remain within visual contact of the visitor and individual for the full duration of the visit.  Any concerns regarding the visit must be documented and reported to the supervisor.
6)      A log of visitors will be maintained and available for relevant / appropriate staff members and Public Health should contact tracing be deemed necessary.
7)      A schedule must be created that allows for:
a.      Maximum of 1 or 2 visitors at a time per resident if appropriate physical distancing is feasible
b.      Time-limited visits, not restricted to less than 30 minutes
c.      At this time one visit per week per person is permitted, if requested
d.      Staffing and space capacity to maintain safety of individuals, staff and visitors
e.      Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting in between scheduled visits
8)      Visitors must contact the supervisor to set up a time for a scheduled visit. Up to one-week advanced notice may be necessary to arrange the visit.  If a visit must be canceled, as much notice as possible will be provided.
9)      Visitors must present at the main entrance for screening and must pass active screening every time they are on the premises. A staff will provide the documentation and thermometer (while physically distancing). The visitor will attest that they are not experiencing any of the typical and atypical symptoms of COVID-19. They will not be permitted to visit if they do not pass the screening.
10)    Visitors will be respectfully asked, but not insisted upon, to attest that they have tested negative for COVID-19 within the previous 14 days. 
11)    Gifts are permitted only if they can be easily cleaned and disinfected (e.g. hard surfaces, original packaging.) Gifts will be placed at the entrance for staff to disinfect and then be given to the person during their visit (if possible).
12)    All visitors must follow CLSL’s IPAC protocols, including proper use of face coverings.
a)      Visitors shall provide their own non-medical mask to be worn at all times.
b)      Visitors must maintain a minimum of 2 metres (6 feet) physical distance from the staff and their loved one for the duration of the visit.
c)      Visitors must adhere to protocols for hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette (hand sanitizer will be provided).
13)    Visitors must bring their own chair for outdoor visits, if possible.
14)    At no time may the visitor use the washroom facilities.
15)    If a visitor brings food/beverage, they will need to provide their own glasses, plates, etc. and take garbage away.
16)    Anyone not adhering to these rules will be asked to leave the premises and the individual will be supported to return to their home while the visitor vacates.  This could affect the possibility of future visits.
17)    The person supported could be required to isolate for 14 days from date of visit if protocols are not followed, Lambton Public Health will be consulted.
18)    When a visit is terminated, the support worker will complete an incident report and notify management.
19)    The Supervisor will follow up (phone call) within two working days with the visitor and review the protocols for visiting prior to scheduling the next visit (14-day isolation time frame will be followed before another visit can be scheduled).

See the link below regarding the above directives from the MCCSS, “Resuming Visits in Congregate Living Settings”:

Additional Information
Additional Information

June 12, 2020

Ontario to Resume Family Visits

Developing a Personal Visitor Strategy for our Group Living Homes

Ontario to Resume Family Visits

May 12, 2020

CLSL has a group of staff that are responsible for grocery shopping and delivery. In addition, they also make deliveries and cook meals for individuals and families in our community.

Click on the icon below to watch the video:

Grocery Shoppers Video


April 6, 2020

Board of Directors Memorandum 

April 6, 2020 Memorandum

March 27, 2020

Letter of Appreciation from the Board of Directors

The past short while has been a difficult and disquieting journey for all CLSL employees while striving to understand and be protected from the COVID-19 Virus, while simultaneously striving to overcome mountainous challenges in support of the many individuals and their families receiving services from CLSL.

The Board’s goal is to keep everyone as safe as is possible and to ensure to the best of its ability that everyone has the essentials and resources needed to forge through the difficult journey ahead.

Your heroic efforts have not been unnoticed, and this letter is our Board of Director’s expression of its sincere appreciation for all that you have done and knowingly will continue to do.

Chris King, President
Board of Directors

Letter to Staff

March 16, 2020


Message from Community Living Sarnia-Lambton

In response to the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and by taking seriously and closely monitoring the recommendations made by our public health agencies and our federal and provincial governments, Community Living Sarnia-Lambton (CLSL) has decided to cancel the following programs until further notice:

  • Wawanosh Day Options
  • The Activity Centre
  • Adult and Children's Respite
  • Employment Transitions and JobPath
  • Community Participation / Recreation Activities

During this difficult time, CLSL will be assigning its staffing resources in full support of the individuals who reside in its Housing Options and who live in the community.

Our commitment is to place above all else the health, safety and well-being of the people we support, their families and our employees.

Additional Resources

Community Living Sarnia-Lambton is directing you to the Government of Ontario’s dedicated web page with the most up to date information on the status of cases in Ontario including the number of cases currently under investigation; and the number of confirmed positive, negative and resolved cases.  We also direct you to the Ministry of Health (MOH) information page that describes symptoms, how the virus spreads, how to protect yourself and treatment and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).


Community-based measures to mitigate the spread of coronavius disease (COVID-19) in Canada
Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak
Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now 

Community Living Sarnia-Lambton’s employment model has been shared and adopted by other communities across Ontario and even internationally.

Vision: A community where everyone is valued and can participate.

Volunteers are the bridge between the community and the services that we provide

Community Living Sarnia-Lambton has grown to support more than 400 children and adults with developmental and intellectual challenges.