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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January 21, 2021 - MANITOBA
COVID-19: Eases Public Health Restrictions, Allowing More Store Openings

Limited changes to the public health orders will take effect this Saturday, January 23 and last for three weeks. These modest changes will be made in efforts to balance the need to protect the health-care system while gradually restoring services and activities for Manitobans.

Issuance of Policy Province of Manitoba

January 20, 2021 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Opens Applications for Small Business Support Grant

The Ontario government has opened applications for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant. The grant, first announced in December, provides a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 to eligible small businesses who have had to restrict their operations during the pandemic.

Provincial Resources Province of Ontario

January 19, 2021 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: Extends State of Emergency until February 2

The state of emergency has been extended until end of the day on Tuesday, February 2, 2021.

Issuance of Policy Province of British Columbia

January 19, 2021 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: Expands the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant

The Alberta government is expanding the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant to allow new businesses to apply. By expanding applications to businesses that started operating between March 1 and October 31, 2020, up 5,000 more Alberta businesses will be eligible for this funding.

Updated Provincial Resources Province of Manitoba

January 13, 2021 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Announces Work from Home Requirements for Employers

Employers should be aware that, effective Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. (EST) per Ontario Regulation 10/21 that:

“each person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall now ensure that any person who performs work for the business or organization conducts their work remotely, unless the nature of their work requires them to be on-site at the workplace.”

Issuance of Policy Province of Ontario

January 11, 2021 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: Publishes Best Practices to Reduce the Risk of COVID-19 Exposure in Workplace Common Areas

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety incident monitoring shows an increase in COVID-19 exposure with the failure of controls in workplace common areas. 

This bulletin discusses the increased risk, hazard assessment and control, best practices to reduce the risk and rapid response plans for employers.

Updated Provincial Resources Province of Manitoba

January 11, 2021 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: Increases COVID-19 Inspections & Consultations at Workplaces 

WorkSafeBC is conducting enhanced COVID-19 inspections and consultations at workplaces in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise.

Issuance of Policy Province of British Columbia

January 8, 2021 - MANITOBA
COVID-19: Extends Manitoba Bridge Grant Program for Small Businesses

The Manitoba government has extended public health orders from January 8 until January 22, 2021. To reflect this extension and to ensure small and medium-sized businesses, not-for-profits and charities get the support they need, the province is extending the Manitoba Bridge Grant application deadline until January 31, 2021. The government is also expanding eligibility to offer financial support and protection for more small businesses. 

Updated Provincial Resources Province of Manitoba

January 5, 2021 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: Extends State of Emergency until January 19

BC has formally extended the provincial state of emergency, allowing health and emergency management officials to continue to use extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act (EPA).

Issuance of Policy Province of British Columbia

January 5, 2021 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: Extends Workplace Safety Order & Social Gathering Restrictions until February 5

The Workplace Safety order that was originally launched on December 17, has been extended until February 5, 2021. The order extended by the PHO includes a number of requirements for all employers. See requirements below.

Issuance of Policy Province of British Columbia

January 4, 2021 - MANITOBA
COVID-19: Extends State of Emergency until February 2

The Manitoba government has extended the province-wide state of emergency under the Emergency Measures Act to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Issuance of Policy Province of Manitoba

January 4, 2021 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Announces New Measures for COVID-19 Related Workplace Safety in Toronto

Toronto Public Health (TPH) has issued new requirements for businesses and issued a letter of instruction to those Toronto businesses currently permitted to operate under the Reopening Ontario Act.

TPH must be immediately notified if two or more persons test positive for COVID-19 in a 14-day period in connection with the workplace. 

Issuance of Policy Province of Ontario