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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.

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 13, 2020
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 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 since Friday.

British Columbia

  • The province extends deferral of electricity costs for industries impacted by COVID-19 for three months (News Release).

  • O.I.C. 319/2020, amending the Direction to the British Columbia Utilities Commission Respecting COVID-19 Relief (under the Utilities Commission Act).

  • British Columbia’s legislature returns today for a summer sitting with only 24 members present in the chamber (The Globe and Mail).

  • 2,790 confirmed cases, an increase of seven since Friday, and no deaths.

Ontario 

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance; and Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

  • 33,476 confirmed cases, an increase of 381 since Friday, including 42 deaths.

Quebec

  • M.O. 2020-047 under the Public Health Act lifting suspensions related to outdoor, recreational or sports activities, day camps, places of public worship, restaurants and food courts in Montréal, Joliette, and L’Épiphanie, and gatherings in private residences.

  • Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity Jean Boulet announces C$175,000 for a study on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on community organizations (News Release).

  • Danielle McCann is expected to be replaced by Christian Dubé as health minister later today (CBC).

  • 54,766 confirmed cases, an increase of 216 since Friday, including 24 deaths.

June 19, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Chief Justice of Canada Richard Wagner said national guidelines would be released in the next few days on when jury trials and full court operations might resume, including how trials might be conducted during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (Canadian Lawyer)
  • The following Notices and Orders are published in the June 20, 2020 Canada Gazette¸ Part I:
    • Ministerial Instructions with respect to the processing of certain new and existing applications for temporary residence to further support Government-wide measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act)
    • P.C. 2020-441, Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country other than the United States) (under the Quarantine Act)
U.S. Federal
  • No new updates.
Alberta
  • No new updates.
British Columbia
  • British Columbia is extending the temporary rental supplement until the end of August 2020, and will also maintain the moratorium on rent increases and evictions for non-payment of rent, while enabling other notices to end tenancy to resume. (News Release)
  • British Columbia will transition its COVID-19 border screening to the federal government beginning June 20, 2020. (News Release)
  • M.O. 193/2020, Correctional Centre Measures (COVID-19) Order (under the Emergency Program Act).
Ontario
  • Ontario released its plan for the reopening of schools in September. (News Release)
    • School boards are to present plans for three scenarios to the Ministry by August 4, 2020: normal school routines with enhanced health and safety protocols, remote learning, or a combination with students attending in-person on alternating days/weeks with a maximum 15 students per class.
    • Education Minister Stephen Lecce expects most students will begin in September with the combined approach (alternating days/weeks), with decisions on moving forward being made by each region after September.
    • Parents will not be required to send their children to school; school boards are to prepare remote learning for students who remain at home.
  • Ontario is providing up to C$10-million to Indigenous-owned small and medium-sized businesses. Loans of up to C$50,000 will be available to businesses that are either ineligible for, or unable to access, existing federal and provincial COVID-19 response initiatives for small businesses. (News Release)
  • 33,095 confirmed cases, an increase of 178 since yesterday, 11 deaths.
Quebec
  • Minister of Finance Eric Girard presented an update on Quebec’s economic and financial situation. The government is projecting a record C$14.9-billion deficit for the fiscal year. (News Release)
  • COVID-19 Pandemic - Deconfinement of several living, accommodation and rehabilitation environments for seniors and clienteles with specific needs. (News Release)
  • 54,550 confirmed cases, an increase of 167 since yesterday, 5 deaths.


Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced on Twitter last night that the expansion of the Canada Emergency Business Account to include small owner-operated businesses will not launch today as scheduled. (CTV)

  • Ottawa plans to overhaul the country’s temporary foreign worker program, including more surprise inspections of working and living conditions at farms that employ migrant workers. (Globe and Mail)

  • Health minister Patty Hajdu declared COVID-19 in Canada’s agricultural sector a crisis during a private meeting with local officials. (CBC)

  • Prime Minister Trudeau will hold a media availability at approximately 10:30 a.m. EDT.

 
U.S. Federal

  • The U.S. Department of Labour’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued guidance to assist employers reopening non-essential businesses and their employees returning to work during the evolving coronavirus pandemic. (News Release)

Alberta

  • 7,579 confirmed cases, an increase of 49 since yesterday, 1 death.

British Columbia

  • 2,783 confirmed cases, an increase of 8 since yesterday, no deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce is set to outline the province's plan for students' return to school in September today. (CBC)

  • Ontario is investing C$736-million more in public education for the 2020-21 school year, increasing the total to more than C$25.5-billion. (News Release)

  • 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

  • Department of Health and Social Services announces the plan to deconfinate residential and long-term care centers. (News Release)

  • Minister of Finance Eric Girard will hold a press conference today on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Quebec’s economy and public finances. (News Release)

June 18, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced a new mobile app to help notify Canadians of COVID-19 exposure. (News Release)
  • App was developed by the Canadian Digital Service, Ontario Digital Service, volunteers from Shopify and Blackberry.
  • App is voluntary and will not disclose identity of users. It will be available for all Canadians to download in the coming weeks and Ontario will be the first to use it.
  • Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault announced new measures to assist the museum sector as well as the first component of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations. (News Release)
U.S. Federal
  • No new updates.
Alberta
  • Bill 24, COVID-19 Pandemic Response Statutes Amendment Act, 2020 was introduced this afternoon. (News Release)
    • Bill proposes amendments to several Acts as a result of the state of emergency being lifted.
  • Alberta is providing support to assist overnight camps for children and youth so they can be ready to open in 2021. (News Release)
  • The following provincial sites will reopen on June 20, 2020: Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, Oil Sands Discovery Centre, Remington Carriage Museum, Reynolds-Alberta Museum, Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. The Provincial Archives of Alberta will reopen on June 23, 2020. (News Release)
  • Alta. Reg. 95/2020, Employment Standards (COVID-19 Leave) Amendment Regulation.
British Columbia
  • O.I.C. 318/2020, amending the Employment and Assistance Regulation and the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Regulation.
  • Peace Arch Provincial Park is closed until further notice due to a significant increase in the number of park visitors from both sides of the border. (News Release
Ontario
  • Ontario is enhancing its case and contact management to quickly test, trace, and isolate cases of COVID-19, including, in partnership with the federal government, a new made-in-Ontario national app called COVID Alert. (News Release)
  • Bill 192, Protecting Small Business Act, 2020 received Royal Assent (S.O. 2020, c. 10).
  • Ontario makes major investment in mental health and technology to support students. (News Release)
  • Ontario’s driver testing services provider, DriveTest, will begin offering limited services across the province beginning Monday, June 22, 2020, with the expectation of restoring full services by September. (News Release)
  • 32,917 confirmed cases, an increase of 173 since yesterday, 3 deaths.
Quebec
  • As of June 22, 2020, daycares outside Montréal, Joliette, and L'Épiphanie will be permitted to move back to full capacity, and distancing restrictions between children and between children and their educator will be abolished. (News Release)
  • Quebec is authorizing visitors to CHSLD residences with no cases of COVID-19. The directive from the Ministry was sent Thursday to the directors of all of Quebec’s regional health agencies. (Montreal Gazette)
  • M.O. 2020-45, Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation (under the Public Health Act)
  • The following Regulations and Orders were published in the June 18, 2020, Gazette officielle du Québec:
    • O.C. 638-2020, Regulation to amend the Amended basic school regulation for preschool, elementary and secondary education for the 2019-2020 school year
    • O.C. 649-2020, Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting the application of the Act to promote access to justice through the establishment of the Service administrative de rajustement des pensions alimentaires pour enfants
    • O.C. 630-2020, Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act
    • O.C. 651-2020, Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation
    • M.O. 2020-44, Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation
  • 54,383 confirmed cases, an increase of 120 since yesterday, 11 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Canada signed an agreement with Montréal-based Galenvs to produce silica beads used for COVID-19 testing. (Statement)

  • Health Canada certified ventilators produced by two Canadian groups, CAE and the Ventilators for Canadians consortium, who will now be able to increase their production to manufacture the 20,000 ventilators ordered. (Statement)

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to give an update this morning on a COVID-19 contact tracing app. (CBC)

  • The parliamentary budget officer says in a new report that this year's federal deficit could hit C$256-billion due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (CBC)

  • Export Development Canada predicts 20 per cent drop in exports this year before rebounding in 2021. (CTV)

  • Prime Minister Trudeau expected to speak at 11 a.m. EDT.

U.S. Federal

  • U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States would not close businesses again as several states reported rising numbers of new coronavirus infections. (Globe and Mail)

  • Equal Employment Opportunities Commission issued updated COVID-19 technical assistance publication addressing antibody testing (News Release)

    • Guidance now states that employers cannot require employees to undergo antibody testing before allowing them to re-enter the workplace.

Alberta

  • 7,530 confirmed cases, an increase of 48 since yesterday, no deaths.

British Columbia

  • British Columbia could ease more COVID-19 restrictions next week. (Globe and Mail)

    • ​Premier John Horgan said he is waiting for modelling numbers next week before announcing whether the province is ready to move to the next phase of its restart plan.  

  • M.O. M192/20, Local Government Meetings and Bylaw Process (COVID-19) Order No. 3.

  • 2,775 confirmed cases, an increase of 19 since yesterday, no deaths.

Ontario

  • Bill 192, Protecting Small Business Act, 2020, passed in the Legislature yesterday. The bill is now waiting for Royal Assent. (News Release)

    • Temporarily halts or reverses evictions of commercial tenants and protects them from being locked out or having their assets seized during COVID-19.

    • Applies to businesses that are eligible for federal/provincial rent assistance for evictions from May 1, 2020, until August 31, 2020.

  • Ontario looking at ‘good faith’ immunity from COVID-19 lawsuits. (Globe and Mail)

  • Ontario pivots on testing strategy for migrant workers to contain COVID-19 outbreaks. (Globe and Mail)

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. EDT.

Quebec

  • The public health emergency declaration has been renewed until June 23, 2020. (O.I.C. 630/2020)

  • Order lifting various suspensions applicable to certain educational institutions and performance venues. (O.I.C. 651/2020)  

  • The Quebec government announces C$400-million in emergency assistance for public transit. (News Release)

  • Minister Delegate for Transport and Minister responsible for the Metropolis and the Montréal region Chantal Rouleau announces more than half a million dollars in financial assistance to support community awareness and prevention efforts in the context of the pandemic. (News Release)

June 17, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Finance Minister Bill Morneau will present an Economic and Fiscal Snapshot on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (News Release)
  • The snapshot will provide information on the current state of the economy and the Government of Canada’s response to support Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Canadian Fish and Seafood Opportunities Fund was reopened today to support the industry in accessing new consumer markets. (News Release)
  • Applications for the Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund will be accepted as of June 22, 2020. (News Release)
  • The C$62.5-million initiative was announced on April 25, 2020, to help fish and seafood processors in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Western Canada adapt to the challenges of COVID-19, such as market instability and compliance with new safety guidelines, and to effectively deal with inventory.
  • Parks Canada will begin to offer some camping services at select national parks and historic sites across the country beginning June 22, 2020. (News Release)
  • Canada is buying 140,000 blood test kits from Abbott Laboratories to begin immunity testing of COVID-19 (CTV)
U.S. Federal
  • No new updates.
Alberta
  • No new updates.
British Columbia
  • British Columbians are invited to provide feedback on the province’s economic recovery. (News Release)  
Ontario
  • Bill 192, Protecting Small Business Act, 2020, received first reading today. The Bill amends the Commercial Tenancies Act to prohibit certain actions by landlords if the landlord is or would be eligible to receive assistance from the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for small businesses program; however, the rules cease to apply if the landlord is approved to receive the assistance.
  • Canada and Ontario are investing up to C$10-million in emergency assistance for beef and hog farmers. (News Release)
  • The funding will help cover the increased costs of feeding market ready cattle and hogs due to COVID-19 related processing delays, while redirecting surplus pork products to help those in need.
  • Ontario is working to expand made-in-Ontario options at the LCBO, including increased marketing, converting available shelf space to profile Ontario products, and making more products available for sale, including bag-in-box wine and those made in the province. The supports are effective June 21 until October 2020. (News Release)
  • 32,744 confirmed cases, an increase of 190 since yesterday, 12 deaths.
Quebec
  • Chief Coroner Pascale Descary has ordered a large public inquiry into COVID-19 deaths in long-term care homes. (News Release)
  • Indoor sports facilities, as well as public and private beaches, may open as of June 22, 2020. Team sports may also resume on June 22, 2020. (News Release)
  • 54,263 confirmed cases, an increase of 117 since yesterday, 9 deaths. 

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau expected to speak at 11 a.m. EDT.
U.S. Federal
  • No new updates.
Alberta
  • Bill 23, the Commercial Tenancies Protection Act, was introduced yesterday. The bill would protect eligible commercial tenants from having their leases terminated due to non-payment of rent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. (News Release)
  • 7,482 confirmed cases, an increase of 35 since yesterday, no deaths.
British Columbia
  • 2,756 confirmed cases, an increase of 10 since yesterday, no deaths.
Ontario
  • All emergency orders currently in force under s. 7.0.2(4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act have been extended to June 30, 2020. (News Release)
  • The following regulations were added to e-Laws this morning:
    • O. Reg. 279/20, amending the Order under subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – Stage 2 Closures (under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act).
    • O. Reg. 280/20, amending the Order under subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – Stage 1 Closures (under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act).
    • O. Reg. 281/20, amending the Order made under the Act – Extensions and Renewals of Orders (under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act).
  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott to hold a media availability at 1 p.m. EDT.
Quebec
  • No new updates.
June 16, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced the extension of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit by eight weeks to October 3, 2020, making the benefit available to eligible workers for a total of 24 weeks. (News Release)
  • Changes will be made to the CERB attestation to encourage recipients to find employment.
  • Over the next few weeks, the Government will monitor international best practices, the economy, and the progression of the virus and, if needed, make necessary changes to the program.
  • Canada-U.S. border to remain closed to non-essential travel until July 21. (CBC)
U.S. Federal
  • U.S. narrowing support to seven COVID-19 vaccine candidates, expects them to be free for many. (Reuters)
Alberta
  • No new updates.
British Columbia
  • B.C. has approved a temporary wholesale pricing model that will allow liquor licensees to purchase beer, wine, and spirits at reduced cost. It will be in place from the end of July 2020 to March 31, 2021, when the program will be reviewed. (News Release)
Ontario
  • A new general workplace guide and downloadable toolkit is available to help employers develop their own workplace safety plans to protect workers, customers, and clients.  (News Release and Guide)
  • Ontario will not make it mandatory to wear masks or face coverings. (CTV)
  • The following regulation was added to e-Laws: O. Reg. 278/20, amending the Special Rules Relating to Declared Emergency Regulation under the Planning Act.
  • 32,554 confirmed cases, an increase of 184 since yesterday, 11 deaths.
Quebec
  • Minister of Education and Higher Education, Jean-François Roberge announced that all preschool, elementary and secondary students will return to class next September. Students will be divided into groups of no more than six students, with physical distancing requirements between groups, and between groups and teachers. (News Release)
  • CEGEP and University Students will have a hybrid of classroom and distance learning. (News Release)
  • 54,146 confirmed cases, an increase of 92 since yesterday, 21 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau is expected to announce today that the Canada Emergency Response Benefit program will be extended until the end of the summer. (CTV)
  • Government of Canada implements surplus food rescue program to help alleviate food concerns of vulnerable Canadians. (News Release)
  • Prime Minister Trudeau expected to speak at 11 a.m. EDT.
U.S. Federal
  • U.S. airlines threaten to ban passengers who refuse to wear face masks. (Business Standard)
  • Senator Ed Markey, who has been vocal along with about a dozen other Democratic senators on airline issues during the pandemic, praised the tougher enforcement policies, adding "but we still need federal action immediately."
Alberta
  • Alberta lifts state of emergency as COVID-19 cases continue to flatten. (Globe and Mail)
  • 7,453 confirmed cases, an increase of 20 since yesterday, 1 death.
British Columbia
  • Temporary emergency funding for licensed child care centres is being extended until August 31, 2020. (News Release)
  • 2,745 confirmed cases, an increase of 36 since Friday, 0 deaths.
Ontario
  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott and Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton to make an announcement at 12:30 p.m. EDT.
Quebec
  • Performance halls, theaters and cinemas will be allowed to reopen effective June 22, 2020. (News Release)
  • CNESST has prepared a toolkit to support the sector as it reopens. (News Release)
  • Education Minister Jean-François Roberge will announce plans for the upcoming school year this morning. (CBC)
June 15, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will be extended; details will be released this week. (CBC)

  • More small businesses can access the Canada Emergency Business Account beginning June 19, 2020. (News Release)

  • Minister Ng concludes successful Canada-led Ottawa Group meeting on World Trade Organization reform and COVID-19. (News Release)

  • The Canadian Armed Forces will provide airlift support to transport urgently needed medical and humanitarian supplies to vulnerable countries. (News Release)

U.S. Federal

  • The Food and Drug Administration revoked its emergency use authorization for malaria drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to treat COVID-19. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • No new updates.

Ontario

  • Reopening update:

    • Effective June 19, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. EDT, the following regions will move to Stage 2:

      • Durham Region Health Department

      • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit

      • Halton Region Health Department

      • Hamilton Public Health Services

      • Lambton Health Unit

      • Niagara Region Public Health Department

      • York Region Public Health Services

    • Toronto, Peel, and Windsor-Essex remain in Stage 1. (News Release)

  • Ontario Helps Local Business Test and Certify Medical-Grade PPE (News Release)

    • C$526,200 from the Ontario Together Fund provided to CSA Group Testing & Certification Inc. to increase capacity for testing and certifying PPE

  • Ontario expanding data collection to help stop spread of COVID-19 (News Release and Proposed Regulation)

  • The following Orders / Regulations were added to e-Laws:

    • O. Reg. 276/20, amending the Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – Organized Public Events, Certain Gatherings (under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act)

    • O. Reg. 277/20, revoking O. Reg. 115/20, Temporary Exemptions Related To Declared Emergency (under the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993)

  • 32,370 confirmed cases, an increase of 181 since yesterday, eight deaths.

Quebec

  • Relaxation of the instructions surrounding gatherings in public places and physical distancing (News Release)

    • Beginning June 15, indoor gatherings of up to 50 people will be permitted. In locations where people are seated, such as classrooms and theatres, a physical distance of 1.5 metres will be required. Children 16 and under may be 1 metre from each other. In all other cases, a distance of 2 metres is required.

  • 54,054 confirmed cases, an increase of 102 since yesterday, 11 deaths.

 

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to speak about the emergency loan program available to businesses, and update on the status of the promised program to address the food surplus farmers are experiencing due to the pandemic today (CTV).
  • Prime Minister Trudeau is expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. EDT.

U.S. Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • 7,433 confirmed cases, an increase of 117 since Friday, one death.

British Columbia

  • 2,709 confirmed cases, an increase of 16 since Friday, one death.

Ontario

  • Ontario eases restrictions on wedding and funeral ceremonies; attendees will still be required to practice physical distancing (News Release).

    • The government is extending the number of people allowed to attend an indoor wedding or funeral ceremony to a maximum of 30 per cent capacity of the ceremony venue.  Wedding and funeral ceremonies taking place outdoors will be limited to 50 attendees. The changes came into effect on Friday, June 12, 2020, at 12:01 a.m EDT.

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott, Minister of Finance Rod Phillips, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Vic Fedeli and, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries Lisa MacLeod to make an announcement at 1 p.m. EDT.

  • 32,189 confirmed cases, an increase of 463 since Friday, 21 deaths.

Quebec

  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Quebec Ms. Sonia LeBel launched the Quebec Digital Judicial Registry, intended for the activities of the Court of Quebec and the Superior Court (News Release).

  • The Government of Quebec announces the resumption of high-level sport activities and racetracks (News Release).

  • 53,952 confirmed cases, an increase of 286 since Friday, 74 deaths.

June 12, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

  • The following orders/notices were published in the June 13 Canada Gazette, Part I:

    • Notice of intent to consult on Health Canada’s proposal to provide the cannabis industry with financial relief amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

      • As a result of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the cannabis industry, Health Canada is considering the making of an order to potentially defer the 2020–2021 payment due date. The potential deferral would apply to the annual fee for cannabis licence holders in their first or subsequent fiscal years (those issued a licence prior to April 1, 2020).

    • Various Interim Orders to Prevent Certain Persons from Boarding Flights in Canada due to COVID-19 (made under the Aeronautics Act). Related to health checks, exceptions, passenger screenings, etc.

    • Interim Order Restricting Pleasure Craft Navigation Due to COVID-19.

  • Supporting Canada’s food processing and production sectors (News Release and Backgrounder). The Emergency Processing Fund will offer:

    • Emergency COVID Response – Funding to help companies implement changes to safeguard the health and safety of workers, their families and communities.

    • Strategic Investments – Funding to help companies improve, automate and modernize facilities to increase Canada’s food supply capacity.

  • Eligible applicants include for-profit organizations, cooperatives and indigenous groups. Activities can be retroactive to March 15, 2020, and must be completed by September 30, 2020.

  • Temperature screening to be required for travellers at Canadian airports (News Release and Backgrounder).

    • Temperature screening will be introduced through a phased approach. The first three phases are aimed at arriving international travellers and departures from Canadian airports that serve the vast majority of air travellers in Canada.

  • Travel advisory – COVID-19 border measures for Campobello Island (News Release).

  • The government has extended the deployment of military personnel inside seniors’ homes as a further push to keep up COVID-19 containment efforts (CTV).

U.S. – Federal 

  • The federal government announced nearly 100-million cloth facial coverings will be sent to the aviation, transit and passenger rail transportation sectors for passenger use. Approximately 86.8-million coverings will be distributed to airports, and 9.6-million coverings will be distributed to 458 transit agencies and Amtrak for passenger use (News Release).

  • CDC guidance on Gatherings and Community Events and Deciding to Go Out.

  • White House eyes travel from Mexico, not states reopening, as source of new coronavirus spike (The Globe and Mail).

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • More support for Northern, Lower Mainland, Island and Interior arts and culture during COVID-19.

  • Better access to gaming grants help communities during pandemic (News Release).

    • The province is making changes to the Community Gaming Grants (CGG) program to make it easier for non-profit organizations to adapt and continue to provide vital services to British Columbians.

Ontario

  • Ontario protecting agri-food workers during COVID-19; government investing C$15-million into health and safety measures for farm operations (News Release).

    • The Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program provides cost-share funding for farmers to purchase personal protective equipment and implement workplace modifications and other measures.

  • The following orders/regulations were added to E-Laws:

    • O.Reg. 275/20 – Compliance with Manager’s Protocol Respecting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) (made under the Ontario Food Terminal Act).

    • O.Reg. 274/20 Records of Site Condition – Part XV.1 of the Act (made under the Environmental Protection Act).

    • O.Reg. 273/20 Registrations Under Part II.2 of the Act – Waste Management Systems (made under the Environmental Protection Act).

    • O.Reg. 272/20 General – Waste Management (made under the Environmental Protection Act).

    • O.Reg. 271/20 Records of Site Condition – Part XV.1 of the Act (made under the Environmental Protection Act).

    • O.Reg. 270/20 On-Site and Excess Soil Management (made under the Environmental Protection Act).

    • O.Reg. 269/20 Manager’s Protocol Respecting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) (made under the Ontario Food Terminal Act).

  • Ontarians encouraged to establish social circles; creating a close group of up to 10 people will help reduce social isolation (News Release).

    • The province has developed a practical step-by-step guide to help Ontarians as they safely develop and join a social circle.

  • Ontario supports children and youth during COVID-19; additional funding will provide food and snacks while schools are closed (News Release).

  • 31,726 confirmed cases, an increase of 182 since yesterday, including 11 deaths.

Quebec

  • Report from the Committee on Public Finance Special consultations on Bill 61, An Act to restart Québec’s economy and to mitigate the consequences of the public health emergency declared on 13 March 2020 because of the COVID-19 was tabled.

  • 53,666 confirmed cases, an increase of 181 since yesterday, including 21 deaths.

Last updatead at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau speaks with premiers on continued efforts to address the impacts of COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • 7,316 confirmed cases, an increase of 40 since yesterday.

British Columbia 

  • Minister’s statement on food service establishments and liquor services (provincial health officer’s order for owners and operators of premises, including licensed premises in which food or drink is served).

  • 2,694 confirmed cases, an increase of 14 since yesterday,

Ontario

  • The following orders/regulations were added to E-Laws:

    • O.Reg. 265/20 – Emergency Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Closure of Outdoor Recreational Amenities.

    • O.Reg. 264/20 – Order Made Under the Act – Extensions and Renewals of Orders.

    • O.Reg. 263/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act - Stage 2 Closures.

    • O.Reg. 262/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act - Closure of Places of Non-Essential Businesses.

    • O.Reg. 261/20 – General (made under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014).

  • Ontario lifting 30-day supply limit on prescriptions – effective June 15, 2020, program recipients can return to filling up to 100-day supply at a time from their pharmacy or dispensing physician, when appropriate (News Release).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • No new updates.

June 11, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal 

  • Prime Minister Trudeau rejected Conservative calls for a return to normal House of Commons sittings Thursday (The Globe and Mail).

  • The Government of Canada announces additional support for Indigenous businesses and the Indigenous tourism industry (News Release).

U.S. Federal

  • Alarming rise in U.S. coronavirus cases as states roll back lockdowns (The Globe and Mail). Cases are rising in nearly half the states, according to an Associated Press analysis.

Alberta

  • Bill 22, Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2020 was tabled this afternoon.

    • The bill proposes 14 legislative changes across six different ministries. Several of these changes work to promote job creation and support economic growth by removing unnecessary burdens imposed on Albertans and businesses. The remaining changes focus on expediting government approvals, enhancing government transparency, eliminating outdated requirements and reducing the administrative burden on municipalities (News Release).

  • Highlights of the bill include:

    • Making it easier and more affordable for non-profits to operate in Alberta.

    • Improving the efficiency of changes to surface rights agreements.

    • Reducing trade barriers for grazing leases.

    • Eliminating unnecessary delays in the oil sands approval process.

    • Providing more effective and timely online access to statistical government information and reports.

    • Infrastructure and Communities Minister Catherine McKenna announced that Alberta has received C$244-million through the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) for the 2020–21 fiscal year to fund its most pressing infrastructure needs (News Release and Backgrounder).

British Columbia

  • Infrastructure and Communities Minister Catherine McKenna announced that British Columbia has received C$280.4-million through the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) for the 2020–21 fiscal year to fund its most pressing infrastructure needs (News Release and Backgrounder).

Ontario 

  • The Ontario government is giving the legal community 10 days to say why civil juries should be allowed to exist (The Globe and Mail).

    • In a letter dated June 5, Attorney-General Doug Downey makes two arguments for eliminating most or all civil-jury trials from the province: that the justice system’s needs have changed during the COVID-19 outbreak and that Ontario is "one of the last Canadian jurisdictions” to maintain a right to a jury trial for most civil matters.

  • Toronto plans to make face masks mandatory on public transit (The Globe and Mail and TTC News Release).

    • Mayor John Tory announced today the proposed measure, which must be debated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) board at its meeting next week. If approved, it would take effect July 2 and one-million masks would be distributed.

  • Ontario to resume family visits in long-term care homes, retirement homes and other residential care settings; strict health and safety guidelines will be required to protect residents, visitors and staff (News Release).

  • Ontario and Canada helping small businesses go digital (News Release).

    • Through the C$57-million contribution to the Digital Main Street platform, businesses will be able to take advantage of three new programs to support their digital transformation.

    • In addition, the Recovery Activation Program, operated through the Toronto Region Board of Trade, will help businesses grow and digitize their operations with custom consulting sessions, online resource sharing, learning webcasts and business planning. As a result of the investment announced today, the program will be offered province-wide and at no cost to businesses. 

  • Infrastructure and Communities Minister Catherine McKenna announced that Ontario has received more than C$816-million through the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) for the 2020–21 fiscal year to fund its most pressing infrastructure needs (News Release and Backgrounder).

  • 31,544 confirmed cases, an increase of 203 since yesterday, including 12 deaths.

Quebec

  • The Minister of Tourism announced a second phase of resumption of tourism activities in all regions of Quebec (News Release).

    • As of June 19, 2020, Quebecers will be able to visit:

      • Zoos

      • The gardens

      • Processing artisans and agro-tourism farms

      • Places of reception and tourist information

    • In addition, maritime excursions can resume their activities from July 1, 2020.

  • The Minister of Tourism, the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Economy and Innovation unveil the Tourism Recovery Plan, representing nearly C$75- million to help the tourism sector get through the crisis and prepare for the revival of its activities (News Release).

    • The plan acts on several fronts at once to:

      • Support companies during the crisis

      • Support the development of supply and stimulate demand

      • Generate economic spinoffs in all regions of Quebec

  • Bill 61, An Act to restart Québec’s economy and to mitigate the consequences of the public health emergency declared on 13 March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic has been referred to the Committee on Public Finance: Special consultations and public hearings on Bill 61.

  • Ministerial Orders 2020-042 to 2020-043 and Orders in Council 593-2020 and 615-2020 have now been added to the June 11 Gazette Officielle du Québec.

  • Infrastructure and Communities Minister Catherine McKenna announced that Quebec has received C$495.7 million through the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) for the 2020–21 fiscal year to fund its most pressing infrastructure needs (News Release and Backgrounder).

  • 53,485 confirmed cases, an increase of 144 since yesterday, including 10 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • FedDev Ontario and partners to assist nearly 23,000 Ontario businesses in embracing online commerce (News Release and Backgrounder).

    • The Government of Canada invests C$50-million towards helping businesses across the region adopt digital technologies to recover from the pandemic.

U.S. – Federal 

  • The White House wants a plan in place by September 1 for airlines to collect contact-tracing information from U.S.-bound international passengers (Reuters).

Alberta 

  • A comprehensive re-entry plan for the upcoming school year allows schools and parents to prepare for learning (News Release).

    • The plan offers guidance on a wide range of operational issues, including hygiene and health requirements, student learning, transportation and diploma exams.

  • 7,276 confirmed cases, an increase of 47 since yesterday. 

British Columbia

  • Province takes action to support return to sport (News Release and Ministerial Order No. M183 – Protection Against Liability for Sports (COVID-19)).

    • The ministerial order protects amateur sport organizations and their representatives from damages resulting, directly or indirectly, from COVID-19 for amateur sports.

  • 2,680 confirmed cases, an increase of 12 since yesterday.

Ontario 

  • Ontario introduces public transit safety guidance; measures designed to keep passengers and employees safe as more people go back to work during COVID-19 (News Release).

    • The guidance document provides transit agencies with best practices and tips to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care; and Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • The Government of Quebec announces that there will be resumption of training activities leading to a qualification as of June 15. This includes training to exercise a particular function, such as courses offered by driving schools and training courses offered at the École nationale de police du Québec (ENPQ) (News release).

  • The following orders were issued:

June 10, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Bill C-17, An Act respecting additional COVID-19 measures was tabled in the House this afternoon.

    • Proposed amendments to the Income Tax Act, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit Act and the Children’s Special Allowances Act.

    • Part 2 enacts the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19).

  • The federal government is working on a special program that would grant permanent residency to asylum seekers who have worked in health-care roles during the COVID-19 pandemic (CBC).

  • Wednesday’s emergency sitting of the House of Commons came to an abrupt halt within minutes after the government couldn’t secure the opposition support it needed to move forward on the debate on its latest emergency piece of COVID-19 legislation (CTV).

  • Minister Ng announces government partnership with the private-sector campaign to help businesses reopen safely amid COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Health Canada is recalling five types of hand sanitizers sold in Canadian stores that are made with industrial-grade ethanol (CTV).

U.S. – Federal 

  • No new updates.

Alberta 

  • Alberta is relaxing the 30-day limit for prescription drugs. As of June 15, pharmacists in the province can begin to give out larger quantities again, up to a 100-day supply (News Release).

British Columbia 

Ontario 

  • Ontario unveils a plan to reopen post-secondary education (News Release).

    • Starting in July 2020, limited in-person education and training may restart for students who were not able to graduate due to COVID-19 closures.

  • More facilities and services will be available at provincial parks in certain regions beginning on June 12, 2020 (News Release).

    • June 12, beaches at Ontario Parks will begin opening to the public.

    • June 15, campers enrolled in this year's Ontario Parks' Seasonal Campsite Program will now have access to their campsites at the majority of participating provincial parks.

    • June 22, all other campgrounds in regions entering Stage 2 will gradually open at provincial parks, along with washrooms, water taps and trailer sanitation stations.

    • Roofed accommodations (e.g., yurts, cabins and lodges, where available), park store and rental operations, visitor centres, and sports fields will be phased in over the next several weeks. 

  • 31,341 confirmed cases, an increase of 251 since yesterday, ncluding 11 deaths.

Quebec

  • 53, 341 confirmed cases, an increase of 156 since yesterday, including 25 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Parliamentary Budget Officer will be reporting on the cost of the revamped CERB as MPs meet to debate changes later today (CTV).

  • Canada and the U.S. are set to extend the border closure to late July, sources say (The Globe and Mail).

  • Minister Fortier highlights Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan at the OECD roundtable (News Release).

  • Canada Economic Development for Quebec regions: The following information complements the news release on the distribution of CED financial support to the province’s 67 SADCs and CAEs (Backgrounder).

  • The following orders/regulations have now been added to the June 10 Canada Gazette, Part II:

    • S.O.R./2020-125 – Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations Application Exemption Order (made under the Canada Transportation Act).

    • S.O.R./2020-11Regulations Amending the Employment Insurance Regulations (includes the accompanying Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement).

    • S.I./2020-41 – Remission Order in Respect of Non-residential Leases and Licences of Occupation Under the Administration of the Parks Canada Agency (includes the accompanying Explanatory Note).

    • S.O.R./2020-114Regulations Amending the Output-Based Pricing System Regulations (made under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act - includes the accompanying Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement).

    • S.O.R./2020-126Regulations Amending the Regulations Amending the Patented Medicines Regulations (Additional Factors and Information Reporting Requirements) – (includes the accompanying Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement).

    • S.O.R./2020-113Solvency Special Payments Relief Regulations, 2020 (made under the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985) - (includes the accompanying Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement).

U.S. – Federal 

  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said it would distribute about US$25-billion to hospitals that have not previously received relief funds (Reuters).

Alberta

  • 7,229 confirmed cases, an increase of 27 since yesterday, including two deaths.

British Columbia 

  • B.C. marks fourth straight day with no deaths from COVID-19 (CBC).

  • 2,669 confirmed cases, an increase of nine since yesterday.

Ontario 

  • No new updates.

Quebec

  • To afford individuals and businesses greater financial flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic, the government is moving ahead to July 1, 2020, the reduction of the single school-tax rate (News Release).

June 9, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Government of Canada creates a hub for organizations looking to find resources on buying and supplying personal protective equipment (PPE) (News Release).

    • Buyers will find PPE supplier lists, in addition to guidance to help plan their PPE purchases.

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta 

  • Strong testing data shows active COVID-19 cases in Alberta are lower than expected, meaning stage two of the relaunch strategy can safely begin on June 12, a week sooner than expected. Events and gatherings can be larger in stage two: a maximum of 50 people for indoor social gatherings and a maximum of 100 people for outdoor events or indoor seated/audience events (News Release and Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy).

    • What can open with restrictions:

      • K-12 schools, for requested diploma exams and summer school, following guidance

      • Libraries

      • More surgeries

      • Wellness services such as massage, acupuncture and reflexology

      • Personal services (esthetics, cosmetic skin and body treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facial treatment, artificial tanning)

      • Indoor recreation, fitness and sports, including gyms and arenas

      • Movie theatres and theatres

      • Community halls, team sports and pools for leisure swimming

      • VLTs in restaurants and bars

      • Casinos and bingo halls (but not table games)

      • Instrumental concerts

    • The 50 per cent capacity limit for provincial campgrounds is also being lifted. Over the coming days, the online reservation system will be updated and sites will come online in phases. By July 1, all camping sites will be open for reservations.

