COVID-19 Updates & Announcements

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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May 17, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: WorkSafeBC Publishes COVID-19 Safety Plan Template for Employers

WorkSafeBC has released a COVID-19 Safety Plan for employers resuming operations following work interruptions related to COVID-19. This tool will guide employers through a six-step process to help them create their plan. The tool is provided as a fillable PDF that employers can download and save with the details of the plan for their workplace.

Download the COVID-19 Safety Plan template now. 

New Provincial Resources Province of British Columbia

May 15, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: B.C. Agri-Business Planning Program Extended & Open to Applications

The latest intake of the B.C. Agri-Business Planning Program is now open to applications and expanded to include aquaculture and seafood companies to develop COVID-19 business recovery plans.

Updated Provincial Resources Province of British Columbia

May 15, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: WorkSafeBC Releases Industry-Specific Guidelines to Support Safe Reopening of Businesses

As B.C. prepares to enter Phase 2 of its economic restart plan, the province welcomes the release of the initial set of WorkSafeBC guidelines that will help businesses and organizations develop their plans to reopen safely in the coming days and weeks.

WorkSafeBC has released industry-specific guidelines and resources for the following sectors:

  • restaurants, cafes and pubs;
  • salons and personal services;
  • museums, art galleries and libraries, real estate;
  • education;
  • health services;
  • retail;
  • in-person counselling;
  • parks and outdoor spaces; and
  • office space.
New Provincial Guidelines Province of British Columbia

May 15, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: All Workplaces Expected to Develop and Implement Policies and Procedures to Address Covid-19

The Alberta Government has reminded all workplaces that they are expected to develop and implement policies and procedures to address COVID-19, including a plan to reduce the risk of transmission among staff and customers.

The completed plan must be posted in places of business or online within seven days of the public being able to attend the business.

Issuance of Policy Province of Alberta

May 15, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: Guidance for Wearing Non-Medical Face Masks for the General Public 

With stage one of Alberta's Relaunch Strategy in action and businesses gradually opening, the Government of Alberta has published Guidance for Wearing Non-Medical Face Masks for the General Public, including: 

  • Why use a mask

  • When to use a mask

  • When a mask should not be worn

  • How to wear and remove a mask with ear loops or ties

  • What not to do with your mask

  • How to take care of your mask

  • What to consider before making or buying cloth masks

New Provincial Guidance Province of Alberta

May 15, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: $469.4 Million Invested in Canada's Fish Harvesters 

Justin Trudeau has announced up to $469.4 million in new measures to support Canada’s fish harvesters, who are economically impacted by the pandemic but cannot access existing federal measures. This investment builds on the $62.5 million for the new Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund announced last month to help Canada’s fish and seafood processing sector.

New Federal Resources All Provinces & Territories

May 15, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: $450 Million Invested in Canada's Academic Research Community 

Justin Trudeau announced $450 million in funding to help Canada’s academic research community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The investment will:

  • Provide wage supports to universities and health research institutes, so they can retain research staff who are funded from industry or philanthropic sources and are unable to access some of the government’s existing COVID-19 support measures. This would apply even if their work has been temporarily suspended. The government will provide up to 75% per individual, with a maximum of $847 per week.
  • Support universities and health research institutes to maintain essential research-related activities during the crisis, and to ramp back up to full research operations once physical distancing measures are lifted. This will cover up to 75% of total eligible costs, and will support activities such as the safe storage of dangerous substances, and restarting data sets that were interrupted during the pandemic.
New Federal Resources All Provinces & Territories

May 15, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: CEWS Extended an Additional 12 Weeks to August 29

The Government of Canada is extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) by an additional 12 weeks to August 29, 2020.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau also announced the approval of regulations to extend eligibility for the CEWS to the following groups:

  • Partnerships that are up to 50-per-cent owned by non-eligible members;
  • Indigenous government-owned corporations that are carrying on a business, as well as partnerships where the partners are Indigenous governments and eligible employers;  
  • Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Associations;
  • Registered Journalism Organizations; and
  • Non-public colleges and schools, including institutions that offer specialized services, such as arts schools, driving schools, language schools or flight schools.
Updated Federal Resources All Provinces & Territories

May 14, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Additional $2.25 Million Invested in Farm Workers Health & Safety

Last week the governments of Canada and Ontario invested up to $2.25 million to help provincially-licensed meat processors implement COVID-19 health and safety measures.

Today, they announced an additional $2.25 million investment to help farmers better protect employees and ensure the continued supply of healthy food products for consumers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

New Provincial Resources Province of Ontario

May 14, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Retailers, Seasonal Businesses and Health & Community Service Providers Permitted to Open on May 19

As soon as 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020:

  • Golf courses will be able to open, with clubhouses open only for washrooms and restaurants open only for take-out.
  • Marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches may open for recreational use.
  • Private parks and campgrounds may open to enable preparation for the season and to allow access for trailers and recreational vehicles whose owners have a full season contract.
  • Businesses that board animals, such as stables, may allow boarders to visit, care for or ride their animal.
Issuance of Policy Province of Ontario

May 14, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Parks Canada & Environment and Climate Change Canada will Gradually Resume Operations Beginning June 1

Starting June 1, 2020, the Government of Canada will gradually resume some operations at certain national parks, national historic sites, historic waterways, and national marine conservation areas. This will include access to some trails, day use areas, and green spaces, and some access for recreational boating, as well as the gradual resumption of some key field-based ecological and cultural resource protection activities.

