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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July 22, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: New Rules on Restuarants, Bars & Nightclubs

Amid rising COVID-19 numbers in BC, the provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry stated on July 22, 2020 that new measures will be introduced in restaurants, bars and nightclubs to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Under the new measures, "all patrons in restaurants, bars and nightclubs will be required to be seated, alcohol self-service will not be available (that means no ordering from the bar), and dance floors will be closed".

Issuance of Policy Province of British Columbia

July 21, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: State of Emergency Extended to August 4

BC has formally extended the provincial state of emergency through the end of the day on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. This extension will allow the continuation of extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act to support the province's COVID-19 pandemic response.

Issuance of Policy Province of British Columbia

July 20, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID 19: Extend a COVID-19 Temporary Layoff with a Variance

Employers and workers who need to extend temporary layoffs due to COVID-19 beyond August 30, 2020, can now easily apply for a variance using the Employment Standards Branch’s new online application.

An application deadline of August 25, 2020, has been set to ensure that all applications will be processed by the August 30 expiry date. 

New Provincial Resource Province of British Columbia

July 20, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Businesses Unable to Open Due to Stage 3 Restrictions

Businesses that haven't been able to open or resume full activities due to Stage 3 restrictions, or those that have ideas to safely amend Stage 3 restrictions or requirements, should submit a reopening proposal on the Government’s website.

New Provincial Resource Province of Ontario

July 20, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Bill C-20: An Act Respecting further COVID-19 Measures

Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures, was introduced in the House of Commons on July 20, 2020. 

Proposed Legislation All Provinces & Territories

July 17, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Proposal to Extend and Overhaul the CEWS

On July 17, 2020, the Canadian government released draft legislative proposals that would broaden the reach of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program and provide better targeted support for businesses.

Proposed Extension of Federal Resource All Provinces & Territories

July 17, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Nearly All Businesses to Reopen in Stage 3

Stage 3 of Ontario's reopening framework begins at 12:01 a.m. on July 17, 2020 in specific regions, with nearly all businesses and public spaces permitted to reopen with public health and safety measures in place.

Issuance of Policy Province of Ontario

July 16, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Emergency Orders Extended until July 29

On July 16, 2020, the Ontario government extended all emergency orders in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to July 29, 2020. 

Issuance of Policy Province of Ontario

July 16, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: $19 Billion Contribution to Safe Restart Agreement 

The federal government will give the 13 provinces and territories more than $19 billion to help pay for the costs of restarting the economy after several months of COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. 

New Federal Resource All Provinces & Territories

July 14, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID 19: Proposed Changes to Workers Compensation Act

On July 14, 2020, the B.C. Government proposed changes to Bill 23, Workers Compensation Act designed to provide better support to injured workers and to enhance WorkSafeBC’s ability to investigate workplace incidents, while keeping premiums low.

Proposed Legislation Province of British Columbia

July 14, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: 75% wage subsidy for businesses to be extended to December

As more businesses reopen, the federal government announces continued support for employers with the extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (the “CEWS”) until the end of 2020. 

Justin Trudeau stated in a press conference yesterday that businesses and non-profit groups under (the “CEWS”) program will receive funding of up to 75% of their employees’ wages – or a maximum of $847 per week per employee – until December 2020. 

Extended Federal Resource All Provinces & Territories

July 13, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: Virtual Townhall on Supporting Small Businesses

On Monday, July 13, at 12 pm (PDT), join the following participants in a virtual townhall meeting to support small business:

  • Michelle Mungall Minister of Jobs, Economic Development, and Competitiveness
  • Tom Conway CEO of Small Business B.C.
  • Jinny Sims MLA Surrey-Panorama
New Provincial Resources Province of British Columbia

July 10, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: $30 Million to Fund COVID-19 Safety Measures in Forest Operations

The federal government intends to provide up to $30 million dollars for small and medium enterprises in the forest sector to offset costs associated with COVID-19 safety measures. 

New Federal Resource All Provinces & Territories

July 9, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Emergency Orders Extended until July 22

On July 9, 2020, the Ontario government extended all emergency orders in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to July 22, 2020. 

Issuance of Policy Province of Ontario

July 9, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: $4.5 Million Invested in Franco-Ontarian Businesses 

On July 9, FedDev Ontario, announced a $4.5 million Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) investment in three not-for-profit organizations to support small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and organizations across southern Ontario.

