COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates and Announcements

COVID-19 is a fast-changing situation with numerous updates and announcements happening very quickly. To stay organized, we've created this updates page specifically for COVID-19 announcements. 

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March 27, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Prime Minister announces support for small businesses facing impacts of COVID-19

On March 27, 2020, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that the federal government will cover 75% of wages for qualifying businesses, backdated to March 15.  

This, along with other new investments will help Canada’s financial institutions provide the credit and liquidity options that a range of Canadian businesses need immediately.

New Federal Resources All Provinces & Territories

March 26, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Canadian Government Updates Canada Emergency Response Benefit

To support workers and help businesses keep their employees, the government has proposed legislation to establish the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

This new act provides a new streamlined benefit for workers as well as a new COVID-19 Leave to support workers who have been impacted by COVID-19.

Amendment and New Legislations All Provinces & Territories

March 25, 2020 - ONTARIO
Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19

Finance Minister Rod Phillips released Ontario's Action Plan  on March 25, 2020, outlining the first steps in the province's plan to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak.

The $17 billion response is a critical first step to ensure support to Ontario people, families, workers and employers. 

New Provincial Resources Province of Ontario

March 24, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID 19: Ontario provides electricity relief to families, small businesses and farms

The Government of Ontario is now providing immediate electricity relief for families, small businesses and farms that pay time-of-use (TOU) rates. 

This suspension of TOU rates will last for 45 days, with the government holding electricity prices to the off-peak rate of 10.1 cents-per-kilowatt-hour. 

New Provincial Resources Province of Ontario

March 24, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID 19: Ontario orders the mandatory closure of all Non-Essential workplaces

On March 23rd,  Premier Doug Ford announced that the government has ordered a mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Under Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA), as of March 24th, all non-essential businesses are to close for the next 14 days with the possibility of extension as the situation evolves.

Amendment to legislation Province of Ontario

March 24, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID 19: Ontario Closing At-Risk Workplaces to Protect Health and Safety

On March 23rd,  Premier Doug Ford announced that the The Ontario government will be ordering at-risk workplaces to close down.

At-risk workplaces will be ordered to close by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24th and where possible, take the necessary measures so staff can work from home allowing operations to continue. 

Amendment to legislation Province of Ontario

March 23, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID 19: The Province of British Columbia introduces Covid-19 Leave and Personal Injury and Illness Leave

The BC government introduces 2 legislations making changes to the BC Employment Standards Act as follows:

Covid-19 Leave: Allows employees to take unpaid, job-protected leave if they are unable to work for reasons relating to COVID-19. During this public health emergency, you can take this job-protected leave for as long as you need it, without putting your job at risk. The leave will be retroactive to Jan. 27, 2020, the date that the first presumptive COVID-19 case was confirmed in the province. Once it is no longer needed, this leave will be removed from the Employment Standards Act.

Personal Injury and Illness Leave: Provides up to 3 days of unpaid, job-protected leave each year for employees who are unable to work due to illness or injury. This is a permanent change to the BC Employment Standards Act. This leave applies to employees who have worked for their employer for at least 90 days.

New legislations Province of British Columbia

March 23, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID 19: The Province of British Columbia announced a $5 billion COVID-19 Action Plan

The $5 billion action plan, to be rolled out in stages, consists of $2.8 billion to support individuals and services, and $2.2 billion to support businesses and the province's economic recovery. 

New legislation Province of British Columbia

March 19, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID 19: New Amendments to ESA to Protect Jobs 

The Province introduced new legislation, the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020. This Act provides job-protected leave to employees in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, or those who need to be away from work to care for children because of school or day care closures or to care for other relatives.

This new legislation does not apply to people in sectors that fall under federal jurisdiction, including employees working for banks, airports, inter-provincial and international rail, and federal crown corporations.

Amendment to legislation Province of Ontario

March 18, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Canadian Government Announced $82 Billion Aid Package

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an $82 billion aid package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic of which $27 billion is in direct support and $55 billion in tax deferrals. Direct support includes Emergency Care Benefit, Emergency Support Benefit, protecting retirement funds and easing EI requirements by waiving the 1-week waiting period to apply for EI and waiving the requirement for a medical note. 

Amendment and New Legislations All Provinces & Territories

March 17, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID 19: 14-Day Job Protected Leave for Alberta - more details available

The Alberta government provides employees with 14 days of job-protected leave if they are required to self isolate or care for a child or dependent adult that is required to self-isolate. 

According to the Employment Standards (Covid-19 Leave), the 14 day-leaves are considered unpaid, However, employees may access various financial assistance programs during this period.

Please see below for information on financial assistance during this job-protected leave period.

Amendment to legislation Province of Alberta

March 17, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID 19: Plans to amend the ESA to prevent layoffs

BC Premier John Hogan mentioned today that the Government will be looking to amend the Employment Standards Act to prevent layoffs.

We will be following this development closely.  As soon as more details are made available, we will be providing an update here.

Proposed amendment to legislation Province of British Columbia

March 16, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID 19: Proposed Amendments to ESA to Protect Jobs 

The Ontario government announced that it will be tabling a legislation to amend the Employment Standards Act to provide job-protected leave to employees in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, or those who need to be away from work to care for children because of school or day care closures.  

The legislation, if passed, will be effective retroactive to January 25, 2020, the date that the first presumptive COVID-19 case was confirmed in Ontario.

Proposed amendment to legislation Province of Ontario

March 13, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID 19: 14-Day Paid Leave for Alberta

The Alberta government announced a new, job protected leave for employees in Alberta. Changes to the Employment Standards Code will allow employees who are required to self-isolate or are caring for a loved one with COVID-19 to take 14 days of paid job-protected leave to cover the self-isolation period being recommended by Alberta’s chief medical officer of health.

Details on how this new leave will be administered will be announced at a later date.

Amendment to legislation Province of Alberta

March 11, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Changes to EI Sickness Benefits and Work-Sharing

The Federal Government announced several measures which include amedments to the Employment Insurance (EI) Sick-Leave benefits and Work-Sharing Program.

Amendment to Legislation All Provinces & Territories