Issuance of Policy All Provinces & Territories

May 14, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: $100 Million Agriculture and Food Business Solutions Fund

The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, on behalf of Farm Credit Canada (FCC), has announced the launch of a $100 million Agriculture and Food Business Solutions Fund. The funds primary goal is to return recipient companies to a sound financial footing after dealing with unexpected business disruptions, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Federal Resources All Provinces & Territories

May 13, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: State of Emergency Extended until May 26

As B.C. moves toward its new normal, Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, is extending the provincial state of emergency to support continued co-ordination of the pandemic response.   

The provinces current state of emergency is being extended through the end of the day on May 26, 2020.

Issuance of Policy Province of British Columbia

May 13, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: Alberta Ready for Relaunch on May 14

Stage 1 of Alberta's relaunch strategy will begin on May 14. With increased infection prevention and control measures to minimize the risk of increased transmission of infections, some businesses and facilities can start to resume operations on May 14 in all areas except the cities of Calgary and Brooks. See details below. 

Issuance of Policy Province of Alberta

May 13, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Voluntary Redeployment of Education Sector Workers

The Ontario government is working together with the province's education sector to voluntarily place available employees in staffing roles needed at congregate care settings during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Starting later this week, subject to a local agreement of the framework, eligible education sector staff who volunteer will be able to register through an online portal and to be matched with congregate settings that are facing staffing shortages.

New Provincial Resources Province of Ontario

May 13, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: $962 Million Invested in Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

The new Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) devotes nearly $962 million to help more small businesses and organizations in sectors such as manufacturing, technology, tourism and others that are key to the regions and to local economies.

The funding will help to:

  • mitigate the financial pressure experienced by businesses and organizations to allow them to continue their operations, including paying their employees;
  • support projects by businesses, organizations and communities to prepare now for a successful recovery.
New Federal Resources All Provinces & Territories

May 12, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: Buy BC E-Commerce Funding Available for Farmers and Food & Beverage Processors

New Buy BC e-commerce funding is available to help the province’s farmers and food and beverage processors overcome some lost sales during the COVID-19 pandemic by moving their products online.

The B.C. government is providing $300,000 to support industry-led Buy BC e-commerce activities. It helps farmers, ranchers and food and beverage processors market their products as locally grown, raised, harvested or produced, making it easy for British Columbians to Buy BC.

New Provincial Resources  Province of British Columbia

May 12, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: Alberta Prioritizes Funding for Front-line Non-profits

Alberta is Reallocating money from the Community Initiatives Program Project-based grant to the Community Initiatives Program Operating grant to help struggling front-line charities and non-profits maintain their core operations and provide services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Provincial Resources Province of Alberta

May 12, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Declaration of Emergency Extended until June 2

The Ontario government is extending the Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until June 2, 2020.

Issuance of Policy Province of Ontario

May 12, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: House Passes (Bill 190) COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020

The House passed (Bill 190) COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020 this afternoon, which enacts the Alternative Filing Methods for Business Act, 2020 and makes amendments to the acts listed below in the "Details".

New Provincial Legislation Province of Ontario

May 12, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: $2.5 Billion in Additional Support to Provide Seniors with Greater Financial Security

Today Justin Trudeau announced a series of additional measures to help seniors and provide them with greater financial security in this time of crisis. See details below about the additional measures.

New Federal Resources All Provinces & Territories

May 12, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: New Policy Allows Temporary Workers to get Back to Work in 10 days instead of 10 weeks

Under existing rules, to change jobs they need to apply and wait for a new work permit to be issued before starting to work at their new job.

At the same time, many employers in sectors that have ongoing labour needs and who provide critical goods and services to Canadians, such as agriculture, agri-food and health care, find themselves with urgent needs for additional employees.

That is why the Government is announcing, effective immediately, a new, temporary policy that will drastically reduce the time it takes for a temporary foreign worker to start a new job.

New Federal Resources All Provinces & Territories

May 11, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Canadian Government Announces Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) 

Justin Trudeau announced today, May 11, 2020 that the federal government will establish a Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) to provide bridge financing to Canada’s largest employers.

The LEEFF program will be designed to protect the interests of taxpayers and will require the cooperation of applicants’ private-sector lenders to ensure government financing is focused on sustaining operations.

New Federal Resources All Provinces & Territories

May 11, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: 80 Sector-Specific Health & Safety Guidelines Released as certain Stores Open

The government published the regulation required for the previously announced reopening of the following retail stores and essential construction:

  • Garden centres and nurseries will be able to open for in-store payment and purchases;
  • Hardware stores and safety supply stores will be permitted to open for in-store payment and purchases; and
  • Non-essential retail stores with a street entrance can begin offering curbside pickup and delivery.

As a result, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development have now released over 80 sector-specific health and safety guidelines, including guidelines for curbside pickup and delivery services.

New Provincial Resources Province of Ontario

May 9, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Provincial Parks & Conservation Reserves Open for Limited day-use Access

The Ontario government is allowing limited recreational activities at parks as long a social distancing is maintained. The first areas will open on Monday May 11, 2020, with the remaining areas opening on Friday May 15, 2020.

