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COVID-19 Resource Centre: Adapt. Reboot. Thrive
COVID-19 Resource Centre: Adapt. Reboot. Thrive

Blakes is carefully monitoring government decision-making related to COVID-19 across Canada and the United States. We will update this page twice daily with the announcements, news and legislation that impact our clients and communities.

January 13, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • The Government of Canada is investing C$1-million in a COVID-19 evidence network to support decision-making. (News Release and Backgrounder)

    • Led by Dr. John Lavis from McMaster University, the COVID-19 Evidence Network will:

      • Rapidly prepare and update evidence syntheses to support Canadian decision- and policy-makers.

      • Maintain a publicly available inventory of the best evidence syntheses for COVID-19 decisions to ensure that Canadian decision-makers have the most updated science available when needed.

      • Monitor emerging issues where evidence syntheses may be needed in the future.

      • Work with Canadian and global partners to reduce duplication and enhance coordination in the evidence response to COVID-19.

  • The federal government is refusing to waive repayments for ineligible CERB recipients who applied for the emergency benefit despite an internal mix-up at the CRA that led to weeks of misinformation. (CTV)

  • A vaccine advisory panel says Canada can be more flexible with the second doses of vaccines if necessary. (News Release)

  • The Government of Canada has announced further reinforcement of COVID-19 supports for Indigenous communities. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States. (CDC Update)

Alberta

  • 112,743 cases, an increase of 652 since yesterday, including 38 deaths.

British Columbia

  • 58,553  cases, an increase of 446 since yesterday, including nine deaths.

Ontario

  • The updated Enhancing Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures in the Provincewide Shutdown has been published (includes the construction activities that can continue).

    • More information about the provincewide shutdown can be found here.

    • The government is expected to publish the legal parameters for the stay-at-home order that takes effect tomorrow, providing more clarification on the measures. Premier Ford's office said it likely won't be posted until this evening. (CBC)

  • Ontario will be vaccinating up to 8.5 million people in phase two. The province will expand the COVID-19 immunization program to seniors, frontline essential workers in the next phase of rollout plan. (News Release)

  • 224,984 cases, an increase of 2,961 since yesterday, including 74 deaths.

Quebec

  • 234,695 cases, an increase of 2,071 since yesterday, including 35 deaths: seven in the last 24 hours, 23 between January 6 and January 11, four before January 6, and one at an unknown date.

January 14, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the military commander leading Canada's COVID-19 vaccine logistics, said today that manufacturers are expected to deliver up to one million doses a week starting in April. (CBC)

  • Statement from the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health: Implementing COVID-19 Vaccination in Canada — Vaccine Dose Interval.

U.S. – Federal 

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration is reopening the Paycheck Protection Program to small lenders on Friday, January 15, and all lenders on Tuesday, January 19. (News Release)

  • U.S. airports warn of US$40-billion impact of COVID-19 and seek more government aid. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Alberta's COVID-19 cases are dropping, but restrictions could stay longer if rules are ignored. (Edmonton Journal)

  • 113,618 cases, an increase of 875 since yesterday, including 23 deaths.

British Columbia

Ontario

  • Ontario is increasing workplace inspections during COVID-19 to ensure big-box retailers are operating safely and protecting workers and patrons. (News Release)

    • Beginning this Saturday and Sunday, approximately 50 ministry inspectors, as well as local bylaw and police officers, will be visiting big-box stores in Toronto, Hamilton, Peel, York and Durham.

  • Ontario also added the following regulations/orders to E-Laws yesterday evening:

    • O.Reg. 10/21 – Rules for Areas in Stage 1 (made under the Reopening Ontario (a Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020)

    • O.Reg. 11/21 – Stay-At-Home Order (made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act)

    • O.Reg. 12/21 – Proceedings Commenced by Certificate of Offence (made under the Provincial Offences Act)

    • O.Reg. 13/21 – Residential Evictions (made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act)

      • Ontario is temporarily pausing residential evictions. (News Release)

  • Ontario is supporting horse businesses impacted by COVID-19. The investment will help keep animals safe and cover maintenance costs. (News Release)

  • Jury trials in Ontario have been suspended until at least the spring. (CTV)

    • The heads of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice have issued statements saying matters should be conducted remotely unless it is absolutely necessary to proceed in person.

  • 228,310 cases, an increase of 3,326 since yesterday, including 62 deaths.

Quebec

  • New government information resource: Financial assistance for workers.

  • The Ministry of Health and Social Services announced the tabling of the report of the expert committee mandated to formulate recommendations on the use of rapid-screening tests, particularly with a view to better target the populations and environments in which these tests can be used optimally, in addition to the tests currently used. (News Release)

  • Order in Council 3-2021 – The public health emergency has been renewed until January 22, 2021.

  • Quebec guarantees COVID-19 vaccine boosters within 90 days of the first dose. (CBC)

  • 236,827 cases, an increase of 2,132 since yesterday, including 64 deaths: 15 in the last 24 hours, 41 between January 7 and January 12, four before January 7, and four at an unknown date.

January 15, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau said the federal government is open to strengthening pandemic restrictions on international travel as concerns mount about Canadians travelling abroad — but suggested the government's pre-existing measures are still effective. (CBC)

  • New modelling released by the Public Health Agency of Canada suggests the number of daily COVID-19 cases could more than triple to 30,000 if people increase their contacts during a time of widespread community transmission. (CBC)

    • The report also projects that if Canadians simply maintain their current levels of contact with people outside their households, case counts will still rise to roughly 13,000 a day from 7,900 now.

  • The Prime Minister has released supplementary mandate letters for ministers. (News Release)

    • In his mandate letter, Trudeau tells Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Chrystia Freeland to continue spending on temporary measures until the crisis ends.

  • The COVID-19 Expert Panel has provided science-based advice on optimizing testing and screening in Canada. (News Release and Backgrounder)

    • In their first report, the panel provides advice to the Minister on COVID-19 testing and screening. They have identified four priority areas for action:

      • Optimizing diagnostic capacity with lab-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing

      • Deploying rapid tests for screening

      • Considering equity in testing and screening measures

      • Improving communications strategies

  • Canada's Pfizer shipments will be delayed temporarily by up to 50 per cent. (CTV)

  • The following orders were published in the January 16 Canada Gazette, Part I:

    • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 18 (made under the Aeronautics Act).

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligations) (made under the Quarantine Act).

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. president-elect Joe Biden has picked a former food and drug commissioner to lead vaccine science as part of his drive to put 100 million shots into the arms of Americans in his administration's first 100 days to stem the COVID-19 pandemic. (CBC)

Alberta

  • Alberta’s government is expanding its relaunch grant to ensure new businesses have access to the supports they need. (News Release)

    • More program details will be outlined on the program web page when finalized. Applications will be open until March 31, 2021, unless otherwise communicated.

  • As COVID-19 case numbers decrease, some restrictions will be eased next week for outdoor gatherings, personal services and funeral attendance (effective January 18). (News Release)

    • All other enhanced public health measures will remain in place provincewide.

  • Language describing case numbers of COVID-19 in schools is being updated based on feedback from education partners – including parents, schools and boards. (News Release)

  • 114,585 cases, an increase of 967 since yesterday, including 21 deaths.

British Columbia

  • 59,608 cases, an increase of 536 since yesterday, including seven deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario has launched its 2021 Budget Consultations. The government is looking for ideas to position the province for a strong economic recovery after COVID-19. (News Release)

  • The following order was added to E-Laws this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 14/21 – Rules for Areas in Stage 1 (made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act).

  • Applications are now open for Ontario's Small Business Support Grant. (News Release)

  • The Ontario government has hired more case managers and contact tracers, building the provincial workforce to 1,600 by February 15, 2021. (News Release)

  • Toronto Public Health has expanded its case and contact management work. (News Release)

  • 231,308 cases, an increase of 2,998 since yesterday, including 100 deaths: 46 of those deaths recorded by Middlesex-London Health Unit occurred earlier in the pandemic.

Quebec

  • Quebec threatens construction and manufacturing sectors with more COVID-19 restrictions. (National Post)

  • The Minister of Education, Jean- François Roberge, announced new measures aimed at strengthening the motivation and support of our students. (News Release)

  • 238,745 cases, an increase of 1,918 since yesterday, including 62 deaths: nine in the last 24 hours, 41 between January 8 and January 13, 11 before January 8, and one at an unknown date.

January 11, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal 

  • The Government of Canada is taking immediate action to ensure that international travellers cannot access recovery benefits during mandatory quarantine. (News Release)

    • Ottawa will be introducing legislation to close the loophole for quarantining travellers. The federal government says the Canada Revenue Agency will delay processing claims for individuals who are self-isolating. (CBC)

  • The Government of Canada has announced funding for a new COVID-19 safe voluntary-isolation centre in Waterloo, Ontario. (News Release)

  • The Chief Public Health Officer has issued a Statement Series on COVID-19 regarding mRNA vaccines.

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • 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 and some best practices to address this risk.

  • COVID-19 units added to vaccine priority list. (News Release)

  • 111,452  cases, an increase of 811 on Friday, including 24 deaths.

British Columbia

  • Order in Council No. 4 – The COVID-19 Related Measures Act is amended as set out in Appendix 1, and the Violation Ticket Administration and Fines Regulation is amended as set out in Appendix 2.

  • Updated Gatherings and Events Order – Related to private residences, vacation accommodation and private clubs and organizations.

  • 56,632 cases, an increase of 617 on Friday, including 18 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario has been urged to declare a state of emergency based on new modelling that is set to be detailed at an 11:30 a.m. (EST) briefing tomorrow, along with new COVID-19 measures. (CBC)

    • Health officials have recommended the following restrictions to the cabinet:

      • Gathering limits reduced to as little as five people.

      • Shorter hours for essential businesses that would involve earlier closures and later openings.

      • Limits on construction activity, but those limits would still allow essential construction to continue. Essential construction would be defined as work on health-care and critical infrastructure, as well as residential buildings.

      • A requirement that no employees would be allowed in offices unless they are deemed essential.

    • A government source told CBC News that a curfew will not be among the restrictions expected to be announced.

  • The following regulations were added to E-Laws this afternoon (made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act):

    • O.Reg. 6/21 – Rules for Areas in Stage 1

    • O.Reg. 5/21 – Rules for Areas in Stage 2 – related to the NHL

    • O.Reg. 4/21 – Rules for Areas in Stage 3 – related to the NHL

  • The City of Toronto is launching an initial COVID-19 immunization clinic to prepare for the city’s role in vaccine distribution. (News Release)

  • 219,120 cases, an increase of 10,726 since Friday, including 101 deaths.

Quebec

  • Minister of Finance Eric Girard announced the start of online pre-budget consultations. (News Release)

  • Order in Council 2-2021 was published in the January 9 Gazette officielle du Québec.

  • 230,690 cases, an increase of 7,584 since Friday, including 105 deaths.

January 12, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • The Canada Revenue Agency has begun issuing T4As to COVID-19 emergency and recovery benefit recipients. (News Release)

  • Prime Minister Trudeau confirmed that the current border restrictions with the U.S. will now remain in effect until Feb. 21, 2021. (CTV)

  • Canada has exercised an option with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer-BioNTech to secure an additional 20 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, Prime Minister Trudeau announced. (CTV)

  • The federal government has invested in nearly C$40-million of additional funding to respond to the needs of those experiencing or at risk of homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. (News Release

U.S. – Federal

  • The U.S. has released millions of COVID-19 doses and is urging states to broaden vaccine access. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • 112,091 cases, an increase of 639 since yesterday, including 23 deaths.

British Columbia

  • An online tool is helping people book appointments with Service BC. (Information Bulletin)

  • 58,107 cases, an increase of 1,475 since Friday, including 22 deaths.

Ontario

  • A second provincial emergency was declared under section 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, which will last 28 days. (News Release and updatd Businesses Permitted to Open and Sector Specific Restrictions – obtained CBC).

    • ​Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. (EST), the government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health-care services, for exercise or for essential work.

    • Additional public health restrictions, which will come into effect between Tuesday, January 12, 2021, and Thursday, January 14, 2021, are as follows:

      • Outdoor organized public gatherings and social gatherings are further restricted to a limit of five people with limited exceptions.

      • All non-essential retail stores, including hardware stores, alcohol retailers and those offering curbside pickup or delivery, must open no earlier than 7 a.m. and close no later than 8 p.m.

        • The restricted hours of operation do not apply to stores that primarily sell food, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores and restaurants for takeout or delivery.

      • Non-essential construction is further restricted, including below-grade construction, exempting survey.

      • Masks remain mandatory indoors at open businesses or organizations. Masks are also now being recommended outdoors where physical distancing of more than two metres is not possible.

      • All businesses must ensure any employee who can work from home do so.

      • Ontario is exploring all options to put a temporary residential evictions moratorium in place and will have more to say in the coming days.

    • New measures for schools:

      • Schools in the following public health units (PHUs) will not return to in-person instruction until February 10, 2021:

        • Windsor-Essex

        • Peel Region

        • Toronto

        • York

        • Hamilton

    • Schools in northern PHUs will continue to remain open.

    • The following new health and safety measures will be put in place for in-person learning:

      • Masking for grades one to three and requirements for mask wearing outdoors

      • Enhanced screening protocols

      • Expanded targeted testing

    • Childcare centres for non-school-aged children will remain open, and emergency childcare for school-aged children will end in approved PHU regions on January 22, 2021.

  • The following were added to E-Laws this afternoon (made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act).:

  • Revised modelling suggests that despite restrictions put in place last month, mobility and contacts between people have not decreased in Ontario.

  • 222,023 cases, an increase of 2,903 since yesterday, including 41 deaths.

Quebec

  • More than half of CHSLD residents in Quebec have been vaccinated. (News Release)

  • 232,624 cases, an increase of 1,934 since yesterday, including 47 deaths: 13 in the last 24 hours, 27 between January 5 and January 10, four before January 5, and three at an unknown date.

January 8, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau says the state of the pandemic is “frightening” and is vowing that the number of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines being delivered to Canada will “scale up” in February. (CTV)

  • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 17 (made under the Aeronautics Act) was published in the January 9 Canada Gazette, Part I.

  • The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine appears effective against mutation in the new coronavirus variants. (CBC)

  • The Government of Canada announces a new policy to help former international students live in, work in and continue contributing to Canada. (News Release)

  • Statement on Canada’s economic and job recovery.

  • No unexpected side effects from COVID-19 shots given in Canada so far: Health Canada. (CTV)

U.S. – Federal

  • President-elect Joe Biden will aim to release more available doses of coronavirus vaccine when he takes office. (Reuters)

  • CDC Update: Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test for All Air Passengers Arriving from the U.K. to the U.S.

Alberta

  • All students will return to in-person learning, as planned, on January 11. Mandatory health measures will remain in effect across the province until at least January 21. (News Release)

  • 108,469 cases, an increase of 968 since yesterday, including 24 deaths.

British Columbia

  • Protective Measures (COVID-19) Order and the Face Coverings (COVID-19) Order.

    • Changes include:

      • More clarity around the specific prohibitions found in public health orders for gatherings and events and for food- and liquor-serving premises

      • An amended face-coverings order, with an additional exemption for persons who need to remove a face covering to communicate with a person who is hearing impaired. No other substantive policy changes have been made. (News Release)

  • Dr. Bonnie Henry said the current orders, including a ban on gatherings with people outside of one's immediate household, will continue to apply until at least February 5 at midnight. (News Release)

  • Going forward, B.C. will provide updates every Thursday on ongoing outbreaks in long-term care, assisted living and independent living facilities in the province. The first update can be found here.

  • 56,015 cases, an increase of 761 since yesterday, including eight deaths.

Ontario

  • Premier Ford is promising further restrictions coming for Ontario. (CBC)

    • At the news conference this morning, Education Minister Lecce said the province will be expanding asymptomatic testing and all schools across Ontario will have access to it. The minister also promised improvements with personal protective equipment and staffing.

  • Yesterday evening, Ontario’s Regulatory Registry posted: Potential Permanent Changes to Enable Digital and Virtual Processes under the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services Business Law and Condominium Statutes.

    • Acts involved: Corporations Act, Business Corporations Act, Personal Property Security Act, Limited Partnerships Act, Partnerships Act, Co-operative Corporations Act, Condominium Act, 1998.

    • Comments due February 8, 2021.

  • 208,394 cases, an increase of 4,249 since yesterday, including 26 deaths.

Quebec

  • The Minister of Education, Mr. Jean-François Roberge, accompanied by Dr. Richard Massé, announced the implementation of a series of new educational and health measures. (News Release)

  • Delayed report cards, additional sanitary measures and cancellation of provincial exams are some of the new steps the province is taking. (iheartradio)

  • A bank of tutors will be created, made up of volunteer school staff, retirees as well as college and university students to support students in need of help. The service will be free.

  • Grade one and two students in elementary school are now required to wear a mask indoors, in common areas and on school buses, while masks remain required from all students above grade five.

  • A report of the expert panel on the ventilation and transmission of COVID-19 in schools and care settings. (News Release)

  • 223,106 cases, an increase of 2,588 since yesterday, including 45 deaths: 14 in the last 24 hours, 27 between January 1 and January 6, three before January 1, and one at an unknown date.

January 7, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • The COVID-19 testing centre for arriving international travellers launches at Toronto Pearson Airport. (News Release)

  • P.C. 2021-0001 – Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligations) (made under the Quarantine Act) – related to proof of COVID-19 test. 

  • The Correctional Service of Canada begins vaccination of inmates. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • 107,501 cases, an increase of 1,123 since yesterday, including 25 deaths.

British Columbia

  • 55,254 cases, an increase of 625 since yesterday, including eight deaths.

Ontario

  • The Ontario government is extending online teacher-led learning until January 25, 2021 for elementary school students in the 27 southern Ontario public health unit regions and extending the shutdown in northern Ontario for another 14 days, aligning with the shutdown period in southern Ontario. (News Release)

    • Elementary students and secondary students in the seven northern Ontario public health unit regions will proceed with returning to in-person learning on January 11, 2021.

  • O.Reg. 3/21 – Rules for Areas in Stage 1 (made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020) – related to the NHL.

  • 204,145 cases, an increase of 3,519 since yesterday, including 89 deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec has put in place a series of lockdown measures effective this Saturday until February 8, 2021. (News Release and Full Details)

    • A curfew will be in effect between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Anyone caught outside past the curfew without a valid reason could face a fine of up to C$6,000.

      • The curfew will apply to the whole province except the Nord-du-Quebec administrative region.

      • Below are some permitted exceptions. (Full List)

        • Pet owners can walk their animals after the 8 p.m. curfew, as long as they stay within a one-kilometre radius of their home.

        • Commuting to work is permissible. Employers can provide a certificate justifying the necessary travel for their employees.

    • It will no longer be possible for single people to join a family bubble. Gathering with people from outside your household bubble is prohibited at all times.

    • Schools and daycares:

      • Elementary schools will reopen on January 11 as planned (students in grades 5 and 6 will now be required to wear masks in classrooms).

      • High school students will be required to attend classes in person as of January 18. Until then, they will continue distance learning.

      • Daycares for preschool children will remain open.

    • Closure of non-essential businesses:

      • In offices, remote working will continue to be compulsory.

      • The closure of non-essential businesses is maintained until February 8. Curbside pick-up will be permitted.

        • In order to comply with the 8 p.m. curfew, all businesses must close their doors no later than 7:30 p.m. Restaurants may, however, continue to offer a delivery service.

      • Pharmacies and gas stations will remain open according to their usual hours. Pharmacies will only be able to sell drugs and essentials, while gas stations will only be able to sell food, gasoline and road vehicle products.

      • The manufacturing sector will remain open. Quebec's public health director, Dr. Horacio Arruda, said while the sector has seen many outbreaks, almost all of them occurred in the food sector, which cannot be shut down. (CBC)

    • All social, recreational or sports activities will now have to be limited to the family bubble.

      • Alpine ski resorts will remain open, but they will not be able to offer evening skiing until February 8.

    • Places of worship will be closed. Funeral ceremonies will have to be postponed or limited to a maximum of 10 people.

  • Order in Council No. 1-2021 – The public health emergency has been renewed until January 15, 2021.

  • 220,518 cases, an increase of 2,519 since yesterday, including 74 deaths: 16 in the last 24 hours, 41 between December 31 and January 5, 15 before December 31, and two at an unknown date.

January 6, 2021
Last update at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal 

  • New pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirements come into effect for all air travellers flying into Canada. (News ReleaseBackgrounder and Order)

    • Effective midnight on January 7, 2021 (00:00 EST or 05:00 UCT), regardless of citizenship, all travellers five years of age or older must provide proof of a negative laboratory test result for COVID-19 to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada.

  • S.O.R./2020-284 – Regulations Amending the Income Tax Regulations (COVID-19 — Wage and Rent Subsidies) were published in the January 6 Canada Gazette, Part II.

  • New COVID-19 boarding rules for airlines will be tighter than expected, industry sources say. (CBC)

U.S. – Federal

  • The U.S. will be sending the COVID-19 vaccine to pharmacies in hopes of speeding up shots. (Reuters)

Alberta 

  • Alberta’s vaccine roll out exceeds 26,000 doses to date. Vaccines are being administered across the province, with 56.9 per cent of vaccines received to date already given to Albertans. (News Release)

  • 106,378 cases, an increase of 843 since yesterday, including 26 deaths.

British Columbia 

  • Order in Council No. 1 – The state of emergency has been extended until January 19, 2021. (News Release)

  • 54,629 cases, an increase of 428 since yesterday, including eight deaths.

Ontario 

  • Premier Ford says the province will decide in the coming days whether or not more stringent lockdown measures, including possibly keeping schools closed, are needed to curb the surge of COVID-19 cases in Ontario. (CBC)

  • Ontario launches a testing program at Pearson Airport. The new free and voluntary pilot program will support early detection of COVID-19. More details will be available on the airport's website. (News Release)

  • 200,626 cases, an increase of 3,266 since yesterday, including 37 deaths.

Quebec

  • François Legault will hold a highly anticipated press conference this evening at 5 p.m. (EST), potentially announcing a province-wide curfew. Construction sites and the manufacturing sector could also be affected for the first time since the spring lockdown. (CBC)

    • According to a report from La Presse, Legault is expected to impose new stay-at-home orders starting at 8 p.m., enforced by police fines. (CTV)

  • 217,999 cases, an increase of 2,641 since yesterday, including 47 deaths: 13 in the last 24 hours, 28 between December 30 and January 4, five before December 30, and one at an unknown date.

January 5, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau says he's "frustrated" with the pace of the vaccine rollout and will be discussing distribution with the premiers on Thursday. (CBC)

U.S. – Federal

  • Federal Register Notice: Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19.

  • CDC Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes.

Alberta

  • 105,535 cases, an increase of 5,107 (459 on January 2; 933 on January 1; 1,361 on December 31; 1,226 on December 30), including 96 deaths.

British Columbia

  • Vaccination Update for Q1 – All Pfizer and Moderna vaccines received in B.C. will be prioritized for administration to priority populations as their first dose until late January 2021.

    • Second doses will be administered approximately 35 days after the first dose to maximize the number of priority populations to receive the first dose.

    • The scheduling of the priority groups may be modified throughout Q1 as transmission is monitored.

    • B.C.’s plan and approach for Q2 and Q3 will be set out in mid/late January for population level vaccination.

  • 54,201 cases, an increase of 2,211 (565 from December 31 to January 1; 607 from January 1-2; 500 from January 2-3; 539 in the last 24 hours), including 45 deaths.

Ontario

  • Hospital figures reach pandemic highs as Ontario reveals more details about vaccine rollout. (CBC)

    • Ontario government has unveiled a plan to vaccinate all long-term care residents, workers and essential caregivers in the hard-hit areas of Toronto, Peel, York and Windsor-Essex by January 21.

  • Ontario has accelerated COVID-19 vaccinations for long-term care homes in priority regions. All residents and workers will be vaccinated by the third week of January. (News Release)

  • 166,790 cases, an increase of 3,128 since yesterday, including 51 deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec is considering setting a curfew and extending school closures to halt the spread of COVID-19. (CBC)

    • Legault’s government update has been postponed until tomorrow, but possible scenarios have been leaked.

    • The province is considering keeping schools closed for an extra week or two, while also shutting down non-essential activities in the manufacturing and construction sectors, sources tell Radio-Canada.

  • 215,358 cases, an increase of 2,508 since yesterday, including 62 deaths (17 in the last 24 hours, 41 between December 29 and January 3, three before December 29, and one at an unknown date).

January 4, 2021

Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal 

  • Pre-departure COVID-19 testing and negative results for air travellers are new requirements coming to Canada. (News Release and Backgrounder)

  • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 16 was published in the January 2 Canada Gazette, Part I.

U.S. – Federal

  • The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced additional guidance to provide information to workers and employers about protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (News Release)

  • Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). (CDC Update)

  • Dr. Fauci sees the U.S. gaining control over the pandemic by next autumn. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Two senior Alberta government members are among the seven public officials who are facing consequences after travelling internationally in December. (CTV)

  • 100,428 cases, an increase of 1,287 since December 30, including 18 deaths.

British Columbia

  • The Food and Liquor Serving Premises and Retail Establishments Which Sell Liquor Order was updated on December 30, 2020 – Related to measures to protect the public from COVID-19.

  • Industrial Projects Restart PHO Order made on December 29, 2020 – Related to the number of workers to worksites and industrial camps.

  • 7,803 cases, an increase of 683 on Dec. 31, including eight deaths.

Ontario

  • Today, the Toronto Public Health (TPH) released new COVID-19 workplace outbreak data and announces new measures for COVID-19-related workplace safety. (News Release)

    • TPH has issued new requirements to businesses and organizations given the continued acute rise in COVID-19 infections in Toronto. TPH has also issued a letter of instruction to those businesses currently permitted to operate under the Reopening Ontario Act. The letter outlines additional measures to take to further limit opportunities for COVID-19 spread.

  • Ontario is supporting home-based food businesses during COVID-19 by providing entrepreneurs with a new “how to” guide. (News Release)

  • Ontario’s education minister has confirmed the start dates for in-person learning at schools will not change amid a rising number of COVID-19 cases over the holidays. (CBC)

  • 194,232 cases, an increase of 15,401 since December 30, including 205 deaths.

Quebec

  • Order in Council No. 1420-2020 – The state of emergency was renewed until January 8, 2021.

  • 212,850 cases, an increase of 13,028 since December 31, including 125 deaths.

December 30, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada - Federal

  • Air passengers entering Canada will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before arriving in the country, the federal government announced today. (CBC)

    • The measure does not replace the federal government's mandatory 14-day quarantine period, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair warned.

    • The Canada Border Services Agency will also increase its presence at airports across Canada, the minister said.

U.S. - Federal

  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says US$600 stimulus payments to begin arriving as early as December 29. (Reuters)

    • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has introduced legislation linking US$2,000 COVID-19 relief cheques to President Donald Trump’s requests involving social media company legal protections and election fraud. (Reuters)

  • The U.S. may expand mandatory COVID-19 testing to more international passengers. (Reuters)

  • Emergency U.S. authorization for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine expected in April 2021. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Alberta will fall far short of the United Conservative Party government's promise to vaccinate 29,000 people against COVID-19 by the end of 2020, Premier Jason Kenney says. (CBC)

  • Alberta receives 16,900 doses of Moderna vaccine; this initial shipment will be used to immunize residents at long-term care and designated supportive living facilities beginning with those at highest risk. (News Release)

  • 99,141 cases, an increase of 872 since yesterday, including 26 deaths.

British Columbia

  • 50,815 cases, an increase of 2,206 since December 24, including 74 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario has released an Ethical Framework for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, which will guide vaccine prioritization in future phases of the province’s implementation plan. (News Release)

    • The province continues to vaccinate vulnerable populations and those who care for them through phase one of its three-phase implementation plan as additional vaccines become available.

    • Ontario has launched a new webpage detailing the province’s three-phase immunization program, information on COVID-19 vaccines, safety measures and approval standards, as well as daily updates on the number of Ontarians vaccinated.

  • Ontario has published a backgrounder, which outlines the legislative and regulatory changes coming into force on January 1, 2021.

  • 178,831 cases, an increase of 2,900 since yesterday, including 19 deaths.

Quebec

  • Ministerial Order No. 2020-108 - Related to grooming for animals and florists.

  • 199,822 cases, an increase of 2,511 since yesterday, including 41 deaths (10 in the last 24 hours, 28 between December 23 and December 28, and three at an unknown date).

December 29, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada - Federal

  • The Government of Canada continues to advise against non-essential travel and reminds all travellers returning to Canada that contravening the mandatory quarantine can lead to severe penalties. (News Release)

  • The Public Health Agency of Canada provided guidance on the variants of COVID-19 virus found in Ontario. (Statement)

  • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) was published in the December 26 Canada Gazette Part 1 (made under the Quarantine Act). (Order)

U.S. - Federal

  • The U.S. House approved a proposal to boost COVID-19 aid cheques to US$2,000. (Reuters)

    • U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked immediate consideration of the measure to increase COVID-19 relief payments, suggesting instead that the Senate examine the issue along with two others: the integrity of elections and limits on big technology companies. (Reuters and CBC)

  • The CDC issued an Order requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test for all air passengers arriving from the U.K. to the U.S. (Order)

  • The CDC published facts about COVID-19 vaccines and guidelines on what to expect when getting vaccinated for COVID-19. (Update)

Alberta

  • Alberta reported its first case of a new COVID-19 variant in a person who returned from U.K. (Toronto Star)

  • The Alberta government published a policy that aims to establish a surveillance system for COVID-19 vaccination to monitor and report adverse events following immunization. (Publication)

  • 98,269 cases, an increase of 5,789 since December 23, including 131 deaths.

British Columbia

  • B.C. health officials are set to provide their first COVID-19 update after taking a five-day break over the holidays. (CBC)

  • B.C. reported its first case of a new COVID-19 variant in a person who returned from U.K. (Statement)

  • A second farm in B.C. has reported that its mink have tested positive for COVID-19. (Information Bulletin)

  • 48,609 cases, an increase of 99 on December 24, including 12 deaths. 

Ontario

  • Ontario has changed its COVID-19 vaccination plan to give a first dose to as many people as possible and no longer hold second doses in reserve. (Globe and Mail)

  • New spaces are being created to provide quality care for long-term care residents. (News Release)

  • Ontario aims to start administering Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in long-term care homes this week. (CTV)

  • Ontario's COVID-19 task force head asks Health Canada to investigate the possibility of administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as a single dose, rather than two. (CBC)

  • Ontario confirmed its first cases of a new COVID-19 variant first identified in the U.K. (News Release)

  • O.Reg. 789/20 - Rules for Areas in Stage 1 (made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020).

  • 175,908 cases, an increase of 13,245 since December 23, including 226 deaths. 

Quebec

  • The Quebec government has asked the federal government to implement three measures as quickly as possible: (News Release)

    • Obligation to be tested before returning to Quebec territory

    • Screening at airports using rapid tests for travellers returning to Quebec

    • Intensified monitoring of compliance with the requirement to isolate for 14 days upon return from travel

  • Quebec wants travellers returning from holidays abroad to test negative for COVID-19 before boarding planes. (CBC)

  • The following Orders were published in the December 24 Gazette officielle du Québec:

    • Order in Council No. 1418-2020 - The public health emergency was renewed until January 1, 2021.

    • Order in Council No. 1419-2020 - Related to the suspended activities carried out in a retail commercial establishment.

  • Ministerial Order No. 2020-107 - Related to provisions of collective agreements.

  • Quebec confirmed its first case of a new COVID-19 variant first identified in the U.K. (News Release)

  • 197,311 cases, an increase of 13,788 since December 23, including 217 deaths.

December 23, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada has extended its ban on passenger flights from the U.K. until January 6. (CBC)

  • Health Canada has authorized the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. (Statement)

  • The federal government is funding the Canadian Red Cross supporting up to 20 additional long-term care and retirement homes in Ontario. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • The U.S. faces a risk of government shutdown as Trump balks at a COVID-19 relief deal. (Reuters)

    • Trump did not explicitly say he would veto the measure, apparently holding out hope Congress would modify a complex package that took months to negotiate.

    • Because Congress is due to adjourn at the end of the year, the bill will be automatically vetoed after 10 days if Trump takes no action, in what is known as a “pocket veto.”

  • The Trump Administration purchases an additional 100 million doses of the COVID-19 investigational vaccine from Pfizer. (News Release)

  • Extension of Designation of Scarce Materials or Threatened Materials Subject to COVID-19 Hoarding Prevention Measures; Correction of Extension Date. (Notice)

Alberta

  • Alberta has received a second shipment of the Pfizer vaccine that will be offered to health-care workers and long-term care workers across the province. (News Release)

  • 92,480 cases, an increase of 1,021 since yesterday, including 11 deaths.

British Columbia

  • The government has put a cap on fees for food delivery services to provide immediate relief to local businesses. (News Release)

    • An Emergency Program Act order (included in yesterday’s digest) places a temporary cap on fees charged to restaurants from food delivery companies to 15 per cent. An additional cap of five per cent is also included for other related fees associated with use of the service, such as online ordering and processing fees. This will ensure that companies cannot shift their delivery costs to other fees.

    • Order in Council No. 698 – Effective December 27, 2020, Schedule 2 of the COVID-19 Related Measures Act is amended by adding the Food Delivery Services (COVID-19) Order.

  • The state of emergency has been extended until January 5, 2021. (News Release and Order in Council No. 700)

  • 47,510 cases, an increase of 444 since yesterday, including 12 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario welcomes Health Canada approval of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. (News Release)

    • The federal government has allocated approximately 53,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for Ontario in December 2020, and they will be delivered before the end of the month.

  • Ontario government is providing nearly C$41-million to help 486 non-profit organizations across the province to rebuild and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants are part of the first round of funding through the Ontario Trillium Foundation's new C$83-million Resilient Communities Fund. (News Release)

  • O.Reg. 786/20 – General (made under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014) – Related to fees during closures under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.

  • 162,663 cases, an increase of 2,408 since yesterday, including 41 deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec premier says Ottawa should crack down on Canadians vacationing abroad. (CTV)

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Quebec is announcing flexibility in the criteria normally applied for calculating the value of taxable benefits attributed to an employee in relation to the use they make of an automobile for the 2020 and 2021 tax years. (News Release)

  • 183,523 cases, an increase of 2,247 since yesterday, including 74 deaths: 11 in the last 24 hours, 56 between December 16 and December 21, five before December 16, and two at an unknown date.

December 22, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada's chief public health officer has announced that the new COVID-19 variant has not yet been detected here. (CBC)

  • Statement from the Taxpayers’ Ombudsperson regarding the service provided by the Canada Revenue Agency on the emergency benefit programs.

  • 2020 Highlights: CanNor support helps the Northern Business Community be resilient during COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. (News Release)

  • Health Canada has greenlighted another COVID-19 vaccine candidate for human trials. The vaccine is one of two being developed by the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) at the University of Saskatchewan. (CTV)

U.S. – Federal

  • The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives both passed a US$900-billion COVID-19 relief bill yesterday evening. President Trump is expected to sign the package into law. (Reuters and the Washington Post)

    • The wide-ranging bill that also spends US$1.4-trillion on an array of federal programs through next September is likely to be the final major piece of legislation for the 116th Congress that expires on January 3.

    • The legislation also renews a small-business lending program by about US$284-billion and steers money to schools, airlines, transit systems and vaccine distribution.

  • National Credit Union Administration's Temporary Regulatory Relief in Response to COVID-19 Extension. (Rule)

  • The CDC has published General Information about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. 

Alberta

  • 91,459 cases, an increase of 1,240 since yesterday, including nine deaths.

British Columbia

  • The following orders were published:

    • Ministerial Order No. M480 – Food Delivery Services (COVID-19) Order is made (under the Emergency Program Act).

    • Order in Council No. 655 – Sections 2 and 3 of Appendix 2 of B.C. Reg 199/2020 are repealed (related to limitation periods), and effective March 25, 2021, item 27 of Schedule 2 of the COVID-19 Related Measures Act is repealed.

    • Order in Council No. 659 – Effective July 10, 2021, items 2 and 3 of Schedule 1 of the COVID-19 Related Measures Act are repealed.

  • Increased funding from the B.C. and federal governments supports students and keeps schools safe. (Information Bulletin)

  • B.C. commits C$105-million to support the tourism sector. (News Release)

  • 47,067 cases, an increase of 1,667 since Friday, including 41 deaths. 

Ontario

  • Ontario is cancelling passenger road tests across Ontario. (News Release)

  • The province is expanding the Support for Learners program to include secondary school students and lowering electricity prices to a discounted off-peak rate 24/7 for all time-of-use and tiered customers. (News Release)

  • The Government of Canada responds to a tumultuous year with unprecedented investments to support more than 7,300 jobs in Northern Ontario. (News Release)

  • 160,255 cases, an increase of 2,202 since yesterday, including 21 deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec's premier and opposition leaders show a united front in support for holiday restrictions. (CBC)

  • Caregivers aged over 70 that are in residential and long-term care facilities will be added to the priority list of the Vaccination Program. (News Release)

  • Over C$380-million have been invested by the Government of Canada in 2020 for a stronger Quebec after the crisis. (News Release)

  • 181,276 cases, an increase of 2,183 since yesterday, including 28 deaths: 10 in the last 24 hours, 14 have between December 15 and December 20, one before December 15, and three have occurred at an unknown date.

December 21, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada suspends flights from the United Kingdom for 72 hours. (News Release)

    • Additionally, passengers who arrived in Canada today from the United Kingdom are now subject to secondary screening and enhanced measures, including increased scrutiny of quarantine plans. Passengers who arrived recently from the United Kingdom will also receive additional direction from the Government of Canada.

  • The Canada Revenue Agency launches the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Registry. (News Release)

  • The government announces the 2021 automobile deduction limits and expense benefit rates for businesses and temporary adjustments to the automobile standby charge due to COVID-19. (News Release and Backgrounder)

  • Minister Garneau directs the Canadian Transportation Agency to develop a new regulation to address future large-scale flight cancellations. (News Release)

  • Health Canada is considering favipiravir for approval in treating COVID-19. (ipolitics)

U.S. – Federal 

  • The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Sunday to extend federal funding through December 21 to avoid a government shutdown, giving lawmakers more time to pass a US$900-billion COVID-19 aid package tied to a larger government spending bill. (Reuters)

  • The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices issues an interim recommendation for the use of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. (Report)

Alberta

  • Testing is strongly encouraged for all persons in Alberta who have been in the United Kingdom in the last 14 days, whether they have symptoms or not. Travellers will be contacted directly by Alberta Health Services to book a test. (News Release)

  • 90,219 cases, an increase of 4,051 since Friday, including 61 deaths.

British Columbia

  • The government has enhanced the Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant program to make it easier for businesses to qualify and has increased support for those in the hard-hit tourism sector. (News Release)

  • The suspension of limitation periods will end March 2021. (News Release)

  • 45,400 cases, an increase of 624 since Friday, including 11 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario has announced a provincewide shutdown. The lockdown will begin at 12:01 a.m. (EST) on December 26 and will last until Jan. 23 for all regions in southern Ontario. The health units not in southern Ontario will remain in lockdown until January 9. (News Release and Guidance)

    • Measures include, but are not limited to:

      • Restricting indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household. Individuals who live alone may consider having exclusive close contact with one other household.

      • Prohibiting in-person shopping – curbside pickup and delivery can continue. Discount and big-box retailers selling groceries will be limited to 25 per cent capacity for in-store shopping.

        • Supermarkets, grocery stores and similar stores that primarily sell food, as well as pharmacies, will continue to operate at 50 per cent capacity for in-store shopping.

        • Restricting indoor access to shopping malls – designated indoor pickup area (by appointment only).

      • Prohibiting indoor and outdoor dining – permitted to operate by takeout, drive-through and delivery only.

    • Employers in all industries should make every effort to allow employees to work from home.

  • Ontario introduces a new Small Business Support Grant. (Backgrounder)

    • Provides a minimum of C$10,000 and up to C$20,000 to eligible small business owners.

      • For small businesses not in operation in April 2019 or April 2020, eligibility criteria will be announced in January 2021.

      • Further details, including how to apply for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant, will be announced in January 2021.

    • Businesses that are impacted by the Provincewide Shutdown will also be eligible for the property tax and energy cost rebates.

  • New school protocols:

    • All publicly funded and private elementary and secondary schools are to move to teacher-led remote learning when students return from the winter break on January 4, 2021, until at least January 11, 2021.

    • Schools located in the Public Health Unit regions (listed in the news release) can resume in-person instruction on January 11, 2021, for both elementary and secondary students.

    • For schools in all other Public Health Unit regions, elementary school students are planned to be able to return to in-person learning on January 11, 2021, and secondary school students will continue learning remotely until January 25, 2021, at which point they may resume in-person learning.

  • The following regulations were added to E-Laws this afternoon:

    • Made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act:

    • Made under the Provincial Offences Act:

      • O.Reg.778/20 – Proceedings Commenced by Certificate of Offence – Related to failure to comply with manager’s protocol respecting COVID-19 (Ontario Food Terminal Act).

  • Ontario is supporting high-priority communities with funding that will provide community outreach, increased testing and wraparound supports. (News Release)

  • 158,053 cases, an increase of 6,796 since Friday, including 69 deaths.

Quebec

  • While the number of hospitalizations is constantly increasing in Quebec, the Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, reminds the population that they should go to the emergency room or a clinic only if really necessary, in order to avoid further increasing the pressure on the health and social services network. (News Release)

  • Ministerial Order No. 2020-106 – Related to measures for any room where performing arts are presented on stage, including places of practice and presentation.

  • 179,093 cases, an increase of 6,292 since Friday, including 30 deaths: two in the last 24 hours, 27 between December 14 and December 19, and one before December 14.

December 18, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland announced that the government has concluded the necessary regulatory changes to raise the maximum wage subsidy rate to 75 per cent for the period beginning Sunday, December 20, 2020, until March 13, 2021. (News Release)

  • The National Research Council of Canada announced it is providing advisory services and over $C9-million in research and development funding to support four therapeutic firms in the development of COVID-19 treatments: Bold Therapeutics, JN Nova Pharma, Laurent Pharmaceuticals and Qu Biologics. (News Release)

  • Prime Minister Trudeau said that 500,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will arrive in Canada early in the new year. (CBC)

  • An additional C$100-million in support is being provided to food security organizations. (News Release)

  • P.C. 2020-1128, Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) (under the Quarantine Act).

U.S. – Federal

  • Still no COVID-19 relief bill as U.S. Congress faces shutdown deadline. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Information document on Alberta's vaccine storage and handling for COVID-19 vaccine.

  • 86,168 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,571 since yesterday, including 30 deaths.

British Columbia

  • Order of the Provincial Health Officer: Workplace Safety – December 16, 2020

  • Online applications are now open for British Columbians to apply for the BC Recovery Benefit. (News Release)

  • 44,776 confirmed cases, an increase of 673 since yesterday, including 21 deaths.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford confirmed that the current lockdowns in Toronto and Peel will remain in place past Monday. The government is considering a lockdown across southern Ontario from Boxing Day until January 11 and will announce its next steps on Monday. (CBC)

  • Ontario is supporting employers and employees impacted by COVID-19. (News Release)

    • For employers with non-unionized employees, regulatory changes brought forward under the Employment Standards Act are being extended to July 3, 2021. The changes include putting non-unionized employees on job-protected leave during the COVID-19 outbreak any time their hours of work are temporarily reduced by their employer due to the pandemic to prevent temporary layoffs from becoming permanent.

    • To support the hospitality industry and other hard-hit industries, the government is creating a special industry regulation allowing employers to negotiate alternative arrangements with unions for putting termination and severance pay into trust for laid-off employees.

  • Ontario is expanding COVID-19 vaccine locations. (News Release)

  • Ontario has capped food delivery fees to protect small businesses. (News Release)

  • The Supporting Local Restaurants Act, 2020 comes into effect tomorrow.

  • Ontario is providing the Shaw Centre with up to C$3.8-million to help the provincial agency navigate the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and ensure the National Capital Region remains one of the top tourism destinations in Ontario. (News Release).

  • Ontario is supporting production of inclusive made-in-Ontario face masks. (News Release)

  • Schedule 7, sections 1 and 2 of S.O. 2020, c. 18, COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020, amending the Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act, 1993, were proclaimed in force January 1, 2021.

  • 151,257 confirmed cases, an increase of 2,290 since yesterday, including 40 deaths.

Quebec

  • COVID-19-related instructions for the holiday season have been posted.

  • The Bureau de normalization du Québec launched the certification program for masks intended for workplaces. Mask manufacturers and distributors can now apply for compliance recognition of masks used to prevent transmission of COVID-19 from people who are presymptomatic or asymptomatic, but still contagious. (News Release)

  • Monitoring the evolution of the COVID-19 epidemic: Risks of hospitalization and projections of hospital needs – Update of December 18, 2020. (News Release)

  • Quebec Health Minister says situation “critical” in 10 hospitals as COVID-19 patients top 1,000. (CBC)

  • 172,801 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,773 since yesterday, including 36 deaths: five in past 24 hours.

December 17, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • The government is being cautious with estimates, but the timeline for vaccinating Canadians could accelerate. (CTV)

    • Vaccinations on the general public would begin in April. Between then and June, 15 and 19 million Canadians will be immunized, which equates to between 40 and 50 per cent of the population.

  • A Dartmouth-based company has pioneered a new remote monitoring service for virus management to help businesses screen for COVID-19. This easy-to-use, affordable platform has federal support. (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. lawmakers will likely finalize a COVID-19 aid deal and government spending bill on Saturday. (Reuters)

  • A second COVID-19 vaccine is set to receive panel endorsement in the U.S. (CTV)

  • A CDC update on essential services and critical infrastructure includes response planning for critical sectors.

  • A second U.S. vaccine is ready to ship after a daily record of 3,580 COVID-19 deaths. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Rapid testing will be expanded across the province to reach Albertans in homeless shelters, long-term care facilities and remote rural communities. (News Release)

  • 84,597 cases, an increase of 1,270 since yesterday, including 16 deaths.

British Columbia

  • Updated Gatherings and Events Order – Amends the order made on May 28, 2020, with respect to vending markets, by limiting its application to vending markets that sell only food or drink for human consumption.

  • A fiscal update shows the continued impact of the pandemic on B.C.’s economy. (News Release)

  • 44,103 cases, an increase of 640 since yesterday, including 24 deaths.

