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COVID-19 Updates | Daily Workplace Round Up for June 25, 2020

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Below are the key announcements from the FederalOntario and B.C. governments that touch on workplace issues for June 25, 2020.


$109 Million Invested in Covid-19 Research

The government of Canada and provincial partners are investing more than $109 million over one year for COVID-19 research.

This investment will support 139 research teams from across the country that will focus on accelerating the development, testing, and implementation of measures to mitigate the rapid spread of COVID-19.

For more information, check out this news release.


Businesses & Services to Reopen in Windsor-Essex Areas, with Exceptions

Windsor-Essex is moving into Stage 2 of reopening today, Thursday, June 25, 2020, with the exception of the Municipality of Leamington and the Town of Kingsville. These areas are being held back due to the higher transmission rates in the local agriculture and agri-food sector.

Helpful resources for employers re-opening their businesses:

For more information, check out this news release.

British Columbia

Temporary Layoff Period Extended to Maximum of 24 Weeks

B.C. has extended the temporary layoff period defined in the Employment Standards Act to a maximum of 24 weeks expiring on August 30, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This timeline aligns with the extended Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

Businesses who need a further extension may consider applying for a variance under Section 72 of the Employment Standards Act. 

To apply for a variance, a letter must be delivered to the Director of Employment Standards with the following information:

  • the provision of the Act the Director is requested to vary;
  • the variance requested;
  • the duration of the variance;
  • the reason for requesting the variance;
  • the employer’s name, address and telephone number; and
  • the name and home phone number of each employee who signs the letter.

For more information on applying for a variance, visit the Government’s Website.

For more general information, check out this news release.

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Sarah Visca
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