New Provincial Resources Province of Ontario

July 8, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: COVID-19 Related Measures Act Receives Royal Assent

Bill 19, COVID-19 Related Measures Act, received Royal Assent on July 8, 2020.  This legislation allows provisions created in response to the pandemic to be formalized and unwound as appropriate after the provincial state of emergency ends. 

New Provincial Resources Province of British Columbia

July 8, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Bill 197: COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act

On July 8, 2020, the Ontario government introduced proposed legislation: Bill 197, COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020. The legislation focuses on restarting jobs and development, strengthening communities by ensuring municipalities are equipped with the proper tools to provide critical services, and creating opportunities for people throughout the province as they recover financially and return to school.

Proposed Legislation Province of Ontario

July 7, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Bill 195 Introduced to Protect Public Health as Economy Reopens

On July 7, 2020, Ontario announced proposed legislation that, if passed, will allow the government to extend or amend some emergency orders a month at a time, with the law expiring a year after it's passed. Under current legislation, the province can only issue emergency orders while the state of emergency is in place.

Proposed Legislation Province of Ontario

July 7, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: Bill 32: Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act 

On July 7, 2020, the Alberta government announced proposed legislation designed to support economic recover and restore balance in the workplace. 

Proposed Legislation Province of Alberta

July 7, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: State of Emergency Extended until July 21

On July 7, 2020, the provincial state of emergency was extended to July 21, 2020. Order No. 389 allows the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General to continue using extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act to support COVID-19 response efforts.

Issuance of Policy Province of British Columbia

July 3, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: Ban on Commercial Evictions Extended until End of July

British Columbia's Emergency Order protecting eligible businesses from eviction has been extended. The ban on commercial evictions will remain in place for the duration of the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistant program (CECRA) which has been extended through the month of July.

Updated Legislation Province of British Columbia

July 3, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: $3 Million Invested in Health & Safety Online Training to Promote Safe Workplaces

The Ontario government is investing $3 million to provide free online health and safety training to make it easier for job seekers and workers to get essential qualifications, while practising physical distancing and preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

New Provincial Resources Province of Ontario

June 30, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: Applications Open for Relaunch Grant to Aid the Recovery of Businesses 

Eligible small and medium-sized businesses, co-ops and non-profits can now apply for funding through the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant to assist them in re-opening.

The Grant program has a budget of $200 million and specifically offers financial assistance to Alberta job creators that:

  • Faced restrictions or closures from public health orders;
  • Have 500 or fewer employees; and 
  • Experienced a revenue loss of at least 50% due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Provincial Resources Province of Alberta

June 30, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Emergency Orders Extended until July 10

The Ontario government has extended all emergency orders currently in force that were made pursuant to the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until July 10, 2020.

Extended Legislation Province of Ontario

June 30, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Campaign Encourages Support for Local Small Businesses 

The Ontario Government is celebrating International Small Business Week with the launch of the "Shop Local! Shop Safe! Shop with Confidence!" campaign. 

The campaign asks for mayors, local leaders and groups to support small businesses by committing on social media to "Shop Local, Shop Safe, Shop with Confidence,". The campaign highlights the best practices put in place by businesses to help keep shoppers safe while ensuring that the reopening of Ontario continues to be a success.

New Provincial Resources Province of Ontario

June 30, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Deferral on Sales Tax and Duty Payments Ends Today 

The Federal Government previously announced on March 27, that it would allow businesses to defer all Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) payments, as well as customs duty payments owed for imports, until the end of June 30, 2020. Today, this deferral will end as planned.

Closure of Federal Resource All Provinces & Territories

June 26, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: Temporary Layoff Period Extended to 180 Days

Bill 24: COVID-19 Pandemic Response Statutes Amendment Act received Royal Assent today.  The legislation amends several acts and creates some new measures that will support reopening Alberta's economy. See our June 18, 2020 article for more information on Bill 24. 

A key amendment involves extending the temporary layoff period in the Employment Standards Code, which currently provides that an employee who is laid off for “one or more periods exceeding, in total, 60 days within a 120-day period” is deemed to have been terminated (except in specified circumstances).

Bill 24 amends this provision for those employees who have been laid off for reasons related to COVID-19.  For those employees, an employee who is laid off for “more than 180 consecutive days” is deemed to have been terminated (except in specified circumstances). 

