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COVID-19 Updates | Daily Workplace Round Up for May 21, 2020

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Below are the key announcements from the Federal, Ontario, and Alberta governments that touch on workplace issues for May 21, 2020. 


Temporary Filing Extensions for Investment Funds & Non-Investment Fund Issuers

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) has published two blanket orders that provide investment funds and non-investment fund issuers with temporary relief from certain regulatory filings and delivery obligations, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following temporary changes have been made:

  • For investment funds, the blanket relief provides a 60-day extension for certain filing, delivery and prospectus renewal obligations normally required to be made during the period from June 2, 2020 to September 30, 2020.
  • For non-investment fund issuers, the blanket relief provides a 45-day extension for certain filing, delivery and base shelf prospectus renewal obligations normally due or required to be made during the period from June 2, 2020 to August 31, 2020.  

For more information, visit the CSA website.  

$75 Million Invested in Indigenous Community Support Fund

The Prime Minister announced today $75 million in new funding for Indigenous organizations providing services to Indigenous peoples in urban centres and off reserve. This support is in addition to the $305 million announced in March for the distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund.

This additional funding will:

  • support more community-based projects that address the critical needs of Indigenous populations during this crisis, including food security, mental health support services, and sanitation and protective equipment.
  • provide support for Elders, transportation, and educational materials for Indigenous children and youth.

Funding for projects will start rolling out in the coming weeks.

For more information, check out this news release


First Phase of Research Projects to Fight COVID-19

Ontario announces their first phase of research projects to fight COVID-19. The provincial government is funding 15 high-quality and promising proposals that were submitted in response to the $20 million Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund.

The projects focus on areas of research such as vaccine development, diagnostics, drug trials and development, and social sciences.

Learn more about the 15 research projects being funded in this backgrounder

For more information, check out this news release.


Enhanced Online Tools for Farmers

Agriculture and Forestry has provided $81,000 to the Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association (AFFPA) through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to enhance its online producer directory

The grant has allowed the AFFPA to expand and give retailers, wholesalers, restaurants and the food service industry more opportunities to connect with farms.

Site enhancements include:

  • Additional and more detailed product categories.
  • Identification of additional certifications and licensing.
  • More marketing channels for producers to include food service and retail.
  • Improved search and mapping capabilities.

The AFFPA will also be offering complimentary memberships for farmers and ranchers for 2020 and 2021. 

For more information, visit Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association.


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Sarah Visca
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