Issuance of Policy Province of Ontario

May 8, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: $2.25 Million Invested in Protecting Health & Safety of Meat Processing Plant Employees

The Governments of Canada and Ontario are investing $2.25 million in provincially licensed meat processing plants to better protect employees and ensure the continued supply of healthy products for consumers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

New Provincial Resources Province of Ontario

May 8, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: Published Guidance for Business Owners Re-Opening or Continuing Operations

The Alberta Government has published Guidance for business owners re-opening or continuing operations to help support business owners reopening or continuing operations to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 among workers.

New Provincial Resources Province of Alberta

May 8, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: $5 Million Invested in New Agriculture Training Support Program to Help Employers in Agri-businesses

The Government of Alberta has created a new Agriculture Training Support Program to help employers in the food supply chain provide necessary training to new Alberta employees.

New Provincial Resources Province of Alberta

May 8, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: CEWS Extended Beyond June Expiry Date

On May 8, 2020, Justin Trudeau announced that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (the CEWS) will be extended beyond June 2020 to help kick-start Canada’s economic reopening and boost jobs. 

Updated Federal Resources All Provinces & Territories

May 8, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: $500 Million Distributed between Cultural, Heritage & Sport Organizations

Further details were provided on May 8, 2020, regarding the Government of Canada’s previous announcement in April of $500 million to establish an Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations to help these sectors manage the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Updated Federal Resources All Provinces & Territories

May 7, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Announces $4 Billion Agreement to Boost Wages for Essential Workers

Justin Trudeau announced that all provinces and territories have confirmed, or are in the process of confirming, plans to cost share wage top-ups for their essential workers.

The Government of Canada has announced a $4 billion agreement with all the provinces and territories to increase the wages of low-income essential workers.

The federal government will kick in $3 billion while the provinces will contribute the rest. Each province or territory will determine which workers would be eligible for support, and how much support they will receive.

New Federal Resources All Provinces & Territories

May 7, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Unveils Framework to Resume Elective Surgeries & Procedures

The Ontario government has developed a comprehensive framework to help hospitals assess their readiness and begin planning for the gradual resumption of scheduled surgeries and procedures, while maintaining capacity to respond to COVID-19.

The framework, A Measured Approach to Planning for Surgeries and Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic, contains clear criteria that must be met before hospitals can resume scheduled surgeries, including ensuring that the hospital and its region have the following:

  • A stable number of COVID-19 cases;
  • A stable supply of personal protective equipment;
  • A stable supply of medications;
  • An adequate capacity of inpatient and intensive care unit beds;
  • An adequate capacity of health human resources; and
  • The availability of post-acute care outside the hospital that would be required to support patients after discharge.
New Provincial Resources Province of Ontario

May 7, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: Invests $3.5 Million in Protecting Forestry Jobs & Worker Safety

John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, announced the government is making $3.5 million available to help put protective measures in place for the workers who plant trees this season.

Ontario's forest industry has been identified as an essential sector and is critical to the provincial economy, generating over $18 billion in revenue and supporting approximately 155,000 direct and indirect jobs.

New Provincial Resources Province of Alberta

May 7, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: WorkSafeBC's May 8 Webinar on "Preventing Exposure to COVID-19 at Your Business"

As thoughts begin to turn toward reopening our economy, business owners must ensure their workplace is taking preventative measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Presented by Chris Back from WorkSafeBC, this informative webinar scheduled for May 8 at 10am PST will cover important aspects of ensuring workplace health and safety for employees and customers alike. Topics covered will include COVID-19 transmision and ways to mitigate exposure, use of masks and other physical barriers, as well as best practices in working from home arrangements.

Although the webinar is now at full capacity, you can still register to receive the webinar recording. For more information and to register for the recorded webinar, please check out the link below.

New Provincial Resources  Province of British Columbia

May 7, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: WorkSafeBC's General Guidelines on Returning to Safe Operation

WorksafeBC provided general guidelines to businesses on how to develop a plan to ensure businesses are minimizing the risk of COVID-19 and can operate safely as British Columbia gets ready to re-open its economy. Note that the information and guidance represents the minimum requirements. Also businesses are not required to submit their plans for approval by WorkSafeBC but they may be asked to provide them during a WorkSafeBC inspection.

WorkSafeBC is developing industry-specific information to support businesses with their health and safety needs as they reopen.  Updates will be provided on worksafebc.com and through its social media channels as industry-specific information on reopening businesses becomes available.

New Provincial Resources  Province of British Columbia

May 7, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: Announces Massive B.C. Surgical Renewal Plan Starting this May

By May 18, 2020, an estimated 30,000 non-urgent scheduled surgeries in B.C. will have either been postponed or left on a waitlist due to COVID-19. These postponed surgeries are starting back up as part of a massive surgical renewal plan for the province. 

Beginning this month, the province will launch an extensive surgical renewal plan with the following targeted timeline below. 

New Provincial Resources  Province of British Columbia

May 6, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: Outlines Plan to Gradually Restart B.C. Safely

The provincial government announced it's plans today to gradually return to normal life in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

B.C. is currently in Phase 1 of the restart plan:

  • Enhanced resources for hospitals and health care;
  • Child care for essential workers;
  • K-12: Online and in-class learning;
  • Non-essential businesses;
  • Construction, manufacturing, agriculture, silviculture. 

See details below for Phase 2. 