British Columbia 

  • No new updates.

Ontario 

  • The Ontario government announced its plan to reopen childcare centres/home-care providers across the province on Friday, June 12 (News Release).

    • Providers will be able to reopen with strict safety and operational requirements in place, similar to the safety guidelines required for emergency childcare centres. Centres will be required to adopt specific rules.

    • If families are not offered access to their previous childcare arrangement, operators will continue to be prevented from charging fees for these spaces.

  • Summer day camps also given the green light. Along with the announcement of childcare centres reopening on Friday, the premier added that summer day camps will go ahead as well – with the same public health restrictions in effect (CTV).

  • 31,090 confirmed cases, an increase of 230 since yesterday, including 14 deaths.

Quebec 

  • The Government of Quebec injects an additional C$100-million into the Emergency Assistance Program for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises under the Local Investment Funds (FLI), in order to meet the high demand from businesses across Quebec. Of this amount, C$20-million will be spent on businesses in the Montréal region (News Release).

  • Regions and Rurality Fund – The Government of Quebec grants C$400,000 in Outaouais to reduce the impact of the pandemic (News Release).

  • 53,185 confirmed cases, an increase of 138 since yesterday, including 45 deaths.
Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The House of Commons is being recalled and will sit this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. (EDT) or at the conclusion of the Special Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic (HOC Tweet).

  • The following orders were issued:

    • PC 2020-442 – Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from United States) (made under the Quarantine Act).

    • PC 2020-441 – 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).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • Executive Order – Accelerating the Nation's Economic Recovery from the COVID-19 Emergency by Expediting Infrastructure Investments and Other Activities.

Alberta

  • 7,202 confirmed cases, an increase of 64 since yesterday, including three deaths.

British Columbia 

  • 2,659 confirmed cases, an increase of 29 since yesterday.

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 

  • The public health authorities of Quebec announce that it will soon be possible to meet in private indoor places, provided that the maximum number of 10 people is not exceeded (two-metre distancing still applies) (News Release).

    • Starting June 22, indoor gatherings will be allowed in the Metropolitan Community of Montréal, the regional county municipality of Joliette and the city of L'Épiphanie. Outside these territories, gatherings will be allowed from June 15.

June 8, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The federal government is planning to legislate fines and jail time for individuals who submit fraudulent claims under the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, as well as adjusting the eligibility rules of the C$60-billion program (The Globe and Mail).

    • The draft legislation outlines a series of offences, including making false or misleading statements, failing to fully disclose all relevant income or receiving an income support payment for which a person is not eligible.

    • Another section of the draft bill changes the eligibility rules by stating that a worker is not eligible for income support if they “fail to return to work when it is reasonable to do so and the employer makes a request for their return; fail to resume self-employment when it is reasonable to do so or decline a reasonable job offer when they are able to work.”

    • Another section changes the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.

    • The changes are contained in a draft bill obtained by The Globe and Mail that has not yet been introduced in Parliament.

  • The Canada Border Services Agency is announcing that as of June 8, 2020, foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and who do not have COVID-19 or exhibit any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or who do not have reason to believe they have COVID-19, will be exempt from the prohibition on entry to Canada if entering to be with an immediate family member for a period of at least 15 days (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • Albertans can now access 20 million free, non-medical face masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (News Release).

    • Masks have also been provided to many municipalities, First Nations communities, Métis settlements and local agencies. This includes rural and remote communities that do not have access to a partner restaurant drive-thru and are developing their own distribution plans.

British Columbia 

  • No new updates.

Ontario 

  • Reopening udate:

    • Effective Friday, June 12, 2020, at 12:01 a.m., the province will increase the limit on social gatherings from five to 10 people across the province. People must still practise physical distancing by keeping at least two metres away from others outside their direct household.

    • All regions are allowed to move into Stage 2 except:

      • Toronto, Peel, Halton, York and border areas like Niagara Falls and Windsor – These regions will be monitored until they meet the criteria for Stage 2, and every Monday, the government will provide an update on the ongoing assessment of these regions and whether they are ready to move into Stage 2 at the end of the week.

    • More details will be released soon on summer camps, post-secondary education pilots to help people graduate, training centres and Public transit. Childcare details will be released tomorrow.

    • Travel is not restricted within the province.

    • Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, reiterated at Ontario.ca/covidsafety the availability of resources such as safety guidelines, posters, videos, etc. as businesses reopen. By end of week, every business allowed to reopen will have a guidance document.

    • Full news release and Stage 2 Framework Details.

  • The Ontario government announced today that it intends to take action to protect commercial tenants from being locked out or having their assets seized by their landlords due to the negative impacts of COVID-19 (News Release).

  • The proposed changes to the Commercial Tenancies Act would, if passed, temporarily halt evictions of businesses that are eligible for federal/provincial rent assistance. If passed, the legislation would reverse evictions that occurred on or after June 3, 2020.

  • If passed, the proposed legislation would make it illegal to evict a commercial tenant until August 31, 2020. The government intends to bring this legislation forward as soon as possible.

  • The following orders/regulations have been added to E-Laws:

    • O.Reg. 257/20 – Order Made Under the Act – Extensions and Renewals of Orders (to June 19, 2020).

    • O.Reg. 258/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.1.(2) of the Act – Limitation Periods.

    • O.Reg. 259/20 – Order Made Under the Act – Extensions and Renewals of Orders (to September 11, 2020).

    • O.Reg. 260/20 – Licences to Sell Liquor (made under the Liquor Licence Act)

  • 30,860 confirmed cases, an increase of 243 since yesterday, including 24 deaths.

Quebec 

  • André Lamontagne, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and Jean Boulet, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity, announced, together with Dr. Richard Massé, the strategic medical advisor from the Directorate General of Public Health, the resumption of activities in the restaurant sector from June 15 outside the Metropolitan Community of Montréal, the regional county municipality of Joliette and of the city of L'Épiphanie (News Release).

    • In these latter territories, activities may resume from June 22.

  • Quebec enhances Canada's emergency assistance program for commercial rent by C$140-million (News Release).

  • Quebec temporarily improves the salary of attendants to beneficiaries in private non-contracted CHSLDs and announces the maintenance of certain salary bonuses (News Release).

  • CNESST is launching a guide intended for the catering sector, for a resumption of its activities safely (News Release).

  • 53,047 confirmed cases, an increase of 198 since yesterday, including six deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The federal government is breaking with tradition and using regional development agencies to help the downtown cores of Canada’s biggest cities to recover from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic (The Globe and Mail).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta 

  • 7,131 confirmed cases, an increase of 40 since Friday.

British Columbia 

  • 2,632 confirmed cases, an increase of 1 since Friday, including one death.

Ontario 

  • Premier Ford will announce details on the next stage of the province's reopening plan today at 1 p.m. (EDT) (CTV).

  • Ontario extends emergency orders to support its reopening efforts until June 19, 2020, and also extends the suspension of limitation periods and time periods for legal proceedings until September 11, 2020 (News Release).

  • 30,617 confirmed cases, an increase of 870 since Friday, including 54 deaths.

Quebec 

  • Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages; Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation; and Montréal Mayor Valérie Plante announced the injection of new funding worth C$50-million to support businesses (News Release).

    • The funds will be administered by PME MTL, the Ville de Montréal’s business support network.

  • Ministerial Order 2020-043 – Related to work environments that offer the public outdoor, recreational or sports activities conducted outside.

  • 52,849 confirmed cases, an increase of 451 since Friday, including 43 deaths.

June 5, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau said this afternoon he has offered provinces and territories up to C$14-billion in new federal transfers (The Globe and Mail).

    • Trudeau said the “substantial offer,” will include 10 days of paid sick leave for workers. It will also include protective gear for front-line health workers and businesses that need help keeping their employees safe, and money for childcare facilities to be able to reopen safely and municipal governments to help keep city services like transit running.

    • The C$14-billion is intended to roll out over the next six to eight months, but the fine print has to be negotiated with the provinces. He has not yet specified how the money will be divided.

  • Prime Minister Trudeau today announced support to help Canadians with disabilities deal with extra expenses during the pandemic. This support includes a special one-time, tax-free payment to individuals who are certificate holders of the Disability Tax Credit as of June 1, 2020 (News Release).

  • Order Approving the Interim Order Respecting Clinical Trials for Medical Devices and Drugs Relating to COVID-19 (made under the Food and Drugs Act) has been added to the June 6 Canada Gazette, Part I.

  • The Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry announced a six-month postponement of the 3,500 MHz spectrum auction process and its associated key dates to allow the telecommunications industry to maintain its focus on providing essential services to Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

U.S. Federal

  • President Trump this afternoon  signed into law H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, which modifies certain provisions related to forgiveness of loans under the Paycheck Protection Program and allows loan forgiveness recipients to defer their payroll taxes.

  • President Trump said this afternoon he wanted to focus on battling the coronavirus in high-risk populations as he pushes to open the U.S. economy further (Reuters).

Alberta 

  • New relaunch supports and commercial tenancy measures to help Alberta’s small- and medium-sized businesses during economic relaunch (News Release).

    • The government is committing up to C$200-million in funding for eligible businesses and non-profits to access up to C$5,000 to offset a portion of their relaunch costs. These funds can be used for implementing measures to minimize the risk of virus transmission (such as physical barriers, personal protective equipment and disinfecting supplies), rent, employee wages or replacement of inventory.

  • The program’s online application is expected to be available in the coming weeks. Program details, including eligibility, are being confirmed.

  • Also, the government is planning further measures, including legislation, to ensure commercial tenants will not face rent increases or be evicted for non-payment of rent due to the pandemic.

  • In response to the recent challenges faced by Alberta’s beekeepers, Agriculture and Forestry is introducing a new Canadian Agricultural Partnership program (News Release).

    • The program will include up to C$1-million to help beekeepers offset the costs of increased colony replacements due to COVID-19. The program, available this summer, will be retroactive to cover issues faced in spring 2020.

  • Local businesses have joined forces to donate 200 high-tech ventilators to Alberta Health Services; Calgary advanced-technology firm Exergy Solutions designed and built the ventilators. Suncor Energy provided financial support (News Release).

British Columbia

  • Closed hospitality businesses permitted to sell liquor stock during pandemic (News Release and Policy Directive).

    • The temporary authorization from the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) was requested by the Business and Technical Advisory Panel, a group of liquor industry leaders, as a way of supporting the industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • This authorization is set to expire on July 15, 2020. However, as the pandemic is an evolving situation, LDB will review this and other temporary authorizations as necessary.

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

  • Ministerial Order No. M180 – Effective June 5, 2020, Ministerial Order No. M085 (related to the sharing of COVID-19 information), issued under section 33.1(3) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, is extended to remain in effect until December 31, 2020.

Ontario

  • Premier Ford said that his government will soon release information (early next week) about what Stage 2 of the “restart phase” will look like (CTV).

  • 23,583 confirmed cases, an increase of 344 since yesterday, including 15 deaths.

Quebec

  • Proposed amendments to Bill 61, An Act to restart Québec’s economy and to mitigate the consequences of the public health emergency declared on 13 March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic were tabled (currently only available in French).

  • M.O. 2020-042 was issued, related to working conditions applicable to non-unionized salaried staff, home childcare, and media and communications.

  • 52,398 confirmed cases, an increase of 255 since yesterday, including 33 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau is to offer premiers billions in federal funding to help them safely reopen provincial and territorial economies; Trudeau is expected to present the offer to premiers during their weekly conference call today (The Globe and Mail).

    • Precise details, including how to allocate each province’s share of the cash, are to be negotiated in the coming days.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta 

  • 7,091 confirmed cases, an increase of 15 since yesterday, including one death.

British Columbia 

  • New data puts B.C. on track to reduce more COVID-19 restrictions (The Globe and Mail).

  • 2,632 confirmed cases, an increase of five since yesterday.

Ontario 

  • Ontario considering Stage 2 of reopening despite steady stream of new COVID-19 cases (CBC).

    • Ford said the question of moving to Ontario's Stage 2 of reopening is now being considered by the senior officials who form the COVID-19 command table. Stage 2 would allow a wider number of office-based businesses to reopen and expand the maximum size of social gatherings that's currently limited to five.

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance; and Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (ET).

Quebec

  • The Government of Quebec has heard the appeal of the restaurant industry and tabled amendments to Bill 61 with concrete measures to lighten and modernize the regulations (News Release).

    • These measures will allow entrepreneurs, in particular, to adopt new practices in the sale and service of alcohol.

  • The Minister of Economy and Innovation and Minister Responsible for the Lanaudière Region, Pierre Fitzgibbon, announces the addition of a measure relating to the protection of commercial tenants, in the form of an amendment in the framework of Bill 61, An Act to revive the Quebec economy and mitigate the consequences of the state of health emergency (News Release).

June 4, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

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

    • Through this measure and others, the government is providing nearly C$900 more for single seniors and more than C$1,500 for senior couples, on top of their existing benefits, to help with extra costs during the pandemic.

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump is expected today to sign an executive order that would give federal agencies emergency powers to fast-track major energy and other infrastructure projects by overriding environmental permitting requirements, two sources familiar with the proposal said (Reuters).

Alberta

  • Permanent changes for expanded care in nursing homes – changes to Alberta’s nursing homes regulations mean residents can access direct primary care from nurse practitioners beyond the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release and O.C.175/2020).

British Columbia 

  • No new updates.

Ontario

  • O.Reg. 255/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) – Closure of Places of Non-Essential Businesses (related to the reopening of shared rental accommodation).

    • Minister of Economic Development Victor Fedeli made the announcement on Twitter this afternoon – “Short term rentals including lodges, cabins, cottages, homes, condominiums and B&Bs will be allowed to resume operations in Ontario starting June 5 at 12:01 a.m.,” the minister tweeted (CTV).

  • Toronto restaurants and bars will be allowed to expand their patios onto sidewalks and into curb lanes as part of a new city program that is being rolled out in anticipation of their eventual reopening (CTV).

  • 29,403 confirmed cases, an increase of 356 since yesterday, including 45 deaths.

Quebec

  • The Government of Quebec is announcing a new phase in the resumption of outdoor sports, leisure and outdoor activities. As of June 8, team sports such as soccer, baseball or hockey may resume in the form of outside training if they comply with the directives of the Direction générale de la santé publique (News Release).

  • Regional economic development – Relaunching the Quebec economy: a prioritization mandate entrusted to the regions (News Release)

    • Various regional stakeholders, such as economic development organizations as well as chambers of commerce and industry, will also be invited to take part in the exercise.

  • 52,143 confirmed cases, an increase of 259 since yesterday, including 26 deaths.
Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • 7,076 confirmed cases, an increase of 19 since yesterday, including two deaths.

British Columbia

  • 2,623 confirmed cases, an increase of 22 since yesterday, including one death.

Ontario 

  • Ontario appoints special advisor to develop health data platform; new tool will help researchers detect, plan and respond to COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services; and Jamil Jivani, Ontario's Advocate for Community Opportunities, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • The following orders have now been added to the June 4 Gazette Officielle du Québec:

    • M.O. 2020-041 – Related to the activities of outdoor public spaces, such as outdoor pools and restriction on the Côte-Nord region be lifted.

    • O.C. 572-2020 – Related to the extension of the public health emergency until June 10, 2020.

    • O.C. 588-2020 – Related to educational support services.

June 3, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The following orders/regulations were added to the Orders in Council database this afternoon:

    • S.O.R./2020-0126Regulations Amending the Regulations Amending the Patented Medicines Regulations (Additional Factors and Information Reporting Requirements) – full text is forthcoming:

      • In order to delay the coming-into-force of the amending regulations until January 1, 2021:

        • To minimize the imposition of new administrative burden on industry as patented drug manufacturers face increased demands related to supply chains and shortages of existing products and, potentially, new treatments and vaccines in response to COVID-19.

        • To provide stakeholders a longer period in which to provide feedback to the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board’s Guidelines consultation process that has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • S.I./ 2020-0041 – Remission Order in Respect of Non-residential Leases and Licences of Occupation Under the Administration of the Parks Canada Agency (in order to provide all Parks Canada Agency's commercial tenants the opportunity to apply for financial relief, on a portion of the annual rent, fees and interest during the COVID-19 outbreak period) – full text is forthcoming.

    • S.O.R./2020-0125 – Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations Applications Exemption Order (in order to provide additional time for transportation service providers to come into compliance with certain requirements of the ATPDR in light of the severe financial and operational disruptions they have experienced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic) – full text is forthcoming.

    • Interim Order – Respecting Clinical Trials for Medical Devices and Drugs Relating to COVID-19.

  • Minister Garneau announcef new measures for the use of face coverings in the Canadian transportation sector (News Release and Backgrounder). The measures will be implemented through a combination of mandatory orders and guidance.

  • Prime Minister Trudeau continued today to make the case for a coordinated global response to cushion the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world's poorest countries (CTV).

U.S. – Federal

  • The Trump administration has selected five companies, including Moderna, Inc., AstraZeneca PLC and Pfizer Inc., as the most likely candidates to produce a vaccine for the novel coronavirus (National Post).

  • Agriculture Workers and Employers Interim Guidance from CDC and the Department of Labor.

  • The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued an alert listing safety tips employers can follow to protect stockroom and loading dock workers in the retail industry from exposure to the coronavirus (News Release).

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • No new updates.

Ontario

  • Ontario is improving broadband and cell service for rural communities; connecting residents and businesses to the 21st century digital economy is essential for recovery after COVID-19 (News Release).

  • 29,047 confirmed cases, an increase of 338 since yesterday, including 19 deaths.

Quebec

  • Bill 61, An Act to restart Quebec’s economy and to mitigate the consequences of the public health emergency declared on 13 March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic was tabled this afternoon (News Release).

    • The main object of this bill is to restart Quebec’s economy. It establishes a list of projects that may benefit from the acceleration measures it provides for. The bill is part of the advancement of investments planned in the Quebec Infrastructure Plan for the current year, of the order of C$3-billion.

      • Some 200 infrastructure projects will be the subject of acceleration measures and which are designated for their potential to contribute to the recovery of the economy, in all regions of Quebec.

      • For example, the construction of seniors' homes and new schools, the modernization of health facilities and public transit initiatives are among the designated projects that would benefit from these measures.

      • Also, any private project that would contribute to the revival of the Quebec economy or that would aim to increase medical self-sufficiency or food autonomy in Quebec could also benefit from acceleration measures.

  • 51,884 confirmed cases, an increase of 291 since yesterday, including 59 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The government tabled C$87-billion in spending estimates to cover pandemic expenses (The Globe and Mail).

  • House of Commons Speaker Anthony Rota says he is now comfortable with the technology that could allow MPs to vote remotely during the hybrid Parliament sittings (The Globe and Mail).

    • The committee will report back to the House on June 23 with its recommendation, and then the parties would have to agree to resume a full sitting of Parliament in order to vote on an option to allow electronic remote voting.

  • The federal government has begun procuring the supplies that will be essential for “mass vaccinations” in the event that a vaccine is found for COVID-19, starting with signing a contract for 37-million syringes (CTV).

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • Enhanced border-screening measures are in place at the Alberta/U.S. border crossing at Coutts, the busiest in the province (Update).

    • Travellers entering Alberta must stop at a provincial checkpoint, complete an isolation questionnaire and undergo a temperature check. Essential economic travel will not be disrupted.

  • 7,057 confirmed cases, an increase of 13 since yesterday.

British Columbia 

  • 2,601 confirmed cases, an increase of four since yesterday.

Ontario

  • The declaration of emergency was extended to June 30 yesterday (News Release).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure; and Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • The following regulations have been added to the June 3 Gazette officielle du Québec:

    • O.C. 547-2020 – Amended basic school regulation for preschool, elementary and secondary education for the 2019-2020 school year (made under the Education Act).

    • O.C. 548-2020 – Amended basic vocational training regulation owing to the COVID-19 pandemic (made under the Education Act).

    • O.C. 549-2020 – Amended basic adult general education regulation owing to the COVID-19 pandemic (made under the Education Act).

    • O.C. 567-2020 – Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting the amounts payable by municipalities for the services provided by the Sûreté du Québec in order to defer the payment of the amount payable for the 2020 fiscal year (made under the Police Act).

June 2, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion announced the launch of a call for proposals under the newly modernized Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) – small projects component (News Release).

  • The Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry announced the names of nine business leaders who will join Monique Leroux on the new and recently announced Industry Strategy Council (News Release).

    • The Council provides a forum for the government to hear from and collaborate with industry leaders to assess the scope and depth of COVID-19’s impact on industries and to understand specific sectoral pressures.

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • The Government of British Columbia reopened in-class instruction to all students on Monday, June 1, 2020, with about 30 per cent of expected enrolment in attendance (News Release).

Ontario 

  • Ontario helps manufacturers ramp up production of personal protective equipment; initiatives will benefit frontline workers during COVID-19 (News Release).

    • The three new companies receiving financial support are: Southmedic, Sterling Industries and SRB Technologies.

  • All Service Ontario locations to open "in the next couple of weeks," says Ford in today’s press conference (CBC).

  • New management appointed at Kitchener long-term-care home (News Release).

  • 28,709 confirmed cases, an increase of 446 since yesterday, including 17 deaths.

Quebec

  • To allow the opening of private and municipal day camps this summer in accordance with Public Health instructions, the Government of Quebec confirms that it will provide them with substantial financial assistance (News Release).

    • Certified day camps can count on assistance of up to
      C$11-million, the terms of which will be defined later.

  • New accelerated training and generous compensation for attendants who will work in CHSLDs (News Release).

  • 51,593 confirmed cases, an increase of 239 since yesterday, including 52 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau’s update today is expected to include new information about the ongoing procurement efforts to secure enough adequate personal protective equipment (CTV).

  • The federal funding, announced yesterday, delivered through the Gas Tax Fund will help communities quickly move forward with infrastructure projects that will improve our quality of life and help restart local economies (News Release).

    • Communities have flexibility to use the funding to meet their local needs. Projects could include access to high-speed broadband, improvements to water and road systems, and the building of cycling and walking paths.

    • Speaking Points by Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, for the Federal Gas Tax Fund advanced payment announcement.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta 

  • O.C. 169/2020 – Amending the Condominium Property Regulation (related to use of reserve fund during emergency).

  • 7,044 confirmed cases, an increase of 34 since yesterday.

British Columbia

  • Ministerial Order No. M179 – Commercial Tenancy (COVID-19) Order was issued.

  • 2,597 confirmed cases, an increase of 15 since yesterday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • Cultural sector economic recovery plan: Measures to help artists and organizations weather the crisis (News Release and Resource Page).

June 1, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The federal government is moving up its gas-tax payment transfers to Canadian municipalities as an interim measure to help cities with budget shortfalls created by the COVID-19 pandemic (The Globe and Mail).

    • The government said it will provide this year’s full payment of C$2.2-billion in gas-tax transfers in the coming weeks, rather than the usual practice of spreading the transfers over two payments.

  • The following orders/regulations have now been added to the Orders in Council Database:

    • S.O.R./2020-0113Solvency Special Payments Relief Regulations, 2020 (in order to (1) provide temporary, short-term solvency funding relief for federally regulated defined benefit pension plan sponsors and (2) ensure that these pension plan sponsors have the financial resources needed to maintain their operations and their pension plans that will support the retirement security of their workers and retirees) (Full text published by the Department of Finance).

    • S.O.R./2020-0114Regulations Amending the Output-Based Pricing System Regulations (in order to provide regulated parties with additional time to meet their regulatory requirements relating to the 2019 compliance period, given the constraints on business operations imposed by the COVID-19 measures).

  • The federal government’s plans to “strongly” recommend Canadians download a to-be-determined COVID-19 contact-tracing app may not happen as initially billed, Health Minister Patty Hajdu said on Monday, indicating there’s been pushback from some regions of the country to the idea (CTV).

  • The Government of Canada announces funding for the social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities (News Release and Backgrounder).

U.S. – Federal

Alberta

  • Strengthening agriculture, agri-food and forestry sectors; the government is funding Emissions Reduction Alberta’s Food, Farming and Forestry Challenge through the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) Fund (News Release).

    • The C$40-million will help farmers, ranchers, industry and innovators navigate the economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing market implications.

  • Effective June 1, the government’s Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS) will accept applications from mobile home site tenants and landlords for urgent issues related to site possession and termination of tenancy (News Release).

British Columbia

  • B.C. strengthens federal commercial rent program; businesses eligible for rent support from the federal government will be protected from evictions as the B.C. government issues a new order under the Emergency Program Act (News Release).

  • Eligible businesses whose landlords choose not to apply for the federal CECRA program will be protected from evictions due to unpaid rent payments through to the end of June 2020, as determined by the federal program timelines.

  • To help people in B.C.’s music industry continue to create and operate during the pandemic, the B.C. government is investing C$7.5-million through Creative BC for Amplify BC (News Release).

Ontario

  • Ontario supports those struggling with electricity bills during COVID-19; new initiatives help keep rates stable and affordable (News Release).

  • Premier Ford wants the province's state of emergency to be extended another 28 days – the state of emergency that was set to expire on June 2 will be extended until June 30 if the motion is passed on Tuesday at Queen's Park (CTV).

  • The following orders/regulations have been added to E-Laws this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 238/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Closure of Places of Non-Essential Businesses (related to batting cages and drive-in cinemas).

      • Also: O.Reg. 246/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Closure of Establishments.

    • O.Reg. 239/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Organized Public Events, Certain Gatherings (related to a service, rite or ceremony).

    • O.Reg. 240/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Management of Retirement Homes in Outbreak.

    • O.Reg. 241/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Special Rules Re Temporary Pandemic Pay.

    • O.Reg. 242/20 – General (under the Retirement Homes Act, 2010).

    • O.Reg. 243/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Electricity Price for RPP Consumers.

    • O.Reg. 244/20 – Order Made Under the Act – Extensions and Renewals of Orders.

    • O.Reg. 245/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Global Adjustment for Market Participants and Consumers.

    • O.Reg. 247/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Extensions and Renewals of Orders (shortening of previous extensions – recreational camping).

  • 28,263 confirmed case, an increase of 404 since yesterday, including 10 deaths.

Quebec

  • Premier Legault and the Minister of Culture and Communications today presented an ambitious recovery plan for the cultural environment. The sums invested to help the sector get through the current difficulties since the start of the crisis have increased to almost C$400-million (News Release).

  • Commission for Standards, Equity, Health and Safety at Work (CNESST) has made available tools to specifically support the audiovisual production sector in their management of occupational health and safety in the context of COVID-19 (News Release).

  • 51,354 confirmed cases, an increase of 295 since yesterday, including 20 deaths.
Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau is set to announce this morning that the federal government will be offering cities an advanced transfer of infrastructure funding to help cover COVID-19-prompted budget shortfalls (CTV).

  • FedNor is working with the tourism sector to help them in recovery efforts. The Government of Canada is investing C$7.6-million to support communities, businesses and organizations in northern Ontario to help create jobs, spur growth and support the tourism industry (News Release and Backgrounder).

    • Western Economic Diversification Canada working with tourism businesses to bolster the industry’s recovery efforts in Western Canada; C$3.45-million will be invested to bolster recovery efforts for Western Canada’s tourism areas (News Release and Backgrounder).

  • Ottawa hopes to "save the summer" with big cash injection to boost domestic travel (The Globe and Mail).

  • The Government of Canada will provide rent relief for eligible business tenants in all national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas (News Release).

  • Blood kits to be sent to 10,000 Canadians to survey extent of COVID-19 in Canada (The Globe and Mail).

    • Dr. Jha, director of the Centre for Global Health Research at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, is leading one of the first large-scale surveys in the country that will examine participants’ blood for antibodies that are specific to the virus that causes COVID-19.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • THe U.S. government awards new US$628-million contract to boost output of potential COVID-19 vaccine (Reuters).

Alberta 

  • The Minister of Justice and Solicitor General issued a ministerial order on March 30 suspending limitation periods and periods of time within which any step must be taken in any proceeding or intended proceeding. The order expires today, at which time the limitation periods and time periods affected by the order will resume (News Release).

  • Testing is now available to all Albertans, whether they have COVID-19 symptoms or not (News Release).

  • While many sports activities remain prohibited during stage one of relaunch, some are being allowed with appropriate safety measures; information has been posted online to offer guidance on which sports are permitted, along with ways to limit risks (Guidance).

  • A C$21.6-million investment is expanding online resources and virtual supports for Albertans who are seeking help for mental health and addiction challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • 7,010 confirmed cases, an increase of 55 since Friday.

British Columbia 

  • 2,573 confirmed cases, an increase of 15 since Friday.

Ontario 

  • Ontario extending infectious disease emergency leave for workers during COVID-19. The new regulation (included in Friday’s digest) will protect employees from permanent layoffs and businesses from potential closures (News Release).

  • Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, issued a statement on electricity rate relief measures during the COVID-19 outbreak. The suspension of time-of-use price has been extended (to October 31, 2020) to provide consumers with greater stability and predictability with their electricity bills.

  • The Ontario government made amendments to the Retirement Homes Act, 2010 regulation, enabling the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) to better support seniors living in retirement homes during the COVID-19 outbreak. The regulation change increases the emergency payment the RHRA can pay to eligible retirement home residents from C$2,000 to C$3,500 (News Release).

  • Backcountry camping available at Ontario parks and on Crown lands starting June 1 (News Release).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Minister of Indigenous Affairs; and Bill Walker, Associate Minister of Energy, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

  • 27,859 confirmed cases, an increase of 649 since Friday, including 36 deaths.

Quebec 

  • The Government of Quebec is launching a vast offensive to acquire digital equipment for schools (News Release).

  • The Minister of Health and Social Services and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing authorize the opening of outdoor public spaces, such as outdoor pools and park game modules, including water games, for the entire summer period in all regions of Quebec (News Release).

  • Ministerial Order 2020-041 – related to the suspension on the activities of municipal outdoor pools, wading pools and playground equipment and restrictions on access to certain regions be lifted.

  • 51,059 confirmed cases, an increase of 827 since Friday, including 278 deaths.

May 29, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • To provide temporary relief to sponsors of federally regulated defined benefit pension plans, on April 15, 2020, the government announced a moratorium on solvency special payments. Today, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the coming into force, on May 27, 2020, of the government’s Solvency Special Payment Relief Regulations, 2020, which establish the moratorium (News Release and Backgrounder).
  • The following have now been added to the May 30, 2020, Canada Gazette Part 1:
  • Liberal MPs call for national standards for long-term care homes (CBC).
  • Prime Minister Trudeau announces additional funding for health, economic and social support for Indigenous peoples and communities (News Release).
  • Four-hour limit on MPs to review pandemic spending "unfortunate, to say the least," PBO says (Globe and Mail).
  • The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, announced updated measures pertaining to cruise ships and passenger vessels in Canadian waters (News Release).
  • Cruise ships with overnight accommodations allowed to carry more than 100 persons are prohibited from operating in Canadian waters until October 31, 2020.
  • As of July 1, 2020, all other passenger vessels must follow provincial, territorial, local and regional health authority requirements for timelines and processes to resume operations.
  • Ottawa exploring ways to reunite families divided by temporary travel restrictions at Canada-U.S. border (Globe and Mail).
U.S. Federal
  • President Trump today said he is terminating the U.S. relationship with the World Health Organization (Globe and Mail).
Alberta
  • 20-million masks to be distributed to Albertans; government’s relaunch strategy includes providing free non-medical masks to Albertans who need them (News Release).
    • A&W, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Ltd. and Tim Hortons are partnering with the Alberta government to distribute non-medical masks at no cost through their drive-thru locations across the province, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Distribution will start in early June.
British Columbia
  • The following Regulations were issued:
    • Order in Council No. 270 amending the Strata Property Regulation, under the Strata Property Act, related to general meetings during a state of emergency.
    • Order in Council No. 271 amending the Residential Tenancy Regulation, under the Residential Tenancy Act, related to emergency shelter in relation to COVID-19.
Ontario
  • Premier Ford says Ontario is considering regional reopenings; Ford said the increased testing will allow the province to get a better handle on COVID-19 hot spots and make it possible to consider reopening some regions before others. Ford stopped short of committing to a region-by-region approach (Globe and Mail).
  • The following Orders/Regs were added to e-laws this afternoon:
    • O.Reg. 227/20: Adjustments Under Section 25.33 of the Act (under the Electricity Act) related to special allocation rules, 2020.
    • O.Reg. 228/20: Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (under the Employment Standards Act, 2000).
    • O.Reg. 229/20: General (under the Ontario Works Act, 1997) related to treatment of emergency payments respecting COVID-19 made by Canada.
    • O.Reg. 230/20: General (under the Ontario Disability Support Program Act, 1997) related to treatment of emergency payments respecting COVID-19 made by Canada.
    • O.Reg. 232/20: Electronic Meetings and Meeting Attendance (under the Education Act).
  • Premier Ford released the next phase of the province's COVID-19 testing plan, Protecting Ontarians Through Enhanced Testing, which includes three branches of testing: Assessment Centre Testing, Targeted Campaigns and Outbreak Management (News Release)
    • The province expects that private-sector workplace testing will leverage private and public resources as the government works with private-sector employers to develop the appropriate models for each sector and workplace.
    • Ontario will also soon release a renewed strategy to support public health units with case management and contact tracing, including launching a new exposure notification app.
  • 27,210 confirmed cases, an increase of 344 since yesterday, 41 deaths.
Quebec
  • Given that holding general meetings in person during the COVID-19 pandemic would go against public health requirements, the Ministère des Finances presents options to companies and NPOs allowing them to meet their legal obligations (News Release).
  • The government is extending a support measure for businesses and modifying certain tax deadlines affecting trusts and corporations (News Release).
    • The conditions related to these measures can be found in the information bulletin published by the Ministère des Finances.
  • The Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister responsible for the Mauricie region announces that residents of the Metropolitan Community of Montréal and the MRC de Joliette will again be able to receive personal and aesthetic care from June 1, 2020 (News Release).
  • Temporary exemption from certain regulatory deposits granted to registrants and participants in capital markets not registered due to COVID-19 (News Release).
  • The Quebec government announces that the road checkpoints for the Côte-Nord will be removed as of June 1, 2020, as recommended by public health authorities (News Release).
  • The checkpoints for the territory of Jamésie and Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James (Eeyou Istchee) will be lifted from June 9, 2020.
  • A reopening plan will be presented later for the regions and territories that continue to be targeted by the checkpoints, namely the Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent MRC (Basse-Côte-Nord), as well as Nunavik.
  • 50,232 confirmed cases, an increase of 530 since yesterday, 61 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau is expected to announce today significant new funding for First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities (CTV).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 10:30 a.m. EDT.

U.S. Federal

Alberta

  • Alberta preschools are now allowed to reopen as of June 1, 2020, but facilities should first meet heightened safety standards (Update).

  • 6,955 confirmed cases, an increase of 29 since yesterday, 2 deaths.

British Columbia

  • 2,558 confirmed cases, an increase of 9 since yesterday, 2 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario commercial landlords can now apply for urgent rent assistance through Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for small businesses (News Release).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. EDT.

Quebec

  • No new updates.

May 28, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)
 

Canada Federal

  • The sharp rise in projected federal spending due to COVID-19 took a pause over the past two weeks and is starting to level off at just above the $150-billion mark, according to the latest report from the federal Finance Department (Globe and Mail).

    • On May 15, Mr. Trudeau said the duration of the wage subsidy will be extended by three months until the end of August. Thursday’s report said the cost of this extension is “to be determined” based on consultations with employers.

U.S. Federal

  • The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an alert listing steps employers can follow to implement social distancing in the workplace and to help protect workers from exposure to the coronavirus (News Release).

  • Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced that it is setting aside $10 billion of Round 2 funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to be lent exclusively by Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) (News Release).