Ontario

  • The following regulations were added to E-Laws this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 765/20 – Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (made under the Employment Standards Act, 2000).

    • O.Reg. 763/20 – Non-Enforcement Period – Prescribed Tenancies was added to e-laws today (made under the Commercial Tenancies Act).

  • Amid record-high case counts and hospitalizations, Ontario's hospitals called for new 28-day lockdowns for red-tier regions of the province's COVID-19 restriction framework Thursday, but Premier Ford would not commit to any new shutdowns. (CBC)

  • Planned City of Toronto holiday camps and instructional programs have been cancelled due to COVID-19. (News Release)

  • The Ontario government is providing C$77-million to help people who were laid off due to the impact of COVID-19 find in-demand jobs in their local communities. (News Release)

  • Correctional Service of Canada is taking heightened COVID-19 measures in its Ontario region institutions and community correctional centres. (News Release)

  • 148,967 cases, an increase of 2,432 since yesterday, including 23 deaths.

Quebec

  • Following Premier François Legault's new restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus during the holiday season, the Quebec government is announcing improvements to certain support measures intended for businesses. (News Release)

  • The vaccination operation continues: 21 new sites are up and running as of Monday. (News Release)

  • Ministerial Order No. 2020-105 – Related to amended measures for activities carried out outside.

  • Order in Council No. 1351-2020 – The public health emergency has been renewed until December 25, 2020.

  • 171,028 cases, an increase of 1,855 since yesterday, including 22 deaths: three in the last 24 hours, 14 between December 10 and December 15, three before December 10, and two at an unknown date.

December 16, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada gearing up to distribute Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, pending approval. (CTV)

    • Health Canada is still evaluating the Moderna vaccine submission for safety and efficacy, after beginning that process on October 12.

U.S. – Federal

  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine data to be analyzed in public hearing in the U.S. (CBC)

  • The Department of Health and Human Services increases and begins distributing over C$24-billion in Phase 3 COVID-19 provider relief funding. (News Release)

  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that enforces workplace discrimination laws says employers should tread carefully in mandating COVID-19 vaccines. (Reuters)

    • The EEOC issue the guidance on its website after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the way for a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and German partner BioNTech.

Alberta

  • Alberta’s government is stepping up with new outreach programs and supports specifically for communities with very high rates of COVID-19 infection and transmission. (Update)

    • Starting December 15, a number of new programs and supports will be available to residents in these communities. They include:

      • Self-isolation hotels and financial aid

      • COVID care teams

      • Public awareness campaign

  • COVID-19 immunization: guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • This document provides guidance for the delivery of COVID-19 immunization services during the COVID-19 pandemic and assists immunization providers with measures to reduce transmission of COVID-19.

  • Health-care workers in Edmonton and Calgary are the first Albertans to be immunized against COVID-19. (News Release)

  • 83,327 cases, an increase of 1,341 since yesterday, including 10 deaths.

British Columbia

  • The province is expanding provincial COVID-19 ticket enforcement and workplace safety measures. (News Release)

    • Additionally, the province has asked WorkSafeBC to enhance its inspection presence in workplaces by reducing reliance on virtual checks and move to more in-person inspections, particularly in sectors where COVID-19 transmission is occurring.

  • First British Columbian vaccinated, and COVID-19 immunizations begins. (News Release)

  • The BC Marketplace, an online resource that helps boost small-business growth, is promoting local businesses. (News Release)

  • 43,463 cases, an increase of 522 since yesterday, including 21 deaths.

Ontario

  • Toronto city officials are considering enhanced restrictions. (CBC)

    • Enhanced work-from-home measures may be coming. Mayor Tory highlighted the approach being taken in Quebec, where, as of Thursday, working from home will be mandatory for most office employees, at least until January 11. Additionally, for the two weeks after Christmas, all non-essential stores will be closed. 

  • Ontario has launched a new "support local" marketing campaign. The initiative is designed to help businesses impacted by COVID-19. (News Release)

  • The Ontario government is allocating an additional C$695-million to provide financial relief for municipalities and help ensure they do not carry operating deficits into 2021. This investment builds upon the first phase of the federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement announced this summer and will help municipal partners deliver critical services during COVID-19. (News Release)

  • 146,535 cases, an increase of 2,139 since yesterday, including 43 deaths.

Quebec

  • Non-essential businesses will be closed across the province from December 25 through January 11, Premier François Legault announced yesterday evening. (News Release)

    • The following is a list of priority commercial enterprises that can remain open from December 25 to January 10:

      • Only businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores and car-repair shops will be allowed to remain open; big-box stores such as Walmart and Costco will be forbidden from selling goods that are deemed non-essential, Premier Legault said.

      • Teleworking will also be mandatory from December 17 up to and including January 10 for all office workers, except workers whose physical presence employers deem necessary to pursue the organization’s activities. This directive applies to the public and private sectors.

    • The following measures apply to the educational milieu and schools in all regions:

      • The lockdown will also see the province's elementary schools have their holiday break extended to January 11.

      • High schools will have an extended holiday break between December 17 to January 11. Premier Legault warned school-age children that their extended break could include some remote learning and homework.

      • Daycares will remain open, but Legault called on all parents who are able to keep their children at home to do so.

    • Single people and those who live alone will also have permission to join a family bubble.

    • Outdoor activities will be restricted to a maximum of eight people, plus a coach or instructor.

  • Minister Marguerite Blais presents the measures applicable to the various living environments for seniors from December 17 to January 11. (News Release)

  • Ministerial Order No. 2020-104 – Related to the training of service providers in infection prevention and control and measures on the continuation of an educational institution.

  • Emergency financial assistance of C$2-million to ensure continuity of services for children and families in very vulnerable situations. (News Release)

  • 169,173 cases, an increase of 1,897 since yesterday, including 43 deaths: 13 in the last 24 hours, 25 between December 9 and December 14, three before December 9, and two at an unknown date.

December 15, 2020
Dernière mise à jour à 17 h (HNE)

Canada – Fédéral 

  • L’Agence du revenu du Canada a publié cet après-midi le communiqué de presse et les documents d’information qui suivent :
    • Lancement d’un processus simplifié de réclamation des frais de bureau à domicile pour les Canadiens travaillant de la maison en raison de la pandémie de COVID-19 (Communiqué)
    • Simplification du processus de demande de la déduction pour frais de bureau à domicile pour les employés travaillant de la maison en raison de la COVID-19 (Document d’information)
    • Consultation sur la simplification du formulaire T2200, Déclaration des conditions de travail, en réponse à la pandémie de la COVID-19 (Document d’information)
    • Avantages et allocations offerts par l’employeur : Agence du revenu du Canada et COVID-19 (Document d’information)
  • Le Canada recevra un accès anticipé au vaccin contre la COVID-19 de Moderna. (Communiqué)
    • Anita Anand, ministre des Services publics et de l’Approvisionnement, a annoncé qu’à la suite de négociations fructueuses, et sous réserve de l’autorisation du vaccin par Santé Canada, le Canada sera en mesure d’accéder à 168 000 doses du vaccin contre la COVID-19 de Moderna en décembre 2020.
  • Le gouvernement du Canada investit dans un traitement prometteur contre la COVID-19. (Communiqué)
  • Le gouvernement du Canada offre un allègement supplémentaire au secteur de la radiodiffusion. (Communiqué)
États-Unis – Fédéral
  • Un test de dépistage à domicile de la COVID-19, disponible sans ordonnance, obtient le feu vert aux États-Unis. (The Globe and Mail).
  • Les pourparlers s’intensifient au sujet d’un nouveau programme d’aide relatif à la COVID-19 – les principaux chefs du Congrès américain se réuniront. (The Globe and Mail)
    • La date limite envisagée et espérée serait ce vendredi, à minuit, pour remettre le programme complet au président Trump, ce qui correspond à la date à laquelle surviendrait une fermeture partielle du gouvernement avec l’expiration du projet de loi de financement temporaire de la semaine dernière.
  • Moderna obtient l’appui de la Food and Drug Administration pour son vaccin contre la COVID-19 et se rapproche de l’autorisation de ce dernier aux États-Unis. (Reuters)
Alberta
  • 81 986 cas, soit une augmentation de 1 887 depuis hier; 14 décès.
Colombie-Britannique
  • La province reçoit une première livraison d’environ 4 000 doses du premier vaccin approuvé contre la COVID-19. (Communiqué)
    • Ces premières doses du vaccin seront administrées aux travailleurs de la santé de la région du Lower Mainland qui travaillent dans les centres de soins de longue durée et à ceux qui sont essentiels à la lutte contre la COVID-19.
  • 42 943 cas, soit une augmentation de 2 146 depuis vendredi; 49 décès.
Ontario
  • L’Ontario compte actuellement le plus grand nombre de cas actifs depuis le début de la pandémie, même avec un retard important dans le traitement des tests de dépistage. (CBC)
  • Le gouvernement de l’Ontario aide les municipalités et les partenaires autochtones à réagir à la COVID-19 en versant plus de fonds de secours pour les services sociaux afin de protéger les personnes vulnérables. (Communiqué)
  • 144 396 cas, soit une augmentation de 2 275 depuis hier; 20 décès.
Québec
  • Le premier ministre François Legault devrait fournir à 17 h (HNE) des précisions sur la fermeture temporaire des entreprises non essentielles. (CBC)
    • Bien qu’il reste à voir quelles entreprises seront considérées comme non essentielles, les épiceries, les pharmacies, les banques et certains autres types d’établissements devraient demeurer ouverts.
  • Plusieurs régions du Québec passeront temporairement au palier d’alerte rouge pour la période des Fêtes, du 17 décembre au 11 janvier. (Communiqué)
    • Toutes les régions sociosanitaires du Québec passeront au palier d’alerte maximale (rouge) à l’exception des régions suivantes, lesquelles seront temporairement au palier d’alerte orange :
      • Abitibi-Témiscamingue
      • Nord-du-Québec
      • Côte-Nord
      • Grosse-Île et Iles-de-la-Madeleine
      • Nunavik
      • Terres-Cries-de-la Baie James
    • Une interdiction temporaire de se déplacer vers une région se trouvant au palier d’alerte orange sera en vigueur entre le 17 décembre et le 11 janvier.
  • 167 276 cas, soit une augmentation de 1 741 depuis hier; 39 décès, dont sept décès survenus au cours des dernières 24 heures, 30 décès survenus entre le 8 décembre et le 13 décembre, et deux décès survenus à une date inconnue.
December 14, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal 

  • Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, announced a contribution of C$230-million to procure COVID-19 treatments for developing countries in response to urgent priorities identified by the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, launched by the World Health Organization and partners. Canada will also invest C$255-million in additional support for the ACT-Accelerator for the effective deployment of medical solutions against COVID-19 in developing and vulnerable countries. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization to Pfizer for its COVID-19 vaccine. (News Release)

  • An intensive care unit nurse became the first person in the United States to receive the newly authorized Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Monday. (Reuters)

  • The U.S. will purchase an additional 100 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna. (News Release)

  • U.S. Congress is in a sprint to fund the government and approve COVID-19 emergency aid. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Alberta will soon receive 25,350 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and will start immunizing priority health-care workers provincewide. (News Release)

  • Small and medium enterprise relaunch grant: program guidelines (December 2020) were posted. (Guidelines)

  • COVID-19 information: Alberta Health Daily Checklist (for children under 18; and adults 18 and older) (December 2020) was posted. (Checklist)

  • 80,099 confirmed cases, an increase of 5,045 since Friday, including 53 deaths.  

British Columbia

  • O.I.C. 620/2020 – Amending the COVID-19 (Limits on Actions and Proceedings) Regulation (under the COVID-19 Related Measures Act).

  • 40,797 confirmed cases, an increase of 737 on Friday, including 11 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario delivers first COVID-19 vaccine in the country. (News Release)

  • Testing guidelines for outbound international travellers have been updated. Effective December 11, 2020, individuals requesting a COVID-19 test for international travel clearance are no longer eligible for a publicly funded COVID-19 test in Ontario. (News Release)

  • The Ontario Superior Court has suspended jury trials until February. The suspension applies everywhere except regions designated “green” under Ontario’s COVID-19 pandemic response plan. (CTV)

  • The Supporting Local Restaurants Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 31 – Will be proclaimed in force on December 19, 2020.

  • O. Reg. 748/20 – General Regulation under the Supporting Local Restaurants Act, 2020. In force December 19, 2020.

  • Helping Tenants and Small Businesses Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 23 – The following schedules/sections were proclaimed in force:

    • Schedule 1, ss. 1-2: in force January 1, 2023 (amending the Assessment Act)

    • Schedule 3, ss. 1-8: in force January 1, 2021 (amending the Election Act)

    • Schedule 4, ss. 1-16: in force January 1, 2023 (amending the Municipal Act, 2001 and the Municipal Elections Act, 1996)

    • Schedule 5, s. 1: in force January 1, 2021 (amending the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation Act, 1997)

  • The following regulations were added to E-Laws:

    • O. Reg. 738/20 – Amending O. Reg. 82/20, Rules for Areas in Stage 1 (under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020).

    • O. Reg. 743/20 – Amending O. Reg. 135/18, Designation of Diseases (under the Health Protection and Promotion Act) came into force December 11, 2020.

    • O. Reg. 744/20 – Amending Reg. 569 of R.R.O. 1990, Reports (under the Health Protection and Promotion Act) came into force on December 11, 2020.

  • 142,121 confirmed cases, an increase of 5,490 since Friday, including 56 deaths.

Quebec

  • The first Quebecers received the COVID-19 vaccine today. (News Release

  • New COVID-19 restrictions to be announced Tuesday, says Premier François Legault. (CBC)

    • In an interview with Radio-Canada, Legault said businesses should prepare for a new round of closures.

  • Bill 75, An Act to improve justice accessibility and efficiency, in particular to address consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, received third reading and royal assent on December 11, 2020.

  • Bill 66, An Act respecting the acceleration of certain infrastructure projects, received third reading on December 10, 2020, and royal assent on December 11, 2020.

  • Order 2020-103 of the Minister of Health and Social Services regarding the change to maximum alert level for the MRCs of Laurentides and Pays-d'en-Haut.

  • 165,535 confirmed cases, an increase of 5,512 since Friday, including 98 deaths (including deaths occurring prior to December 11).

December 11, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal 

  • The Government of Canada announces a pan-Canadian vaccine injury support program. (News Release)

  • The Government of Canada welcomes a report from the Industry Strategy Council. (News Release)

  • The Canadian Transportation Agency launched a consultation on requests by airlines for temporary adjustments to the requirements of the Air Passenger Protection Regulations. (News Release)

  • Canada/U.S. border restrictions have been extended to January 21, 2021. (CBC)

  • The following notices and orders were published in the December 12, 2020, Canada Gazette, Part I:

    • Notice of Intent – Consultation on the Cannabis Regulations: Cannabis research and other regulatory issues (including COVID-19 measures)

    • Order Approving the Interim Order Respecting Drug Shortages (Safeguarding the Drug Supply)

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 8

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country Other than the United States)

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States)

U.S. – Federal

  • The U.S. FDA is set to authorize the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • 75,054 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,566 since yesterday, including 13 deaths.

British Columbia

  • 40,060 confirmed cases, an increase of 723 since yesterday, including 28 deaths.

Ontario

  • As of December 14 at 12:01 a.m. (EST), seven public health regions will move to new levels in the COVID-19 restrictions framework. (News Release and O.Reg. 737/20)

    • York Region and Windsor-Essex – Grey-Lockdown zone

    • Middlesex-London, Simcoe Muskoka, and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph – Red-Control zone

    • Eastern Ontario Health Unit – Orange-Restrict zone

    • Leeds, Grenville and Lanark – Yellow-Protect Zone

  • Ontario has developed a three-phase implementation plan to receive, store and administer COVID-19 vaccines to Ontarians as soon as they are received. (News Release)

  • 136,631 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,848 since yesterday, including 45 deaths. 

Quebec

  • The regional county municipalities of Laurentides and Pays-d'en-Haut have gone to maximum alert level. (News Release)

  • The government has put out a report on the progress of COVID-19 vaccination, which contains the proposed priority groups for vaccination – vulnerable people on long-term care, health-care workers, residents in seniors homes, isolated and remote communities, individuals aged 60 to 80.

  • Monitoring the evolution of the COVID-19 epidemic: Risks of hospitalization and projections of hospital needs. (News Release)

  • The Minister Responsible for Seniors and Caregivers, Marguerite Blais, announced C$11-million to support family caregivers in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. (News Release)

  • 160,023 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,713 since yesterday, including 53 deaths (six in the last 24 hours).

December 10, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal 

  • This afternoon, Bill C-19An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (COVID-19 response), was tabled: "This enactment adds a new Part to the Canada Elections Act that provides for temporary rules to ensure the safe administration of an election in the context of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic."(News Release and Backgrounder)

  • COVID Alert app updated with two new features (News Release):

    • The first app update allows users to clear the screen that indicates exposure to COVID-19. After receiving a negative COVID-19 test result, the screen can be cleared enabling the app to alert the user of a new exposure.

    • The second feature allows users to turn COVID Alert on and off without disabling Bluetooth.

  • Protecting and supporting Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic: CBSA 2020 operational and enforcement highlights.

U.S. – Federal 

  • The FDA has authorized the first direct-to-consumer COVID-19 test system. (News Release)

  • The FDA held an Advisory Committee meeting to discuss authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate as part of the agency’s review of aafety and effectiveness data. (Statement

Alberta

  • The first 3,900 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will arrive in Alberta during the week of December 14. (News Release)

    • Alberta Health Services will begin booking appointments with intensive-care-unit health-care workers, respiratory therapists and long-term care workers eligible to be immunized. Eligibility will begin with workers at the highest risk facilities.

  • S.A. 2020, c. 40 – Bill 35Tax Statutes (Creating Jobs and Driving Innovation) Amendment Act, 2020 received royal assent yesterday. The act is in force on assent except where noted otherwise (certain sections have effect on various dates).

    • Amendments include those to the Alberta Corporate Tax Act to allow for the extension of time limits and periods due to COVID-19.

  • 73,488 cases, an increase of 1,460 since yesterday, including 13 deaths.

British Columbia 

  • The first round of approximately 4,000 COVID-19 immunizations will begin on the Lower Mainland next week now that vaccine deployment simulations are complete. (News Release)

    • Vaccines will continue arriving each week in B.C. in increasing quantities, with targeted deployment for people in priority groups. Expected timelines will depend on vaccine approval and availability.

    • A registration and record system is in development, including a process to register for vaccine access and receive a formal record of immunization.

  • 39,337 cases, an increase of 619 since yesterday, including 16 deaths.

Ontario

  • The current lockdown measures in Toronto and Peel Region are not having the same impact in curbing the spread of COVID-19 as they did in March, according to new modelling released by the Ontario government earlier today. (CTV)

    • Ontario will announce stricter COVID-19 restrictions for some regions tomorrow. (CTV)

  • Ontario will administer its first COVID-19 vaccines next Tuesday at two hospitals in Toronto and Ottawa, the province confirmed earlier today. (CBC)

    • Additional details on the rollout of these initial vaccines will be released tomorrow, following today's meeting of the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force. (Statement)

  • The Ontario government is making the sale of alcohol with food takeout and delivery orders permanent. The new measures will help restaurants and bars rebuild and recover. (News Release)

    • The following were added to E-Laws this afternoon (made under the Liquor Licence Act):

  • The Ontario government is extending all orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 until January 20, 2021. (News Release and O.Reg. 731/20)

  • The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing over C$3.5-million to help more than 700 businesses in the Ontario agri-food sector establish or expand their online presence. This initiative will provide consumers with more local food choices when shopping from home during the COVID-19 outbreak. (News Release)

  • 134,783 cases, an increase of 1,983 since yesterday, including 35 deaths.

Quebec

  • Resource update: emergency school daycare services. In accordance with government recommendations for limiting the risks of spreading the virus, these services should be used only by parents who are entitled to them and whose return to work leaves them no other choice.

    • These services are offered:

      • Throughout Québec

      • From 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

      • On December 17, 18, 21 and 22, based on the relevant school calendar

      • To children from four to 13 years of age who are currently attending a preschool or elementary school (public or private, in English or French)

  • The following were added to the December 10 Gazette officielle du Québec:

    • O.C. 1308-2020 – The public health emergency has been renewed until 18 December 2020.

    • O.C. 1346-2020 – Related to educational services, the school service centres, school boards and private educational institutions.

    • Ministerial Order 2020-4380 – Measures for ensuring the proper administration of justice amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation (made under An Act respecting the Ministère de la Justice).

  • Québec Ombudsperson Marie Rinfret released her Progress Report on the government's handling of the COVID-19 crisis in public and private CHSLDs during the first wave of the pandemic. The report is part of its impartial and independent investigation that will wrap up in the fall of 2021. (News Release)

  • The Committee on Public Finance tabled its clause-by-clause consideration report of Bill 66, An Act respecting the acceleration of certain infrastructure projects, yesterday evening.

  • The Committee on Institutions table its clause-by-clause consideration report of Bill 75, An Act to improve justice accessibility and efficiency, in particular to address consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 158,310 cases, an increase of 1,842 since yesterday, including 33 deaths: eight in the last 24 hours, 18 between December 3 and December 8, five before December 3, and two have occurred at an unknown date.

December 9, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal 

  • Health Canada has approved Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. (News Release)

    • The initial doses of the Pfizer vaccine are expected to arrive in Canada next week, and plans are already in place to have the shots ready to be administered at 14 delivery sites in major cities across Canada, within one or two days of shipments arriving. (CTV)

    • Prioritized groups will be the first to receive the vaccine, given the limited quantities to begin with.

  • COVID-19 Advisory Groups and Task Forces Fact Sheet. (Backgrounder)

    • The Government of Canada has established a number of advisory groups and task forces composed of stakeholders from the public sector, private sector and/or academia and research community to provide recommendations or actions to address the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada.

  • P.C. 2020-1000 – Order approving the Interim Order Respecting Drug Shortages (Safeguarding the Drug Supply) (made under the Food and Drugs Act).

  • Government of Canada investment supports more than 3,400 businesses across Ontario to leverage technology and adapt. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • The Alberta government is expanding and increasing the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant. With a new lower threshold and increased grant amount, up to 15,000 more businesses may be eligible for funding. (News Release)

    • More program details, including updated eligibility criteria and how to apply for the second payment, will be outlined on the program webpage when finalized. Applications will be open until March 31, 2021, unless otherwise communicated.

  • New mandatory provincewide measures were introduced yesterday evening. These restrictions will be in place for a minimum of four weeks. (News Release)

    • Immediate effect:

      • All indoor and outdoor social gatherings – public and private – are prohibited.

      • Close contacts are limited to household members only. (Individuals who live alone will be allowed up to two close contacts for in-person visiting, with those two people remaining the same for the duration of the restriction period.)

      • Mandatory indoor public masking requirement.

    • Effective at 12:01 a.m. (MST) on December 13:

      • Retail services must reduce customer capacity to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy, with a minimum of five customers permitted.

        • Curbside pickup, delivery and online services are encouraged.

      • Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes will be closed to in-person service.

      • Shopping malls will be limited to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy. 

      • Casinos, bingo halls, gaming entertainment centres, entertainment businesses and entities, recreational facilities (fitness centres etc.) and private clubs will be closed.

      • Hotels may remain open but must follow restrictions – no spas, pools or in-person dining. Room services only.

      • Personal and wellness services, including hair salons, nail salons, massage, tattoos and piercing, will be closed.

      • All places of worship will be limited to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy for in-person attendance.

    • Mandatory work-from-home measures will be also be implemented, effective December 13, unless the employer determines that work requires a physical presence for operational effectiveness.

    • The new restrictions do not affect schools, the premier said (CTV).

  • Bill 35Tax Statutes (Creating Jobs and Driving Innovation) Amendment Act, received third reading yesterday evening and now awaits royal assent.

  • 72,028 cases, an increase of 1,727 since yesterday, including nine deaths.

British Columbia

  • Applications for C$1,000 B.C. Recovery Benefit will begin soon. (News Release and Backgrounder)

    • Starting December 18, 2020, up to 90 per cent of adults in B.C. will be able to apply for the B.C. Recovery Benefit online. Those needing assistance over the phone can complete their application with an agent starting December 21, 2020.

  • B.C. is investing in communities to help B.C.’s tourism sector recover when they can safely welcome visitors again. (News Release)

  • Order in Council No. 611 – The state of emergency has been extended until December 22, 2020.

  • 38,718 cases, an increase of 566 since yesterday, including 16 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario is protecting workers and employers during COVID-19 by proposing legislation (Bill 238), introduced yesterday evening, that will ensure WSIB premiums and compensation remain stable. (News Release)

    • The Legislature has adjourned for 2020.

  • The province is expanding homegrown capacity with made-in-Ontario respirators and masks. (News Release)

  • 132,800 cases, an increase of 1,890 since yesterday, including 28 deaths.

Quebec

  • Police and inspectors from the province's workplace safety board will be instructed to issue tickets as high as C$6,000 to individuals and businesses that break the COVID-19 health and safety rules. (CBC)

  • O.C. 1293-2020 – Special program from asylum seekers during COVID-19 (made under the Québec Immigration Act) was published in the December 9 Gazette officielle du Québec (associated News Release).

  • 156,468 cases, an increase of 1,728 since yesterday, including 37 deaths – seven in the last 24 hours, 24 between December 2 and December 7, five before December 2, and one has occurred on an unknown date.

December 8, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • Federal Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc said he doesn't expect a U.S. attempt to restrict overseas shipments of the Pfizer vaccine will have any meaningful impact on Canada's initial supply of doses. (CBC)

  • The Minister of Foreign Affairs will be leading the Ministerial Coordination Group on COVID-19. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • A plan of action has been put in place to establish a national strategy for the manufacture, allocation and distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) to respond to COVID-19. The plan has been implemented under the Voluntary Agreement for the manufacture and distribution of critical health-care resources necessary to respond to a pandemic. (Notice)

  • Executive Order on Ensuring Access to United States Government COVID-19 Vaccines.

  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine data wins backing of U.S. FDA staff and authorization nears. (Reuters)

  • President Trump says he will use the Defense Production Act if needed for vaccine distribution. (Reuters)

  • Biden introduces health crisis team and sets goals for U.S. to overcome pandemic. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Alberta will impose tough new restrictions in bid to curb soaring COVID-19 infection rates. Premier Jason Kenney is expected to announce the new measures at a news conference at 4 p.m. (MST)/6 p.m. (EST). (CBC)

    • The Alberta government will order the closure of all casinos and gyms, ban dine-in service at restaurants and bars, and impose a mandatory provincewide mask requirement under new restrictions aimed at curbing the province's soaring COVID-19 infection rates, a leaked internal government document obtained by CBC News shows.

    • The province will also ban all outdoor and indoor social gatherings, and impose mandatory work-from-home measures, the document says.

    • The document says the mandatory restrictions will be in place for at least four weeks.

  • 70,301 cases, an increase of 1,735 since yesterday, including 16 deaths.

British Columbia

  • The provincial health officer’s orders restricting all gatherings and events have today been extended through to January 8, 2021, at midnight. This includes gatherings in people’s homes and public venues.

    • The same requirements and exemptions from the published orders continue to apply, with one new change: drive-through and drive-in to drop off people and leave events, as well as drive-in and stay-in-your car events to a maximum of 50 cars are now allowed. To read the orders, click here.

  • The B.C. government introduced legislation to secure funding for approximately 3.7 million British Columbians to receive the tax-free B.C. Recovery Benefit. Passage of the bill will ensure British Columbians can apply for the benefit starting December 18 (News Release):

    • C$1,000 for families with incomes under C$125,000. Families earning up to C$175,000 will qualify for a reduced benefit amount. Single-parent families also qualify for these benefit amounts.

    • C$500 for single people earning less than C$62,500. Single people earning up to C$87,500 will qualify for a reduced benefit amount.

  • A throne speech highlights actions to protect health and livelihoods. (News Release)

    • New tax measures will reward businesses for hiring and help them grow and become more productive by making it easier for them to invest in equipment and machinery.

  • 38,152 cases, an increase of 2,020 since Friday, including 35 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario is planning to issue some kind of proof-of-vaccination card to those who receive their shots. "That will be very important for people to have, for travel purposes and perhaps work purposes or going to theatres or cinemas or any other places where people will be in close physical contact when we get through the worst of the pandemic," said Health Minister Christine Elliott earlier today. (CBC)

  • S.O. 2020, c. 36 – Bill 229Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget Measures), 2020, was amended by the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs and the reported amendments are now available here (the changes are indicated by underlines for new text and a strikethrough for deleted text.) The bill received third reading and royal assent this afternoon.

    • The list of legislation amended by this act is here. Coming into force information is set out at the end of each schedule.

  • 130,910 cases, an increase of 1,676 since yesterday, including 10 deaths.

Quebec

  • Public health and economics experts are calling for a lockdown in Quebec over the holidays. (CTV)

  • A new online resource was added to the Quebec government website: Progress of the COVID-19 vaccination. On this page, you will find information on:

    • Vaccine development

    • Vaccine ingredients and how the vaccine works

    • Safety

    • Vaccine supply for Canada and Quebec

    • Vaccination in Quebec

    • Priority groups for vaccination

    • Efficacy

    • Symptoms after vaccination

    • Other safety measures

  • 154,740 cases, an increase of 1,564 since yesterday, including 36 deaths – 12 in the last 24 hours, 22 between December 1 and December 6, and two before December 1.

December 7, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • Protecting Canadians during the pandemic and driving economic recovery by focusing on competition to empower consumers and promote productivity, innovation and economic growth. (Speech)

  • Canada to receive early delivery of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. (News Release)

    • Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced that following successful negotiations, Canada will receive up to 249,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in December 2020, contingent on Health Canada authorization of the vaccine.

  • The Government of Canada has awarded a contract to distribute COVID-19 vaccine from coast to coast to coast. (News Release)

    • The contract with FedEx Express Canada and Innomar Strategies Inc. will support the distribution of vaccines across Canada.

  • Unclear wording of CERB eligibility means some recipients have been asked to pay everything back. (CTV)

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • 68,566 cases, an increase of 5,543 since Saturday, including 40 deaths.

British Columbia

  • Provincewide COVID-19 restrictions are supposed to be lifted in B.C. at midnight tonight, but there are indications that health officials will extend limits on events, sports and social gatherings. (CBC)

  • Premier Horgan has said that the COVID-19 relief promise is a top priority of short B.C. legislature session (that begins today). (CTV)

    • The proposed legislation earmarks one-time, tax-free payments of $1,000 for eligible families and C$500 for qualifying individuals.

  • 36,132 cases, an increase of 711 on Friday, including 11 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario has identified key groups for distribution of initial COVID-19 vaccines: vulnerable seniors and health workers. (News Release)

  • 129,234 cases, an increase of 5,708 since Friday, including 61 deaths.

Quebec

  • Ministerial Order No. 2020-101 – Related to modifications to orders for regional municipalities.

  • 153,176 cases, an increase of 5,299 since Friday, including 26 deaths.

December 4, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • The government expands Canada Emergency Business Account loans. (News Release)

    • Starting today, eligible businesses can access a second Canada Emergency Business Account loan of up to C$20,000, in addition to the C$40,000 that was initially available. Half of the loan, up to C$10,000, will be forgivable if the loan is repaid by December 31, 2022.

  • Procurement Minister Anita Anand announced that the government has updated its deal with Moderna to secure the delivery of an additional 20 million doses of its vaccine candidate and has signed a contract with FedEx Express Canada to handle the shipment of most vaccines within the country. Prime Minister Trudeau advised that Health Canada’s review of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is ongoing. (CTV)

  • The government is investing C$1.8-million to fund research teams that will study and make recommendations regarding long-term care and retirement homes. (News Release)

  • Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, welcomed the COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group’s final report and announced that it would be renewed. (News Release)

  • Governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories announced a C$30.7-million investment to support pandemic preparedness and response in the Northwest Territories. (News Release)

  • The National Advisory Committee on Immunization released its final guidance on the prioritization of initial doses of COVID-19 vaccine(s). (CBC)

  • Staff and residents at long-term care homes, adults 70 years of age and older (beginning with those 80 and older), health-care workers, and adults in Indigenous communities where infection can have disproportionate consequences are recommended to receive the initial doses of the vaccine.

  • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 14 (under the Aeronautics Act) was published in the December 5, 2020, Canada Gazette, Part I.

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. COVID-19 relief talks gain momentum as lawmakers set Monday deadline. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Hotels and other lodging providers can keep tourism levy amounts collected until March 31, 2021, an extension of three months. (News Release)

  • 63,023 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,854 since yesterday, 14 deaths.

British Columbia

  • Agreements for Safe Restart funding have been signed with TransLink, BC Transit and BC Ferries. (News Release)

  • 35,422 confirmed cases, an increase of 694 since yesterday, including 12 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario appoints members of the Ministers' COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force. (News Release and Backgrounder)

    • The task force, chaired by General Rick Hillier, will oversee the delivery, storage and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. The other members of the task force are:

      • Dr. Dirk Huyer, Ontario's Chief Coroner and Coordinator of Provincial Outbreak Response

      • Dr. Homer Tien, trauma surgeon and President and CEO of Ornge

      • Dr. Maxwell Smith, bioethicist and assistant professor at Western University

      • Dr. Isaac Bogoch, infectious diseases consultant and internist at Toronto General Hospital

      • Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald of Taykwa Tagamou Nation

      • Dr. Regis Vaillancourt, Director of Pharmacy at Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

      • Linda Hasenfratz, CEO of Linamar Corporation

      • Angela Mondou, President and CEO of TECHNATION

      • Mark Saunders, former Toronto Police Chief

  • Three regions are moving to new levels of the COVID-19 response framework (News Release):

    • Orange-Restrict: Middlesex-London Health Unit and Thunder Bay District Health Unit

    • Yellow-Protect: Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit

  • The following regulations were posted to E-Laws this afternoon:

  • Ontario is providing the Niagara Parks Commission with up to C$12.81-million to help ensure the region remains one of the top tourism destinations in the world during the COVID-19 outbreak. (News Release)

  • 123,526 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,780 since yesterday, including 25 deaths.

Quebec

  • COVID-19 pandemic – Sectors of eastern Bas-Saint-Laurent go to maximum alert level. (News Release)

  • COVID-19 pandemic – Ministerial order to authorize students and health professionals to contribute to immunization. (News Release)

  • Monitoring the evolution of the COVID-19 epidemic: Risks of hospitalization and projections of hospital needs – Update of December 4, 2020. (News Release)

  • Order No. 2020-099 of the Minister of Health and Social Services dated December 3, 2020.

  • Order No. 2020-100 of the Minister of Health and Social Services dated December 3, 2020.

  • 147,877 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,345 since yesterday, including 28 deaths (five in the last 24 hours).

December 3, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal 

  • The federal and provincial governments will stage a test next week of their plan to distribute COVID-19 vaccines. (The Globe and Mail)

    • First COVID-19 vaccine could be delivered to distribution points as early as end of December, Fortin says. (CBC)

  • The government introduces legislation to provide critical support to Canadians and businesses during the pandemic (associated News Release for Bill C-14 that was tabled yesterday evening).

  • Minister Fortier highlights new supports in Fall Economic Statement during virtual townhall with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • The CDC issued Considerations for Casinos and Gaming Operations. (Update)

Alberta

  • Premier Kenney said he would evaluate the restrictions on December 15, and the province would need to have an R-value below 1.0 in order to lift the restrictions (as of November 23 the R-value was 1.12). Ideally, he said, the province would have an R-value of 0.8. (CBC)

  • Alberta’s government is prepared to receive and distribute COVID-19 vaccines, and up to 435,000 Albertans will be offered a vaccine in the first quarter of 2021. (News Release)

    • A new task force has been appointed to prepare for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

    • Immunization will proceed in phases, beginning in early 2021, once vaccines are received. Phase 1 will include Albertans most at-risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19, as well as health-care workers and long-term and supportive living staff.

  • Alberta is planning COVID-19 field hospitals for 750 patients, an internal document shows. (CBC)

  • 61,169 cases, an increase of 1,685 since yesterday, including 10 deaths.

British Columbia

  • The PHO has updated the Gatherings and Events Order with respect to prevention regional measures, perimeter seating vehicles and perimeter seating buses.

  • Temporary order extended to enable useful technologies during COVID-19. (News Release, Order in Council No. 605 and Ministerial Order, which was included in Monday’s digest)

  • 34,728 cases, an increase of 834 since yesterday, including 12 deaths.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford says the province will unveil its vaccine task force on Friday. (The Globe and Mail)

  • Investing in Ontario's tourism industry during COVID-19. (News Release)

  • 121,746 cases, an increase of 1,824 since yesterday, including 14 deaths.

Quebec

  • Updated COVID-19 instructions for the holiday season:

    • On account of recent developments in the epidemiological situation, private gatherings in regions and territories that are on maximum alert (red zone) will be prohibited throughout the holiday season.

    • Only persons living at the same address will thus be able to spend time together during that period.

  • Committee amendments were adopted for Bill 75An Act to improve justice accessibility and efficiency, in particular to address consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The following order was added to the December 3 Gazette officielle du Québec:

    • Order in Council No. 1272-2020 – The public health emergency has been renewed until December 9, 2020.

  • 146,532 cases, an increase of 1,470 since yesterday, including 30 deaths, 12 in the last 24 hours, 12 between November 26 and December 1, and six before November 26.

December 2, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada Federal
  • Bill C-14Economic Statement Implementation Act, 2020, was tabled this afternoon.
  • The federal opposition parties today teamed up in the House of Commons to pass a motion calling on the government to increase the amount of money it gives to the provinces and territories each year to pay for health care. (ipolitics)
    • Trudeau and the premiers have arranged to meet virtually on December 10 to discuss health-care funding and other matters pertaining to the pandemic, including vaccine distribution.
  • Health Canada’s Statement on the U.K.’s authorization of its first COVID-19 vaccine, manufactured by Pfizer/BioNTech.
U.S. Federal
  • A U.S. advisory panel makes near-unanimous recommendations on priority groups to first receive a COVID-19 vaccine. (CBC)
  • The CDC shortens its quarantine guidance following coronavirus exposure. (CDC Guidance and Reuters)
    • The CDC said a shorter quarantine period of seven days with a negative COVID-19 test and 10 days without a test would work for individuals showing no symptoms after virus exposure, providing alternatives to the current 14-day standard.
    • The CDC said it still recommends a 14-day quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19 as the best way to reduce its spread.
  • U.S. Senate leader McConnell urges new COVID-19 aid in a broad funding bill. (Reuters
Alberta
  • According to Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the end of the week is the earliest officials could begin to see the impact, if any, of the province’s newest restrictions. (CTV)
  • 59,484 cases, an increase of 1,307 since yesterday, including 10 deaths.
British Columbia
  • COVID-19 recovery programs to support farmers. (News Release)
    • ​The new Small Farm Business Acceleration Pilot Program is offering funding up to C$800,000 for business plan coaching for small and new farmers, as well as cost-shared funding for commercial farm infrastructure and equipment, to increase productivity and sales.
  • Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, has released a statement in response to BC Hydro’s announcement that rates will decrease by an additional 0.6 per cent in 2020-21 and customers will receive a one-time bill credit in early 2021 as a result.
  • 33,894 cases, an increase of 656 since yesterday, including 16 deaths.
Ontario
  • A curfew is not on the table to curb Toronto's record COVID-19 spread, says Mayor Tory. (CP24)
  • S.O. 2020 c. 31 Bill 236, Supporting Local Restaurants Act, 2020, received royal assent today and will come into force on proclamation (not yet in force).
  • Ontario is expanding innovative home and community care services to allow for more patients to remain in their home, while preserving hospital capacity during COVID-19. (News Release)
  • 119,922 cases, an increase of 1,723 since yesterday, including 35 deaths.
Quebec
  • A new restriction has been set on the number of customers that can enter commercial establishments (Guidance and News Release).
    • Measures will be tightened starting from December 4, 2020, to limit the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and ensure smooth operations in a spirit of respect for health recommendations.
    • Commercial establishments subject to the Act respecting hours and days of admission to commercial establishments are covered by this new measure:
      • Retail and food stores
      • Drugstores
      • Outlets of the Société des alcools du Québec
  • 145,062 cases, an increase of 1,514 since yesterday, including 43 deaths, nine in the last 24 hours, 29 between November 25 and November 30, and five have occurred before November 25.
December 1, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau touts "historic" C$100-billion stimulus plan but won't commit to boosting health transfers. (CBC)

    • Trudeau is set to meet with premiers on December 10 to discuss health-care transfers and the vaccine rollout.

  • The following orders were issued under the Quarantine Act:

    • P.C. 2020-0968 – Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States). Related to the extension of restrictions on entry into Canada until December 21, 2020.

    • P.C. 2020-0967 – Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 8

    • P.C. 2020-0966 – Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country Other than the United States). Related to the extension of restrictions on entry into Canada until January 21, 2021.

  • Janssen seeks Health Canada approval for its COVID-19 vaccine. (CBC)

U.S. – Federal

  • Testimony by Jerome Powell, Chair of the Federal Reserve, on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

  • The Department of Transportation is preparing the way for swift COVID-19 vaccine transport. (News Release)

  • Biden urges Congress to pass coronavirus package and promises more action. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • 58,177 cases, an increase of 1,733 since Friday, including 31 deaths.

British Columbia

  • New infrastructure funding to support COVID-19 response and recovery. (News Release)

    • The province is accepting applications from local governments, Indigenous communities and not-for-profit organizations for nearly C$136-million in infrastructure grants to help communities develop resilience in response to COVID-19.

  • Ministerial Order No. M431 – Effective December 1, 2020, Ministerial Order No. M0180, issued under section 33.1(3) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, has been extended to remain in effect until May 31, 2021, as set out in the linked appendix.

  • 33,238 cases, an increase of 750 since Friday, including 46 deaths.

Ontario

  • Bill 236Supporting Local Restaurants Act, 2020 – The order of referral to Committee was discharged, and the bill received third reading today. It now awaits royal assent.

  • Minister Fortier highlights new supports in Fall Economic Statement during virtual townhall with Ontario Chamber of Commerce. (News Release)

  • Ontario is collaborating with industry experts to plan the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. (News Release)

    • Ontario will be ready by December 31, 2020, to receive vaccines, with the first doses of vaccines expected to be made available in 2021.

    • The province will receive initial logistical support from vaccine manufacturers like Pfizer. The task force, in conjunction with scientists and ethics professionals, will be advising the government's prioritization of vaccine delivery sites and populations.

  • Ontario is providing additional financial support for young learners. Starting today, families can apply for the funding online. (News Release)

  • 118,199 cases, an increase of 1,707 since yesterday, including seven deaths.

Quebec

  • Premier Legault warns that Christmas gatherings are at risk as COVID-19 hospitalizations in Quebec continue to rise. (Montreal Gazette)

    • On December 11, Quebec will announce on its decision on holiday gatherings.

  • Ministerial Order No. 2020-097 – Related to measures for any private establishment that operates a centre for accommodation and long-term care and any operator of a private residence for seniors.

  • 143,548 cases, an increase of 1,177 since yesterday, including 28 deaths: three in the last 24 hours, 22 between November 24 and November 29, one occurred before November 24, and two have occurred at an unknown date.

November 30, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau will address Canadians on the COVID-19 situation and discuss the Fall Economic Statement tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. (EST).

  • The Government of Canada announced the extension of travel restrictions. (News Release)

    • Canada will extend the Mandatory Isolation Order and temporary travel restrictions for all travellers seeking entry into Canada from a country other than the U.S., until January 21, 2021.

    • Travel restrictions for U.S. citizens and foreign nationals arriving from the U.S. remain in place until December 21, 2020, and may be extended at that time.

  • Canada announces new measures to prevent drug shortages. (News Release and Backgrounder)

    • Starting November 27, certain drugs intended for the Canadian market are prohibited from being distributed for consumption outside of Canada if that sale would cause or worsen a drug shortage.

  • COVID-19 Recovery Research Program launched. (News Release)

  • The Government of Canada invests in Digital Main Street to support BruceGreySimcoe businesses and students. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • The government is granting certain Alberta peace officers and community peace officers temporary authority to enforce public health orders. (News Release)

    • Expanding these authorities will increase the number of officers able to levy fines by about 700. Not following mandatory restrictions could result in fines of C$1,000 per ticketed offence.

  • 56,444 cases, an increase of 1,608 on Friday, including 23 deaths.

British Columbia

  • 30,844  cases, an increase of 911 on Friday, including 11 deaths.

Ontario

  • Legislative activity:

    • Bill 236Supporting Local Restaurants Act, 2020, received second reading today and was referred to the Standing Committee on General Government.

      • The Draft Regulation under the Supporting Local Restaurants Act, 2020 was published in Ontario’s Regulatory Registry.

    • S.O. 2020 c. 29 – Bill 215, Main Street Recovery Act, 2020, received royal assent today. Coming into force information is set out at the end of each schedule.

      • The act amends the following:

        • City of Toronto Act, 2006

        • Highway Traffic Act

        • Municipal Act, 2001

        • Ontario Food Terminal Act

  • The following regulations were added to E-Laws on Friday evening, made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020:

    • O.Reg. 684/20 – Stages of Reopening

    • O.Reg. 685/20 – Rules for Area in Stage 1. Related to rental of meeting or event space for the purpose of delivering or supporting the delivery of court services.

    • O.Reg. 686/20 – Rules for Areas in Stage 2

    • O.Reg. 687/20 – Rules for Areas in Stage 3

  • The following regulations were added to E-Laws today related to rent increases:

    • O.Reg. 691/20 – Determination of Geared-to-Income Rent Under Section 50 of the Act (made under the Housing Services Act, 2011).

    • O.Reg. 692/20 – General (made under the Housing Services Act, 2011).

    • O.Reg. 694/20 – General (made under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006).

  • 116,492 cases, an increase of 5,276 since Friday, including 61 deaths.

Quebec

  • 142,371 cases, an increase of 4,208 since Friday, including 47 deaths.

November 27, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal 

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced that the federal government has chosen a senior military commander to lead its COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort as the country prepares for a massive inoculation campaign. (CBC)

    • Trudeau announced his target of immunizing more than half of all Canadians by September, 2021. (CTV)

  • The Fall Economic Statement will be released on Monday and will include several scenarios for future spending and growth, and an update on this year’s deficit, which one Reuters source said would be greater than the July estimate. (Reuters)

  • Additional COVID-19 emergency funding to support the sport community through the provinces and territories. (News Release)

  • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) was published in the November 28 Canada Gazette, Part I.