New Provincial Resources  Province of British Columbia

May 6, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Eases Restrictions on Retail Stores & Essential Construction

The Ontario government is allowing all retail stores with a street entrance to provide curbside pickup and delivery, as well as in-store payment and purchases at garden centres, nurseries, hardware stores and safety supply stores.

  • As early as Friday, May 8 at 12:01 a.m., garden centres and nurseries will be able to open for in-store payment and purchases, operating under the same guidelines as grocery stores and pharmacies.

  • As soon as Saturday, May 9 at 12:01 a.m., hardware stores and safety supply stores will be permitted to open for in-store payment and purchases.

  • On Monday, May 11 at 12:01 a.m., retail stores with a street entrance can begin offering curbside pickup and delivery, in accordance with the Ministry of Health's Guidance Document for Essential Workplaces and occupational health and safety requirements.

  • The government is also expanding essential construction to allow below-grade multi-unit residential construction projects like apartments and condominiums to begin and existing above-grade projects to continue.

Issuance of Policy Province of Ontario

May 6, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Extends Electricity Relief for Residential, Farm & Small Business Customers until May 31

The Ontario government is extending emergency electricity rate relief to families, farms and small businesses until May 31, 2020. This electricity rate relief, initially provided for a 45-day period starting on March 24, 2020, has been extended by an emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

Updated Provincial Resources Province of Ontario

May 6, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: $17.8 Million Phased Relief for Child Care Sector 

Up to $17.8 million in grants will be provided to child care centres and approved family day home agencies to ensure they are ready to safely restart and support families through Alberta’s economic recovery.

Day care centres and out-of-school care centres will benefit from a phased approach for these supports. See details below for phases. 

New Provincial Resources Province of Alberta

May 6, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: Introduces Bill 14: Utility Payment Deferral Program Act

Bill 14, the Utility Payment Deferral Program Act states that residential, farm, and small commercial customers can defer bill payments for electricity and natural gas until June 18.

New Legislation Province of Alberta

May 5, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: $2 Million Allocated to Charitable Donation Matching Program

Government has allocated $2 million to match donations to COVID-19 response efforts by designated Alberta-based charities.

The province will match donations made by Albertans to these designated organizations between April 15 and May 31. See details for organizations included in the program.

New Legislation Province of Alberta

May 5, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: $12 Million Commitment to Mental Health Funds Free Internet-Based Programs

The Ontario government is expanding virtual mental health services with with Internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT) programs that were developed in partnership with MindBeacon and Morneau Shepell and will be provided at no out-of-pocket costs to Ontarians across the province.

New Provincial Resources Province of Ontario

May 5, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: $252 Million Aid Package for Canadian Agricultural & Food Sectors

Justin Trudeau announced an investment of more than $252 million to support farmers, food businesses, and food processors as well as an additional $200 million in borrowing capacity for the sector. See details below. 

New Federal Resources All Provinces & Territories

May 4, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: B.C. Government Extends Temporary Layoff Period to 16 Weeks

To provide increased flexibility to employers and employees who mutually wish to extend a temporary layoff related to the COVID-19 emergency, British Columbia has extended the maximum length of a temporary layoff to 16 weeks.

Previously under the Employment Standards Act (ESA), a temporary layoff longer than 13 weeks in any 20-week period was considered a permanent layoff. With a permanent layoff, employers are required to provide employees with written working notice of termination and/or pay severance to qualifying employees, based on their length of service. 

New Provincial Resources  Province of British Columbia

May 4, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Canada & International Partners Launch the Coronavirus Global Response

On May 4, 2020, Justin Trudeau joined other global leaders to launch the Coronavirus Global Response, an international online pledging event co-hosted by Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, Spain, Norway, the United Kingdom, Japan, Saudi Arabia as the current G20 presidency, and Italy as the future G20 presidency. 

  • The initiative seeks to:
    • kick-start an unprecedented global cooperation between scientists and regulators, industry and governments, international organizations, foundations, and health care professionals;
    • raise more than $8 billion (USD) by the end of the pledging period to support the development of rapid coronavirus diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines; and
    • work with the World Health Organization to coordinate and prioritize efforts to vulnerable countries.
New Federal Resources All Provinces & Territories

May 3, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Additional $2 Billion Invested in Canada Child Benefit (CCB)

Justin Trudeau announced that families receiving the Canada Child Benefit (CCB), will get $300 extra per child in May to help them deal with the added pressures of COVID-19.

Eligible families will automatically receive this one-time increase as part of their scheduled CCB payment in May, so there is no need to re-apply.

Updated Federal Resources All Provinces & Territories

May 3, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: $240.5 Million Invested in Virtual Care & Mental Health Tools

Justin Trudeau announced an investment of $240.5 million to develop, expand, and launch virtual care and mental health tools to support Canadians. This investment will be used to create digital platforms and applications, improve access to virtual mental health supports, and expand capacity to deliver health care virtually.

The investment will support Wellness Together Canada, an online portal that provides Canadians with free resources, tools, and professional support services to help with wellness and resilience, as well as mental health and substance use.

New Federal Resources All Provinces & Territories

May 1, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers (BCEBW) - Applications Open

British Columbians whose ability to work has been affected because of the COVID-19 pandemic and are receiving the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) can now apply for the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers (BCEBW) online.

The BCEBW is a one-time, tax-free payment of $1,000 for eligible British Columbians.