Updated Legislation Province of Alberta

June 26, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Expanded CEBA Now Available through Canada's Big Banks

Several weeks ago, the Canadian government announced the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) program was to be expanded again to include companies with payrolls of less than $20,000 and with non-deferrable expenses, like rent, utilities and property taxes, of between $40,000 and $1.5 million.

This extension is what owner-operated small businesses , sole proprietors, and family-owned operations that pay family members in the form of dividends have been waiting for. 

Small businesses and not-for-profits should contact their financial institution to apply for these loans today. There are currently 233 financial institutions participating in the CEBA program.

New Federal Resources All Provinces & Territories

June 25, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: 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. 

Updated Legislation Province of British Columbia

June 25, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: 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.

Issuance of Policy Province of Ontario

June 24, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: Bill 18: Economic Stabilization Act Confirms COVID-19 Supports

The province has tabled new legislation that confirms supports for people and businesses, while responding to the fiscal impacts of COVID-19 by allowing government to run deficit budgets. 

Bill 18 - 2020 Economic Stabilization (COVID-19) Act confirms many of the previously announced supports for people and business from the COVID-19 Action Plan. See details below for changes included in the bill. 

New Provincial Legislation Province of British Columbia

June 24, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Emergency Orders Extended until July 15

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government has extended the provincial Declaration of Emergency under s.7.0.7 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to July 15, 2020.

Issuance of Policy Province of Ontario

June 23, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Public Health Fact Sheets & Resources for Businesses Available Online

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) published a series of public health fact sheets and resources on its website, including an online portal for businesses to share their COVID-19 best practices and resources.

New Federal Resources All Provinces & Territories

June 23, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Employers Given More Time to Recall Laid-Off Employees 

The government of Canada announced changes to extend time periods for temporary layoffs to allow employers more time to recall laid-off employees. The temporary changes will help protect the jobs of federally regulated private-sector employees and support employers facing economic hardship as a result of the pandemic.

Updated Legislation All Provinces & Territories

June 20, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: 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.

Upcoming Legislation Province of British Columbia

June 20, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: 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.

Upcoming Provincial Legislation Province of British Columbia

June 18, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: British Columbians Invited to Share Ideas

As B.C. looks to build a strong economic recovery, the government is inviting people to share their feedback.  People can share their ideas, experiences and priorities by:

New Provincial Resources Province of British Columbia

June 18, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: Bill 24: COVID-19 Pandemic Response Statutes Amendment Act

Bill 24, the COVID-19 Pandemic Response Statutes Amendment Act, proposes amendments to 15 acts across seven ministries. The amendments are being proposed now that the state of public health emergency has ended.

Key highlights of the bill are detailed below.

New Legislation Province of Alberta

June 18, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Emergency Orders Extended until June 30

The province announced that it has extended all emergency orders currently under force until June 30, 2020.

Although all emergency orders will remain in place, the Ontario government has stated that it will continue to review each one on an ongoing, case-by-case basis to determine when and if they can be safely adjusted or lifted.

Issuance of Policy Province of Ontario

June 18, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: New Mobile App Launch for COVID-19 Exposure

Justin Trudeau announced the upcoming launch of a new nation-wide mobile app to provide notifications of exposure to COVID-19 across Canada.

See details below about the upcoming app.

New Federal Resources All Provinces & Territories

June 16, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: Legislation to Safeguard Businesses from Eviction

Bill 23, the Commercial Tenancies Protection Act, would protect eligible commercial tenants from having their leases terminated due to non-payment of rent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. If passed, the act would also prevent landlords from raising rent and charging late fees and penalties on missed rent.

The new measures will help address shortfalls in the current CECRA program, and will give eligible business owners peace of mind as they reopen and help with the provincial economic recovery.

See updated eligibility for applications, in details below. 

New Legislation Province of Alberta

June 16, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: New Toolkit to Help Employers Create Workplace Safety Plans

The Ontario government has released a general workplace guide to help companies develop a safety plan to better protect workers, customers and clients as they return to work in Stage 2.

The guide is accompanied by a template which will help employers identify the risks, determine what controls are needed, create a safety plan, implement the plan, and communicate the plan amongst the workforce. 

New Provincial Resources Province of Ontario

June 16, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: CERB Extended an Additional 8 Weeks 

The government is extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) by eight weeks.

CERB is a taxable benefit of $2,000 over a four-week period for eligible workers who have stopped working or whose work hours have been reduced as a result of COVID-19.  This extension will make the benefit available to eligible workers for up to a total of 24 weeks. Learn more about the CERB. 