  • The Bank of Canada says a vaccine could cause the economy to rebound faster than expected. (Reuters)

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • Alberta to launch rapid testing for COVID-19. (News Release)

    • The two point-of-care rapid testing systems will be rolled out in clinical pilots at several sites throughout the province over the coming weeks.

    • The tests will be used on patients who are within the first seven days of expressing symptoms.

  • 51,878 cases, an increase of 1,077 since yesterday, including 10 deaths.

British Columbia

  • Premier John Horgan has announced a new cabinet that will focus on keeping people healthy and safe through the COVID-19 pandemic. The new cabinet members are tasked with continuing the government’s cross-ministry response to the pandemic. (News Release)

  • 29,973 cases, an increase of 887 since yesterday, including 13 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario moving regions to new levels in COVID-19 response framework. The framework introduces preventative measures earlier to limit transmission of COVID-19. (News Release)

    • The following public health regions will move from their current level in the framework to the following levels effective Monday, November 30, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. (EST):

      • Red-Control

        • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

      • Orange-Restrict

        • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit

      • Yellow-Protect

        • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

        • Lambton Public Health

        • Northwestern Health Unit

  • Peel council passes motion asking province to "level the playing field" for small retailers amid lockdown. (CBC)

    • The motion asked the province to revise the rules for areas under lockdown to address the "inequity created between small businesses required to close and businesses permitted to open and continue sales, to avoid unfair competitive advantage between businesses and to provide consistency with continued effective health risk management in consultation with Public Health."

  • Bill 215Main Street Recovery Act, 2020, received third reading yesterday evening and now awaits royal assent.

  • The governments of Canada and Ontario are committing up to C$11.5-million through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) for two new programs, one of which will assist meat processors on projects to rapidly increase processing capacity, and one that will help farmers adjust to current market challenges. (News Release)

  • Ontario calls on Ottawa for certainty as COVID-19 vaccine preparation continues. (News Release)

  • ServiceOntario offering appointment booking to help alleviate wait times. (News Release)

  • The City of Toronto's weekend update on modified services will adhere to provincial lockdown measures and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • 111,216 cases, an increase of 1,855 since yesterday, including 20 deaths.

Quebec

  • 138,163 cases, an increase of 1,269 since yesterday, including 38 deaths. Nine in the last 24 hours, 24 between November 20 and November 25, two  before November 20, and three have occurred at an unknown date.

November 26, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • P. C 2020-0918 – Order authorizing the Minister of Health to transfer, lease or loan any of the property that is necessary to support public health emergency management (made under the Financial Administration Act).

  • The Government of Canada announced funding for a new COVID-19 safe voluntary isolation centre in Peel, Ontario. (News Release)

  • The Government of Canada is providing immediate assistance to Territorial government, communities and Inuit partners in Nunavut to address the COVID-19 pandemic. (News Release)

  • Canada’s COVID-19 exposure notification app now available in the Northwest Territories. (News Release)

  • Three-million Canadians could be vaccinated in early 2021, but feds warn of "logistical challenges." (CBC)

    • Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada's deputy chief public health officer, said the federal government will leverage the Canadian Armed Forces and an existing influenza vaccine distribution network to help with deployment.

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • 50,801 cases, an increase of 1,265 since yesterday, including eight deaths.

British Columbia

  • 29,086 cases, an increase of 738 since yesterday, including 13 deaths.

Ontario

  • The province is proposing a cap on delivery fees to support local restaurants. (News Release)

    • Bill 236Supporting Local Restaurants Act, 2020, would cap fees charged by food delivery companies in areas where indoor dining is prohibited to help more small and independent restaurants stay in business.

  • Ontario is cancelling road rests for regions in Grey-Lockdown level. (News Release)

  • The Ontario government is providing C$13.6-million to enable school boards to hire more teachers and staff in regions recently moved to the Red-Control level and providing stabilization funding for school boards, if needed. (News Release)

    • Targeted testing will be take placing for school communities. Ottawa, Toronto, Peel and York regions will be participating in this initiative. (News Release)

  • Ontario released updated COVID-19 projections this afternoon. (CBC and COVID-19 Projections)

    • The modelling suggests that if COVID-19 cases grow at a rate of three per cent, Ontario will record more than 4,000 cases per day by December 30.

  • Now published (as amended by the Standing Committee): Bill 215Main Street Recovery Act, 2020.

  • 109,361 cases, an increase of 1,478 since yesterday, including 21 deaths.

Quebec

  • The following orders/regulations were published in the November 26 Gazette officielle du Québec:

    • Order in Council No. 1242-2020 – The public health emergency has been renewed until December 2, 2020.

    • Ministerial Order 2020-094 – Related to measures for the following regions: Nord-du-Québec, Chibougamau and Chapais, and Eeyou Istchee.

  • 136,894 cases, an increase of 1,464 since yesterday, including 32 deaths. Eight in the last 24 hours, 19 between November 19 and November 24, and five before November 19.

November 25, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • Trudeau says COVID-19 vaccines will come to Canada after other countries due to lack of manufacturing capacity. (The Globe and Mail)

  • The following regulations were published in the November 25, 2020, Canada Gazette, Part II

    • S.O.R./2020-242 – Regulations Amending the Canada Labour Standards Regulations (COVID-19), No 2

    • S.O.R./2020-243 – Regulations Amending the Income Tax Regulations, No. 3 (COVID-19 – Wage Subsidy for Furloughed Employees)

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency and announced new restrictions and enforcement measures. Not following mandatory restrictions could result in fines of C$1,000 per ticketed offence and up to C$100,000 through the courts. (News Release and Enhanced Public Health Measures)

    • Businesses: Beginning November 27, businesses and services in enhanced status (purple) areas, including Calgary and Edmonton, will fall under three categories: “closed for in-person business,” “open with restrictions” or “open by appointment only.” Lists of businesses in each category are found here. These measures are in place for three weeks, but will be extended if necessary.

    • Masks: Masks are now mandatory in indoor workplaces in Calgary, Edmonton and surrounding areas, including for visitors, delivery personnel, employees and contractors.

    • Social Gatherings: Effective immediately, indoor social gatherings are prohibited, including in workplaces. Work group meetings are not social gatherings, but attendance should be limited and public health measures followed. Outdoor social gatherings limited to maximum 10 people. Funerals and wedding limited to 10 people and receptions are prohibited.

    • Work: Working from home should be considered where possible.

    • Schools: Students in grades 7-12 moving to at-home learning on November 30. Students in early childhood services and grades K-6 will remain in school until December 18. All students will return to at-home learning after winter break and return to schools on January 11.

  • O.C. 354/2020 – Declaring a state of public health emergency in Alberta.

  • 49,536 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,115 since yesterday, including 16 deaths.

British Columbia

  • State of emergency has been extended to December 8, 2020, and masks are now required in many indoor public settings, including common areas of office buildings. (News release)

  • O.I.C. 592/2020, extending the state of emergency to December 8, 2020 (under the Emergency Program Act).

  • O.I.C. 593/2020, amending the COVID-19 Related Measures Act and the Violation Ticket Administration and Fines Regulation.

  • M.O. M425/2020, Use of Face Coverings in Indoor Public Spaces (COVID-19) Order (under the Emergency Program Act)

  • 28,348 confirmed cases, an increase of 941 since yesterday, 10 deaths.

Ontario

  • The government is providing guidance on how to safely celebrate the holidays. Ontarians are asked to celebrate in person with people in their immediate household. People who live alone may join one other household. (News Release)

  • Yhe auditor general said delays, conflicts and confusion hampered Ontario's COVID-19 response. (CBC)

  • Bill 215, Main Street Recovery Act, 2020, was reported from the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs with amendments (amended version of bill is not available yet).

  • O.I.C. 1546/2020 – Establishing the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force.

  • O.I.C. 1548/2020 – Establishing the position of Special Advisor, COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution plan.

  • O.I.C. 1551/2020 – Appointing General Rick Hillier as Special Advisor, COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan.

  • 107,883 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,373 since yesterday, including 35 deaths.

Quebec

  • O.C. 1186-2020 – Measures related to supplemental pension plans to reduce the consequences of the public health emergency declared on March 13, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic (under the Supplemental Pension Plans Act) was published in the November 25, 2020, Gazette officielle du Québec.

  • 135,430 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,100 since yesterday, including 28 deaths (12 deaths in past 24 hours).

November 24, 2020
Last updated 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • The Government of Canada signed a new agreement for a COVID-19 antibody therapy. (News Release)

    • Health Canada received Eli Lilly’s application for authorization on October 12, 2020, under the Interim Order for COVID-19 drugs, and authorized the product on November 20, 2020.

  • PC 2020-0886 – Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) (made under the Quarantine Act).

    • Effective date of the previous order extended to December 21, 2020.

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • The Alberta government will announce new COVID-19 measures this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. (MDT). (CBC)

  • Bill 35Tax Statutes (Creating Jobs and Driving Innovation) Amendment Act, 2020, received second reading yesterday. The bill makes amendments related to extension of time limits and periods (COVID-19).

  • Due to ongoing technical difficulties, a recent case update is not available.

British Columbia

  • All gymnastic centres, dance studios, martial arts venues and yoga studios in British Columbia must immediately close, according to the new guidelines posted on the B.C. government website yesterday.

    • Dr. Bonnie Henry clarifies COVID-19 restrictions for sports teams. (CBC)

  • 27,407 cases – from November 20 to 21, there were 713 new cases; from November 21 to 22, there were 626 new cases, and in the last 24 hours, a further 594 new cases, including 17 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ford differentiates between Ontarians holding private gatherings and establishments defying COVID-19 rules. (CBC)

  • Bill 229Protect, Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget Measures), 2020, received second reading yesterday evening and was referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.

  • The Ontario government has deployed new COVID-19 rapid tests to provide faster results in regions of high transmission and rural and remote areas. (News Release)

  • 106,510 cases, an increase of 1,009 since yesterday, including 14 deaths.

    • The province issued a statement outlining an error, explaining that the record-breaking 1,589 new cases reported on Monday was overestimated and the 1,009 new cases reported today are underestimated.

Quebec

  • COVID-19-related instructions for the holiday season. (Resource)

    • Private gatherings are authorized during the holiday seasons if Quebec’s epidemiological situation holds steady. This scenario could be revised if, in the coming weeks, the number of cases rises significantly.

  • 134,330 cases, an increase of 1,124 since yesterday, including 45 deaths. Nine have occurred in the last 24 hours, 34 have occurred between November 16, 2020, and November 21, 2020, and two have occurred before November 17, 2020.

November 23, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

  • The Canada Revenue Agency opens applications for the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy today. (News Release and Backgrounder)

  • The Government of Canada is providing immediate assistance to Indigenous communities and organizations in Alberta and Saskatchewan to address the COVID-19 pandemic. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • The COVID-19 parents' guide for the 2020-21 school year was updated. The guide provides information on the health measures families, students and schools must follow for the upcoming school year. (Publication)

  • 48,421 cases, an increase of 5,624 since Friday, including 25 deaths.

British Columbia

  • Order in Council No. 588 – Related to amendments to the Employment and Assistance Regulation and the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Regulation.

  • 25,474 cases, an increase of 516 on Friday, including 10 deaths.

Ontario

  • S.O. 2020, c. 26 – Bill 218Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act, 2020, received royal assent Friday evening.

  • The following regulations were added to E-Laws yesterday afternoon, made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act:

  • The City of Toronto services have been modified to adhere to provincial lockdown measures and reduce the spread of COVID-19. (News Release and Backgrounder)

  • Ontario appointed a new Ministers' COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force. General Rick Hillier will lead the largest vaccine rollout in a generation. (News Release)

  • 105,501 cases, an increase of 4,711 since Friday, including 54 deaths.

Quebec

  • 133,206 cases, an increase of 3,507 since Friday, including 13 deaths (three have occurred in the last 24 hours, and 10 have occurred between November 16 and November 21).

November 20, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Effective Monday, November 23, 2020, the cities of Toronto and Peel in Ontario will move into lockdown and close most non-essential businesses – details below.

Canada – Federal

  • Bill C-9An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy), received royal assent yesterday evening:

    • The government also reaffirms its intention to introduce legislation to formalize rent payable as an eligible expense, for purposes of the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, as of September 27, 2020.  Qualifying organizations will be able to take advantage of the rent subsidy on this basis as soon as the application portal is launched. (News Release)

  • Prime Minister Trudeau says the "future of our country" is at stake, as modelling shows COVID-19 cases "spiking massively." (CTV)

    • The modelling shows that instead of flattening the curve, national daily case counts are “increasing significantly,” and rapid growth is occurring in several provinces.

    • Trudeau is encouraging employers to make arrangements to have employees work from home once again.

  • Prime Minister Trudeau confirms that Canada-U.S. border restrictions are to stay in place through to December 21, 2020. (CTV)

  • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 13 (made under the Aeronautics Act) was published in the November 21 Canada Gazette, Part I.

U.S. – Federal

  • How the CDC is making COVID-19 vaccine recommendations. (CDC Update)

Alberta

  • Alberta is the sole province without a mask mandate. (CTV)

  • 42,797 cases, an increase of 1,105 since yesterday, including eight deaths.

British Columbia

  • Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced wide-ranging new rules yesterday, including mandatory masks in indoor public and retail spaces and restricting social gatherings to household members only for everyone across B.C. (Order and list of restrictions by sector).

    • The order is in effect from November 19, 2020, at midnight to December 7, 2020, at midnight.

    • All non-essential travel should be avoided. This includes travel into and out of B.C. and between regions of the province.

    • Henry also reversed course on a longstanding resistance to public mask mandates, asking Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth to implement a requirement for workers and members of the public to wear face coverings in all retail environments, restaurants and indoor public spaces, including common areas of workplaces, except when eating or drinking. (CBC)

  • 24,960 cases, an increase of 538 since yesterday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Effective Monday, November 23, 2020, at 12:01 a.m., Toronto and Peel will move into lockdown. (News Release)

    • Retail stores are permitted curbside pick-up or delivery only, with certain exceptions for supermarkets, grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores, discount and big-box retailers selling groceries, beer, wine and liquor stores, safety supply stores, and convenience stores that will be allowed to operate at 50 per cent capacity.

    • Schools, before- and after-school programs, and childcare services will remain open.

      • Post-secondary schools will remain open for virtual learning with some limited exceptions for training that can only be provided in-person.

    • No indoor organized public events or social gatherings except with members of the same household. Individuals who live alone may consider having exclusive, close contact with one other person.

      • Outdoor organized public events or social gatherings limited to a maximum of 10 people.

    • Restaurants, bars, and food and drink establishments will only be able to provide takeout, drive-through and delivery. Indoor and outdoor dining services are prohibited.

    • Personal-care services closed.

    • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments closed.

    • Indoor sports and recreational facilities, including pools, closed with limited exceptions.

  • Additional supports will be available for businesses affected by COVID-19 public health measures. A detailed list of eligible businesses, as well as instructions for applying, can be found at Ontario.ca/covidsupport.

    • Ontario is now providing C$600-million in relief. Businesses can apply online for rebates in the form of grants for fixed costs such as property tax and energy costs, as well as rebates for PPE costs.

  • The following public health unit regions will move from their current level in the framework to the following levels effective Monday.

    • Red-Control

      • Durham Region Health Department

      • Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services

    • Orange-Restrict

      • Huron Perth Public Health

      • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

      • Southwestern Public Health

      • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

    • Yellow-Protect

      • Chatham-Kent Public Health

      • Eastern Ontario Health Unit

      • Grey Bruce Health Unit

      • Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health

      • Peterborough Public Health

      • Thunder Bay District Health Unit

  • The Ontario government has extended all orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 until December 21, 2020. (News Release and O.Reg. 650/20)

  • 100,790 cases, an increase of 1,418 since yesterday, including eight deaths.

Quebec

  • Indoor gatherings will be allowed for Christmas, but the government asks Quebecers to self-isolate a week before and after. (Government News Release and CBC)

    • The province will lift the ban on indoor gatherings for four days, between Dec. 24 and Dec. 27, allowing family and friends to get together to celebrate Christmas in groups of up to 10 people, regardless of how many households they come from. In exchange, the government is hoping Quebecers will voluntarily self-isolate for a week before and after that four-day period in order to limit a surge in COVID-19 cases.

    • The Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, also announced that primary schools will be closed from December 17 to January 3, inclusive, for a return to class on January 4, 2021.

      • Secondary schools will be closed from December 17 to January 10, inclusive. The pupils will also follow a distance education, according to the established school calendar.

    • Also announced, restaurants, performance halls and gyms in the red zones will remain closed until January 11, 2021.

    • The Premier also called on companies to maximize remote working for their staff and reduce their activities, where possible.

  • 129,699 cases, an increase of 1,259 since yesterday, including 32 deaths. Nine occurred in the last 24 hours, 22 occurred between November 13 and November 18, and one occurred at an unknown date.

November 19, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

  • Bill C-9An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy), received third reading in the Senate and now awaits royal assent.

U.S. –Federal 

  • The CDC has recommended against traveling or gathering for the holidays, and is urging Americans to consider celebrating in their own households instead. (Update)

Alberta 

  • 41,692 cases, an increase of 730 since yesterday, including 11 deaths.

British Columbia

  • 24,422 cases, an increase of 762 since yesterday, including 10 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario is launching workplace education and enforcement campaigns to ensure businesses across the province are taking the necessary steps to keep employees, consumers and the public safe. (News Release)

    • If a person or business is not found compliant with orders under the Reopening Ontario Act, they could be ticketed with a fine of C$750.

    • Certain businesses and establishments in the Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict, Red-Control and Lockdown levels are required to develop a COVID-19 safety plan and make it available in writing for review.

    • Businesses requiring a workplace safety plan include:

      • Restaurants, bars and food or drink establishments

      • Sports and recreational facilities

      • Meeting and event spaces

      • Malls

      • Personal-care services

      • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments

      • Cinemas

      • Performing arts facilities

  • Applications are now open for COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream for Municipalities in Ontario. (News Release)

  • Ontario Low-Carbon Hydrogen Strategy (Discussion Paper):

    • As part of the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee’s work, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks consulted with the clean technology and hydrogen sectors to understand COVID-related disruptions and how government could support the sector to continue to grow and prosper beyond the immediate recovery.

  • Ontario is supporting small businesses with financial advice and training. The investment will provide new online resources to help entrepreneurs during COVID-19. (News Release)

  • 99,372 cases, an increase of 1,210 since yesterday, including 28 deaths.

Quebec

  • The Quebec premier will announce the province's decision about holiday gathering and a winter-break extension for schools at a news conference at 5 p.m. today. (CBC)

  • The following orders/regulations were published in the November 192020, Gazette officielle du Québec:

    • Regulation to amend the Minister’s Regulation (made under the Public Health Act.

    • O.C. 1216-2020 – Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting food (made under the Food Products Act) related to production capacity and livestock surpluses due to COVID-19 public health measures.

    • O.C. 1210-2020 – The state of emergency has been renewed until November 25, 2020.

  • 128,440 cases, an increase of 1,220 since yesterday, including 34 deaths (seven from the past 24 hours, 19 from between November 12 and 17, five from before November 12 and three from an unknown date).

November 18, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada-U.S. border restrictions expected to remain in place until at least December 21. (CTV)

  • Bill C-9An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy), received second reading yesterday evening.

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • Extension of Christmas break not expected in Alberta schools. (CTV)

  • 40,962 cases, an increase of 773 since Tuesday, including five deaths.

British Columbia

  • Premier Horgan calls for restriction on non-essential travel between provinces. (CBC)

  • The B.C. Legislature will return December 7 with the province's new NDP majority government laying out its plans in a throne speech.

  • 23,661 cases, an increase of 717 since yesterday, including 11 deaths.

Ontario

  • Possible COVID-19 lockdown coming to Toronto, Peel and York (CBC):

    • Premier Ford said new measures could be announced Friday.

    • Education Minister Stephen Lecce also announced today that students in Ontario will not have an extended winter break this year.

  • Health Minister Christine Elliott revealed this morning that Ontario expects up to 2.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to be delivered between January and March. (CBC)

  • 98,162 cases, an increase of 1,417 since yesterday, including 32 deaths.

Quebec

  • Ministerial Order No. 2020-93 – Related to the modifications of measures for professional or high level sports.

  • 127,233 cases, an increase of 1,179 since yesterday, including 20 deaths.

November 17, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal 

  • Senate committee report on subject-matter of Bill C-9, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy), was tabled this afternoon.

  • A new Canadian border study shows rapid testing can identify 70 per cent of COVID-19-positive passengers within 48 hours after they arrive. (CTV)

U.S. – Federal 

  • Pfizer will start its pilot delivery program for its COVID-19 vaccine in four U.S. states. (Reuters)

  • The U.S. is expanding its mask mandates and social restrictions. (CTV)

Alberta

  • Hospital visitor restrictions tighten as COVID-19 cases in Alberta continue to rise. The restrictions are similar to those announced back in March, where only one immediate family member or designated support person could see the patient at a time. (Edmonton Journal)

  • 40,189 cases, an increase of 860 since Friday, including 29 deaths.

British Columbia

  • 22,944 cases, an increase of 1,959 since Friday, including nine deaths.

Ontario

  • Education Minister Stephen Lecce says he's talking to health officials and "looking at solutions that may include some period out of class" at the beginning of January, but has not yet made a decision. (CBC)

    • Lecce says he will announce a plan in the next week or two.

  • Bill 218Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act, 2020, received third reading yesterday evening and now awaits royal assent.

  • Ontario is now accepting applications from municipalities for infrastructure projects under the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure stream. Up to C$250-million of funding will help municipalities quickly advance critical local infrastructure projects. (News Release)

  • 96,745 cases, an increase of 1,249 since yesterday, including 12 deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec Premier François Legault said he plans to give guidelines in the coming days for how loved ones can gather, in limited numbers, over the winter holidays. (CBC)

    • Legault said he doesn't anticipate any lifting of restrictions after the second 28-day partial lockdown that ends November 23.

  • 126,054 cases, an increase of 982 since yesterday, including five deaths.

November 16, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal 

  • Canadian military prepares to help with COVID-19 vaccine distribution. (CTV)

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • 37,312 cases, an increase of 907 on Friday, including five deaths.

British Columbia 

  • Ministerial Order No. 416 – Food and Liquor Premises, Gatherings and Events (COVID-19) Order No. 2 (made under the Emergency Program Act).

  • Province updates measures to enforce Lower Mainland COVID-19 public safety. (News Release)

    • The new ticketing measures under the Emergency Program Act apply to party buses and limousines. The measures allow police and other enforcement officers to issue additional fines.

  • 20,985 cases, an increase of 130 on Friday, including two deaths.

Ontario

  • Mayor John Tory announces that there are more COVID-19 restrictions in store for Toronto within days. (CTV)

    • One suggestion he called a hypothetical was to make all retailers come up with and enforce a maximum occupancy number.

  • Bill 218Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act, 2020, was reported back by the Standing Committee on Justice Policy with amendments today (the changes are indicated by underlines for new text and a strikethrough for deleted text).

  • The following orders/regulations were added to E-Laws this afternoon (made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020):

  • Ontario is launching a new agency to centralize government procurement. (News Release)

  • Ontario is protecting agri-food workers and the food supply chain with a comprehensive new strategy designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (News Release)

    • The resulting joint government-industry Prevention, Control and Outbreak Support Strategy for COVID-19 in Ontario's Farm Workers provides guiding principles and actions on how to ensure enhanced prevention and control on farm operations, farm-worker safety and wellness, and maintaining the sustainability and viability of the agri-food sector.

  • 95,496 cases, an increase of 4,316 since Friday, including 39 deaths.

Quebec

  • 125,072 cases, an increase of 3,877 since Friday, including 25 deaths.

November 13, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • Finance Minister Freeland says new legislation is coming to fix a flaw in Bill C-9 on commercial rent relief. (ipolitics)

    • Freeland told the Senate national finance committee, which is currently studying Bill C-9, that a new bill will be tabled to address the issue of pre-payment as soon as Bill C-9 is passed. The new proposal would allow tenants to include rent owed to a landlord as an eligible expense under the CERS.

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced the details of an investment of C$1.5-billion in the Workforce Development Agreements (WDAs) with provinces and territories. (News Release)

    • This investment will help Canadians in underrepresented groups and those in sectors that have been hardest hit by the pandemic (such as construction, transportation and hospitality) quickly access supports to reenter the workforce. It could include skills training, on-the-job training, employer-sponsored training, financial assistance and benefits, employment counselling and services, and job opportunities.

  • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 12 (made under the Aeronautics Act) was published in the November 14 Canada Gazette, Part I.

  • The federal government's COVID-19 support is not "infinite," PM warns premiers. (CBC)

U.S. – Federal

  • The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced US$2,856,533 in coronavirus violations. (News Release)

  • Biden aide sees localized COVID-19 restrictions, not national lockdown, after inauguration. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • New targeted health measures will take effect on November 13 to curb the rapid growth of COVID-19 in Alberta. (News Release, Order and New Measures at a Glance)

    • All restaurants, bars, lounges and pubs in regions under enhanced status must cease liquor sales by 10 p.m. and close by 11 p.m. The restriction will remain in place until November 27.

    • Two-week ban on indoor group fitness classes, team sport activities and group performance activities in Edmonton and surrounding areas, Calgary and surrounding areas, Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Red Deer, and Lethbridge.

    • Additional public health measures will also be implemented in all regions under an enhanced status. These measures will be in place until further notice:

      • Maximum attendance of 50 at wedding or funeral ceremonies.

      • All faith-based activities should limit attendance to one-third capacity per service.

      • Residents should not hold social gatherings within their homes and should not plan social gatherings outside their community.

      • All employers in office settings should implement measures to reduce the number of employees in the workplace at one time.

  • 36,405 cases, an increase of 860 since Wednesday, including 17 deaths.

British Columbia

  • 20,368 cases, an increase of 536 since yesterday, including four deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario updating COVID-19 Response Framework to help stop the spread of COVID-19. (News Release)

    • The framework changes are in response to the current data and trends and will lower the threshold for each of the five levels for: weekly incidence rates, positivity rate, effective reproductive number (Rt), outbreak trends and the level of community transmission.

    • Based on these new thresholds, the following public health unit regions would be moved to the following levels in the framework:

      • Red-Control:

        • Hamilton Public Health Services

        • Halton Region Public Health

        • Toronto Public Health

        • York Region Public Health

      • Orange-Restrict:

        • Brant County Health Unit

        • Durham Region Health Department

        • Eastern Ontario Health Unit

        • Niagara Region Public Health

        • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

        • Region of Waterloo Public Health

      • Yellow-Protect:

        • Huron Perth Public Health

        • Middlesex-London Health Unit

        • Public Health Sudbury & Districts

        • Southwestern Public Health

        • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

  • Beginning today, new, active, resolved, deceased and total cases (by public health unit) can be viewed on a map at Ontario.ca/coronavirus.

  • Quebec and Ontario weigh extending the winter break at schools as COVID-19 cases surge. (The Globe and Mail)

    • The Council of Ontario Directors of Education said on Thursday that his organization has spoken to the province’s Ministry of Education about extending the winter break so staff and students would not return to school buildings on January 4.

    • The heads of school boards are suggesting that students would learn virtually during that period.

  • Ontario supports production of face shields in the fight against COVID-19. (News Release)

  • 91,180 cases, an increase of 1,396 since yesterday, including 19 deaths.

Quebec

  • 121,195  cases, an increase of 1,301 since yesterday, including 22 deaths.

November 12, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • A promising new therapy for COVID-19 cleared by the U.S. is still under review by Health Canada. (CBC)

  • P.C. 2020-0877 – Regulations Amending the Income Tax Regulations, No. 3 (COVID-19 — Wage Subsidy for Furloughed Employees) (made under the Income Tax Act). Full text forthcoming.

  • P.C. 2020-0873 – Regulations Amending the Canada Labour Standards Regulations (COVID-19), No.2 (made under the Canada Labour Code). Full text forthcoming.

  • Canadian experts say evolving mask guidance is to be expected. (CTV)

  • The Emergency Processing Fund is a one-time, federal investment of up to C$77.5-million to help companies implement changes to safeguard the health and safety of workers and their families due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Backgrounder)

U.S. – Federal

  • The U.S. government has partnered with pharmacy chains to increase COVID-19 vaccine access. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Stricter COVID-19 measures being discussed in high-level meetings in Alberta. (Global News)

    • Proposed restrictions are expected to affect recreational sports, dance and fitness classes.

  • The Government of Canada supports 2,700 jobs in southern Alberta through targeted help for businesses. (News Release

  • No case update due to Remembrance Day holiday.

British Columbia

  • No case update due to Remembrance Day holiday.

Ontario

  • Mayor urges Torontonians to stay home. (National Post)

  • Ontario could hit 6,500 new COVID-19 cases daily by mid-December without further action, new modelling shows. (CBC and Government Modelling Report)

    • Some epidemiologists are projecting Ontario will surpass 2,000 new cases a day by early December.

  • FedNor supports northwestern Ontario businesses and workers to help them recover from the impacts of COVID-19. (News Release)

  • 89,784 cases, an increase of 1,575 since yesterday, 18 deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec considers temporarily closing schools as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. (CTV)

    • The province will meet with education unions about extending the school year into the summer to make up for lost weeks, and Legault assured that parents will be given advanced warning of any closures.

  • O.C. 1168-2020 – The public health emergency has been renewed until November 18, 2020.

  • More than C$3.7-million has been granted to 30 Quebec international cooperation organizations to support the implementation of projects aimed at reducing the effects of COVID-19. (News Release)

  • Agricultural conditions have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. (News Release)

  • Ministerial Order No. 2020-90 – Related to updated measures for the Eastern Townships region.

  • The Quebec government expects the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will leave it with a C$15-billion deficit this fiscal year. (The Globe and Mail)

  • 119,894 cases, an increase of 1,395 since yesterday, including nine deaths.

November 11, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • No new updates.

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • Alberta’s business ecosystem will receive federal support to protect jobs. (News Release)

  • 34,873 cases, an increase of 713 since yesterday, including seven deaths.

British Columbia

Ontario

  • The City of Toronto is mandating stricter restrictions to decrease COVID-19 transmission in Toronto. (News Release)

    • Toronto Public Health – Specific Enhanced Measures (Backgrounder):

      • Workplaces:

        • Require a compliance officer to ensure implementation of occupational health and safety and infection prevention and control measures.

        • Instruct businesses and/or facilities to review HVAC systems to ensure they are in good working order.

        • Promote working from home wherever possible.

      • Social gatherings:

        • Limit all social gatherings to household members only and/or one or two essential supports.

        • Restrict close contacts to household.

        • Eliminate visiting private homes, unless for emergency reasons, one-on-one teaching (e.g., tutoring), emergency repairs, renovations or construction.

        • Limit in-person activities outside the home to essential activities only.

        • Cancel or hold virtually all in-person activities that are discretionary.

      • Restaurants, bars and food or drink establishments:

        • Indoor dining closed.

      • Gyms and fitness studios:

        • Indoor group fitness classes closed.

      • Malls:

        • Prohibit consumption of food or drink while walking through malls.

      • Other:

        • Meeting and event spaces closed.

        • ​Cinemas, casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments closed.

  • 88,209 cases, an increase of 1,426 since yesterday, 15 deaths.

Quebec

  • 118,529 cases, an increase of 1,378 since yesterday, including 19 deaths.

November 10, 2010
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • The Government of Canada signed another agreement for COVID-19 antigen rapid tests. (News Release)

  • The Prime Minister told the provinces not to keep businesses open at the expense of the COVID-19 fight. (CTV)

U.S. – Federal

  • The FDA granted emergency-use authorization to Eli Lilly's COVID-19 antibody treatment. (CTV)

Alberta

  • 34,160 cases, an increase of 3,713 since Friday, including 26 deaths.

British Columbia

  • 18,714 cases, an increase of 536 since yesterday, including five deaths.

Ontario

  • Toronto will extend the prohibition on indoor dining at bars and restaurants, and ordered the continued closure of casinos and meeting spaces. (CP24)

    • Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa said that as of midnight on Friday the city will formally be moved into the “red” zone in the province’s tiered framework but will face a number of additional restrictions that she is issuing under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

    • Those restrictions include the prohibition of all indoor dining at bars and restaurants, as well as all indoor group fitness and exercise classes for at least the next 28 days.

    • De Villa said that she will also use her powers to require the continued closure of meeting and event spaces, casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments.

    • People are also being strongly encouraged to restrict all social gatherings outside of their home.

  • The Ontario government is proposing to give municipalities the flexibility to target property tax relief to small businesses. The province is also considering matching these reductions, which would provide small businesses with as much as C$385-million in municipal and provincial property tax relief. (News Release)

  • 86,783 cases, an increase of 1,388 since yesterday, including 15 deaths.

Quebec

  • COVID-19 measures will remain in Quebec's red zones until Nov ember 23. (CTV)

  • Ministerial Order No. 2020-88 – Related to updated measures in Nord-du-Québec.

  • 117,151 cases, an increase of 1,162 since yesterday, including nine deaths.

November 9, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • Minister Garneau provided a statement on measures to protect Canadians from the impacts of COVID-19 on the air travel sector.

  • The Government of Canada's investments in Digital Main Street support businesses and students to weather the impacts of COVID-19 and prepare for future growth. (News Release)

  • Bill C-9An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy), received third reading Friday evening.

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced an investment of C$1.75-billion to help connect Canadians to high-speed internet across the country, grow businesses and create jobs. (News Release)

  • Pfizer says early data indicates COVID-19 vaccine is effective. (CBC)

U.S. – Federal

  • President-elect Joe Biden welcomes Pfizer coronavirus vaccine news but says safety measures are still needed. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • New COVID-19 mandatory and voluntary measures were announced/effective Friday (update):

    • All Edmonton and Calgary residents should stop holding social gatherings within their homes and instead socialize in structured settings where it is easier to limit risk of exposure.

    • The mandatory 15-person limit on social gatherings is being expanded to all communities on the watch list.

    • Voluntary measures to limit cohorts to no more than three and to wear masks in the workplace unless able to safely distance are also strongly recommended for any community on the watch list, regardless of location.

    • AHS is prioritizing the hiring of about 380 additional contact-tracing staff that will expand the contact-tracing team to more than 1,100 people.

      • Alberta is piloting a targeted contact-testing approach. Alberta Health Services will directly notify close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases in three priority groups only:

        • Health-care workers

        • Minors (parents will still be notified if their child has been exposed in a school setting)

        • Individuals who live or work within congregate or communal facilities

    • Alberta will also be shifting back to daily reporting of case numbers and information, including on weekends and holidays.

  • COVID-19 case numbers will be updated on November 9.

British Columbia

  • Effective immediately, the province is extending the freeze on rent increases until July 10, 2021, under the powers of the Emergency Program Act and COVID-19 Related Measures Act. (News Release)

    • O.I.C. 579/2020 – COVID-19 (Residential Tenancy Act and Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act) (No. 3) Regulation.

  • By order of the PHO, all individuals, places of work and businesses within the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions must significantly reduce social interactions and travel. (Update)

    • The order is in effect from November 7, 2020, at 10 p.m. to November 23, 2020, at 12 p.m. (PST).

  • Workplace inspections are going to increase as the B.C. government copes with a steep rise in COVID-19 cases, Premier John Horgan says. (Abbotsford News)

  • Order in Council No. 580 – Amending the Employment and Assistance Regulation and the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Regulation (related to the Canada Recovery Benefits Act).

  • 17,716 cases, an increase of 567 on Friday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Toronto's mayor and top public health doctor say they plan to release more information tomorrow about whether the city will introduce additional restrictions. (CP24)

  • Ontario is providing additional public health support for Peel Region. The province is taking action to help local workplaces stay open safely. (News Release)

  • The following orders were added to E-Laws Friday evening (made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020):

  • 85,395 cases, an increase of 3,702 since Friday, including 25 deaths.

Quebec

  • Private businesses whose sectors of activity are not subject to a restriction due to the alert level of their region may authorize their employees to return to the workplace. However, a maximum occupation rate of 25 per cent is set for businesses whose premises are located in office buildings. (Update)

    • Remote working continues to be strongly recommended where possible.

  • 115,989 cases, an increase of 3,800 since Friday, including 15 deaths.

November 6, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • The Department of Finance published the following backgrounders yesterday evening:

    • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Lockdown Support (Backgrounder)

      • Rate Structures Applicable in Periods 8, 9 and 10 (September 27 to December 19, 2020)

    • Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (Backgrounder)

    • Details on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Extension (Backgrounder)

    • Lockdown Support for Businesses Facing Significant Public Health Restrictions (Backgrounder)

  • Bill C-9An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy). Yesterday evening, the Committee reported the bill without amendment to the House. The bill was also submitted to the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance for pre-study.

  • Update from the Action Committee on Court Operations in Response to COVID-19. (News Release)

    • Following presentations from experts on how the pandemic has affected court operations in northern, remote and Indigenous communities, the Action Committee on Court Operations in Response to COVID-19 has published a document on the safe restoration of court operations in these communities.

    • The Action Committee also published a new Tip Sheet on Courtroom Symptom Appearance and Related Situations.

  • The following orders were published in the November 7 Canada Gazette, Part I:

    • Made under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001:

      • Interim Order No. 2 Restricting Pleasure Craft Navigation Due to COVID-19

      • Interim Order No. 4 Respecting Passenger Vessel Restrictions Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    • Made under the Quarantine Act:

      • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 7

      • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country Other than the United States)

      • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States)

  • The federal government’s long-term fiscal health remains sound, despite added pressure from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report from the parliamentary budget officer. (ipolitics)

  • Prime Minister Trudeau says hoped-for COVID-19 vaccine faces distribution hurdles in the new year. (CTV)

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • Health experts and the government have been discussing whether to introduce new restrictions to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, but did not provide a timeline for when any restrictions may be brought in. (Global News)

    • Premier Jason Kenney will join Dr. Deena Hinshaw for an update at 5:30 p.m. (EST)/ 3:30 p.m. (MST).

  • 30, 447 cases, an increase of 515 since yesterday, including five deaths.

British Columbia

  • 16,560 cases, an increase of 425 since yesterday, no deaths.

Ontario

  • Bill 229Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget Measures), 2020, was introduced yesterday evening.

    • The list of proposed legislation amended by this act is here.

    • Proposed new acts:

      • Innovation Centre Governance Act, 2020

      • Ontario Loan Act, 2020 (No. 2)

  • Ontario increasing services to workers and small businesses. (News Release)

    • Ontario is providing more than C$600,000 to the Office of the Worker Adviser and Office of the Employer Adviser to help make it easier for workers and small businesses to navigate the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board's compensation system.

  • Ontario has moved public health unit regions into COVID-19 response framework to keep Ontario safe and open. (News Release)

  • The Ontario government is investing nearly C$45-million to create up to 254 more beds in hospitals and alternative health facilities in Ottawa, including nearly C$18-million to address ambulance offload times in Ottawa and the hiring of more frontline staff. (News Release)

  • Premier Doug Ford announced that as of 12:01 a.m. (EST) on Saturday, these public health unit regions will be moved to the following levels of the province's pandemic plan (CTV):

    • Red–Control:

      • Peel Regional Health Unit

    • Orange–Restrict:

      • Ottawa Public Health

      • York Region Public Health

    • Yellow–Protect:

      • Brant County Health Unit

      • City of Hamilton Public Health Services

      • Durham Region Health Department

      • Eastern Ontario Health Unit

      • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit

      • Halton Region Public Health

      • Niagara Region Public Health

      • Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services

  • Ontario parents will get another C$200 payout to help with education costs. (CTV)

  • 81,693 cases, an increase of 998 since yesterday, including14 deaths.

Quebec

  • The Ministère des Finances is publishing today an information bulletin that announces changes to the Quebec taxation system mainly related to the impact of the current crisis and the implementation of federal government measures. The changes concern Canada Recovery Benefits, assistance that affects tax incentives, the flow-through share regime, Health and Welfare Trusts, the accelerated investment incentive, tax credits for holders of a taxi driver's or owner's permit and zero-emission automotive vehicles and equipment. (News Release)

  • Additional assistance of $ 50 million to support educational childcare services (News Release).

  • 112,189 cases, an increase of 1,133 since yesterday, 5 deaths.

 

November 5, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal 

  • Bill C-9An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy), received second reading and was referred to the Committee of the Whole yesterday evening.

    • Members of Parliament unanimously adopted a motion to fast-track Bill C-9 through the House. If all goes well for the Liberals, the bill will be sent from the House to the Senate on Friday and be passed right before MPs take a one-week break (ipolitics).

  • Combating unauthorized and counterfeit goods during the COVID-19 pandemic: the Canada Border Services Agency, Health Canada and the RCMP announce the results of Project Purify. (News Release)

  • The Government of Canada renews support for Quebec businesses and their employees. (News Release)

  • Canada follows the WHO and U.S. in acknowledging aerosol transmission of coronavirus. (CTV)

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta 

  • 30,447 cases, an increase of 515 since yesterday, including five deaths.

British Columbia

  • 16,135 cases, an increase of 335 since yesterday, including one death.

Ontario

Quebec

  • Quebec will not loosen most red zone restrictions despite call from Montréal public health officials. (CBC)

  • Ministerial Order No. 2020-087 – Related to health and social services professionals.

  • Order in Council 1150-2020 – Published in the November 5 Gazette officielle du Québec. The public health emergency has been renewed until November 11, 2020.

  • 111,056 cases, an increase of 1,138 since yesterday, including 10 deaths.

November 4, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • No new updates.

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • 29,932 cases, an increase of 2,268 since Friday, including 15 deaths.

British Columbia

  • 15,800 cases, an increase of 299 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Ontario

  • Dr. Eileen de Villa said Toronto’s public health unit is scaling up all of its COVID-19 infrastructure in an effort to have the city ready for the easing of restrictions on November 14. (Toronto Star)

  • 79,692 cases, an increase of 987 since yesterday, including 16 deaths.

Quebec

  • The Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, announced that the territory of the Magdalen Islands is going to the pre-alert level, that is to say in the yellow zone. (News Release)

  • Deputy premier Genevieve Guilbault warned restaurant owners in the province's red zones who open their dining rooms in defiance of current rules that both they and their customers could face harsh fines. (CTV)

  • COVID-19: Quebec is making progress, but two regions are slipping, Legault says. (Montreal Gazette)

    • The two regions that are slipping are Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean and the northern part of Lanaudière.

  • 109,918 cases, an increase of 1,029 since yesterday, including eight deaths.

November 3, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)

Canada – Federal

  • The Public Health Agency of Canada has updated its recommendations on non-medical face masks with the country’s top doctor now suggesting Canadians wear coverings that are made of three layers including a filter. (CTV)

  • The Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, Mary Ng, announced new measures to help Canadian small businesses access global markets amid COVID-19. (News Release)

    • The CanExport SMEs program is pivoting to now help small businesses:

      • Develop and expand their e-commerce presence by covering partial costs associated with online sales platforms and digital strategy consulting, as well as advertising and search engine optimization.

      • Attend virtual trade shows and other business-to-business events.

      • Navigate new COVID-19-related trade barriers by helping pay for new international market certifications and requirements.

  • The Government of Canada announced new mandatory requirements for travellers to Canada. (News Release)

  • Canada continues to lead the Ministerial Coordination Group on COVID-19 responding to global challenges. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  •  No new updates. 

Alberta

  •  More COVID-19 measures to come in Alberta later this week, Premier Kenney says, but no details were given about what those new measures may be. (Edmonton Journal)

  • Alberta's premier is urging people to avoid large private gatherings as the number of novel coronavirus cases in the province climbs. (CBC)

  • Due to routine maintenance on the Alberta case data website, updated numbers will be made available tomorrow.

British Columbia

  •  B.C. hires hundreds more COVID-19 contact tracers as health officials continue to dismiss federal app. (CBC)

  • 15,501 cases, an increase of 1,120 since Friday, including six deaths.

 Ontario

  • Ontario releases COVID-19 response framework to help keep the province safe and open. The government will be providing additional details on the C$300-million to support eligible businesses. (News Release)

    • The province will transition public health unit regions to the new framework, which takes a gradual approach that includes introducing preventative measures earlier to help avoid broader closures and allow for additional public health and workplace safety measures to be introduced or removed incrementally.

      • It categorizes public health unit regions into five levels: Green-Prevent, Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict, Red-Control, and Lockdown being a measure of last and urgent resort. Each level outlines the types of public health and workplace safety measures for businesses and organizations. These include targeted measures for specific sectors, institutions and other settings.

        • In the news release the government included a proposed list of where regions will be placed when the new system is implemented. The changes will go into effect on November 7 for the COVID-19 hot spots, except for Toronto, which has been delayed until November 14.

        • In all scenarios, except a full lockdown, indoor dining and gyms can reopen with modified guidelines in place. Schools and daycares will remain open.

      • Ontario's gathering limits remain at 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors for private events, while organized events can have 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors, unless the region moves to the control phase.

      • The government will continually assess the impact of public health measures applied to public health unit regions for 28 days, or two COVID-19 incubation periods.

    • The government is making C$300-million available to businesses required to close or significantly restrict services in areas subject to modified Stage 2 public health restrictions (Ottawa, Peel, Toronto and York Region) or, going forward, in areas categorized as Control or Lockdown.

      • Beginning November 16, 2020, eligible businesses will be able to apply for temporary property tax and energy cost rebates directly to the province through a single online application portal.

  • 78,705 cases, an increase of 1,050 since yesterday, including 14 deaths.

Quebec

  • Bill 75An Act to improve justice accessibility and efficiency, in particular to address consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic received first reading.

    • Legislation amended by this bill:

      • Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases

      • Act respecting the Barreau du Québec

      • Code of Civil Procedure

      • Code of Penal Procedure

      • Act respecting the forfeiture, administration and appropriation of proceeds and instruments of unlawful activity

      • Jurors Act

      • Notaries Act

      • Act respecting payment of certain witnesses

      • Youth Protection Act

      • Courts of Justice Act

  • 108,889 cases, an increase of 871 since yesterday, including five deaths.