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • The Government is working to support in-person court appearances; the ministry is in the process of meeting with stakeholders, including judges, counsel, court managers and others, to make recommendations and implement changes necessary to keep the public safe when attending court (News Release)

  • Order in Council No. 265 amending the Petroleum and Natural Gas Drilling Licence and Lease Regulation was issued (related to Continuations in relation to COVID-19 emergency).

Ontario

  • To further protect seniors and staff in long-term care homes, the Ontario government announced that it is extending the mandate of the Incident Management System Long-Term Care Table (News Release).

    • This table is composed of health care professionals who make immediate decisions to deal with issues related to staffing levels, infection management and resources during the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • 26,866 confirmed cases, an increase of 383 since yesterday, 34 deaths.

Quebec

  • The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Quebec, Ms. Sonia LeBel, confirms that from June 1, 2020, judicial activities will gradually resume in Quebec courthouses. This recovery will be done in compliance with the sanitary rules of the Department of Public Health and by making room for information technology (News Release).

  • Ministerial Order no. 2020-039 and Orders in Council No. 543-2020, 544- 2020 and 566-2020 have now been added to the May 28th Gazette Officielle du Québec, also:

    • Ministerial Order no. 2020-4273  related to format of pleadings filed in technological media (Code of Civil Procedure).

    • O.C. 551-2020 Rules of procedure of the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement applying temporarily for the period during which a public health emergency is declared to protect the health of the population (made under the Environmental Quality and Natural Heritage Conservation Act).

  • 49,702 confirmed cases, an increase of 563 since yesterday, 74 deaths.


Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)
Canada Federal
  • High-level event on financing solutions related to COVID-19 (News Release).
    • Convened by the Prime Minister of Canada, H.E. Mr. Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, H.E. Mr. Andrew Holness and UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the virtual event aims to advance concrete solutions to the development emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. Federal
  • The NCUA Board is temporarily modifying certain regulatory requirements to help ensure that federally insured credit unions (FICUs) remain operational and liquid during the COVID-19 crisis (Rule).
Alberta
  • 6,926 confirmed cases, an increase of 25 since yesterday, 2 deaths.
British Columbia
  • 2,144 confirmed cases, an increase of 9 since yesterday, 1 death.
Ontario
  • More health providers can reopen including dentists, optometrists and massage therapists (iheartradio – source includes the full list of services affected; Order is forthcoming).
    • A spokeswoman for Health Minister Christine Elliott said while the order takes effect immediately, that does not mean that all health services will be available on May 27, 2020.
  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott and Minister of Long-Term Care Merrilee Fullerton to make an announcement at 1 p.m. EDT.
Quebec
  • Premier Legault announced Quebec will launch a major recruitment campaign to fill CHSLD positions (News Release).
  • The following Orders were issued:
May 27, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Health Canada announces another step to accelerate access to health products for COVID-19 (News Release).
    • To accelerate efforts the Minister of Health has authorized changes for a more flexible process for clinical trials.
U.S. Federal
  • No new updates.
Alberta
  • Premier Jason Kenney says targeted approach needed to prevent COVID-19 resurgence (Globe and Mail).
British Columbia Ontario
  • The Ontario government is taking additional immediate action at high-risk long-term care homes, following the disturbing allegations outlined by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) (News Release).
  • The Ministry of Long-Term Care has started the process of appointing temporary management at Eatonville Care Centre, Hawthorne Place Care Centre, Altamont Care Community, Orchard Villa and Camilla Care Community; it has also deployed long-term care inspection teams to conduct comprehensive, detailed inspections at high-risk long-term care homes over the next 21 days.
  • The recently announced independent commission into Ontario's long-term care system will now begin its work in July 2020.
  • 26,483 confirmed cases, an increase of 292 since yesterday, 32 deaths.
Quebec
  • As of June 1, 2020, Quebecers will have access to campsites, marinas and certain types of tourist accommodation, subject to the application of the principles of physical distancing and all the recommendations of the public health authorities (News Release).
  • With the upcoming reopening of accommodation and campgrounds, the Commission for Standards, Equity, Health and Safety at Work (CNESST) is making tools available to specifically support these sectors in their management of occupational health and safety in the context of COVID-19 (News Release).
  • The Gouvernement du Québec has made public the report from the Canadian Armed Forces, resulting from their presence in the long-term care facilities (CHSLD’s). To read it, please consult the document Observations sur les centres d’hébergement de soins longue durée (in French only).
  • 49,139 confirmed cases, an increase of 541 since yesterday, 89 deaths.


Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Action Committee on Court Operations in Response to COVID-19 Approves Initial Guidance Documents (News Release).

  • Parliamentary budget officer estimates COVID-19 rent aid for businesses and landlords could cost C$520-million this fiscal year (Globe and Mail and PBO Report).

  • The following Orders / Regulations have now been added to the May 27, 2020, Canada Gazette Part II.

    • S.O.R./2020-105 Canada Emergency Student Benefit Regulations (made under the Canada Emergency Student Benefit Act).

    • S.O.R/2020-101 Certain Goods Remission Order (COVID-19) (made under the Customs Tariff).

    • S.O.R./2020-106 Regulations Amending the Income Tax Regulations (COVID-19 — Deemed Remittance) (made under the Income Tax Act).

    • S.O.R./2020-107 Regulations Amending the Income Tax Regulations (COVID-19 — Eligible Entities) (made under the Income Tax Act).

  • More than half of Canada’s national parks to reopen to day-use visitors on June 1, 2020 (News Release).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11 a.m. EDT.

U.S. Federal

  • The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a webpage with coronavirus-related guidance for construction employers and workers. The guidance includes recommended actions to reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus (News Release).

  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will press President Trump to invest in the nation’s roads, bridges and rails during a White House meeting today (Reuters).

  • Antibody tests used to determine if people have been infected in the past with COVID-19 might be wrong up to half the time, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said (CTV).

Alberta

  • 6,901 confirmed cases, an increase of 22 since yesterday, 1 death.

British Columbia

  • 2,122 confirmed cases, an increase of 11 since yesterday.

Ontario

  • The government is extending emergency orders that have been put in place to-date under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until June 9, 2020 (News Release and Order: O.Reg. 226/20).

  • COVID-19 in Ontario is now primarily a Toronto-area problem, figures show; More than 76 per cent of province's new infections are in the GTA, CBC News analysis finds (CBC).

  • Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA) Announced New Measures to Support Pension Plans during Current Period of Disruption — guidance was issued May 22, 2020 (News Release).

Quebec

  • Quebec to release Canadian military report into conditions at long-term care facilities today (CTV).

May 26, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • On May 22, 2020, the Canada Revenue Agency released guidance on residency, permanent establishment, cross-border employment income and other international issues arising during the COVID-19 (Guidance).
  • Federal deficit likely now at C$260-billion due to COVID-19, parliamentary budget officer says (Toronto Star).
  • The Department of National Defence announced the first of a series of calls for innovations aimed at addressing some of the key challenges Canada is facing (News Release). With an initial commitment of C$15-million, the first three challenges focus on:
    • Viable and effective processes and methods for safely and rapidly decontaminating enclosed work environments (e.g., buildings and modes of transportation) containing sensitive equipment
    • Innovative material and designs to aid in decontamination of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), operational clothing and equipment for personnel responding to events involving biological hazards
    • Data gathering solutions to support the early detection and community-based monitoring of outbreaks of contagious diseases
  • The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced an investment of up to C$9.2-million to enhance the Youth Employment and Skills Program (YESP) and fund up to 700 new positions for youth in the agriculture industry (News Release).
U.S. Federal
  • U.S. legislation introduced today would create a taxpayer-backed insurance program to protect businesses from revenue losses during future pandemics and require insurers to pay a slice of the claims (Reuters).
    • H.R.6983 – To establish a Pandemic Risk Reinsurance Program, and for other purposes.
  • White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said that President Donald Trump’s administration is looking carefully at a potential “back to work bonus” to encourage Americans who had been laid off as the coronavirus pandemic spread to return to work (Reuters).
Alberta
  • Alberta members of the legislative assembly will return to the legislature May 27, 2020 (News Release).
British Columbia
  • No new updates.
Ontario
  • The Ontario government outlined key findings from the Canadian Armed Forces report on the five long-term care homes at which the military has been assisting (News Release).
    • The report details serious concerns around infection prevention, safety, staffing and level of care. The report also indicates that these five homes are beginning to stabilize with the support of the armed forces.
  • 26,191 confirmed cases, an increase of 287 since yesterday, 21 deaths.
Quebec
  • Reopening and maintaining economic activities (COVID-19) Resource – The sectors of activity subject to reopening are presented on this page. The businesses that will be added during subsequent phases will be announced in the coming weeks.
  • The reopening of shopping centers—outside the metropolitan community of Montreal—will occur in two phases; merchants who operate establishments inside shopping centers will be able to reopen their doors in accordance with the Act respecting hours and days of admission to commercial establishments. However, restaurant counters will be open for take-out only, since the restaurant areas cannot be used by customers. (News Release).
    • In addition, shopping centers and businesses will have to implement the prevention measures recommended by public health and occupational health and safety specialists.
  • The COVID-19 crisis and seniors' residences: the Québec Ombudsman will investigate (News Release).
    • The purpose of the Québec Ombudsman's systemic investigation is to shed light on the government's and the health network's response to the COVID-19 crisis in residences for seniors. The investigation will make it possible to identify:
      • The required improvements in residences for seniors based on the events of the crisis and known pre-pandemic shortcomings;
      • The measures to put in place to better handle future pandemics or any other similar crisis.
  • 48,598 confirmed cases, an increase of 614 since yesterday, 70 deaths.


Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • The federal government will update Canadians today on the results of procuring personal protective equipment (PPE) (Globe and Mail).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11 a.m. ET.

U.S. Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • As of July 1, 2020, businesses and non-Alberta Health Service organizations will be required to access PPE directly through suppliers (Update).

  • 6,879 confirmed cases, an increase of 19 since yesterday.

British Columbia

  • B.C. ferries to resume service between Nanaimo and Vancouver with four round-trip sailings every day starting June 3, 2020 (News Release).

  • 2,530 confirmed cases, an increase of 12 since yesterday, 4 deaths.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott, Minister of Long-Term Care Merrilee Fullerton and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones to make an announcement at 1:30 p.m. EDT.

Quebec

  • Premier Legault announced that shopping centers will be able to reopen outside the Montréal Metropolitan Community (CMM) on June 1, 2020 (News Release and updated Deconfinement Plan).

    • Several other sectors will be the subject of a reopening announcements in the coming weeks. The deployment of the deconfinement plan is conditional on transmission rates.

      • Legault gave examples of sectors that will soon reopen: campsites, places of worship, restaurants, bars, gyms, professional sports and hotels.

May 25, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government is talking to the provinces about bringing in 10 days of paid sick leave for workers (CBC).

  • The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is extending some of the tax return filing deadlines (to September 1, 2020) for corporations and trusts (News Release).

  • Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance now open for applications (News Release).

  • Minister Ng of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, announced that the Government of Canada will support the launch of a four-week hotline service called the Business Resilience Service (News Release).

    • This service will help entrepreneurs and small business owners in need of financial planning advice, particularly those who may not have access to an accountant. The service will also be open to not-for-profit organizations and charities.

U.S. Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • Premier Jason Kenney said the government has ordered 40-million masks and will soon announce a distribution plan for them (CBC).

  • New tool available for commercial rent feedback (News Release).

    • Survey results will give government further insight into the types of issues businesses and landlords are experiencing and whether they have been able to access available supports.

  • The government is providing C$26-million to support 82 new capital maintenance and renewal projects for seniors housing facilities (News Release).

    • These projects, taking place in communities across the province, will focus on the health and safety of residents, help keep units open and contribute to the government’s ring of defence around seniors.

British Columbia

  • 59 B.C. community destination marketing organizations (DMOs) severely impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions will be supported with a C$10-million grant from the Province (News Release).

  • Ministerial Order No. M168 Electronic Attendance at UBCM Convention (COVID-19) Order was issued.

  • As of May 25, 2020, the Discover Camping reservation system is back online to accept new reservations. On June 1, 2020, additional parks will reopen for day-use activities. Playgrounds, halls and picnic shelters remain closed in all provincial parks. The remaining parks that attract the largest crowds will only reopen when it is safe to do so (News Release).

Ontario

  • Health Minister Christine Elliott said the province had been considering allowing groups of more than five people to gather in the near future, but those plans have temporarily been put aside (CBC).

  • Premier Ford remarked that companies have the right to ask you to slip on a face covering or seek products and services elsewhere—“any business has the right to refuse anyone” (Toronto Star).

  • The Ministry of Long-Term Care has issued Mandatory Management Orders appointing local hospitals to temporarily manage two long-term care homes for 90 days (News Release).

  • Volunteers and Small Businesses Step Up to Help Those in Need; More than 6,500 Ontarians offer to deliver food, run errands and connect with seniors and people with disabilities during COVID-19 (News Release).

  • 25,904 confirmed cases, an increase of 404 since yesterday, 29 deaths.

Quebec

  • 47,984 confirmed cases, an increase of 573 since yesterday, 85 deaths.

Nunavut


Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau is expected to talk about the commercial rent relief program today as well as how the rest of the House of Commons spring session will be structured (CTV).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. EDT.

U.S. Federal

  • Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Novel Coronavirus (related to the Federative Republic of Brazil being added).

Alberta

  • 6,860 confirmed cases, an increase of 92 since Friday, 3 deaths.

British Columbia

  • Dr. Bonnie Henry says she strongly encourages the federal government to use its resources to monitor international travellers entering the province instead of providing any help with contact tracing (Globe and Mail).

  • 2,517 confirmed cases, an increase of 38 since Friday, 5 deaths.

Ontario

  • Premier Ford made a public plea yesterday, asking people to "please go get a test" — even if they are asymptomatic — after the province fell short of its testing target for the seventh day in a row (CBC).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, and Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. EDT.

  • 25,500 confirmed cases, an increase of 872 since Friday, 48 deaths.

Quebec

  • The Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister responsible for the Mauricie region, in collaboration with the Standards, Equity, Health and Safety Commission Work (CNESST), announces the immediate establishment of more than 1,000 prevention officers (News Release).

  • Teams will be deployed throughout Quebec, particularly in Montreal. They will aim to inform and educate employers and workers on the health standards in the workplace to be implemented to reduce and control the spread of COVID-19.

  • Ministerial Order No. 2020-039 related to expanded authorizations given to midwifes; for example, to perform the COVID-19 screening test.

  • 47,411 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,270 since Friday, 119 deaths.

May 22, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau urges provinces to seek federal help with COVID-19 testing, tracing and data-sharing (The Globe and Mail).

    • Trudeau offered few specifics when announcing measures to support national testing and contact-tracing efforts but said such measures would be essential to control the pandemic now and in the future.

    • The government hopes to recommend a smartphone app next month that could play a part in the contact-tracing efforts.

  • Conservatives proposing motion to declare Parliament an essential service, Scheer says (The Globe and Mail).

  • The Government of Canada announces online tool, Find financial help during COVID-19, to assist Canadians in accessing financial support (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

  • The U.S. plans to have the massive coronavirus vaccine-testing effort meet the year-end deadline (Reuters).

  • The USDA delivers relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

Alberta

  • Calgary and Brooks to relaunch more businesses; a significant decline in the number of active cases of COVID-19 in Calgary and Brooks means both cities can reopen more businesses starting May 25 (News Release).

    • Starting May 25, hairstyling and barbershops will be permitted to reopen in Calgary and Brooks, and cafés, restaurants, pubs and bars can reopen for table service at 50 per cent capacity. This is in addition to the reopening of limited businesses and activities in these cities on May 14.

  • Starting May 25, voluntary testing will be available in long-term-care and level-four designated supportive living facilities, and Calgarians will be able to book COVID-19 tests online (News Release).

British Columbia

  • The government has taken action to support the province’s hospitality sector by temporarily authorizing the expansion of service areas, such as patios, to support physical distancing requirements and industry recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release and Order in Council No. 256  amending the Liquor Control and Licensing Regulation).

Ontario 

  • 24,628 confirmed cases, an increase of 441 since yesterday, including 28 deaths.

 Quebec

  • The Minister of Culture and Communications, Nathalie Roy, announced that museum institutions, public libraries and movie theatres will be able to reopen to the public everywhere in Quebec as of May 29 (News Release).

    • The Commission for Standards, Equity, Health and Safety at Work (CNESST) is making specific tools available to specifically support employers, workers in museums and libraries in their management of occupational health and safety in the context of COVID-19 (News Release).

  • The Grande Bibliothèque, the 10 national archives centres and BAnQ Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie will reopen by July 2 (News Release).

  • Order in Council no. 543-2020 – Related to changes to persons allowed to assemble (now a maximum of 10).

  • 46,141 confirmed cases, an increase of 646 since yesterday, including 65 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The following orders/regulations were issued:

    • P.C. 2020-0352 – Order authorizing the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food to enter into an agreement with each province and provide federal contributions to assist livestock producers with the extraordinary costs arising from the impacts of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) (made under the Farm Income Protection Act).

    • S.I./2020-037 – Order remitting the Part I licence fees paid or payable by all licensees under paragraph 3(a) of the Broadcasting License Fee Regulations, 1997, in respect of the fiscal year 2020-2021 so that they are better positioned to deal with the COVID-19 emergency (made under the Financial Administration Act).

    • S.O.R./2020-0111Regulations Amending the Employment Insurance Regulations (related to expanding the time period in which the extra weeks are made available to eligible seasonal claimants under the Pilot Project No. 21).

    • P.C. 2020-0370 – Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) to continue restricting entry into Canada from the United States and extend the effective period until June 21, 2020, to continue to protect Canadians from the introduction of COVID-19 from other countries (made under the Quarantine Act).

  • Primite Minister Trudeau to update on COVID-19 measures after talking testing with premiers yesterday evening (CTV).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 10:30 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • The U.S. demands that a review of the WHO's handling of the pandemic start now and seeks reforms (Reuters).

Alberta

  • 6,768 confirmed cases, an increase of 33 since yesterday, including four deaths.

British Columbia 

  • B.C. closes provincial campsites to non-residents this summer (CBC).

  • 2,479 confirmed cases, an increase of 12 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Ontario 

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • No new updates.

May 21, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau offering provinces and territories help to "scale up" testing and contact tracing (CBC).

  • The Prime Minister suggested Ottawa is willing to step up with financial support to get things going.

  • The Government of Canada announced C$305-million for a new, distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund to address immediate needs in Indigenous communities and help them respond to COVID-19. The fund included C$15-million in support for Indigenous organizations that provide services to Indigenous Peoples living in urban centres and off reserve (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump says he may support another coronavirus stimulus bill (News Release).

  • The USDA to provide US$1-billion in loan guarantees for rural businesses and agricultural producers (News Release).

Alberta

British Columbia

Ontario

  • The government announces first phase of research projects to fight COVID-19 (News Release and Backgrounder).

    • These projects, part of the government's C$20-million Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund, focus on areas of research such as vaccine development, diagnostics, drug trials and development, and social sciences.

  • 24,187 confirmed cases, an increase of 413 since yesterday, including 31 deaths.

Quebec

  • The Government of Quebec announces the opening of day camps in all regions starting June 22 (News Release).

    • With the view of reopening day camps from June 22, the Commission for Standards, Equity, Health and Safety at Work (CNESST) is making tools available to specifically support actors in this sector in their management of occupational health and safety in the context of COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Ministerial Orders 2020-037 to 2020-038; Orders in Council 530-2020 to 531-2020 and Orders in Council 539-2020 to 540-2020 have now been added to the May 21 Gazette Officielle du Québec.

  • 44,197 confirmed cases, an increase of 578 since yesterday, including 71 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published two blanket orders that provide investment funds and non-investment fund issuers with temporary relief from certain regulatory filings and delivery obligations, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • Ottawa to announce funding for off-reserve Indigenous People (The Globe and Mail).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • The Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed accelerates AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to be available beginning in October (News Release).

Alberta

  • 6,735 confirmed cases, an increase of 19 since yesterday.

British Columbia

  • 2,467 confirmed cases, an increase of 21 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Ontario 

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • The following orders were issued:

May 20, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced that application documents and updated criteria for Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses are now available; applications will be accepted through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation website beginning on May 25 (News Release and the Order that was included in this morning’s digest).

    • This program will provide forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners who, in turn, will give a rent reduction of at least 75 per cent for April and May (retroactive) and June to their small business tenants.

  • Ottawa to seek equity or cash from companies applying for new COVID-19 loan program (The Globe and Mail).

  • The following regulations were issued this afternoon (made under the Income Tax Act):

    • S.O.R./2020-0107 – Regulations Amending the Income Tax Regulations (COVID-19 – Eligible Entities)

    • S.O.R./2020-0106 – Regulations Amending the Income Tax Regulations (COVID-19 – Deemed Remittance)

  • The Public Health Agency of Canada now recommends wearing non-medical masks and face coverings (CBC).

  • Government of Canada announces funding to support organizations accelerating action on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Canada (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

  • The USDA and FDA strengthen the U.S. food supply chain protections during the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) today announced a final rule that allows employers to offer bonuses or other incentive-based pay to employees whose hours vary from week to week (News Release).

  • President Trump expresses opposition to extending unemployment benefits enacted in response to the pandemic (The Washington Post).

  • The federal financial institution regulatory agencies today issued principles for offering small-dollar loans in a responsible manner to meet the short-term credit needs of financial institutions' customers (News Release).

Alberta 

  • Starting today, the government is enacting the strongest public health measures in the country for international travellers to prevent the spread of travel-related COVID-19 cases (News Release).

    • During the first phase, travellers arriving at the Calgary and Edmonton international airports from outside Canada will be required to pass through a provincial checkpoint where they will need to complete an Alberta isolation plan.

    • Travellers will also undergo a thermal scan to check for elevated body temperature.

  • Stimulus plan boosts school upkeep and renewal; an unprecedented investment in school maintenance and renewal projects will create jobs and support Alberta’s economic recovery (News Release).

British Columbia

  • Remote execution of legal documents allowed during pandemic (Information Bulletin related to the orders in this morning’s digest).

Ontario

  • Bill 191, Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act (Presumption Respecting COVID-19), 2020 was tabled yesterday; amendments proposed to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997.

  • Face coverings now recommended when physical distancing is a challenge; the Ministry of Health released specific recommendations on how to choose, wear and care for appropriate face coverings used in public where physical distancing is not possible (News Release and face mask guidance).

    • To assist provincial transit agencies, the Ministry of Health is also recommending the following measures be put in place:

      • Physical distancing of at least two metres by admitting fewer passengers and using physical markers between seats

      • The use of face coverings, particularly when physical distancing is not feasible

      • Ensuring the availability of alcohol-based hand rub upon entering and exiting the vehicle

      • Implementing engineering controls like plexiglass windows between drivers and passengers

      • Enhanced cleaning, particularly of high-touch surfaces

  • Ontario reduces financial barriers to post-secondary education; student Assistance applications open for 2020-21 school year (News Release).

  • 23,774 confirmed cases, an increase of 390 since yesterday, including 43 deaths.

Quebec 

  • Outdoor gatherings of 10 people or fewer now allowed, under certain conditions (News Release).

  • The Minister of Health and Social Services and the Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity announced that private health care as well as personal care and esthetic services will be allowed to open as of June 1 (News Release).

    • This includes dental care, optometry, physiotherapy, osteopathy, and hairdressing and aesthetic services.

  • With a view to the gradual reopening of the workplaces of personal care and aesthetic, therapeutic and oral health businesses, the Commission des normes, de l'assurance, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) is making available specific tools to support these sectors in their management of occupational health and safety (News Release).

  • 44,775 confirmed cases, an increase of 578 since yesterday, including 71 deaths.
Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • A new government support program for large employers (Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility) is open for applications (News Release).

    • Additional information on the application process is available on the CDEV website.

  • PC Number: 2020-0310 – Order authorizing the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation to exercise or perform certain duties, powers and functions (made under the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Act).

  • Farmers to directly benefit from changes to the Canada Emergency Business Account (Statement).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

Alberta 

  • A provincial investment of more than C$170-million will help keep residents and staff in long-term care, designated supportive living facilities and seniors lodges safe from COVID-19 (News Release).

  • 6,716 confirmed cases, an increase of 33 since yesterday.

British Columbia

  • The following orders were issued:

  • Ministerial Order No. M161 – Electronic Witnessing of Wills (COVID-19) Order.

  • Ministerial Order No. M162 – Electronic Witnessing of Enduring Powers of Attorney and Representation Agreements (COVID-19) Order.

  • 2,446 confirmed cases, an increase of two since yesterday, including three deaths.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • Draft regulations on childcare services provided at school were published in the May 20 Gazette Officielle du Québec as well as:

    • T.B. 222423 – Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting the designation of classes of employees and the determination of special provisions applicable to employees of the Institut Philippe-Pinel.

  • Order in Council no. 530-2020 – Related to restrictions lifted for work environments that offer outdoor, recreational or individual sports activities to the public, contact-free, conducted outside and in an unstructured manner.

May 19, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Canada-U.S. border will stay closed to non-essential travel until June 21, Trudeau says (The Globe and Mail).

  • The Government of Canada shares draft legislative proposals to address issues relating to legislative time limits and deadlines (News Release).

    • Explanatory Note – The draft legislative proposals would suspend certain time limits and enable federal ministers to extend or suspend other time limits included in federal legislation to:

      • Ensure that Canadians/Canadian businesses are able to meet regulatory time limits and deadlines found in federal legislation, such as some key deadlines found in the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and in regulations made under the Canada Labour Code.

      • Protect Canadians’ rights and access to justice in the context of civil legal proceedings before the courts, by ensuring that individuals are not prevented from asserting their rights for having missed a time limit or deadline during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced an expansion to the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to include many owner-operated small businesses (News Release).

    • The program will now be available to a greater number of businesses that are sole proprietors receiving income directly from their businesses, businesses that rely on contractors, and family-owned corporations that pay employees through dividends rather than payroll.

    • To qualify under the expanded eligibility criteria, applicants with payroll lower than C$20,000 would need:

      • A business operating account at a participating financial institution.

      • A Canada Revenue Agency business number and to have filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return.

      • Eligible non-deferrable expenses between C$40,000 and C$1.5-million. Eligible non-deferrable expenses could include costs such as rent, property taxes, utilities and insurance.

      • More details, including the launch date for applications under the new criteria, will follow in the days to come.

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump said the U.S. should consider “terminating” trade deals that obligate the country to import cattle; he didn’t specify which trade deals he’s eyeing (Bloomberg).

  • The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted revised policies for enforcing OSHA's requirements with respect to coronavirus as economies reopen in states throughout the country (News Release).

  • The Department of Labor released updated resources for employers, employees and states to prevent fraud or misuse in the unemployment insurance system, including the new unemployment insurance programs under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (News Release).

  • The Department of Labor today announced a final rule to provide greater simplicity and flexibility to retail industry employers (News Release).

    • Provisions in the Fair Labor Standards Act allow employers in retail and service industries to exempt certain employees paid primarily on a commission basis from overtime.

  • Provisions in the Fair Labor Standards Act allow employers in retail and service industries to exempt certain employees paid primarily on a commission basis from overtime.

  • The Department of Labor’s OSHA announced the availability of US$11.5-million in Susan Harwood Training Grants for non-profit organizations, including community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, labour unions, joint labour/management associations, Indian tribes, and colleges and universities (News Release).

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture announces details of direct assistance to farmers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (News Release).

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and industry partners expand U.S.-based pharmaceutical manufacturing for COVID-19 response (News Release).

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized an at-home sample collection kit that can then be sent to specified laboratories for COVID-19 diagnostic testing (News Release).

  • The Trump administration announced framework and leadership for "Operation Warp Speed" on Friday (News Release).

Alberta

  • The government is providing new supports for hotels and other lodging providers that allow them to keep tourism levy amounts collected between March 1 and December 31, 2020 (News Release).

    • This measure will free up between C$16-million and C$27-million in additional cash flow for the hospitality sector

British Columbia

  • Health and social service workers delivering in-person, front-line care to some of B.C.’s most vulnerable people will receive a financial boost through temporary COVID-19 pandemic pay (News Release – Backgrounder is included just below the news release).

    • Eligible front-line workers will receive temporary pandemic pay, a lump-sum payment of about C$4 per hour for a 16-week period, starting on March 15, 2020. Eligible workers will receive the payment directly through their employer and do not need to apply.

Ontario

  • All emergency orders currently in force have been extended until May 29, 2020 (News Release and Order O.Reg. 220/20).

  • Premier Ford announced schools will not be reopening; online learning will continue for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year, and in-person classes will not resume until after the summer break (News Release).

  • Day camps will require local health officer approval, possibility of opening in July/August.

  • Childcare to be maintained for essential workers; reopening is being considered with very strict guidelines, but no date was given (possibly when we move into Phase 2).

  • Full plan on how schools will reopen will be unveiled by the end of June.

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

    • O.Reg. 221/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – Closure of Establishments (related to public libraries curb side pick-up/delivery).

    • O.Reg. 222/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – Organized Public Events, Certain Gatherings (related to religious ceremonies).

    • O.Reg. 223/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – Closure of Places of Non-Essential Businesses (related to the reopening of businesses that was announced last week).

    • O.Reg. 224/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – Closure of Outdoor Recreational Amenities.

  • The Ontario government is working with Medical Innovation Xchange (MIX), Canada's first industry-led hub for med-tech start-ups, to provide non-medical manufacturing companies free support as they retool to provide essential supplies and equipment to health-care facilities during COVID-19 (News Release).

  • 23,384 confirmed cases, an increase of 427 since yesterday, including 15 deaths.

Quebec

  • Premier Legault reaffirmed his desire to collaborate with the various union centres in order to improve the working conditions of employees in the health network and ensure that vacant positions are filled with qualified personnel (News Release).

  • 44,197 confirmed cases, an increase of 570 since yesterday, including 51 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Bill C-16, An Act to amend the Canadian Dairy Commission Act received royal assent Friday evening (News Release).

  • The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, announces more support for women entrepreneurs amid COVID-19 (News Release).

    • The Government of Canada will provide C$15-million in additional funding to support women entrepreneurs through the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES). This money will go directly to select organizations that are currently WES Ecosystem Fund recipients and will help women entrepreneurs through the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The federal government has been quietly probing how to provide provinces with more money annually for childcare (The Globe and Mail).

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) will be increased once again in July to help families keep up with the costs of living and raising their children (News Release).

  • The Government of Canada supports over 500 women’s shelters and sexual assault centres during the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • Steven Mnuchin and Jerome Powell will face the Senate over emergency lending programs (New York Times).

    • Yesterday, a report from the congressional commission overseeing the Federal Reserve and Treasury’s efforts pointed out that most of the US$500-billion that Congress allocated in March to the Treasury to support businesses and local governments had yet to be used and raised questions about how the rescue programs would work.

  • Delegating Authority Under the Defense Production Act to the Chief Executive Officer of the United States International Development Finance Corporation to Respond to the COVID-19 Outbreak (Executive Order).

    • Authority delegated under Title III of the act to make loans, make provision for purchases and commitments to purchase and take additional actions to create, maintain, protect, expand and restore the domestic industrial base capabilities, including supply chains within the United States and its territories needed to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Trump threatens to leave WHO and permanently end funding (New York Times).

Alberta 

  • Businesses and locations that are reopening can access a template on alberta.ca/BizConnect to publicly post how employees and patrons are protected from the spread of infection. The timeline to complete this template has been extended from seven to 14 days; completion of this template is voluntary (News Release).

  • The Court of Queen’s Bench will extend its limitation of hearings to emergency and urgent matters only to June 26 and the adjournment of criminal jury trials and jury selections to September 8 (News Release).

  • Alberta Transportation is developing a plan to safely resume all road tests while preventing the spread of COVID-19 (News Release).

  • 6,683 confirmed cases, an increase of 226 since Friday, including seven deaths.

British Columbia

  • Ministerial Order No. M159 – Local Government Finance (COVID-19) Order was issued (related to reserve fund borrowing, extensions of borrowing, deferral of tax and annual reporting).

  • 2,444 confirmed cases, an increase of 52 since Friday, including eight deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario’s education minister is set to give an update today on the status of schools and childcare services (CBC).

  • Ontario announces independent commission into long-term care; government commits to improving system following COVID-19 outbreak (News Release).

  • Notice Regarding Media and Public Access to Ontario Court of Justice Proceedings during the COVID-19 Pandemic (revised May 15, 2020).

  • 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).

  • 22,957 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,035 since Friday, including 79 deaths.

Quebec

  • Businesses to reopen on May 25 (retail businesses with an external door) and educational childcare services on June 1 in the greater Montréal area (News Release).

  • Hours and days of admission to commercial establishments: return to normal (News Release).

  • The Commission for Standards, Equity, Health and Safety at Work (CNESST) makes tools available to specifically support workers in this sector in their management of occupational health and safety (News Release).

    • Measures are also planned for temporary foreign workers (TFW) regarding accommodation and work.

  • 43,627 confirmed cases, an increase of 2,207 since Friday, including 195 deaths.

May 15, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Finance Minister Bill Morneau today announced that the Government of Canada will extend the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy by an additional 12 weeks to August 29, 2020. Minister Morneau also announced the approval of regulations to extend eligibility for the CEWS (News Release and Backgrounder).

    • The government also intends to propose legislative amendments to ensure that the CEWS continues to meet its objectives. These proposed amendments would:

      • Provide flexibility for employers of existing employees who were not regularly employed in early 2020, such as seasonal employees.

      • Ensure that the CEWS applies appropriately to corporations formed on the amalgamation of two predecessor corporations.

      • Better align the treatment of trusts and corporations for the purpose of determining CEWS eligibility.

  • The Minister of National Revenue announced that benefit payments will continue for an additional three months for those who are not able to file their 2019 returns on time (News Release).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced C$450-million in funding to help Canada’s academic research community during the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • Bill C-16, An Act to amend the Canadian Dairy Commission Act received third reading in the Senate today and is awaiting royal assent.

  • Canada Summer Jobs start rolling out to keep young people working during COVID-19 (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

  • The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has announced the publication of updated guidance, including FAQs, regarding the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (News Release).

  • The Federal Reserve published its Financial Stability Report (this report summarizes the Federal Reserve Board’s framework for assessing the resilience of the U.S. financial system and presents the Board’s current assessment).

  • In patchwork restart, parts of New York and other U.S. states reopen (Reuters).

Alberta

  • Guidance available on public mask use; details on non-medical masks, including when and how to use them and what to consider when making or buying them is available here.

British Columbia

  • WorkSafeBC has released industry-specific guidelines and resources for the following sectors (News Release; industry-specific guidance and resources are available here):

    • Restaurants, cafes and pubs

    • Salons and personal services

    • Museums, art galleries and libraries, real estate

    • Education

    • Health services

    • Retail

    • In-person counselling

    • Parks and outdoor spaces

    • Office space (protocols for returning to operation)

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

    • Information and application details for B.C. Agri-Business Planning Program is available here.

  • K-12 students to have optional in-class instruction on June 1 (News Release).

    • School districts will determine scheduling for classes and transportation arrangements.

Ontario

  • 21,922 confirmed cases, an increase of 341 since yesterday, including 27 deaths.

Quebec

  • Premier Legault announced the allocation of a budget of C$6-million to the various transportation companies of the Metropolitan Community of Montréal for the purchase of masks, intended for users who would not be able to obtain them on their own (News Release).

  • Revenu Québec announces that citizens who will not be able to file their 2019 tax year return before the June 1 deadline will continue to receive payments of certain benefits and certain tax credits to which they are entitled (News Release).

  • Certain highway checkpoints for three regions of Quebec will be removed as of Monday, May 18, as recommended by public health authorities (News Release).

  • 41,420 confirmed cases, an increase of 696 since yesterday, including 50 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to provide details today about extending the federal government's emergency wage subsidy (CBC).