Updated Federal Resources All Provinces & Territories

June 14, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Additional Businesses and Services to Reopen on June 19 

The Ontario government is enabling seven more regions of the province to enter Stage 2 this Friday, June 19, 2020, in addition to the 24 public health regions that entered Stage 2 on June 12, 2020. See details below for the seven regions allowed to reopen on June 19, 2020. 

Issuance of Policy Province of Ontario

June 13, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Expanded Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

As of Friday, June 19, 2020, applications will be accepted so that more small businesses can access the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA). Owner-operated small businesses that had been ineligible for the program due to their lack of payroll, sole proprietors receiving business income directly, as well as family-owned corporations remunerating in the form of dividends rather than payroll will become eligible this week.

See details below for updated qualifications for CEBA.

Updated Federal Resources All Provinces & Territories

June 12, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: $57 Million Invested to Help Small Businesses Go Digital

The Ontario Government, in partnership with the Federal Government, is helping small businesses reach more customers through the Digital Main Street platform.

Digital Main Street platform, is a $57 million program that will support small businesses digital transformation through three new programs. See below for details. 

New Provincial Resources Province of Ontario

June 10, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: State of Emergency Extended until June 23

The government of B.C. has officially extended the provincial state of emergency until the end of the day on June 23, 2020, allowing government to continue to take the necessary steps to keep British Columbians safe.

Issuance of Policy Province of British Columbia

June 10, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Private Sector Campaign Supports Safe Re-Opening of Businesses

The Canadian Government has partnered with the People Outside Safely Together (POST) Promise program, an initiative launched by Canadian private sector organizations to help businesses across the country reopen safely.

The “POST Promise” is a voluntary commitment that business owners and managers can make by following five key public health actions that will help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  1. Maintaining physical distance;
  2. Washing and sanitizing hands;
  3. Cleaning and disinfecting regularly;
  4. Staying home if unwell and self-monitoring for symptoms; and
  5. Practicing respiratory etiquette (including wearing a mask when physical distancing is difficult).

By displaying the “POST Promise” logo, participating businesses can reassure customers that they are doing their part to help protect Canadians’ health and safety.

New Federal Resources All Provinces & Territories

June 9, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: Stage 2 of Alberta's Relaunch Strategy begins on June 12

According to strong testing data, active COVID-19 cases in Alberta are lower than expected, which means stage two of the relaunch strategy can safely begin on June 12, a week sooner than expected.  As of June 12, 2020: 

Businesses & Activities Allowed to Re-Open with Restrictions:

  • K-12 schools, for requested diploma exams and summer school, following guidance
  • Libraries
  • More surgeries
  • Wellness services such as massage, acupuncture and reflexology
  • Personal services (esthetics, cosmetic skin and body treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facial treatment, artificial tanning)
  • Indoor recreation, fitness, and sports, including gyms and arenas
  • Movie theatres and theatres
  • Community halls
  • Team sports
  • Pools for leisure swimming
  • VLTs in restaurants and bars
  • Casinos and bingo halls (but not table games)
  • Instrumental concerts
Issuance of Policy Province of Alberta

June 9, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Re-Opening Child Care Centres to Help Parents Return to Work

The Ontario government announced its plan to reopen child care centres across the province. As the province continues to implement its Framework for Reopening the Province, child care centres and home care providers across Ontario will be able to reopen with safety and operational requirements in place. See details below. 

Issuance of Policy Province of Ontario

June 9, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Personal Protective Equipment Supply Hub for Organizations

The Government of Canada launched the new Personal Protective Equipment Supply Hub, a website that brings together available resources for organizations buying and selling personal protective equipment (PPE). As organizations re-open for business, they need reliable information on how to buy and sell the necessary supplies required to keep themselves and others safe.

The web hub will provide the following:

  • Information for organizations looking to buy PPE includes: best practices to keep people safe, where to find PPE for purchase, consumer advice, and additional health and safety resources.

  • Information for suppliers looking to sell PPE includes: product specifications, procurement and donation opportunities, and business guidance and programs.

  • The hub is not limited to federal resources, and it links to resources from provinces and territories, non-profit organizations, and other associations. 