November 2, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EST)
Canada – Federal
  • Bill C-9An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy), was introduced in the House this afternoon. (News Release)
    • Technical backgrounders will be released to provide additional details on the new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, the new Lockdown Support and the extended Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, including details on eligibility.
  • The Government of Canada is extending the support program for farmers and processors to protect temporary foreign workers' health and safety during pandemic. (News Release)
  • Statement from the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health: Working with Canadians on the ongoing management of COVID-19 in the months ahead.
  • Canadian company's COVID-19 vaccine candidate begins clinical trial in Australia (CTV).
  • A global aviation manual now under review by a UN body suggests global guidelines calling for the use of highly reliable tests when screening passengers to detect the novel coronavirus ahead of flights. (Firstpost)
U.S. – Federal
  • No new updates.
Alberta
  • A COVID-19 testing pilot begins for international travellers arriving at the Calgary International Airport and the Coutts border crossing in southern Alberta. (CTV)
  • O.C. 327/2020 – Section 11(3)(b) and (c) and (19) of Bill 32Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, 2020, proclaimed in force October 30, 2020. These sections amend the Labour Relations Code.
  • 27,664 cases, an increase of 622 on Friday, including five deaths.
British Columbia
  • B.C.'s health minister is warning that the number of COVID-19 cases recorded over the weekend in the province will be significant, following record numbers last week. (CBC)
  • 14,381 cases, an increase of 272 on Friday, including one death.
Ontario
  • Solicitor General Sylvia Jones tabled a report in the Legislature providing details of the emergency measures put in place by the province to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep Ontarians safe. (News Release)
    • The report focuses on the 47 emergency orders made between March 17 and July 24, 2020, when the Declaration of a Provincial Emergency was in effect under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act
  • Premier Ford said that health officials are currently working on a reopening plan that's set to go before his cabinet as early as today. (CBC)
  • The province is increasing direct care for long-term care residents to four hours per day. (News Release)
  • 77,655 cases, an increase of 2,940 since Friday, including 16 deaths.
Quebec
  • Ministerial Order No. 2020-086 – Related to the amendment of measures for various health regions/ municipalities.
  • 108,018 cases, an increase of 3,066 since Friday, including 14 deaths.
October 30, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • According to new national modelling released today, Canadians need to decrease their current rate of contacts by 25 per cent in order to get the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic under control in this country. (CTV)

  • The Government of Canada is investing in a COVID-19 border study led by McMaster HealthLabs. (News Release)

  • The Government of Canada announced funding for research and development to address COVID-19 gaps and challenges. (News Release)

    • Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced C$796,000 in funding from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) through the Pandemic Response Challenge program, as well as challenge winners and new contracts under the Innovative Solutions Canada Testing Stream.

  • The COVID Alert app can now notify users of potential exposure to cases during the time period when the people who tested positive were most infectious. (News Release)

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced over C$200-million in new funding to provide support to Indigenous Peoples and communities. (News Release)

  • The Government of Canada announces plan to support economic recovery through immigration. (News Release)

  • The following orders were issued under the Quarantine Act:

    • P.C. 2020-0840 – Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 7 (made under the Quarantine Act).

    • P.C. 2020-0839 – Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country Other than the United States) (made under the Quarantine Act).

    • P.C. 2020-838 – Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) (made under the Quarantine Act).

  • The following orders were published in the October 31 Canada Gazette, Part I.

    • Interim Order Respecting the Prevention and Alleviation of Shortages of Drugs in Relation to COVID-19 (made under the Food and Drugs Act).

    • Order Approving the Interim Order Respecting the Prevention and Alleviation of Shortages of Drugs in Relation to COVID-19 (made under the Food and Drugs Act).

    • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 11 (made under the Aeronautics Act).

U.S. – Federal

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that any new coronavirus aid package should be considered in early 2021. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Effective November 2, Alberta is removing runny nose and sore throat from the list of core symptoms requiring mandatory isolation for those under the age of 18. This includes the daily checklist used for school and childcare settings .(Update)

  • 27,042 cases, an increase of 477 since yesterday, including nine deaths.

British Columbia

  • Updated Order of the Provincial Health Officer for Gatherings and Events.

    • The order repeals and replaces the October 9, 2020, order with respect to limiting the number of persons in addition to the occupants who may gather in a private residence.

  • 14,109 cases, an increase of 234 since yesterday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Premier Ford said he'll ask the province's health experts to come up with a plan to allow more businesses to reopen in the areas hardest hit by COVID-19 after a 28-day period of tighter public health restrictions expires next month, (CBC)

  • 74,715 cases, an increase of 896 since yesterday, including nine deaths.

Quebec

  • The Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, announces that Public Health has updated the alert levels for the Saguenay - Lac-Saint-Jean and Chaudière-Appalaches regions. (News Release)

  • 104 952 cases, an increase of 952 since yesterday, including 18 deaths.

October 29, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

  • The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published its biennial report on its continuous disclosure review program. Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the report also includes guidance for issuers on reporting the impact of COVID-19. (News Release)

  • The Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, announced the extension of measures pertaining to cruise ships and pleasure craft until February 28, 2021. (News Release)

  • The Government of Canada is investing C$945,000 to further protect Prince Edward Island farm workers during COVID-19. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal 

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci says first U.S. COVID-19 vaccines could ship late December or early January. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • 26,565 cases, an increase of 410 since yesterday, including four deaths.

British Columbia 

  • 13,875 cases, an increase of 287 since yesterday, including two deaths.

Ontario

  • New provincial projections for COVID-19 spread released today show that virus growth in Ontario is slowing and the province is seeing a "more gentle curve" than it was initially preparing for, public health officials say. (CBC and COVID Modelling Slides)

  • Bill 215Main Street Recovery Act, 2020, received second reading today and was referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.

  • 73,819 cases, an increase of 936 since yesterday, including 10 deaths.

Quebec

  • The Committee on Public Finance tabled their report on Bill 66An Act respecting the acceleration of certain infrastructure projects.

  • Three days of training and planning added to the school calendar to promote student success. (News Release)

  • The following orders have been published in the October 29 Gazette officielle du Québec:

  • 103,844 cases, an increase of 1,030 since yesterday, including 25 deaths.

October 28, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

  • Address by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance to the Toronto Global Forum: Canada’s plan for a strong economic recovery from COVID-19.

    • Rather than outlining any new policy measures or detailed fiscal targets, the finance minister's speech laid out the principles guiding the government's decision-making ahead of an expected fall update on the state of federal finances. Freeland said the government's recovery plan will focus on building an economy that is green, innovative and fair. (CBC)

  • P.C. 2020-0833 Order Approving the Interim Order Respecting the Prevention and Alleviation of Shortages of Drugs in Relation to COVID-19 (made under the Food and Drugs Act).

  • The following regulations have been added to the October 28 Canada Gazette, Part II:

    • S.O.R./2020-226 – Regulations Amending the Canada Labour Standards Regulations (Entitlement to Medical Leave Without Certificate) (made under the Canada Labour Code).

    • SOR/2020-227 – Regulations Amending the Income Tax Regulations, No. 2 (COVID-19 – Wage Subsidy for Furloughed Employees) (made under the Income Tax Act).

  • Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on her Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2020—From Risk to Resilience: An Equity Approach to COVID-19.

    • The report describes COVID-19’s broader consequences and is a call to incorporate a health equity approach into pandemic preparedness, response and recovery. (Backgrounder)

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • A 15-person limit has been set on social gatherings in Calgary, as the province’s top doctor announced new mandatory and voluntary public health measures for Alberta’s two largest cities on Monday. The mandatory limit on social gatherings will be in place for a month before it is reassessed. (Calgary Herald)

  • 26,155 cases, an increase of 422 since yesterday, including two deaths.

British Columbia

  • State of emergency extended to November 10, 2020 (Information Bulletin and Order).

  • 13,588 cases, an increase of 217 since yesterday, no deaths.

Ontario

  • The Ontario government is providing up to C$1.05-billion in combined federal-provincial funding through the new COVID-19 Resilience infrastructure stream to build or renovate health-and-safety-related projects in long-term care, education and municipalities. Eligible projects must begin by September 30, 2021, and be completed by December 31, 2021. (News Release)

    • Eligible projects under the COVID-19 Resilience stream will fall under four main categories:

      • Community, recreation, health and education renovations (e.g., retrofits, repairs or upgrades to long-term care homes, publicly funded schools and co-located childcare centre facilities, recreation centres or shelters).

      • COVID-19 response infrastructure (e.g., heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, new builds or renovations to enable physical distancing).

      • Active transportation (e.g., parks, trails).

      • Disaster mitigation, adaptation or remediation (e.g., flood mitigation).

  • The Toronto City Council approves extended winter patio program for curbside cafes and expanded private patios. (News Release)

  • The Ontario government is providing municipalities and Indigenous community partners with over C$241-million to help more than 110,000 Ontarians affected by COVID-19, including those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. (News Release)

  • 72,885 cases, an increase of 834 since yesterday, including five deaths.

Quebec

  • The Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, announced that Public Health is raising the regional county municipalities of Montcalm and Matawinie to the maximum alert level, which means that the entire Lanaudière region is now at the red level of maximum alert. (News Release)

  • Ministerial Order No. 2020-84 – Related to the holding of municipal elections. (News Release)

  • The Minister for Health and Social Services, Lionel Carmant, today announced the granting of an additional amount of C$25-million to improve the offer of mental health services for young people, young adults and their families. (News Release)

  • 102,814 cases, an increase of 929 since yesterday, including 17 deaths.

October 27, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Government of Canada launches consultations to improve living conditions for temporary foreign workers. (News Release)

    • As a first step, the Government of Canada is seeking input until December 22, 2020, on proposed accommodation requirements in the TFW Program’s primary agriculture stream. The government is also seeking feedback on potential approaches to strengthen oversight of worker accommodations, both prior to and after workers’ arrivals.

    • The Government of Canada will also soon be launching a survey of temporary foreign worker employers in the agricultural sector to inform the development of new proposed federal accommodations requirements and how they would be implemented.

    • Backgrounder: Temporary Foreign Worker Program: Mandatory Requirements for Employer-Provided Accommodations.

  • The Government of Canada invests C$4.9-million to further protect British Columbia farm workers during COVID-19. (News Release)

  • The Procurement Ombudsman releases his 2019-20 Annual Report. (News Release)

    • The Procurement Ombudsman reiterates the need to simplify the overly burdensome federal procurement process in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights the importance of government transparency and due diligence.

  • The Prime Minister’s remarks at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Annual General Meeting and Convention:

    • No specifics given on when the legislation for the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy will be tabled.

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump said there would likely be a new COVID-19 stimulus package after the November 3 election. (Reuters

Alberta

  • 25,733 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,472 since Friday, including 11 deaths.

British Columbia

  • 13,371 confirmed cases, an increase of 817 since Friday, including three deaths.

Ontario

  • The Ontario government is providing C$116.5-million to create up to 766 more beds at 32 hospitals and alternate health facilities across the province. This investment will help reduce surgical backlogs and improve access to care during COVID-19. (News Release)

  • Bill 218Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act, 2020, received second reading and was referred to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy.

  • 72,051 cases, an increase of 827 since yesterday, including four deaths.

Quebec

  • Yesterday evening Premier Legault, as well as the Minister of Health and Services social workers, Christian Dubé, announced the extension of measures in red zones until November 23. (News Release)

    • However, some easing could be announced in two weeks for regions where the downward trend continues.

  • 101,885 cases, an increase of 963 since yesterday, including 19 deaths.

October 26, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Canada Emergency Business Account is now open to businesses using personal banking accounts. (News Release)

  • Canada and Alberta invest in green infrastructure projects in Alberta to strengthen the economy and support communities. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • 24,261 cases, an increase of 432 on Friday, including four deaths.

British Columbia

  • 12,554 cases, an increase of 223 on Friday, no deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario government to table budget on November 5, 2020. (News Release)

    • Finance Minister Rod Phillips says the budget will lay out three scenarios for the pandemic's financial impact, while also detailing a three-year plan to address the economic challenges. (CTV)

  • The Ford government did not make a decision today on whether to move Halton and Durham regions back into a modified version of Stage 2. (CP24)

    • "Instead of imposing blanket measures, Halton residents are asking that we target activities and locations that pose the highest risk of transmission, including limiting non-essential travel outside of identified hotspots."

  • 71,224 cases, an increase of 2,871 since Friday, 13 deaths.

Quebec

  • Premier Legault is expected to extend many of the measures imposed earlier this month in the province's "red zones" at a news conference today at 5 p.m. (EDT) (CBC)

  • Ministerial Order No. 2020-82 – Related to modifications for the region of L’Assomption, in the health region of Lanaudière.

  • 100,922 cases, an increase of 2,696 since Friday, including 12 deaths.

October 23, 2020
Last updated 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced funding of up to C$173-million to advance Quebec-based Medicago’s virus-like particle vaccine and establish a large-scale vaccine and antibody production facility to increase Canada’s domestic biomanufacturing capacity. (News Release)

    • Trudeau said he is hopeful that vaccines can be deployed in the early part of 2021. (CBC)

  • Canada and Nova Scotia reached an agreement for federal funding to cover some of the costs of improvements to health and safety measures to protect farm workers. (News Release)

  • The deadline to apply for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) to receive the one-time payment has been extended from September 25, 2020, to December 31, 2020. (News Release)

  • The following orders are published in the October 24, 2020, Canada Gazette, Part I.

    • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 10 (under the Aeronautics Act)

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) (under the Quarantine Act)

U.S. – Federal

  • The Food and Drug Administration approved Gilead Sciences Inc.’s antiviral drug Remdesivir for treating patients hospitalized with COVID-19, making it the first and only drug approved for the disease in the United States. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • 23,829 confirmed cases, an increase of 427 since yesterday, no deaths.

British Columbia

  • 12,331 confirmed cases, an increase of 274 since yesterday, no deaths.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford said he is considering stricter COVID-19 restrictions in the Halton and Durham Regions. (CBC)

  • Provincial health officials laid out a plan to distribute the first batch of COVID-19 rapid tests, which are expected to arrive next month. (CBC)

  • Ontario's Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission released recommendations today that it sent in a letter to Minister of Long Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton. (CBC)

  • 68,353 confirmed cases, an increase of 826 since yesterday, including nine deaths.

Quebec

  • The city of L'Épiphanie has been raised to the maximum alert level. The measures associated with this, such as the closure of bars and restaurants, will come into force on Monday, October 26, from 12:01 a.m. Those relating to schools and sports will come into force on Wednesday, October 28. (News Release)

  • Risks of hospitalization and projections of hospital needs – Update of October 23, 2020. (News Release)

  • 98,226 confirmed cases, an increase of 905 since yesterday, including four deaths in the past 24 hours, and eight deaths from earlier dates.

 
 

October 22, 2020
Last Updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • No new updates.

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • Despite record numbers of COVID-19 cases, the Alberta government has no plans to impose "indiscriminate" restrictions that would shut down the hospitality industry, says Premier Jason Kenney. (CBC)

  • New COVID-19 pilot planned for international travellers. (News Release)

    • Beginning on November 2, COVID-19 testing will be offered initially at two ports of entry into Canada: the Coutts land border crossing and the Calgary International Airport in Alberta.

    • Travellers who participate will receive a COVID-19 test upon entry into Canada before proceeding into the required quarantine. Once the test comes back negative, they will then be allowed to leave their place of quarantine so long as they commit to getting a second test on day six or seven after arrival, at a community pharmacy participating in the pilot program

    • Participants will be closely monitored through daily symptoms checks

    • It is time for more mandatory measures, say local doctors, as Alberta counts record-setting day. (CTV)

  • 23,402 cases, an increase of 406 since yesterday, including three deaths.

British Columbia

  • 12,057 cases, an increase of 203 since yesterday, including two deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario premier open to replacing 14-day quarantine for international travellers with rapid COVID-19 test. (CTV)

  • Bill 200 Employment Standards Amendment Act (Sick Notes), 2020 was referred to the Standing Committee on General Government yesterday.

  • 67,527 cases, an increase of 841 since yesterday, including nine deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec government suggests more people work from home as COVID-19 situation 'remains worrisome'. (CTV)

  • Minister Christian Dubé announces the deployment of a technological solution that will facilitate screening across Quebec - from online appointment booking to receipt of result by text message. (News Release)

  • The following Orders were issued:

  • 97,321 cases, an increase of 1,033 since yesterday, including eight deaths.

 

October 20, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

  • Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, announced an investment of C$12-million in the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund. (News Release)

    • Canada United is a national fundraising campaign created by the Royal Bank of Canada in collaboration with private-sector partners and provincial and territorial chambers of commerce, including the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC).

    • The Relief Fund, which is managed by the OCC, is supporting Canadian businesses across different sectors and industries with grants of up to C$5,000.

  • The EU may shut the door to travel from Canada, The update of the list comes amid a resurgence in coronavirus cases in Europe itself and, barring any changes in the plan, is due to be endorsed by EU member-country envoys on Wednesday. (Bloomberg)

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • 22,673 cases, an increase of 898 since Friday, including four deaths.

British Columbia

  • 11,687 cases, an increase of 498 since Friday, including two deaths.

Ontario

  • The Ontario government introduced Bill 218Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act, 2020, that if passed, will provide liability protection for workers, volunteers and organizations that make an effort to follow public health guidelines and laws relating to exposure to COVID-19. (News Release)

    • If passed, the legislation will provide targeted protection for:

      • Health-care workers and institutions

      • Frontline workers who serve the public everywhere from grocery stores to restaurants and retail stores

      • Businesses and their employees

      • Charities and non-profit organizations

      • Coaches, volunteers and minor sports associations

  • The Ontario government is extending most orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020  (except those that deal with hydro prices and access to electronic personal health information). This extension will be in effect until November 21, 2020. (News Release and O.Reg. 589/20)

  • The following regulations were added to E-Laws this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 591/20 – Electricity Price for RPP Consumer (made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020).

    • O.Reg. 590/20 – Access to Personal Health Information by Means of Electronic Health Records (made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020).

    • O.Reg. 588/20 – Rules for Areas in Stage 3 – related to in-person teaching and instruction for fire departments (made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020).

    • O.Reg. 587/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 2 – related to dance classes (made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020).

  • 65,896 cases, an increase of 821 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • Premier Legault couldn't say when the restrictions put in place until at least October 28 will be lifted. (CBC)

  • 95,216 cases, an increase of 877 since yesterday, including five deaths.

October 19, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Canada-U.S. border will remain closed until November 21. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair confirmed the plan (via Twitter) earlier today. (CTV)

U.S. – Federal

  • The U.S. Senate will vote on Wednesday on a C$300-billion Senate Republican coronavirus relief bill. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • 21,775 cases, an increase of 332 on Friday, no deaths.

British Columbia 

  • 11,189 cases, an increase of 155 on Friday, including one death.

Ontario 

  • The Ontario government released an action plan to make government services simpler, easier to use and more convenient and accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. (News Release)

    • Ontario’s Onwards: Ontario's COVID-19 Action Plan for a People-Focused Government includes a roadmap to make public-sector services more customer-focused and digital- and data-driven, while increasing the speed of government operations and decision-making.

    • Starting in January, the government will consult with industry on how the province could introduce a secure Digital Identity for the people of Ontario by the end of 2021. (Backgrounder)

  • Given the high transmission of COVID-19 in the modified Stage 2 public health unit regions of Ottawa, Peel, Toronto and York Region, traditional door-to-door trick or treating is not recommended and people should consider alternative ways to celebrate. (News Release)

  • 65,075 cases, an increase of 2,167 since Friday, including four deaths.

Quebec 

  • 94,429 cases, an increase of 3,411 since Friday, including eight deaths.

October 21, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

  • The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance remark on new business supports – new legislation/processes will be introduced “very soon.” (Speech)

  • Supporting competition on the road to economic recovery (Remarks by Matthew Boswell, Commissioner of Competition)

    • Commenting on the Bureau’s COVID-19 competitor collaboration guidance released in April: “Our guidance remains in place and we anticipate that it will remain in place until we return to something more closely resembling the pre-COVID ‘normal.’”

  • Canada receives shipment of 100,000 COVID-19 rapid tests: procurement minister. (Toronto Star)

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta 

  • Bill 35Tax Statutes (Creating Jobs and Driving Innovation) Amendment Act, 2020, was tabled yesterday. (News Release)

    • Amendments proposed to the Alberta Corporate Tax Act to allow for the extension of time limits and periods (COVID-19).

  • Alberta is pressing pause on asymptomatic COVID-19 testing to help reduce testing wait times, speed up results and limit the spread .(Update)

  • 22,996 cases, an increase of 323 since yesterday, includinge one death.

British Columbia 

  • 11,854 cases, an increase of 167 since yesterday, including one death.

Ontario 

  • 66,686 cases, an increase of 790 since yesterday, including nine deaths.

Quebec

  • The Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, announced that the health region of Mauricie-et-Center-du-Québec has been raised to the maximum alert (red) level. (News Release)

  • 96,288 cases, an increase of 1,072 since yesterday, including two deaths.

October 16, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced the launch of two challenges through the Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) program to make personal protective equipment (PPE) more compostable and recyclable:(News Release)

  • The following regulations were posted:

    • PC 2020-0805 – Regulations amending the income tax regulations, No. 2 (COVID-19 – Wage Subsidy for Furloughed Employees) (made under the Income Tax Act).

      • Extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) treatment for furloughed employees to October 24, 2020.

    • PC 2020-0804 – Regulations amending the Canada labour standards regulation (made under the Canada Labour Code).

      • Regulations to temporarily suspend an employer’s ability to require an employee to provide a certificate from a health-care practitioner if he or she is absent for three or more days on medical leave.

  • The following orders (made under the Quarantine Act) have now been published in the October 17 Canada Gazette, Part I:

    • Minimizing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 6

    • Minimizing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country Other than the United States)

    • Minimizing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States)

U.S. – Federal

Alberta

  • 21,443 cases, an increase of 244 since yesterday, including one death.

British Columbia

  • 11,034 cases, an increase of 142 since yesterday, no deaths.

Ontario

  • Effective Monday, October 19, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. (EDT), York Region will join Ottawa, Peel and Toronto public health regions in a modified Stage 2, as a result of their trends in public health indicators, including higher than average rates of COVID-19 transmission. (News Release)

  • The following regulations were added to E-laws this afternoon (made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020):

  • Greenfield Global is investing a total of C$75-million at their facility in Johnstown Ontario to produce the medical-grade alcohol critical to making hand sanitizers. The Ontario government is investing C$2.5-million through the Ontario Together Fund in support of this project. (News Release)

  • 62,908 cases, an increase of 712 since yesterday, including nine deaths.

Quebec

 

  • Quebecers need to further reduce contacts to slow COVID-19, projections suggest. (CBC)

    • Tightened restrictions imposed earlier this month in the greater Montréal and Québec areas, as well as the Chaudière-Appalaches region south of the provincial capital, are to last until at least October 28. But Premier François Legault said it's "likely" some of the stricter rules will last longer in those regions. (CBC)

  • The Quebec government grants financial compensation to companies in the sale of alcohol for consumption onsite. (News Release)

    • This new assistance measure targets entrepreneurs holding a permit authorizing the sale of alcohol for consumption on site, including:

      • Bars

      • Restaurants and clubs

      • Holders of a video lottery terminal license related to the operation of a bar

      • Certain holders of an alcoholic-beverage manufacturer's license, such as artisanal alcoholic beverage or beer producers

      • Brewers

  • Ministerial Order No. 2020-79 – Related to measures for the region health services in Montérégie, for municipalities that are not of the Montréal Metropolitan Community, and to the territories of regional county municipalities of Arthabaska and L’Érable, in the health region of Mauricie and Center-du-Québec.

  • 91,018 cases, an increase of 1,055 since yesterday, including one death.

October 15, 2020
Last Updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)
Canada – Federal
  • Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Manitoba Minister of Agriculture and Resource Development, Blaine Pedersen, announced the launch of the 2020 Canada-Manitoba Finished Cattle Feed Assistance Program, which will provide up to C$2.5-million in direct support of Manitoba cattle producers impacted by the pandemic. (News Release

U.S. – Federal
  •  No new updates. 

Alberta

  • 21,199 cases, an increase of 243 since yesterday, including one death. 

British Columbia

  • 10,892 cases, an increase of 158 since yesterday, no deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario government says it is reviewing COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions surrounding gyms and cycling studios across the province after a major outbreak at a cycling studio in Hamilton. (CTV)

  • Ontario adding over 200 more transitional care beds across the province. (News Release)

  • 61,413 cases, an increase of 783 since yesterday, including five deaths.

Quebec

  • Order in Council No. 1051-2020 – Related to the public health emergency being renewed to October 21, 2020 (published in the October 15 Gazette officielle du Québec).

  • Minister Isabelle Charest announces a C$70-million assistance plan for recreation and sport. (News Release)

  • 89,963 cases, an increase of 969 since yesterday, including eight deaths.

October 14, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The following regulations were published in today’s Canada Gazette, Part II:

    • ​S.O.R./2020-207 – Regulations Amending the Income Tax Regulations (COVID-19 – Wage Subsidy for Furloughed Employees)

    • S.O.R./2020-208 – Interim Order No. 10 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit)

    • S.O.R./2020-213 – Establishment Licence Fees Remission Order (Indication of an Activity in respect of a COVID-19 Drug) (under the Food and Drugs Act)

  • Canada announced funding of up to C$50-million to support organizations providing supports and services to those experiencing gender-based violence. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense announced an agreement with AstraZeneca for late-stage development and large-scale manufacturing  of the company’s COVID-19 investigational product AZD7442, a cocktail of two monoclonal antibodies, that may help treat or prevent infection with SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. (News Release)

Alberta

  • 20,956 confirmed cases, an increase of 961 since Friday, including four deaths.

British Columbia

  • State of emergency extended to October 27, 2020/ (News Release)

  • O.I.C. 571/2020 – Extending the state of emergency to October 27, 2020 (under the Emergency Program Act).

  • 10,734 confirmed cases, an increase of 549 since Friday, including five deaths.

Ontario

  • Effective October 16 and until further notice, short-term and temporary absences for social or personal reasons will not be allowed at long-term care homes in Toronto, Peel and Ottawa. (News Release)

  • Ontario hiring hundreds more contact tracers and case managers. (News Release)

  • Ontario seeking immediate federal action to help farmers. (News Release)

  • 61,413 confirmed cases, an increase of 721 since yesterday, no deaths.

Quebec

  • Premier Legault and Minister of Health and Social Services Christian Dubé announced changes to the alert levels of certain regions, moving the regions to red or orange. (News Release and Erratum)

  • Palliative and end-of-life care visitor guidelines (COVID-19) were posted. (Guidelines)

  • 88,994 confirmed cases, an increase of 844 since yesterday, including one death in the past 24 hours and five earlier deaths.

October 9, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The government plans to introduce legislation for new, targeted support to help businesses through the pandemic. (News Release)

    • The new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy would provide rent and mortgage support until June 2021 for qualifying organizations affected by COVID-19.

      • Organizations would be able to make claims retroactively for the period that began September 27 and ends October 24, 2020.

      • Rent-relief plan allows small-businesses to apply directly for funds.

    • A top-up Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy of 25 per cent for organizations temporarily mandated to shut down.

    • The extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy until June 2021.

    • An expanded Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA), which would enable businesses and not-for-profits eligible for a CEBA loan that continue to be seriously impacted by the pandemic to access an interest-free loan of up to C$20,000, in addition to the original CEBA loan of C$40,000.

      • The application deadline for CEBA is being extended to December 31, 2020. Further details, including the launch date and application process ,will be announced in the coming days.

  • The following orders were added to the Orders in Council database today:

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 6 (made under the Quarantine Act) related to clarifying existing exemptions granted by the Chief Public Health Officer.

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country other than the United States) related to entry of extended family, compassionate grounds and students.

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States).

  • Orders under the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19), the Quarantine Act and the Aeronautics Act have now been added to the October 10 Canada Gazette, Part I.

  • Government of Canada and provincial partners support research addressing mental health impacts of COVID-19 on Canadians. (News Release

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • Alberta’s government is implementing voluntary public health measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Edmonton Zone and protect the health of Albertans.

    • Effective immediately, all residents and visitors to the Edmonton Zone should:

      • Limit their social and family gatherings to no more than 15 people.

      • Wear non-medical masks in all indoor work settings, except when alone in workspaces, such as offices or cubicles, and where separated from others or an appropriate barrier is in place.

      • Limit their number of cohorts to no more than three (a core/household cohort; a school cohort; and one additional sport, social or other cohort). Young children who attend childcare centres could be part of four cohorts, given that childcare cohorts have not shown a high-risk of spreading COVID-19.

  • 19,718 confirmed cases, an increase of 364 since yesterday, including two deaths.

British Columbia

  • 10,066 confirmed cases, an increase of 110 since yesterday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Effective Saturday, October 10, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. (EDT), additional targeted measures are being implemented in Ottawa, Peel and Toronto. (News Release)

    • ​Measures under a modified Stage 2 include:

      • Limiting trips outside of home, except for essential purposes only such as work where it is not possible to work from home, school, grocery shopping, medical appointments and outdoor healthy physical activity.

      • Limiting travel to other regions in the province other than for essential purposes.

      • Reducing limits for all social gatherings and organized public events to a maximum of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors where physical distancing can be maintained. The two limits may not be combined for an indoor-outdoor event.

      • Prohibiting indoor food and drink service in restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments, including nightclubs and food court areas in malls.

      • Closing of:

        • Indoor gyms and fitness centres.

        • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments, and indoor cinemas.

        • Performing arts centres and venues, and spectator areas in racing venues.

        • Interactive exhibits or exhibits with high risk of personal contact in museums, galleries, zoos, science centres, landmarks, etc.

    • Prohibiting personal care services where face coverings must be removed for the service (e.g.. makeup application, beard trimming).

    • Reducing the capacity limits for:

      • Tour and guide services to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

      • Real estate open houses to 10 people indoors, where physical distancing can be maintained.

      • In-person teaching and instruction (e.g., cooking class) to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, with exemptions for schools, childcare centres, universities, colleges of applied arts and technology, private career colleges, the Ontario Police College, etc.

      • Meeting and event spaces to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

    • Limiting team sports to training sessions (no games or scrimmages).

  • There has been an increase in COVID-19 precautions for congregate care settings. Further direction will help protect vulnerable people and those who care for them. (News Release)

  • 57,681 cases, an increase of 939 since yesterday, including five deaths.

Quebec

  • The Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, announced that new sectors will go to the red level. To ensure compliance with instructions and limit non-essential travel between regions, random police checkpoints will be deployed starting tomorrow. (News Release and Order)

    • The health region of the Capitale-Nationale, the MRC de Portneuf; the health region of Mauricie-et-Center-du-Québec, the RCMs of Drummond, Bécancour and Nicolet-Yamaska; ​​and the city of Trois-Rivières are being added to the red level.

    • For these sectors, most of the measures will come into effect on Saturday, October 10, such as the closure for restaurants, bars and other places concerned. However, certain measures, in particular those concerning schools and sports, will come into force on Wednesday, October 14.

    • The applicable measures for the red zones are online at: quebec.ca/zonerouge.

  • The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients could reach hospital capacity in the next four weeks. (News Release)

  • A reminder of the terms and conditions concerning hunting activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. (News Release)

  • 84,094 cases, an increase of 1,102 since yesterday, including four deaths.

October 8, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • No new updates.

U.S. – Federal

  • Pelosi seeks airline aid and comprehensive deal as U.S. COVID-19 talks resume. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • New public health guidance for how long students are required to stay home from school when they have different symptoms of COVID-19.

  • 19,354 confirmed cases, an increase of 143 since yesterday, no deaths.

British Columbia

  • COVID-19 patios in downtown Victoria to remain until October 2021. (CTV)

  • 9,956 confirmed cases, an increase of 115 since yesterday, no deaths.

Ontario

  • Mayor John Tory and the city’s top doctor, Eileen de Villa, presented new modelling numbers on Wednesday, suggesting that COVID-19 will get worse if additional measures aren’t enforced. (680 news)

    • City of Toronto urges residents to celebrate Thanksgiving only within their households to slow second wave of COVID-19. (News Release)

  • Ontario is investing C$9-million through the new Reconnect Festival and Event Program to support municipalities and event organizers during COVID-19. This funding will be used to maintain public safety requirements and allow people to reconnect with their communities through online, drive-through and other innovative experiences. (News Release)

  • 56,742 confirmed cases, an increase of 797 since yesterday, including four deaths.

Quebec

  • The Quebec government has instructed police to increase presence around high schools. Starting today, high school students in red zones must wear masks at all times on school grounds. (CBC)

  • The following orders were issued:

  • Quebec will be receiving federal funding to support childcare. (News Release)

  • 82,992 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,078 since yesterday, including two deaths.

October 7, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Immigration, Refugess and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to launch expression of interest process for service delivery improvements projects. (News Release)

    • As part of a government-wide response to the current pandemic, IRCC will allocate approximately C$30-million in SDI funding in the first year toward settlement services for newcomers to safely and sustainably recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • New interest relief measure to provide much-needed help to Canada Student Loan borrowers on medical or parental leave. (News Release

U.S. – Federal

  • The National Institutes of Health, working in collaboration with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, today announced a third round of contract awards for scale-up and manufacturing of new COVID-19 testing technologies. (News Release)

  • COVID-19 Related Relief Concerning Operations at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, New York LaGuardia Airport, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and San Francisco International Airport for the Winter 2020/2021 Scheduling Season. (Notice)

  • U.S. starts forgiving pandemic loans amid criticism and uncertainty. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Made-in-Calgary masks to help protect Albertans. A Calgary-based company will create up to 100 jobs and provide more than 40 million locally made medical masks to Alberta Health Services. (News Release)

  • 19,211 confirmed cases, an increase of 276 since yesterday, including one death.

British Columbia

  • 9,841 confirmed cases, an increase of 102 since yesterday, including two deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario supports small Main Street businesses with C$60-Million in funding through PPE grant. New measures will help businesses reopen safer, rehire faster and recover from COVID-19. (News Release)

    • Today, Prabmeet Sarkaria announced Ontario's Main Street Recovery Plan and intends to introduce the Main Street Recovery Act, 2020 (Bill 215) proposed legislation that would support small businesses and modernize rules to allow them to innovate and meet the challenges of today.

    • The plan's regulatory and legislative changes, if passed, will:

      • Commit to exploring options to permanently allow licensed restaurants and bars to include alcohol with food as part of a takeout or delivery order before the existing regulation expires.

      • Permanently allow 24/7 deliveries to businesses that include retail stores, restaurants and distribution facilities.

      • Support the distribution of local food and food products by increasing the range of products sold at the Ontario Food Terminal.

      • Enable Community Net Metering demonstration projects to help support local communities to develop innovative community projects like net-zero or community micro-grids.

      • Modernize the Assistive Devices Program.

      • Support Ontario's Taxi and Limousine Industry by increasing fines for illegal operators.

  • The Government of Canada will support Ontario dairy processors to enhance productivity and protect worker health. (News Release and Backgrounder)

    • Through the Dairy Processing Investment Fund, the Government of Canada has approved over C$28-million in funding for 29 projects across Ontario that will benefit cheese, yogurt, cream and butter processors.

  • Ontario is building a modern, connected and comprehensive mental health and addictions system. The province will invest in an additional C$176-million to expand access to critical services. (News Release)

  • Ontario recently announced it would end testing for asymptomatic people at its 153 COVID-19 assessment centres, instead moving to an appointment-only model for those with symptoms of the disease. Health experts have cautioned the change could result in artificially deflated new daily case numbers this week. (CBC)

  • 55,945 confirmed cases, an increase of 583 since yesterday, including one death.

Quebec

  • Ministers Blais and Dubé announced relaxed restrictions to allow people to visit loved ones who are near death. (News Release)

  • Bill 66An Act respecting the acceleration of certain infrastructure projects, was referred to the Committee on Public Finance.

  • 81,914 confirmed cases, an increase of 900 since yesterday, including four deaths.
October 13, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • A new online tool kit is helping workplaces build a customized COVID-19 health and safety plan. (News Release)

    • The online hub provides one-stop access to more than 40 free resources. The guide includes information on the responsibilities of employers and workers and what workplaces should do to control risks.

    • Topics covered include how the coronavirus spreads, employers’ duties, handling work refusals, hazard and risk assessment identification for COVID-19, and how to control the risk and apply the hierarchy of controls in the workplace.

  • The application process for the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) opened yesterday. (News Release)

  • Canada will be discussing a coordinated global response to COVID-19 at the G7, G20 and annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • The White House is pushing for a limited coronavirus relief bill as a broader effort is meeting resistance. (National Post)

  • The U.S. government has entered into an agreement with life sciences company Cytiva, a unit of Danaher Corp., to expand the manufacturing of products needed to make COVID-19 vaccines, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Tuesday. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • 19,995 cases, an increase of 277 on Friday, no deaths.

British Columbia

Ontario

  • The following regulations were added to E-Laws, related to the recently announced restrictions for Toronto, Ottawa and Peel health region (made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act):

  • To provide relief for local restaurants and other businesses impacted by the new public health measures, Ontario announced C$300-million to help offset fixed costs, including property taxes, hydro and natural gas bills. (News Release)

  • Ontario is increasing production of COVID-19 testing supplies. The province is partnering with Mississauga-based Microbix Biosystems to strengthen domestic capacity. (News Release)

  • A new agreement between Ontario and the federal government will see Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada invest an additional C$11.6-million to help support efforts by Ontario producers to stop the spread of COVID-19 on their farms. (News Release)

  • 60,692 cases, an increase of 3,011 since Friday, including 12 deaths.

Quebec

  • The Government of Quebec has announced support of more than C$263-million for Montréal to offset the financial impacts of the pandemic. (News Release)

  • The CNESST has launched the third phase of its prevention campaign in workplaces in the context of COVID-19. (News Release)

  • Ministerial Order No. 2020-078 – Related to the restrictions on the city of Gatineau and the regional county municipality of Collines-de-l'Outaouais.

  • 87,791 cases, an increase of 3,697 since Friday, including 18 deaths.

October 6, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Government of Canada signs new agreement for COVID-19 rapid tests with Abbott Rapid Diagnostics. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • The Food and Drug Administration has told coronavirus vaccine developers it wants at least two months of safety data from half of their trial volunteers in order to authorize emergency use, a requirement that would likely push any U.S. vaccine availability past the November 3 presidential election. (Reuters)

  • Trump says stimulus relief negotiations are over until after the election, upending aid talks. (Washington Post)

Alberta

  • 18,935 confirmed cases, an increase of 578 since Friday, including eight deaths.

British Columbia

  • B.C.’s COVID-19 reproduction rate is falling and its growth rate flattening, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported Monday. (Beaumont News)

  • 9,739 confirmed cases, an increase of 358 since Friday, including four deaths.

Ontario

  • Draft regulations under the Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act, 1993, which establishes the Farm Business Registration Program (FBR Program) to support electronic delivery of the Farm Business Registration program, reduce administrative burden for farmers and provide flexibility due to COVID-19 was added to the Regulatory Registry.

  • Report of high COVID-19 test positivity rates in some Toronto neighbourhoods "very concerning," Yaffe says. (Toronto Star via CP24)

    • According to The Star, four areas with positivity rates of more than 10 per cent include Weston and Finch, Sheppard and Jane, Lawrence and Keele, and an area northeast of Yonge and Eglinton.

  • The government will add more testing locations to improve access and reduce wait times, as well as increase processing capacity within the provincial laboratory network. (News Release)

  • Ontario increases mental health funding for postsecondary students. Investment will increase access to more programs, community services and mental health workers. (News Release)

  • 55,362 confirmed cases, an increase of 615 since yesterday,  including seven deaths. 

Quebec

  • Following a sharp increase in deaths and hospitalizations, Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé called Tuesday on all Quebecers to stay home, regardless of the alert level in their region. (CBC)

  • Ministerial Order 2020-076 – Related to Health Canada’s COVID Alert application. (News Release)

  • Support of over C$68-million to mitigate the financial impacts of the pandemic on municipalities in the Capitale-Nationale region. (News Release)

  • 81,014 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,364 since yesterday, including seven deaths.
October 5, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Government of Canada has introduced three new benefits, delivered by the Canada Revenue Agency: the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB). (News Release)

    • The Minister of National Revenue opened the application process for the CRSB and the CRCB. Applications for the CRB will be accepted as of October 12, 2020. 

    • More information can be found on the newly updated Canada Recovery Benefits web pages.

  • On Friday evening, the government released its backgrounder on Bill C-4, COVID-19 Response Measures Act, that was passed last week. (News Release)

  • Agriculture and Agri-food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau today announced that applications are now being accepted for the Emergency On-Farm Support Fund in certain provinces and territories. (News Release)

    • This fund provides a C$35-million investment to improve health and safety on farms and in employee living quarters to prevent and respond to the spread of COVID-19.

  • At a press conference earlier today, Trudeau promised additional federal help for COVID hotspots in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta. (CBC

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • 18,357 confirmed cases, an increase of 122 on Friday, including three deaths.

British Columbia

  • 9,381 confirmed cases, an increase of 161 on Friday, including three deaths.

Ontario

  • Ford reluctant to enforce anymore closures, for now. (CBC)

    • Last week, Toronto's chief medical officer, Dr. Eileen de Villa, announced recommendations to help curb the current resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the city. Her proposals included shutting down indoor dining at Toronto restaurants for four weeks, as well as prohibiting indoor fitness and recreation activities.

  • The Premier said he is reluctant to close restaurants in order to preserve income for small business owners.

  • The Ontario government is announcing the allocation of C$35-million to provide additional immediate school-board supports in the communities of Peel, Ottawa, Toronto and York Region to enhance public health measures and protection strategies. (News Release)

  • The following regulation was added to E-Laws this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 546/20 – Rules for Areas in Stage 3 (made under Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020) related to the restrictions announced Friday for Peel, Toronto and Ottawa.

  • 54,814 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,834 since Friday, nine deaths.

Quebec

  • Additional measures will be put in place as of October 8 and will be in effect until October 28 in education and higher education networks as well as in leisure and sport for regions that have reached the maximum red alert level (as of today, Quebec regions in red zones are Montréal and Laval, as well as parts of Québec, Chaudiere-Appalaches, Lanaudiere, the Laurentians, Monteregie and Gaspesie). (News Release)

    • Extension of the obligation to wear a mask in the red zone. Prior to the new restrictions, students grade four and up were required to wear a mask when walking in indoor shared spaces, such as hallways, and while on the school bus, but the province had resisted making masks mandatory in the classroom.

    • Reinforcement of measures to minimize social contact in the school context.

    • Pausing organized leisure and sports.

    • Training rooms and fitness centres will be closed.

    • Students in grades 10 and 11 will pivot to a hybrid form of schooling, where they will be physically in school only one out of every two days to reduce class sizes.

  • In-person courses and activities in universities and CEGEPs (community colleges) are also suspended in red zones, with only limited exceptions. (CBC)

  • The Quebec government also announced the launch of recruitment platform. This platform will speed up the recruitment of people wishing to be supervisors of students, janitors or educators in school day care. (News Release)

  • The following orders were issued on Friday evening:

  • 79,650 confirmed cases, an increase of 3,377 since Friday, including 10 deaths.

October 2, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

  • The Government of Canada expands the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to provide further support for businesses. (News Release)

  • Helping agri-food businesses with Canada Brand digital marketing during COVID-19. (News Release)

  • The government has introduced new border measures to protect Canadian public health and provided an update on travel restrictions. (News Release)

    • These processes will provide for the entry of:

      • Certain extended family members of Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents, including those in an exclusive dating relationship of at least one year and their dependent children, as well as adult children, grandchildren, siblings and grandparents.

      • Foreign nationals for compassionate reasons in specific circumstances, such as life-threatening illness, critical injury or death, with potential limited release from quarantine.

      • International students, starting October 20, 2020, if they will be attending a designated learning institution that has been identified by their provincial or territorial government as having a COVID‑19 readiness plan in place.

  • S.C. 2020, c. 12 (Bill C-4) COVID-19 Response Measures Act received royal assent today. Coming into force information is set out at the end of each part. If there is no CIF information provided, the part comes into force on royal assent.

  • The following orders were added to the October 3 Canada Gazette, Part I:

    • Order Approving the Interim Order Respecting the Importation, Sale and Advertising of Drugs for Use in Relation to COVID-19 (made under the Food and Drugs Act) – includes explanatory note.

    • Made under the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19):

      • Order Extending a Time Limit Established by the Pension Benefits Division Act (COVID-19).

      • Order Respecting Time Limits Established by or Under the Lieutenant Governors Superannuation Act (COVID-19).

      • Order Respecting Time Limits Established by or Under the Members of Parliament Retiring Allowances Act (COVID-19).

      • Order Respecting Time Limits Established by or Under the Public Service Superannuation Act (COVID-19).

      • Order Respecting Time Limits Established by the Diplomatic Service (Special) Superannuation Act (COVID-19).

  • The Government of Canada and Canada’s video game industry team up to #CRUSHCOVID. (News Release)

  • Health Canada begins first authorization review of a COVID-19 vaccine submission. (News Release

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • 18,235 confirmed cases, an increase of 173 since yesterday, including two deaths.

British Columbia

  • 9,220 confirmed cases, an increase of 82 since yesterday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Ontario implementing additional public health and testing measures. (News Release – full text of orders are forthcoming)

    • New Public Health Measures (in effect on Saturday, October 3, 2020, at 12:01 a.m.):

      • Mandating the use of face coverings in all public indoor settings across the province, such as businesses, facilities and workplaces, with limited exemptions, including corrections and developmental services.

      • The following targeted measures will also be implemented in Ottawa, Peel and Toronto:

        • Indoor capacity limit to restrict occupancy at restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments (including nightclubs) to a maximum of 100 patrons, permitting no more than six patrons per table.

        • Mandating that the name and contact information for each patron be collected.

        • Restricting group exercise classes at gyms and other fitness settings to 10 individuals, as well as restricting the total number of people allowed at these facilities to a maximum of 50.

        • Setting a limit on the number of people allowed at meeting and event facilities, including banquet halls, to six people per table and 50 people per facility.

    • New Measures for Testing:

      • Transitioning to appointment-based testing at Ontario assessment centres beginning Tuesday, October 6, 2020. On October 4, 2020, assessment centres will discontinue walk-in testing services.

      • Expanding the number of pharmacies where people with no symptoms within provincial testing guidance can get tested.

      • Implementing updated testing guidance for children to help parents determine when it is most appropriate for students, children and their families to seek a test for COVID-19.

  • In addition, the government is:

    • Extending the pause on any further reopening of businesses, facilities and organizations for an additional 28 days, unless already permitted to open.

    • Pausing social circles and advising that all Ontarians allow close contact only with people living in their own household and maintain two metres physical distancing from everyone else (individuals who live alone may consider having close contact with another household).

    • Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, today wrote to the Province of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, with strong recommendations to significantly reduce the further spread of COVID-19 in Toronto. (News Release and Backgrounder)

      • The following public health measure recommendations were made to the province today:

        • Restaurants and Bars: Prohibiting indoor dining.

        • General Public: Individuals to only leave their homes for essential trips. Dr. de Villa recommends that people only leave their homes for essential activities, such as work, education, exercise and fitness, healthcare appointments and the purchase of food. Up to two individuals from outside a household would be permitted to provide social support if an individual lives alone.

        • Recreation, Sports and Gyms: All indoor group classes in gyms and indoor sports team activities to be discontinued.

        • Managing Public Health Measures in Large Venues: Require a plan be submitted to Toronto Public Health demonstrating how these venues will comply with public health measures, such as seating that ensures physical distancing and a method to collect individual contact information.

  • S.O. 2020, c. 18, COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020, Sched. 11, s. 1-12 proclaimed in force January 1, 2021.

    • Schedule 11 enacts the Modernizing Ontario for People and Businesses Act, 2020 and repeals the Burden Reduction Reporting Act, 2014 and the Reducing Regulatory Costs for Business Act, 2017.

  • 52,980 confirmed cases, an increase of 732 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • Update of the economic recovery plan for the cultural sector. The Legault government invests an additional C$50-million to help the cultural sector. (News Release)

  • Updated guidance on travelling from one region to another or from one city to another during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The Government of Canada expands Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to provide further support for businesses in Quebec. (News Release)

  • 76,273 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,052 since yesterday, including six deaths.

October 1, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

  • The Prime Minister announces a new infrastructure plan to create jobs and grow the economy. (News Release)

    • The growth plan will invest in five major initiatives:

      • C$2.5-billion for clean power to support renewable generation and storage and transmit clean electricity between provinces, territories and regions, including to northern and Indigenous communities.

      • C$2-billion to connect approximately 750,000 homes and small businesses to broadband in underserved communities so Canadians can better participate in the digital economy.

      • C$2-billion to invest in large-scale building retrofits to increase energy efficiency and help make communities more sustainable.

      • C$1.5-billion for agriculture irrigation projects to help the agriculture sector enhance production, strengthen Canada’s food security and expand export opportunities.

      • C$1.5-billion to accelerate the adoption of zero-emission buses and charging infrastructure so Canadians can have cleaner commutes.

  • A promise of hybrid sittings of the upper house clears the way for the Senate to deal with the new worker aid bill. (The Globe and Mail)

  • Government of Canada COVID-19 measures are delivering support for young people in Quebec this fall. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • The FDA widens the U.S. safety inquiry into AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. (The Globe and Mail)

  • U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she believes Democratic lawmakers and the White House are close to agreeing on the size of a coronavirus relief bill, and the House will bring the legislation to the floor on Thursday. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Canada and Alberta are investing in infrastructure projects in southern Alberta to strengthen the economy and build resilient communities. (News Release)

  • Informational Publication published on job-protected leaves.

  • 18,062 confirmed cases, an increase of 153 since yesterday, including one death.

British Columbia

  • 9,138 confirmed cases, an increase of 125 since yesterday, no deaths.

Ontario

  • Bill 204, Helping Tenants and Small Businesses Act, 2020, received royal assent this afternoon. Information on when the bill will come into force is set out at the end of each schedule.

  • The following orders/regulations were added to E-Laws this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 544/20 – Extension of Temporary Suspension Period (made under the Corporations Act).

    • O.Reg. 543/20 – Extension of Temporary Suspension Period (made under the Co-Operative Corporations Act).

    • O.Reg. 542/20 – Extension of Temporary Suspension Period (made under the Business Corporations Act).

    • O.Reg. 541/20 – Extension of Temporary Suspension Period (made under the Condominium Act).

  • Ontario has revised COVID-19 screening guidance for schools and childcare. The updates reflect the latest public health advice. (News Release)

    • The guidance can be found immediately at the COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children in School and Child Care, and the refreshed online tool will launch on Friday, October 2 for download.

    • Children who have only a runny nose or sore throat will no longer need to test negative for COVID-19 in order to return to school or daycare, but they will still have to stay home for at least 24 hours. (CTV)

  • Speaking at a news conference earlier today, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, said the province will take a targeted and regional approach if a decision is made to force more businesses to close. (CTV)

    • Williams said that any new measures would be introduced regionally in order to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the province's hotspots. He is still "strongly recommending" that Ontario does not close schools.

  • Ontario provides C$461-million to temporarily enhance wages for personal support workers. New investments support the province’s COVID-19 Fall Preparedness Plan. (News Release)

  • Toronto City Council voted unanimously to strengthen bylaws to prevent continued COVID-19 resurgence. (News Release and Board of Health Recommendations)

    • Following yesterday’s council vote, on Thursday, October 8, several new temporary bylaw amendments will come into force to:

      • Limit the total number of patrons permitted to be inside at any one time to 75 (down from 100).

      • Maintain a customer log for each patron, not just one person from the party.

      • Limit the maximum number of people able to sit at each table, both inside and outside, to six people (down from 10).

      • Keep background music and any other background sounds, such as from televisions or other electronic sound producing devices, no louder than the volume of normal conversation (with the exception of live performances carried out in accordance with the provincial Stage 3 regulation).

  • 52,248 confirmed cases, an increase of 538 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • New aid for businesses in regions on high alert. (News Release)

    • The Quebec government is improving the Temporary Concerted Action Program for Enterprises (PACTE) and the Emergency Assistance Program for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (PAUPME) to help businesses targeted by a closure order in the context of the second wave of COVID-19.

  • O.C. 1020-2020 – Related to the recent restrictions on gatherings and O.C. 1000-2020, the renewal of the public health emergency until October 7, 2020, was published in the October 1 Gazette officielle du Québec.

  • The Ministry of Health and Social Services updated the impacted economic sectors in the red zone.

  • 75,221 confirmed cases, an increase of 933 since yesterday, including two deaths.

September 30, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Bill C-4 received third reading in the House of Commons (without amendment) yesterday evening and today has been introduced at first reading in the Senate.

    • For regular, official updates about proceedings of the bill’s passage in the Senate, click here.

  • Canada approves new rapid COVID-19 test for use in "coming weeks": PM. (CTV)

  • The following order/regulation was issued:

    • Order approving the Interim Order Respecting the Importation, Sale and Advertising of Drugs for Use in Relation to COVID-19, made by the Minister of Health on September 16, 2020, to allow the issuance of an expedited authorization for the importation, sale and advertising of drugs used in relation to COVID-19 (made under the Food and Drugs Act).

    • S.O.R./2020-0681Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Food and Drugs Act (Sale of a New Drug for Emergency Treatment) to facilitate access to drugs for Canadians by modernizing the emergency provisions in the Food and Drug Regulations to arrive at less burdensome processes for drugs accessed through the Special Access Program or the Emergency Drug Release Program (made under the Food and Drugs Act).

  • Regional Relief and Recovery Fund support for Atlantic Canadian businesses tops C$63-million. (News Release

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. Senate aims to pass government funding bill Wednesday, avoiding shutdown. (Reuters)

    • Pelosi and Mnuchin meet in bid to reach U.S. COVID-19 relief deal. (Reuters

Alberta

  • 17,909 confirmed cases, an increase of 160 since yesterday, including one death.

British Columbia

  • Order in Council No. 570 – The state of emergency has been extended to October 13, 2020. (News Release)

  • Case numbers suggest B.C. COVID-19 curve is flat again. The provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said on Monday public health officials are now finding very few new cases that cannot be connected to a previously confirmed case. (Vancouver Sun)

  • Premier Horgan pledges C$1.4-billion and 10-year strategy to revamp long-term care in B.C. (The Globe and Mail)

  • 9,013 confirmed cases, an increase of 105 since yesterday, includnig one death.

Ontario

  • Toronto considers plan to support restaurants and bars amid new COVID-19 restrictions. Council holding hybrid meeting today to consider a report from Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eillen de Villa. (CTV)

    • The report is recommending that council lower the allowed capacity at restaurants and bars from 100 to 75 and the maximum number of people permitted at any one table from 10 to six.

    • Dr. de Villa is also asking council to require that restaurants and bars collect contact information for each patron they serve. Currently, restaurants and bars only need to get contact information from one person for each table.

    • It would also see the city formally request that the province extend the order permitting the sale of alcohol as part of takeout and delivery orders through 2021 and continue its pause on commercial evictions “until the COVID-19 resurgence eases.”

    • Finally, the city would formally express its support of any provincial government actions to prevent the “astronomical” insurance premium increases that some businesses have reportedly faced so far in the pandemic.

  • The Ontario government today released updated COVID-19 modelling, which shows the province is experiencing a second surge in cases similar to what other jurisdictions have experienced. (News Release)

    • Cases are currently doubling approximately every 10 to 12 days. The modelling does not take into account the government’s recent tightening of public health measures that included slashing social gatherings, closing strip clubs and tougher restrictions on bars and restaurants.

    • Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, said the province will "have some more actions coming" to flatten the second wave of the disease (CTV) but still no word on when those regional rollbacks could take place.

  • Ontario delivers C$2.8-billion COVID-19 Fall Preparedness Plan. New investments prepare province for second wave of COVID-19. (News Release)

  • Ontario modernizes social assistance to help more people re-enter the workforce. (News Release)

    • As part of the first phase of the social assistance recovery and renewal plan, the province will be focusing on improved access to employment and training services, developing new digital tools and modern service options, and ways to process financial assistance faster.

  • 51,710 confirmed cases, an increase of 625 since yesterday, including four deaths.

Quebec

  • Retail stores see most workplace COVID-19 outbreaks in Montreal. (Gazette)

  • Revenu Québec will show flexibility with regard to individuals and businesses. (News Release)

    • As announced during the first wave of COVID-19 last spring, Revenu Québec continues to adapt its interventions, both in terms of verification and inspection and collection.

  • 74,288 confirmed cases, an increase of 838 since yesterday, including one death.

September 29, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • **Correction from Monday’s digest** – Yesterday’s Bill C-4 is a revised version of Bill C-2 introduced last Thursday and proposes to implement new income support programs that were announced last month.

    • To secure the support of the NDP, the government agreed to increase minimum payments under the new programs from C$400 a week to C$500, matching the payment levels of CERB. It also agreed to broader criteria for Canadians seeking to access a new Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit for individuals who have experienced a drop in employment income of 50 per cent or more because they contracted COVID-19 or were required to isolate themselves. (The Globe and Mail)

    • Under the Liberals’ preferred timeline, the bill would undergo a lightning-round debate at second reading before being deemed passed at all stages that could put it in the queue for Senate approval as early as Wednesday. (iPolitics)

    • For regular, official updates about proceedings of the bill’s passage in the House of Commons today, please click here: @HoCChamber.

  • FCAC offers information to help consumers understand their options as mortgage deferrals begin to expire. (News Release)

  • Transport Canada is expanding mandatory temperature screening to all passengers in 11 additional airports across the country. (News Release)

  • The federal government is publishing new guidance for companies developing rapid COVID-19 tests. (The Globe and Mail)

  • The Government of Canada signs agreement for COVID-19 rapid tests and analyzers. (News Release)

  • The Prime Minister co-chaired a high-level meeting to address economic devastation caused by COVID‑19 and announced new funding to fight the pandemic. (News Release)

    • Trudeau announced an additional C$400-million in international development funding this year.

  • World leaders to focus on key actions to assist countries battered by the financial crisis caused by COVID-19. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Monday that Democratic lawmakers unveiled a new US$2.2-trillion coronavirus relief bill that she said was a compromise measure that reduces the costs of the economic aid. (Reuters)

    • In a letter to Democratic lawmakers released by Pelosi’s office, she said the legislation “includes new funding needed to avert catastrophe for schools, small businesses, restaurants, performance spaces, airline workers and others.”

  • CDC Guidance for Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation (update).

  • Trump, pressured over pandemic, says the states will receive 150 million tests. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • 17,749 confirmed cases, an increase of 406 since Friday, including four deaths.

British Columbia

  • 8,908 confirmed cases, an increase of 267 since Friday, including three deaths.

Ontario

  • The province has made changes to long-term care visits. As of October 5, Premier Ford said that visitors to long-term care homes in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region will be restricted to staff, essential visitors and essential caregivers only. (CBC)

  • The following regulation was added to e-laws yesterday evening:

    • O.Reg. 531/20 – Rules For Areas in Stage 3, related to the sale and service of liquor (made under the Reopening Ontario (a Flexible Response to Covid-19) Act, 2020).

  • Ontario is providing over half a billion dollars to protect vulnerable seniors against second wave of COVID-19. New investments are part of the government’s COVID-19 Fall Preparedness Plan. (News Release)

  • 51,085 confirmed cases, an increase of 554 since yesterday, including four deaths.

Quebec

  • Premier François Legault announced at a press conference yesterday evening that three regions of Quebec – Montéal, Québec and Chaudière-Appalache – are being moved to the “red zone.” Details are at www.quebec.ca/zonerouge. A map of the regions is found here. (News Release)

    • For 28 days (October 1 to October 28), the following restrictions will apply in these regions:

      • Bars, restaurants, casinos, theatres, museums and libraries are closed. Restaurants can open for takeout and delivery only.

      • Private gatherings are banned. Only people from the same address can be in a home. There are exceptions for one service person or caregiver.

      • There is a limit of 25 people for funerals and places of worship.

      • People must stay two metres apart outdoors and masks are mandatory during all demonstrations.

    • Schools and other businesses (stores, hair salons, hotels) remain open. The government said its priority is to protect schools so parents can work.

    • The limit of 25 per cent of workers in office towers in downtown Montréal will not change. However, the recommendation is to work from home as much as possible.

    • Inter-regional travel is not recommended (but is not prohibited).   

  • Quebec to adopt federal COVID-19 alert contact-tracing smartphone app. (The Globe and Mail)

  • 73,450 confirmed cases, an increase of 799 since yesterday, including five deaths.

September 28, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The government introduced Bill C-4, COVID-19 Response Measures Act, this afternoon. The bill’s text appears to be identical to Bill C-2, COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, other than the title.

  • The federal government reached a deal with the NDP on Friday evening to soon pass the Liberals’ recently tabled bill to implement a trio of new COVID-19 benefits to fill gaps left by the expiring Canadian Emergency Response Benefit program. (CTV)

  • On Friday evening the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, proposed to extend the current treatment of furloughed employees under the wage subsidy program for the upcoming four-week period, from September 27 to October 24, 2020. (News Release)

  • The following orders were made under the Quarantine Act:

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 5.

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country other than the United States).

U.S. – Federal

  • Under pressure over the coronavirus, Trump will be announcing more tests for all states. (Reuters)

  • The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of US$8-million for three projects relating to Unemployment Insurance. (News Release

Alberta

  • Alberta has reached what the government is calling a "testing milestone" in its battle to control the spread of the coronavirus.

    • The province's health minister and chief medical officer of health are expected to talk about this milestone and give the latest update on COVID-19 at a news conference today at 3:30 p.m. (MDT).

  • Seven Alberta-based researchers are receiving funding for innovative technology projects that will help fight COVID-19. (News Release)

  • 17,343 confirmed cases, an increase of 153 on Friday, no deaths.

British Columbia

  • 8,641 confirmed cases, an increase of 98 on Friday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Second wave could peak in October, modelling projects. (CTV)

    • Dr. Kelly Barrett with the COVID-19 Modelling Collaborative, a group of scientists and clinicians from expert facilities in Toronto, said that Ontario could see a peak in infections in mid to late October.

    • Ford said this afternoon his government will not be rolling back to Stage 2 just yet.

  • Ontario Investing C$52.5-million to recruit, retain and support more health care w; initiative will ensure the province can meet any surge in demand during COVID-19. (News Release)

  • Ontario launches recovery program for northern businesses impacted by COVID-19. Funding will support the purchase of personal protective equipment, installation of safety equipment and other important measures. (News Release)

  • 50,531 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,626 since Friday, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • Montréal and Québec are set to enter the highest alert level. Bars and restaurants are among the expected targets of new restrictions announced today. (CBC)

    • Premier François Legault is expected to hold a news conference at 5:30 p.m. (EDT) to outline the change.

    • When asked what containment measures the red zone label would entail, the minister said he had the difficult task of finding a balance to allow children to continue to go to school, for people to continue working and for certain businesses to remain open. (CTV)

  • Additional investments to strengthen support and safety for students and staff. The government of Quebec is confirming a series of additional investments totalling C$85-million. (News Release)

  • Symptomatic people and people who have been in contact with an infected person will be prioritized for screening. (News Release)

  • Ministerial Order 2020-072 – Related to measures for territories of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal and Municipalité régionale de comté de La Rivière-du-Nord.

  • 72,651 confirmed cases, an increase of 2,344 since Friday, including three deaths.

September 25, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • The Government of Canada is creating a Canada-wide early learning and child care system (News Release).

  • Flexible, more accessible employment insurance (EI) system to help support Canadians through the next phase of the recovery (News Release).

    • EI will now be available to more Canadians, including those who would not have qualified for EI in the past;

  • For workers not eligible for EI, Bill C-2 was tabled in Parliament yesterday to create three new temporary Recovery Benefits to support Canadians who are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19.

  • Government of Canada announces temporary measure to compensate for the lack of insurance coverage for production stoppages due to confirmed COVID-19 cases on film sets in the audiovisual industry (News Release).

  • New agreements to secure additional vaccine candidates for COVID-19 (News Release).

    • Prime Minister Trudeau announced an agreement with AstraZeneca to procure up to 20 million doses of its COVID‑19 vaccine candidate. This agreement adds to those already reached with Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax, Pfizer and Moderna, which were made following the recommendations of the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force.

  • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 8 was added to the September 26 Canada Gazette Part I (made under the Aeronautics Act).

U.S. Federal

  • U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announces US$335-million in infrastructure grants to America’s airports (News
    Release
    ).

Alberta

  • Alberta’s chief medical officer of health says the province is not in a second wave of COVID-19 despite increased daily case numbers in recent months (Globe and Mail).

    • “We have seen increased daily case counts for the past few months, but those have remained relatively stable,” Hinshaw told a news conference.

  • 17,190 confirmed cases, an increase of 158 since yesterday, 1 death.

British Columbia

  • 8,543 confirmed cases, an in increase of 148 since yesterday, 2 deaths.

Ontario

  • New public health measures implemented province-wide to keep Ontarians safe (News Release).

    • To ensure the continued health and safety of Ontarians, reduce the risk of transmission, and limit future outbreaks of COVID-19, the amended order (O.Reg. 530/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3) will apply province-wide effective 12:01 a.m. on Saturday September 26 and will:

      • Apply additional measures and restrictions to restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments (including nightclubs) by prohibiting the sale of alcohol after 11 p.m., and prohibiting the consumption of alcohol on the premises after 12 a.m. until 9 a.m. (including employees), and requiring establishments to close by 12 a.m. and remain closed until 5 a.m., except for takeout or delivery;

      • Close all strip clubs across the province; and

      • Require businesses or organizations to comply with any advice, recommendations, and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on screening for COVID-19.

  • Ontario investing C$741-million to reduce surgeries backlog and expand access to care; additional health capacity critical to responding to future surges and outbreaks (News Release).

  • NDP publishes its own recovery roadmap (CBC).

  • 48,905 confirmed cases, an increase of 409 since yesterday, 1 death.

Quebec

  • COVID-19 pandemic: Minister Dubé asks for 28 days of effort to break the second wave (News Release).

    • According to the recommendation of the public health authorities, the Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, announces today that the entire territory of the Montreal Metropolitan Community as well as the MRC de la Rivière-du-Nord, in the Laurentian region, go to the orange alert level.

  • The government is announcing C$2.3-billion in financial assistance to help the municipalities weather the crisis (News Release).

  • The Government of Quebec is increasing its emergency assistance to Quebec public transit to C$1.2-billion (News Release).

  • 70,307 confirmed cases, an increase of 637 since yesterday, 4 deaths.

September 24, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • The Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Chrystia Freeland, and the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced the introduction of Bill C-2, to create three new temporary Recovery Benefits to support Canadians who are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19 (News Release and Backgrounder).

    • Bill C-2 COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act makes proposed amendments to the following:

      • Canada Labour Code;

      • Canada Labour Standards Regulations;

      • COVID-19 Emergency Response Act;

      • and enacts the Canada Recovery Benefits Act and the Public Health Events of National Concern Payments Act.

  • Prime Minister’s remarks addressing Canadians on the COVID-19 situation from yesterday evening (News Release).

U.S. Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • 17,032 confirmed cases, an increase of 143 since yesterday, 2 deaths.

British Columbia

  • 8,395 confirmed cases, an increase of 91 since yesterday, no deaths.

Ontario

  • Leaked document (obtained by CBC) reveals Ontario's plan to avoid another COVID-19 lockdown; the plan favours responding with targeted restrictions, rather than widespread closures or a lockdown.

    • The 21-page draft, provided by a government source this week, acknowledges the recent upsurge in new COVID-19 cases, and lays out three possible scenarios of what the second wave could look like: small, moderate or large (CBC).

  • The following regulation was added to e-laws this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 529/20 Rules for Areas in Stage 3 (made under the Reopening Ontario (a Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020)

  • Ontario Investing More Than $1 Billion to Expand COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing; Province Also Enhancing Efforts to Quickly Identify, Manage and Prevent COVID-19 Outbreaks (News Release).

  • Ontario needs immediate restrictions on non-essential businesses, health-care leaders warn (CTV).

  • Ontario Extends Critical Delivery Program for Seniors and People with Disabilities; Deliveries of food and essentials will continue into 2021 (News Release).

  • 48,496 confirmed cases, an increase of 409 since yesterday, 1 death.

Quebec

  • Avoid all social gatherings as COVID-19 community transmissions rise, health minister urges Quebecers (CBC).

  • Order in Council 965-2020 renewing the public health emergency to September 30th, 2020 added to the September 24th Gazette officielle du Québec.

  • 69,670 confirmed cases, an increase of 582 since yesterday, 1 death.

September 23, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • The Speech from the Throne opened the new session of Parliament this afternoon. This fall, the government will release an update to Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. This will outline the government’s economic and fiscal position, provide fiscal projections and set out new measures to implement this Throne Speech.

    • Highlights as it relates to COVID-19 from the Throne Speech:

      • To prevent small clusters from becoming major outbreaks, communities may need to enact short-term closure orders. To make that decision easier for the public health authorities, the government will work to target additional financial support directly to businesses that have to temporarily shut down as a result of a local public health decision.

      • The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy will be extended into next summer.

        • In addition to extending the wage subsidy, the government will take further steps to bridge vulnerable businesses to the other side of the pandemic by:

          • Expanding the Canada Emergency Business Account to help businesses with fixed costs.

          • Improving the Business Credit Availability Program.

          • Introducing further support for industries that have been the hardest hit, including travel and tourism, hospitality and cultural industries like the performing arts.

      • The government will work with Parliament on Criminal Code amendments to explicitly penalize those who neglect seniors under their care and work with the provinces and territories to set new, national standards for long-term care.

      • The government will bring forward a Disability Inclusion Plan/Benefit.

      • The government remains committed to a national, universal pharmacare program and will accelerate steps to achieve this system.

      • The government will launch a campaign to create over one million jobs, restoring employment to previous levels, including direct investments in the social sector and infrastructure and incentives for employers to hire and retain workers.

      • For people who would not traditionally qualify for EI, the government will create the transitional Canada Recovery Benefit.

      • Subsidizing before- and after-school program costs.

  • S.O.R./2020-207Regulations Amending the Income Tax Regulations (COVID-19 Wage Subsidy for Furloughed Employees) in order to extend the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) treatment for furloughed employees to September 26, 2020 (made under the Income Tax Act). Full text forthcoming.

  • Mapping out Canada's COVID-19 hotspots: new modelling shows where cases are rising. (CTV)

  • Federal parties agree on "hybrid" House of Commons sittings through autumn. (The Globe and Mail)

  • Feds promise help for surging COVID-19 test demand but won't OK rapid-test tech yet. (CTV)

  • The Prime Minister will deliver an address to the nation at 6:30 p.m. (EDT).

U.S. Federal

  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing upcoming action by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide US$200-million to jurisdictions for COVID-19 vaccine preparedness. (News Release)

  • CDC chief says he expects most Americans could receive COVID-19 vaccine by July 2021. (The Globe and Mail)

Alberta

  • Alberta’s government will invest up to /C$750-million from the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) fund on a series of programs to create jobs and reduce emissions. This investment is in direct response to the unprecedented economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and low oil prices. (News Release)

  • 16,889 confirmed cases, an increase of 150 since yesterday, including two deaths.

British Columbia

  • 8,304 confirmed cases, an increase of 96 since yesterday, no deaths.

Ontario

  • Legislative activity:

    • Bill 205, Protecting Renters from Illegal Evictions Act, 2020 was tabled yesterday evening. Proposed amendments to the following acts:

      • Legal Aid Services Act, 1998

      • Legal Aid Services Act, 2020

      • Ministry of Labour Act

      • Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Act

      • Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act, 2020

      • Residential Tenancies Act, 2006

    • Bill 204, Helping Tenants and Small Businesses Act, 2020 received second reading this afternoon.

  • Ontario expands COVID-19 testing to pharmacies; as of Friday, up to 60 pharmacies in Ontario will begin offering testing by appointment only, with further locations coming online in the coming weeks. (News Release)

    • Full list of Ontario pharmacies offering COVID-19 testing as of Friday. (CTV)

  • The Ontario government is launching a recruitment campaign to increase its team of frontline health and safety inspectors by 98 and help ensure workplaces across the province are doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (News Release)

  • 48,087 confirmed cases, an increase of 335 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec Treasury Board President Sonia LeBel has tabled a new economic stimulus bill after the government was forced to withdraw its earlier proposed legislation, Bill 61, earlier this year. (CBC)

    • Bill 66, An Act respecting the acceleration of certain infrastructure projects would clear the way for 181 publicly funded infrastructure proposals, including highway projects, building renovations and the speeding up of the extension of the Montreal Metro Blue line. It will apply only to those projects, which include 50 new seniors' residences and CHSLDs, 40 school projects, 52 road and public transit projects, and eight government office renovations.

  • Ministerial Order 2020-069 – Related to the Regulation respecting the professional activities that may be engaged in by medical technology externs.

  • 69,088 confirmed cases, an increase of 471 since yesterday, including one death.

September 22, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal 

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will address Canadians in a national broadcast Wednesday evening, just hours after his government is scheduled to unveil its updated policy agenda in a Speech From the Throne. (The Globe and Mail)

    • “He will also give a summary of the government’s plans in the Throne Speech to fight the virus and build our economic recovery.”

  • Government of Canada signs new agreements to secure additional vaccine candidate and treatment for COVID-19. (News Release)

  • Canada "at a crossroads": COVID-19 will keep spreading if behaviours don't change, Tam says. (CTV)

  • Canada signs deals for supply of Sanofi vaccine candidate and antiviral drug to treat COVID-19. (CTV)

U.S. Federal

  • Testimony by Chair Powell on Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

Alberta

  • Government House Leader Jason Nixon has indicated he will advise the Speaker to call Alberta MLAs back to the legislature on Tuesday, October 20. (News Release)

  • More support is coming to help relaunch childcare sector. Licensed childcare programs will receive C$87-million in new funding as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan and the federal Safe Restart agreement. (News Release)

  • Alberta is shifting to targeted COVID-19 testing to reduce testing wait times, speed up access to results and support Albertans during influenza season and the winter months.

  • 16,739 confirmed cases, an increase of 358 since the weekend, including one death.

British Columbia

  • The following orders were issued:

    • Order in Council No. 526 – Related to motor vehicle regulations (fees, extension of "covid-19 emergency") (made under the Motor Vehicle Act and the Commercial Transport Act).

    • Order in Council No. 558 – Related to the Carbon Tax Remission (COVID-19 Emergency) Regulation (made under the Financial Administration Act, Motor Fuel Tax Act and the Carbon Tax Act).

    • Order in Council No. 544Emergency Benefit for Workers Regulation (made under the Income Tax Act).

    • Order in Council No. 547 – Related to the Employment and Assistance Regulation and the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Regulation (made under the Employment and Assistance Act and the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act).

    • Order in Council No. 564 – Related to Local Government Grants Regulations (COVID-19 Safe Restart Grants) (made under the Local Government Grants Act).

    • Order in Council No. 566 – Related to amendments to the COVID-19 Related Measures Act (as per Ministerial Order No. 358 – Food and Liquor Premises, Gatherings and Events (COVID 19) Order).

  • 8,208 confirmed cases, an increase of 366 since the weekend, including four deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario set to launch largest flu immunization campaign in province's history; new investments part of the government’s COVID-19 fall preparedness plan. (News Release)

    • The plan, entitled Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19, sets out a series of steps to prevent, identify and respond to any outbreak scenario this fall.

      • More details on Ontario's fall plan coming soon. Health Minister Christine Elliott added that the rest of province’s fall preparedness plan will be unveiled in the “next several days.”

      • The health minister said the plan focuses on six “key areas":

        • Maintaining public health measures, including expanding testing for the novel coronavirus and contact tracing.

        • Implementing the largest flu immunization campaign in the province’s history.

        • Quickly identifying, managing and preventing outbreaks of the disease.

        • Accelerating efforts to reduce health service backlogs.

        • Preparing the province for surges in COVID-19 cases.

        • Recruiting, retaining, training and supporting health-care workers.

  • The Ontario government is making it easier, faster and more affordable to access the justice system by investing in technology and providing more services online. This will enable the province to provide more remote proceedings and reduce the number of courthouse visits, making the justice system safer to access during the COVID-19 outbreak and recovery period. (News Release)

  • 47,752 confirmed cases, an increase of 478 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • More regions in Quebec will be facing stricter restrictions as new cases and hospitalizations rise in the province. Quebec's Laval and Outaouais regions will be under "moderate alert," or the orange alert level, said Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé in a news conference Tuesday. The Centre-Quebec region will move from green alert to yellow alert, he said. (CBC)

  • Implementation of a major financial incentive to encourage newly retired teachers to come and lend a hand to the school network. (News Release and Order in Council 964-2020)

  • 68,617 confirmed cases, an increase of 489 since yesterday, including one death.

September 21, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Throne Speech will chart Liberals' path to pandemic recovery (Globe and Mail).

  • The following Order has now been issued:

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) (made under the Quarantine Act). The effective date of the previous Order extended to October 21, 2020.

  • Government of Canada encouraging Indigenous participation in its response to COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Latest COVID-19 research investment supports knowledge exchange on social, cultural and economic impact of COVID-19 (News Release).

U.S. Federal

  • U.S. House Democrats file bill to fund government through December 11, 2020, and avoid shutdown (Reuters).

  • House Speaker Pelosi discusses aid with airline CEOs (Reuters).

  • U.S. reverses COVID-19 testing guidance again: exposed without symptoms need tests (Reuters).

Alberta

  • 16,381 confirmed cases, an increase of 107 on Friday, 1 death.

British Columbia

  • Province updates measures to enforce COVID-19 public safety (News Release).

    • Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth is aligning the Province’s ticketing measures with the provincial health officer’s (PHO) updated orders on Food and Liquor Serving Premises and Gatherings and Events, giving police and other provincial enforcement officers the ability to issue violation tickets for contraventions.

    • B.C. announces expanded list of COVID-19 violations for restaurants and bars (CBC).

  • 7,842 confirmed cases, an increase of 139 cases on Friday, 3 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario limits the size of unmonitored and private social gatherings across entire province (News Release).

  • Ontario presses Ottawa to increase share of health funding; fair and flexible federal funding needed to fight COVID-19, modernize long-term care and build critical infrastructure (News Release).

  • Added to e-laws this afternoon: O.Reg. 519/20 Rules for Areas in Stage 3 (made under the Reopening Ontario (a Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020).

  • Ontario sees 425 new COVID-19 cases, most in more than 3 months (CBC).

  • 47,274 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,197 since Friday, 3 deaths.

Quebec

  • Ministerial Order 2020-068 related to the further limits on gatherings.

  • 'Red alert' looms in parts of Quebec (CTV).

  • Update of regional alert levels and announcement of additional measures (News Release).

    • The Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, announces that the regions of Montreal and Chaudière-Appalaches, as well as a portion of the Capitale-Nationale region, are moving to the orange level. He also announced that some parts of the Lanaudière and Laurentides regions are for their part going to the yellow level.

  • 68,128 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,475 since Friday, 3 deaths.

September 18, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

  • Canada and the United States agreed to extend the temporary restriction of all non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border until October 21, 2020. (News Release)

  • British Columbia to receive federal funding to support childcare. (News Release)

  • C$83-million in federal funding as part of the Safe Restart Agreement to ensure childcare spaces are available to support parents’ gradual return to work.

  • Over C$12.3-million in relief and recovery funds flow to over 230 businesses in the Northwest Territories. (News Release)

  • Over C$2.5-million in relief and recovery funds flow to 46 businesses in Nunavut. (News Release)

  • Government of Canada announces the Indigenous organizations in British Columbia who received funding to address the COVID-19 pandemic. (News Release)

  • Design of post-CERB benefits could change as COVID-19 pandemic shifts course, Qualtrough says. (The Globe and Mail)

  • The following orders are published in the September 18 Canada Gazette, Part I:

    • Order Extending a Period Established by the Wage Earner Protection Program Act (COVID-19) (under the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19))

    • Order Respecting Periods Under Certain Regulations Made Under the Canada Labour Code (COVID-19) (under the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19))

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any country other than the United States) [Erratum] (under the Quarantine Act)

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • 16,274 confirmed cases, an increase of 146 since yesterday, no deaths.

British Columbia

  • Premier John Horgan and Carole James, Minister of Finance, have released Stronger BC for Everyone: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan. (News Release)

    • The plan includes C$1.5-billion in economic-recovery spending that was earmarked for recovery spending in the spring and is in addition to C$660-million in tax measures and more than C$1.86-billion in federal and provincial restart funding for municipalities, transit and education.

  • Starting on September 28, 2020, civil jury trials will be suspended for a period of one year. (News Release)

  • O.I.C. 517/2020 – Amending the Supreme Court Civil Rules (under the Court Rules Act)

  • Patio, service-area expansions, sale and delivery of packaged liquor extended. (News Release)

  • O.I.C. 515/2020 and O.I.C. 516/2020 – Amending the Liquor Control and Licensing Regulation (under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act).

  • Rent relief coming for outdoor adventure operators. (News Release)

  • O.I.C. 518/2020, Commercial Recreatiion Tenure (COVID-19 Emergency) Relief Regulation (under the Financial Administration Act).

  • TransLink, BC Transit and BC Ferries will share more than C$1-billion under the federal/provincial Safe Restart Agreement. (News Release)

  • 7,663 confirmed cases, an increase of 165 since yesterday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Premier Ford presses Ottawa to increase funding for Ontario priorities. (News Release)

  • Ford says restrictions on social gatherings will be expanded to other parts of Ontario. (The Globe and Mail)

  • S.O. 2020, c. 18, COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020: Schedule 3, ss. 1-11 (amending the Development Charges Act, 1997) and Schedule 17, ss. 1, 2, 4, and 5 (amending the Planning Act) proclaimed in force September 18, 2020. Related regulations:

    • O. Reg. 509/20, Community Benefits Charges and Parkland (under the Planning Act).

    • O. Reg. 510/20 and O. Reg. 512/20 – Amending O. Reg. 232/18, Inclusionary Zoning (under the Planning Act).

    • O. Reg. 511/20 – Amending O. Reg. 332/12, Building Code (under the Building Code Act).

    • O. Reg. 513/20 and O. Reg. 514/20 – Amending O. Reg. 82/98, General (under the Development Charges Act, 1997).

    • O. Reg. 515/20 – Amending O. Reg. 173/16, Community Planning Permits (under the Planning Act).

  • The following additional regulations were added to E-Laws today:

    • O. Reg. 503/20 – Revoking O. Reg. 105/20, Order Made Under the Act – Extension of Emergency (under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act).

    • O. Reg. 504/20 – Revoking O. Reg. 106/20, Order Made Under the Act – Extensions and Renewals of Orders (under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act).

    • O. Reg. 517/20 – Amending R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 682, Laboratories(under the Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act).

    • O. Reg. 518/20 – Amending R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 683, Specimen Collection Centres ((under the Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act).

  • 46,077 confirmed cases, an increase of 401 since yesterday, no deaths.

Quebec

  • Fight against the pandemic – Minister Guilbault announces a vast police operation in Quebec. (News Release)

    • The operation will target over 1,000 licensed establishments, including bars, restaurants and reception venues over the next weekend.

  • M.O. 2020-64 – Regarding registration of visitors to seniors’ residences (under the Public Health Act).

  • 66,653 confirmed cases, an increase of 297 since yesterday, no deaths in the past 24 hours, but one death on an unknown date.

September 17, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau said his government’s speech from the throne next week will still address Canada’s future challenges, but his government has to focus on the present challenges of the pandemic. (National Post)

U.S. – Federal 

Alberta

  • 16,128 confirmed cases, an increase of 171 since yesterday, no deaths.

British Columbia

  • 7,498 confirmed cases, an increase of 122 since yesterday, no deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario introduces legislation to freeze residential rent in 2021. The proposed bill would also support small businesses by extending the ban on commercial evictions. (News Release)

    • Bill 204, Helping Tenants and Small Businesses Act, also proposes to change the Commercial Tenancies Act to extend the temporary ban on evictions for commercial tenants. Full text of the bill will be uploaded here later today.

  • There will be lower limits for unmonitored and private social gatherings in Ottawa, Peel and Toronto regions. The province is introducing legislation across Ontario to increase fines for non-compliance. (News Release and Order O.Reg.501/20 (made under the Reopening Ontario (a Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020)

    • The amended order will set a new limit on the number of people allowed to attend an unmonitored social gathering or organized public event to:

      • 10 people at an indoor event or gathering (previous limit of 50), or

      • 25 people at an outdoor event or gathering (previous limit of 100)

  • The province is also instituting a minimum fine of C$10,000 for the organizers of illegal social gatherings, as well as a C$750 fine for people who show up to them.

  • This order will come into effect on September 18 at 12:01 a.m. (EDT).

  • The new limits will not apply to events or gatherings held in staffed businesses and facilities, such as bars, restaurants, cinemas, convention centres or banquet halls, gyms, and recreational sporting or performing art events. Existing rules, including public health and workplace safety measures, for these businesses and facilities continue to be in effect.

  • The following orders were added to E-Laws this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 499/20 – Extensions of Orders (made under Reopening Ontario (a Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020).

    • O.Reg. 500/20 – Enforcement of Orders (made under Reopening Ontario (a Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020).

  • 45,676 confirmed cases, an increase of 293 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • O.C. 948-2020 – The public health emergency has been renewed until September 23, 2020.

  • 66,356 confirmed cases, an increase of 251 since yesterday, including two deaths.
September 16, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Prime Minister announces next steps for the Safe Restart Agreement. (News Release)

    • Through the agreement, reached earlier this summer, the Government of Canada announced over C$19-billion in federal funding to help provinces and territories safely restart the economy. Provinces and territories were asked to outline in a letter how these funds would best be allocated within their jurisdictions, based on their priorities. The premiers have now submitted the letters, and the federal funding will be transferred to the provinces and territories.

    • The areement will also provide direct support to Canadian workers, including safe childcare to help parents returning to work, and income support for people without paid sick leave.

  • The Canada-U.S. border closure will likely be extended until November. (CTV)

    • The current agreement on closure of the U.S.-Canada border to non-essential travel was set to expire on September 21.

  • The following regulations have been added to the September 16 Canada Gazette, Part II:

    • S.O.R./2020-191Regulations Amending the Canada Labour Standards Regulations (Number of Weeks). (Made under the Canada Labour Code.)

    • S.O.R./2020-188 – Interim Order No. 9 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit). (Made under the Employment Insurance Act.)

    • S.O.R./2020-189Regulations Amending the Income Support Payment (Number of Weeks) Regulations. (Made under the Canada Emergency Response Benefit Act.)

    • S.O.R./2020-187 – Interim Order No. 8 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Facilitated Access to Benefits). (Made under the Employment Insurance Act.)

    • S.O.R./2020-182Regulations Amending the Canada Student Financial Assistance Regulations. (Made under the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act.)

    • S.O.R./2020-184Regulations Amending the Canada Student Loans Regulations. (Made under the Canada Student Loans Act.)

U.S. – Federal

  • The U.S. government said it will start distributing a COVID-19 vaccine within one day of regulatory authorization. The federal government will allocate vaccines for each state based on the critical populations recommended first for vaccination by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • 15,957 confirmed cases, an increase of 124 since yesterday, no deaths.

British Columbia

  • State of emergency extended to continue B.C.’s COVID-19 response. (News Release)

  • O.I.C. 506/2020 – Extending the state of emergency to September 29, 2020 (under the Emergency Program Act).

  • 7,376 confirmed cases, an increase of 97 since yesterday, no deaths.

Ontario

  • Premier Ford pushing to lower gathering limits and warns "severe fines" are coming. (CTV)

    • Social gathering limits will likely be reduced in Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa after Ford meets with his cabinet on Wednesday to discuss making changes to the current guidelines.

    • The current limit on social gatherings is 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors.

  • Ontario launches new COVID-19 screening tool to help protect students and staff. (News Release)

    • The results will let parents, students and education staff know whether they should attend school each day or guide at-risk individuals to proper resources.

  • 45,383 confirmed cases, an increase of 315 since yesterday, including two deaths.

Quebec

  • A leaked internal government document offers a glimpse of what life might look like in a region of Quebec designated red under the COVID-19 alert system: much like during the lockdown period in the spring. (CBC)

  • 65,857 confirmed cases, an increase of 303 since yesterday, including one death.

September 15, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Government of Canada COVID-19 measures, including the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), will be delivering support for young people this fall. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta 

  • 15,833 confirmed cases, an increase of 418 since the weekend, including one death. 

British Columbia

  • 7,279 confirmed cases, an increase of 317 since the weekend, including six deaths.

Ontario 

  • Premier Ford said he will be making announcements over the next day or two about measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the province’s hotspots. (CTV)

    • He said he has spoken with the mayors of Toronto, Ottawa and Brampton, who have each identified their areas of concern.

  • Ford says announcement coming soon on COVID-19 testing at pharmacies. (CP24)

  • The province ramps up production of Ontario-made ventilators. (News Release)

  • 45,068 confirmed cases, an increase of 251 since yesterday, including four deaths.

Quebec

  • Premier Legault calls situation "critical" as Quebec increases alert level in four regions. (CBC)

    • Legault announced that four regions classified as green under Quebec's colour-coded alert system — Montréal, the Montérégie, Lower Saint-Lawrence and Chaudière-Appalaches — were moved up to the yellow level under the province's regional alert system.

  • 65,554 confirmed cases, an increase of 292 since yesterday, including one death.

September 14, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Sources have told CBC News that the throne speech could promise investments in housing and a long-term overhaul of the employment insurance system. (CBC)

    • The government is also expected to signal its intention to make childcare more widely available and to launch a green recovery plan, while focusing on the ongoing public health crisis.

  • Policy Statement on Research Security and COVID-19 (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada).

U.S. – Federal

  • No new developments.

Alberta

  • 15,415 confirmed cases, an increase of 111 on Friday.

British Columbia

  • 5,273 confirmed cases, a increase of 132 on Friday.

Ontario

  • The Ontario government is returning to the legislature today, with health preparedness and rebuilding the economy as top priorities for the fall legislative agenda. (News Release)

  • Bill 200, Employment Standards Amendment Act (Sick Notes), 2020, was tabled this afternoon. Full text of the bill will be available later today at this link.

  • Shutdown not off the table for Ontario after "disturbing" spike in COVID-19 infections. (CTV)

    • "Ford said if Ontario was forced into another shutdown, he would look at rolling back parts of the province on a region-by-region basis.... [T]he government is putting the final touches on their 'comprehensive fall preparedness plan' to battle a second wave of COVID-19."

  • 44,817 confirmed cases, an increase of 749 since Friday, including one death.

Quebec

  • O.C. 947-2020 – Related to face mask/covering and was published in the September 11 Gazette officielle du Québec.

  • Ministerial Order No. 2020-063 Related to karaoke activities.

  • Safety measures for workers and children in elementary schools during COVID-19 (updated resource).

  • 65,262 confirmed cases, an increase of 799 since Friday, including one death.

September 11, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Government of Canada and partners improve process to notify air travellers potentially exposed to COVID-19 on domestic flights. (News Release)

  • Added this afternoon: S.O.R./2020-0191 – Regulations amending the Canada Labour Standards Regulations (number of weeks).

    • The regulations ensure that employees in the federally regulated sector that are unable or unavailable to work as a result of COVID-19 are able to continue to take job-protected leave without risking disciplinary action from their employer.

  • The following orders were published in the September 12 Canada Gazette, Part I:

    • Order Respecting Time Limits and Other Periods under the Income Tax Act (COVID-19) (made under the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19)).

    • Order Respecting Time Limits Under the Excise Tax Act (COVID-19) (made under the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19)).

    • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 3 (made under the Aeronautics Act).

    • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 7 (made under the Aeronautics Act).

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • COVID-19 scheduled-surgery backlog cut by 88 per cent. (News Release)

  • 15,304 confirmed cases, an increase of 113 since yesterday, including five deaths.

British Columbia

  • 6,830 confirmed cases, an increase of 139 since yesterday.

Ontario

  • Curbside bars and restaurants in Toronto will be allowed to use portable heaters in a bid to extend patio season. (The Globe and Mail)

  • Ontario launches COVID-19 school and licensed childcare-specific webpage. (News Release)

    • Daily information available to parents and the general public.

  • 44,068 confirmed cases, an increase of 213 since yesterday.

Quebec

  • The Department of Health and Social Services announces the suspension of karaoke activities and the obligation to keep a register of bar customers. (News Releases)

  • 64,463 confirmed cases, an increase of 219 since yesterday.

September 10, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Minister of Health to announce federal funding to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Toronto (tomorrow at 9:15 a.m. (EDT). (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • The U.S. Senate killed a Republican bill that would have provided around US$300-billion in new coronavirus aid. (Reuters)

  • Trump administration takes action to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines. (News Release)

    • The guidance authorizes state-licensed pharmacists and state-licensed or registered pharmacy interns acting under the supervision of the qualified pharmacist to order and administer the vaccines.

Alberta

  • O.C. 262/2020Employment Standards Amendment Regulation was published yesterday.