New Provincial Resources  Province of British Columbia

May 1, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: Alberta Launches ABTraceTogether App for Secure Mobile Contact Tracing 

Quick tracing and containment of outbreaks is critical as the province works to gradually relaunch the economy. The ABTraceTogether app will enhance the current manual tracing process and help Albertans protect themselves and their loved ones. 

New Provincial Resources Province of Alberta

May 1, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Ontario Defers Charges for Industrial and Commercial Electricity Consumers 

The Ontario government passed an emergency order today to defer a portion of Global Adjustment (GA) charges for industrial and commercial electricity consumers that do not participate in the Regulated Price Plan for the period starting from April 2020. This initiative is intended to provide companies with temporary immediate relief on their monthly electricity bills in April, May and June 2020.

New Provincial Resources Province of Ontario

May 1, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Ontario Releases List of Businesses Allowed to Reopen on May 4

Premier Ford announced on May 1, 2020 that the businesses listed below, following the proper health and safety guidelines, will be permitted to begin operations on Monday, May 4 at 12:01 a.m.

Updated Provincial Guidelines Province of Ontario

April 30, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: B.C. Defers Stumpage Fees for 3 Months to Aid Forest Industry

The B.C. government is deferring a timber harvesting fee charged to forest companies in an effort to help the struggling industry survive during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Forest Minister, Doug Donaldson stated today that the government will not collect stumpage fees for the next three months to help forest companies with their finances during the crisis.

New Provincial Resources Province of British Columbia

April 30, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: Alberta Announces "Safely Staged COVID-19 Relaunch" Strategy

It shouldn't be much longer before at least some COVID-19 restrictions are lifted in Alberta.

The government has announced its “safely staged COVID-19 relaunch” strategy today.

It's a phased approach, with the start date of each subsequent phase based on the success of the phase before it.

New Provincial Resources Province of Alberta

April 30, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: New 511 App Provides up-to-date Information for Trucking Industry 

Every year, $1.26 trillion worth of goods are moved by trucks on Ontario’s roads.

Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation says, "the trucking industry plays a vital role in keeping our supply chain strong and our store shelves stocked."

That's why Ontario is offering a new free 511 app which will provide truck drivers immediate access to the information they need to stay safe, fed and rested while delivering essential goods across the province during the COVID-19 outbreak.

New Provincial Resources Province of Ontario

April 30, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: 61 Sector-Specific Workplace Safety Guidelines for Employers

Ontario is preparing to gradually reopen the provincial economy.  The government is taking steps to ensure employers have the safety guidelines they need to protect workers, customers, and the general public from COVID-19.

New Provincial Resources Province of Ontario

April 30, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Federal Deficit estimated to top $252 Billion

Parliament's budget officer, Yves Giroux, says it's likely the federal deficit for the year will hit $252.1 billion as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic — and could go even higher if emergency measures remain in place longer than planned.

Federal Scenario Analysis Update All Provinces & Territories

April 29, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Bill C-15, the Canada Emergency Student Benefit Act had First Reading

On April 29, 2020, Bill C-15, the Canada Emergency Student Benefit Act had First Reading.  As previously announced, if passed, this bill will provide $9 billion in support for students.

New Legislation All Provinces & Territories

April 29, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: BC Extends State of Emergency until May 12

The provincial state of emergency is being extended for the third time, to support the measures taken under the Emergency Program Act to keep people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was announced today that Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, has officially extended the state of emergency through the end of the day on May 12, 2020.

Issuance of Policy Province of British Columbia

April 28, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Prime Minister releases joint statement by First Ministers for restarting the economy

On April 28, 2020, Justin Trudeau announced that the federal, provincial, and territorial governments have come together and agreed to a set of common principles for restarting the Canadian economy, based on shared understanding and appreciation of what science and experts are telling us.

New Federal Statement All Provinces & Territories

April 27, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Ontario Releases A Framework for Reopening our Province

On April 27, 2020, the Ontario government released A Framework for Reopening our Province, outlining the criteria health experts will use to advise the government on the loosening of emergency measures, as well as guiding principles for the safe, gradual reopening of businesses, services and public spaces.

New Provincial Resources Province of Ontario

April 27, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: $62.5 Million Invested in New Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund

The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced $62.5 million of new assistance to the fish and seafood processing sector.

This new Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund will help businesses:

  • access short-term financing to pay for maintenance and inventory costs;
  • add storage capacity for unsold product;
  •  comply with new health and safety measures for workers;
  • support new manufacturing/automated technologies to improve productivity and quality of finished seafood products; and,
  • adapt products to respond to changing requirements and new market demands.
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April 25, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Ontario Park Closures Extended until May 31

On April 25, 2020, the following statement on Ontario Parks operations in response to COVID-19 was issued:

"In order to keep Ontarians safe during this COVID-19 outbreak, our government is extending the closure of Ontario's provincial parks and conservation reserves to May 31, 2020. This includes car camping, backcountry camping, roofed accommodations, day use opportunities, access points and all public buildings."