  • The Prime Minister announced new support for Canada’s fish harvesters; up to C$469.4-million in new measures to support Canada’s fish harvesters who are economically impacted by the pandemic but cannot access existing federal measures (News Release). The Government of Canada will:

    • Launch the Fish Harvester Benefit, a program worth up to C$267.6-million, to help provide income support for this year’s fishing seasons to eligible self-employed fish harvesters and sharespersons crew who cannot access the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.

    • Launch the Fish Harvester Grant, a program worth up to C$201.8-million, to provide grants to help fish harvesters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and who are ineligible for the Canada Emergency Business Account or equivalent measures.

    • Propose measures or changes to Employment Insurance (EI) that would allow self-employed fish harvesters and sharespersons to access EI benefits on the basis of insurable earnings from previous seasons (winter and summer claims).

  • Ottawa is expected today to announce financial support to prevent the threatened layoffs of up to 15,000 researchers at hospital-based research institutes who, due to a technicality, don’t qualify for the wage subsidy (The Globe and Mail).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • The CDC released guidelines for reopening parts of the economy yesterday. Called "decision trees," the one-page flow charts — for workplaces, bars, restaurants, mass transit, childcare centres, summer camps and schools — pose a series of questions about meeting safety measures, having social distancing in place and ongoing monitoring (Wall Street Journal and Workplace Guide).

  • The FDA probes accuracy issue with rapid COVID-19 test used at thousands of U.S. hospitals and clinics and at the White House (The Globe and Mail).

  • The Federal Reserve Board issues a Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households (News Release).

  • The U.S. House aims to pass US$3-trillion Democratic coronavirus bill rejected by Republicans (Reuters).

  • President Donald Trump signalled a further deterioration of his relationship with China over the coronavirus outbreak, saying he has no interest in speaking to President Xi Jinping (The Globe and Mail).

Alberta

  • Within a week, Alberta will likely know whether reopening triggers COVID-19 surge (CBC).

  • All workplaces are expected to develop and implement policies and procedures to address COVID-19, including a plan to reduce the risk of transmission among staff and customers (News Release).

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

  • 6,457 confirmed cases, an increase of 50 since yesterday, including one death.

British Columbia

  • 2,392 confirmed cases, an increase of 15 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Ontario

  • O.Reg. 219/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) – Closure of Places of Non-Essential Businesses (related to yesterday’s announcement on the May 16 reopening of golf courses, kennels, stables, marinas etc.).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • Ministerial Orders 2020-033 to 2020-035 and the Order in Council renewal of public health emergency have now been added to the May 14 Gazette Officielle du Québec as well as:

    • O.C. 522-2020Regulation respecting the postponement of the designation and taking office of members of school service centres’ boards of directors (made under the Education Act).

May 14, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

  • The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, on behalf of Farm Credit Canada, announced the launch of a C$100-million Agriculture and Food Business Solutions Fund to support proven, viable companies through unexpected business disruptions (News Release).

    • The fund is set up to support a wide range of enterprises in the agribusiness and agri-food sector, including companies involved in primary production, agri-tech, manufacturing, packaging and distribution.

  • Starting June 1, 2020, Parks Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada will gradually resume some operations at selected national parks, national historic sites, national marine conservation areas and national wildlife areas (News Release and Backgrounder).

  • The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, introduced new measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in remote and vulnerable Arctic communities (News Release).

  • As of June 1, 2020, pleasure craft will be prohibited from operating within Canada’s Arctic coastal waters (north of the 60th parallel), as well as in the coastal areas of northern Quebec and Labrador.

  • These measures will remain in place until at least October 31, 2020.

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump is open to more coronavirus stimulus, but not Democrats' plan (Reuters).

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia 

Ontario 

  • As of this Saturday, private parks, campgrounds, marinas, boat clubs, golf courses and businesses that board animals are allowed to open. As of Tuesday, May 19, Ontario will enter into Stage 1 – the following will be allowed to open (Detailed List of Stage 1 Openings and News Release):

    • Retail stores with a street entrance, not in malls; vehicle dealerships and retailers

    • Lift construction limits – all construction to resume

    • Media operations

    • Seasonal venues

    • Individual recreational sports (tennis courts, gun clubs, cycling tracks, horse-riding facilities)

    • Individual sports competitions without spectators

    • Veterinary and animal services (grooming, etc.)

    • Scheduled surgeries, certain health services and counselling services

    • Professional services related to research and development

    • Emissions inspection facilities

    • Indoor and outdoor household services

    • Maintenance

    • Community services (libraries for pick-up or delivery)

  • The following orders/regs were added to E-Laws this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 216/20 – Livestock and Livestock Products Act (related to extension periods).

    • O.Reg. 218/20 – Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Quantification, Reporting and Verification (made under the Environmental Protection Act).

  • Canada and Ontario take steps to further protect farm workers; funding will help enhance health and safety measures during COVID-19 (News Release).

    • Today's announcement is in addition to the C$2.25-million investment announced last week to help provincially licensed meat processors implement COVID-19 health and safety measures.

  • 21,494 confirmed cases, an increase of 258 since yesterday, including 33 deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec will not reopen schools in Montréal before the end of August and postpones the opening of daycare centres to June 1 (News Release).

  • 2020-2030 Quebec Infrastructure Plan – Nearly C$3-billion in infrastructure investment outpaced to accelerate the recovery of the economy (News Release).

  • 40,724 confirmed cases, an increase of 793 since yesterday, including 131 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The following orders were issued under the Financial Administration Act:

    • PC 2020-0308 – Order declaring that subsections 89(1), (4), and (6) and section 89.1 of the Financial Administration Act, which apply only to parent Crown corporations, apply to Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation as if it were a parent Crown corporation, effective on the day on which Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation is incorporated.

    • PC 2020-0307 – Order directing Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation to administer, approve and fund transactions, in accordance with terms and conditions approved by the Minister of Finance, in relation to a credit support program for large Canadian companies in response to the COVID-19 emergency, effective on the day on which Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation is incorporated.

    • PC 2020-0306 – Order authorizing:

      • Canada Development Investment Corporation to procure the incorporation of Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation, all the shares of which, on incorporation, would be held by, on behalf of or in trust for the Canada Development Investment Corporation

      • Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation to acquire shares of any corporation that, on acquisition, would be held by, on behalf of or in trust for Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation

      • Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation to sell or otherwise dispose of any of its shares

      • Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation to sell or otherwise dispose of all or substantially all of its assets

    • PC 2020-0305 – Order directing Canada Development Investment Corporation to procure the incorporation of a wholly owned subsidiary, to be known as Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation, and to take such steps as are necessary to facilitate the subsidiary's administration of a credit support program for large Canadian companies in response to the COVID-19 emergency, in accordance with any directive that may be given to that subsidiary.

  • The House passed Bill C-16, An Act to amend the Canadian Dairy Commission Act yesterday evening. It now moves on to the Senate.

  • Ottawa to announce gradual reopening of national parks, historic sites (CBC).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump said infectious-disease expert Anthony Fauci's warning about the dangers of reopening the economy and schools too quickly is not acceptable (Reuters).

    • Trump applauded the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a coronavirus lockdown order in his latest move to encourage states to reopen (Reuters).

  • The whistleblower who was ousted as the head of a federal research agency plans to deliver a stark warning to Congress this morning: If the United States does not step up its response to the coronavirus pandemic, Americans will suffer “unprecedented illness and fatalities” (NYT).

Alberta

  • Stage one of Alberta’s relaunch strategy begins today as restrictions are gradually lifted, with a more gradual reopening in Calgary and Brooks (News Release).

    • The following businesses and facilities can start to resume operations today in all areas except the cities of Calgary and Brooks; in Calgary and Brooks, the relaunch will be gradual over 18 days (those marked with * can open in Calgary/Brooks today).

      • Retail businesses, such as clothing, furniture and bookstores; all vendors at farmers markets will also be able to operate*

      • Museums and art galleries*

      • Daycares and out-of-school care with limits on occupancy*

      • Hairstyling and barbershops

      • Cafés, restaurants, pubs and bars will be permitted to reopen for table service only at 50 per cent capacity

      • Day camps, including summer school, will be permitted with limits on occupancy (in Calgary/Brooks, these will be permitted on June 1)

      • Post-secondary institutions will continue to deliver courses; however, there will be more flexibility to include in-person delivery once the existing health order prohibiting in-person classes is lifted

      • Places of worship and funeral services, if they follow specific guidance already online

      • The resumption of some scheduled, non-urgent surgeries will continue gradually*

      • Regulated health professions are permitted to offer services as long as they continue to follow approved guidelines set by their professional colleges*

    • Remote working advised wherever possible, and travel outside the province is not recommended. Albertans are encouraged to download the ABTraceTogether mobile contact tracing app and use it when in public.

    • Workplace guidance and supports to help businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 begin to reopen and resume operations safely.

  • 6,407 confirmed cases, an increase of 62 since yesterday, including two deaths. 

British Columbia

  • 2,376 confirmed cases, an increase of 16 since yesterday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance; Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade; and Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

May 13, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump to tap ex-Glaxo executive and U.S. general for coronavirus vaccine effort (Reuters).

  • The Trump administration is reviewing an order to extend its virus border restrictions indefinitely (New York Times).

  • Nine states on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for relaxing a range of companies’ compliance and monitoring requirements with federal clean air and water laws in response to the coronavirus pandemic, arguing the policy is too broad and not transparent (Reuters).

Alberta

  • Alberta will proceed to the first phase of its relaunch plan tomorrow, Premier Jason Kenney says, though Calgary and Brooks will reopen more slowly than the rest of the province (CBC).

  • Western Economic Diversification Canada launches Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to support local economy (News Release)

British Columbia

  • Order in Council No. 241 – declaration of a state of emergency extended to May 26, 2020.

  • Western Economic Diversification Canada launches Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to support local economy (News Release)

Ontario

  • CBC News obtains draft document showing "stage 1" reopening plan will be announced tomorrow (CBC).

  • Draft shows Premier Doug Ford is ready to announce on Thursday plans to allow the reopening of retail stores that are not in malls, as well as seasonal businesses, pet services, household cleaning and maintenance, and in-person health and counselling services.

  • The release also announces "lifting essential workplace limits on construction" and allowing picnics in parks. 

  • The release says the government "will provide updates on easing restrictions on social cohorting in the coming days." It also says information on school programs, child care and summer learning will be provided next week.

  • Ontario making prescription drugs more affordable during COVID-19; province provides relief for Ontarians using the Ontario Drug Benefit Program (News Release).

    • Effective today, people using the Ontario Drug Benefit Program will not be required to pay any co-payment until July 1, 2020, for any prescription of 30-plus days that is now being dispensed in installments. In addition, existing and new Trillium Drug Program households can apply for an income reassessment to help reduce the financial burden for families during the outbreak.

  • O.Reg. 211/20 – General (made under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act).

  • O.Reg. 212/20 – General (made under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act).

  • FedDev Ontario launches Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to support local economies (News Release and Backgrounder).

  • Voluntary redeployment of education workers to fill staffing shortages; Ontario provides further support for seniors and communities during COVID-19 (News Release).

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

  • 21,236 confirmed cases, an increase of 329 since yesterday, including 40 deaths.

Quebec

  • The Quebec government’s plan to reopen the province comes under scrutiny as the legislature resumes sitting (The Globe and Mail).

  • The CNESST publishes a guide to health standards in the workplace for leisure, sport and outdoor activities with a view to a gradual safe recovery (News Release).

  • Quebec announces a measure of C$450,000 to help fish companies and ensure the well-being of fish farms (News Release).

  • Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions launches the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to support local economies (News Release and Backgrounder).

  • Subject to the application of the principles of social distancing and all the recommendations of Public Health, the Government of Quebec announces the gradual resumption of the recreational practice of certain sports, leisure and outdoor activities that take place in outside starting May 20 (News Release).

  • The exemption relating to the Regulation respecting the hours of driving and rest of drivers of heavy vehicles announced on April 6, 2020, will no longer apply from Saturday May 16 (News Release).

  • 39,931 confirmed cases, an increase of 706 since yesterday, including 89 deaths.

  • Chart showing distribution of the number of daily deaths related to the COVID-19 according to their living environment.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The House of Commons reconvenes today to debate legislation to permanently increase the Canadian Dairy Commission's (CDC) borrowing limit to half a billion dollars (CBC).

    • The bill up for debate amends the Canadian Dairy Commission Act, allowing the government to use the Crown corporation's buying power to mitigate unpredictable shifts in domestic milk supply and demand.

  • Canada-U.S. border expected to stay closed to non-essential travel to June 21 (The Globe and Mail).

    • The sources said Canada asked for a 30-day roll over, and it is almost certain that Washington will agree to the proposal.

  • The following have been added to the May 13 Canada Gazette, Part II:

    • S.O.R./2020-95 – Interim Order No. 4 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit), including the associated Explanatory Note.

    • S.O.R./2020-92 – Regulations Amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (also including the associated Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement).

  • Health Canada authorized the first COVID-19 serological test for use in Canada (Statement).

    • Serological testing will contribute to a better understanding of whether people who have been infected by COVID-19 are immune to the virus.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • Yesterday, the CDC Director Robert Redfield testified before a U.S. Senate committee that the recommendations for reopening would be released “soon” (The Globe and Mail).

    • Both the CDC document and the White House’s published plan recommend communities reopen in phases as local cases of coronavirus subside. One of many differences, however, is advice for when communities should allow for the resumption of non-essential travel.

  • Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Congress and the White House will need to spend more money to make sure policymakers’ quick initial response to the coronavirus-induced economic contraction isn’t wasted amid evidence that any recovery will take longer than first thought (Wall Street Journal).

Alberta 

  • Progress of legislation:

    • S.A. 2020 c. 7 (Bill 13), Emergency Management Amendment Act, 2020 (No. 2) received royal assent yesterday. In force May 12, 2020; section 11 has effect on March 17, 2020.

    • S.A. 2020 c. U-4 (Bill 14), Utility Payment Deferral Program Act received royal assent yesterday. This act took effect on March 18, 2020, except sections 3, 13 and 27, which will come into force on May 12, 2020.

  • 6,345 confirmed cases, an increase of 45 since yesterday.

British Columbia 

  • 2,360 confirmed cases, an increase of seven since yesterday, including one death.

Ontario 

  • Ontario takes steps to better protect long-term-care residents and staff during the COVID-19 outbreak (News Release and Order O.Reg. 210/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – Management of Long-Term Care Homes In Outbreak).

    • Emergency order adopted allowing the province to issue a mandatory management order for a long-term-care home struggling to deal with a COVID-19 outbreak.

    • This order would support the use of rapid, immediate and effective management alternatives to protect residents and staff within a home. The manager could be any person, including a corporation or a hospital.

  • 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.

May 12, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Trudeau promises "stronger measures" for screening at Canada-U.S. border (The Globe and Mail).

  • Ottawa will distribute pandemic money now and "clean up" fraudulent claims later, PM says (CBC).

  • The government is announcing, effective immediately, a new, temporary policy that will drastically reduce the time it takes for a temporary foreign worker to start a new job (News Release).

    • While this policy is in place, a worker who is already in Canada and has secured a new job offer can get approval to start working in their new job, even while their work permit application is being fully processed.

    • Statement from Minister Bibeau on temporary foreign workers.

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced a series of additional measures to help seniors and provide them with greater financial security in this time of crisis (News Release). These measures include:

    • Providing additional financial support of C$2.5-billion for a one-time tax-free payment of C$300 for seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension, with an additional C$200 for seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).

  • Expanding the New Horizons for Seniors Program with an additional investment of C$20-million.

  • Temporarily extending GIS and allowance payments if seniors’ 2019 income information has not been assessed.

  • Temporary suspension of service at select Canadian border services locations (News Release).

    • Fact Sheet: COVID-19 – List of CBSA locations that remain open during temporary service suspension at Canadian airports and private boat reporting sites (Backgrounder).

  • Free tax clinics go virtual: Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, announced that virtual clinics will be held on an interim basis to help those that rely on this service (News Release).

  • Minister Gould announced funding for global vaccinations (News Release and Backgrounder).

U.S. – Federal

  • House Democrats propose a US$3-trillion relief measure that is unlikely to advance in the Republican-led Senate (New York Times).

    • The proposed bill includes protections for banks that do business with both state-legal cannabis businesses and industry-adjacent businesses.

  • Fauci and other top health officials urge more testing before easing lockdowns; at Senate hearing, experts warn of potential for coronavirus surge as states move to reopen (Reuters).

Alberta

  • Prioritizing funding for front-line non-profits; increased funding to the Community Initiatives Program Operating grant will help front-line non-profits continue caring for vulnerable Albertans (News Release).

British Columbia

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

    • The funding is available to B.C. farmers, and food and beverage processors of all sizes.

    • To be eligible, an applicant must have at least two years of business revenues, be licensed to do business in B.C. and be growing or processing one or more products in the province.

Ontario

  • The House passed S.C. 2020 c. 7 (Bill 190) COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020 this afternoon, which enacts the Alternative Filing Methods for Business Act, 2020 and makes amendments to the:

    • Business Corporations Act

    • Business Names Act

    • Commissioners for Taking Affidavits Act

    • Condominium Act, 1998

    • Co-operative Corporations Act

    • Corporations Act

    • Corporations Information Act

    • Education Act

    • Extra-Provincial Corporations Act

    • Limited Partnership Act

    • Métis Nation of Ontario Secretariat Act, 2015

    • Notaries Act

    • Not-For-Profit Corporations Act, 2010

    • Succession Law Reform Act

  • The Bill will help people conduct business while practising physical distancing by, for example:

    • Enabling corporations to call and hold meetings virtually, as applicable, and extending the time period in which annual meetings must be held in specific circumstances.

    • Allowing designations of a beneficiary to be provided electronically for retirement savings plans, retirement income funds, locked-in retirement accounts, life income funds and tax-free savings accounts.

    • Allowing electronic filing of business registration documents and the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services to accept copies of business registration documents and e-signatures.

    • Allowing for regulations to set out the parameters for remotely commissioning or notarizing a document.

  • The Ontario government is extending the Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to June 2, 2020; the Expenditure Estimates for the 2020-21 fiscal year were also tabled in the Legislature (News Release).

  • Ontario's top doctor not confident about reopening, despite Ford saying first stage coming Thursday (CBC).

  • 20,907 confirmed cases, an increase of 361 since yesterday, including 56 deaths.

Quebec

  • The government will invest more than C$10-million, through the Innovation Program, the Support Program for Research and Innovation Organizations and the Quebec Research Funds, to support related scientific and technological projects with the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • Premier Legault "strongly recommends" Quebecers wear masks (CBC).

  • 39,225 confirmed cases, an increase of 756 since yesterday, including 118 deaths.
Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The National Research Council of Canada and CanSino Biologics Inc. announce collaboration to advance vaccine against COVID-19 (News Release and The Globe and Mail).

    • The NRC also announced collaboration with USask’s VIDO-InterVac to advance development of a vaccine (News Release).

  • Coalition presses Ottawa to provide bailout for Canadian public transit agencies (The Globe and Mail).

    • In an open letter set to be released today, the groups add their voice to growing concerns that the COVID-19 pandemic has slashed transit ridership.

    • The 45 signatories include Transport Action Canada, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, TTCriders, the Manitoba Federation of Labour, the Better Transit Alliance of Greater Victoria and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • Top health officials in the Trump administration, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, will testify in the Senate today on measures to reopen the economy safely (Reuters).

    • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci plans to warn against the risks of reopening the economy too soon.

    • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to unveil a sweeping coronavirus-response bill, possibly this week, that would likely provide more funding for testing, new state and local government aid and another round of direct payments to people to help them meet their daily living costs.

Alberta 

  • To support businesses reopening during stage one of Alberta’s phased relaunch, the government is launching a new resource to help them keep their staff and customers safer (News Release).

  • 6,300 confirmed cases, an increase of 47 since yesterday, including two deaths.

British Columbia 

  • Order in Council No. 239 – amendments made to the Employment and Assistance Regulation and Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Regulation.

  • 2,353 confirmed cases, an increase of 23 since yesterday, including one death.

Ontario 

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance; and Paul Calandra, Government House Leader, to hold a media availability at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • Ministerial Order 2020-035 – related to the national and local provisions of the collective agreements applicable in the health and social services network; employment conditions applicable to non-unionized salaried persons.

  • Two major Quebec universities, McGill and the University of Montreal, say most classes will be online in the fall semester (CBC).

May 11, 2020

Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Increased border traffic likely as Canada and U.S. economies reopen: Freeland (The Globe and Mail).

    • Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada and the U.S. are working on plans to deal with what she calls an inevitable increase in cross-border traffic as economies in both countries emerge from their pandemic-induced comas.

U.S. – Federal

  • White House considers more coronavirus aid as jobs picture worsens (Reuters).

  • U.S. next week to start purchasing US$3-billion worth of farm goods: President Trump (Reuters).

    • It was unclear whether his statement referred to a US$19-billion relief plan announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in April. The agency said it would buy US$3-billion worth of agricultural commodities as part of that program.

Alberta 

  • Government is kick-starting an expanded electronics recycling project that will support job creation, grow the economy and help municipalities divert more reusable material from landfills (News Release).

British Columbia

Ontario

  • Ontario's legislature will sit tomorrow and is expected to extend the province's state of emergency to June 2 (CBC).

    • News on the remaining school year is expected next week.

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

    • O.Reg. 209/20 – Building Code, related to Division C (made under the Building Code Act)

    • O.Reg. 208/20 – General related to alternative procedures (made under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017).

    • O.Reg. 207/20 – General related to alternative procedures and application fees (made under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017).

    • O.Reg. 206/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – Child Care Fees.

    • O.Reg. 205/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act - Education Sector.

  • The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development and its health and safety association partners have now released over 80 sector-specific health and safety guidelines, including guidelines for curbside pickup and delivery services (News Release).

  • The Ontario government is providing C$30-million to build a safer and more reliable transportation system that will help keep goods moving and better connect communities across the province (News Release).

  • 20,546 confirmed cases, an increase of 308 since yesterday, including 35 deaths.

Quebec

  • The Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) is increasing the support it provides to various front-line organizations that are dedicated to helping consumers, including seniors (News Release).

    • The AMF is more than doubling, to C$830,000, the annual amount it is providing to the 37 family economy cooperative associations (Associations coopératives d'économie familiale – ACEFs), Québec's consumer associations and three seniors associations for 2020-2021.

  • "We are all concerned about Montreal," Legault says, further delays possible (CBC).

  • The number of screening tests will continue to increase in Quebec (News Release).

  • Quebec cautiously reopens some elementary schools and daycares after coronavirus shutdowns (The Globe and Mail).

  • The Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, RECYC-QUÉBEC, the retailers, convenience stores and the brewers agreed on a plan for the gradual resumption of deposit activities (News Release).

  • 38,469 confirmed cases, an increase 748 since yesterday, including 85 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • This morning, the Prime Minister announced additional support for businesses (News Release). The Government of Canada will:

    • Establish Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) to provide bridge financing to Canada’s largest employers, whose needs during the pandemic are not being met through conventional financing, in order to keep their operations going. This support will not be used to resolve insolvencies or restructure firms, nor will it provide financing to companies that otherwise have the capacity to manage through the crisis.

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

      • Support for large companies through LEEFF will be delivered by the Canada Development Investment Corporation (CDEV), in cooperation with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and the Department of Finance.

      • The LEEFF program will be open to large for-profit businesses ― with the exception of those in the financial sector ― as well as certain not-for-profit businesses, such as airports, with annual revenues generally in the order of C$300-million or higher. To qualify for LEEFF support, eligible businesses must be seeking financing of about C$60-million or more, have significant operations or workforce in Canada, and not be involved in active insolvency proceedings.

    • Expand the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) to mid-sized companies with larger financing needs.

    • Continue to provide financing to businesses through Farm Credit Canada, the BDC and EDC, including through the Canada Account.

  • Indigenous Services Canada providing direct air transportation with strict, safety-first health protocol for essential personnel to serve fly-in First Nations communities and protect against COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

Alberta

  • Alberta to reopen daycares with limited capacity and health screening (The Globe and Mail).

    • Daycares preparing to open as early as Thursday will be limited to 10 people per room.

  • Travel to summer homes, cabins and cottages within Alberta is now permitted. Those choosing to travel within the province are reminded to consider local community guidelines and the health and safety of small communities (News Release).

  • Government is accelerating infrastructure and transportation projects across the province to get thousands of Albertans back to work and the economy back on track (News Release).

  • The Government of Alberta is improving testing capacity and creating jobs for Albertans as the fight against COVID-19 and efforts to reopen the economy continue (News Release).

  • A new online hub called CORE will coordinate community services for older Albertans and seniors during the COVID-19 (News Release).

  • 6,253 confirmed cases, an increase of 236 since Friday, including three deaths.

British Columbia

  • The Encampment Health and Safety (COVID-19) Order made by M.O. 128/2020 is repealed, and Ministerial Order No. 150 Encampment Health and Safety (COVID-19) Order No. 2 is made.

  • 2,330 confirmed cases, an increase of 42 since Friday, including three deaths.

Ontario

  • The Government is opening provincial parks and conservation reserves for limited day-use access. The first areas will open on Monday May 11, 2020, with the remaining areas opening on Friday May 15, 2020 (News Release).

  • The following orders/regulations were added to E-Laws:

    • O.Reg. 204/20 – General (made under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 related to exemptions and extensions due to COVID-19).

    • O.Reg. 203/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) – Closure of Places of Non-Essential Businesses (related to primary place of residence).

  • The government has approved an emergency order that would enable available school board employees to be voluntarily redeployed to congregate care settings during the COVID-19 pandemic, including hospitals, long-term-care homes, retirement homes and women's shelters (News Release).

  • The government is protecting licensed childcare in Ontario during the COVID-19 outbreak by ensuring parents retain access to local licensed childcare, as well as EarlyON Child and Family Centre (News Release).

  • Ontario asks long-term-care homes for plan to stem the spread of COVID-19 (The Globe and Mail).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; and Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

  • 20,238 confirmed cases, an increase of 640 since Friday, including 94 deaths.

Quebec

  • The Government du Québec highlights the reopening of all construction sites and manufacturing companies today (News Release).

  • The Government of Quebec announces that over the next few weeks, activities surrounding real estate transaction services will resume gradually, always with the agreement and collaboration of public health authorities (News Release).

    • Reopenings will take place in phases, depending on the type of activity and the geographic areas. As of May 11, real estate brokers working in the residential and commercial sector, land surveyors, building inspectors and appraisers as well as certified appraisers will be able to resume their activities.

  • Ministerial Order 2020-034 – related to operations of residential and long-term-care centres, authorization of professionals practising within a health and social services institution to take samples, and lifting of restriction on access to territories.

  • 37,721 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,571 since Friday, including 203 deaths.
May 8, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Ottawa to extend wage subsidy beyond June 6 expiry date, Trudeau says. Further details to come next week (The Globe and Mail).

  • Canadian Labour Congress calls for end to privately owned long-term-care facilities after COVID-19 deaths (The Globe and Mail).

  • Chief Justice of Canada and Minister of Justice Launch Action Committee on Court Operations in Response to COVID-19 (News Release).

    • The Action Committee will provide national leadership to support the work of provincial and territorial governments, individual courts, and court administrators in progressively restoring the full operation of Canada’s courts while ensuring the safety of court users and staff.

  • Minister Bains announces new Industry Strategy Council – this council will serve as an advisory board to assess the scope and depth of COVID-19’s impact on industries and inform government’s understanding of specific sectoral pressures (News Release).

  • The following ministerial instructions were added to the May 9 Canada Gazette, Part I:

    • Ministerial Instructions – Amending the Ministerial Instructions Respecting the Agri-food Immigration Class (Subparagraph 2(3)(c)(v)).

    • Ministerial Instructions – Amending the Ministerial Instructions Respecting the Home Child Care Provider Class and the Ministerial Instructions Respecting the Home Support Worker Class.

    • Ministerial Instructions – with respect to the processing of certain new and existing applications for temporary residence to further support government-wide measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

  • Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations – next steps to support the industry impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic (News Release and Backgrounder).

    • A total of up to C$500-million has been set aside to help alleviate the financial pressures of affected organizations.

  • Starting today, partner organizations will be contacted so that funds can begin to flow to cultural and sport organizations. Canadian Heritage is working closely with its partners – in particular, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Media Fund, FACTOR, Musicaction and Telefilm Canada.

U.S. – Federal

  • Work visas targeted as the White House expands immigration curbs, citing virus (Wall Street Journal).

    • The Trump administration is drawing up plans for an executive order, expected this month, that would ban the issuance of some new temporary, work-based visas. The order is expected to focus on visa categories such as H-1B, designed for highly skilled workers; and H-2B, for seasonal migrant workers, as well as student visas and the work authorization that accompanies them.

Alberta

  • In response to COVID-19, the Government of Alberta has created a new Agriculture Training Support Program to help employers in the food supply chain provide necessary training to new Alberta employees (News Release).

  • The government has charged a Calgary-based business with ignoring an order to stop charging exorbitant prices for several consumer products (News Release).

British Columbia

  • The province and TransLink are working on a comprehensive solution to address the major financial impacts that TransLink, like many transit agencies across the country, has incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

    • Given the progress in these discussions, TransLink and its operating companies will suspend the service reductions planned to begin on May 18 and rescind layoff notices issued to approximately 1,500 employees.

Ontario

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

    • The first stream of the Agri-food Workplace Protection Program will provide funding to implement COVID-19 health and safety measures in provincially licensed meat plants, including purchasing additional personal protective equipment, redesigning workstations, supporting employees who require mandatory isolation, and work-site mobility and transportation.

    • The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) will begin accepting applications on May 12, 2020, and will expedite the approval process to get the necessary support to the agri-food sector faster.

  • Ontario eases restrictions on professional sports training facilities (Statement).

    • Beginning today in Ontario, professional sport training facilities will be permitted to reopen, provided their respective sports leagues have established health and safety protocols in response to COVID-19.

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

    • O.Reg. 200/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) – Closure of Places of Non-Essential Business (related to curb-side pick-up or delivery, construction and sports-training facilities).

  • Government continues to prepare for the next stages of reopening the economy (News Release and Backgrounder on Ontario’s Initiatives to Support Jobs and Businesses Impacted).

  • Attorney General Doug Downey released the following statement on building a justice system for the 21st century that is more accessible, responsive and resilient for Ontarians.

  • 19, 598 confirmed cases, an increase of 477 since yesterday, including 63 deaths.

Quebec 

  • Public health authorities announced the terms of the mass-screening strategies that will be deployed in the sectors most affected by COVID-19, particularly in the territory of the metropolitan community of Montréal (News Release).

    • Regional strategies will be deployed in certain sectors of the regions of Montréal, Laval, Lanaudière, the Laurentians and the Montérégie.

  • Gradual resumption of roadworks starting May 11 (News Release).

  • 36,150 confirmed cases, an increase 914 since yesterday, including 94 deaths.
Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit – Updated Backgrounder (Employment and Social Development Canada).

  • Canada turning to foreign airlines to bring home citizens stranded by pandemic (CBC).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump threatens to "terminate" trade deal with China over COVID-19 (The Globe and Mail).

Alberta

  • Progress of legislation:

    • Bill 14Utility Payment Deferral Program Act received second reading yesterday evening.

  • Premier Kenney is cautioning that some hard-hit areas may not move forward on the same reopening schedule as the rest of the province, saying officials will be looking at local data as they make decisions about what to open and when (CBC).

  • In response to the mass disruptions in the agriculture industry caused by COVID-19, the Government of Alberta is introducing several new supports to help farmers and ranchers through AgriRecovery (News Release).

  • 6,017 confirmed cases, an increase of 54 since yesterday, including two deaths. 4,044 cases in the Calgary zone, 1,124 cases in the South zone, 505 cases in the Edmonton zone, 226 cases in the North zone, 94 cases in the Central zone and 24 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia 

  • 2,288 confirmed cases, an increase of 33 since yesterday, including two deaths. 865 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,064 are in the Fraser Health region, 126 are in the Island Health region, 179 are in the Interior Health region and 54 are in the Northern Health region.

Ontario 

  • Ontario rejects regional phase-outs of COVID-19 restrictions (CBC).

  • Ontario says it will "review" long-term-care system post-COVID-19 but won’t commit to independence (The Globe and Mail).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; and Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • Premier Legault announced that the Government of Quebec is improving the remuneration of staff to encourage work at full time and promote retention of health-care workers (News Release).

  • To help unsubsidized daycares (GNS) and recognized non-subsidized daycare providers to resume service during the progressive opening period, the Quebec government announces that it will provide financial support of C$22-million, up until June 19 (News Release).

  • Order – Repeal of the order concerning the suspension of the prohibition from driving a road vehicle on bridges P-15020 of autoroute 25 and P-10942 of autoroute 30, subject to a toll under the Act respecting transport infrastructure partnerships unless the amount of the toll and the fees are paid in accordance with that act.

May 7, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced that all provinces and territories have confirmed, or are in the process of confirming, plans to cost-share wage top-ups for their essential workers (News Release).

    • The Government of Canada will provide up to C$3-billion in support to increase the wages of low-income essential workers. Each province or territory will determine which workers would be eligible for support and how much support they will receive.

  • Privacy commissioners warn COVID-19 apps come with potential risks to Canadians (The Globe and Mail).

  • Update on Canadian Armed Forces’ response to COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

Alberta 

  • The government is accelerating the procurement process for construction of the Red Deer Justice Centre to get Albertans back to work (News Release).

British Columbia 

  • Surgeries that were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic are starting back up as part of a massive surgical renewal plan (News Release and B.C. Surgery Renewal Plan). Target timeline for surgical renewal:

    • May 7-15: Patient outreach, preoperative screening and implementation planning

    • May 18: Surgical services begin, increasing capacity over four weeks to near normal pre-COVID levels

    • May 31: All private contracted facilities working at maximum available capacity

    • June: Begin recruitment and training of new staff

    • June 15: All existing operating rooms running at full available capacity

    • June 15–October 15: Incrementally bringing on additional capacity

    • July: Ministry of Health’s first monthly public progress report on surgical renewal

    • July–August: Optimize full capacity over the summer period

  • Order in Council No. 288 – related to amendments to the Child Care Licensing Regulation (certificate extensions due to COVID-19).

Ontario

  • Ontario releases plan to resume scheduled surgeries and procedures; the framework also sets out the criteria for prioritizing surgeries (News Release).

  • As a first step, hospitals will need to assess if there is adequate staffing, equipment and other resources to resume scheduled care. This assessment will be revisited on a weekly basis to reflect changing needs and requirements.

  • Ontario is protecting forestry jobs and worker safety during COVID-19; John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, announced the government is making C$3.5-million available to help put protective measures in place for the workers who plant trees this season (News Release).

  • 19,121 confirmed cases, an increase of 399 since yesterday, including 48 deaths.

Quebec 

  • The reopening of schools, daycares and businesses in the Montréal area has been pushed back until May 25, Premier Legault announced this afternoon (CBC).

  • The federal government says 1,350 soldiers will be deployed to Quebec long-term-care homes by mid-May (The Globe and Mail).

  • Ministerial Order 2020-033 – related to procedures of decision-making processes of a municipal body; correctional facility conditions (for medical purposes) of an inmate serving a prison term of less than two years.

  • 35,238 confirmed cases, an increase of 911 since yesterday, including 121 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • House Democrats close in on new stimulus proposal; the bill being drafted by Democratic leadership is expected to include more than US$750-billion in aid to state and local governments, as well as another round of direct support to Americans, according to interviews with lawmakers and aides (Wall Street Journal).

  • President Trump to refocus coronavirus task force on economic revival, concedes risks (Reuters).

Alberta 

  • Progress of legislation:

    • Bill 13 Emergency Management Amendment Act, 2020 (No. 2) received third reading yesterday.