  • A new online map will list every school where there are two or more confirmed cases and an outbreak is declared. The map will also list schools that have shifted into scenario two or three to protect the health of students and staff.

  • 15,191 confirmed cases, an increase of 98 since yesterday, including one death.

British Columbia

  • Premier John Horgan announced B.C.’s fall pandemic plan. The plan focuses on protecting the most vulnerable citizens and ensuring the health-care system has the necessary resources in place.

  • 6,691 confirmed cases, an increase of 100 since yesterday.

Ontario

  • New research projects aim to improve Ontario's response to COVID-19. (News Release)

  • 43,855 confirmed cases, an increase of 170 since yesterday, including one death.

Quebec

  • The following orders were published in the September 10 Gazette officielle du Québec:

  • Premier Legault, in collaboration with the public health authorities, the Ministry of Public Security and the police, announced that as of next Saturday, individuals who refuse to wear a mask in indoor public places without a valid reason could be fined by police for committing an emergency report offence. (News Release)

  • The Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity and the Minister Responsible for the Mauricie Region, Mr. Jean Boulet, confirms that Quebec employees will be protected if they have to be absent from work due to COVID-19. (News Release)

  • 64,244 confirmed cases, an increase of 188 since yesterday, including one death.

September 9, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The premiers of Ontario and Quebec are calling on Ottawa to increase health transfers to the provinces, saying sustainable, long-term funding is required on top of the federal COVID-19 relief to address health-care issues that predate the pandemic. (The Globe and Mail)

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • 15,093 confirmed cases, an increase of 619 since Friday, including five deaths.

British Columbia

  • B.C. is ordering nightclubs and stand-alone banquet halls closed, ending the sale of liquor at restaurants past 10 p.m. and telling venues to reduce the volume from music or other sources to conversational levels. (News Release)

    • Liquor sales in all bars, pubs and restaurants must cease at 10 p.m. and they must close at 11 p.m., unless providing a full meal service, in which case they may stay open, but may not serve liquor until 11 a.m. the following day.

  • 6,591 confirmed cases, an increase of 429 since Friday, including two deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario will report all cases of COVID-19 in the province’s schools, Ford says (The Globe and Mail).

  • Ontario-Québec Summit strengthens ties between the two provinces; governments agree to collaborate on key priority areas including health care, economic recovery and infrastructure renewal. (News Release)

  • Premier Ford said the province isn't currently considering rolling back reopenings on a provincial level but did note that individual regions have the option to enact measures like shutting bars early. (CBC)

  • 43,685 confirmed cases, an increase of 149 since yesterday.

Quebec

  • The regional alert system with progressive intervention criteria defines additional measures to be taken as needed to ensure public safety in each of Quebec’s socio-health regions. To find out the alert level in your region, consult the Map of COVID-19 alert levels by region.

  • 64,056 confirmed cases, an increase of 180 since yesterday.

September 8, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The government announced an extension of rent relief for small businesses. (News Release)

    • This will be the final extension of this program as the government explores options to support small businesses.

    • Details on the September extension will be available on the CMHC website on Wednesday, September 9.

  • The following orders were added to the September 5 Canada Gazette, Part I.

    • Interim Order – Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 6. (Made under the Aeronautics Act.)

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 4. (Made under the Quarantine Act.)

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country Other than the United States). (Made under the Quarantine Act.)

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • At least 20 Alberta schools report COVID-19 cases as students return to class; Alberta Health Services says it is compiling a list of schools with confirmed cases. (The Globe and Mail)

  • 14,474 confirmed cases, an increase of 164 on Friday.

British Columbia

  • 6,162 confirmed cases, an increase of 121 on Friday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Ontario is pausing any further steps in its reopening plan as daily COVID-19 case counts continue to spike in the province. (CBC)

    • Health Minister Christine Elliott made the announcement today. Elliott said that Ontario will take "a pause of four weeks" before the province considers any further loosening of public health measures or further reopening of businesses, facilities or organizations.

    • The pause does not include schools, which started reopening in parts of the province on Tuesday.

    • Premier Ford said Ontario isn't at the point yet where it needs to revert to Stage 2.

  • Premier Ford and Premier Legault to meet for their inaugural Ontario-Québec Summit on Economic Recovery today and tomorrow. (News Release)

  • Ontario takes extraordinary steps to reopen schools safely; provincial back-to-school plan includes substantial investments in PPE along with more teachers, nurses and custodians. (News Release)

  • 43,536 confirmed cases, an increase of 702 since Friday.

Quebec

  • In view of a potential second wave of COVID-19, the Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, unveiled the system of regional alerts and interventions developed by Public Health, which will specify, for each region of Quebec, additional measures to be deployed to ensure the health and safety of Quebecers over the coming months, if necessary. (News Release)

  • The Government of Quebec published a first list of reported cases of COVID-19 in schools in Quebec. This list presents the schools with at least one reported case, for the period from August 26 to September 3, 2020. (News Release)

  • The CNESST launches the second phase of its prevention campaign in workplaces in the context of COVID-19. (News Release)

  • Ministerial Order 2020-062 – Related to the Regulation respecting the professional activities which may be performed by persons other than nurses.

  • 63, 876 confirmed cases, an increase of 756 since Friday, including one death.

September 4, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Protecting the safety of agri-food workers through the Emergency Processing Fund (News Release).
    • The Emergency Processing Fund is focused on projects to help companies respond to the urgent health and safety needs of workers in agri-food sectors impacted by COVID-19, with an emphasis on supporting meat processing facilities.
  • Transport Canada fines two individuals for failing to follow direction from the flight crew to wear face coverings during flight (News Release).
  • The Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Ahmed Hussen, today announced up to C$763.34-million in support for Ontario through the Safe Return to Class Fund (News Release).
U.S. Federal
  • Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions To Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19 (Order).
    • This Order is effective September 4, 2020, through December 31, 2020.
Alberta
  • Alberta has issued a new order that gives continuing care facilities and hospices more flexibility with isolation requirements, recreation, dining and volunteers.
  • 14,310 confirmed cases, an increase of 130 since yesterday.
British Columbia
  • B.C. on "a precipice," provincial health officer warns, as 89 new COVID-19 cases confirmed (CBC).
  • 6,041 confirmed cases, an increase of 89 since yesterday, 1 death.
Ontario
  • Doug Ford ready to act to curb ‘slow creep’ in COVID-19 cases in hard-hit regions (Globe and Mail).
    • The latest figures showed Peel Region, a long-standing hot spot for the novel coronavirus, was home to 72 of the 148 new COVID-19 cases reported provincewide […] “We won’t hesitate to again shut it down,” Ford said at his daily pandemic briefing.
  • Province supports Ontario-made face masks in the fight against COVID-19 (News Release).
  • The following Regulations have been added to e-laws this afternoon:
    • 494/20 Standards (made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act).
    • 492/20 Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (made under the Employment Standards Act, 2000).
  • 42,834 confirmed cases, an increase of 148 since yesterday.
Quebec
  • Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé said a new system of classifications will be introduced next week, which will allow the government to impose restrictions in more targeted areas of the province. He warned the measures would be applied if case numbers continue to climb (CBC).
  • 63,117 confirmed cases, an increase of 184 since yesterday, 1 death.
September 3, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Government of Canada announces over 1,000 new projects in support of seniors impacted by COVID-19. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • Anthony Fauci said today it is unlikely a COVID-19 vaccine will be ready by the end of October, but that it is not impossible. (Reuters)

Alberta 

  • 14,180 confirmed cases, an increase of 114, including one death.

British Columbia 

  • Maximum allowable rent increase set at 1.4 per cent for 2021. (News Release)

  • Province confirms tax measure implementation dates, deferral deadlines for businesses. (News Release)

    • The province is delaying implementation dates to April 2021 for changes to provincial sales tax and B.C.’s carbon tax to help businesses and families through the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery.

  • 5,952 confirmed cases, an increase of 104 since yesterday. 

Ontario

  • Ontario extends support for employers and employees impacted by COVID-19. This extension will last until January 2, 2021. (News Release)

  • Ontario-Québec Summit to convene on economic recovery. (News Release)

    • Premier Ford and Legault will convene their first-ever Ontario-Québec Summit to advance shared priorities on economic recovery and health preparedness, issues important to the people of the two provinces. The summit will take place on September 8 and 9, 2020, in Mississauga.

  • The following regulation was added to E-Laws this afternoon:

  • 42,686 confirmed cases, an increase of 132 since yesterday.

Quebec

  • Premier Legault says he’ll close bars and reduce the limit on gatherings if COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Quebec (The Globe and Mail).

    • He told reporters that if authorities need to confine Quebecers once again, they will close off specific regions of the province or smaller areas within regions as opposed to locking down the entire population.

  • The following have been added to the September 3 Gazette officielle du Québec:

    • Ministerial Order No. 2020-4303 – Lifting of the suspension of prescription and procedural periods and extension of certain procedural periods in civil matters owing to the public health emergency declared on March 13, 2020 (made under the Code of Civil Procedure).

    • Ministerial Order No. 2020-4304 – Measures for ensuring the proper administration of justice amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation (made under An Act respecting the Ministère de la Justice).

    • O.C. 917-2020 – Renewal of the public health emergency until September 9, 2020.

  • 62,933 confirmed cases, an increase of 187 since yesterday.
September 2, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • S.I./2020-62 – Order Amending the Remission Order in Respect of Non-residential Leases and Licences of Occupation Under the Administration of the Parks Canada Agency (PCA) was published in the Canada Gazette, Part II (made under the Financial Administration Act).

    • In line with the Government of Canada’s broader strategy to support small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the order extends the rent relief available to PCA’s commercial tenants through the original order.

U.S. – Federal

  • The FDA to bring outside experts to review COVID-19 vaccines. (Reuters)

  • Medicare and Medicaid Programs, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. (Rule)

Alberta

  • Alberta premier says that COVID-19 in schools is inevitable and that reducing class sizes is unrealistic. (CBC)

  • Alberta’s government will be distributing C$262-million in federal funding to school authorities for COVID-19-related expenses. (News Release)

  • 14,066 confirmed cases, an increase of 164 since yesterday, including two deaths.

British Columbia

  • Temporary layoff extensions protect thousands of jobs. (News Release)

  • Order in Council No. 494 – The state of emergency has been extended to September 15, 2020. (News Release)

  • 5,848 confirmed cases, an increase of 58 since yesterday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Ontario protecting transit riders and workers as province reopens. (News Release)

  • Ontario NDP call on the province’s ombudsman to review government’s back-to-school plan. (The Globe and Mail)

  • 42,554 confirmed cases, an increase of 133 since yesterday.

Quebec

  • Ministerial Order 2020-061 – Related to physical distancing and combat sport.

  • Quebec grants C$2.6-million to Angany to increase vaccine production capacity in Quebec. (News Release)

  • 62,746 confirmed cases, an increase of 132 since yesterday.

September 1, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Health Canada is now considering at-home COVID-19 tests for "screening purposes." (CTV)

    • In a statement to CTVNews.ca on Monday evening, Cole Davidson, a spokesperson for the federal minister of health, said as new information has become available about the potential value of self-testing devices, Health Canada has revised its position.

U.S. – Federal

  • White House says Senate Republicans may take up COVID-19 bill next week. (Reuters)

    • Senate Republicans are likely to take up their COVID-19 relief bill next week offering US$500-billion in additional federal aid, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said on Tuesday, adding that the administration was still weighing help for U.S. airlines.

  • FDA chief willing to approve a COVID-19 vaccine before Phase 3 trials end. (National Post)

  • GM and Ventec Life Systems deliver 30,000 ventilators to the U.S. government. (Reuters)

Alberta 

  • Alberta’s top doctor apologized yesterday for the anxiety and confusion a back-to-school public-health order caused over the weekend. The order codifies Alberta’s policy requiring masks in schools.

    • Staff and students in grades four to 12 must cover their faces when they’re in common and shared indoor areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained, like hallways and buses. (The Globe and Mail)

  • 13,902 confirmed cases, an increase of 426 since Friday, including two deaths.

British Columbia

  • More classrooms and safer seats are coming to Surrey students. A 240-seat expansion at K.B. Woodward Elementary and seismic upgrades at Prince Charles Elementary and Queen Elizabeth Secondary will bring an improved learning experience to students in Surrey. (News Release)

  • Order in Council No. 492 – Section 8 of the Schedule of B.C. Reg. 172/2020 is repealed and the following substituted: “8 Effective October 1, 2020, item 22 of Schedule 2 is repealed.” (Made under the COVID-19 Related Measures Act.)

  • 5,790 confirmed cases, an increase of 294 since Friday, including deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario boards will need to combine some classes as students return to school, trustees group says. (The Globe and Mail)

  • 42,421 confirmed cases, an increase of 112 since yesterday, including one death. 

Quebec

  • The Quebec government announces the establishment of a new phase of recovery in combat sports.

    • From September 2, combat sports, such as karate, taekwondo, boxing or judo, may resume as long as the submitted plans are in accordance with recommendations from public health authorities (pods of four athletes). (News Release)

  • 62,614 confirmed cases, an increase of 122 since yesterday.
August 31, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal 

  • The government announces greater flexibility and extension of the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA). (News Release)

    • The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance announced that the application deadline for the CEBA has been extended from August 31 to October 31, 2020.

    • The Deputy Prime Minister also announced that the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) is extended to June 2021.

  • Business rent aid to fall short of budget, the parliatmentary budget officer says as credit program expands. (CTV)

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced that agreements in principle have been reached with Johnson & Johnson and Novavax to procure millions of doses of experimental COVID‑19 vaccines. (News Release)

  • The following orders were published (both extend the previous orders to September 30, 2020):

  • Travel restrictions to Canada remain in place for the September long weekend. (New Release)

  • A proposed class-action lawsuit has been launched against the federal government on behalf of Canadians who applied online for COVID-19 emergency aid — only to have their personal and financial information stolen by hackers. (CBC)

U.S. Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta 

  • A health order signed over the weekend by Alberta's chief medical officer of health has lifted a mandate requiring physical distancing in the classroom when students return to school. (CTV)

  • Published document provides advice on what to do if a student has COVID-19 symptoms.

  • 13,476 confirmed cases, an increase of 158 on Friday.

British Columbia

Ontario

  • Premier Ford said he "will not hesitate for a second to close these schools down" if the number of COVID-19 cases among students appears to spike. (CBC)

  • Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton told reporters that inspectors with the province have contacted all of Ontario's school boards and are visiting them daily.

  • Toronto Public Health (TPH) releases plans to battle "potential resurgence" of coronavirus. (CP24)

    • TPH plans include approaches based on three different scenarios for COVID-19 activity in the city:

      • A fall/winter peak

      • A series of smaller peaks and valleys, that repeat throughout the season

      • A "slow burn" ripple effect where there are continued cases but without a concrete pattern

  • Teachers' unions to file labour board complaint over Ontario's school reopening plan. (CBC)

    • Teachers' unions, school boards and some parents say the province must lower elementary class sizes and fund the reduction, instead of insisting boards dip into their own reserve funds to lease extra space or hire additional staff to promote physical distancing.

  • Ontario says it will introduce legislation this fall to freeze rent for some families next year (The Globe and Mail).

    • The legislature returns for its fall session on September 14, and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark’s office says he will introduce the bill in the coming weeks.

  • 42,309 confirmed cases, an increase of 374 since Friday, including one death.

Quebec

  • Quebec premier warns rising cases of COVID-19 could prompt another lockdown; the next few weeks will be critical in containing the second wave of COVID-19, Premier Legault says. (CBC)

  • Ministerial Order 2020-060 – Related to organizing a gathering and to elections and referendums in municipalities.

  • 81 Québec students in isolation after COVID-19 cases confirmed at two schools. (CTV)

  • 62,492 confirmed cases, an increase of 338 since Friday, including three deaths.

August 28, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Health officials looking into whether airport COVID-19 tests can replace quarantine measures. (CBC)

  • The following orders were added to the August 29 Canada Gazette:

    • Interim Order – Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 5 (made under the Aeronautics Act).

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) (made under the Quarantine Act).

  • Canada extends restrictions on international travel until at least September 30. (CTV)

U.S. – Federal

  • Trump administration announces the distribution of US$2.5-billion to nursing homes for COVID-19 relief funding. (News Release)

  • FDA warns consumers about hand sanitizer packaged in food and drink containers. (News Release)

  • President Trump willing to sign a US$1.3-trillion coronavirus relief bill. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard and Education Minister Adriana LaGrange issued a statement on PPE for schools.

  • Albertans age 14 and up can access the MyHealth Records tool immediately after signing up without waiting for mailout verification. Users can see their COVID test results as soon as they are ready. (Update)

  • 13,318 confirmed cases, an increase of 108 since yesterday, including two deaths.

British Columbia

  • Support for a safe return to school. (News Release)

    • The Minister of Digital Government, the Honourable Joyce Murray, today highlighted up to C$242.36-million in support for British Columbia through the Safe Return to Class Fund.

  • B.C. releases map showing regions with highest concentrations of COVID-19 cases. (The Globe and Mail)

  • 5,372 confirmed cases, an increase of 68 since yesterday, including one death. 

Ontario

  • Long-term-care residents can now leave their residences for short-stay and temporary absences. (News Release)

  • Ontario government urges school boards to use funding for improved ventilation by Thanksgiving. (The Globe and Mail)

  • 41,935 confirmed cases, an increase of 122 since yesterday, including six deaths.

Quebec

  • The isolation period for confirmed cases will now be 10 days after the first symptoms or 10 days after a positive test if the person is asymptomatic. (News Release)

  • Teachers in quarantine and a temporary shut down mark day two of back-to-school in Quebec. (CBC)

  • Sports and art activities between class groups to be allowed on September 14, Legault says. (CTV)

  • 62,154 confirmed cases, an increase of 98 since yesterday, no deaths.

August 27, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • No new updates.

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump to announce deal to buy 150 million rapid coronavirus tests (CTV).

  • Waiver of Recovery of Certain Overpayment Debts Accruing During the COVID-19 Pandemic Period (Social Security Administration Rule).

Alberta 

  • 13,210 confirmed cases, an increase of 127 since yesterday.

British Columbia 

  • Back-to-school plans for K-12 families are now posted for all 60 school districts (News Release and Backgrounders).

    • Education Minister Rob Fleming spoke about the new plans and shared in a live briefing how some districts have personalized them for their specific needs (CTV).

    • Also outlined are what the various plans could look like in small, medium and large districts in different parts of the province.

    • After plans are posted online, families should expect to be contacted by school principals to confirm students' attendance.

  • Ministerial Order No. M321 – Related to municipal affairs and housing (made under the Local Government Act).

  • 5,304 confirmed cases, an increase of 62 since yesterday.

Ontario 

  • 41,813 confirmed cases, an increase of 118 since yesterday, including one death.

Quebec 

  • The following orders were added to the August 27 Gazette Officielle du Québec:

    • O.C. 895-2020 – The public health emergency has been renewed until September 2, 2020.

    • O.C. 913-2020 – Related to the maximum distance maintained between students and the wearing of a face covering.

  • Ministerial Order 2020-059 – Related to places of worship.

  • The government unveils its action plan for the network of childcare services in the event of a second wave (News Release).

    • In the event of a second wave of COVID-19, educational childcare services will remain open.

  • 62,056 confirmed cases, an increase of 111 since yesterday, including one death.

August 26, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced up to C$2-billion in support for provinces and territories through the Safe Return to Class Fund (News Release).

  • Facilitative measures to support international students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • PC 2020-0568 (full text forthcoming) – Regulations amending the Canada Student Financial Assistance Regulations in order to help make Canada student loans more affordable by introducing interest-free and payment-free leave from student-loan repayment for up to 18 months for borrowers taking temporary leave from their studies for medical or parental reasons, including mental-health leave.

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta 

  • Businesses hope to expand pharmacy testing from Alberta to other provinces (CBC).

  • 13,083 confirmed cases, an increase of 77 since yesterday, including one death.

British Columbia 

  • B.C. education minister to provide update on coronavirus back-to-school plan today at 1:45 p.m. (PDT)/4:45 p.m. (EDT) (CTV).

  • 5,242 confirmed cases, an increase of 58 since yesterday.

Ontario 

  • Ontario releases COVID-19 management plan for schools (News Release).

    • The government has released the Operational Guidance: COVID-19 Management in Schools document. It includes detailed instructions for a variety of different scenarios. It also outlines recommendations for what parents should do to support their children.

    • The guide calls for students in cohorts that have been dismissed from school to be tested "as soon as possible," though there is no requirement for mandatory COVID-19 testing (CBC).

  • Additional funds to enhance Ontario's robust back-to-school plan. Funding will be used to complement provincial health and safety measures already in place (News Release).

  • 41,695 confirmed cases, an increase of 88 since yesterday, including two deaths.

Quebec 

  • Draft Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting financial assistance for education expenses was added to the August 26 Gazette Officielle du Québec (made under the An Act respecting financial assistance for education expenses).

  • 61,945 confirmed cases, an increase of 102 since yesterday.

August 25, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Minister of Indigenous Services Marc Miller announced C$82.5-million in mental health and wellness supports to help Indigenous communities adapt and expand mental wellness services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. (News Release)

  • Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister Responsible for FedDev Ontario Mélanie Joly announced a non-repayable FedDev Ontario investment of C$500,000 to support the tourism industry in Niagara-on-the-Lake. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta 

  • 13,006 confirmed cases, an increase of 258 since the weekend, including four deaths. 

British Columbia

  • 5,184 confirmed cases, an increase of 269 since the weekend, including one death.

Ontario 

  • 41,607 confirmed cases, an increase of 100 since yesterday, including two deaths.

Quebec 

  • Quebec will not go ahead with the mobile app at this time but will be ready to deploy it if necessary. (News Release)

  • 61,803 confirmed cases, an increase of 62 since yesterday, including two deaths in the past 24 hours and one death from last week.

August 24, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy will be extended for four weeks to September 26. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks. (News Release)

  • Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino announced a temporary policy change that allows visitors currently in Canada with a valid job offer to apply for an employer-specific work permit and, if approved, receive the permit without having to leave the country. (News Release)

  • Fish Harvester Benefit and Fish Harvester Grant now open for applications. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for investigational convalescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients. (News Release)

  • The Environmental Protection Agency granted emergency approval for American Airlines to use a disinfectant against the coronavirus on certain surfaces that lasts for up to seven days and is studying whether it could be effective in places like schools. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • 12,748 confirmed cases, an increase of 144 since Friday, including two deaths.

British Columbia 

  • B.C. is moving to Phase 3 of the Return to Sport Guidelines. (News Release)

  • 4,915 confirmed cases, an increase of 90 since Friday, including two deaths. 

Ontario 

  • Beginning August 21, 2020, facilities that rent out professional meeting and event spaces can have up to 50 guests for each indoor meeting room or event space within the facility. (News Release)

  • The following regulations were added to E-Laws:

  • 41,507 confirmed cases, an increase of 328 since Friday, including two deaths.

Quebec

  • Minister of Culture and Communications Nathalie Roy announced an additional C$1.2-million in aid for the arts and crafts sector. (News Release)

  • 61,741 confirmed cases, an increase of 246 since Friday, including five deaths and one death of unknown date

August 21, 2020
Canada Federal
  • Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Ford announced an agreement between Canada, Ontario, and 3M Canada on a joint investment to expand a manufacturing facility for N95 respirators in Brockville, Ontario. (News release)
    • Canada and Ontario will contribute C$23.33-million each. The facility will produce 25-million N95 respirators for the Government of Canada and 25-million for the Government of Ontario per year over five years.
  • Minister Joly announced more than C$4-million in federal investments to help Northern Ontario’s communities and businesses. (News release)
  • P.C. 2020-565, Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States).
  • Department of Health Order Respecting Certain Time Limits Under the Food and Drug Regulations (COVID-19) published in the August 22, 2020 Canada Gazette, Part I.
U.S. Federal
  • No new updates.
Alberta
  • Alberta releases outbreak response plan for back to school (CBC)
  • 12,604 confirmed cases, an increase of 103 since yesterday, 1 death.
British Columbia
  • Province introduces new measures to enforce COVID-19 public safety. (News release)
    • Police and other provincial enforcement officers can issue C$2,000 tickets to those hosting large events and C$200 tickets to individuals not following the direction of police or enforcement staff at events.
    • O.I.C. 485/2020 amending the COVID-19 Related Measures Act and the Violation Ticket Administration and Fines Regulation.
    • Ministerial Order M314, Gatherings and Events (COVID-19) Order.
  • 4,825 confirmed cases, an increase of 80 since yesterday, 2 deaths.
Ontario
  • O. Reg. 458/20, Extensions of Orders (under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.
  • 41,179 confirmed cases, an increase of 131 since yesterday, 3 deaths (includes data from August 19, 2020, for 11 public health units).
Quebec
  • Minister McCann announces C$375-million in additional assistance for post-secondary students (News release).
  • 61,495 confirmed cases, an increase of 93 since yesterday, 1 death in the past 24 hours and 2 earlier deaths.
August 20, 2020

Canada Federal

  • Government of Canada announces plan to help support Canadians through the next phase of the recovery (News release and Backgrounder)

    • The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will be extended by an additional four weeks to a maximum of 28 weeks. 

    • Effective September 27, 2020, the government will transition to a simplified Employment Insurance (EI) program. 120 hours of work is required to qualify for a minimum benefit of C$400 per week, for at least 26 weeks. Claimants will receive a one-time insurable hours credit of 300 hours for regular benefits and 480 hours for special benefits (sickness, maternity/parental, compassionate care or family caregiver). The credit will be retroactive to March 15, 2020, for claimants looking to transition from CERB to EI maternity, parental, compassionate care, family caregiver or work-sharing benefits.

    • Three new benefits are being proposed and will be introduced in legislation when Parliament returns in September:

      • Canada Recovery Benefit of C$400 per week for up to 26 weeks for workers who are self-employed or otherwise ineligible for EI;

      • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit of C$500 per week for up to two weeks for workers who are sick or must isolate due to COVID-19; and

      • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit of C$500 per week for up to 26 weeks per household for workers who are unable to work because of certain caregiving responsibilities.

  • Government of Canada invests in agri-food producers and organizations in the North (News release)

  • The following regulations/orders were published in the August 19, 2020 Canada Gazette, Part II:

    • Interim Order No. 7 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit)

    • Proclamation Proroguing Parliament to September 23, 2020

    • Proclamation summoning Parliament to meet on September 23, 2020

U.S. Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • 12,501 confirmed cases, an increase of 82 since yesterday, 2 deaths.

British Columbia

  • 4,745 confirmed cases, an increase of 68 since yesterday, no deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario extends orders under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 (News release)

  • All orders under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 have been extended to September 22, 2020, with the following exceptions:

    • The Education Sector order will end on August 31, 2020.

    • The Limitation Periods order will end and suspended time periods will resume running on September 14, 2020.

  • The Ontario government is expanding eligibility for agriculture societies to apply for funding to help offset the financial losses due to the cancellation of fall fairs, exhibitions and activities during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. (News release)

  • The following regulations were published on e-Laws:

    • O. Reg. 455/20 – amending O. Reg. 263/20, Rules for Areas in Stage 2 (under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020).

    • O. Reg. 456/20 – amending O. Reg. 364/20, Rules for Areas in Stage 3 (under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020).

    • O. Reg. 457/20 – revoking O. Reg. 73/20, Limitation Periods (under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020).  

  • 41,048 confirmed cases, an increase of 76 since yesterday, 1 death (does not include data from 11 public health units).

Quebec

  • The following Orders were published in the August 20, 2020 Gazette officielle du Québec:

    • O.C. 845-2020, Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act (renews the the public health emergency to August 26, 2020).

    • O.C. 885-2020, Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation (relates to education and childcare services).

    • Ministerial Order 2020-058 of the Minister of Health and Social Services - Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

  • 61,402 confirmed cases, an increase of 86 since yesterday, no deaths in past 24 hours, 1 death of unknown date.

August 19, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)
 

Canada Federal

  • No new updates.
U.S. Federal
  • As White House pushes 'skinny' COVID-19 bill, Democrat sees September action (Reuters).
Alberta
  • Expanding COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic Albertans (News Release).
    • More than 50 Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaw pharmacies in Real Canadian Superstore locations are already offering asymptomatic testing, and by September 1, 2020 all 234 of the company’s pharmacies in Alberta (including pharmacies at Independent Foods, Extra Foods, City Market, and No Frills) will offer asymptomatic COVID-19 testing.
  • Alberta to expand contact-tracing team, eyes 12-hour notification window (Globe and Mail).
    • Alberta, which is struggling to pinpoint sources for hundreds of new coronavirus infections, intends to beef up its contact-tracing team, according to the provincial health authority.
  • 12,419 confirmed cases, an increase of 89 since yesterday, 1 death.
British Columbia
  • Order in Council No. 482 the state of emergency has been extended to September 1, 2020 (see also the related news release).
  • 4,677 confirmed cases, an increase of 83 since yesterday.
Ontario
  • Ontario Invests in Made-in-Ontario Physician Scheduling Technology in the Fight Against COVID-19 (News Release).
  • Ottawa to boost COVID-19 testing in preparation for fall surge (CBC).
  • 40,972 confirmed cases, an increase of 102 since yesterday, 1 death.
Quebec
  • 61,316 confirmed cases, an increase of 64 since yesterday, 2 deaths.
August 17, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Online Course (from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety) provides guidance on returning to work safely during COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Canada Revenue Agency opens applications for enhanced Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (News Release).

U.S. Federal

  • FDA issues emergency use authorization to Yale School of Public Health for SalivaDirect, which uses a new method of saliva sample processing when testing for COVID-19 (News Release).

  • COVID-19 forces some U.S. schools to close, as new cases remain high in most states (News Release).

Alberta

  • 12,053 confirmed cases, an increase of 84 since Friday, 1 death.

British Columbia

  • Order in Council No. 477 related to the BC Ferries Medical Travel (COVID-19) Order and item 23.2 in Schedule 2 of the COVID-19 Related Measures Act.

  • Emergency support for vulnerable people during COVID-19 continues (News Release).

  • 4,358 confirmed cases, an increase of 84 since Friday.

Ontario

  • 40,745 confirmed cases, an increase of 286 since Friday.

Quebec

  • The Quebec government presents three new measures for a successful return to school which will allow all students to benefit from more direct services and make up for any delays that could have developed during the school closure period last spring (News Release).

  • Quebec to hire specialized teachers to help students catch up (CBC).

  • 61,206 confirmed cases, an increase of 202 since Friday, 1 death.

August 14, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to non-essential travel until September 21, 2020. (CBC)

  • Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced Canada’s Flight Plan for Navigating COVID-19, a system of safety measures to support public health by protecting air travellers and industry workers. (News Release)

    • Key changes include travel restrictions, mandatory use of face masks, mandatory health checks prior to passenger boarding, temperature screening at the busiest Canadian airports and points of origin for all incoming flights to Canada, restricted services and passenger movement during flights, enhanced cleaning and sanitation, enhanced air conditioning and filtration systems in airports, frequent cleaning in airports, touchless technology to scan boarding passes, and physical distancing.

  • The Government of Canada has extended time limits to pay rent for mineral leases in Nunavut and has granted rent relief. (News Release)

    • The order extends time limits to pay rent for mineral leases under the regulations that become due between March 13, 2020, and October 29, 2020, inclusively by up to six months, and not extending beyond October 30, 2020. (Order published in the August 15, 2020 Canada Gazette, Part I)

    • Canada has also amended the Nunavut Mining Regulations to waive for one year, upon request in writing to the Department, the payment of annual rent on mineral leases due in the one-year period from March 13, 2020, to March 12, 2021.

  • Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages Mélanie Joly announced C$2,968,566 in financial assistance to businesses and organizations in the Gaspésie region, as well as a total of up to C$667,685 in investments to six businesses and organizations through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund. (News Release)

  • Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino announced a temporary measure that will provide a pathway to permanent residency for asylum claimants working in the health-care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. (News release)

  • Expected peak of COVID-19 outbreak in Canada this fall could temporarily overwhelm health systems: Dr. Tam (The Globe and Mail)

U.S. – Federal

  • The Trump administration is collaborating with McKesson for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. (News Release)

  • The top U.S. health official says approval of COVID vaccines unlikely before November. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Masks will now be required for all K-12 students and staff at Calgary public and Catholic schools. (CBC)

  • 11,969 confirmed cases, an increase of 76 since yesterday, including three deaths.

British Columbia

  • New repayment framework gives renters until July 2021 to repay arrears (Information Bulletin).

  • Order in Council No. 475 – The COVID-19 (Residential Tenancy Act and Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act) (No. 2) Regulation is made.

    • The COVID-19 Related Measures Act is also amended as set out in the hyperlinked Appendix 2, effective on the dates as set out in that appendix.

  • B.C. could see second wave of COVID-19 in September bigger than the first, provincial modelling shows. (CBC)

  • 4,274 confirmed cases, an increase of 78 since yesterday.

Ontario

  • Ontario is supporting the safe reopening of more spaces at gyms and recreation centres. The province is also investing C$8-million to ensure the safe return of amateur sports. (News Release and Guidance)

    • Beginning August 15, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. (EDT), facilities can have up to 50 patrons for each indoor sport or fitness room, while ensuring physical distancing of at least two metres.

    • The revised capacity limits are on a per room basis. They will apply to the gymnasiums, health clubs, community centres, multi-purpose facilities, arenas, exercise studios, yoga and dance studios, and other fitness facilities that are able to follow the new guidance.

    • The following related regulations were added to E-Laws this afternoon:

      • O.Reg. 453/20 – Rules for Areas in Stage 3 (made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020).

      • O.Reg. 452/20 Rules for Areas in Stage 2 (made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020).

  • Ontario takes additional steps to better protect students and staff by making further investments to ensure a safe return to school in September. (News Release)

    • The directive outlines effective practices, such as training and technical support, that will enhance the implementation of synchronous instruction for students and staff.

  • 40,459 confirmed cases, an increase of 78 since yesterday, including one death.

Quebec

  • 61,004 confirmed cases, an increase of 87 since yesterday, including three deaths.

August 18, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)
 

Canada Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced he has asked the Governor General to prorogue parliament until September 23, 2020 (CTV).

    • Trudeau said in the coming weeks the federal government will be plotting out and unveiling its roadmap out of the pandemic, which will include a throne speech to mark the beginning of a new session on September 23, 2020, which is the same week the House of Commons was previously scheduled to return.

U.S. Federal

  • FDA flags accuracy issue with widely used coronavirus test (FNN).

Alberta

  • Edmonton's COVID-19 cases double Toronto's as Alberta capital put under health watch (CTV).

  • 12,412 confirmed cases, an increase 359 since the weekend, of 3 deaths.

British Columbia

  • Order in Council No. 481 Carbon Tax Remission (COVID-19 Emergency) Regulation (made under the Financial Administration Act).

  • K-12 operational guidelines set requirements for masks (Information Bulletin).

  • The following Bills received royal assent on August 14, 2020:

    • S.B.C. 2020 c.19  (Bill 18), Economic Stabilization (COVID-19) Act. See section 22 for the coming into force dates.

    • S.B.C. 2020 c. 12 (Bill 21), Wills, Estates and Succession Amendment Act, 2020. See section 13 for coming into force dates (section 2, 4-10 and 12 are in force on proclamation – not yet in force).

    • S.B.C. 2020 c. 20 (Bill 23), Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2020. See section 37 for the coming into force dates.

  • 4,594 confirmed cases, an increase of 236 since the weekend, 2 deaths.

Ontario

  • 40,870 confirmed cases, an increase of 125 since yesterday, 4 deaths.

Quebec

  • The government unveils its action plan in anticipation of a second wave (News Release).

    • The action plan unveiled today takes stock of this and presents the priority projects as well as the solutions to be implemented by September 30, 2020, to prepare the health and social services network for a potential second wave of outbreaks.

    • The action plan is based on nine areas of intervention, namely living environments for the elderly, vulnerable clienteles, the workforce, screening, prevention and control of outbreaks, clinical organization and services, procurement, governance and communications.

  • The government is announcing a 12-week extension of the credit on employer contributions to the Health Services Fund in respect of employees on paid implemented in the wake of the establishment of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (News Release).

  • Ministerial Order No. 2020-058, related to an amendment to Ministerial Order 2020-014 dated April 2, 2020.

  • 61,252 confirmed cases, an increase of 46 since yesterday, 2 deaths.

August 13, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

  • No new updates.

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • Asymptomatic testing is recommended for all teachers and staff in the early childhood services to grade 12 education system prior to the start of the 2020-21 school year (Update).

  • Edmonton has reached a new high in terms of active case numbers, as 95 of the 121 new cases reported in Alberta Wednesday came from the capital region (Edmonton Journal).

  • 11,893 confirmed cases, an increase of 121 since yesterday, including one death.

British Columbia

  • Deadline looms for temporary layoff extensions (News Release).

  • 4,196 confirmed cases, an increase of 85 since yesterday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Education minister "unlocks" C$500-million to improve distancing and ventilation for back-to-school; Lecce announced funding towards PPE, custodians and enhanced ventilation (CBC).

    • The minister also announced an additional C$50-million for upgrades to ventilation systems amid concerns over student safety during the threat of COVID-19.

    • Official press release is still forthcoming.

  • 40,367 confirmed cases, an increase in 78 since yesterday.

Quebec

  • Order in Council No. 818-2020 – The public health emergency has been renewed until August 19, 2020.

  • 60,917 confirmed cases, an increase in 104 since yesterday.

August 12, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Order Respecting Time Limits and Other Periods Established By or Under Certain Acts and Regulations for which the Minister of Industry is Responsible (COVID-19), published in the August 12, 2020, Canada Gazette, Part I (Extra).

    • Affected legislation: Boards of Trade Act, Canada Business Corporations Act, Canada Cooperatives Act, Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, National Security Review of Investments Regulations.

  • Funding announcements:

    • Alberta’s plant-based food sector receives federal support. (News Release)

    • Government of Canada announces funding for Indigenous communities and organizations to support community-based responses to COVID-19. (News Release)

    • Government of Canada invests in agri-food producers and organizations in northern Ontario. (News Release)

    • Government of Canada invests in Quebec’s agri-food industry. (News Release)

    • FedDev Ontario feeds growth in southern Ontario’s agri-food sector (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Defense announced an agreement with Moderna, Inc. to manufacture and deliver 100 million doses of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate. (News Release)

  • White House, Democrats show no sign of budging on U.S. coronavirus aid (Reuters

Alberta

  • COVID-19 information: guidance for seniors centres and seniors serving organizations. Replaces the guidance from June 13, 2020. (Guidance Document)

  • 11,772 confirmed cases, an increase of 85 since yesterday, including three deaths.

British Columbia

  • Approximately 500 additional health professionals will be hired to increase contact tracing around British Columbia. (News Release)

  • There will be a gradual restart of school in the week of September 8-11, 2020,to allow extra time to orient students and staff on the new safety measures. Students will return on September 10, 2020. (News Release)

  • 4,111 confirmed cases, an increase of 46 since yesterday, no deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario poviding municipalities with up to C1.6-blion in frst rund of emergency funding. (News Release)

  • Ontario released the 2020-21 First Quarter Finances and an update to Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19. (News Release)

    • The COVID-19 response action plan is now a projected C$30-billion, up from C$17-billion announced in Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 on March 25, 2020. A deficit of C$38.5-billion is now projected for 2020-21.

  • 40,289 confirmed cases, an increase of 95 since yesterday, including one death.

Quebec

  • 60,813 confirmed cases, an increase of 95 since yesterday, one new death, plus 11 deaths that occurred previously.

August 11, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Government of Canada launches updated Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Calculator to support employers (News Release).

  • The Government of Canada is providing assistance to help Indigenous Peoples living in urban centres in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. governors question the cost of Trump's COVID-19 aid plans and urge talks to continue (Reuters).

Alberta

  • 11,687 confirmed cases, an increase of 257 since the weekend, including five deaths. 

British Columbia

  • Masks to remain optional for B.C. students, despite public health guidelines (The Globe and Mail).

  • Bill 23, Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2020, received third reading yesterday.

  • The federal and provincial governments have confirmed that the transit funding envelope of the Safe Restart Agreement will include eligibility for BC Ferries (News Release).

  • 4,065 confirmed cases, an increase of 131 since the weekend.

Ontario

  • O.Reg. 444/20 – Stages of Reopening (made under the Reopening Ontario (Flexible Response to Covid-19) Act, 2020).

  • 40,194 confirmed cases, an increase of 33 since yesterday.

Quebec

  • 60,718 confirmed cases, an increase of 91 since yesterday, including one death.

August 10, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Government of Canada temporarily set a minimum unemployment rate for the Employment Insurance program. (News release)

    • Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, announced that effective August 9, 2020, a minimum unemployment rate of 13.1 per cent will be applied temporarily for all EI economic regions across Canada.

    • When individuals begin transitioning off of the CERB back to EI regular benefits at the end of this month, those living in EI regions with an unemployment rate lower than 13.1% will have their EI benefits calculated on the basis of the 13.1% rate, while individuals living in regions with a higher unemployment rate will have their benefits calculated using the actual rate for that region.

U.S. – Federal

  • Trump signs coronavirus relief orders after talks with Congress break down. (Reuters)

  • Presidential Memorandum on Authorizing the Other Needs Assistance Program for Major Disaster Declarations Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019.

  • Presidential  Memorandum on Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing COVID-19 Disaster.

  • Executive Order on Fighting the Spread of COVID-19 by Providing Assistance to Renters and Homeowners.

  • Presidential Memorandum on Continued Student Loan Payment Relief During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Alberta

  • Masks for schools procurement: Minister LaGrange. (Statement)

  • Alberta to adopt national COVID-19 exposure app. (The Globe and Mail)

  • 11,430 confirmed cases, an increase of 134 since Friday, no deaths.

British Columbia

  • O.I.C. 472/2020 – Amending the Medical and Health Care Services Regulation (under the Medicare Protection Act)

  • 3,934 confirmed cases, an increase of 53 since Friday, no deaths.

Ontario

  • Windsor-Essex will be allowed to move into Stage 3 on August 12, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. (EDT). (News release)

  • 40,161 confirmed cases, an increase of 264 since Friday, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • The Quebec government updates the back-to-school plan. (News release)

  • Masks will be required for students starting in the fifth grade when they are in common areas of the school or on school or public transport but will not be compulsory inside classrooms.

  • Classes are no longer required to divide into sub-groups of six students, and students in the same class group will not have to maintain a distance between themselves.

  • All students will return to class in the fall except those with medical conditions.

  • Parents will be notified if there is an outbreak in the school.

  • Quebec’s top doctor says a return to lockdown this fall is "unlikely" (The Globe and Mail)

  • 60,627 confirmed cases, an increase of 386 since Friday, including seven deaths.

August 7, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Public Health Agency of Canada’s COVID-19 guidance for schools kindergarten to grade 12.

    • A summary of the Public Health Agency of Canada's back-to-school recommendations (National Post).

  • The Government of Canada is providing assistance to urban Indigenous organizations in the Greater Toronto Area to address the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • The following orders have been added to the August 8 Canada Gazette:

    • Interim Order – Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 4 (made under the Aeronautics Act).

    • Order – Lifting Suspensions of Time Limits in Relation to Proceedings Commenced Under Certain Acts for Which the Minister of Industry is Responsible

    • OrderMinimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country other than the United States) (made under the Quarantine Act).

  • Canada’s forest sector developing biodegradable face mask filters (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

  • The White House turns down the Democrats’ offer to meet halfway with US$2-trillion coronavirus plan (The Globe and Mail).

Alberta

  • COVID-19 funding for First Nations colleges; one-time funding will help First Nations colleges overcome obstacles to ensure students benefit from online course delivery (News Release).

  • 11,296 confirmed cases, an increase of 56 since yesterday, including two deaths.

British Columbia

  • Premier John Horgan says adjustments to the plan to reopen the province’s schools may be necessary, including delaying the exact day elementary and high-school students return to their classes (The Globe and Mail).

  • Masks will soon be mandatory on Metro Vancouver transit (CTV).

    • TransLink said the new policy takes effect on Aug. 24.

  • Order in Council No. 459 – Effective January 1, 2020, the linked COVID-19 (Limits on Actions and Proceedings) Regulation is made.

  • The COVID-19 Related Measures Act, S.B.C. 2020, c. 8, is amended by repealing items 10 and 20 in Schedule 2.

  • Order of the Provincial Health Officer to Owners and Operators of Places and Persons Who Organize or Attend Events at Vacation Accommodation or Other Places.

  • 3,881 confirmed cases, an increase of 47 since yesterday.

Ontario

  • Toronto Public Health raises concerns about Ontario’s back-to-school plan as Premier Doug Ford defends against growing criticism (The Globe and Mail).

  • The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, is providing C$234.6-million in funding to keep children and staff safe in childcare and early years settings (News Release).

  • 39,897 confirmed cases, an increase of 88 since yesterday.

Quebec

  • 60,241 confirmed cases, an increase of 108 since yesterday.

August 6, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • No new updates.

U.S. – Federal

  • White House health experts are warning of a slow rise in the percentage of people testing positive for the coronavirus in U.S. cities such as Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Washington and urging local leaders to remain vigilant to avoid a surge (CBC).

  • President Trump drafting order on coronavirus aid actions: tweet (Reuters).

  • President Donald Trump on Thursday will sign a long-awaited executive order aimed at boosting American production of medicines and medical equipment, and protecting the United States against shortfalls in a future pandemic (Reuters).

  • New York City will implement COVID-19 quarantine check points at key entry points to the city to ensure that travellers coming from 35 states on New York’s travel advisory comply with the 14-day quarantine mandate (Reuters).

Alberta 

  • 11,240 confirmed cases, an increase of 94 since yesterday, including two deaths.

British Columbia 

  • Expanded infrastructure program offers new support for COVID-19 community resilience in British Columbia (News Release).

  • The Surrey Board of Trade will develop a plan for local employers to navigate their capacity to respond to COVID-19 workforce needs and help workers connect to employment opportunities (News Release).

  • 3,834 confirmed cases, an increase of 47 since yesterday.

Ontario 

  • Ontario Premier Doug Ford is promising to introduce measures to help improve conditions for the province’s personal support workers (The Globe and Mail).

  • The Ontario government is investing C$1.5-million through the new Tourism Economic Development Recovery Fund and offering promotional incentives at provincial attractions to help the province's tourism industry and welcome back visitors after the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • 39,809 confirmed cases, an increase of 95 since yesterday, including one death.