Issuance of Policy Province of Ontario

April 24, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: 75% Rent Relief for Small Businesses through Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)

The federal government gave the following details about the CECRA program:

  • CECRA will provide a loan retroactive to April 1 to qualified commercial property owners supporting 50% of rent for April, May, and June of this year.
  • The loan will be forgivable if the property owner and tenant come to a rent forgiveness agreement that lowers the eligible small business’s rent by 75% for the three months and includes a moratorium on eviction.
  • The program is anticipated to be running by mid-May and will be administered by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
  • Qualifying small businesses will be required to:
    • pay less than $50,000 in rent
    • have been asked to close, or near-close their operations due to COVID-19
    • be experiencing at least a 70% decrease in revenues
  • CECRA will also be available to non-profit and charitable organizations.
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April 24, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: $2.5 Million Invested to Grow Agri-food e-Business 

The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $2.5 million to help the agri-food sector expand online. Funding will be provided through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) to provide more opportunities for producers to grow their business and offer more food choices online. 

The Agri-Food Open for E-Business initiative will help food producers, farmers markets, retailers, garden centres, greenhouses, nurseries, and agricultural associations develop online business, providing consumers with greater access to a wide variety of food and agriculture products.

New Provincial Resources Province of Ontario

April 24, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: Ministerial Order 26.2020 Restricts Health Care Staff from Working at Multiple Worksites

The government issued Ministerial Order 26.2020, which, among other things, amended the Labour Relations Code and Employment Standards Code for clarity and direction on how health care employers are to restrict health care staff from working at multiple facilities.

Amendment to Legislation Province of Alberta

April 24, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: $1 Billion Invested in Site Rehabilitation Program to Create 5,300 Jobs 

The Site Rehabilitation Program, which is mainly funded by the federal government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will allow the energy industry to create around 3,500 jobs, providing grants to oilfield service contractors. 

The Program will provide grants of between 25% and 100% of total project costs, and will be paid directly to the oilfield service company completing the work.

New Provincial Resources Province of Alberta

April 21, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: CEWS Calculator for Employers - Launched 

As previously reported, the Government is implementing the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), which will provide a 75% wage subsidy of up to $847 per employee per week, to eligible employers, for up to 12 weeks.

Today, the government launched the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy calculator to support employers as they prepare to apply for the CEWS. 

The calculator is located on the CRA's Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy web page, that also includes information and instructions regarding:

  • Who can apply for the subsidy 
  • How eligibility is assessed
  • How the subsidy is calculated.
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April 19, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Parliament Extends Canada U.S. Border Restrictions to May 20 

On Sunday, April 19, 2020, Canada and the U.S agreed to extend cross-border restrictions to all non-essential travel for another 30 days to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

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April 17, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Government Announces New Support to Protect Canadian Jobs

Here's a brief summary of the $1.7 billion measures the Government of Canada will provide:

  • $675 million to give financing support to small and medium-sized businesses that are unable to access the government’s existing COVID-19 support measures, through Canada’s Regional Development Agencies.
  • $287 million to support rural businesses and communities, including providing them with much-needed access to capital through the Community Futures Network.
  • $500 million to establish a COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations to help address the financial needs of affected organizations within these sectors so they can continue to support artists and athletes.
  • $250 million to assist innovative, early-stage companies that are unable to access existing COVID-19 business support, through the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program.
  • $20.1 million in support for Futurpreneur Canada to continue to support young entrepreneurs across Canada who are facing challenges due to COVID-19. 
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April 16, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: BC Launches a new COVID-19 Support Service for B.C. Businesses

The B.C. Business COVID-19 Support Service will act as a one-stop resource to answer questions about supports available to businesses from the provincial and federal governments, industry and community partners. 

The service will be operated by the non-profit organization, Small Business BC (SBBC).

New Provincial Resources Province of British Columbia

April 16, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: BC Provides Enhanced Relief for Businesses and Local Governments

To support B.C. businesses, non-profits and other organizations through the COVID-19 pandemic, the province will provide relief by:

  • Further reducing the school property tax rate for commercial properties to achieve an average 25% reduction in the total property tax bill for most businesses, providing up to $700 million in relief. 
  • 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.
Issuance of Policy Province of British Columbia

April 16, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Government Announces Additional Support for Small Business

The Government of Canada is: 

  • Expanding the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to businesses that paid between $20,000 and $1.5 million in total payroll in 2019.
    • This new range will replace the previous one of between $50,000 and $1 million, and will help address the challenges faced by small businesses to cover non-deferrable operating costs. 
  • Announcing its intent to introduce the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses.
    • The program will seek to provide loans, including forgivable loans, to commercial property owners who in turn will lower or forgo the rent of small businesses for the months of April (retroactive), May, and June.
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April 15, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Prime Minister Announces Expanded Access to CERB and Support for Essential Workers

Justin Trudeau announced this afternoon that the government is stepping up to support those who need help but don't qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The eligibility requirements for the benefit are also being adjusted to support Canadians working in essential jobs who make less than they would if they received the benefit.

To help more Canadians benefit from the CERB, the government will be changing the eligibility rules to:

  • Allow people to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB.
  • Extend the CERB to seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to undertake their usual seasonal work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Extend the CERB to workers who recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job or return to work because of COVID-19.
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April 15, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: BC Extends State of Emergency until April 28

The B.C. government has formally extended the state of emergency through to the end of the day on April 28, 2020, allowing government to continue to take the necessary steps to keep British Columbians safe during the pandemic.

Issuance of Policy Province of British Columbia

April 14, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Bill 189, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Protection Act, 2020 Receives Royal Assent

On April 14, 2020, the Ontario government passed Bill 189 which amends several acts including the Education Act, Ministry of Colleges and Services Act, the Planning Act, Development Charges Act, and the Police Services Act. Bill 189 passed the following:

(1) Province of Ontario extends State of Emergency by 28 days. The province declared a state of emergency on March 17 and it was extended by 14 days on March 30. 

