This protocol and toolkit is intended for long-term care communities only, whether regulated under the Hospital Act or the Community Care and Assisted Living Act.

Updated January 18, 2024

The respiratory illness (RI) toolkit document has been updated as of December 1, 2023. The below webpages will be updated accordingly in the coming days.

This protocol and toolkit is not intended for use in hospice settings. Some of the tools and resources below are shared across assisted living settings; assisted living providers should refer to the assisted living toolkit for prevention and control of gastrointestinal and respiratory illnesses.

For communities of care, a viral respiratory illness in one area may affect individuals in other areas of the community. Contact your infection prevention and control practitioner if concerned about potential for spread of viral respiratory illness from one area to another within your community of care.

For information and resources about gastroenteritis, please visit the GI toolkit here

Commonly used resources

What is the respiratory illness protocol and toolkit

This protocol consists of checklists for influenza, COVID-19 and other respiratory viral illness and outbreaks (e.g. RSV) and a flowchart. Each of the checklists link to relevant tools in the toolkit.

Print the respiratory illness toolkit