Quebec 

August 5, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Physical distancing abnd mask-wearing could be in place for two to three years even with a vaccine, Tam warns (CBC).

    • Tam said one of the busiest areas of planning for officials is the reopening of schools in September, for which, she said, the Public Health Agency of Canada will be publishing detailed guidelines later this week.

    • The guidelines will include a recommendation that children over the age of 10 be required to wear masks; extra consideration should be given for children under the age of 10.

  • Health Canada is recalling more than 50 hand sanitizers (CBC and Recalls Summary).

  • Ottawa looks to finalize deal with airlines amid contact-tracing concerns (The Globe and Mail).

  • The Government of Canada announces major steps in treating and preventing COVID-19 through vaccines and therapies (News Release).

    • Minister Anand announced that, following the careful review and recommendation of the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force, the Government of Canada has entered into two agreements with Pfizer and Moderna to secure millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine candidates. The government is negotiating and signing agreements with a number of leading pharmaceutical companies to establish a guaranteed supply base of potential vaccine candidates.

  • Infrastructure program expands to support COVID-19 community resilience (News Release).

    • The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is being adjusted so that provinces and territories can use federal funding to act quickly on a wider range of more pandemic-resilient infrastructure projects.

  • S.O.R./2020-169 Interim Order No. 6 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit) was added to the August 5 Canada Gazette.

U.S. Federal

  • Republicans push Friday deadline in congressional coronavirus relief talks (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Alberta to provide additional COVID-19 homelessness supports (News Release).

  • 11,146 confirmed cases, an increase of 303 since the weekend, including six deaths.

British Columbia

  • Order in Council No. 458 – State of emergency extended to August 18, 2020 (News Release).

  • Workers and employers who need to extend temporary layoffs beyond the August 30, 2020, expiry date are reminded to apply for a variance using the Employment Standards Branch’s new online application by August 25, 2020 (News Release).

  • 3,787 confirmed cases, an increase of 146 since the weekend.

Ontario

  • The Toronto District School Board exploring ways to keep elementary classes smaller amid growing anxiety among parents (The Globe and Mail).

  • Ontario supporting non-profits as province recovers from COVID-19 (News Release).

  • The following regulations were added to E-Laws this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 441/820 Rules of Civil Procedure (related to the civil submissions online portal).

    • O.Reg. 442/20 General (under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014).

  • Ford won't commit to lower class sizes (CBC).

  • 39,714 confirmed cases, an increase of 86 since yesterday.

Quebec

  • The following orders were issued:

  •  60,000 confirmed cases, an increase of 155 since yesterday, including one death.

August 4, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Canadian Armed Forces airlift support to the United Nations for their COVID-19 efforts concluded on Friday, July 31, 2020. (News release)

U.S. – Federal

  • President Donald Trump signed an executive order expanding access to telehealth services for 57 million Americans in underserved rural areas and elsewhere, after virtual visits soared during the coronavirus pandemic. (Reuters)

  • The U.S. government agreed to pay French drug maker Sanofi and British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline up to US$2.1-billion to supply enough vaccines for 50 million people, with the option to buy another 500 million doses. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Mask use for grade four to grade 12 students, and all school staff, will be mandatory when school returns for the 2020-21 year. (News release)

  • The government’s distribution of non-medical masks program has ended; 40 million masks were distributed. (News release)

  • 10,843 confirmed cases, an increase of 127 since Friday.

British Columbia 

  • The province has amended regulations to allow private cannabis retail store licensees to sell non-medical cannabis products online for pickup in store. (News release and O.I.C. 454/2020)

  • O.I.C. 453/2020 – Related to the COVID-19 (Limitation Periods in Court Proceedings) Regulation and amends the COVID-19 Related Measures Act.

  • O.I.C. 457/2020 – Related to the COVID-19 (Passenger Transportation Act) Regulation and amends the COVID-19 Related Measures Act.

  • Ministerial Order No. M256 – BC Ferries Medical Travel (COVID-19) Order (under the Emergency Program Act).

  • Ministerial Order No. M257 – Haida Gwaii (COVID-19) Order (under the Emergency Program Act).

  • 3,641 confirmed cases, an increase of 50 since Friday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Windsor-Essex will remain in Stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan. (News release)

  • The Ontario government is providing Clean Works Medical and Pure Life Machinery with C$2-million from the Ontario Together Fund to help manufacture a one-of-a-kind, sanitizing device called the Clean Flow Healthcare Mini that can decontaminate up to 800 N95 masks per hour along with other personal protective equipment. (News release)

  • 39,628 confirmed cases, an increase of 419 since Friday, including seven deaths.

Quebec

  • Ministerial Order 2020-053 of the Minister of Health and Social Services increasing the maximum number of persons that may gather in certain locations from 50 to 250.

  • 59,845 confirmed cases, an increase of 533 since Friday, including three deaths.

July 31, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance will be extended by one month to help eligible small businesses pay rent for August (News Release).

  • Employment-insurance-like benefit for gig and contract workers will be available after CERB ends, Trudeau says (CBC). More details will be unveiled at a later date.

  • The Government of Canada invests in measures to boost protections for temporary foreign workers and address COVID-19 outbreaks on farms (News Release and Backgrounder).

  • New mobile app to help notify Canadians of potential COVID-19 exposure now available (News Release).

  • The following orders were added this afternoon:

    • PC Number 2020-549 – Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country other than the United States) (made under the Quarantine Act).

    • PC Number 2020-548 – Order Lifting Suspensions of Time Limits in Relation to Proceedings Commenced Under Certain Acts for Which the Minister of Industry is Responsible (made under the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19)).

  • New prototype face mask using Canadian wood pulp to support Canada’s COVID-19 response (News Release).

  • Passport services in Canada resuming by mail and appointment for travel in less than 30 days (News Release).

  • Government of Canada COVID-19 update for Indigenous Peoples and communities (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said talks with the White House on a new coronavirus aid bill were not yet on a path toward reaching a deal (Reuters).

    • Negotiations continued today although no timetable was given.

  • The U.S. government to launch "overwhelming" COVID-19 vaccine campaign by November (Reuters).

  • The White House opposes requirement for passengers to wear masks on planes, trains (Reuters).

  • National Institutes of Health delivering new COVID-19 testing technologies to meet U.S. demand (News Release).

  • Department of Defense announced US$31-Million in Defense Production Act Title III COVID-19 Actions (News Release).

Alberta

  • Expanding COVID-19 testing at pharmacies; Alberta is expanding asymptomatic testing at community pharmacies, helping more people access timely COVID-19 testing close to home (News Release).

  • Thousands of job creators access relaunch grant; Alberta’s government has provided businesses with more than C$25.7-million since the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant was launched one month ago (News Release).

  • 10,716 confirmed cases, an increase of 113 since yesterday, including five deaths.

British Columbia

  • Liquor manufacturers benefit from temporary changes to direct delivery (News Release and Policy Directive).

    • The province is temporarily authorizing liquor manufacturers to deliver products directly to individual consumers from their registered off-site storage facilities, in addition to their on-site stores.

  • Minister’s statement on guidelines for post-secondary institutions.

    • COVID-19 Go-Forward Guidelines for B.C.’s Post-Secondary Sector.

  • Minister’s statement on federal extension of commercial rent assistance.

  • Bill 18, Economic Stabilization (COVID-19) Act received third reading and awaits Royal Assent.

  • Province restricts travel to Haida Gwaii to protect communities (News Release).

  • 3,591 confirmed cases, an increase of 29 since yesterday.

Ontario

  • Ontario implementing additional measures at bars and restaurants to help limit the spread of COVID-19; measures to further protect the health of Ontarians as the province continues to reopen under Stage 3 (News Release).

  • The following orders/regulations have been added to E-Laws this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 426/20 – Stages of Reopening (made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act).

    • O.Reg. 427/20 – Rules for Areas in Stage 2 (made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act).

    • O.Reg. 428/20 – Rules for Areas in Stage 3 (made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act).

    • O.Reg. 429/20 – General (made under the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004).

    • O.Reg. 430/20 – Fees (made under the Notaries Act).

    • O.Reg. 431/20 – Administering Oath or Declaration Remotely (made under the Commissioners For Taking Affidavits Act.)

  • Ontario safely and gradually reopens DriveTest Centres (News Release).

  • 39,209 confirmed cases, an increase of 134 since yesterday, ucluding three deaths.

Quebec

  • 59,312 confirmed cases, an increase of 164 since yesterday, including one death.

July 30, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Department of National Defence announced two contribution agreements with Canadian companies as part of the Government of Canada’s coordinated response to COVID-19 (News Release). The contribution agreements, totalling C$2-million, focus on diagnostics and testing and are being awarded to:

    • Diagnostics Biochem Canada Inc. (London, ON): C$1.014-million for the development of kits for the detection of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 that can be used separately or in combination to diagnose current or previous COVID-19 infection.

    • Custom Biologics, (Toronto, ON): C$1-million for the development and qualification of a rapid Point-of-Care diagnostic test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

  • Prime Minister Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland held their 16th call with Canada’s provincial and territorial premiers to discuss their shared response to the COVID-19 pandemic (Readout).

  • Information and resources on COVID-19 epidemiology and reducing your risks for infection and spreading the virus (Public Health Agency of Canada Backgrounder).

  • Stricter rules for foreign nationals transiting through Canada to Alaska (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

  • COVID-19 outbreak picks up in Midwest as summer travel spreads virus (Reuters).

Alberta

  • Premier Jason Kenney aims for "discrete approach" to regional COVID-19 outbreaks (Edmonton Journal).

    • If COVID-19 cases continue to climb, Alberta would look at working with local leaders in specific regions before considering a second province-wide shutdown, Premier Jason Kenney said.

  • Bill 32, Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, 2020, received royal assent yesterday. Coming-into-force information is set out at the end of each part. If there is no CIF information provided, the part comes into force on royal assent.

  • Bill 30, Health Statutes Amendment Act, 2020, received royal assent yesterday. Coming-into-force information is set out at the end of each part. If there is no CIF information provided, the part comes into force on royal assent.

  • 10,603 confirmed cases, an increase of 133 since yesterday, including three deaths. 

British Columbia

  • Order in Council No. 449 – Related to the regulation/amendment made under the Emergency Program Act and the COVID-19 Related Measures Act:

    • COVID-19 (Residential Tenancy Act and Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act) Regulation

  • Order in Council No. 551 – Sections 3, 4 and 10 (1) (b) of item 2 in Schedule 2 of the COVID-19 Related Measures Act, are repealed.

  • Emergency order enacted to provide medical-assured loading on ferries (News Release).

  • 3,562 confirmed cases, an increase of 41 since yesterday.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford and Education Minister Stephen Lecce released the back-to-school plan this afternoon (News Release).

    • Elementary school children in kindergarten through to grade eight will return to school five days per week across Ontario for a full day, with no changes to class sizes.

    • Secondary schools in designated boards will open on an adapted model, with class cohorts of approximately 15 students; students will attend class on alternate days or alternate schedules.

    • Non-medical masks will be mandatory for students in grade four to grade 12. Students in kindergarten to grade three will be encouraged, but not required, to wear masks in common spaces.

    • Schools will implement additional hand hygiene, cohorting and distancing.

  • Ontario’s plan to allow licensed childcare centres across Ontario will open at full capacity starting September 1, 2020 (News Release).

  • The following orders/regulations were added to E-Laws today:

    • O.Reg. 426/20 – Stages of Reopening. Made under the Reopening Ontario (a Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.

    • O.Reg. 427/20 – Rules for Areas in Stage 2. Made under the Reopening Ontario (a Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.

    • O.Reg. 428/20 – Rules for Areas in Stage 3. Made under the Reopening Ontario (a Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.

    • O.Reg. 429/20 – General (Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004).

  • 39,075 confirmed cases, an increase of 89 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • Early in the pandemic, Quebec didn't follow expert advice to expand quarantine order (CBC).

  • 59,131 confirmed cases, an increase of 122 since yesterday, including one death.

July 29, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • No new updates.

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • Masks mandatory in all Edmonton indoor public spaces starting August 1; City Council voted 10-3 to pass the mandatory mask bylaw (CBC).

  • Bill 32, Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, 2020, received third reading and awaits royal assent.

  • The Legislative Assembly has adjourned until August 27, 2020.

British Columbia

  • Most B.C. students to return to school for full-time in-class learning in September (News Release).

    • On the advice of the provincial health officer, students will be organized into learning groups, a consistent group of staff and students.

    • The ministry is developing operational guidelines that will further assist school districts and independent schools with their planning for September.

    • Public Health Guidance for K-12 School Settings.

  • Bill 18, Economic Stabilization (COVID-19) Act – Committee reported the Bill with amendments (see s. 21).

Ontario

  • Ontario government launched an independent commission into COVID-19 and long-term care (News Release).

    • Three commissioners will investigate how COVID-19 spread within long-term care homes, how residents, staff and families were impacted, and the adequacy of measures taken by the province and other parties to prevent, isolate and contain the virus.

  • Toronto City Council has approved several new bylaws related to COVID-19 measures as the city prepares to enter Stage 3 (CityNews).

  • 38,986 confirmed cases, an increase of 76 since yesterday.

Quebec 

  • Order in Council No. 814-2020 – Renewal of public health emergency until August 5, 2020.

  • 59,073 confirmed cases, an increase of 176 since yesterday, including one death.
Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Active discussions are taking place to potentially pre-order COVID-19 vaccine doses for Canadians, chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said Tuesday (CTV).

U.S. – Federal

  • The White House and lawmakers tangle over scope of new coronavirus legislation (Reuters).

    • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows were expected to resume negotiations today with the two senior Democrats in Congress  Ho–use of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Alberta

  • Bill 30, Health Statutes Amendment Act, 2020 ,received third reading yesterday afternoon and awaits royal assent.

  • 10,470 confirmed cases, an increase of 80 since yesterday, including one death.

British Columbia

  • 3,523 confirmed cases, an increase of 23 since yesterday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Additional businesses and public spaces will be reopening as the Ontario government allows the City of Toronto and Peel Region to move into Stage 3 of reopening the province on Friday, July 31 at 12:01 a.m. (EDT). Windsor-Essex will now be the only region in Ontario remaining in Stage 2 (News Release).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, to make an announcement on the launch of an independent commission into COVID-19 and long-term care at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • No new updates.

July 28, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Minister Responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), announced C$2.95-million in federal support to help businesses in B.C.'s technology sector address the impact of COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Over C$95-million in relief and recovery funds flow to businesses in Western Canada (News Release).

  • Health Canada authorizes drug remdesivir for severe COVID-19 cases (CBC).

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued a statement on the extension of emergency lending facilities authorized under section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act.

Alberta

  • Alberta invests billions of dollars to help municipalities create jobs and cope with COVID-19 (News Release).

British Columbia

  • No new updates.

Ontario

  • The province is expected to announce whether the remaining three regions in Stage 2 — Toronto, Peel and Windsor-Essex — can move to Stage 3 on Wednesday (CTV).

  • 38,910 confirmed cases, an increase of 111 since yesterday, including four deaths.

Quebec

  • 58,897 confirmed cases, an increase of 169 since yesterday, including two deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures, received royal assent yesterday evening. The bill comes into force on assent (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

  • Republicans unveil coronavirus plan and slash emergency unemployment benefit (Reuters).

    • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the proposal a “tailored and targeted” plan focused on getting children back to school and employees back to work and protecting corporations from lawsuits, while slashing the expiring supplemental unemployment benefits of US$600 a week by two-thirds.

  • Majority of U.S. House backs new bailout for U.S. passenger airlines (Reuters).

Alberta

  • Bill 32, Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, 2020, was referred to the Committee of the Whole yesterday.

  • 10,390 confirmed cases, an increase of 304 since the weekend (110 on July 24, 103 on July 25 and 91 on July 26), including eight deaths.

British Columbia

  • Dr. Bonnie Henry said she has amended a provincial health order to address short-term vacation rentals. B.C.’s Interior has seen an uptick in new cases following a series of exposures at private parties at the start of the month (Global News).

  • 3,500 confirmed cases, an increase of 81 since the weekend, including two deaths.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care; Shaun Collier, Mayor of Ajax; and Sharon Cochran, Chair of the Lakeridge Health Board of Trustees, to make an announcement on building long-term care capacity at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • No new updates.

July 27, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announces an extension to the payment deadline and offers interest relief on outstanding tax debts during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CRA is extending the payment due date for current-year individual, corporate and trust income tax returns, including instalment payments, from September 1, 2020, to September 30, 2020 (News Release).

  • Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures, received first, second and third reading this afternoon. The Senate has suspended to await royal assent.

U.S. – Federal

  • The Department of Health and Human Services reserves and rapidly expands manufacturing capacity for COVID-19 vaccines at Texas Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (News Release).

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • No new updates.

Ontario

  • The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, is providing up to C$4-billion in urgently needed one-time assistance to Ontario's 444 municipalities. A deal for public transit funding was also secured as part of the agreement (News Release).

  • Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17 proclaimed in force July 24, 2020.

  • 38,799 confirmed cases, an increase of 119 since the weekend, including one death.

Quebec

  • 58,728 confirmed cases, an increase of 145 since the weekend.

Last updated at 9 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Government of Canada will provide $$4.28-billion to further expand testing and contact tracing capacity and the associated data management and information sharing systems (News Release).

    • This funding will ensure a national capacity to conduct 200,000 tests per day to help manage COVID-19 outbreaks over the coming year. Canada will also provide $7.5-billion towards personal protective equipment.

  • The Senate is sitting today at 12 p.m. (EDT) to consider Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures.

  • Ministers responsible for immigration meet to jointly plan for the future of immigration in Canada amid COVID-19 (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

  • The White House and Senate Republicans have reached “an agreement in principle” on the next coronavirus relief bill, a White House official said yesterday (Reuters).

  • Trump administration backs partial extension of jobless benefits through year's end (Reuters).

    • Chief of Staff Mark Meadows suggested a deal on a standalone bill on unemployment benefits could be reached before the July 31 deadline.

Alberta

  • 10,086 confirmed cases, an increase of 111 since Friday, including two deaths.

British Columbia

  • 3,419 confirmed cases, an increase of 27 since Friday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance; Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; and Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

  • 38,680 confirmed cases, an increase of 275 since Friday, including four deaths.

Quebec

  • 58,583 confirmed cases, an increase of 340 since Friday, including three deaths.

July 24, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • No new updates.
U.S. Federal
  • No new updates.
Alberta
  • Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw says masks in schools are still under review (CBC).
British Columbia
  • No new updates.
Ontario
  • Ontario delays decision on whether Toronto, Peel and Windsor can move to Stage 3 (CTV).
  • An update will be provided on July 29, 2020.
  • Ontario looking into mandatory testing for agri-farm workers (CTV).
  • 38,405 confirmed cases, an increase of 195 since yesterday, 3 deaths.
Quebec
  • 58,243 confirmed cases, an increase of 163 since yesterday, 1 death.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • The Government of Canada is providing funding to support child care for returning workers (News Release).

    • This morning, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Ahmed Hussen announced C$625-million in federal support for Canada’s childcare sector.

  • National COVID-19 contact tracing app starts beta testing after three-week delay (Globe and Mail).

U.S. Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • Legislative developments:

    • Bill 22 Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2020 received Royal Assent yesterday. Coming into force information is set out at the end of each part. If there is no CIF information provided, the part comes into force on Royal Assent.

    • Bill 23 Commercial Tenancies Protection Act received Royal Assent yesterday. This Act, except sections 11 and 12, has effect on March 17, 2020; sections 11 and 12 have effect on March 27, 2020.

    • Bill 30 Health Statutes Amendment Act, 2020 received second reading yesterday.

    • Bill 32, Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, 2020 received second reading yesterday.

  • 9,975 confirmed cases, an increase of 114 since yesterday, 2 deaths.

British Columbia

  • Health Order from the Provincial Health Officer for food service establishments, liquor services and events.

  • 3,392 confirmed cases, an increase of 30 since yesterday, 1 death.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities, Rhonda L. Lenton, President and Vice Chancellor of York University, Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of Markham, Wayne Emmerson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for the Regional Municipality of York, and Billy Pang, MPP for Markham—Unionville, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. EDT.

Quebec

  • No new updates.

July 23, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • The Senate will sit on July 27, 2020 to consider Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures, which passed in the House of Commons on July 21, 2020. (News release)
U.S. Federal
  • No new updates.
Alberta British Columbia
  • A new provincial health order will limit the number of people allowed at vacation rentals and on houseboats as COVID-19 cases continue to climb in B.C. (CBC)
  • O.I.C. 440/2020 amending the Employment and Assistance Regulation and the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Regulation.
  • O.I.C. 441/2020 amending the Employment and Assistance Regulation and the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Regulation.
Ontario
  • Ontario announced five new health teams (Algoma, Niagara, Ottawa East, Western Ontario and Western York) and funding of up to C$25.25-million to directly support the 29 approved Ontario Health Teams. (News release)
  • Plan for reopening Ontario’s schools in September to be announced next week. (Globe and Mail)
  • The following regulations were added to e-Laws:
    • O. Reg. 422/20, amending O. Reg. 114/20, Enforcement of Orders (under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act)
    • O. Reg. 423/20, amending O. Reg. 106/20, Order Made Under the Act – Extensions and Renewals of Orders (under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act)
  • 38,210 confirmed cases, an increase of 103 since yesterday, 0 deaths.
Quebec
  • As of August 3, 2020, the maximum number of people allowed for indoor and outdoor events will increase from 50 to 250 people. This new rule applies to public places and not to indoor and outdoor gatherings at a private residence or chalet, which are set at 10 people. (News release)
  • 58,080 confirmed cases, an increase of 142 since yesterday, 0 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna announced that up to C$2-billion in federal funding will be made available to cities and towns across Canada. (News release)

    • The funding will support front line workers and critical municipal services. Provincial and territorial governments will continue to support municipalities, and will cost-match federal supports with investments made this fiscal year.

    • Canada has also agreed to match approximately C$1.8-billion of provincial and territorial funding to support local public transit. For Ontario this will mean an additional C$1-billion in federal transit funding.

U.S. Federal

  • U.S. Senate Republicans, White House cite early progress on coronavirus aid bill (Reuters)

  • Bill could be presented to Democrats as early as this week as lawmakers race to pass legislation by the end of July.

Alberta

  • 9,861 confirmed cases, an increase of 133 since yesterday.

British Columbia

  • B.C. puts new rules on restaurants, bars, nightclubs amid rising COVID-19 numbers (CBC)

  • 3,362 confirmed cases, an increase of 34 since yesterday, 0 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario is providing the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) with C$110,000 from the Ontario Together Fund to deliver online tools and resources that will support Indigenous businesses as the province implements its made-in-Ontario plan for renewal, growth, and economic recovery. (News release)

  • The following regulations were added to e-Laws this morning:

    • O. Reg. 420/20 amending O. Reg. 363/20, Stages of Reopening (under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act). Adds the seven new areas to Schedule 3 – Stage 3 Areas. Amendments take effect at 12:01 a.m. on July 24, 2020. 

    • O. Reg. 421/20 amending R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 950, Proceedings Commenced by Certificate of Offence. In force on the day s. 10 of Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 comes into force. Section 10 has not been proclaimed in force.

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Minister of Education Stephen Lecce and Mayor of Brampton Patrick Brown to make an announcement at 1 p.m. EDT.

Quebec

  • The following regulations were published in the July 23, 2020, Gazette officielle du Québec:

    • O.C. 811-2020, Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act (renewed to July 29, 2020)

    • O.C. 813-2020, Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation (regarding face masks)

    • M.O. 2020-52, Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation (regarding evictions) 

    • Order number 4282 of the Chief Justice of Québec and the Minister of Justice dated 6 July 2020 concerning the lifting of the suspension of certain time limits for extinctive prescription, forfeiture and civil proceedings (under the Code of Civil Procedure)

July 22, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • The following regulations and orders were published in the July 22, 2020, Canada Gazette, Part II:
    • S.O.R./2002-160, Regulations Amending the Income Tax Regulations (COVID-19 — June 7 to July 4, 2020 Qualifying Period)
    • S.O.R./2020-164, Regulations Amending the Interest and Administrative Charges Regulations (under the Financial Administration Act)
    • S.O.R./2020-166, Regulations Amending the Canada Labour Standards Regulations
    • S.I./2020-50, Fees Paid for the Provision of Services in Relation to an Assessment from the Department of Employment and Social Development Remission Order (under the Financial Administration Act)
U.S. Federal
  • No new updates.
Alberta
  • No new updates.
British Columbia
  • The province is earmarking up to C$1-billion of additional spending targeted to address COVID-19 impacts and restart plans of local governments and public transit services, conditional on matching federal contributions under a 50/50 cost-sharing criteria. (News Release)
Ontario
  • The legislature has adjourned until September 14, 2020. (News release)
  • 38,107 confirmed cases, an increase of 165 since yesterday, 2 deaths.
Quebec
  • Minister of Culture and Communications Nathalie Roy announced C$33.5-million in support for the music industry. (News release)
  • 57,938 confirmed cases, an increase of 142 since yesterday, 4 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • P.C. 2020-538, Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) (under the Quarantine Act)

U.S. Federal

  • The U.S. government will pay US$1.95-billion to buy 100-million doses of Pfizer Inc and German biotech firm BioNTech SE’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate, if they are able to successfully develop one. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Calgary council voted in favour of making masks mandatory in indoor public places and on transit when physical barriers are absent. The bylaw will take effect in August. (Globe and Mail)

  • 9,728 confirmed cases, an increase of 141 since yesterday, 2 deaths.

British Columbia

  • The state of emergency has been extended to August 4, 2020. (News Release)

    • O.I.C. 436/2020, extending the state of emergency to August 4, 2020 (under the Emergency Program Act).

  • O.I.C. 435/2020, amending Schedule 2 of the COVID-19 Related Measures Act.

  • 3,328 confirmed cases, an increase of 30 since yesterday, 0 deaths.

Ontario

  • Bill 195, Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, received third reading and Royal Assent yesterday (S.O. 2020, c. 17). The Act comes into force on proclamation (not yet in force).

  • Bill 197, COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020, received third reading and Royal Assent yesterday (S.O. 2020, c. 18). Coming into force information is found at the end of each schedule.

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott and Government House Leader Paul Calandra to make an announcement at 1 p.m. EDT.

Quebec

  • Contrary to what was published in the media yesterday, the CNESST has not issued any new directive concerning the wearing of masks in shops. (News release)

  • The following regulations were published in the July 22, 2020 Gazette officielle du Québec:

    • O.C. 764-2020, Adjustment of the allocation of greenhouse gas emission units without charge to be made in 2020

  • New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs says his province is hoping to create a “mini bubble” with Quebec by August 1, 2020. (Globe and Mail)

July 21, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures, received second and third reading in the House of Commons and will now move to the Senate. The bill was not amended by the House of Commons.
  • Minister of Public Services and Procurement Anita Anand announced that, as part of the Safe Restart Agreement, the Government of Canada is establishing the Essential Services Contingency Reserve, to which essential service organizations can apply for temporary, urgent access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical supplies. (News release)
U.S. Federal
  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is now advising most people with active cases of COVID-19 to isolate for 10 days after symptoms begin and 24 hours after their fever has broken. For those with a positive test but no symptoms, the CDC recommends isolating 10 days from the testing date. (Washington Post)
  • The White House and Republican Party are in disarray over COVID-19 spending plan as deadline nears on expiring emergency aid. (Washington Post)
Alberta
  • Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange and Premier Jason Kenney announced that students will return to schools in the fall under scenario 1, which is near-normal daily operations with health measures. (News release and 2020-21 School Re-Entry Plan)
British Columbia
  • No new updates.
Ontario
  • Bill 197, COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020, received second reading today.
  • Bill 195, Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, received second reading today.
  • 37,942 confirmed cases, an increase of 203 since yesterday, 1 death.
    • However, officials from Peel Region said the region’s total of 57 on Tuesday reflected a backlog resulting from a switch over to a new reporting system, and that the actual total of new cases in the region was 22. (CBC)
Quebec
  • 57,796 confirmed cases, an increase of 180 since yesterday, 1 death.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • No new updates.

U.S. Federal

  • Congress, White House talk coronavirus aid as infections and deaths surge across U.S. (Globe and Mail)

Alberta

  • Bill 23, Commercial Tenancies Protection Act (and amendments made by Committee of the Whole) passed third reading last night. The bill is awaiting royal assent.

  • Education Minister Adriana LaGrange is expected to announce today that schools will reopen full time this fall, with some health measures in place. (Globe and Mail)

  • 9,587 confirmed cases, an increase of 368 since yesterday (includes reported cases for July 17-19, 2020).

British Columbia

  • Bill 18, Economic Stabilization (COVID-19) Act, received second reading yesterday.

  • Bill 23, Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2020, received second reading yesterday.

  • 3,300 confirmed cases, an increase of 102 since yesterday (includes reported cases for July 17-19, 2020).

  • Dr. Bonnie Henry says B.C. is at a "tipping point" as province reports 102 new COVID-19 cases. (Globe and Mail)

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Minister of Long-Term Care Merrilee Fullerton, President & CEO of Trillium Health Partners Michelle DiEmanuele and Mayor of Mississauga Bonnie Crombie to make an announcement at 1 p.m. EDT.

Quebec

  • No new updates. 
July 20, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures, was introduced by Finance Minister Bill Morneau in the House of Commons today (News release). The bill:
    • Amends the Income Tax Act to revise the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and extends the CEWS to November 21, 2020, with the ability to extend it by regulation no later than December 31, 2020.
    • Amends various Acts to authorize the disclosure of information for the purpose of the administration of a program to provide a onetime payment to persons with disabilities for reasons related to COVID-19.
    • Enacts the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19), which suspends certain time limits for court proceedings for a maximum of six months, and enables the suspension or extension of time limits under various Acts.
  • Canada and Manitoba announced a new C$3-million cost-shared program to support projects that will help agricultural processors mitigate the spread of COVID-19. (News release)
U.S. Federal
  • No new updates.
Alberta
  • No new updates.
British Columbia
  • Online tool speeds up temporary layoff application process. (News release)
  • O.I.C. 425/2020, amending the Employment Standards Regulation.
Ontario
  • The following regions will be allowed to move into Stage 3 on Friday, July 24, 2020, at 12:01 a.m.: Durham, Haldimand-Norfolk, Halton, Hamilton, Lambton, Niagara, and York. Toronto, Peel, and Windsor-Essex will remain in Stage 2. (News Release)
  • Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, announced that C$2-million will be provided to Ontario Place to support on-site activities. (News Release)
  • 37,739 confirmed cases, an increase of 135 since yesterday, 1 death.
Quebec
  • 57,616 confirmed cases, an increase of 150 since yesterday, 2 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • The House of Commons will meet today at 12 p.m. to debate legislation on extending the emergency wage subsidy and providing one-time payments to Canadians with disabilities struggling during the pandemic. (CBC)
  • Procurement Minister Anita Anand said Ottawa intends to stockpile enough vaccine supplies to give at least two doses to every Canadian whenever a vaccine is available. (CBC)
  • The Toronto Blue Jays will not receive the National Interest Exemption that would have allowed them to play regular season home games in Toronto. (Statement).
  • Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Mary Ng announced that the government is investing C$4-million through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) to support more than 700 women-led small and medium-sized enterprises in southern Ontario. (News Release)
U.S. Federal
  • Congress resumes this week to negotiate another COVID-19 relief package. (New York Times)
  • The Department of Defense announced a US$3.5-million contract award with Crosstex International, Inc. to increase domestic production of surgical masks. (News Release)
  • The Department of Health and Human Services announced US$10-billion in a second round of high impact COVID-19 area funding to hospitals. (News Release)
Alberta
  • 9,219 confirmed cases, an increase of 105 since Friday.
British Columbia
  • 3,198 confirmed cases, an increase of 28 since Friday, no deaths.
Ontario
  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott and Minister of Finance Rod Phillips to make an announcement at 1 p.m. EDT.
  • 37,604 confirmed cases, an increase of 330 since Friday, 5 deaths.
Quebec
  • M.O. 2020-052 of the Minister of Health and Social Services under the Public Health Act, revoking M.O. 2020-005, which suspends the effects of any judgment by a tribunal or any decision by the Régie du logement authorizing the repossession of a dwelling or the eviction of the lessee of a dwelling, as well as the effects of any judgment or any decision ordering the eviction of the lessee or occupant of a dwelling, unless the lessor rented the dwelling again before the coming into effect of that Ministerial Order.
  • 57,466 confirmed cases, an increase of 324 since Friday, 8 deaths.
July 17, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Today, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced proposed changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) that would broaden the reach of the program and provide better targeted support (News Release and Backgrounder). Today’s proposed changes included in the government’s draft legislative proposals would:

    • Allow the extension of the CEWS until December 19, 2020, including redesigned program details until November 21, 2020.

    • Make the subsidy accessible to a broader range of employers by including employers with a revenue decline of less than 30 per cent and providing a gradually decreasing base subsidy to all qualifying employers.

    • Introduce a top-up subsidy of up to an additional 25 per cent for employers that have been most adversely affected by the pandemic. This would be particularly helpful to employers in industries that are recovering more slowly.

    • Provide certainty to employers that have already made business decisions for July and August by ensuring they would not receive a subsidy rate lower than they would have had under the previous rules.

    • Address certain technical issues identified by stakeholders.

  • Minister Qualtrough announces new details on proposed financial support for persons with disabilities during COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Interim Order No. 3 Respecting Passenger Vessel Restrictions Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (made under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001).

U.S. Federal

  • Senate Republicans seek liability protections for coronavirus bill (Reuters).

  • Department Of Defense announces US$36.9-Million in Defense Production Act Title III COVID-19 actions (News Release).

Alberta

  • Alberta Premier Jason Kenney welcomes C$19-billion Safe Restart Agreement; Premier Jason Kenney issued the following statement welcoming the Safe Restart Agreement.

  • Alberta has most active COVID-19 cases per capita, as some provinces see infections spike after reopening (CTV).

British Columbia

  • Study showing more COVID-19 infections than test rates will guide B.C. response (Globe and Mail).

Ontario

  • GO Transit makes masks mandatory as much of Ontario moves into Stage 3 of COVID-19 recovery (CBC).

  • Province takes steps to ensure all Ontarians benefit from local research and innovation; government unveils Intellectual Property Action Plan, along with COVID-19 research projects (News Release).

  • 37,274 confirmed cases, an increase of 111 since yesterday, 5 deaths.

Quebec

  • Private gatherings, not bars, are driving rise in new cases, says Quebec premier (CBC).

  • Active coronavirus cases in Canada plummet as Quebec changes recovery criteria (CTV).

  • New Brunswick provincial government strongly considering twinning with Quebec regional county municipalities (News Release).

  • 57,142 confirmed cases, an increase of 141 since yesterday, 1 death.
     

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • The Liberal government is seeking to recall the House of Commons to pass another round of measures to deal with COVID-19 (CTV).

    • Opposition parties were notified yesterday of the new legislation and the potential for the Commons to deal with it early next week.

  • More support for Canadians through the Safe Restart Agreement (News Release).

  • Update on COVID-19 in Indigenous communities.

U.S. Federal

  • Congress returns to Washington on Monday with Democratic and Republican leaders agreeing that they need to pass something to salve the heavy toll of the coronavirus pandemic (Reuters).

  • U.S. shatters coronavirus record with over 77,000 cases in a day (Reuters).

Alberta

  • Alberta has highest daily COVID-19 jump since May, but no return to shutdown planned (Globe and Mail).

  • 9,114 confirmed cases, an increase of 120 since yesterday, 2 deaths.

British Columbia

  • 3,170 confirmed cases, an increase of 21 since yesterday.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. EDT.

  • The following Orders / Regulations were added to e-laws yesterday evening:

    • O.Reg. 411/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Work Deployment Measures in Retirement Homes.

    • O.Reg. 412/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Streamlining Requirements for Long-Term Care Homes.

    • O.Reg. 413/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Stage 1 Closures.

    • O.Reg. 414/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Stage 2 Closures.

    • O.Reg. 415/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3.

    • O.Reg. 416/20: Order Made Under the Act – Extensions and Renewals of Orders.

    • O.Reg. 417/20: Order Made Under the Act – Extensions and Renewals of Orders.

Quebec

  • No new updates.

July 16, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced that a C$19-billion deal has been reached between the federal government and the provinces and territories to help economies rebound from the pandemic (CBC).

    • The money will help pay for enhanced COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, the purchase of personal protective equipment for front line workers and businesses, funding for municipalities for transit, a national sick leave plan and child care so that parents can get back to work.

    • Trudeau also confirmed that the agreement to restrict travel across the Canada-U.S. border will be extended to August 21, 2020.

  • S.O.R./2020-0166 Regulations Amending the Canada Labour Standards Regulations.

    • Regulations amending the Canada Labour Standards Regulations in order to ensure that employees in the federally regulated sector that are unable or unavailable to work as a result of COVID-19 are able to continue to take job-protected leave without risking loss of employment.

U.S. Federal

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • Province outlines repayment framework to support tenants, landlords (News Release).

    • The province plans to lift the ban on issuing evictions for non-payment of rent ahead of September 1, 2020.

  • Ministerial Order No. M220 Health Care Labour Adjustment (COVID-19) Order No. 2.

Ontario

  • The Ontario government has extended most emergency orders currently in force until July 29, 2020 (News Release).

  • The following Orders/Regulations were added to e-laws this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 376/20: General (under the Liquor Licence Act).

    • O.Reg. 377/20: Licences to Sell Liquor.

    • O.Reg. 378/20: Order Under Subsection 7.1 (2) of the Act – Limitation Periods.

    • O.Reg. 379/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act (related to work redeployment).

    • O.Reg. 380/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Electronic Service.

    • O.Reg. 381/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Work Deployment Measures in Long-Term Care Homes.

    • O.Reg. 382/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Electricity Price for RPP Consumers.

    • O.Reg. 383/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Traffic Management.

    • O.Reg. 384/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Prohibition on Certain Persons Charging Unconscionable Prices for Sales of Necessary Goods.

    • O.Reg. 385/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Enforcement Orders.

    • O.Reg. 386/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Work Deployment Measures for Boards of Health.

    • O.Reg. 387/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Service Agencies Providing Services and Supports to Adult with Development Disabilities and Service Providers Providing Intervenor Services.

    • O.Reg. 388/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Pick Up and Delivery of Cannabis.

    • O.Reg. 389/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Signatures in Will and Powers of Attorney.

    • O.Reg. 390/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Use of Force and Firearms in Policing Services.

    • O.Reg. 391/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Agreements Between Health Service Providers and Retirement Homes.

    • O.Reg. 392/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Temporary Health or Residential Facilities.

    • O.Reg. 393/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Work Deployment Measures for Service Agencies Providing Violence Against Women Residential Services and Crisis Line Services.

    • O.Reg. 394/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Deployment of Employees of Service Provider Organizations.

    • O.Reg. 395/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Work Deployment Measures For Municipalities.

    • O.Reg. 396/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Limiting Work to a Single Long-Term Care Home.

    • O.Reg. 397/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Work Deployment Measures for District Social Services Administration Boards.

    • O.Reg. 398/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Limiting Work to a Single Retirement Home.

    • O.Reg. 399/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Work Deployment Measures for Mental Health and Addictions Agencies.

    • O.Reg. 400/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Congregate Care Settings.

    • O.Reg. 401/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Access to Personal Health Information By Means of the Electronic Health Record.

    • O.Reg. 402/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Certain Persons Enabled to Issue Medical Certificates of Death.

    • O.Reg. 403/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Hospital Credentialing Processes.

    • O.Reg. 404/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Treatment of Temporary COVID-19 Related Payments to Employees.

    • O.Reg. 405/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Education Sector.

    • O.Reg. 406/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act –Management of Long-Term Care Home in Outbreak.

    • O.Reg. 407/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Management of Retirement Homes in Outbreak.

    • O.Reg. 408/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Special Rules Re Temporary Pandemic Pay.

    • O.Reg. 409/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Patios.

    • O.Reg. 410/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Drinking Water Systems and Sewage Works.

  • 37,163 confirmed cases, an increase of 111 since yesterday, 5 deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec Premier says bars could close after recent spike in COVID-19 cases (Globe and Mail).

  • M.O. 2020-51 (related to bars), Orders in council 807-2020 (related to the renewal of public health emergency) and 810-2020 (face masks) have now been added to the July 16 Gazette officielle du Québec.

  • 57,001 confirmed cases, an increase of 142 since yesterday, 9 deaths.
     

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • No new updates.

U.S. Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • Bill 22, Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2020 received third reading yesterday.

  • 8,994 confirmed cases, an increase of 82 since yesterday.

British Columbia

  • Bill 21, Wills, Estates and Succession Amendment Act, 2020 received third reading yesterday.

  • 3,149 confirmed cases, an increase of 21 since yesterday.

Ontario

  • The Ontario government is amending liquor laws (Liquor Licence Act) to provide consumers with more delivery options and allow boat operators with liquor sales licences to temporarily sell and serve alcohol while their boat is docked (News Release).

    • These changes (in effect as of yesterday) are designed to support the recovery of workers and businesses as Ontario’s hospitality sector gradually reopens.

  • Shorter days, higher costs: Toronto board details return-to-school scenarios (Globe and Mail).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ernie Hardeman to make an announcement at 1 p.m. EDT.

Quebec

July 15, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • No new updates.

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • No new updates.

Ontario

  • As Ontario heads into Stage 3, pressure grows for full-time school plan amid COVID-19 (CBC).

  • Ontario to loosen rules restricting visits to long-term care homes starting July 22 (The Globe and Mail).

    • Up to two people will be allowed outdoor visits with long-term care residents and will no longer be required to take a COVID-19 test beforehand. Starting July 22, indoor visits can resume.

  • Ontario accelerating the development of long-term care homes (News Release).

    • The government announced a redesigned funding model that will lead to the building of additional, modern long-term care homes.

  • O.Reg. 368/20 – Amending General Regulation (under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014).

  • 37,052 confirmed cases, an increase of 102 since yesterday, including nine deaths.

Quebec

  • As of July 18, private employers, whose staff worked from home, will be able to authorize a return of their workforce with an occupancy rate of up to a maximum of 25 per cent per company. Note that this 25 per cent is a maximum, not a target to be achieved (News Release).

  • 56,859 confirmed cases, an increase of 129 since yesterday, including one death.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • More Canadians will be working from home post-pandemic, StatCan data suggests (CTV).

    • The survey results also found that 25 per cent of Canadian business are "likely" or "very likely" to offer their employees the option to work remotely following the pandemic, while 14 per cent reported that they will make it a requirement.

U.S. – Federal

  • CDC calls on Americans to wear masks to prevent COVID-19 spread (News Release).

Alberta

  • 8,912 confirmed cases, an increase of 86 since yesterday, including one death.

British Columbia

  • Bill 21, Wills, Estates and Succession Amendment Act, 2020, received second reading yesterday.

  • 3,128 confirmed cases, an increase of 13 since yesterday. 

Ontario

  • Ontario researchers working to develop surface coating that kills COVID-19 virus (CTV).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • Draft Regulation – Measures related to supplemental pension plans to reduce the consequences of the public-health emergency declared on March 13, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic was published in the July 15 Gazette officielle du Québec.

  • Montréal public health records 30 COVID-19 cases linked to bars (CTV).

July 14, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Senators call for changes to COVID-19 aid and more transparency on spending (CTV and Senate Report).

    • The federal government's key emergency benefit for workers with jobs hit by the pandemic is "not a permanent solution" to ongoing hardships, a Senate committee says in a report that makes an argument for a guaranteed minimum income.

  • Minister Mendicino announces changes to facilitate online learning for international students (News Release and Backgrounder).

U.S. – Federal

  • The Trump administration has ordered hospitals to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and, beginning Wednesday, send all coronavirus patient information to a central database in Washington — a move that has alarmed public health experts who fear the data will be distorted for political gain (New York Times via Seattle Times).

  • Alabama, Florida and North Carolina reported record daily increases in COVID-19 deaths today (Reuters).

  • Facing eight federal lawsuits and opposition from hundreds of universities, the Trump administration rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because of the pandemic (CBC).

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • Bill 23, Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2020, was introduced today. Proposed changes to the Workers Compensation Act will provide better support to injured workers and their families and enhance WorkSafeBC’s ability to investigate workplace incidents, while keeping premiums low (News Release).

    • This legislation will fast-track the effective date of presumptions if established by WorkSafeBC’s board of directors for occupational diseases caused by viral pathogens.

  • The B.C. government has released an economic and fiscal update for 2020-21 to provide a summary of COVID-19 investments to date, as well as a scenario of revenue and deficit projections (News Release).

  • Ministerial Order No. 214 – Related to laboratory medicine service (under the Laboratory Services Act).

Ontario

  • The Ontario government is preparing to roll out a plan for a potential second wave of COVID-19 in the fall, Premier Ford confirmed today (CTV).

  • The Ontario government is providing Cambridge-based Eclipse Innovations Inc. with C$1,408,475 from the Ontario Together Fund to scale up its operations to manufacture made-in-Ontario N95 masks (News Release).

  • 36,950 confirmed cases, an increase of 111 since yesterday, including one death.

Quebec

  • With uptick in COVID-19 cases, Quebec could be forced to choose between schools and bars; province tightens restrictions in wake of outbreaks linked to Montréal-area bars and parties (CBC).

  • 56,730 confirmed cases, an increase of 109 since yesterday, including five deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada and the U.S. agree to keep borders closed another 30 days – until August 21, CTV News has confirmed (CTV).

U.S. – Federal

  • Yesterday, President Trump signed into law S. 4091, the Emergency Aid for Returning Americans Affected by Coronavirus Act, which increases from US$1-million to US$10-million the amount that the Department of Health and Human Services may spend for the provision of assistance to repatriated U.S. citizens in fiscal year 2020 (News Release).

  • Event planning and COVID-19: questions and answers (CDC Update).

  • The Food and Drug Administration is announcing the issuance and reissuance of Emergency Use Authorizations for certain medical devices related to COVID-19 (Notice).

  • The Department of Labor announced the launch of a public awareness campaign to remind workers that the Department’s Wage and Hour Division is committed to ensuring their workplace rights during the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure that employers know their responsibilities (News Release).

  • California shuts down businesses and schools as coronavirus outbreak grows (Reuters).

Alberta

  • Alberta's chief medical officer of health is "strongly recommending" that people wear non-medical masks whenever they visit indoor public places where physical distancing may not be possible (CBC).

  • Bill 22, Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2020, was reported back from the Committee of the Whole without amendment yesterday evening.