(2) Public schools to remain closed beyond May 4. More information will be made available in the coming days.

(3) Amendment to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act  which has been amended to add provisions applicable during the “suspension period”, which is defined as the period starting on March 30, 2020 and ending on September 30, 2020 or a later prescribed date. The amendments provide that borrowers are not required to make payments toward student loans and medical resident loans that are payable during the suspension period, and that interest shall not accrue during that period. 

(4) Municipalities will be forgiven for not adopting the Community Safety and Well-Being Plans required by provincial law.

New Legislation Province of Ontario

April 11, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Ontario Extends Emergency Orders until April 23

On April 11, 2020, the Ontario government announced the extension of all previously issued emergency orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. 

Those orders have been extended to April 23, 2020 and include the orders respecting the closure of non-essential workplaces.

Issuance of Policy Province of Ontario

April 11, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Government Launches Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

Minister Morneau and Minister Ng mark the launch of the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA).

As of April 9, 2020, small business owners can apply for support from the Canada Emergency Business Account through their banks and credit unions.

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April 11, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Bill C-14 Received Royal Assent  and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) became Law

On Saturday, April 11, 2020, the House of Commons and Senate passed Bill C-14, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2. and the CEWS became law.

Bill C-14 includes additional flexibilities announced on April 8, 2020 and refined as part of the legislative process.

Employers will be able to apply for the CEWS through the Canada Revenue Agency's My Business Account portal and money will begin to flow within 2 to 5 weeks. More details about the application process will be made available shortly.

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April 10, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Ontario Prevents Operators from Charging Fees while Child Cares are Closed

On April 10, 2020, the Ontario government issued a temporary emergency order preventing child care centres from collecting payments from parents while care is not being provided.

The order also means that parents cannot lose their child care space because they are not paying fees during this period, which will hopefully provide relief for parents during the outbreak.

Issuance of Policy Province of Ontario

April 10, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: BC Supports Provincial Measures Surrounding Self-Isolation for Returning Travellers

Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry has issued a new Travellers and Employers Order to support provincial measures surrounding self-isolation for returning travellers. 

Following this order, employers who provide housing to a worker who is a traveller must:

  1. unless the worker is an exempted person, ensure that the worker self-isolates for 14 days after entering Canada;
  2. develop a COVID-19 infection control protocol for each worksite for which they are responsible to prevent the risk of transmission of infection amongst workers;
  3. provide for a rapid medical response if a worker develops symptoms of illness while at work; and
  4. maintain high levels of workplace and worker hygiene.
Issuance of Policy Province of British Columbia

April 8, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: BC Closes All Provincial Parks 

In response to the widespread call for increased action to address COVID-19, BC Parks is immediately closing all provincial parks. 

The timing of this decision is important given the upcoming long weekend and the beginning of the busy season for outdoor recreation and camping.

BC Parks is also extending the ban on all camping in provincial parks until May 31, 2020. 

The message is clear: "stay home, avoid travel, do not put yourself or others at risk,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

Issuance of Policy Province of British Columbia

April 8, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Ontario Suspends Environmental Bill of Rights citing COVID-19

The Government of Ontario passed a temporary regulation that effectively suspends public consultation under Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR).

This regulation exempts all proposals for policies, acts, regulations and instruments from posting requirements under the EBR and removes the requirement to consider Statements of Environmental Values for its duration. Under the new regulation, government ministries do not have to consult the public or consider environmental values as they make decisions. 

New Temporary Regulation Province of Ontario

April 8, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Ontario Issues Emergency Order to Allow Pick Up and Delivery of Cannabis

To continue the fight against the illegal cannabis market and support cannabis retail store operators and legal recreational cannabis consumers, the Government of Ontario has issued an Emergency Order to temporarily allow authorized cannabis retail stores to offer delivery and curbside pick-up.

Issuance of Policy Province of Ontario

April 8, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Changes to Canada Summer Jobs Program to Help Businesses and Young Canadians affected by COVID-19

On April 8, 2020 the Prime Minister announced temporary changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program that will help employers hire summer staff and provide young Canadians access to the jobs they need.

The program will help create up to 70,000 jobs and help youth between the ages of 15 and 30 stay connected to the labour market, save money for their future, and find quality jobs in safe, inclusive, and healthy work environments.

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April 8, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Prime Minister announces further flexibility for employers to access the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

On April 8, 2020, in an official announcement Finance Minister Bill Morneau confirmed the following updates and details for the subsidy:  

  • Eligible employers receiving the CEWS will be entitled to receive a 100% refund for certain employer contributions to Employment Insurance and the Canada Pension Plan. This refund would apply to the entire amount of employer-paid contributions in respect of remuneration paid to furloughed employees in a period where the employer is eligible for the CEWS.
  • When measuring revenue loss, employers will have the flexibility to compare their revenue of March, April and May 2020 to that of the same month of 2019, or to an average of their revenue earned in January and February 2020.
  • All businesses will only have to show a 15% decline in revenue for March 2020 to qualify for the CEWS, since most businesses only felt the economic effects of COVID-19 halfway through that month.
  • In recognition that the time between when revenue is earned and when it is paid could be highly variable in certain sectors of the economy, it is proposed that employers will be able to measure revenues either on the basis of accrual accounting (as they are earned) or cash accounting (as they are received).
  • Charities and non-profits will also have the choice to include or exclude government funding when calculating loss in revenue.
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April 8, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Competition Bureau Announces Statement Regarding Competitor Collaborations

The Competition Bureau announced today that the exceptional circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic may call for the “rapid establishment of business collaborations of limited duration and scope to ensure the supply of products and services that are critical to Canadians”.

