Pandemic Preparedness

Influenza Pandemic Event

In April 2009, the World Health Organization declared an influenza pandemic event, which quickly escalated to a Phase Six Pandemic Event. As a result, the diocesan Influenza Pandemic Response Plan was activated. Regular updates were issued throughout the event. The Influenza Pandemic Response Plan was deactivated on Jan. 6, 2010.

In concert with other dioceses, intinction (dipping the bread into the chalice) is no longer an acceptable practice in the Diocese of Toronto, since it’s a significant health hazard. This is a revised protocol instituted at the time of the 2009 Influenza Pandemic Event.

Diocesan Pandemic Response Plan

In February 2006, in response to global concerns regarding the possibility of an Influenza Pandemic, the College of Bishops created a working group charged with the task of preparing a diocesan Pandemic Response Plan. The plan contains a communications strategy for the Diocese, theological reflections on risk, illness and our pastoral response by Bishop Victoria Matthews, the Rev. Canon Dr. Linda Nicholls and the Rev. Canon Eric Beresford. It also contains a pandemic preparedness checklist, which enables individual congregations to develop their own pandemic plan.

For more information, contact the Rev. Canon Douglas Graydon, Coordinator of Chaplaincy Services, 416-363-6021, ext. 236 (1-800-668-8932).

Transmission of Disease via the Common Cup

A diocesan report on the Transmission of Disease via the Common Cup contains the following information:

Other helpful links:


The World Health Organization (WHO) Pandemic Preparedness website includes health information, the phases of a pandemic and statistics regarding infection rate and spread of the Avian Flu.


Ontario Health Plan for an Influenza Pandemic

Many local public health units have developed their own preparedness plan and communications strategies. Contact your local health unit for details.