  • Continued monitoring of food processing plants; Alberta Health Services and Occupational Health and Safety are visiting facilities regularly to ensure control measures are implemented and provide ongoing advice and support to the workers and employers (News Release).

  • Up to C$17.8-million in grants will be provided to childcare centres and approved family day home agencies to ensure they are ready to safely restart and support families through Alberta’s economic recovery (News Release).

  • 5,963 confirmed cases, an increase of 70 since yesterday, including six deaths. 4,003 cases in the Calgary zone, 1,111 cases in the South zone, 503 cases in the Edmonton zone, 229 cases in the North zone, 91 cases in the Central zone and 26 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia

  • Premier John Horgan has outlined a four-phase restart plan with two- to four-week intervals between phases depending on transmission rates. B.C. is currently in Phase 1 with Phase 2 to begin on May 19, which includes more retail businesses and office-based worksites. Industry-specific guidance is still being developed by WorkSafeBC to bring workers back.

    • Backgrounder – Provincial parks and recreation sites reopening and return to classrooms learning plan.

    • WorkSafeBC – Returning to safe operation announcement.

    • Phase 2 will begin on May 19, but it will be May 14 for most provincial parks and recreation sites:

      • Only small gatherings

      • Elective surgeries

      • Dentistry, chiropractic, physiotherapy, in-person counselling

      • Provincial parks will open for day use

      • More retail business and offices to reopen, supported by WorkSafeBC (industry specific guidance is being developed to bring workers back)

      • Expanded in-person schooling and childcare for K-12 (voluntary)

        • Will resume in stages, beginning with part-time for elementary students

        • Full resumption of in-person classes in September

      • Legislature resumes in the coming weeks

      • Information on public transit measures, such as physical distancing and hygiene, will be released in next few days

  • Ministerial Order No. M146 – related to the Emergencies Health Services Act and the Health Professions Act.

  • 2,255 confirmed cases, an increase of 23 since yesterday, including three 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 

  • Ministerial Orders 2020-030 to 2020-032 and Order in Council No. 500-2020 (related to retail suspensions being lifted) have now been added to the May 7 Gazette Officielle du Québec as well as:

    • Order in Council 501-2020 – the public health emergency is renewed to May 13, 2020.

    • Order in Council 505-2020 – related to school/childcare conditions and further activity suspensions being lifted (priority manufacturing and construction sector services).

May 6, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced action to further ensure access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and other necessary medical equipment. The government is waiving tariffs on certain medical goods, including PPE such as masks and gloves (News Release).

  • The Competition Bureau is warning all businesses against making false or misleading claims that their products and services can prevent, treat or cure COVID-19 (News Release).

    • The Bureau has issued direct compliance warnings to a variety of businesses across Canada to stop potentially deceptive claims.

U.S. – Federal

  • The Defense Department has given 3M a US$126-million contract to boost production of N95 respirator masks in response to the coronavirus pandemic (The Hill).

  • House Democrats unveil legislation to forgive student loans for health-care workers (The Hill).

    • H.R.6720 – to provide student loan forgiveness to health-care workers who are on the front line in response to COVID-19.

Alberta 

  • Bill 14, Utility Payment Deferral Program Act, was tabled this afternoon.

    • The program — one of the first of several supports announced by government to protect Albertans and small businesses from the economic impacts of the pandemic — allows those experiencing financial hardship as a direct result of COVID-19 to defer their utility payments until June 18.

    • Eligible residential, farm and small commercial customers can do so by contacting their utility provider (News Release).

  • While teacher-directed at-home learning continues for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, the province is engaging the education system on a re-entry plan (News Release).

British Columbia 

  • No new updates.

Ontario 

  • Ontario further eases restrictions on retail stores and essential construction during COVID-19 (News Release).

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

    • Hardware stores and safety supply stores will be permitted to open for in-store payment and purchases as soon as 12:01 a.m. (EDT) on Saturday, May 9.

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

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

  • The Ontario government is providing Virox Technologies Inc. with C$850,000 from the Ontario Together Fund to help the local manufacturer double its production of disinfectants and create jobs (News Release).

  • 18,722 confirmed cases, an increase of 412 since yesterday, including 68 deaths.

Quebec 

  • Minister of Health and Social Services announces additional funding of C$31-million to improve access to psychosocial and mental health services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • CNESST launches a mobile application on the measures to be implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (News Release).

  • 34,327 confirmed cases, an increase of 910 since yesterday, including 112 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada and 41 WTO members signed a joint statement to reinforce commitment to and support for rules-based multilateral trade at this critical time.

U.S. – Federal

  • A new bill was introduced in the House of Representatives yesterday and seeks to protect American companies from predatory investment by the Chinese government during the coronavirus pandemic by expanding the scope of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

    • H.R.6706 – To place temporary restrictions on acquisitions by the People's Republic of China and for other purposes (a summary is still in progress).

  • President Trump says he will keep coronavirus task force indefinitely (Reuters).

  • The U.S. Treasury Department will begin distributing US$4.8-billion in pandemic-relief funds to Native American tribal governments in all U.S. states on Tuesday, the Treasury and Interior Departments said in a joint statement (Reuters).

Alberta 

  • New equipment to double COVID-19 testing capacity; a C$4.5-million investment in new virus detecting equipment and technology will help strengthen Alberta’s COVID-19 response (News Release).

  • 5,893 confirmed cases, an increase of 57 since yesterday, including two deaths. 3,957 cases in the Calgary zone, 1,094 cases in the South zone, 502 cases in the Edmonton zone, 221 cases in the North zone, 89 cases in the Central zone and 30 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia 

  • The premier is expected to announce details about the plan for lifting some restrictions at 3 p.m. (PDT)/6 p.m. (EDT) (CBC).

  • 2,232 confirmed cases, an increase of eight since yesterday, including four deaths. 849 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,031 are in the Fraser Health region, 124 are in the Island Health region, 177 are in the Interior Health region and 51 are in the Northern Health region.

Ontario 

  • The government is extending all emergency orders that have been put in place to date under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until May 19, 2020. The government is also extending emergency electricity rate relief to families, farms and small businesses until May 31, 2020 (News Release).

    • O.Reg. 199/20 – Order Made Under the Act – Extensions and Renewals of Orders.

Quebec 

  • The Commission des normes, de l'assurance, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) is making sure tools are available to support the public transport sector in their management of occupational health and safety (News Release).

  • Ministerial Order 2020-032 – related to the director of youth protection and maintaining health measures necessary to continue protection.

May 5, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced measures within agriculture programs and an investment of more than C$252-million to support farmers, food businesses and food processors (News Release). He also announced that the government intends to propose an additional C$200-million in borrowing capacity for the sector.

    • The Government of Canada will provide targeted support by:

      • Creating a C$77.5-million Emergency Processing Fund to help food producers access more personal protective equipment (PPE), adapt to health protocols, and automate or modernize their facilities, processes and operations.

      • Launching a national AgriRecovery initiative of up to C$125-million in funding to help producers.

      • Announcing the intention to increase the Canadian Dairy Commission’s borrowing limit by C$200-million to support costs associated with the temporary storage of cheese and butter to avoid food waste.

        • The government will work with opposition parties to achieve the required legislative change. It's not clear how early a bill might be ready.

      • Launching a first-ever Surplus Food Purchase Program with an initial C$50-million fund designed to help redistribute existing and unsold inventories.

      • Working with provinces and territories to increase interim payments from 50 per cent to 75 per cent through AgriStability and explore possibilities for expanding the AgriInsurance program to include labour shortages as an eligible risk for the horticulture sector.

  • Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Tam says the daily increase of cases in Canada has slowed to about three per cent. Tam says that trend, coupled with statistics showing the percentage of tests coming back positive is going down, even as the number of tests goes up, signifies that the epidemic in Canada is slowing down (CBC).

U.S. – Federal

  • Trump administration pushing to rip global supply chains from China (Reuters).

    • The Trump administration is “turbocharging” an initiative to remove global industrial supply chains from China as it weighs new tariffs to punish Beijing for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, according to officials familiar with U.S. planning.

    • White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Trump signed an order that could allow limits on imports of components for the U.S. power grid from Russia and China, and would soon issue a separate order that would require federal agencies to purchase U.S.-made medical products.

  • President Trump outlines wish list as Congress mulls more coronavirus relief (Reuters).

    • “The elimination of Sanctuary Cities, Payroll Taxes, and perhaps Capital Gains Taxes, must be put on the table,” Trump said in a tweet.

Alberta 

  • Bill 14, Utility Payment Deferral Program Act, will be introduced tomorrow when the legislature reconvenes (News Release). 

    • The legislation will allow Albertans and businesses to defer electricity and natural gas utility payments.

  • The government has established an industry advisory committee to act as Champions of Agriculture. This group will meet regularly and provide Agriculture and Forestry with strategic advice and recommendations on emerging issues and priorities related to consumer confidence (News Release).

  • The government has allocated C$2-million to match donations to COVID-19 response efforts by designated Alberta-based charities (News Release).

British Columbia 

  • Emergency response centre opening in Victoria (News Release).

Ontario 

  • Ontario expands virtual mental health services during COVID-19; free internet-based programs help people cope with unprecedented situation (News Release).

  • 18,310 confirmed cases, an increase of 387 since yesterday, including 61 deaths.

Quebec 

  • Occupational health and safety tools for employers and workers issued (CNESST).

  • Premier Legault, accompanied by the Minister Responsible for Seniors and Caregivers, announced the relaxation of certain containment measures in the various living environments for seniors and people with disabilities or autism spectrum disorders (News Release).

  • 33,417 confirmed cases, an increase of 794 since yesterday, including 118 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Ottawa to unveil emergency aid today for agri-food sector hit hard by COVID-19 (CBC).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11 a.m. (EDT) 

U.S. – Federal

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued more stringent rules for COVID-19 antibody tests sold in the U.S., after a slew of antibody tests hit the market without adequate proof that they really work (LiveScience and Washington Post).

    • Under the new rules, companies that are already selling these tests must send the FDA an application for "emergency-use authorization" (EUA).

Alberta

  • As part of its relaunch strategy, the Alberta government has developed a plan to lift some restrictions on non-urgent surgeries and other regulated professional health services (News Release).

  • 5,836 confirmed cases, an increase of 70 since yesterday, including nine deaths. 3,905 cases in the Calgary zone, 1,085 cases in the South zone, 503 cases in the Edmonton zone, 221 cases in the North zone, 89 cases in the Central zone and 33 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia 

  • British Columbia’s health system can handle a cautious restart to social activity, provincial officer says (The Globe and Mail).

  • 2,224 confirmed cases, an increase of 53 since yesterday, 3 deaths. 845 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,027 are in the Fraser Health region, 124 are in the Vancouver Island Health region, 177 are in the Interior Health region and 51 are in the Northern Health region.

Ontario 

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; and Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • Quebec school boards provide a glimpse of the new normal in classrooms (The Globe and Mail).

May 4, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government is weighing whether it should release a 2020 budget in light of the rapidly changing economic landscape because of the pandemic (The Globe and Mail).

U.S. – Federal

  • Internal U.S. document foresees surge of coronavirus deaths this month (CBC).

    • The document, based on modelling by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, projects that COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, will kill 3,000 Americans a day by the end of May, the Times said, up from a current daily toll that a Reuters tally places at around 2,000.

  • The Treasury Department will borrow a record-breaking US$3-trillion between April and June as it moves to dispense emergency relief for the coronavirus pandemic (The Hill).

Alberta 

  • Alberta is modifying regulations to allow nurse practitioners to provide expanded care to nursing home residents during COVID-19 (News Release).

British Columbia 

  • Premier John Horgan expected to reveal next phase of pandemic strategy on Wednesday (CBC).

    • Nothing will "reopen" this week: Premier John Horgan is expected to outline the broad strokes of B.C.'s plan on Wednesday, but it won't be until the middle of the month before things take effect. And, rather than delivering a long list of which stores should open, the province will instead give guidelines to industries that may have voluntarily closed over the past two months.

  • To ease financial hardship on businesses and keep employees connected with their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic, government has extended the temporary layoff period to 16 weeks (News Release).

  • The following orders/regulations were issued:

    • Order in Council No. 220 – amending the Child, Family and Community Service Regulation (time limits extended due to COVID-19 emergency).

    • Order in Council No. 222 – amending the Provincial Sales Tax Exemption and Refund Regulation (special refunds by Insurance Corporation of British Columbia).

    • Order in Council No. 223Provincial Sales Tax (Multijurisdictional Vehicles) Remission Regulation.

  • Ministerial Order No. M139 – the Local Government Meetings and Bylaw Process (COVID-19) Order is repealed and replaced by the linked Local Government Meetings and Bylaw Process (COVID-19) Order No. 2.

Ontario 

  • Ontario significantly increases daily lab testing (News Release).

  • 17,923 confirmed cases, an increase of 370 since yesterday, including 84 deaths.

Quebec 

  • The reopening of non-essential stores in the Montréal area, which was scheduled to begin May 11, has been pushed back to May 18, Premier Legault announced this afternoon, but the region's schools are still set to reopen as planned (News Release).

  • CNESST launches the Guide to Health Standards for Childcare Services in the Workplace and Family Childcare Services (News Release).

  • Statement from Minister Monsef and Minister Charest in support of women’s shelters and centres for victims of sexual and domestic violence in Quebec during the COVID‑19 pandemic.

  • 32,623 confirmed cases, an increase of 758 since yesterday, including 75 deaths.
Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada and international partners launch the Coronavirus Global Response (News Release).

    • This online pledging event aims to initially raise more than US$8-billion to help researchers and innovators develop solutions to test, treat and protect people and prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

  • The Government of Canada creates COVID-19 supply council in support of Canada’s response and recovery (News Release and Backgrounder).

    • The Council will provide advice on building innovative and agile supply chains for goods in wide use such as masks, gloves and disinfectants, including production, sourcing, shipping and distribution strategies.

  • Statement on joint action plan to facilitate flow of goods, services and personnel amid COVID-19.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an investment of C$240.5-million to develop, expand and launch virtual care and mental health tools to support Canadians (News Release).

  • Minister Bains announces investment in antibody discovery technology to help treat COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Bill C-15, Canada Emergency Student Benefit Act received royal assent on May 1, 2020.

  • Health Canada pauses regulatory approval for COVID-19 rapid test (CBC).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau highlighted that families receiving the Canada Child Benefit will get C$300 extra per child in May to help them deal with the added pressures of COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:30 a.m. (EDT). 

U.S. – Federal

  • Extension of Certain Timeframes for Employee Benefit Plans, Participants and Beneficiaries Affected by the COVID-19 Outbreak (Notification of Relief).

  • Application of Certain Provisions in the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule and Regulation Z Right of Rescission Rules in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic (Interpretive Rule).

  • The Department of Labor issues additional guidance about short-time compensation program provisions (News Release).

  • The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments by teleconference for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic (The Globe and Mail).

  • The U.S. Treasury's Mnuchin says Trump is eyeing restaurant tax changes and travel boost (Reuters).

Alberta

  • As part of its relaunch strategy, the Government of Alberta has launched a voluntary, secure mobile contact-tracing application to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (News Release).

  • 5,766 confirmed cases, an increase of 411 since Friday, including six deaths. 3,842 cases in the Calgary zone, 1,075 cases in the South zone, 504 cases in the Edmonton zone, 221 cases in the North zone, 88 cases in the Central zone and 36 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia 

  • British Columbia has yet to release its reopening plan, but Premier John Horgan is promising details this week (CTV).

  • The province is continuing to support local governments by allowing them to hold public hearings electronically (News Release).

  • The government has temporarily deferred renewal fees for those liquor licensees experiencing financial hardship due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • 2,171 confirmed cases, an increase of 59 since Friday, including three deaths. 832 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 992 are in the Fraser Health region, 123 are in the Island Health region, 175 are in the Interior Health region and 49 are in the Northern Health region.

Ontario 

  • Ontario continues to support mental health needs during COVID-19 (Statement).

  • The following orders/regulations have been added to E-Laws:

    • O.Reg. 192/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Certain Persons Enables to Issue Medical Certificates of Death.

    • O.Reg. 193/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Hospital Credentialing Processes.

    • O.Reg. 194/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.1 (2) of the Act – Limitation Periods.

    • O.Reg. 195/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.1 (2) of the Act – Treatment of Temporary COVID-19 Related Payments to Employees.

    • O.Reg. 196/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Closure of Places of Non-Essential Businesses (related to the reopening of businesses announcement on Friday).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; and Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

  • 17,553 confirmed cases, an increase of 945 since Friday, including 95 deaths.

Quebec

  • The following orders were issued:

  • The virtual parliamentary committee hearings will continue from May 4 to 22. The National Assembly will then resume its work, at the rate of three sessions during the week of May 25 and four sessions during the weeks of June 1 and 8 (News Release).

  • 31,865 confirmed cases, an increase of 3,217 since Friday, including 183 deaths.
May 1, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Order (made under the Financial Administration Act) Authorizing the Minister of PSPC to Transfer, Lease or Loan Essential Goods in response to COVID-19.

  • The following orders have now been added to the May 2 Canada Gazette, Part I:

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States), as well as the affiliated Explanatory Note.

    • Interim Order No. 2 – Respecting Passenger Vessel Restrictions Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001).

  • Bill C-15 Canada Emergency Student Benefit Act is currently at third reading in the Senate.

  • The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced today it is providing public companies with temporary blanket relief from certain filing and delivery requirements, which are generally tied to the sending of materials for annual general meetings (News Release).

  • Public Health Agency of Canada using flu tracking system to monitor COVID-19 (CTV). 

U.S. – Federal

  • The FDA authorizes remdesivir drug as emergency treatment for COVID-19 (News Release).

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia 

  • The following orders/regulations were issued:

    • Order in Council No. 209 – The Motor Vehicle Act Regulations are amended: Division 30F – Drivers’ Licences – Exemptions Due to COVID-19 Emergency has been added.

    • Ministerial Order No. M138 – Electronic Attendance at Credit Union Meetings (COVID-19) Order.

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

Ontario 

  • Following the sector-specific health and safety guidelines released yesterday afternoon, Premier Ford announced today that these businesses will be permitted to begin operations on Monday, May 4 at 12:01 a.m. (News Release):

    • Garden centres and nurseries with curbside pick-up and delivery only, and lawncare and landscaping.

    • Additional essential construction projects that include:

      • Shipping and logistics

      • Broadband, telecommunications and digital infrastructure

      • Any other project that supports the improved delivery of goods and services

      • Municipal projects

      • Colleges and universities

      • Childcare centres

      • Schools

      • Site preparation, excavation and servicing for institutional, commercial, industrial and residential development

    • Automatic and self-serve car washes; auto dealerships, open by appointment only.

    • Golf courses may prepare their courses for the upcoming season, but not open to the public.

    • Marinas may also begin preparations for the recreational boating season by servicing boats and other watercraft and placing boats in the water, but not open to the public.

  • The following orders/regulations have been added to e-laws this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 191/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Global Adjustment For Market Participants and Consumers (affiliated News Release).

      • Steps are being taken to defer a portion of Global Adjustment (GA) charges for industrial and commercial electricity consumers that do not participate in the Regulated Price Plan for the period starting from April 2020.

    • O.Reg. 190/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Access to Personal Health Information by Means of the electronic Health Record (affiliated News Release).

  • 16,608 confirmed cases, an increase of 421, including 39 deaths.

Quebec 

  • Public health authorities announced the implementation of a new diagnostic plan for COVID-19 cases. This strategy aims to increase access to diagnoses of COVID-19 in the general population, which is in addition to the screening in healthcare settings recommended to date (News Release).

  • 28,648 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,110 since yesterday, including 163 deaths.
Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • A parliamentary committee has voted to employ a rarely used power to summon key World Health Organization adviser Bruce Aylward after the global body declined to allow him to testify before MPs on how it responded to the COVID-19 pandemic (The Globe and Mail).

    • The Commons health committee on Thursday voted unanimously in favour of a motion to call Dr. Aylward to appear before the committee. MPs for the Liberals, Conservatives, Bloc Québécois and NDP all backed it.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT). 

U.S. – Federal

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy signalled on Friday that they will not support a fifth coronavirus bill unless it provides liability protections for employers (The Hill).

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating almost 200 coronavirus-related cases in which employers inadequately protected their workers from the pandemic (The Hill).

Alberta 

  • Alberta announced its phased relaunch strategy yesterday evening to gradually reopen closed businesses and services as early as May 14 (stage 1) if a series of public health measures, including increased testing, expanded contact tracing and stricter border controls, are in place by then. Industry specific guidelines/directives will be issued over the next few days (News Release).

    • Remote working is advised where possible in stage one (still not permitted in stage one is gatherings of more than 15 people).

    • Specific businesses allowed to open in stage one with two-metre physical distancing and other public health guidance includes retail services, and daycares and summer camps with occupancy limits.

    • The overall plan may change as the case numbers evolve.

  • 5,355 confirmed cases, an increase of 190 since yesterday, including two deaths. 3,590 cases in the Calgary zone, 946 cases in the South zone, 490 cases in the Edmonton zone, 211 cases in the North zone, 85 cases in the Central zone and 33 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia

  • 2,112 confirmed cases, an increase of 25 since yesterday, including two deaths. 815 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 961 are in the Fraser Health region, 120 are in the Island Health region, 170 are in the Interior Health region and 46 are in the Northern Health region.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance; and Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec
 
No new updates.

April 30, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Federal deficit could top C$252-billion, says budget officer (CBC and PBO Update).

U.S. – Federal

  • About half of U.S. states easing coronavirus restrictions (Reuters).

Alberta

  • Premier Kenney will discuss how Alberta plans to reopen its economy at 3:30 p.m. (MDT)/5:30 p.m. (EDT) (CBC).

British Columbia 

  • The B.C. government is deferring one of the fees (Stumpage) it charges to help people, communities and forest companies navigate through the COVID-19 crisis (News Release).

Ontario

  • Ontario providing employers with workplace safety guidelines (News Release and Backgrounder). The 61 sector-specific guidelines are available here from Ontario’s health and safety associations and construction guidelines are here.

    • The guidelines will provide direction to those working in manufacturing, food manufacturing and processing, restaurant and food service, and the agricultural sector.

    • These new sector-specific guidelines feature recommended actions employers can begin to plan for as they prepare to adapt including:

      • Ways to ensure appropriate physical distancing, like eliminating pay-at-the-door options, holding team-meetings outdoors, staggering shift times and using ground markings and barriers to manage traffic flow.

      • Changes to the workplace, like installing plexiglass barriers, increasing the air intake on building heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to increase air flow, and using boot sanitizing trays.

      • Promoting proper workplace sanitation, providing personal protective equipment, substituting dry dusting with vacuuming, ensuring customer-facing staff are given hand sanitizer, providing a place to dispose of sanitizing wipes and enforcing handwashing before and after breaks.

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

    • O.Reg. 185/20 – General (made under the Grains Acts) related to licences.

    • O.Reg. 187/20 – General (made under the Pension Benefits Act) related to employer payments.

  • Premier says businesses should "get ready" as Ontario releases new safety guidelines (The Globe and Mail).

    • Labour Minister Monte McNaughton called the measures “best practices” that will be enforced by labour inspectors.

  • Government launches new tool to support trucking industry; Ontario 511 app provides up-to-date information for truck drivers during COVID-19 (News Release).

  • 16,187 confirmed cases, an increase of 459 since yesterday, including 86 deaths.

Quebec

  • Ministerial Orders 2020-27 to 2020-029 have now been added to the April 30 Gazette officielle du Québec as well as:

    • O.C. 483-2020 – Renewal of the public health emergency to May 6, 2020.

    • O.C. 496-2020 – That the time limit preceding the coming into force on June 1, 2020, of certain provisions referred to in section 106 of the act mainly to establish the Centre d’acquisitions gouvernementales and Infrastructures technologiques Québec be suspended for the period of the public health emergency and resume at the end of the emergency (affiliated News Release).

    • O.C. 488-2020 – Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting food.

    • O.C. 494-2020 – Regulation extending the duration of the consent to the stay of certain international students.

  • The Quebec government recalls that the new Regulation respecting tourist accommodation establishments will come into force on May 1, 2020. However, the ban on operating any type of tourist accommodation is maintained until further notice, except for the exceptions provided by public health authorities in the context of the pandemic (News Release).

  • Minister Danielle McCann announces C$3-million in emergency funding for long-term-care accommodation (News Release).

  • The government is granting a credit to businesses for their contribution to the Health Services Fund (News Release).

  • 27,538 confirmed cases, an increase of 944 since yesterday, including 98 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • House passes Bill C-15, Canada Emergency Student Benefit Act. The Senate will sit on Friday to give final approval.

    • In approving the bill, the government also approved a motion that provides the government with guidance on how to craft those [regulatory] details and also commits the government to further action.

    • The motion, which was approved unanimously Wednesday, states that the government will “implement new financial incentives and support measures to connect Canadians, particularly students and Canadian youth, to the various jobs available. For example, in the agriculture and agri-food sector, in order to ensure regional economic stability and food production during this crisis” (The Globe and Mail and News Release).

  • Parliamentary budget officer is expected to provide an update today on the federal emergency aid programs (CTV).

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump’s "Operation Warp Speed" aims to rush coronavirus vaccine (Bloomberg).

    • The program will pull together private pharmaceutical companies, government agencies and the military to try to cut the development time for a vaccine by as much as eight months

Alberta 

  • Though final decisions have yet to be made, Alberta is on track to begin reopening some aspects of the economy in May, says Premier Jason Kenney (CBC).

  • New public orders have been put in place to help with the continued protection of residents in long-term care and supportive living, as well as to improve their quality of life:

    • CMOH Order 12-2020 - Effective April 29, the list of symptoms that require staff assessment and then testing is being expanded.

    • CMOH Order 14-2020 - Residents in continuing-care facilities who are not in isolation can now enjoy outdoor visits with a designated essential visitor and one other person.

    • CMOH Order 13-2020 - New measures for residential addiction treatment centres to prevent the risk of infection.

  • 5,165 confirmed cases, an increase of 315 since yesterday, including seven deaths. 3,520 cases in the Calgary zone, 833 cases in the South zone, 489  cases in the Edmonton zone, 205 cases in the North zone, 84 cases in the Central zone and 34 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia

  • Premier John Horgan says the province will unveil its plan to loosen COVID-19 restrictions and open up some sectors of the economy at a briefing next week (CBC).

  • 2,087 confirmed cases, an increase of 34 since yesterday, including four deaths. 811 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 941 are in the Fraser Health region, 120 are in the Island Health region, 169 are in the Interior Health region and 46 are in the Northern Health region.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • Ministerial Order 2020-030 related to section 25 of the Regulation respecting specialized nurse practitioners, supervision performed remotely (COVID screening tests).

  • Guidance on travelling from one region to another or from one city to another during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 29, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Bill C-15, An Act respecting Canada emergency student benefits was tabled in the House today (currently, at first reading). This enactment authorizes the payment of Canada emergency student benefits to students who lost work and income opportunities for reasons related to the coronavirus.

  • The Canada Gazette, Part II has been published and includes:

    • S.O.R./2020-90 – Income Support Payment (Excluded Nominal Income) Regulations (made under the Canada Emergency Response Benefit Act).

    • S.O.R./2020-89 – Interim Order No. 3 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit) and affiliated Explanatory Note.

    • S.O.R./2020-88 – Interim Order No. 2 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit) and affiliated Explanatory Note.

    • S.O.R./2020-84 – First Nations Election Cancellation and Postponement Regulations (Prevention of Diseases) and affiliated Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement.

  • Prime Minister Trudeau says any digital contact tracing must be balanced with privacy concerns (CTV). 

U.S. – Federal

  • The Trump administration is quietly planning a major undertaking to speed the development of a coronavirus vaccine, with a goal to have 100 million doses ready by year’s end (Bloomberg News via Reuters).

  • The Federal Reserve signalled that it will keep its key short-term interest rate near zero for the foreseeable future as part of its extraordinary efforts to bolster the economy (News Release).

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

Ontario

  • The Ontario government is further expanding the list of essential workers eligible to receive free emergency childcare during the COVID-19 outbreak (News Release).

    • O.Reg. 183/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – Closure of Establishments.

  • 15,728 confirmed cases, an increase of 347 since yesterday, including 45 deaths.

Quebec

  • The governments of Canada and Quebec announce more support for vulnerable people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

    • These funds include:

      • C$19,514,375 allocated to the Designated Communities funding stream

      • C$1,902,653 allocated to the Rural and Remote Homelessness funding stream

  • Deputy Prime Minister Geneviève Guilbault announces the gradual withdrawal of certain checkpoints in the regions of Quebec (News Release).

  • The Government of Quebec announces two housing measures to help people affected by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release):

    • Interest-free loan of C$1,500 for rent payment.

    • Temporary accommodation measure (support for Quebecers who see their move-in project in their main residence, including accommodation, postponed due to COVID-19).

  • Minister of Health and Social Services and the Minister Responsible for Seniors and Caregivers announce an investment of C$240,000 for the deployment of a special program to support the bereaved during the pandemic COVID-19 (News Release).

  • 25,757 confirmed cases, an increase of 837 since yesterday, including 79 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The House of Commons is holding its fourth in-person session to study today and potentially expedite the passage of the federal government’s C$9-billion suite of measures aimed at helping students during the COVID-19 pandemic (CTV).

    • The new bill is titled An Act respecting Canada emergency student benefits.

  • First Ministers’ statement on shared public health approach to support restarting the economy. 

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • Executive Order on Delegating Authority Under the DPA with Respect to Food Supply Chain Resources During the National Emergency Caused by the Outbreak of COVID-19.

    • President Trump orders U.S. meat-processing plants to stay open despite coronavirus fears (Reuters).

  • U.S. Department of Labor Issues COVID-19 Relief and Guidance for Employee Benefit Plans (News Release).

  • Senate Democrats unveil bill to federalize medical supply chain and boost production (The Hill).

  • House Democrats reversed course on plans to bring the chamber back into session next week, but Senate Republicans vowed to return despite COVID-19 threat (The Hill).

Alberta

  • Updated modelling scenarios continue to estimate that Alberta’s outbreak will reach its peak in late May (News Release).

  • 4,850 confirmed cases, an increase of 154 since yesterday, including five deaths. 3,366 cases in the Calgary zone, 685 cases in the South zone, 486 cases in the Edmonton zone, 202 cases in the North zone, 84 cases in the Central zone and 27 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia 

  • Ministerial Order No. M133 – Employment and Assistance (COVID-19) Order is made.

  • 2,053 confirmed cases, an increase of 55, including two deaths. 803 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 918 are in the Fraser Health region, 119 are in the Island Health region, 168 are in the Interior Health region and 45 are in the Northern Health region.

Ontario 

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, for an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • Quebec’s economic relaunch plan is "a risky bet," province’s top health official warns (The Globe and Mail).

April 28, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau releases joint statement by First Ministers for restarting the economy. This statement also identifies the criteria and measures that need to be in place in order to begin to take steps to restart the economy.

    • Four main principles are identified, including taking a science- and evidence-based approach to decision-making, coordination and collaboration between all jurisdictions, continued accountability and transparency of all governments, and flexibility and proportionality as information changes over time.

  • Conservatives seeking legislative changes to Ottawa’s C$9-billion student support package (The Globe and Mail).

    • The bill could be introduced as early as tomorrow, when MPs are scheduled to sit in reduced numbers.

    • The package included C$5.2-billion for a new Canada Student Emergency Benefit that will provide C$1,250 a month for students who can’t find work. It also included C$1.9-billion for expanded student loans and C$912-million for a Canada Student Service Grant that will provide up to C$5,000 apiece to students who volunteer in their community on projects or programs related to COVID-19.

  • Inside the negotiation of Canada’s supersized coronavirus bailout (The Globe and Mail).

    • Business and labour groups are urging Ottawa to set up a national working group, much like the NAFTA advisory council, to provide input on kick-starting the economy when stay-at-home restrictions are gradually lifted. The goal would be to offer advice on health protocols for each sector of the economy, as well as the conditions that would trigger their reopening.

  • The latest national COVID-19 modelling shows that Canada could see up to 3,883 COVID-19 deaths by this time next week, but overall the public health measures Canadians are taking are working (CTV).

U.S. – Federal

  • Federal courts begin to consider guidelines for reopening (News Release).

  • U.S. House will not return next week after all, due to coronavirus risk (Reuters).

  • President Trump: U.S. considering coronavirus testing on some international flights (Reuters).

Alberta

  • The Government of Alberta is temporarily allowing registry agents to provide select services by phone, secure email, fax or mail (News Release).

British Columbia 

  • No new updates.

Ontario 

  • Ontario is helping businesses overcome the unique challenges created by COVID-19. A new website has been set up to accept proposals for temporarily changing rules and regulations (News Release).

  • 15,381 confirmed cases, an increase of 525 since yesterday, including 59 deaths.

Quebec

  • Premier Legault today presented a plan to reopen various economic sectors for the month of May. This recovery will be gradual and take place over several weeks, with the aim of relaunching the Quebec economy in a prudent manner (News Release and Plan for reopening economic activities).

  • Three types of businesses will reopen (all other sectors and types of businesses will be subject to a plan that will be presented later):

    • From May 4: retail stores and stores with exterior entrances, excluding those in the greater Montréal region

    • From May 11: the construction sector other than residential as well as manufacturing companies that will, however, have to respect certain restrictions per shift (maximum of 50 workers, plus 50 per cent of surplus employees). Retail businesses and stores with exterior entrances in the greater Montréal region may also reopen

    • From May 25: manufacturing companies, without restriction (100 per cent of employees).

  • In line with the recent announcement that certain economic sectors will reopen soon:

    • The Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) is launching a virtual toolkit that can help and support employers and workers in complying with the sanitary instructions issued by the public health authorities (News Release).

    • The Minister of the Economy and Innovation wishes to specify the opening procedures for the companies concerned (News Release and Guide to Health Standards in the Workplace – COVID-19).

    • The Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister Responsible for the Mauricie Region, Jean Boulet, is confirming that the entire construction industry will reopen as of May 11, 2020 (News Release).

  • Plan for opening schools during COVID-19:

  • World’s biggest cargo plane to ship Chinese PPE to Quebec (The Globe and Mail).

  • 25,757 confirmed cases, an increase of 775 since yesterday, including 83 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • New federal COVID-19 projections coming later this morning (CBC).

  • House of Commons to meet virtually today and in person tomorrow (CTV).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • Democrats are getting behind the idea of more stimulus checks to Americans. There are three plans that could be part of the next coronavirus relief bill (Business Insider).

Alberta

  • Alberta's case numbers and hospitalization rates for COVID-19 are well below modelling projections released earlier this month (CBC).

  • 4,696 confirmed cases, an increase of 216 since yesterday, including two deaths. 3,257 cases in the Calgary zone, 643 cases in the South zone, 484 cases in the Edmonton zone, 196 cases in the North zone, 84 cases in the Central zone and 32 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia

  • B.C. is "getting close" to easing restrictions (CBC).

    • Summer classes are not likely as B.C. works on "rational" plan for returning kids to school (CBC).

  • 1,998 confirmed cases, an increase of 11 since yesterday, including three deaths. 795 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 879 are in the Fraser Health region, 117 are in the Island Health region, 164 are in the Interior Health region and 43 are in the Northern Health region.

Ontario 

  • Ontario Superior Court of Justice has required four long-term-care homes in the province to provide its nurses with access to personal protective equipment such as N95 respirator masks (Law Times).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • With the school plan unveiled, the province will be announcing the relaunch of the economy; Finance Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon will join daily briefing at 1 p.m. (EDT) (CBC).

  • The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Quebec announced the implementation of a new temporary measure to allow meetings or sessions to be held at a distance for which laws or regulations would prevent normally (News Release).

April 27, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The federal and Manitoba governments will be supporting a project that will allow local food producers and farmers’ markets to sell their products online (News Release). 

