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COVID-19: End of the state of emergency in the Montréal agglomeration and shift to recovery mode

19 mai 2022

MONTRÉAL, May 19, 2022 - After having declared a state of local emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic on December 21, Montréal's urban agglomeration confirms that the state of local emergency has been lifted on its territory on Thursday, May 19, 2022. Specifically, the Agglomeration Council has not extended the delegation of its power to the Executive Committee for the renewal of the state of local emergency, thus marking the end of the state of local emergency on the island of Montréal.

This decision was made in light of several factors, including the high vaccination rate among the population, the improvement of the situation related to COVID-19, the government orders that lift the health restrictions, and the introduction of Bill 28, intended to end the state of health emergency in the province.

Even once the state of emergency has been lifted, Montréal and its partners will monitor the course of the pandemic carefully. In case of any changes in the situation, the urban agglomeration is poised to take the optimal decisions and actions.

Note that the Organisation de sécurité civile de l'agglomération de Montréal (OSCAM) will continue its operations after the end of the local state of emergency. The civil emergency plan of the Montréal agglomeration will remain in effect, in recovery mode. This will allow for the continued coordination of instructions and regular communications on the health situation between public health, the city and the Centre de sécurité civile.

The local state of emergency has allowed the agglomeration to support the efforts of the health and social services network and the Direction régionale de santé publique in the fight against COVID-19. The agglomeration has backed its partners' and community organizations' efforts by lending municipal sites or by offering logistical support for the opening of outdoor day centres, food drop-in centres and emergency shelters for people experiencing homelessness. The administration has also supported the health network in opening vaccination clinics, and has made its employees' workplaces safer. In addition, it provided the necessary protective equipment and supported the OMHM's efforts to ensure that its premises limited the spread of COVID-19.

Under section 49 of the Civil Protection Act, the Agglomeration Council may lift the state of emergency as soon as it considers that it is no longer necessary.