New Federal Resources All Provinces & Territories

June 6, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: More Businesses and Services Permitted to Reopen on June 12

Effective Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., the province will increase the limit on social gatherings from five to 10 people across the province, regardless of whether a region has moved to Stage 2. Additionally, all places of worship in Ontario will also be permitted to open with physical distancing in place and attendance limited to no more than 30% of the building capacity to ensure the safety of worshippers.

Issuance of Policy Province of Ontario

June 6, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Emergency Orders Extended until June 19

On June 6, 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 June 19, 2020 and include the orders respecting the closure of non-essential workplaces.

Issuance of Policy Province of Ontario

June 6, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Temporary Ban on Commercial Evictions

The government intends to introduce changes to the Commercial Tenancies Act to temporarily halt evictions of businesses that are eligible for federal or provincial rent assistance programs such as CECRA, reverse evictions that occurred on or after June 3, 2020 and make it illegal to evict a commercial tenant until August 31, 2020.

Updated Legislation Province of Ontario

June 5, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: $14 Billion Offered to Provinces and Territories to Commit to "Safe-Restart Agreement"

Justin Trudeau stated that he has offered provinces and territories up to $14 billion in new federal transfers if they work with Ottawa on a "safe-restart agreement" that will help Canadians return to more normal living without a massive surge in new COVID-19 cases.

The $14 billion is intended to roll out over the next six to eight months.  The offer will include protective gear for front-line health workers and businesses that need help keeping their employees safe, and money for childcare facilities to be able to reopen safely and municipal governments to help keep city services like transit running.

New Federal Resources All Provinces & Territories

June 5, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: $200 Million in New Grants to Ease Relaunch Costs faced by Small and Medium-sized Businesses

The Alberta government is committing up to $200 million in funding for eligible small and medium-sized businesses and non-profits to access up to $5,000 to offset a portion of their relaunch costs.

The funds will help businesses implement measures to minimize the risk of virus transmission, (such as physical barriers, PPE and disinfecting supplies), rent, employee wages or replacement of inventory.

New Provincial Resources Province of Alberta

June 5, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: $1 Million Support for Alberta's Beekeepers during COVID-19 

Alberta is the largest producer of honey in Canada. The province produces 41 million pounds annually and contributes $67 million to the economy.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic has made importing colony replacements from the usual, more affordable sources like New Zealand and Australia more difficult. 

In order to help Alberta’s beekeepers, Agriculture and Forestry is introducing a new Canadian Agricultural Partnership program with $1 million, that is anticipated to:

  • Support 168 commercial beekeepers in Alberta and will help the sector adapt to emerging challenges and overcome over-wintering losses in a COVID-19 environment.
  • be able to support about 13,000 replacement colonies.
New Provincial Resources Province of Alberta

June 5, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: Closed Hospitality Businesses Permitted to Sell Liquor Stock

B.C. is providing temporary relief to hospitality licensees who have had to suspend their operations as a result of COVID-19. From now until July 15, 2020, closed hospitality licensees will be allowed to sell their existing liquor stock to other licensees who are still operating and/or to private liquor stores.

Since the pandemic is an evolving situation, Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) will review the expiry date of July 15, 2020 and other temporary authorizations as necessary.

Issuance of Policy Province of British Columbia

June 5, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: Additional $250,000 to Fund B.C. Farmers focused on E-Commerce 

Due to high demand from B.C. farmers and food companies, additional funding has been added to support more of the Buy BC e-commerce applications that were received after the initial funding was committed.

This funding is in addition to the first round of $250,000 given to support industry-led Buy BC activities focused on e-commerce, bringing the investment to a total of $550,000 under government’s Buy BC Partnership Program.

Updated Provincial Resources Province of British Columbia

June 4, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: $2.5 Billion in Financial Support to Provide Seniors with Special July Payment

Justin Trudeau announced today that seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) will receive their special one-time, tax-free payment during the week of July 6.

This $2.5 billion in financial support will help Canadian seniors cover increased costs caused by COVID-19. 

New Federal Resources All Provinces & Territories

June 4, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Short-Term Rentals Allowed to Operate as of June 5

The Ontario government announced today that short term rentals including lodges, cabins, cottages, homes, condominiums and B&Bs will be allowed to resume operations starting tomorrow, June 5 at 12:01 a.m.

Under the current Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, short-term rentals are only allowed to be rented to those in need of emergency housing. 

Issuance of Policy Province of Ontario

June 4, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Toronto Patios Allowed to Expand when Restaurants Reopen

CaféTO, launched today, is a quick-start program that will make it easier for restaurant and bar owners to open and expand patios and access additional space for physical distancing. The program will provide a way for restaurant and bar owners to generate revenue during the summer months ahead.