U.S. – Federal

  • The White House is reviewing expanded guidance on reopening society (Washington Post).

  • Congress is slated to take up additional legislation to provide relief to individuals and small businesses impacted by the coronavirus-forced economic shutdowns (The Hill). 

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • The following orders/regulations have been issued:

  • The Provincial Health Officer issued COVID-19 Guidance to Retail Food and Grocery Stores. 

Ontario

  • Ontario unveils guiding principles to reopen the province (News Release and Framework).

    • Key takeaways:

      • No hard dates have been set. It will depend on the virus spread and containment, health system’s capacity, public health system’s capacity and continued incident tracking.

      • The framework is based on how/conditions to reopen, not when; Ontario will take a gradual three-stage approach, with two to four weeks between easements to assess the case numbers.

      • No details on types of businesses that will be able to reopen (in stage 1) was announced today.

      • In the coming days, the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee will begin discussions with business leaders to better understand the challenges that each region and sector is facing.

      • The government will provide guidelines to employers on how to open safely and protect their employees and customers. They will be developed in partnership with public health officials and Ontario’s Health and Safety Associations. However, no dates were given for the release of these documents.

  • The following orders/regulations were added to E-Laws:

    • O.Reg. 174/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – related to long-term-care homes and redeploying of staff.

    • O.Reg. 175/20 – Emergency Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – Closure of Outdoor Recreational Amenities – related to allotment/community gardens.

    • O.Reg. 176/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – Service Agencies Providing Services and Supports to Adults with Development Disabilities.

    • O.Reg. 177/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – Congregate Care Settings.

    • O.Reg. 178/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.1 (2) of the Act – Meetings for Corporations – related to means for meetings of directors, shareholders or members; time extension; voting; election by electronic means; and information to be laid before annual meeting.

    • O.Reg. 179/20 – School Year Calendar, Professional Activity Days.

  • 14,856 confirmed cases, an increase of 424 since yesterday, including 57 deaths.

Quebec

  • Primary schools to reopen May 11 for all of Quebec except the Montréal area, which will be on May 19; Premier Legault said the timeline will depend on the number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 (News Release and further information).

    • Return to school is prescribed on a voluntary basis only.

  • High schools, Cegep and universities to remain closed until the fall session.

  • The government was very clear that they do not exclude going back to strict confinement measures if they see a spike in the number of cases or new clusters forming.

  • Educational childcare services/reopening in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • Premier Legault said he will announce a plan tomorrow to allow some businesses to reopen (CBC).

  • 24,982 confirmed cases, an increase of 875 since yesterday, including 84 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Government of Canada launches applications for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (News Release and Backgrounder).

  • The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced C$62.5-million of new assistance to the fish and seafood processing sector (News Release).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).   

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump to meet with textile makers today as companies shift to masks and gowns (Reuters).

  • The Trump administration is focusing on protocols to keep U.S. factories open (Reuters).

Alberta 

  • The Provincial Court of Alberta will permit remote applications, including out-of-custody guilty pleas (News Release).

  • A variety of efforts are being made to support vulnerable and at-risk Albertans feeling the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • 4,480 confirmed cases, an increase of 760 since Friday, including five deaths. 3,104 cases in the Calgary zone, 598 cases in the South zone, 479 cases in the Edmonton zone, 182 cases in the North zone, 83 cases in the Central zone and 34 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia 

  • Ministerial Order No. M121 – Supreme Court Civil and Family Applications (COVID-19) Order is made.

  • The province is doubling this year’s funding for Family Caregivers of British Columbia to C$1-million, helping support both caregivers and seniors (News Release).

  • The province is working with the cities of Vancouver and Victoria to transition people living in encampments into temporary accommodations encampments (News Release).

  • Funding announced to improve rural internet connectivity (News Release).

  • 1,938 confirmed cases, an increase of 114 since Friday, including six deaths. 778 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 853 are in the Fraser Health region, 115 are in the Island Health region, 160 are in the Interior Health region and 42 are in the Northern Health region.

Ontario 

  • The Ontario government is providing frontline staff with a temporary pandemic payment (News Release and Backgrounder).

    • This increase will provide four dollars per hour worked on top of existing hourly wages, regardless of the qualified employee's hourly wage. In addition, employees working over 100 hours per month would receive lump sum payments of C$250 per month for each of the next four months.

  • Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced that all publicly funded schools will remain closed until at least May 31, 2020 (News Release).

  • The Ontario government is introducing new and amended emergency orders (forthcoming) to better support Ontario's long-term-care homes and tje deafblind community (News Release).

  • Ontario parks to remain closed until May 31, 2020 (News Release).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance; and Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, to unveil the framework for reopening the province at 1:30 p.m. (EDT).

  • 14,432 confirmed cases, an increase of 913 since Friday, including 72 deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec is expected to announce some details around reopening, including how it plans to deal with the remainder of the school year (CBC).

  • The following orders have been issued:

    • Ministerial Order 2020-028 – Related to redeployed personnel in the health and social services network, and collective agreements.

    • Ministerial Order 2020-029 – Related to childcare services, biofood producers and processors, and any meeting, sitting or assembly that takes place in person (including that of a deliberative body).

  • The Government of Quebec announces that an additional C$5-million is being granted to support community family organizations and community organizations offering community drop-in daycare activities (News Release).

  • 24,107 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,491 since Friday, including 175 deaths.

April 24, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government has reached an agreement in principle with all provinces and territories to implement the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses (News Release).

    • This program will lower rent by 75 per cent for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19.

    • The CECRA will be administered by the federal government through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

  • The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to C$2.5-million to help the agri-food sector expand online, providing more opportunities for producers to grow their business (News Release).

    • Agristability interim payments increased for Saskatchewan producers (News Release).

  • The Canadian Chamber of Commerce said federal and provincial governments must make sure personal protective equipment (PPE) is widely available to businesses to protect employees and customers and avoid a resurgence of COVID-19 (News Release).

  • S.O.R./2020-91 – Regulations Amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (Emergencies Act and Quarantine Act), and the affiliated Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement, has been added to the April 24 Canada Gazette, Part II.

  • The following orders have now been added to the April 25 Canada Gazette, Part I:

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump signed into law H.R. 266: The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.

    • The legislation contains C$100-billion for hospitals and a nationwide testing program, along with C$60-billion for small banks and an alternative network of community development banks that focus on development in urban neighbourhoods and rural areas ignored by many lenders.

    • There’s also C$60-billion for small-business loans and grants delivered through the Small Business Administration’s existing disaster aid program (The Globe and Mail).

Alberta

  • Alberta has joined other provinces, the territories and the federal government in a program to help small businesses pay rent; the province expects to commit up to C$67-million (News Release).

  • The Site Rehabilitation Program – mainly funded by the federal government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan – will provide grants to oilfield service contractors to perform well, pipeline, and oil and gas site reclamation work.

    • Starting now, the program is expected to create about 5,300 direct jobs and lead to the cleanup of thousands of sites (News Release).

British Columbia

  • Small businesses will see their monthly rent reduced by at least 75 per cent, thanks to the new federal-provincial Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program; the B.C. government is offering significant support to businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, including tax reductions, delays and deferrals (News Release).

  • B.C.’s provincial health officer has released an order for industrial camps and guidelines to protect people working in the silviculture sector during the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • The Ministry of Attorney General is establishing two advisory groups to support government response to the impact of restrictive public health measures on the justice system (News Release).

Ontario

  • The Ontario province is committing C$241-million through the new Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (News Release).

  • The provincial government will release a framework early next week for how it plans to reopen Ontario's economy, Premier Ford said earlier today (CBC).

  • 13,519 confirmed cases, an increase of 640 since yesterday, including 50 deaths.

Quebec

  • The Quebec government will contribute to the federal emergency assistance for commercial rent by covering 25 per cent of its costs, an investment of C$137-million (News Release).

  • Quebec's COVID-19 reopening plan will be ready next week and will include strict health guidelines (The Globe and Mail).

  • The National Director of Public Health now recommends wearing a face covering as an additional tool to limit the spread of the virus (News Release).

  • 22,616 confirmed cases, an increase of 778 since yesterday, including 97 deaths.
Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce today significant rent relief to help businesses that can't afford to pay their landlords at a time when their operations are shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic (CBC).

    • They expect the program to be run through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., as opposed to commercial banks or business banking agencies such as Business Development Bank of Canada.

  • Federal projected spending on direct supports due to COVID-19 hits C$145-billion (CBC).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • The House passed the C$484-billion aid package that will increase funding for small businesses and hospitals; President Trump will sign the relief bill at noon today (Reuters).

Alberta

  • 3,720 confirmed cases, an increase of 319 since yesterday, including two deaths. 2,633 cases in the Calgary zone, 454 cases in the Edmonton zone, 373 cases in the South zone, 157 cases in the North zone, 80 cases in the Central zone and 23 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia 

  • 1,824 confirmed cases, an increase of 29 since yesterday, 4 deaths. Vancouver Coastal Health: 755, Fraser Health: 760, Island Health: 111, Interior Health: 156 and Northern Health: 42.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance; and Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, to make an announcement at 12:30 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • The Minister of Health and Social Services, the Minister Responsible for Government Administration and the Chairman of the Conseil du trésor confirm that all of the bonuses granted in the context of the pandemic crisis of COVID-19 are extended until May 31 (News Release).

April 23, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced more than C$1-billion in support of a national medical research strategy to fight COVID-19 that includes vaccine development, the production of treatments, and tracking of the virus (News Release). The plan includes:

    • C$155-million for research on vaccines and other treatments, support for clinical trials and expanding national testing and modelling.

    • C$662-million for clinical trials led by Canada.

    • C$350-million to expand national testing and modelling of COVID-19, including a COVID-19 immunity task force that includes Dr. David Naylor, Dr. Catherine Hankins, Dr. Tim Evans, Dr. Theresa Tam and Dr. Mona Nemer.

  • G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Statement.

  • Bill 242 An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (illness, injury or quarantine) (note: this is a Private Member’s Bill) was tabled on Monday and currently sits at first reading in the House.

U.S. – Federal

  • Hundreds of members of the U.S. House of Representatives gathered in Washington this afternoon to pass the US$484-billion coronavirus relief bill. The measure is expected to receive overwhelming approval (Reuters).

  • U.S. civil rights agency says employers can test workers for COVID-19 (Reuters and Updated EEOC Guidance).

Alberta 

  • No new updates.

British Columbia 

  • The following orders have been issued:

  • Ministerial Order No. M120 – the Protection Against Liability (COVID-19) Order made by MO 94/2020 is repealed, and the Protection Against Liability (COVID-19) Order No. 2 is made.

  • Ministerial Order No. M121 – Supreme Court Civil and Family Applications (COVID-19) Order.

  • Essential service workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic have been referred to open child care spaces through the Province’s new child care matching process (Information Bulletin).

  • Applications for B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers to open May 1 (News Release).

  • The BCEBW is a one-time, tax-free C$1,000 payment for British Columbians whose ability to work has been affected as a result of COVID-19. Most people who are eligible for the new federal Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) are also eligible for the BCEBW, including those who have run out of employment insurance (EI) benefits and subsequently qualify for the CERB.

Ontario

  • Ontario is delivering a new COVID-19 Action Plan for Vulnerable People to better protect vulnerable populations during the outbreak of COVID-19 (News Release).

  • The following orders/regulations were added to e-laws this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 169/20 – General (made under the Ontario Disability Support Program Act, 1997) – related to the treatment of Canada emergency response benefit payments.

    • O.Reg.168/20 – General (made under the Ontario Works Act, 1997) – related to the treatment of Canada emergency response benefit payments.

    • O.Reg. 167/20 – Teacher’s qualifications (made under the Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996) – related to persons impacted by the emergency declaration.

      • Related: O.Reg. 166/20 Proficiency in Mathematics (made under the Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996)

    • O.Reg. 165/20 – Order Made Under the Act – Extensions and Renewals of Orders

    • O.Reg. 164/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Signatures in Wills and Powers of Attorney.

  • 12,879 confirmed cases, an increase of 634 since yesterday, including 54 deaths.

Quebec

  • The Quebec National Assembly will virtually meet in parliamentary committee (News Release).

    • The adjournment period of parliamentary business was extended until Tuesday, May 5. However, the parliamentarians agreed to hold four virtual sessions in parliamentary committee. These sessions will allow the deputies to exchange with certain members of the executive. The first session is scheduled for April 24 at 3 p.m.

  • Premier Legault assured the province this week that planning is underway to phase out the societal lockdown, no specifics were provided (CBC).

    • He said there will be guidelines about wearing masks in public; schools will be reopened gradually, possibly by geographic region and with some kind of physical-distancing policy in place; and widespread coronavirus testing will be necessary. This process is set to start on May 4.

  • Premier Legault calls on all those in the health network who are absent to return to work to fight the virus (News Release).

  • 21,838 confirmed cases, an increase of 873 since yesterday, including 109 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Support for Students and Recent Graduates Impacted by COVID-19 (Backgrounder).

  • The federal government is expected to announce today new measures aimed at mobilizing the country's scientists and researchers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic (CTV).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).   

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump’s Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants.

Alberta

  • Court of Queen's Bench will extend its limitation of hearings to emergency and urgent matters only to May 31, 2020, and the adjournment of criminal jury trials and jury selections to September 8, 2020 (Court’s Master Order #3).

  • 3,401 confirmed cases, an increase of 306 since yesterday, including five deaths. 2,396 cases in the Calgary zone, 451 cases in the Edmonton zone, 303 cases in the South zone, 150 cases in the North zone, 79 cases in the Central zone and 22 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia 

  • Ministerial Order No. M116 – Electronic Attendance at Corporate Meetings (COVID-19) Order (made under the Emergency Program Act).

  • 1,795 confirmed cases, an increase of 71 since yesterday, including three deaths. 745 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 747 are in the Fraser Health region, 110 are in the Island Health region, 153 are in the Interior Health region and 40 are in the Northern Health region.

Ontario 

  • The Ontario government is extending all emergency orders that have been put in place to date under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until May 6, 2020 (News Release, order forthcoming).

    • New order issued to support people with mental health and addictions issues:

      • O.Reg. 163/20 – Order Under Subsection of 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Work Deployment Measures for Mental Health and Addictions Agencies.

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services; and Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • Ministerial Orders 2020-22 to 2020-23 and 2020-25 to 2020-26 were added to the April 23 Gazette officielle du Québec; the public health emergency has been renewed until April 29, 2020 (O.C. 478-2020).

  • Ministerial Order 2020-27 related to further amendments to various orders, including government services and priority manufacturing activities.

  • Modification of the ban on open fires in or near the forest (News Release).

April 22, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced comprehensive support of nearly C$9-billion for post-secondary students and recent graduates (News Release).

    • Students will be eligible for C$1,250 a month from May through August.

    • The government must pass legislation to allow the new student benefits to flow (CBC).

  • Removing barriers for international students working in essential services to fight COVID-19 (News Release)

    • Starting immediately, the government will remove the restriction that allows international students to work a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session, provided they are working in an essential service or function.

  • Statement on joint WTO efforts to ensure open and predictable trade for food and agricultural products amid COVID-19 (News Release).

    • Members committed to not imposing agriculture export restrictions or implementing unjustified trade barriers on agriculture and agri-food products and key agricultural production inputs.

U.S. – Federal

  • Department of Labor urges masks and distance for COVID-19 construction safety (News Release).

    • Occupational Safety and Health Administration COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Workforce.

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • Companies, societies and cooperatives now able to meet electronically (Information Bulletin).

    • A temporary change under the Emergency Program Act will allow electronic meetings during the province’s state of emergency. The order (forthcoming) helps corporations hold annual or special general meetings.

Ontario

  • Ontario takes immediate steps to further protect long-term-care residents and staff during COVID-19 outbreak (News Release).

    • Response includes increased testing, COVID-19 SWAT teams and additional PPE.

  • The Ontario government is calling for help from the Canadian military to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in long-term-care facilities, where the province says soldiers are needed to help with staffing and medical care (CBC).

  • 12,245 confirmed cases, an increase of 510 since yesterday, including 37 deaths.

Quebec

  • Premier Legault reiterated that the great challenge remains to fill the shortage of staff in seniors' residences. Quebec, therefore, asked Ottawa today for the help of 1,000 army soldiers to lend a hand in senior-living environments (News Release).
  • Premier Legault mulls gradual opening of schools, daycares before end of June (CBC).

  • 20,965 confirmed cases, an increase of 839 since yesterday, including 93 deaths.
Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The following order/regulations have been issued:

    • P.C. 2020-0263 – Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States), pursuant to section 58 of the Quarantine Act.

    • S.O.R./2020-0092 – Regulations Amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, made under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

    • S.O.R./2020-0091 – Regulations Amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations made under the Emergencies Act and Quarantine Act.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • Trump to sign new immigration ban later today (Reuters).

    • The new 60-day ban would apply to those seeking permanent residency, or “green cards,” to live in the United States but not temporary workers.

  • The US$484-billion interim emergency bill passed by the U.S. Senate yesterday and includes expanded funding for small businesses and hospitals and money for coronavirus testing (Reuters).

    • The U.S. House of Representatives will pass Congress’ latest coronavirus aid bill on Thursday.

  • U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday most, if not all, of the U.S. economy should be reopened by later in the summer (Reuters).

  • Temporary Postponement of the Time to Deposit Certain Estimated Duties, Taxes, and Fees During the National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak (Rule).

  • Continuous Emission Monitoring; Quality-Assurance Requirements During the COVID-19 National Emergency (Rule)

Alberta 

  • 3,095 confirmed cases, an increase of 187 since yesterday, including two deaths. 2,204 cases in the Calgary zone, 446 cases in the Edmonton zone, 200 cases in the South zone, 148 cases in the North zone, 77 cases in the Central zone and 20 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia

  • 1,724 confirmed cases, an increase of 25 since yesterday. 707 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 715 are in the Fraser Health region, 109 are in the Island Health region, 153 are in the Interior Health region and 40 are in the Northern Health region.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • COVID-19 in Quebec: Long-term care homes continue to face staffing and equipment issues (CBC).

April 21, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Government of Canada launches Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Calculator for Employers (News Release).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an investment of C$350-million to support vulnerable Canadians through charities and non-profit organizations that deliver essential services to those in need (News Release).

  • Ottawa watching food supply chain "very, very carefully" after Alberta outbreak (CBC).

    • Beef prices could go up, but Trudeau says he does not anticipate a domestic shortage.

  • Two cargo planes return empty to Canada from China without medical supplies (The Globe and Mail).

  • Joint Statement by Brazil, Canada, Italy and Egypt following the Extraordinary High-Level Meeting of the Group of Friends of Food Security and Nutrition on the impact of COVID-19 on food availability and supply.

U.S. – Federal

  • Lawmakers and the White House struck a deal on a C$484-billion relief package that would replenish a depleted loan program for distressed small businesses and provide additional money for hospitals and coronavirus testing (Washington Post).

  • The House plans to take up the measure on Thursday.

  • The federal government unveiled a plan to return to normal operations — outlining a multipronged approach (Washington Post).

    • The memo, issued by the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management, says officials will “ramp back up government operations to the maximum extent possible, as local conditions warrant.”

Alberta

  • No new updates.

 British Columbia

  • As part of the B.C. government’s C$5-billion COVID-19 Action Plan, up to C$35.6-million will be available over three months from Community Living BC to support service providers to continue delivering residential services (News Release).

  • Temporary 3-Month Extension of Early Marketing Period for Developments Marketed Prior to Obtaining Building Permits and Financing Commitments (Information Bulletin).

Ontario 

  • The province is investing C$11-million to help deliver meals, medicines and other essentials to those in need and doubling the Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS) payments (News Release).

  • 11,735 confirmed cases, an increase of 551 since yesterday, including 38 deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec plans to reopen schools and businesses gradually (The Globe and Mail).

  • Revenu Québec invites employees in sectors related to essential services to begin the steps relating to their registration for the Incentive Program for the retention of essential workers (News Release).

  • As of now, businesses among priority services and activities can publish information regarding their urgent labour needs. Following a rapid review, the information will be posted in a new section of the website (News Release).

  • Premier François Legault indicated that despite the obstacles encountered, the situation in the vast majority of living environments that welcome seniors is under control (News Release).

  • 20,126 confirmed cases, an increase of 807 since yesterday, including 102 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The federal government is expected to unveil today more financial support for vulnerable Canadians struggling to weather the COVID-19 pandemic (CTV).

    • The government is also expected to provide more details about the timing and rollout of the massive C$73-billion wage subsidy program.

  • Canada shifts tone and talks about "critical need" for WHO review of response to COVID-19 (The Globe and Mail).

  • The federal government has limited ability to ramp up COVID-19 testing nationwide, say officials (CBC).

U.S. – Federal

  • Senate minority leader said he believed Democrats, Republicans and the White House had a deal to provide C$350-billion to a coronavirus relief small-business lending program and that the Senate could vote on the deal later today (The Hill).

  • U.S. coronavirus response deepens divide as Trump suspends immigration (Reuters).

    • Trump announced his move on immigration on Twitter late on Monday, suggesting it would prevent further contagion from outsiders while saving American jobs.

  • Temporary Regulatory Relief in Response to COVID-19 (Rule). 

Alberta

  • New funding will increase staffing of health-care aides to alleviate pressures in contracted continuing-care facilities (News Release).

  • 2,908 confirmed cases, an increase of 105 since yesterday, including four deaths. 2,077 cases in the Calgary zone, 438 cases in the Edmonton zone, 156 cases in the South zone, 143 cases in the North zone, 77 cases in the Central zone and 17 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia

  • The following orders/regulations have been issued:

  • B.C.'s provincial health officer says anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 can now be tested for the disease in an attempt to avoid a spike in disease transmission through the community (CBC).

  • 1,699 confirmed cases, an increase of 29 since yesterday, including deaths. 700 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 705 are in the Fraser Health region, 102 are in the Island Health region, 153 are in the Interior Health region and 39 are in the Northern Health region.

Ontario 

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care; and Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • Ministerial Order 2020-026 was issued and is related to:

    • The temporary authorization of a non-participating physician or a physician who has withdrawn within the meaning of the Health Insurance Act

    • Hunters and trappers are authorized to remotely register

    • The confinement measures concerning a sector of Ville de Boisbriand, set out in Ministerial Order 2020-018 dated April 9, 2020, is revoked as of April 21, 2020.

April 20, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • A government motion to suspend all regular sittings of the House of Commons until May 25, 2020, was adopted (Globe and Mail).

    • A new COVID-19 committee will gather in-person on the floor of the House of Commons every Wednesday, starting next week, and by video conference on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  • The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has provided an online space, Pandemic Info Share, to enable businesses and organizations to share their pandemic-related good practices and resources (News Release).

U.S. Federal

  • The Trump administration and Congress indicated earlier today that they were working toward agreement on a coronavirus aid package the Senate could take up as soon as Tuesday with more than C$450-billion (Reuters).

  • Pentagon to ask U.S. Congress for emergency coronavirus funds to support defense industry (Reuters).

  • The Trump administration announced new guidelines requiring nursing homes nationwide to report to patients, their families and the federal government when they have cases of coronavirus.

Alberta

  • Indigenous communities that need more time for industry consultations during the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for a timeline extension (News Release).

British Columbia

  • Helping rural, remote and Indigenous communities respond to COVID-19 (News Release).

Ontario

  • Health experts say the COVID-19 outbreak has likely peaked in Ontario; modelling shows physical distancing still needed to prevent further spread (News Release).

    • Ontario has reached its ‘peak’ in COVID-19 pandemic, but long-term care situation getting worse: officials (Globe and Mail).

  • 11,187 confirmed cases, an increase of 606 since yesterday, 31 deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec grants C$4-million to Medicom to accelerate the construction of a factory for N-95 masks and surgical masks (News Release).

  • Premier François Legault, the Minister of Health and Social Services, the President of the Federation of Medical Specialists of Quebec and the President of the Federation of General Practitioners du Quebec, announced the procedures for the deployment of doctors who will come in to help the teams at work in the living environments of seniors (News Release).

  • Quebec drops all non-essential hospital activities to sure up nursing home staffing (Globe and Mail).

  • 19,319 confirmed cases, an increase of 962 since yesterday, 62 deaths.


Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Parliament to resume with mix of virtual and in-person sittings (Globe and Mail).

  • Canada, U.S. agree to extend border restrictions to May 20, 2020 (Globe and Mail).

  • What will Canada’s Pandexit strategy look like? How officials are deciding when to lift coronavirus lockdowns (Globe and Mail).

    • Based on interviews last week with a wide range of sources—including senior political officials in Ottawa and provincial capitals, and infectious-disease and economic experts, both here and abroad

    • Disease modellers have emphasized the need to remove restrictions step by step, with at least two weeks between steps.

    • While modellers might help determine how much additional contact can be allowed across entire jurisdictions, it will still be left to governments to decide which sectors to prioritize—who returns to work and when.

  • Policy Statement on Foreign Investment Review and COVID-19.

    • Canada tightens foreign investment scrutiny, citing economic impact of COVID-19 (Globe and Mail).

  • As part of the Action Plan, G20 members committed to a coordinated, time-bound suspension of official bilateral debt service payments for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries, including many Small Island Developing States (News Release).

  • Canada and Ontario Supporting Agri-food Sector Supply Chain During COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Statement from the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard on support to the fish and seafood industry.

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced up to C$306.8-million in funding to help small and medium-sized Indigenous businesses, and to support Aboriginal Financial Institutions that offer financing to these businesses (News Release).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. EDT.

U.S. Federal

  • President Trump says government will step up coronavirus testing efforts, after governors blast federal inaction (Washington Post).

  • Treasury and CBP Announce Deferment of Duties and Fees for Certain Importers During COVID-19 Response (News Release).

  • The Trump administration and Congress expect an agreement today on an aid package of up to US$450-billion to boost a small-business loan program that has run out of money and add funds for hospitals and COVID-19 testing (CBC).

Alberta

  • Alberta plans to dramatically expand a COVID-19 testing system that already leads the country (Globe and Mail).

  • 2,803 confirmed cases, an increase of 645 since Friday, 5 deaths. 1,997 cases in the Calgary zone, 429 cases in the Edmonton zone, 142 cases in the South zone, 137 cases in the North zone, 76 cases in the Central zone, 22 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia

  • New ticketing measures to enforce Emergency Program Act orders (News Release).

    • Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, has given police and other enforcement officers the ability to issue $2,000 violation tickets for price gouging and the reselling of medical supplies and other essential goods.

  • Technology loans giving more children the opportunity to learn at home (News Release).

  • 1,647 confirmed cases, an increase of 72 since Friday; 3 deaths. Vancouver Coastal Health: 686, Fraser Health: 680. Island Health: 97, Interior Health: 150, Northern Health: 34.

Ontario

  • The Ontario government is investing C$20-million to advance medical research and develop tools and resources to combat COVID-19 and other infectious diseases through the Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund (News Release).

  • 10,578 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,053 since Friday; 75 deaths.

Quebec

  • The following Orders were issued:

    • Ministerial Order 2020-023 related to the list of work environments for which a salaried person may receive an 8% bonus and amending Orders related to priority commercial enterprises, media telecommunications services and priority services in the field of transportation and logistics.

    • Ministerial Order 2020-025 various Orders amended related to construction sector services.

  • Superior Court: the urgent activities selected for continuity of services has been further amended.

  • 18,357 confirmed cases, an increase of 2,500 since Friday; 189 deaths.

April 17, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced new actions to protect Canadian jobs and provide more support to businesses and organizations dealing with the economic impacts of COVID-19.

    • The Government of Canada will provide over C$1.7-billion for targeted measures including new measures to help retain and create approximately 10,000 well-paying jobs in the energy sector. (News Release and Department of Finance Backgrounder).

    • Trudeau offers aid to energy workers while skirting full bailout (Bloomberg).

    • Ottawa announces C$1.7-billion to clean up orphan oil-and-gas wells in Western Canada (Globe and Mail).

  • Foreign ministers from 13 countries agree on key principles to keep transportation links and supply chains open (Global Affairs Canada).

    • The group agreed on a Joint Declaration outlining a series of practical actions and strongly advocated for other countries to take similar steps.

  • The AgriStability enrollment deadline for the 2020 program year has been extended without penalty, from April 30, 2020, to July 3, 2020. This extension will allow farmers more time to sign up and benefit from the program (News Release).

  • New measures introduced for non-medical masks or face coverings in the Canadian transportation system (Transport Canada).

    • The Minister of Transport announced new measures requiring all air passengers to have a non-medical mask or face covering to cover their mouth and nose during travel. Effective noon EDT on April 20, 2020 (Backgrounder).

  • Last month, the Government of Canada announced action to support the Canadian news and broadcasting sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the establishment of an Advisory Board.

    • Today, the Government is releasing draft legislative proposals that would make adjustments to these tax measures to help ensure that they achieve their initial objectives (News Release).

  • Canadian Armed Forces’ respond to COVID-19 pandemic in Quebec long-term care facilities (National Defence).

U.S. Federal

  • President Trump says states, not U.S. government, must boost coronavirus testing (Reuters).

  • Texas is among the first states to announce it will loosen stay-at-home restrictions (Washington Post).

Alberta

  • Premier Jason Kenney issued the following statement on the federal government’s energy stimulus package.

  • Alberta Parks is suspending and refunding camping reservations up to and including May 19, 2020 (News Release).

British Columbia

  • The following Orders/Regs have been issued:

  • New modelling released by B.C. health officials about the state of the novel coronavirus pandemic shows virus rates are slowing down in the province (CTV).

  • More online options for students to support social, emotional well-being (News Release).

Ontario

  • The following Orders/Regs were added to e-laws this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 161/20 Milk and Milk Products (made under the Milk Act related to the extension of certificates and licenses due to COVID).

    • O.Reg. 160/20 Exemption from Reduced Load Period Weight Limits (made under the Highway Traffic Act).

    • O.Reg. 159/20 General (made under the Ambulance Act).

    • O.Reg. 158/20 Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) Of the Act – Limiting Work to a Single Retirement Home.

    • O.Reg. 157/20 Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) Of the Act – Work Deployment Measures for Municipalities.

    • O.Reg. 156/20 Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) Of the Act – Deployment of Employees of Service Provider Organizations.

    • O.Reg. 154/20 Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) Of the Act – Work Deployment Measures for District Social Services Administration Boards.

    • O.Reg. 153/20 Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) Of the Act – Closure of Places of Non-Essential Businesses (related to seasonal campgrounds).

  • Ontario Offers Emergency Child Care to More Frontline Staff (News Release).

  • The government is expanding the list of essential workers eligible to receive emergency child care see: O.Reg. 155/20 Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) Of the Act – Closure of Establishments.

  • Canada and Ontario Supporting Agri-food Sector Supply Chain During COVID-19; C$1-million in new funding to support efforts that match employers with job-seekers (News Release).

  • Ontario Establishes Key Partnerships to Make Home Learning More Accessible; iPad with Free Rogers Wireless Data Will Support Learning at Home (News Release).

  • 9525 confirmed cases, an increase of 564 since yesterday, 55 deaths.

Quebec

  • The Quebec government invests C$45-million to support the recruitment of agricultural workers (News Release).

  • Premier Legault takes ‘full responsibility’ for shortages in struggling Quebec care homes (Globe and Mail).

  • 16,798 confirmed cases, an increase 941 since yesterday, 58 deaths.​
     

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

  • Canada-U.S. reach deal to extend border restrictions by 30 days (CTV).

  • Minister Fortier Highlights Government Support for Businesses in Digital Town Hall with Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce (Department of Finance).

  • Joint statement of the Alliance for multilateralism (Global Affairs Canada).

  • Statement by the Minister of Indigenous Services on the First Nations Election Cancellation and Postponement Regulations (Prevention of Diseases) coming into effect.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. EDT.

U.S. – Federal

  • Trump's guidelines may have some states reopening in a month (Bloomberg).

  • Release of U.S. Government Action Plan to Support the International Response to COVID-19 (Fact Sheet).

  • COVID-19 Related Goods: U.S. Imports and Tariffs; Institution of Investigation (International Trade Commission).

  • Recommended Actions To Reduce the Risk of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Among Transit Employees and Passengers (Federal Transit Administration).

Alberta

  • The Alberta and federal governments, with the input and assistance of industry and worker representatives, have developed a plan to respond to confirmed cases of COVID-19 in food processing plants (News Release).

  • 2158 confirmed cases, an increase of 162 since yesterday, 2 deaths.

British Columbia

  • 1575 confirmed cases, an increase of 14 since yesterday, 3 deaths. Vancouver Coastal Health: 670, Fraser Health: 630, Island Health: 94, Interior Health: 149, Northern Health: 32.

Ontario

  • Ontario Takes Further Action to Protect Vulnerable People from COVID-19; Province makes it easier to reassign staff where they are needed most (News Release).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, and Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, to make an announcement at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Quebec

  • The proceedings in the National Assembly of Quebec remain adjourned until May 5, 2020 (News Release).

  • The Government of Quebec is investing C$1.3-million in the firm Ferme d'hiver through Investissement Québec to support, alongside private partners, the development of an innovative technological solution (News Release).

April 16, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

  • Prime Minister announces new measures for small businesses (News Release):

    • Expanding the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to businesses that paid between C$20,000 and C$1.5-million in total payroll in 2019.

    • Announcing intent to introduce the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses.

  • COVID-19 Guidance for High-Risk and Essential Workplaces (News Release).

    • The tip sheets offer guidance and good practices for specific occupations, industries and services, for both employers and workers. They can be downloaded from the CCOHS website.

  • Despite White House urgency, Canada closes door to reopening U.S. border (Bloomberg).

  • Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today published a relief order that provides registrants with an additional six months to comply with the conflicts of interest provisions in the Client Focused Reforms (News Release).

  • COVID-19 deaths surpass federal projections due to outbreaks in long-term-care homes, Trudeau says (CBC).

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump issues proposed guidelines for relaxing social distancing guidance (Washington Post).

  • After just two weeks, the White House says the new small business loan program is completely out of money. It has stopped accepting claims. But lawmakers can’t agree on how to update the C$350-billion Paycheck Protection Program (Washington Post).

  • Federal Reserve announces its Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility is fully operational and available to provide liquidity to eligible financial institutions (Federal Reserve).

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • New COVID-19 supports for businesses and local governments (News Release).

    • Most commercial property tax bills will be reduced by an average of 25 per cent, along with new measures to support local governments facing temporary revenue shortfalls as a result of COVID-19.

  • A new B.C. Business COVID-19 Support Service will serve as a single point of contact for businesses throughout the province looking for information on resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • Free counselling service launches for post-secondary students (News Release).

Ontario

  • Ontario significantly expands hospital capacity to prepare for any COVID-19 outbreak scenario (News Release).

    • Province adds more than 2,000 acute care and critical care beds and enacts pandemic staffing plans.

  • Ontario enables auto insurance companies to provide driver rebates during COVID-19 (News Release).

  • The following two regulations were made under the Private Security and Investigative Services Act (related to the extension of licenses/registration requirements for business entities):

  • 8,961 confirmed cases, an increase of 514 since yesterday, including 38 deaths.

Quebec

  • Premier Legault continues to appeal for the mobilization of all those with health skills to support the staff and residents of residential and long-term care centres (News Release).

  • Three temporary measures have been put in place to ease and assist administrators of supplemental pension plans and participants in these plans (News Release).

    • These measures reduce administrative burdens related to pension plans.

  • Minister Jean Boulet announces deferral until September 1, 2020, of payments to the Registraire des entreprises (News Release).

  • Trudeau considers request to send Armed Forces to Quebec's long-term-care homes (CBC).

  • 15,857 confirmed cases, an increase of 997 since yesterday, including 143 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau poised to announce more financial support for small businesses today (CTV).

