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COVID-19 Updates | Weekend Workplace Round Up for June 20, 21 & 22, 2020

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Below are the key announcements from the FederalOntario and B.C. governments that touch on workplace issues for June 20, 21 & 22, 2020.


$15.8 Million Invested in Green Jobs for Youth

The Minister of Natural Resources, Seamus O’Regan, announced the investment of $15.8 million for the creation of green jobs and training opportunities for Canadian youth in the energy, forestry, mining, earth sciences and clean technology sectors.  This initiative is expected to create 500 “green job” internships, ranging from 6 to 12 months in length. 

Visit the Green Jobs Program webpage to apply. 


$10 Million Invested in Indigenous-Owned Small and Medium-Sized Businesses 

The Ontario government announced on June 19, 2020 that they are providing up to $10 million to Indigenous-owned small and medium sized businesses to help them with capital as the province begins to gradually reopen the economy. 

Loans of up to $50,000 will be delivered through the Support for People and Jobs Fund to businesses that are either ineligible for, or unable to access, existing federal and provincial COVID-19 response initiatives for small businesses.

Check out this news release for more information. 

British Columbia

COVID-19 Related Measures Act will Formalize and Unwind Emergency Orders

New legislation (Covid-19 Related Measures Act) has been proposed that will allow the provisions created in response to the pandemic to be formalized and unwound as appropriate after the provincial state of emergency ends.

At the moment, all ministerial orders made under the Emergency Program Act will end immediately at the conclusion of the provincial state of emergency.  Under the proposed new legislation, specific orders already made will be extended in the legislation after the end of the state of emergency by 45 or 90 days.  The proposed legislation also provides for the possibility of an extension of COVID-19 related orders by up to one year, in anticipation of a second wave of COVID-19.

Check out this news release for more information. 

Deferral of Electricity Costs Extended an Additional 3 Months

The B.C. government and BC Hydro are extending the opportunity for companies to defer electricity bill payments for another three months, through the end of August 2020.

As part of the BC Hydro COVID-19 Relief Program announced on April 1, 2020, BC Hydro is allowing eligible industrial customers to continue to defer a portion of their bill payments to the end of August 2020. The deferred amounts will be repaid over a future nine-month period and are subject to interest.

Check out BC Hydro’s website for more information.

Updated Ministerial Order for Food Service and Liquor Industry

Provincial Health Officer, Bonnie Henry, issued an updated order pertaining to the food service and liquor industry that sets out requirements for owners of these food and liquor services, including rules about physical distancing, event protocols and hygiene measures. 

Check out the Ministerial Order for more information. 

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