The Bureau states that “in circumstances where there is a clear imperative for companies to be collaborating in the short-term to respond to the crisis, where those collaborations are undertaken and executed in good faith and do not go further than what is needed, it will generally refrain from exercising scrutiny”.

It's important to note that the Bureau has zero tolerance for any attempts to abuse this temporary flexibility.

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April 6, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: Alberta government makes Amendments to Bill 13: Emergency Management Act, 2020

The government is proposing these amendments to the Emergency Management Act:

  • Allowing states of local emergency to last for 90 days;
  • Providing clear language that it is an offence to be non-compliant with orders made under states of local or provincial emergency;
  • Clarifying that the minister has the power to modify a state of emergency without terminating it; and
  • Clarifying that a provincially declared state of emergency can be for a pandemic in general, and not just for pandemic influenza.

The changes above take effect immediately and will be in place for as long as the public health emergency remains.

Amendment to legislation Province of Alberta

April 6, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: Alberta government Implements Temporary Changes to Employment Standards

On April 6, 2020, following the direction and recommendations provided by the chief medical officer of health, temporary changes were made to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code .

See details below for the amendments that will take effect immediately. 

Amendment to legislation Province of Alberta

April 4, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Ontario Government Revised "List of Essential Workplaces Allowed to Remain Open" Effective 11:59pm on April 4

In an attempt to further limit the spread of Covid 19, the Ontario Government has ordered the closing of more busiensses which includes industrial construction except essential projects like hospitals. This order takes effect at 11:59pm on Saturday, April 4.

As stated in the Government of Ontario "List of Essential Workplaces" website: "By 11:59 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2020, businesses that are not identified on this list must close their physical locations". 

Issuance of Policy Province of Ontario

April 2, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID 19: OHRC Issues Policy Statement on a Human-Rights Approach to Managing the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Ontario Human Rights Commission released a policy statement to guide all levels of government to adopt a human rights-based approach to managing policy, legal, regulatory, public health and emergency-related responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This policy statement provides guidance to all levels of government on the principles that underlie a human rights-based approach to managing the COVID-19 pandemic. It offers high-level guidance that applies across a range of potential policy, legal, regulatory, public health and emergency-related responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Issuance of Policy Province of Ontario

March 31, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID 19: BC Government Extends State of Emergency until April 14, 2020

On March 31, the BC government formally extended the provincial state of emergency through the end of the day on April 14. 

Amendment to legislation Province of British Columbia

March 30, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID 19: Ontario Government Extends Emergency Declaration to April 13, 2020

The Ontario government extended the provincial state of emergency, which was set to expire on March 31, 2020, for an additional 14 days. 

This extension of emergency measures includes the extension of all associated emergency orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, including the closure of non-essential workplaces, until April 13, 2020.

Amendment to legislation Province of Ontario

March 29, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID 19: BC Enables Broader Use of Tech in COVID-19 Response

A new ministerial order under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act temporarily permits healthcare authorities to use communication and collaboration tools that may host information outside of Canada in order to access vital software and technology that can help fight COVID-19.

New Regulations Province of British Columbia

March 29, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID 19: Ontario Stepping Up Measures to Limit the Spread of COVID-19 on Construction Sites

Ontario's Chief Prevention Officer announced updated guidance to help employers better understand their responsibilities and what is needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the job site.

Updated Guidance Province of Ontario

March 28, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID 19: Ontario enforces Penalities to Combat Price Gouging

On March 28, Premier Doug Ford announced an emergency order that retail businesses and individuals in Ontario are not allowed to charge unfair prices for necessary goods.

New Regulations Province of Ontario

March 28, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID 19: Ontario proclaims the Supply Chain Management Act

On March 28, Ontario proclaims the Supply Chain Management Act to make sure the province can deploy critical supplies, equipment and services needed to fight against COVID-19, such as ventilators, masks and swabs.

New Regulations Province of Ontario

March 27, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID 19: Alberta closes some non-essential business and tightened restritions on mass gatherings

The Alberta government tightened the restrictions on mass gatherings. Gatherings must have less than 15 people and in some situations, gatherings with less than 15 people are prohibited.Alberta also announced the closure of some non-essential businesses such as close-contact businesses, dine-in restaurants and non-essential retail services.

New and amended legislation Province of Alberta

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.

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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 26, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID 19: BCOHRC Announces Policy Statement on the Covid-19 Pandemic

B.C.’s human rights commissioner introduces the Human Rights Policy statement which is intended to guide employers, landlords and others in ensuring human rights are understood and upheld. The statement outlines what employers, landlords and governments can or can’t do in response to the health crisis. 

Updated Policy  Province of British Columbia

March 26, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID 19: BC Publishes List of Essential Services

On March 26, 2020, the province defined essential services that British Columbians rely on in their daily lives in the context of COVID-19. 

Updated Policy  Province of British Columbia

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