    • It's likely to involve some changes to the eligibility rules for the Canada Emergency Business Account program that banks and credit unions began delivering last week.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

 U.S. – Federal

  • The White House plans to release guidelines today to inform states on how to relax coronavirus restrictions and reopen businesses (The Globe and Mail).

  • Notice of Public Hearing – Election Response to COVID-19 Administering Elections During the Coronavirus Crisis.

Alberta

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) is reaching Albertans across the province as the government continues its procurement and distribution effort (News Release).

  • Additional funding will improve access to mental-health and addiction-recovery services, supports and resources (News Release).

  • 1,996 confirmed cases, an increase of 126 since yesterday. 

British Columbia

  • 1,561 confirmed cases, an increase of 44 since yesterday, including three deaths. Vancouver Coastal Health: 670, Fraser Health: 623, Island Health: 92, Interior Health: 146 and Northern Health: 30.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • Ministerial Orders 2020-17 to 2020-21 were added to the April 16 Gazette officielle du Québec, which also includes:

    • O.C. 460-2020: The public health emergency is renewed until 24 April 2020.

    • M.O. 2020-07: Regulation Respecting the Use of Non-Skid Devices on the Tires of Certain Road Vehicles (considering the COVID-19 pandemic situation caused limited access, for the population, to vehicle maintenance services).

  • Ministerial Order 2020-022 – related to visits from a family caregiver to users lodged in facilities in institutions where a residential and long-term-care centre is operated.

  • The Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks has decided to ban open fires in or near the forest – effective April 16 (News Release).

April 15, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Prime Minister announces expanded access to Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and support for essential workers (News Release and Backgrounder).

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

      • Allow people to earn up to C$1,000 per month.

      • Extend the CERB to seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to undertake their usual seasonal work and/or are unable to find a job or return to work because of COVID-19.

  • The government announces relief for federally regulated pension plan sponsors (News Release).

  • The following regulations have been added to the April 15 Canada Gazette, Part II:

    • S.O.R./2020-62: Income Support Payment Amount Regulations

    • S.O.R./2020-61: Interim Order Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit)

      • The objective of this regulation is to fix the amount of the income support payment as C$500 per week under the act.

    • S.O.R./2020-55: Regulations Amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR)

      • Amendments to the IRPR are needed to provide the Canada Border Services Agency with authorities that are necessary to operationalize the prohibitions.

  • Bank of Canada unveils new bond-buying programs in bid to support credit markets amid virus crisis (The Globe and Mail and BoC Press Release/Statement).

  • The premiers don’t want Emergencies Act used during COVID-19 pandemic (The Globe and Mail).

  • Pandemic could affect food supplies, power grids, telecommunications, says government document prepared by Public Safety Canada (CBC).

  • Released today: Statistics Canada’s Gross domestic product by industry: Nowcast, March 2020.

    • The flash estimate for GDP indicates a decline of approximately nine per cent in March. This would be the largest one-month decline in GDP, since the series started in 1961.

  • Joint Statement by Filomena Tassi, Minister of Labour, and leaders from labour and industry regarding support for workers and employers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

  • Parks Canada suspends camping, group activities and events across the country until at least May 31, 2020 (Parks Canada News Release and Backgrounder).

  • Government of Canada connects Canadians with mental wellness supports during COVID-19 (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

  • Federal banking agencies to defer appraisals and evaluations for real estate transactions affected by COVID-19 (News Release).

  • President Trump is demanding accountability from the World Health Organization (News Release).

  • Connecting Americans to coronavirus information online (News Release).

    • The White House and key federal agencies are working alongside Schema.org to help ensure critical resources surface across online search engine results.

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • State of emergency has been extended until April 28, 2020 (News Release and Ministerial Order No. M073).

  • The following orders have been issued this afternoon:

    • Ministerial Order No. M109: Client Registry System/Enterprise Master Patient Index Designation Order (related to disclosure and E-Health – Personal Health Information Access and Protection of Privacy Act)

    • Ministerial Order No. M110: Provincial Laboratory Information Solution (PLIS) Repository Designation Order (related to disclosure and E-Health – Personal Health Information Access and Protection of Privacy Act)

  • More support for commercial truck drivers during COVID-19 crisis – installation of portable toilets at several commercial vehicle pull-outs, inspection stations and chain-up locations (Information Bulletin).

  • Liquor-store hours extended to protect seniors and most vulnerable (News Release).

Ontario

  • Ontario ramping up protection for long-term-care residents; robust action plan and new emergency order to protect the most vulnerable in long-term-care homes (News Release).

    • The temporary emergency order will come into effect on April 22, 2020.

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

    • O.Reg. 149/20: Special Rules Relating to Declared Emergency (made under the Planning Act)

    • O.Reg. 150/20: Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices (made under the Insurance Act)

  • 8,447 confirmed cases, an increase of 494 since yesterday, including 51 deaths.

Quebec

  • Danielle McCann, Minister of Health and Social Services, announced that the Government of Quebec is providing C$20-million in emergency assistance to meet the additional financial needs expressed by regional and national community organizations in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • The premier pleads with Quebec medical specialists to help out in COVID-19-ravaged seniors' residences (CTV).

  • 14,860 confirmed cases, an increase of 612 since yesterday, 52 deaths.

Last updatead at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Government of Canada updates mandatory requirements for travellers entering Canada (News Release).

    • P.C. 2020-0260: Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 2.

      • The updated order, under which any traveller arriving in Canada — whether they are symptomatic or asymptomatic — cannot isolate or quarantine in a place where they would be in contact with people who are vulnerable, such as adults aged 65 years or over and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

  • Temporary reduction of service at some low traffic Canadian land border crossings (News Release and Fact Sheet).

  • Canada’s central bank will make an announcement today on its key interest rate and detail the impact of COVID-19 on the national economy (The Globe and Mail).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • Trump eases PPE export ban with Canada and Mexico exemptions (Bloomberg).

  • Trump halts U.S. payments to the World Health Organization (CTV).

  • Amendment to Declaration Under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act for Medical Countermeasures Against COVID-19 (to extend liability immunity).

Alberta

  • O.C. 116/2020 Procedures (Forest and Prairie Protection) Amendment Regulation (made under the Provincial Offences Procedure Act) was issued yesterday evening.

  • The government is providing C$3-million to Caregivers Alberta to expand supports for caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic and into the future (News Release).

  • The government is working to source personal protective equipment (PPE) and expedite its distribution to groups and organizations in need (News Release).

  • 1,870 confirmed cases, an increase of 138 since yesterday, including two deaths. 1,242 cases in the Calgary zone, 402 cases in the Edmonton zone, 107 cases in the North zone, 74 cases in the Central zone, 36 cases in the South zone and nine cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia 

  • All temporary foreign workers arriving in British Columbia for seasonal farm work will be required to self-isolate in government-managed accommodations for 14 days prior to being transported to farms throughout B.C. (Information Bulletin).

    • Employers are responsible for paying temporary foreign workers for a minimum 30 hours per week during self-isolation and at the rate of pay specified on the federal Labour Market Impact Assessment.

  • 1,517 confirmed cases, an increase of 27 since yesterday, including three deaths. Vancouver Coastal Health: 658, Fraser Health: 601, Island Health: 89, Interior Health: 141 and Northern Health: 28.

Ontario

  • The following orders were added to e-laws this morning:

    • O.Reg. 145/20: 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. 146/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Limiting Work to a Single Long-Term Care Home

    • O.Reg. 147/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act - Work Deployment Measures in Long-Term Care Homes

    • O.Reg. 148/20: General (made under the Nutrient Management Act related to the extension of licenses and certificates due to COVID)

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • The April 15 Gazette officielle du Québec has been published which includes:

    • O.C. 454-2020: Regulation amending the Regulation respecting labour standards (minimum wage will increase by 60 cents on May 1 to C$13.10 an hour) (News Release)

  • Ministerial Order 2020-021 – amends various orders including 2020-018 (related to priority manufacturing activities, priority commercial enterprises, construction sector services and transportation and logistics).

April 14, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Government of Canada is further facilitating the enforcement of the federal Quarantine Act. These changes provide increased flexibility for law enforcement agencies, including the RCMP and local and provincial police forces, to issue tickets to individuals who do not comply with orders under the federal Quarantine Act (News Release).

    • The following regulations have been added to the April 14 Canada Gazette, Part II:

      • S.O.R./2020-86: Regulations Amending the Contraventions Regulations (Quarantine Act). In force April 11, 2020.

      • S.O.R./2020-87: Regulations Amending the Application of Provincial Laws Regulations. In force April 11, 2020.

  • Parliament is set to resume the week of April 20 in both chambers, barring an agreement to extend the suspension (CTV).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced earlier today that, effective at midnight, anyone who is returning to Canada from abroad has to have a “credible quarantine plan” or they will be forced to spend 14 days in isolation in a “quarantine location” (CTV). 

  • Trudeau says Ottawa and the provinces are in talks to reopen economy in stages (The Globe and Mail).

  • The Government of Canada providing C$20-million to safeguard Canada's food supply by supporting critical food inspection services (News Release).

  • The Prime Minister announced health and social support for the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

  • California and Oregon governors lay out frameworks for reopening states (Washington Post).

  • More than 9,000 U.S. health-care workers have been infected with the coronavirus, CDC says (Washington Post).

Alberta

  • Alberta Wildfire is hiring 200 additional firefighters, invoking a fire ban (effective April 15), implementing off-highway vehicle (OHV) restrictions, increasing fine violations and funding C$20-million more in community FireSmart initiatives, all to prepare for the upcoming wildfire season during COVID-19 (News Release).

  • The government is moving forward with tender packages for the design and construction of one K-4 and four K-9 school projects that will be located throughout the province (News Release).

British Columbia

Ontario

  • Ontario extends declaration of emergency to continue the fight against COVID-19 until May 12 (News Release).

    • S.O. 2020 c. 6Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Protection Act, 2020 (Bill 189) received royal assent this afternoon. The act is in force as of today, except Schedule 2, subsection 1(2) in force on proclamation (not yet in force) and Schedule 3 in force March 30, 2020.

      • The act amends the Education Act, Planning Act, Development Charges Act, Police Services Act and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act.

  • Two more orders were added to E-Laws this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 143/20: Order Made Under the Act – Extensions and Renewal of Orders (related to closure of outdoor recreational amenities).

    • O.Reg. 144/20: Exemption for Temporary Health and Residential Facilities (made under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act).

  • Ontario public schools will not reopen on May 4, premier says (CTV).

  • Ontario to "redeploy every resource" to long-term-care homes (CBC).

  • 7,953 confirmed cases, an increase of 483 since yesterday, including 43 deaths.

Quebec

  • Premier François Legault asks Quebecers with medical training to enlist to help in CHSLDs (News Release).

  • 14,248 confirmed cases, an increase of 691 since yesterday, including 75 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada and U.S. in talks to extend border closures amid pandemic (The Globe and Mail).

    • Sources say the discussions are more focused on whether to extend the border restrictions for two weeks or another 30-day period.

  • Joint statement by Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy regarding international collaboration in addressing COVID-19.

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. authorities are weighing when and how to restart the economy (Morningstar).

Alberta 

  • Alberta senators want to know when help for the energy industry is coming (CBC).

    • Finance minister has said help was on the way but recently noted that any aid would be "sector agnostic."

  • 1,732 confirmed cases, an increase of 81 since yesterday, including two deaths. 1,114 cases in the Calgary zone, 399 cases in the Edmonton zone, 105 cases in the North zone, 74 cases in the Central zone, 33 cases in the South zone and seven cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia

  • 1,490 confirmed cases, an increase of 45 since yesterday, 11 deaths. Vancouver Coastal Health: 650 Fraser Health: 591, Island Health: 87, Interior Health: 136 and Northern Health: 26.

Ontario

  • The following orders were added to E-Laws this morning:

    • O.Reg. 137/20: Order Under Subsection 7.1 (2) of the Act – Limitation Periods

    • O.Reg. 138/20: Order Made Under the Act – Extensions and Renewals of Orders

    • O.Reg. 139/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Child Care Fees

    • O.Reg. 140/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Agreements Between Health Service Providers and Retirement Homes.

    • O.Reg. 141/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act - Temporary Health or Residential Facilities

    • O.Reg. 142/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act -  Closure of Public Lands for Recreational Camping

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, to hold a media availability at 1:45 p.m. (ET).

Quebec

  • The Government of Quebec announced that landscaping and landscape maintenance companies will be added to the list of priority services and activities. These companies and their supply chains will be able to resume their activities from April 15, 2020 (News Release).

April 13, 2020
Last updatead at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Today, the Government of Canada announced C$50-million to help farmers, fish harvesters and all food production and processing employers put in place the measures necessary to follow the mandatory 14-day isolation period required of all workers arriving from abroad (News Release).

  • Tories call for tweaks to federal business aid (for small businesses to help them quickly cover employee wages) (The Globe and Mail).

  • Nearly six-million people have applied for COVID-10 emergency benefits (CBC).

  • Nearly half of known COVID-19 deaths in Canada linked to long-term-care homes (CTV and new interim infection prevention and control guidance).

U.S. – Federal

  • A stalemate in Congress over interim emergency aid seems likely to continue (Politico).

  • Supreme Court to hold arguments by teleconference in May (News Release).

  • States team up on reopening plans (Bloomberg).

Alberta 

  • Alberta Hope COVID-19 study tests early treatment option (News Release).

British Columbia

  • No new updates.

Ontario

  • Members of Provincial Parliament will return to Queen’s Park for a single day tomorrow to pass legislation to extend the state of emergency for a further 28 days and to discuss a bill on education, childcare and municipal housing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Ontario secures critical medical equipment and supplies (News Release).

    • Ontario is providing same-day deliveries to hospitals, long-term-care and retirement homes, and other facilities to support essential workers.

  • Health officials expect number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario to start going down soon (CBC).

  • 7,470 confirmed cases, an increase of 421 since yesterday, including 17 deaths. 

Quebec

  • The Government of Quebec amends the list of priority services and activities (effective April 15) by adding:

    • The mining sector – mining activities will be permitted in a gradual and supervised manner (News Release).

    • Residential construction sites (News Release).

    • Maintenance and repair activities to all vehicles (News Release).

      • Suppliers of products, parts or other equipment necessary for transport and logistics services are also affected by this modification.

  • Quebec puts five long-term-care homes under watch; promises more inspections (The Globe and Mail).

  • COVID-19 Guide: new measures to ensure health on construction sites (News Release).

  • 13,557 reported cases, an increase of 711 since yesterday, including 39 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • S.C. 2020 c . 6COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2 received royal assent Saturday evening. The act is in force on royal assent except sections 8 and 11 in force on October 1, 2020.

  • Minister Morneau and Minister Ng mark the launch of the Canada Emergency Business Account (News Release).

    • Small business owners can apply for support from the Canada Emergency Business Account through their banks and credit unions.

  • The Government of Canada establishes COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group to consider, respect and incorporate the interests and needs of persons with disabilities into its decision-making and pandemic response (Backgrounder).

  • OPEC+ has agreed to reduce production by 10 million barrels per day – an unprecedented move to stabilize the market (CBC).

  • Canada building its own PPE supply chain in China (CBC).

  • Canadian military intelligence unit issued warning about Wuhan outbreak back in January (CBC).

  • RCMP role in enforcing the federal Quarantine Act (News Release).

  • Communities across Canada prepare for doubled crises of flooding in a time of pandemic (The Globe and Mail).

  • Health Canada approves new rapid COVID-testing kits (The Globe and Mail).

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. may face 18 months of rolling shutdowns (Bloomberg).

  • Coronavirus outbreak could reach its peak in the U.S. this week, CDC director says (The Globe and Mail).

Alberta

  • Minister of Energy Sonya Savage issued a statement on the OPEC+ meeting.

  • Alberta is sending supplies to British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec to help address demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators (News Release).

  • Service Alberta has issued a ministerial order that will temporarily suspend or modify provisions related to timelines, location and distance, as well as utility payments and access to information requests.

  • Government is providing C$5-million to support food banks and community organizations in their food supply efforts (News Release).

  • Record of decision of the Chief Medical Officer of Health outlining updated requirements for health-care facilities in Alberta – further restrictions on movement of staff members between health-care facilities.

  • The province is launching a donation-matching program to increase support to charities responding to COVID-19 (News Release).

  • 1,651 confirmed cases, an increase of 228 since Thursday, including 15 deaths. 1,046 cases in the Calgary zone, 395 cases in the Edmonton zone, 103 cases in the North zone, 72 cases in the Central zone, 31 cases in the South zone and four cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia

  • Effective April 15, 2020, the Limitation Periods (COVID-19) Order made by M.O. 86/2020 is repealed, and Limitation Periods (COVID-19) Order No. 2 is made.

  • Rachel Blaney among MPs working to implement virtual parliament (Campbell River Mirror).

  • Province and Creative BC support musicians impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with new grants for livestreaming (News Release).

  • 1,445 confirmed cases, an increase 109 of since Thursday, including 10 deaths. Vancouver Coastal Health: 642, Fraser Health: 558, Island Health: 84, Interior Health: 135 and Northern Health: 26.

Ontario

  • The Ontario government extended all emergency orders that have been put in place to date under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until April 23, 2020, including the closure of outdoor amenities in parks and recreational areas, non-essential workplaces, public places and bars and restaurants, along with restrictions on social gatherings and the prohibition of price gouging (News Release and Order).

  • O.Reg. 136/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) – Closure of Places of Non-Essential Businesses (related to critical industrial construction activities).

  • Ontario government is implementing the next phase of its strategy to significantly expand and enhance testing (News Release).

    • Ontario expects to double the number of tests processed each day to 8,000 by April 15, 2020, and 14,000 by April 29, 2020,

  • Province prevents operators from charging fees while childcare centres are closed (News Release).

  • In consultation with the Ontario Privacy Commissioner, the province is developing a new health data platform called the Pandemic Threat Response (PANTHR) (News Release).

  • On March 21, Premier Ford launched the Ontario Together web portal appealing to Ontario's manufacturers, entrepreneurs and innovators to provide essential supplies and equipment – to date, the portal has received over 14,000 submissions (News Release).

  • 7,049 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,290 since Thursday, including 74 deaths.

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • The following orders have been issued:

    • Order No. 2020-018 – Ministerial Order 2020-017 is further amended by inserting the following after paragraph m of the heading “3. Government services and other priority activities”: “m.1. Inspection and monitoring of animal health and crops”; and introduced restrictions on residents of the sector Ville de Boisbrand.

    • Order No. 2020-019 – related to redeployment of persons to perform other duties or functions within the health and social services network (despite any provision of the collective agreements or national, local or regional agreements).

    • Order No. 2020-020 – related to the custody or access right of a parent; continuation of care in public and private institutions; respecting health services and social services for Cree Native persons (associated News Release).

  • Quebec preparing plan to reopen economy, as infection rate stabilizes (The Globe and Mail).

  • The Minister of Health and Social Services, Danielle McCann, and the Minister responsible for Seniors and Caregivers, Marguerite Blais, present reinforced protection measures (News Release).

  • The Quebec government is requesting the cancellation of indoor and outdoor festivals and cultural events planned in Quebec until August 31, 2020 (News Release).

  • 12,846 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,934 since Thursday, including 112 deaths.

April 9, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The House of Commons will reconvene Saturday (2:15 p.m. (EDT) start) to debate the government's wage subsidy legislation (CBC).

  • The federal government is reaching out to the provinces and territories to talk about invoking the never-used-before Emergencies Act, as pressure mounts on Ottawa to take control of critical medical supplies and equipment in the fight against COVID-19 (CBC).

  • Interim Order Respecting Drugs, Medical Devices and Foods for a Special Dietary Purpose in Relation to COVID-19 was published in the April 11 Canada Gazette Part I and Order Approving the Interim Order.

    • The objective is to protect the health and safety of Canadians through exceptional importation of drugs, medical devices and foods for special dietary purposes that are in shortage as a direct or indirect result of the COVID-19 pandemic and by providing improved access to biocide drugs.

  • The Canadian government, in the midst of an economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, announced it is lifting a ban on the issuance of export permits for the shipment of controlled goods to Saudi Arabia (The Globe and Mail).

  • Joint statement by Canadian Securities Administrators and Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada on recent volatility in Canadian equity markets.

  • CRTC update on its proceedings further to COVID-19 pandemic (Statement).

  • Measuring the labour market is not business as usual for the week of March 15 to 21 (Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey).

    • Employment fell by more than one million in March (-1,011,000 or -5.3 per cent). The employment rate — or the proportion of people aged 15 and older who were employed — fell 3.3 percentage points to 58.5 per cent, the lowest rate since April 1997.

U.S. – Federal

  • Congress Preps Pandemic Price-Gouging Bill (H.R. 6472 and Letter).

  • Senate Democrats blocked a Republican attempt to approve another US$250-billion in forgivable loans to small businesses, seeking changes to the pandemic relief funding and demanding greater consultation across party lines (The Hill).

    • Senate adjourns until Monday.

  • Governors consider supply consortium to skirt FEMA dysfunction (Bloomberg).

  • Federal courts are individually coordinating with state and local health officials to obtain local information about the coronavirus (COVID-19), and some have issued orders relating to court business, operating status, and public and employee safety (Resource).

Alberta

  • Some regulations will be temporarily modified for truck drivers and railway operators to protect the supply chain and ensure Canadians can access necessities like medical supplies, groceries and fuel during the COVID-19 crisis (News Release). (orders forthcoming)

  • Business Link will serve as a one-stop shop to help small businesses learn about and connect to available COVID-19 supports based on their unique business needs (News Release).

  • The Alberta government will allocate almost C$2-billion from the 2020 Capital Plan to resurface roads, repair bridges, restore schools and fill potholes, all to get thousands of Albertans back to work (News Release and Capital Plan).

British Columbia

  • Applications open for temporary rental supplement are now open (News Release).

    • The supplement will be available for April, May and June 2020 and will be paid directly to landlords on behalf of renters to reduce tenants’ rent owing.

  • New virtual mental health supports for COVID-19 on the way (News Release).

Ontario

  • The Ontario government has launched a new Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee, which will focus on getting businesses up and running and people back to work after the COVID-19 pandemic is over (News Release).

  • The Government of Ontario is partnering with SPARK Ontario to help seniors and the most vulnerable stay connected and healthy as they self isolate during the COVID-19 outbreak (News Release).

  • 5,759 confirmed cases, an increase of 483 since yesterday, including 26 deaths.

Quebec

  • M.O. 2020: Suspension of the requirement for a driver of a road train operating under a special road train operating permit to refrain from travelling on Good Friday and Easter Monday. This order is in force April 9 and revoked April 14, 2020.

  • In the wake of the measures taken to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on the Quebec financial system, the AMF announces additional adjustments to the framework in force (News Release).

    • The measures are in addition to those announced on March 31 and target various stakeholders in the financial services industry.

  • The Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord region, Mr. Jonatan Julien, announces that the government is suspending the period of validity of all mining claims in effect in Quebec, for a period of 12 months from today, April 9, 2020 (News Release).

  • 10,912 confirmed cases, an increase of 881 since yesterday, including 41 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Health Canada released modelling data with different possible scenarios this morning (Statement).

  • Travel restrictions still in place at international border crossings for the upcoming long weekend (News Release).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • This morning, the Federal Reserve announced another series of sweeping steps to provide as much as US$2.3-trillion in additional aid during the coronavirus pandemic, including starting programs to aid small and mid-sized businesses as well as state and local governments (Press Release).

  • A total of 6.61 million people filed jobless claims in the week ended April 4, according to Labor Department figures released this morning (Bloomberg).

  • Promoting Telehealth for Low-Income Consumers; COVID-19 Telehealth Program (Rule).

  • Correction notice of Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) declarations issued for each state and territory of the U.S. (U.S. Small Business Administration).

    • To correct the deadline date to file an application until December 31, 2020, and remove the credit elsewhere limitation.

Alberta

  • Progress of emergency legislation:

    • Bill 13: Emergency Management Amendment Act, 2020 (No. 2) was referred to the Committee of the Whole yesterday evening (Committee reported the bill with an amendment).

  • Ministerial Order 219/2020 from the Minister of Energy to immediately suspend specific legislated reporting requirements for energy companies under the Coal Conservation Act, the Oil and Gas Conservation Act and the Oil Sands Conservation Act.

    • The modifications in the order will not defer or remove any monitoring requirements that ensure Alberta’s public safety and environmental protection, as well as reporting required for royalty calculation and collection.

  • COVID-19 modelling data released (News Release).

  • 1,423 confirmed cases, an increase of 50 since yesterday, including three deaths. 860 cases in the Calgary zone, 368 cases in the Edmonton zone, 95 cases in the North zone, 72 cases in the Central zone, 26 cases in the South zone and two cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia 

  • 1,336 confirmed cases, an increase of 45 since yesterday, including five deaths. Vancouver Coastal Health: 615, Fraser Health: 487, Island Health: 81, Interior Health: 130 and Northern Health: 23.

Ontario 

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

    • O.Reg. 132/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2. (4) Of the Act – Use of Force and Firearms in Policing Services.

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Peter Bethlenfalvy, Treasury Board President; and Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • Order 2020-017: Amendments to various older orders are made; Ministerial Order 2020-016 is further amended by inserting “and agronomists” after “clinics” in paragraph l of the heading “3. Government services and other priority activities;” temporary bonus measures are granted to personnel members employed by the holders of ambulance service permits, health communication centres or the Corporation d’urgencessanté.

  • The renewal of the public health emergency order and Ministerial Orders 2020-13 to 2020-16 have now been added to the April 9 Gazette officielle du Québec. Regulations published:

    • O.C. 430-2020: Regulation respecting volatility requirements for certain petroleum products for the period from April 9, 2020, to June 30, 2020 (made under the Petroleum Products Act). In force April 9, 2020.

    • O.C. 443-2020: Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting the collection of support (made under An Act to facilitate the payment of support). In force April 9, 2020.

  • The Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister responsible for the Mauricie region, Mr. Jean Boulet, announced that the Temporary Assistance Program for Workers (PATT COVID-19) will end on April 10. 2020, 4 p.m. (EDT) (News Release).

  • The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (launched by the Canadian government), is available to the majority of workers eligible for the PATT COVID-19.
April 8, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Competition Bureau statement on competitor collaborations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • In circumstances where there is a clear imperative for companies to be collaborating in the short term to respond to the crisis, where those collaborations are undertaken and executed in good faith and do not go further than what is needed, the Bureau will generally refrain from exercising scrutiny.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced more measures today to support businesses and young Canadians taking a financial hit (CBC).

    • Finance Minister Bill Morneau provided further details on the eligibility criteria for businesses to access the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) (News Release). Additional details are included in the backgrounder.

  • Return to work will be graduated and likely months off, Trudeau says (The Globe and Mail).

  • Canada’s government is working with banks on more relief measures to help consumers cope with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, Royal Bank of Canada Chief Executive Officer David McKay said (Bloomberg).

  • Human rights implications of COVID-19 (Statement).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced temporary changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program that will help employers hire summer staff (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

The Trump administration issued new restrictions on exports of safety masks and gloves to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak (Notice).

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has temporarily eased its policies on nutrition and menu labelling to help calm consumer fears about product shortages, keep restaurants in business and avoid food waste during the COVID-19 pandemic (Guidance Document)

  • New York to open virtual courts to ongoing nonessential cases (Memorandum).

  • U.S. health officials planning for what re-entry to "normality" will look like (CBC).

Alberta 

  • Progress of emergency legislation:

    • Bill 13: Emergency Management Amendment Act, 2020 (No. 2) received second reading this afternoon.

British Columbia

  • The British Columbia Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) remains open, and to help people resolve disputes during the COVID-19 pandemic, is extending statutory deadlines and waiving fees for those struggling financially (Information Bulletin).

  • B.C. is introducing new measures to support British Columbians returning home from international destinations (News Release).

    • The measures, which include a new legal requirement to provide a self-isolation plan, support the provincial health officer’s travel orders and reinforce the federal emergency order under the Quarantine Act requiring people entering Canada to self-isolate for 14 days.

  • The B.C. government is providing a new Emergency Relief Support Fund and has added service flexibility for parents of children with special needs to help during the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • All B.C. provincial parks are immediately closing (News Release).

    • The B.C. government is restricting camping and motorized recreation (including the use of off-road vehicles) throughout the entire Koocanusa Recreation Strategy area this spring and summer (News Release).

  • Parliamentary secretary’s statement on safe spaces for people leaving violence.

Ontario

  • Ontario accelerates essential construction projects during COVID-19 (News Release).

    • Extending hours for essential construction will also give worksite managers more flexibility to stagger shifts, limit the number of people in one place and take reasonable precautions to keep workers safe and healthy under the recent guidelines issued by Ontario's Chief Prevention Officer for construction sites.

  • Doug Ford blasts "unacceptable" level of COVID-19 testing (CBC).

    • Ontario is conducting far fewer COVID-19 tests daily than it had hoped to by this point in a far smaller proportion of its population than any other province. Quebec, B.C. and Alberta are each testing at double Ontario's rate.

  • 5,276 confirmed cases, an increase of 550 since yesterday, including 21 deaths

Quebec

  • Premier François Legault announced that the Minister of Health and Social Services had already started to transfer staff, in particular, beneficiary attendants, nurses and doctors, from the hospital sector or others to CHSLD and private seniors residences (News Release).

  • Legault says all patients and staff to be tested at long-term-care homes (CBC).

  • 10,031 confirmed cases, an increase of 691 since yesterday, including 25 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Faced with crisis, Trudeau forced to shift on immigration (Bloomberg).

    • Lower immigration may represent a third strike against Canada’s economy.

    • Newcomers have powered the country’s growth in recent years, providing a major source of new demand – the surge has spurred a housing boom, driving up prices and fueling construction.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • Trump removes inspector-general overseeing government’s coronavirus response (The Globe and Mail).

Alberta

  • Family Resource Networks (FRNs) will deliver prevention and early intervention services and supports through a provincial network of community-based service providers (News Release).

  • 1,373 confirmed cases, an increase of 25 since yesterday, including two deaths. 835 cases in the Calgary zone, 358 cases in the Edmonton zone, 90 cases in the North zone, 66 cases in the Central zone, 22 cases in the South zone and two cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia 

  • 1,291 confirmed cases, an increase of 25 since yesterday, including four deaths. Vancouver Coastal Health: 603, Fraser Health: 458, Island Health: 79, Interior Health: 128 and Northern Health: 23.

Ontario 

  • The Government of Ontario has issued an emergency order (O.Reg. 128/20) to temporarily allow authorized cannabis retail stores to offer delivery and curbside pick-up (Information Bulletin).

  • The following orders/regulations were added to E-Laws this morning:

    • O. Reg. 129/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Signatures in Wills and Powers of Attorney.

    • O.Reg. 130/20: Limitation Under Section 25 of the Act – Noise By-Laws in Connection with Construction (construction projects and services in the city associated with the health-care sector, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health-care space, at any time of the day or night.)

    • O.Reg. 131/20: Limitation Under Section 451.1 of the Act – Noise By-Laws in Connection with Construction.

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • The state of the health emergency is renewed until April 16 (Decree).

  • Order in Council 288-2020 (financial assistance for education expenses) was published in the April 8 Gazette officielle du Québec, Part 2.

  • Quebec announces two economic measures for the forestry sector (News Release).

  • The Government of Quebec informs the population that the residents who are on the territory of the parish municipality of Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs are in containment. People will no longer be able to leave or access the island (some exceptions) (News Release and Order No. 2020-016).

    • Amendments to various older Orders are also made, and Ministerial Order 2020-015, is further amended by inserting "and their relatives" after "vulnerable groups" in paragraph h of the heading "1. Priority health services and social services."

April 7, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Liberal government is proposing to make it easier for businesses to access its proposed wage-subsidy program, according to draft legislation obtained by The Globe and Mail.

    • The legislation confirms the government’s plan to cover 75 per cent of a wage, up to a maximum benefit of C$847 a week.

    • “Much of the wage subsidy is going to be embedded with the Income Tax Act,” Prime Minister Trudeau said.

    • The draft bill gives companies the option of using January and February as reference periods instead, under certain conditions. It also includes a section that reduces the threshold for March to 15 per cent. The proposed threshold would remain at 30 per cent for April and May.

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announces production of more medical supplies and equipment in Canada (News Release).

  • The government is working with Thornhill Medical, CAE, Ventilators for Canadians and a group led by StarFish Medical to produce the 30,000 machines domestically (The Globe and Mail).

  • The NAFTA energy ministers are meeting to work out a game plan for the G20 talks in response to demands from Saudi Arabia and Russia for the U.S. and Canada to cut production to help prop up oil prices (The Globe and Mail).

U.S. – Federal

  • Senate Democrats, earlier today, proposed a "Heroes Fund" that would give up to US$25,000 to "frontline workers," a category they want to cover everyone from doctors, nurses and home health aides to grocery store clerks, truck drivers and mass transit employees. It would also include government employees at all levels.

Alberta

  • Government House Leader Jason Nixon called Alberta MLAs back to the legislature this afternoon to debate legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • Emergency Management Act amended for further clarity (News Release).

    • Bill 13: Emergency Management Amendment Act, 2020 (No. 2) received first reading this afternoon. Proposed amendments include:

      • Clarifying that the minister has the power to modify a state of emergency without terminating it

      • Providing clear language that it is an offence to be non-compliant with orders made under states of local or provincial emergency

      • Allowing states of local emergency to last for 90 days

  • The chief medical officer of health is ordering a provincewide ban on visitors to long-term-care centres, licensed group homes and other facilities (News Release).

  • Alberta is on track to hit a staggering 25 per cent unemployment rate as businesses continue to shed jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with historically low oil prices, Premier Jason Kenney said earlier today (CBC).

British Columbia

  • COVID-19 and wildfire response: Category 2, Category 3 and Resource Open Management Fires to be prohibited (Information Bulletin).

  • New spaces secured for vulnerable people to self-isolate (News Release).

Ontario

  • O. Reg. 126/20: General and made under the Pharmacy Act (related to the “coronavirus exemption” and the adaptation of a prescription for a controlled substance) – has been added to E-Laws.

  • Ontario helping Indigenous communities stop the spread of COVID-19 – over C$37-million committed to support outbreak planning, prevention and mitigation (News Release).

  • 4,726 confirmed cases, an increase of 379 since yesterday, including 21 deaths.\

Quebec

  • The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Quebec, Mrs. Sonia LeBel, and the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal of Quebec, Nicole Duval Hesler, today announced the digital registry of the Court of Quebec (News Release).

    • This registry (available starting April 9) will allow lawyers and citizens of all regions of Quebec to file electronically a declaration of appeal in the case of appeals as of right in civil matters.

  • 9,340 confirmed cases, an increase of 760 since yesterday, including 29 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada begins clinical trial of experimental COVID-19 treatment using plasma from recovered individuals (The Globe and Mail).

  • Ottawa and the provinces are navigating a "Wild West" in the medical supply market (The Globe and Mail).

    • The Government of Canada has struck an agreement with Chinese car maker BYD for the production of tens of millions of masks.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • 3M makes deal with the White House, says Canada will continue to receive N95 masks (CTV).

  • Enforcement Discretion Under HIPAA to Allow Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information by Business Associates for Public Health and Health Oversight Activities in Response to COVID-19 (Rule).

  • U.S. deaths from COVID-19 climb to over 10,000 (CBC).

    • Outbreak shows signs of leveling off in New York and New Jersey (Reuters).

Alberta 

  • Temporary rules will be in place to provide job protection for workers and flexibility for employers during this pandemic (News Release).

  • Employers allowed to appropriately respond to public health measures and at the same time allow employees to remain attached to jobs and have the ability to access federal assistance programs, such as:

    • Increasing the maximum time for temporary layoff, improving schedule flexibility and streamlining the process for approvals related to modifying employment standards.

  • Premier Jason Kenney says the province is looking to procure non-medical masks for the general public (CBC).

