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COVID-19 Updates | Daily Workplace Round Up for June 24, 2020

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Below are the key announcements from the Ontario and B.C. governments that touch on workplace issues for June 24, 2020.


Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency until July 15

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government has extended the provincial Declaration of Emergency under s.7.0.7 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to July 15, 2020.

For more information, check out this news release.

British Columbia

B.C. Begins Next Phase of Restart Plan 

B.C. is gradually transitioning into Phase 3, of it's Restart Plan, which includes the safe and respectful return of travel and tourism within the province.

The provincial health officer has laid out travel guidelines for everyone travelling to and within B.C.:

  • pre-trip planning and research on available resources at arriving destination;
  • respecting any local travel advisories to isolated and remote communities;
  • no travelling for anyone who is sick, and if symptoms develop while travelling – self isolate immediately and contact 811 for guidance and testing;
  • practising safe physical distancing of two metres at all times;
  • spending time in small groups and open spaces; and
  • practising good hygiene, including frequent handwashing and cleaning.

For more information, check out this news release.

Bill 18: Economic Stabilization Act Confirms COVID-19 Supports

The province has tabled new legislation that confirms supports for people and businesses, while responding to the fiscal impacts of COVID-19 by allowing government to run deficit budgets. 

Bill 18 - 2020 Economic Stabilization (COVID-19) Act confirms many of the previously announced supports for people and business from the COVID-19 Action Plan, including:

  • authorizing filing and payment deferrals for employer health tax, provincial sales tax, hotel tax, carbon tax, motor fuel tax and tobacco tax to Sept. 30, 2020;
  • postponing the date that late payment penalties apply for commercial properties in classes 4,5,6,7 and 8 to Oct. 1, 2020, to give businesses and landlords more time to pay their reduced property tax, without penalty;
  • allowing municipalities to keep school taxes and the police tax collected for the Province until January 2021; and
  • requiring municipalities to remit taxes they collect for TransLink in July 2020 so it can continue operating, as well as allowing other municipalities to continue to make their service payments to BC Transit.

For more information, check out this news release.

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