  • 8,826 confirmed cases, an increase of 230 in the last 72 hours (54 on July 10, 96 on July 11 and 80 on July 12).

British Columbia

  • 3,115 confirmed cases, an increase of 62 in the last 72 hours (21 on July 10, 20 on July 11 and 21 on July 12), including two deaths.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • As of Saturday, July 18, people 12 and over must wear a mask or face cover in several closed public spaces, including retail stores, throughout Quebec (News Release).

July 13, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau said today the federal government is extending the emergency wage subsidy program to December of this year. Further details will be announced this week (CBC).

    • Trudeau says discussions continue on extending the Canada-U.S. border closure.

 U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • The province is making 20-million free masks available provincewide; Albertans have another chance to pick up free non-medical face masks at the counter or drive-thru of their local A&W, McDonald’s Canada or Tim Hortons (News Release).

British Columbia

  • The government is extending the temporary authorization that permits food-primary and liquor-primary licensees to sell and deliver sealed, packaged liquor products alongside the purchase of a meal for off-site consumption until October 31, 2020 (News Release and Order in Council No. 407 – Amending the Liquor Control and Licensing Regulation).

  • Ministerial Order No. M212 – Related to the Provider Regulation (under the Pharmaceutical Services Act).

Ontario

  • The Ontario government announced nearly all businesses and public spaces will reopen in Stage 3 with public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions in place as of this Friday, July 17 at 12:01 a.m. (EDT) (News Release).

  • The majority of Ontario's 34 local public-health-unit regions will move forward to Stage 3 except the following 10 regions: Durham Region, Haldimand-Norfolk, Halton Region, Hamilton, Lambton, Niagara Region, Peel, Toronto, Windsor-Essex County and York Region.

  • Stage 3 highlights:

    • Indoor gathering limits will increase from 10 to a maximum of 50 people, while outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people. Physical distancing is still required during any gathering with people from outside an individual's social circle.

    • Businesses and public spaces permitted to reopen:

      • Dine-in restaurants

      • Bars

      • Gyms and fitness studios

      • Live shows

      • Movie theatres

      • Casinos will be allowed to reopen, but table games are banned

      • Organized sports can also resume, with the exception of contact sports

      • Tour and guide services

      • Playgrounds, community centres and libraries will also reopen

      • Personal support services that involve a customers’ face

  • The government is also banning a number of high-risk businesses and activities from resuming in Stage 3, including amusement parks, water parks, buffet-style food services, dancing in restaurants and bars, overnight stays at camps for children, private karaoke rooms, prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports, saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars.

  • Childcare centres and home childcare providers across Ontario will be able to continue to operate with strict safety and operational requirements in place. Beginning on July 27, 2020, childcare centres will be permitted to operate with cohorts of 15 children, which is an increase from the current cohort cap of 10. The return to school plan is still forthcoming.

  • The following orders were added to E-Laws:

  • "We expect the province will remain in Stage 3 for the foreseeable future," Health Minister Christine Elliott said (CBC).

  • 36,839 confirmed cases, an increase of 116 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Quebec and the Chief Justice of Quebec announced the lifting of the suspension of time limits in civil and criminal matters as of September 1. In addition, in civil matters, the deadlines for restoration provided for in the proceedings protocols in force on March 15, 2020, will be extended by 45 days from September 1 (News Release).

  • 56,621 confirmed cases, an increase of 100 since yesterday, including one death.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada adds health officials at U.S. border crossings to screen for COVID-19 (CBC).

  • Ottawa didn’t enforce rules for employers of migrant farm workers during pandemic (The Globe and Mail).

  • Prime Minister Trudeau expected to speak at 11:30 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

Alberta

  • The government is seeking proposals to review the province’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The third-party review will enhance Alberta’s capacity to respond to a potential second wave of COVID-19 and any future pandemics (News Release).

  • 8,596 confirmed cases, an increase of 77 since Friday, including one death.

British Columbia

  • The following orders were issued:

    • Order in Council No. 393 – COVID-19 (Societies Act) Regulation. The March 31 deadline set out in section 71(3) of the Societies Act is suspended and replaced with a deadline of November 1.

    • Order in Council No. 392 – The Violation Ticket Administration and Fines Regulation is amended.

    • Order in Council No. 391 – The COVID-19 Related Measures Act, S.B.C. 2020, c. 8, is brought into force and amended, effective on the dates as set out in the Schedule(s).

  • 3,053 confirmed cases, an increase of 25 since Friday, includine one death.

Ontario

  • Premier Ford is expected to announce plans for Stage 3 of the province's reopening today (CBC).

    • Stage 3 could involve the reopening of businesses like movie theatres, gyms, fitness studios, casinos, amusement parks, indoor dining and bars.

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance; and Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

  • 36,723 confirmed cases, an increase of 259 since Friday, including nine deaths.

Quebec

  • Several media outlets are reporting that Quebec plans to make masks mandatory in all public indoor spaces across the province this week (The Globe and Mail).

  • Premier Francois Legault is expected to make the announcement at a 1 p.m. news conference.

  • The New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island governments have announced new online registration procedures, in addition to the procedures already in force, for Quebec travellers wishing to visit the Îles-de-la-Madeleine or to travel back to Quebec from the Îles-de-la-Madeleine (News Release).

  • 56,521 confirmed cases, an increase of 305 since Friday, including nine deaths.

July 10, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Corporate executives at three grocery chains—Loblaws, Metro and Empire Company—faced tough questions during a virtual meeting of the House of Commons industry committee today over their decision to cancel a C$2-an-hour pay bump they put in place in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic (CBC).

  • The following have now been added to the July 11, 2020, Canada Gazette Part I:

    • Ministerial Instructions with respect to the submission of online applications for temporary resident visas and other documents due to reduced processing capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic (made under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act).

    • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 2 (made under the Aeronautics Act).

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 3 (made under the Quarantine Act).

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country other than the United States) (made under the Quarantine Act).

  • Emergency Funding for COVID-19 Safety Measures in Forest Operations (News Release).

U.S. Federal

  • U.S. reports more than 60,500 new COVID-19 cases—a new one-day worldwide record (Globe and Mail).

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • No new updates.

Ontario

  • Ontario is starting down the road to growth, renewal and economic recovery; province supports Canadian manufacturers and exporters launch of “Ontario Made” program (News Release).

  • Ottawa's mandatory mask bylaw calls for fines up to C$400 (CBC).

  • 36,464 confirmed cases, an increase of 116 since yesterday, 7 deaths.

Quebec

  • Ministerial Order 2020-051 related to measures to ensure that health instructions are followed in bars.

  • The Quebec government announced the return to maximum reception capacity for the entire educational childcare network—as of July 13, 2020 (News Release).

  • Quebec town makes mask-wearing mandatory inside all commercial businesses after COVID-19 outbreak (Globe and Mail).

  • 53,316 confirmed cases, an increase of 100 since yesterday, 2 deaths.
     

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada and Ontario Supporting Farmers through Enhanced Insurance Protection (News Release).

U.S. Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • 8,519 confirmed cases, an increase of 37 since yesterday.

British Columbia

  • 3,028 confirmed cases, an increase of 20 since yesterday.

Ontario

  • What Stage 3 of Ontario's COVID-19 reopening plan could look like; province has yet to say which pandemic restrictions will be removed or relaxed (CBC).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and Dennis Darby, President and CEO of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. EDT.

Quebec

  • No new updates.

July 9, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • FedDev Ontario is working with Franco-Ontarian businesses and organizations to reopen our economy (News Release).

    • Today, the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister Responsible for FedDev Ontario announced a C$4.5-million RRRF investment in three not-for-profit organizations to support small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and organizations across southern Ontario.

  • Canada not ready for second wave of COVID-19, Senate committee says (CTV).

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • B.C. health officials looking into whether night clubs are operating within COVID-19 rules (CBC).

Ontario

  • Canada and Ontario supporting farmers through enhanced insurance protection; governments increase support for eligible farmers experiencing labour challenges during COVID-19 (News Release).

  • 36,348 confirmed cases, an increase of 170 since yesterday (86 people infected are from Windsor-Essex), including three deaths.

Quebec

  • The Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, announced, with the National Director of Public Health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, additional measures to ensure that health instructions are followed in bars. The measures are in effect from July 10 (News Release).

  • 56,216 confirmed cases, an increase of 137 since yesterday, including two deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • No new updates.

U.S. – Federal

  • A second shutdown might be the best move for states struggling with burgeoning coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, Fauci says (CTV).

Alberta

  • Bill 23, Commercial Tenancies Protection Act, was reported by the Committee with amendments yesterday.

  • 8,482 confirmed cases, an increase of 46 since yesterday, includine one death.

British Columbia

  • Bill 19, COVID-19 Related Measures Act, reported by the Committee with amendments, received third reading and Royal Assent yesterday. The act comes into force on proclamation – not yet in force.

  • 3,008 confirmed cases, an increase of 18 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Ontario

  • All emergency orders currently in force have been extended to July 22, 2020 (News Release and O. Reg. 359/20).

  • Ontario government tells school boards to maximize time children are in the classroom (The Globe and Mail).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education; and Jamil Jivani, Ontario's Advocate for Community Opportunities, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • Quebec health authorities expected to announce new regulations for bars (CBC).

    • Health Minister Christian Dubé and Dr. Horacio Arruda, Quebec's public health director, will be announcing new regulations for the province's bars at a news conference at 1 p.m. today (EDT).

  • The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, as well as the Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food, announced that the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec will join forces to financially support Quebec fish farmers in the exceptional context created by COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Ministerial Orders 2020-49 to 2020-50 have been added to the July 8 Gazette officielle du Québec as well as:

    • O.C. 717-2020 – The public health emergency has been renewed until 15 July 2020.

    • O.C. 788-2020 – The provisions of the act are mainly to establish the Centre d’acquisitions gouvernementales and Infrastructures technologiques Québec (2020, chapter 2), the coming into force of which was suspended by Order in Council 496-2020 dated April 29, 2020, come into force on September 1, 2020.

July 8, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Today, Finance Minister Bill Morneau presented an Economic and Fiscal Snapshot.

    • Historic COVID-19 plan provides Canadians with the support they need to get through the economic crisis (News Release).

  • The federal deficit is projected to hit C$343.2-billion this fiscal year, due in large part to massive economic aid and stimulus plans (CTV).

  • Canada's public health agency warns threat of COVID-19 resurgence in Canada "not just hypothetical" (CBC).

U.S. – Federal

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to issue new guidelines for reopening schools, Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday, after President Donald Trump criticized the agency’s recommendations as too expensive and impractical (Reuters).

Alberta 

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

Ontario

  • Today, the province introduced the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, proposed legislation that lays the foundation to restart jobs and development, strengthen communities, and create opportunity for people in every region of the province (News Release and Backgrounder).

    • Bill 197, COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020, makes proposed amendments to the following acts:

      • Building Code Act

      • City of Toronto Act

      • Development Charges Act

      • Drainage Act

      • Education Act

      • Environmental Assessment Act

      • Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act

      • Justices of the Peace Act

      • Marriage Act

      • Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Act

      • Municipal Act

      • Ontario Educational Communications Authority Act

      • Ontario French-language Educational Communications Authority Act, 2008

      • Occupational Health and Safety Act

      • Payday Loans Act, 2008

      • Planning Act

      • Public Transportation and Highway Improvement Act

      • Provincial Offences Act

    • And enacts two new acts:

      • Modernizing Ontario for People and Businesses Act, 2020

      • Transit-Oriented Communities Act, 2020

    • O. Reg. 357/20 – Invest Ontario, made under the Development Corporations Act.

  • 36,178 confirmed cases, an increase of 118 since yesterday, including nine deaths.

Quebec

  • 56,079 confirmed cases, an increase of 82 since yesterday, including six deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The following regulations/orders have now been added to the July 8 Canada Gazette Part II:

    • S.O.R./2020-149 – Regulations Amending the Cannabis Regulations (Additional Period of Validity of a Medical Document)

    • S.O.R./2020-144 – Regulations Amending the Canada Student Financial Assistance Regulations

    • S.O.R./2020-138 – Regulations Amending the Canada Labour Standards Regulations (COVID-19)

    • S.O.R./2020-61 – Interim Order Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit)

    • S.O.R./2020-141 – Interim Order No. 5 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit)

    • S.O.R./2020-142Income Support Payment (Number of Weeks) Regulations

    • S.O.R./2020-62Income Support Payment Amount Regulations

  • Prime Minister Trudeau expected to speak at 11 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

British Columbia

  • The provincial state of emergency has been extended to July 21, 2020 (News Release).

  • Bill 19, COVID-19 Related Measures Act, was referred to the Committee yesterday.

  • 2,990 confirmed cases, an increase of 12 since yesterday.

Ontario

  • Ontario makes it easier for truck drivers to get tested for COVID-19; pilot program designed to help stop the spread and protect public health (News Release).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance; Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; and Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, to make an announcement at 2 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • The Government of Quebec invites citizens to express their opinion on the use of a mobile application for notification of exposure to coronavirus. The public consultation will be held online until August 2 (News Release).

July 7, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau's promise to provide a C$600 payment to disabled Canadians to help with additional costs in the COVID-19 pandemic remains in limbo (CTV).

    • The measure was contained in a piece of legislation that failed to pass in June, and no replacement is on the agenda for a House of Commons sitting this week.

  • Final Components of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations Announced (News Release and Backgrounder).

  • Service Canada begins the gradual and safe reopening of in-person locations across the country (News Release).

  • Update on COVID-19 in Indigenous communities (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

  • The Department of Labor issues guidance to employers to help protect oil and gas workers during the coronavirus pandemic (News Release).

  • Statement from Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on CARES Act Loans to Major Airlines.

  • President Donald Trump said today he would pressure state governors to open schools in the fall (Reuters).

  • The Department of Health and Human Services is announcing free COVID-19 testing in Jacksonville, Florida; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Edinburg, Texas. Surge testing efforts will temporarily increase federal support to communities where there has been a recent and intense level of new cases and hospitalizations related to the ongoing outbreak (News Release).

Alberta 

  • Bill 32, Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, 2020 – To support economic recovery, restore balance in the workplace and get Albertans back to work (News Release).

British Columbia

  • No new updates.

Ontario

  • Ontario introduces Bill 195, Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, to protect public health as economy reopens; proposed bill would provide flexibility to address the ongoing threat of COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Ontario will not be expanding the size of allowable gatherings before regions enter Stage 3 of the province’s reopening plan, the province's health minister confirmed today (CTV).

  • 36,060 confirmed cases, an increase of 112 since yesterday, including two deaths.

Quebec

  • M.O. 2020-050 – Related to the suspension applicable to the effects of any judgment by a tribunal or any decision by the Régie du logement (see also the News Release).

  • 55,997 confirmed cases, an increase of 60 since yesterday, including nine deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

U.S. – Federal 

  • No new updates.

Alberta 

  • 8,389 confirmed cases, an increase of 73 since yesterday.

British Columbia 

  • 2,978 confirmed cases, an increase of 31 since yesterday, including six deaths.

Ontario 

  • Ontario is set to introduce new legislation to enable the extension of some pandemic emergency orders over the next year. Solicitor General Sylvia Jones says she will introduce the bill at the provincial legislature today (CTV).

    • The proposed law would 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.

    • If the bill passes, the government could move parts of the province back to earlier stages of the pandemic lockdown if required.

  • Emergency orders that permit the pick-up and delivery of cannabis and prohibit price gouging on essential goods will not be included in the bill and will expire next week.

  • The following were added to E-Laws:

    • O. Reg. 351/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Stage 2 Closures

    • O.Reg. 350/20 Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Stage 1 Closures

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones to make an announcement at 2 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • No new updates.

July 6, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

  • The Government of Canada announces investment in women’s organizations in the Bas-Saint-Laurent and in the Gaspésie-Les Îles regions. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal 

  • The Small Business Administration and Treasury announce release of Paycheck Protection Program loan data. (News Release)

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization for a COVID-19 antigen diagnostic test, the BD (Becton Dickinson) Veritor System for Rapid Detection of SARS-CoV-2. (News Release)

Alberta 

  • Bill 30, Health Statutes Amendment Act, was introduced today. Among other things, the bill clarifies COVID-19 quarantine requirements under the Public Health Act to clearly articulate that all international travellers must quarantine for 14 days while the related chief medical officer of health orders are in effect. (News Release)

British Columbia 

  • British Columbia is extending federal employment insurance exemptions and the provincial temporary crisis supplement. (News Release)

  • The exemption of all federal employment insurance benefits has been extended for the duration of the support programs. For those not eligible for the federal benefits, the temporary COVID-19 Crisis Supplement will be extended an additional two months.

Ontario

  • The government proposes made-in-Ontario plan for growth, renewal and economic recovery. (News Release)

  • The plan includes measures that would make it easier and faster to build provincial highways, major transit infrastructure projects and quality, affordable housing, while ensuring there are meaningful opportunities for community consultation and input.

  • Leamington and Kingsville can move to Stage 2 of Ontario’s reopening plan as of 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7. (CBC)

  • Residents of eastern Ontario, including Ottawa, will be required to wear masks in indoor public places starting at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7. (CBC)

  • 35,948 confirmed cases, an increase of 154 since yesterday, no deaths.

Quebec 

  • Health minister Christian Dubé said the province will shut down bars, nightclubs and other gathering places if they don't comply with COVID-19 regulations. (CBC)

  • Montréal mayor Valérie Plante says masks will soon be mandatory in enclosed public spaces. (CBC)

  • 55,937 confirmed cases, an increase of 74 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Canadian seniors to receive one time tax-free payment this week. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump signed into law Bill S. 4116, which reauthorizes lending under the Paycheck Protection Program through August 8, 2020, and separates the authorized limits for commitments under the program from other Small Business Administration loan programs. (News Release)

Alberta

  • Another 20-million masks ready for distribution. (News Release)

  • Distribution of masks through A&W, McDonald’s Canada and Tim Hortons will resume on July 13.

  • The program guidelines for the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant have been updated.

  • 8,259 confirmed cases, an increase of 57 since Friday.

British Columbia

  • 2,947 confirmed cases, an increase of seven since Friday, no deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario courts to resume some in-person proceedings today. (CTV)

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation; and Kinga Surma, Associate Minister of Transportation (GTA), to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT)

Quebec

  • Municipalities can now hold council meetings and other meetings in the presence of the public. (News Release)

  • Ministerial Order 2020-49 of the Minister of Health and Social Services regarding salaries in the health and social services network (under the Public Health Act).

  • 55,863 confirmed cases, an increase of 181 since Friday, including four deaths.

July 3, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Further to announcements made on April 15 and May 12, the Canada Border Services Agency is temporarily reducing service hours at additional land, air and marine ports of entry (POE) in addition to deferring seasonal opening hours at select POEs. (News Release).

  • Canada's long-term care system failed elders, before and during COVID-19: report (CTV).

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • No new updates.

Ontario

  • Although he wouldn’t pinpoint an exact date, Premier Ford said Friday that he expected the province to start entering the third and final stage of reopening as early as the end of July (Ottawa Citizen).

  • Ottawa and the surrounding regions will join a growing list of cities in Ontario to make masks mandatory in indoor public settings to control the spread of COVID-19, although it's not clear when the rule will come into effect (CBC). More details are expected at a news conference Monday.

  • Ontario won't close packed beaches despite major overcrowding issues (CTV).

  • Ontario deploys emergency management team to Windsor-Essex due to agri-farm COVID-19 outbreak (CBC).

  • Ontario launches online training to promote safe workplaces; real-time courses make it easier for people to get essential qualifications (News Release).

  • Canadian armed forces depart Ontario long-term care homes (News Release).

  • 35,535 confirmed cases, an increase of 165 since yesterday, including two deaths.

Quebec

  • 55,682 confirmed cases, an increase of 89 since yesterday, including seven deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • New key guidance for resumption of criminal jury trials (News Release).

  • Prime Minister Trudeau expected to speak at 10:45 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published frequently asked questions and answers to help protect workers from exposure to the coronavirus (News Release).

  • Fauci decries "a very disturbing week" as 40 states see COVID-19 cases rise (CTV).

  • COVID-19 testing supplies distributed by the federal government have failed quality checks and are arriving late, Washington state’s top health official said in a letter to a senior administration official (Reuters).

Alberta

  • 8,202 confirmed cases, an increase of 94 since yesterday, including one death.

    • Daily case numbers are now updated every weekday and paused on holidays and weekends.

British Columbia

  • Three deaths from COVID-19 in B.C. since Tuesday, and all community outbreaks declared over (CTV).

  • 2,940 confirmed cases, an increase of 24 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario supporting restaurants as province safely reopens; new and amended emergency orders will help establishments expand patios faster (News Release).

    • New emergency order will allow municipalities to quickly pass temporary bylaws for the creation and extension of patios and allow covered outdoor dining areas to serve customers.

    • O.Reg. 345/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – Patios.

    • O.Reg. 344/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – Stage 2 Closures.

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • No new updates.

July 2, 2020
Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the release of draft regulations that would help employers who sponsor a registered pension plan (RPP) or salary deferral leave plan for their employees to manage and maintain their benefit obligations through the crisis (News Release and Backgrounder).

    • It will also assure employees who participate in salary deferral leave plans that suspending their leave of absence (e.g., via a recall to essential-service work), or deferring their scheduled leave for up to one year, will not put their plan at risk.

U.S. – Federal

  • Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announces guidance for air travel in response to COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Department of the Treasury announced that it intends to make a C$700-million loan to YRC Worldwide Inc. and that it had reached an agreement with YRC on June 30, 2020, to receive a 29.6 per cent equity stake in the company in connection with the loan under Division A, Title IV, Subtitle A of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (News Release).

Alberta

  • The Government of Alberta supported COVID-19 response efforts by offering to match donations up to C$2-million to eight designated Alberta-based registered charities made between April 15 and May 31 (News Release).

British Columbia

  • No new updates.

Ontario

  • Stage 3 of Ontario's COVID-19 reopening plan looms nearer; public-health units in eastern, northern and much of southwestern Ontario have been at Stage 2 for nearly three weeks (CBC).

  • Proposal for Toronto isolation centres approved by city's board of health (National Post).

  • The Ontario government is providing municipalities and urban Indigenous community partners with an additional C$150-million to continue to protect vulnerable people from COVID-19 by improving homeless shelters and creating opportunities for longer-term housing (News Release).

  • 35,370 confirmed cases an increase of 153 since yesterday, including eight deaths (149 cases were reported July 1 but weren’t posted until today due to the holiday).

Quebec

  • The following regulation was added to the July 2 Gazette officielle du Québec:

    • O.C. 704-2020 – Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting the collection of support (made under An Act to facilitate the payment of support).

  • The Quebec government is investing nearly C$4.3-million to stimulate tourism in the Outaouais (News Release).

  • 55,593 confirmed cases, an increase of 69 since yesterday, including eight deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • No new updates.

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump said Wednesday that he supports a fresh round of government payments to individuals (CTV).

  • U.S. Senate Republicans to push next coronavirus aid bill in late July (Reuters).

  • New York expands coronavirus testing criteria to include everyone in state (Reuters).

Alberta

  • 8,108 confirmed cases, an increase of 41 since Tuesday.

British Columbia

  • The Minister of Finance has released the following statement on the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program and eviction restrictions in British Columbia.

  • 2,916 confirmed cases, an increase of 12 since Tuesday.

Ontario 

  • New mobile app meant to help track COVID-19 in Ontario delayed (CTV).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • The following orders were issued:

  • 55,524 confirmed cases, an increase of 66 since Tuesday, including seven deaths.
June 30, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

  • The following regulations/orders were issued:

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country other than the United States) (made under the Quarantine Act).

      • Extends the effective date of the previous order to July 31, 2020.

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 3 (made under the Quarantine Act).

      • Extends the effective date of the previous order until August 31, 2020.

    • S.O.R./ 2020-0149 – Regulations Amending the Cannabis Regulations (Additional Period of Validity of a Medical Document) (made under the Cannabis Act).

      • To support the Government of Canada’s efforts to reduce the risk of community spread of, and mortality rate due to, COVID-19, while helping to maintain reasonable access to cannabis for medical purposes for patients. This will be done by facilitating patients’ ability to adhere to public-health guidance to practise physical distancing by reducing their need to leave their home to obtain a new medical document from their health-care practitioner for a certain period of time.

    • S.O.R./2020-0144 – Regulations Amending the Canada Student Financial Assistance Regulations (made under the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act).

      • To support low- and middle-income students to better afford the cost of post-secondary education for the 2020-21 loan year (August 1, 2020 – July 31, 2021) given the immediate economic impacts they are facing from the COVID-19 pandemic.

      • To ensure that borrowers who are resuming their regular repayment arrangements at the end of the repayment moratorium will not be adversely impacted.

  • The Canada Border Services Agency is reminding all travellers, ahead of the July 1 (Canada) and July 4 (U.S.) holidays, that travel restrictions are still in place at all Canadian international border crossings (News Release).

U.S. – Federal 

  • The government’s top infectious diseases expert (Fauci) today warned that daily COVID-19 cases could more than double if Americans fail to take countermeasures and cautioned against pinning hopes on a vaccine (Reuters).

  • The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) concluded its 31st plenary meeting by calling on its members to tackle new threats and vulnerabilities posed by criminals during the COVID-19 crisis (including money laundering) (News Release).

  • C.D.C. considerations for restaurants and bars (Update).

Alberta

  • The outdoor gathering limit has been increased from 100 to 200 people (News Release).

British Columbia

  • The province is investing in a suite of initiatives to protect long-term care and seniors’ assisted-living residents from COVID-19, as facilities begin allowing visitors (News Release).

Ontario

  • Toronto city council approved a bylaw Tuesday that makes face coverings mandatory in indoor public spaces (CBC).

    • The new regulation goes into effect July 7 as a temporary bylaw.

  • Ontario is having "serious discussions" about moving to the next stage of the reopening plan and needs another week of COVID-19 data before deciding if the province is ready to move into the next stage (CTV).

  • Ontario courts will begin resuming in-person proceedings across the province on Monday, July 6, 2020 (News Release).

  • The Ontario government is helping to connect communities and create jobs by providing an additional C$10-million in funding for the Connecting Links program (News Release).

    • The funding is part of Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 and will support road and highway projects in nine more municipalities across the province.

  • 35,068 confirmed cases, an increase of 157 since yesterday, including seven deaths.

Quebec

  • As of July 13, all people 12 and over will have to wear a mask or face cover in public transportation (News Release).

  • 55,458 confirmed cases, an increase of 68 since yesterday, including seven deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

  • The federal government plans to extend strict quarantine rules requiring travellers to isolate for 14 days upon their arrival in Canada (CBC).

U.S. – Federal

  • California and Texas see record COVID-19 surges (Reuters).

Alberta 

  • 8,067 confirmed cases, an increase of 71 since yesterday.

British Columbia

  • 2, 904 confirmed cases, an increase of 26 since yesterday.

Ontario 

  • Toronto and Peel to make face masks mandatory in indoor public spaces. The bylaw will take effect July 7, provided it is approved by council during their meeting today (CTV).

  • Citing lack of COVID-19 safety measures, courthouse workers and lawyers push back against Ontario reopening of courts (The Globe and Mail).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks; and Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • The government is making adjustments to certain fiscal measures for individuals and businesses to take into account, among other things, the special context caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • Quebec to make wearing of masks mandatory on public transit (CTV).

June 29, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Government provides update on sales tax and duty payment deferral. (News Release)

  • The GST/HST and customs duty payment deferral is ending as planned on June 30.

  • Trudeau says new federal models show COVID-19 progress but with significant hot spots. (The Globe and Mail)

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced today that the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program will be extended by one month, through July 2020. (Betakit)

  • Prime Minister Trudeau is ending his daily press briefing and will provide updates a few times a week. (Global)

U.S. – Federal

  • On Monday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced an agreement to secure large supplies of the drug remdesivir for the United States from Gilead Sciences through September. (News Release)

  • Gilead prices COVID-19 drug remdesivir at US$2,340 per patient in developed nations. (Reuters)

  • COVID-19 liability shield heads to Georgia governor’s desk. (Bloomberg Law)

  • At least five states have enacted similar liability shields: Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming. Many more states have provided liability protections specific to health-care providers.

  • Europe set to extend travel ban for U.S. residents on Tuesday. (Bloomberg Law)

Alberta

  • Alberta’s Recovery Plan details the province’s economic strategy, including a record C$10-billion investment in infrastructure and a plan for 50,000 jobs this year. (News Release)

British Columbia

  • British Columbia is reducing the annual licence fee for the taxi industry as part of the province’s ongoing work to support the industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. (News Release)

  • The following orders were announced:

    • O.I.C. 364/20 – Amending the Liquor Control and Licensing Regulation (under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act).

    • O.I.C. 371/20 Tax and Royalty Interest (COVID-19 Emergency) Remission Regulation (under the Financial Administration Act).

Ontario

  • The following regulations were added to E-Laws:

    • O. Reg. 318/20 – Amending the Reports Regulation under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

    • O. Reg. 323/20 – Amending Order Made Under the Act – Extensions and Renewals of Orders (under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act)

    • O. Reg. 324/20 – Amending Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – Stage 2 Closures regarding indoor sports and recreational facilities (under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act).

  • 34,911 confirmed cases, an increase of 257 since yesterday, including seven deaths.

Quebec

  • New modelling shows a stabilization or decrease in hospitalizations and deaths with continued adherence to preventative measures. (News Release)

  • The Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) announced today that exam sessions, which are currently on hold to limit the spread of COVID-19, will resume on July 6 in Montréal and July 7 in Quebec. (News Release)

  • Public drug insurance plan – Modification of the financial contribution of certain insured persons (News Release)

  • 55,390 confirmed cases, an increase of 72 in the past day, including seven deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Minister of International Development Karina Gould announced a commitment of C$120-million in support of the activities of the Access to COVID-19 (ACT) Accelerator – with C$20-million of that total for the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. (News Release)

  • Prime Minister Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • Relaunch Grant to help businesses recover. (News Release)

    • The Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives and non-profit organizations that faced restrictions or closures from public-health orders and experienced a revenue loss of at least 50 per cent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting June 29, eligible small and medium-sized businesses, coops and non-profits can apply for funding.

  • Protecting at-risk Albertans from COVID-19. (News Release)

  • Alberta announced $C14.2-million a month – and more than C$170-million total – in additional funding to help keep residents and staff safe in long-term care, designated supportive living facilities and seniors lodges. Funding will continue until the orders from Alberta's chief medical officer of health are lifted.

  • 7,996 confirmed cases, an increase of 145 since Friday.

British Columbia

  • O.I.C. 352/20 – Amending the Employment Standards Regulation (under the Employment Standards Act).

  • 2,878 confirmed cases, an increase of 10 since Friday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Ontario extends emergency orders to July 10. (News Release)

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation; and Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

  • 34,654 confirmed cases, an increase of 338 since Friday, including 14 deaths.

Quebec

  • Starting Monday June 29, 2020, childcare providers in Montréal, Joliette and L'Épiphanie can receive up to 75 per cent of the maximum number of children indicated on their permit.

  • M.O. 2020-48 under the Public Health Act, relating to childcare providers.  

  • Municipal by-elections postponed until August 7, 2020. (News Release)
June 26, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Ottawa working on national data standards after COVID-19 highlighted info gaps (The Globe and Mail).

  • The following have been added to the June 27 Canada Gazette, Part I:

    • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19 (made under the Aeronautics Act).

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) (made under the Quarantine Act).

    • Order Amending the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 2 (made under the Quarantine Act).

  • The Government of Canada continues federal support to Quebec's COVID-19 response through partnership with the Canadian Red Cross (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

  • The U.S. government will ship more of Gilead Sciences Inc.’s (GILD.O) antiviral treatment remdesivir to states experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases, including California, Texas, Florida and Arizona (Reuters).

  • Texas and Florida put strict limits on bars and are reversing coronavirus reopening (The Globe and Mail).

Alberta

  • Bill 24, COVID-19 Pandemic Response Statutes Amendment Act, 2020 received royal assent. Coming-into-force information is set out at the end of each part/section; some sections took effect on earlier dates.

    • If there is no coming-into-force information provided, the part comes into force on royal assent (June 26, 2020).

British Columbia

  • No new updates.

Ontario

  • Ontario provides stable electricity pricing for industrial and commercial companies; province provides predictable electricity rates for two years (News Release).

  • Ontario providing additional support for seniors; provincewide grant program will promote safety, community engagement and financial security (News Release).

  • 34,316 confirmed cases, an increase of 111 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • New guidelines for the arrival of caregivers, carers or visitors to hospitals (News Release).

  • After hearing the public outcry, Quebec's new health minister, Christian Dubé, says the province will resume publishing COVID-19 data every day. As of Monday, the publication of daily reports on the development of COVID-19 will resume (CBC).

  • Ministerial Orders 2020-045 and 2020-047 and Orders in Council 667-2020 and 689-2020 have been added to the June 26 Gazette officielle du Québec, which also includes:

    • O.C. 672-2020 – Certain temporary measures relating to the leasing of low-rental housing (made under An Act respecting the Société d’habitation du Québec).

    • O.C. 685-2020 – Basic prescription drug insurance plan (made under An Act respecting prescription drug insurance).

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the expanded Canada Emergency Business Account will be available through Canada’s big banks starting today (Bloomberg).

  • Prime Minister Trudeau says Canadian companies are now producing so much personal protective equipment needed in the fight against COVID-19 that Canada is almost at the point of being self-sufficient (The Globe and Mail).

U.S. – Federal

  • The CDC has added webpages for bank employers and employees with tips for protecting staff and slowing the spread of COVID-19 (Update).

  • FDA Notice of Availability – Guidance Documents Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

    • The guidances identified in this notice address issues related to the COVID-19 PHE and have been issued in accordance with the process announced in the March 25, 2020, notice.

Alberta

  • Expanding access to COVID-19 testing; Alberta will offer asymptomatic COVID-19 testing at community pharmacies, making it easier for Albertans to access testing and help stop the spread (News Release).

  • Updated COVID-19 guidance issued for:

  • Bill 24, COVID-19 Pandemic Response Statutes Amendment Act, 2020 received third reading yesterday.

  • 7,851 confirmed cases, an increase of 26 since yesterday, including one death.

British Columbia

  • 2,869 confirmed cases, an increase of 20 since yesterday, including two deaths.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

June 25, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • S.O.R./2020-0138 – Regulations Amending the Canada Labour Standards Regulations (COVID-19) (made under the Canada Labour Code).

    • Regulations in order to avoid the termination of employment resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, by giving employers more time to recall employees whose employment would otherwise have been terminated due to the duration of the lay-off.

  • Prime Minister Trudeau today announced the launch of the Canada Student Service Grant, which will support post-secondary students and recent graduates as they volunteer to serve in their communities’ COVID-19 response (News Release).

    • The CSSG will provide these volunteers with a one-time payment of between C$1,000 and C$5,000 based on the number of hours they serve.

  • Government of Canada and provincial partners invest more than C$109-million in COVID-19 research (News Release and Backgrounder).

U.S. – Federal

  • A U.S. government watchdog gave a blunt review of the shortcomings in the government’s response to the pandemic today that included the sending of nearly C$1.4-billion to deceased Americans, and the collection of incomplete and inconsistent virus-testing data (Reuters and GAO Report).

  • CDC updates and expands list of people at risk of severe COVID-19 illness (News Release).

  • The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in consultation with the Food and Drug Administration have released joint coronavirus-related interim guidance for employers and workers performing seafood processing operations in onshore facilities and aboard vessels offshore (News Release).

  • Coronavirus may have infected 10 times more Americans than reported, CDC says (Reuters).

  • Joint Statement from USDA and FDA on Food Export Restrictions Pertaining to COVID-19 (News Release).

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • New safety measures coming for seasonal domestic fruit pickers (News Release).

  • Temporary layoff provisions for workers; employers extended to a maximum of 24 weeks expiring on August 30, 2020 (News Release and Backgrounder).

  • June school restart sets the stage for September (News Release).

  • Starting July 1, residents of British Columbia and Yukon will be allowed to travel back and forth without the need to self-isolate for 14 days (News Release).

Ontario

  • Premier Ford says July 21 seems too early to reopen border with United States (The Globe and Mail).

  • 34,205 confirmed cases, an increase of 189 since yesterday, including 10 deaths.

Quebec

  • The public-health authorities announced the resumption of activities of sectors hat were still confined as of today, with three exceptions – and under certain conditions (News Release).

    • Given the risk they represent of contributing to the spread of the virus, the following sectors or activities remain prohibited:

      • Festivals and major events

      • Regular vacation camps with stay

      • Fighting in a sports context

  • The Autorité des Marchés Financiers today unveils its annual 2020-2021 priority statement in the specific context of the COVID-19 pandemic and its repercussions on the Quebec economy and the service industry (News Release).

  • Quebec will publish its final daily tally of COVID-19 cases Thursday, after which statistics will be published once a week for the foreseeable future, the health ministry said Wednesday. Weekly reports will be issued every Thursday, starting July 2, the ministry said (Montreal Gazette).

  • 55,079 confirmed cases, an increase of 142 since yesterday, including six deaths.
Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Long-awaited details of federal student service grant to be unveiled today; eligible students are to receive grants of C$1,000 to C$5,000 for post-secondary school (CBC).

  • Prime Minister Trudeau expected to speak at 10:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. Northeast governors order quarantine of visitors from coronavirus hot-spot states (Reuters).

Alberta

  • Bill 24, COVID-19 Pandemic Response Statutes Amendment Act, 2020 was referred to the Committee of the Whole yesterday and passed without amendment.

  • 7,825 confirmed cases, an increase of 44 since yesterday.

British Columbia

  • Update on residential tenancy laws: the province is maintaining the moratorium on rent increases and evictions for non-payment of rent. However, other notices to end tenancy may resume effectively immediately (News Release).

    • The Residential Tenancy (COVID-19) Order made by MO 89/2020 is repealed, and the Residential Tenancy (COVID-19) Order No. 2 is made (Ministerial Order No. M195).

  • Bill 19, COVID-19 Related Measures Act received second reading yesterday.

  • 2,849 confirmed cases, an increase of 14 since yesterday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Businesses and services to reopen in Windsor-Essex, with exceptions; Ontario holds back Leamington and Kingsville due to higher rates of COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Ontario is changing its approach in its efforts to contain outbreaks among migrant farm workers, releasing new public-health guidelines aimed at encouraging employers to cooperate with mass testing without fear of losing their workforce to self-isolation (The Globe and Mail).

  • The following orders were added to E-Laws:

    • O.Reg. 303/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Stage 1 Closures.

    • O.Reg. 302/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Stage 2 Closures.

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister of Children and Women's Issues, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • O.C. 639-2020 – Amended College Education Regulations owing to the COVID-19 pandemic (made under the General and Vocational Colleges Act).

June 24, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • No new updates.

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. agency prepares for massive staff cuts in blow to legal immigration system (Reuters).

Alberta

  • Order in Council 190/2020 – Related to amendments to the Employment Pensions Plans Regulation – see "Electronic communications."

British Columbia 

Ontario

  • Declaration of emergency has been extended to July 15, 2020 (News Release).

  • Parts of Windsor-Essex to open with exception of Leamington and Kingsville. Windsor-Essex will move to stage 2 effective 12:01 a.m. on June 25 (News Release.)

    • Three-point plan will be implemented to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on farms and throughout the community:

      • Ongoing and expanded on-site testing.

      • Access to employment benefits and supports.

      • New public health guidance for asymptomatic workers.

  • The following orders were added to E-Laws:

    • O.Reg. 301/20 – General Matters Under the Authority of the Minister (made under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017).

    • O.Reg. 300/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Stage 1 Closures.

    • O.Reg. 299/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Stage 2 Closures.

  • 34,016 confirmed cases, an increase of 163 since yesterday, including 12 deaths.

Quebec 

  • 54,937 confirmed cases, an increase of 53 since yesterday, including 11 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The federal government will go back to using competitive bid processes for some COVID-19 medical supplies (The Globe and Mail).

    • Procurement Minister Anita Anand says the process usually used to award contracts will only apply in situations where there is enough time to run a competition.

  • The following orders were issued:

    • P.C. 2020-469 – Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from United States) to:

      • Support Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country.

      • Extend the effective date of the previous order restricting entry into Canada of foreign nationals arriving from the United States.

    • P.C. 2020-468 Order Amending the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 2, to:

      • Support Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by explicitly permitting the addition of public health conditions for persons entering the country under a national interest exemption.

U.S. – Federal

  • Washington state makes face masks mandatory as some states see new coronavirus surge (Reuters).

  • EU considers blocking travellers, including Americans, due to coronavirus (CTV).

Alberta 

  • Alberta is investing C$10-million into targeted serology testing that will help track the spread of COVID-19 across the province (News Release).

  • The following Bills received second reading yesterday:

    • Bill 22, Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2020

    • Bill 23, Commercial Tenancies Protection Act

    • Bill 24, COVID-19 Pandemic Response Statutes Amendment Act, 2020

  • The Alberta government has quietly halted the closings of 17 provincial parks and recreation sites this year because of COVID-19 (The Globe and Mail).

    • The province had initially planned to fully or partially close 20 provincial parks and hand off another 164 to third-party managers, but officials quietly updated the COVID-19 response page on the Alberta Parks website.

  • 7,781 confirmed cases, an increase of 45 since yesterday.

British Columbia 

  • British Columbia is testing sewage samples for the genetic signature of COVID-19 and hopes to develop a program to monitor wastewater for new outbreaks of the virus ― particularly in smaller communities ― by this fall (The Globe and Mail).

  • 2,835 confirmed cases, an increase of 13 since yesterday, including one death.

Ontario 

  • The Ontario government is paying nursing homes for empty beds while banning new residents from having more than one roommate, leading to concerns that long-term-care waiting lists will grow (The Globe and Mail).

Quebec

June 23, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, announced over C$30-million to support Quebec’s tourism sector. (News Release)

  • Minister Joly also announced C$16-million in federal investments to support the tourism industry across Atlantic Canada. The funding will be delivered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. (News Release)

  • The Parliamentary Budget Office released a report that says extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit for another eight weeks will cost C$17.9-billion. (The Globe and Mail)

  • Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux said he’s concerned many CERB recipients are likely unaware they will be required to pay tax on the benefits.

U.S. – Federal

  • Federal and state regulatory agencies issue examiner guidance for assessing safety and soundness considering the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on financial institutions. (News Release)

Alberta

  • Environmental reporting temporarily paused by government during the provincial public health emergency will resume on July 15, four weeks earlier than planned. (News Release)

British Columbia

  • No new updates.

Ontario

  • 33,853 confirmed cases, an increase of 216 since yesterday, including 10 deaths. 

Quebec

  • 54,884 confirmed cases, an increase of 49 since yesterday, including five deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada temporarily extends time periods given to employers to recall employees laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (News Release and Backgrounder)

    • Applies to employers in the federally regulated private sector.

  • Ottawa vows crackdown on employers violating health protection rules for migrant farm workers. (The Globe and Mail)

    • Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough said in a letter to Mexican government officials that Canada will apply “strict sanctions” to employers in the agri-food sector and is considering additional steps to ensure workers health and safety, including outreach and inspections.

  • The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety 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.

  • Prime Minister Trudeau will not be speaking today.

U.S. – Federal

  • Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak and White House Fact Sheet.

Alberta 

  • Labour disputes holding back wage top-ups for health-care workers. (CBC)

  • 7,736 confirmed cases, an increase of 32 since yesterday, including one death.

British Columbia 

  • Order of the Provincial Health Officer regarding Food Service Establishments and Liquor Services (under the Public Health Act).

    • Amends the previous order to provide greater clarity around the size of barriers and require collection of contact information when events are held on the premises. (News Release)

  • Long-term care home visits may be possible in next few weeks, provincial health officer says. (CBC)

  • 2,822 confirmed cases, an increase of 32 since Friday, including one death.

Ontario 

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • No new updates.

June 22, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • No new updates.

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump will sign an executive order temporarily suspending work visas and barring hundreds of thousands of foreigners from coming to work in the United States. (New York Times)

  • President Trump said on Monday that he supported a second round of financial aid to mitigate the effect of shutdowns to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus and that a bipartisan stimulus package would probably be introduced in the next couple of weeks. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Alberta is pausing the distribution of free non-medical masks until July. More than 14 million masks were distributed through drive-thrus, and an additional six million were shared directly with municipalities, seniors organizations, Indigenous partners, places of worship and others. Another 20 million masks will be distributed in July. (News Release)

British Columbia

  • British Columbia introduced Bill 19, COVID-19 Related Measures Act, which will allow for the provisions created for citizens and businesses in response to the pandemic to be formalized and unwound as appropriate after the provincial state of emergency ends. (News Release)

    • Bill 19 also allows for the creation of regulations that provide protections from civil liability.

  • British Columbia also introduced Bill 21, Wills, Estates and Succession Amendment Act, 2020, to enable courts to accept electronic wills and to permit the remote witnessing of wills. With these amendments, the emergency order allowing remote witnessing of wills will not be needed going forward. (News Release)

  • British Columbia is extending interim measures, including a new round of funding and supports for children with special needs and youth aging out of care, to help children, youth and families through the ongoing pandemic. (News Release)

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford announced that the City of Toronto and Peel Region will enter Stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan on Wednesday, June 24, at 12:01 a.m. Windsor-Essex will remain in Stage 1 due to outbreaks among agri-food workers. (News Release)

  • 33,637 confirmed cases, an increase of 161 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec announced financial support of C$900,000 for the Family-Work Reconciliation Recognition Program implemented by the Réseau pour un Québec Famille. This new program, aimed at employers, aims to recognize the quality of their organizational practices in terms of family-work balance and promote them by displaying a distinctive seal. (News Release)

  • Danielle McCann has been replaced as Health Minister by Christian Dubé. (CBC)

  • 54,835 confirmed cases, an increase of 69 since yesterday, and no deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • New hazard allowance for Canadian Armed Forces members deployed on  COVID-19 frontlines (News Release).

  • Prime Minister Trudeau expected to speak at 11 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • The Securities and Exchange Commission extends relief for virtual meetings of fund boards to December 31, 2020 (News Release).

  • White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Sunday that the Trump administration is preparing for the possibility that a second wave of COVID-19 could hit the United States in the fall (CNN).

Alberta 

  • Premier Jason Kenney will not make wearing masks mandatory; instead, the province has issued a “very strong recommendation” that people wear masks (The Globe and Mail).

  • 7,704 confirmed cases, an increase of 125 si