Issuance of Policy Province of Ontario

June 4, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: Permanent Changes for Expanded Care in Nursing Homes

On August 15, 2020, long-term changes to Alberta’s nursing home regulations will come into effect. The temporary amendments made to the two regulations under the Nursing Homes Act: the Nursing Homes General Regulation and the Nursing Homes Operation Regulation, will now be permanent. 

Issuance of Policy Province of Alberta

June 3, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: $150 Million Invested in Reliable Broadband and Cellular Service for Rural Communities

The Ontario government is investing $150 million in reliable broadband and cellular service to help create even more economic and educational opportunities in rural, remote and underserved areas of the province.

New Provincial Resources Province of Ontario

June 3, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency until June 30

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario has decided to extend the provincial Declaration of Emergency to June 30, 2020.

The extension, under s.7.0.7 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, has been approved by the Ontario legislature and it's possible the Declaration of Emergency may be even further extended.

Issuance of Policy Province of Ontario

June 3, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Transportation Sector Expands Requirements for Use of Face Coverings

The Minister of Transport announced that in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19, Transport Canada is expanding the requirements for the use of face coverings by workers and others involved in the transportation system.

See Details bellow for measures that will be implemented through a combination of mandatory orders and guidance.

Issuance of Policy All Provinces & Territories

June 1, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: $7.5 Million Invested in Amplify BC to Support Music Industry 

B.C. government announced today a renewed investment of $7.5 million for Amplify BC, the provinces music fund delivered by Creative BC, to stabilize, support, and sustain B.C.’s music industry during the pandemic. 

New Provincial Resources Province of British Columbia

June 1, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
COVID-19: Landlords Eligible for CECRA Now Restricted from Evicting Small Business Tenants 

B.C. businesses eligible for rent support from the federal government will be protected from evictions as the B.C. government issues a new order under the Emergency Program Act (EPA).

The Canadian Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program was launched on May 25, 2020. However, many eligible small businesses whos landlords choose not to apply for the CECRA program have been left with no support. 

The new order, effective immediately, restricts landlords who are eligible for CECRA from evicting tenants. This will hopefully encourage landlords to apply for the program and give some temporary relief to small businesses struggling to survive during the pandemic. 

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June 1, 2020 - ALBERTA
COVID-19: $40 Million Funding Targets Agriculture, Agri-food and Forestry Sectors 

The Alberta government is funding Emissions Reduction Alberta's Food, Farming, and Forestry Challenge through the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) Fund.

A total of $40 million will come from the TIER Fund—a key part of Alberta’s climate response, funded by industry to:

  • Help farmers, ranchers, industry, and innovators navigate the economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing market implications. For example, the fund will create jobs, attract local and international investments and open up new markets. 
  • Lead to positive impacts, such as lower production and processing costs for food and fibre and natural solutions to remove carbon from the atmosphere.
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June 1, 2020 - ONTARIO
COVID-19: New Initiatives Support Consumers Struggling with Electricity Bills

The Ontario government announced today that it will continue to support provincial electricity consumers struggling to pay their energy bills as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

New initiatives to help keep rates stable and affordable include:

  • $9 million for the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) to support consumers struggling to pay their energy bills during the pandemic. CEAP will provide one-time payments to consumers to help pay down any electricity bill debt incurred over the COVID‑19 period. Applications will be available through local utilities in the upcoming months;
  • $8 million for the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business (CEAP-SB) to provide support to businesses struggling with bill payments as a result of the outbreak; and
  • An extension of the Ontario Energy Board's winter disconnection ban until July 31, 2020 to ensure no one is disconnected from their natural gas or electricity service during these uncertain times.
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June 1, 2020 - ALL CANADA
COVID 19: Rent Relief for Business Tenants in all National Parks & Conservation Areas

On May 25, the Canadian Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program opened for applications to provide rent relief to small businesses. However, businesses that are renters in Parks Canada places are not eligible for the CECRA program because they, or in some cases their landlord, are on federal lands renting from a federal agency.

As a result, the federal government is now providing a similar rent relief program under similar eligibility conditions to those of the CECRA program. Over 700 businesses may be eligible for this relief that will waive up to 75% of eligible commercial rents for the months of April, May and June 2020 or equivalent amounts of annual rents.

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