  • 1,348 confirmed cases, an increase of 98 since yesterday, including one death. 817 cases in the Calgary zone, 351 cases in the Edmonton zone, 89 cases in the North zone, 66 cases in the Central zone, 22 cases in the South zone and three cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia 

  • Under new guidelines set by Transport Canada to reduce and mitigate the risks of COVID-19, additional safety measures are now in place for the province’s inland ferry system to help protect the safety of passengers and crew (Information Bulletin).

  • Why B.C. is flattening the COVID-19 curve (CBC).

  • 1,266 confirmed cases, an increase of 63, includine one death. Vancouver Coastal Health: 586, Fraser Health: 450, Island Health: 79, Interior Health: 128 and Northern Health: 23.

Ontario

  • Ontario joins Quebec in restricting short-term rentals during coronavirus pandemic (The Globe and Mail).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • No new updates.

April 6, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Emergency benefit to be expanded to cover more part-time workers, Prime Minister Trudeau says (The Globe and Mail).

    • He also said Parliament will soon be recalled to approve legislation enacting the new 75 per cent wage subsidy. He did not announce a date but said talks are going on with opposition parties.

  • New Horizons for Seniors Program projects can now be used for COVID-19 support (News Release).

  • Dr. Theresa Tam, at the Public Health Agency of Canada, said today that Canadians can use non-medical masks in tandem with social-distancing measures to limit the transmission of COVID-19 when out grocery shopping or at a pharmacy (CBC).

  • The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is prepared to help Canadians who have been outside of Canada for an extended period and are heeding the advice of the Government of Canada to return home (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

  • Executive Order on Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources.

  • N.Y. deaths may signal possible plateau (Bloomberg).

    • States and nations tightened restrictions: Boston enacted a curfew; Texas is monitoring travellers entering from Louisiana.

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • No new updates.

Ontario

  • Emergency order (O.Reg.120/20) will allow police, firefighters and paramedics to obtain COVID-19 positive status information about individuals with whom they are coming into contact (Statement).

    • The information disclosed will be limited to an individual's name, address, date of birth and whether the individual has had a positive COVID-19 test result.

    • Once the declaration of emergency is lifted, this data will be made inaccessible to first responders.

    • Related to this order: O.Reg. 122/20 (made under the Vital Statistics Act – persons exempt).

  • Province providing one-time financial assistance during school and childcare closures (News Release and O.Reg. 121/20).

    • The new Support for Families initiative offers a one-time payment of C$200 per child zero to 12 years of age, and C$250 for those zero to 21 years of age with special needs.

  • Ontario providing relief for remote northern property taxpayers during COVID-19 (News Release).

    • Province deferring provincial land tax payments for 90 days.

  • Ontario has only one-week's supply of "critical" protective equipment left, Premier Ford said earlier today (CBC).

  • 4,347 confirmed cases, an increase of 309 since yesterday, including 13 deaths.

Quebec

  • The Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister responsible for the Mauricie region, Mr. Jean Boulet, announces the allocation of C$100-million for the implementation of the Concerted Actions Program for the maintenance in employment (News Rlease).

  • The Parti Quebecois called on the Legault government to order all big-box stores that are remaining open during the COVID-19 pandemic to close any non-essential departments – claiming unfair competition (News Release).

  • Partnership between Télé-Québec and the Government of Quebec to further support young people and their learning (News Release).

  • 8,580 confirmed cases, an increase of 636 since yesterday, including 27 deaths.

    • Premier Francois Legault said “only” eight people were hospitalized in the province with the disease over the day prior, a number he called “extraordinary” (The Globe and Mail).

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

  • U.S. and Canada discuss putting tariffs on Saudi and Russian oil (CBC).

  • Ottawa and banks close to making a deal on coronavirus small business loans (The Globe and Mail).

  • Many provinces and territories are enforcing border checkpoints and travel restrictions – so far, eight provinces and territories have set up such checkpoints and travel restrictions (CBC).

  • The Government of Canada announced on Friday it has entered into an agreement with Amazon Canada to help manage the distribution of personal protective equipment and supplies, purchased by the government, to support the COVID-19 response. Amazon is providing these services to Canadians at cost, without profit (News Release).

  • The Government of Canada announces new measures for ferries and commercial passenger vessels capable of carrying more than 12 passengers (News Release).

  • Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, announced the allocation of C$159.5-million in funding to support international efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. This investment includes C$50-million announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier in March (News Release and Backgrounder).

  • Canada announced support to those experiencing homelessness and women fleeing gender-based violence during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic (News Release).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. hospitals are facing “severe” and widespread shortages of personal protective equipment, ventilators, testing supplies and staff, according to a newly released watchdog report from the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (Washington Post).

  • President Trump said that the federal government will send 600,000 N95 masks to New York City and 200,000 to Suffolk County. He said additional ventilators would be sent to New Jersey, Louisiana, Michigan, Illinois and Massachusetts (NBC).

  • Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (Federal Register).

Alberta

  • In response to COVID-19 and the economic effects to our forestry industry, the Alberta government will defer timber dues for six months (News Release).

  • 1,250 confirmed cases, an increase of 282 since Friday, including 10 deaths. 774 cases in the Calgary zone, 309 cases in the Edmonton zone, 67 cases in the Central zone, 77 cases in the North zone, 20 cases in the South zone and three cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia

  • As part of British Columbia’s emergency COVID-19 response plan, the province is partnering with the BC Care Providers Association to launch EquipCare BC to help seniors in long-term-care and assisted-living homes (News Release).

  • 1,203 confirmed cases, an increase of 82 since Friday, including seven deaths. Vancouver Coastal Health: 554, Fraser Health: 424, Island Health: 76, Interior Health: 128 and Northern Health: 21.

Ontario

  • The Government of Ontario launched a new web portal, connecting workers with employers looking to fill positions in the agri-food sector (News Release).

  • On Friday evening, Ontario added O. Reg. 119/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) – Closure of Places of Non-Essential Businesses to the E-Laws website.

  • Ontario hospitals ban health-care workers from criss-crossing borders to work (The Globe and Mail).

  • Ontario is investing up to C$40-million to support organizations that provide residential services for children and youth, people with developmental disabilities and emergency shelters for women and families fleeing domestic violence (News Release).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education; Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; and Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

  • 4,038 confirmed cases, an increase of 783 since Friday, including 52 deaths. 

Quebec

  • Premier François Legault announced Sunday that the closure of all businesses and non-essential businesses will be extended until May 4 (News Release).

  • Ministerial Order 2020-015 – related to amendments of various orders and special sector-based agreements concerning the measures related to the public health emergency; certain union organizations are amended by this order (such as work conditions).

  • The Quebec government supports Le Panier Bleu, a project set up to unite the various initiatives that have emerged to stimulate local purchasing in Quebec since the COVID pandemic.

  • 7,944 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,843 since Friday, including 33 deaths.

April 3, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Prime Minister said the government has signed a deal with Amazon Canada to use its distribution network to send medical supplies to meet provincial needs (CBC).

  • Canada continues to work with 3M and its U.S. partners, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said, adding that the government is working with a range of suppliers around the world.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an investment of C$100-million to improve access to food for Canadians facing social, economic and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. (News Release).

  • The recent orders (related to minimizing the risk of exposure/prohibition of entry) under the Quarantine Act have all been published in Part 1 of the April 4 Canada Gazette.

    • The following orders have been added to the Orders in Council Database:

      • Order providing goods and services to any private entity in Canada or elsewhere PC 2020-207

      • Order providing support for working capital and liquidity for micro enterprises in order to cover non-deferrable costs during the current economic crisis related to COVID-19 PC 2020-206.

U.S. – Federal

  • 3M faces pressure from Trump order to stop exporting N95 masks to Canada (CBC).

  • Among other things, the order mandates that 3M stop making N95 masks that are destined for customers in Canada and Latin America, and instead keep them in the U.S.

  • 3M Response to Defense Production Order.

  • Trump administration discussed shutting oil production in the Gulf of Mexico (Seeking Alpha).

  • White House expected to roll out mask guidance to combat COVID-19 spread (CBC).

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • Order in Council 159/2020  Direction to the British Columbia Utilities Commission Respecting COVID-19 Relief was published  made under the Utilities Commission Act (see the news release from Wednesday’s digest).

  • The government is providing an additional C$1.5-million to supplement the Indigenous Emergency Assistance Fund, which assists Indigenous students who are experiencing an unexpected financial emergency (News Release).

Ontario

  • Ontario extends business closures to stop the spread of COVID-19 (News Release).

  • The updated essential businesses list can be found here.

    • The restrictions are aimed at further reducing contact between people and stopping the spread of COVID-19. By 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2020, businesses that are not identified on the list must close their physical locations.

  • This closure will be in effect for 14 days, with the possibility of an extension as the situation evolves.

  • Ontario provides full transparency by releasing COVID-19 modelling (News Release).

  • O. Reg. 118/20 Order under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Work Deployment Measures in Retirement Homes.

    • Ontario protecting seniors in retirement homes during COVID-19 outbreak (News Release).

  • 3,255 confirmed cases, an increase of 462 since yesterday and 14 deaths.

Quebec

  • 6,101 confirmed cases, an increase of 583 since yesterday and 25 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke with premiers yesterday evening to discuss the evolving COVID-19 situation (News Release).

    • The leaders discussed preparations and actions undertaken by the federal government and provincial and territorial partners to protect the health and safety of all Canadians and to support workers and businesses.

  • Ontario's move puts pressure on feds to reveal national COVID-19 projections (National Post).

    • Federal officials are hoping the national projections will be available within the next five days.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the government is working with credit-card providers to offer some sort of relief to customers (CBC).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • Disaster Declarations of Economic Injury for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Small Business Administration).

  • The Trump administration is close to recommending that all Americans wear cloth masks if they go out in public (Reuters).

Alberta

  • Progress of emergency legislation:

    • S.A. 2020 c. 5, (Bill 10) – Public Health (Emergency Powers) Amendment Act, 2020, received royal assent yesterday evening. In force April 2, 2020.

    • S.A. 2020 c. 6 (Bill 11) Tenancies Statutes (Emergency Provisions) Amendment Act, 2020, received royal assent yesterday evening. In force April 2, 2020 (sections 1 and 3 have effect on March 27, 2020). 

    • S.A. 2020 c. 4 (Bill 12) Liabilities Management Statutes Amendment Act, 2020, received royal assent yesterday evening. In force on proclamation – not yet in force.

  • 968 confirmed cases, an increase of 97 since yesterday, including two deaths. 589 cases in the Calgary zone, 247 cases in the Edmonton zone, 59 cases in the Central zone, 55 cases in the North zone and 14 cases in the South zone.

British Columbia

  • B.C. firefighters ordered to attend immediately life-threatening calls only (The Globe and Mail).

  • 1,121 confirmed cases, an increase of 55 since yesterday, six deaths. 525 in the Vancouver Coastal health region, 386 in the Fraser Health region, 72 in the Island Health region, 121 in the Interior Health region and 17 in the Northern Health region.

Ontario 

  • Ontario increasing public health units' capacity to stop COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Provincial health experts are expected to provide a briefing Friday on modelling projections for the spread of COVID-19 in Ontario (CBC).

  • Infected health-care workers are the source of coronavirus outbreaks at four Ontario hospitals (The Globe and Mail).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health; and Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, to make an announcement at 1:30 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • The government is announcing C$150-million to help small and medium-sized businesses in Quebec (News Release).

    • This program is set up to support SMEs that are experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19 and who need liquidity of less than C$50,000 for their working capital.

    • Businesses in all industries, including cooperatives, not-for-profit organizations and social economy businesses engaged in business activities.

    • The Government of Quebec is also announcing an extension of the Local Investment Funds (FLI) for two years, until December 31, 2022.

  • Order No. 2020-014 – related to the conditions of health emergency compliance in the municipal sector (contracts, sale of an immovable at a public auction).

    • Also listed are various amendments to previous orders, including an amendment to the “priority commercial enterprises” to add “smoke shops that are not specialized points of sale of tobacco” and the closure of businesses on Sundays.

April 2, 2020

Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Government of Canada provides guidance on services and functions deemed essential to Canada’s critical infrastructure during COVID-19 (News Release).

    • The guidance document provides a list of services and functions across Canada’s 10 critical infrastructure sectors: energy and utilities, information and communication technologies, finance, health, food, water, transportation, safety, government and manufacturing.

  • Trudeau to hold call with premiers as worries mount over shortage of COVID-19 medical supplies (CBC).

  • Military set to deploy to Indigenous and northern communities to fight outbreak of COVID-19 (The Globe and Mail).

U.S. – Federal 

  • Order Under the Defense Production Act Regarding the Purchase of Ventilators:

    • The secretary shall use any and all authority available under the act to facilitate the supply of materials to the appropriate subsidiary or affiliate of the following entities for the production of ventilators:  General Electric Company; Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc.; Medtronic Public Limited Company; ResMed Inc.; Royal Philips N.V.; and Vyaire Medical, Inc.

  • New York state's coronavirus death toll doubled in 72 hours to more than 1,900 (CTV).

    • President Donald Trump acknowledged that the federal stockpile of personal protective equipment used by doctors and nurses is nearly depleted.

Alberta 

  • Nine non-profits will receive C$3-million to provide additional food assistance for vulnerable K-12 students and families in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • Government is directing Alberta Health Services to temporarily suspend parking fees for health-care workers and the general public during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • Progress of emergency legislation:

    • Bill 10: Public Health (Emergency Powers) Amendment Act, 2020, still awaiting third reading.

    • Bill 11: Tenancies Statutes (Emergency Provisions) Amendment Act, 2020, still awaiting royal assent.

    • Bill 12: Liabilities Management Statutes Amendment Act, 2020, received third reading this afternoon. Now awaiting royal assent.

British Columbia

  • Premier’s task force to support B.C. economy during and after COVID-19: Backgrounder (updated April 2, 2020).

    • A new Economic Recovery Task Force will bring together leaders from business, labour, First Nations and not-for-profits to help ensure the province’s economic response to COVID-19 is effective and responsive.

  • The following orders were published this afternoon:

    • Ministerial Order No. M092 – The amendments to support the shortage of pharmacists/pharmacy technicians of the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia made under the Health Professions Act come into force on April 1, 2020.
    • Ministerial Order No. M093 – Provincial Compliance Officer (COVID-19) Order.

    • Ministerial Order No. M094 – Protection Against Liability (COVID-19) Order. Those providing essential services cannot be held liable for damages caused by exposure to COVID-19 while continuing to operate (News Release).

  • Province boosts emergency funding supports for students (News Release).

    • Students attending B.C.’s 25 public post-secondary institutions who are experiencing emergency financial pressures will benefit from a one-time investment of C$3.5-million in emergency financial assistance.

  • New emergency supports for province’s most vulnerable (News Release).

    • For people in B.C. currently receiving income assistance or disability assistance, the province will temporarily exempt federal employment insurance benefits, including the new C$2,000 Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

    • For everyone on income assistance or disability assistance who is not eligible for the emergency federal support programs, including the CERB, the province will provide an automatic C$300-monthly COVID-19 crisis supplement for the next three months.

Ontario 

  • The following orders were published this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 115/20 – Temporary Exemptions Relating to Declared Emergency (made under the Environmental Bill of Rights).

    • O.Reg. 116/20 Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Work Deployment Measures for Boards of Health.

  • Ontario supports trucking sector for keeping goods moving (Statement).

  • Attorney General announces C$4-million to support victims and protect front-line justice staff (News Release).

  • Ontario increasing mental-health support during COVID-19 (News Release).

  • 2,793 confirmed cases, an increase of 401 since yesterday, including 16 deaths.

Quebec 

  • The Quebec government is seeking the collaboration of businesses to get through the health crisis linked to COVID-19.

    • To support the health network, the government is looking for products that can meet the demand for supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) (see list here).

  • Prioritization of screenings has been revised and refocused on those most at risk of being hospitalized or developing complications following infection and those who occupy strategic functions in the fight against infection in Quebec (News Release).

  • Premier François Legault asked the police officers of the Sûreté du Québec and the municipal police forces, in particular of Montréal, to be less tolerant and even crack down on people who defy the rules by continuing to assemble and against non-essential businesses that remain open (News Release).

    • The President of the Conseil du trésor and Minister responsible for Government Administration, Christian Dubé, and the Minister of Health and Social Services, Danielle McCann, announced a salary bonus and protective measures staff up to C$287-million for health-care workers who are in direct contact with patients with COVID-19.

  • 5,518 confirmed cases, an increase of 907 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada’s food supply at risk as pandemic tightens borders to farm workers – the pandemic is making it difficult for farmers to bring in temporary workers to plant crops on time (The Globe and Mail).

  • Canada is spending millions on faster testing tech for COVID-19 (The  Globe and Mail).

    • Alberta and Ontario signed deals with Spartan Bioscience Inc., a small Ottawa-based company that produces a hand-held DNA analyzer that can provide COVID-19 test results in about 30 minutes.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal 

  • U.S. to build hundreds of temporary hospitals as country’s coronavirus death toll surpasses China’s (The Globe and Mail).

  • The Labor Department reported that about 6.6 million people filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week, bringing the figure for the past two weeks to nearly 10 million. (Wall Street Journal).

  • The U.S. is weighing grounding domestic flights to virus hot spots (Wall Street Journal).

Alberta 

  • The government is expanding eligibility for select licensed childcare centres to provide childcare for all essential service workers (News Release).

  • To ensure the continuous operation of Alberta’s food supply chain, the provincial government is partnering with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to increase food inspector capacity (News Release).

  • 871 confirmed cases, an increase of 117 since yesterday, including two deaths. 527 cases in the Calgary zone, 219 cases in the Edmonton zone, 57 cases in the Central zone, 51 cases in the North zone and 12 cases in the South zone.

  • O.C. 107/2020 Electronic Documents Regulation is made (under the Provincial Court Act).

  • Progress of emergency legislation:

    • Bill 10: Public Health (Emergency Powers) Amendment Act, 2020 was referred to the Committee of the Whole yesterday evening; the committee reported the bill with one amendment.

    • Bill 11: Tenancies Statutes (Emergency Provisions) Amendment Act, 2020 still at third reading, awaiting royal assent.

    • Bill 12: Liabilities Management Statutes Amendment Act, 2020 was referred to the Committee of the Whole yesterday evening – no amendments were introduced.

British Columbia

  • The provincial health officer (PHO) has issued new guidelines to support compliance with orders on business closures and gatherings under the Public Health Act (News Release).

    • All PHO orders and guidance documents can be found here

  • 1,066 confirmed cases, an increase of 53 since yesterday, including one death. Vancouver Coastal Health: 497, Fraser Health: 367, Island Health: 72, Interior Health: 114 and Northern Health: 16.

Ontario 

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • Order in Council 388-2020 (renewal of the public health emergency), Ministerial Orders 2020-10 to 2020-13 and Order 2020-4267 (notification of a document by a technological means) were published in the April 1 Gazette officielle du Québec, Part 2 yesterday evening.

    • O.C. 397-2020 Regulation respecting certain financial assistance measures for borrowers under the Act respecting financial assistance for education expenses owing to the COVID-19 pandemic has also been published. This regulation came into force on April 1, 2020.

April 1, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (Backgrounder and News Release).

    • Eligible employers would include individuals, taxable corporations and partnerships consisting of eligible employers as well as non‑profit organizations and registered charities.

  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to launch on April 6 (News Release and Backgrounder).

  • Trudeau looking to recall Parliament once again to consider expanded COVID-19 aid (The Globe and Mail).

    • A senior government official said a time has not yet been set to reconvene Parliament, but it's likely to happen early next week. While there are conflicting views on whether legislation is needed, the numbers are so large that the government thought it was right to put it before Parliament, the official said.

  • Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the expanded wage subsidy will cost the federal government C$71-billion but will reduce the demand and fiscal cost of a similar program for unemployed workers.

  • Canadian officials say isolation measures to stay for a long time – no specific timeline on how long strict measures could last, saying they would be in place for a number of weeks — and perhaps months.

  • Canadian government shopping for high-demand N95 masks on the international market (CBC).

U.S. – Federal

  • Florida and Pennsylvania joined states ordering lockdowns (Wall Street Journal).

  • The Federal Reserve said it was temporarily taking steps to ease an obscure capital requirement for large banks to address strained conditions in the Treasury market (Wall Street Journal).

Alberta

  • Progress of emergency legislation:

    • Bill 10: Public Health (Emergency Powers) Amendment Act, 2020, received second reading this afternoon.

    • Bill 11: Tenancies Statutes (Emergency Provisions) Amendment Act, 2020, still at third reading, awaiting royal assent.

    • Bill 12: Liabilities Management Statutes Amendment Act, 2020, received second reading this afternoon.

British Columbia

  • The province has partnered with the Digital Technology Supercluster and the Business Council of British Columbia to create the COVID-19 Supply Hub, a made-in-B.C. online platform to coordinate, source and expedite medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) for provincial health authorities to support front-line health workers fighting COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Province supporting people with relief on power bills during COVID-19 (News Release).

    • BC Hydro will offer new, targeted bill relief to provide immediate help to those most in need.

    • Major industries, like pulp and paper mills and mines, will have the opportunity to defer 50 per cent of their bill payments for three months.

    • Small businesses that have been forced to close due to COVID-19 will have their power bills forgiven for three months, from April to June 2020.

    • In addition to this new targeted bill relief, BC Hydro rates will be reduced by one per cent on April 1, 2020.

  • Starting in April 2020, the province, through viaSport, will provide provincial, disability and multi-sport organizations with the ability to access C$5-million, which represents 50 per cent of their annual 2020-21 provincial funding allocation, to provide these organizations with access to cashflow sooner (Statement).

Ontario

  • Ontario joins forces with the private sector to fight COVID-19 (News Release).

    • New C$50-million Ontario Together Fund will support the development of essential equipment and supplies.

  • O. Reg. 114/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Enforcement Orders (related to the news release from this morning – public required to identify themselves if charged with breaching an emergency order.)

  • 2,392 confirmed cases, an increase of 426 since yesterday, including two deaths.

Quebec

  • Order No. 2020-013 has now been published in English.

    • Edit to this morning’s digest: the order also amends the list of priority activities to add “horticulture” and “bike repairs workshops” to the list of priority services and activities.

  • Guidance for Industry: What to do when someone tests positive for COVID-19 in a food establishment.

  • Quebec bans non-essential travel within Laurentians, Lanaudière and Outaouais regions and to La Tuque (La Presse, in French only, and CBC).

  • 4,611 confirmed cases, an increase of 449 since yesterday, including two deaths.

Last updated 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Bank of Canada is expected to buy C$200-billion of debt as it embraces quantitative easing (The Globe and Mail).

  • The following regulations have been added to the April 1 Canada Gazette, Part II (Regulatory Impact Statements are included).

    • S.O.R./2020-44 Regulations Amending the Employment Insurance Regulations.

    • S.O.R./2020-53 Regulations Amending the Schedule to the Quarantine Act (COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease).

  • More restrictions coming on travel between Ottawa and Gatineau (CBC).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal 

  • President Trump, appearing at a briefing with two of his top medical advisors, repeatedly urged Americans to follow federal social-distancing guidelines, which have now been extended through the end of April (Wall Street Journal).

    • Nearly half of the 50 states have now reported more than 1,000 confirmed cases.

  • Delegating Additional Authority Under the Defense Production Act With Respect to Health and Medical Resources to Respond to the Spread of COVID-19 was added to the Federal Register today (85 FR 18403).

Alberta 

  • Full text of the emergency legislation was added yesterday evening:

    • Bill 10: Public Health (Emergency Powers) Amendment Act, 2020, still at first reading – if passed, this bill will provide law enforcement agencies full authority to enforce public health orders during a pandemic.

    • Bill 11: Tenancies Statutes (Emergency Provisions) Amendment Act, 2020, passed third reading, awaiting royal assent – if passed, this bill will ensure no one will be retroactively charged for residential rent increases or late fees while the state of public health emergency is in effect.

    • Bill 12: Liabilities Management Statutes Amendment Act, 2020, still at first reading – if passed, this bill will enable government to clarify and enable expanded, delegated authority for the Orphan Well Association to maintain and manage orphan sites.

  • 754 confirmed cases, an increase of 64 since yesterday. 453 cases in the Calgary zone, 187 cases in the Edmonton zone, 51 cases in the Central zone, 50 cases in the North zone and 12 cases in the South zone.

British Columbia 

  • The B.C. government has formally extended the provincial state of emergency to support the provincewide response to the COVID-19 pandemic, through the end of the day on April 14, 2020 (News Release and Order in Council).

  • 1,013 confirmed cases, an increase of 43 since yesterday. Vancouver Coastal Health: 476, Fraser Health: 348, Island Health: 67, Interior Health: 107 and Northern Health: 15.

Ontario 

  • People who are being charged with an offence under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) will be required to identify themselves if asked by a provincial offences officer, which includes police officers, First Nations constables, special constables and municipal bylaw enforcement officers (News Release).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade; and Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • Draft Regulation with regard to the format of pleadings filed in technological media with the court office of the Court of Appeal was published in the Gazette officielle du Québec.

  • Order No. 2020-013 related to the modification of various previously released orders (related to judicial procedural changes and limitations of entry).

  • The Government of Quebec is implementing the Assistance Program for the maintenance of essential regional air services during health emergencies. With a maximum budget of C$40-million, the purpose of this program is to provide transportation of essential goods (News Release).

March 31, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced new partnerships with Canadian industries to fight COVID-19 (News Release and Backgrounder).

    • C$2-billion is being invested to support diagnostic testing and to purchase ventilators and protective personal equipment, including for bulk purchases with provinces and territories.

    • New procurement agreements have been signed with Canadian companies Thornhill Medical, Medicom and Spartan Bioscience to purchase and boost capacity to manufacture equipment and supplies.

    • Letters of intent have been signed with five companies – Precision Biomonitoring, Fluid Energy Group Ltd., Irving Oil, Calko Group and Stanfield’s.

    • In addition, C$50-million has been made available in funding for members of the Next Generation Manufacturing Supercluster to develop and scale-up new, in-demand technologies, equipment and medical products.

  • TC Energy proceeding with long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline with assistance from Alberta (The Globe and Mail and Statement by Minister Seamus O'Regan).

  • Canadian transit agencies seek more than C$1-billion in emergency funds (The Globe and Mail).

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump called for a possible fourth relief package to include significant investment in infrastructure (Wall Street Journal).

    • Mrs. Pelosi has also said she envisions a phase-four bill would pay for some growing workplace needs: medical leave, more protections for those at risk of infection, government funds to pay for coronavirus tests and help for pension funds at risk because of the economic jolt.

  • U.S. cases topped 181,000, with more than 3,600 deaths (Wall Street Journal).

Alberta 

  • Legislation tabled deals with a number of issues, including modernizing the Public Health Act and protecting mobile home residents. Government will also be tabling legislation that updates the process for managing well liabilities in the province that will create conditions to help the province’s oil and gas industries rebound once the pandemic is over (News Release):      

    • Bill 10: Public Health (Emergency Powers) Amendment Act, 2020 was tabled this afternoon and currently sits at first reading (full text may be added later today here.)

    • Bill 11: Tenancies Statutes (Emergency Provisions) Amendment Act, 2020 was tabled this afternoon and currently sits at first reading (full text may be added later today here.)

    • Bill 12: Liabilities Management Statutes Amendment Act, 2020 was tabled this afternoon and currently sits at first reading (full text may be added later today here.)

British Columbia

Ontario 

  • Ontario extends school and childcare closures to May 4, 2020 (News Release).

  • Ontario enabling students to complete the academic year, offering loan payment deferrals and financial support for institutions (News Release).

  • 1,966 confirmed cases, an increase of 260 since yesterday, including three deaths (linked to the Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon).

Quebec 

  • The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) announces today a series of measures aimed at minimizing the impact of COVID-19 on the Quebec financial system (News Release).

    • The measures are in addition to or are intended to specify the measures announced by the AMF on March 19, 2020. Today's announcement concerns the following sectors of financial activity:

      • Financial services cooperatives, trust companies and savings companies

      • Deposit-taking institutions authorized under the Deposit Institutions and Protection of Deposits Act

      • Quebec-chartered insurers

  • 4,162 confirmed cases, an increase of 732 since yesterday, including six deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The government announces support for air transportation sector during COVID-19 pandemic (News Release and Backgrounder).

  • The government provides relief to the broadcasting sector (News Release).

  • The emergency coronavirus legislation the Canadian government passed last week bolsters Ottawa’s ability to step in and purchase troubled assets from financial institutions or other companies if necessary (The Globe and Mail).

  • Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers – Frequently Asked Questions (CRA).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal 

  • States call on retired medical staff and new graduates (Wall Street Journal).

  • Roughly three of four people in the U.S. are or soon will be under instructions to stay indoors, as states and localities try to curb the spread of the coronavirus before hospitals are overwhelmed (New York Times).

Alberta 

  • The Legislature will reconvene today to debate legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting Albertans and the province’s economic future.

  • The Canadian Energy Centre (CEC) is reducing its current operating budget by 90 per cent to reflect needs during the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • 690 confirmed cases, an increase of 29 since yesterday, including five deaths. 422 cases in the Calgary zone, 164 cases in the Edmonton zone, 46 cases in the Central zone, 45 cases in the North zone and 12 cases in the South zone.

British Columbia

  • Guidance provided to industrial camps during COVID-19 (Information Bulletin).

    • The guidelines are intended to highlight key preparedness and response measures that can be taken by industrial camps in relation to COVID-19. By providing staff and residents with accurate information about prevention and control measures, the guidelines can help minimize transmission within the camps.

  • 970 confirmed cases, an increase of 86 since yesterday, including two deaths. Vancouver Coastal Health: 472, Fraser Health: 323, Island Health: 67, Interior Health: 94 and Northern Health: 14.

Ontario 

  • Ontario extends declaration of emergency and subsequent emergency orders, regulations and amendments issued under s.7.0.1 and 7.0.2(4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to April 13, 2020 (News Release). Orders below:

    • O. Reg. 105/20: Order Made Under the Act – Extension of Emergency

    • O. Reg. 106/20: Order Made Under the Act – Extensions and Renewals of Orders

    • O. Reg. 107/20: Order Under Subsection 7.1 (2) of the Act – Meetings for Corporations

  • All outdoor recreational amenities across the province are now closed:

    • O. Reg. 104/20: Emergency Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Closure of Outdoor Recreational Amenities.

  • Ontario enabling students to complete the academic year; offering loan payment deferrals and financial support for institutions (News Release).

  • Ontario is expected to unveil online learning plan this afternoon (The Globe and Mail).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities; and Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • Order 2020-012 was published yesterday evening related to Premier François Legault’s announcement of the closing of Sunday businesses, with the exception of certain essential services.

  • Québec solidaire offers 30 days of grace for rents and mortgages (News Release).

  • Order 2020-04 (related to the suspension of deadlines to pay the sums eligible to retain the right to drive certain vehicles) was added to the Gazette officielle du Québec. In force March 31, 2020.

March 30, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT) 

Canada – Federal

  • Canadian military assembles "rapid reaction" teams to help with pandemic response (CBC).

    • The military's "rapid reaction" teams will be available for a range of missions, such as delivering medical supplies and supporting remote communities that may be vulnerable to COVID-19 outbreaks.

  • All businesses seeing 30 per cent drop in revenue due to pandemic will be eligible for 75 per cent wage subsidies, says Prime Minister Trudeau (The Globe and Mail).

    • The wage subsidies will be retroactive to March 15, 2020.

  • Indigenous, territorial and federal leaders mobilize funding to support unique northern physical-distancing initiative (News Release).

U.S. – Federal 

  • Americans prepared for a prolonged lockdown. New York expanded its capacity to care for sick patients as total U.S. cases exceeded 150,000 (Wall Street Journal).

  • Notice of Designation of Scarce Materials or Threatened Materials Subject to COVID-19 Hoarding Prevention Measures (Federal Register).

  • Waiver of Original Handwritten Signature Requirement Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak (Patent and Trademark Office).

Alberta 

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • Ministerial Order M089 – Residential Tenancy (COVID-19) Order has been published (related to support for renters and landlords).

  • Ministerial Order M088 – related to Class Exemption for Patients, Practitioners and Pharmacists Prescribing and Providing Controlled Substances in Canada during the Coronavirus Pandemic (see also Ministerial Order 087).

Ontario 

  • Ontario enhancing public reporting about COVID-19 (News Release).

    • Dedicated website will include expanded information of confirmed cases across the province

  • Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, issued a statement earlier today with stay-at-home recommendations except for essential reasons, such as to:

    • Access to health-care services

    • Shop for groceries

    • Pick-up medication at the pharmacy

    • Walk pets when required

    • Support vulnerable community members with meeting the above needs

  • Ontario increasing health and safety measures to better protect frontline nurses from COVID-19 (News Release).

    • The directive also addresses the ongoing stewardship and conservation of the current level of PPE supplies.

  • Ontario posted various orders/regulations to E-Laws website this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 95/20 Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Streamlining Requirements for Long-Term Care Homes. In force March 27,  2020.

    • O.Reg. 98/20 Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Prohibition on Certain Persons Charging Unconscionable Prices for Sales of Necessary Goods. In force March 27, 2020.

    • O.Reg. 99/20 Emergency Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act (related to the prohibition of gatherings of more than five people).

    • O.Reg. 100/20 – Emergency Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act (related to the closure of establishments extended to March 31, 2020).

    • O.Reg. 101/20 – General, under the Travel Industry Act (amendments in part about a supplier’s failure to provide travel services related to COVID-19). In force March 30, 2020.

  • Province investing C$10-million to mobilize businesses and volunteers to support the most vulnerable (News Release).

  • 1,706 confirmed cases, an increase of 351 since yesterday including 10 deaths.

Quebec

  • Premier François Legault announces the closing of Sunday businesses, with the exception of certain essential services (News Release).

  • To encourage all workers who fight against COVID-19, Marie-Victorin MP Catherine Fournier proposes that overtime be tax-free (News Release).

  • Worried about the pressures exerted at the negotiating table to quickly renew collective agreements in the public sector, the spokesperson for Québec solidaire, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, and the manager of public services, Vincent Marissal, ask Premier François Legault to call its negotiators to order and ensure that agreements are not negotiated under pressure (News Release).

  • Temporary measure in relation to supervised visits ordered by the Superior Court (News Release).

  • Open school: a web platform is now available online for children and parents (News Release).

  • 3,430 confirmed cases, an increase of 590 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Competition Bureau issued a report outlining competition concerns with Air Canada's proposed acquisition of Transat (Competition Bureau).

  • New domestic transportation measures were announced on Saturday (Transport Canada).

    • Canadians who show any symptoms of COVID-19 will be barred from boarding all domestic flights and trains.

    • These measures come into effect today at noon.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced measures to support vulnerable Canadians to help cope with the health, social and economic impacts of the COVID‑19 pandemic (News Release).

  • Parks Canada helps tourism businesses in national parks and historic sites deal with the impacts of COVID-19 by deferring commercial lease payments without interest until September 2020 (News Release).

  • Joint statement on ongoing collaboration of federal-provincial ministers related to COVID-19 impacts.

    • Temporary foreign workers in the fish and seafood processing sector will be allowed, under very specific conditions, to travel to Canada, while following mandatory health and safety measures.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal 

  • President Donald Trump said on Sunday that the physical distancing guidelines would be in place until at least April 30 to slow the spread of COVID-19 (Wall Street Journal).

  • U.S. coronavirus deaths could reach as high as 200,000, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci said (Bloomberg).

  • The U.S. is prepping a fourth stimulus package, perhaps even larger than last week's US$2-trillion package (Wall Street Journal).

  • Local and state leaders across the country are preparing for the coronavirus to move inland (New York Times).

Alberta 

  • The List of Essential Workplaces has been published.

  • Increased security for Alberta renters was announced. These protections are required by new ministerial orders under the Residential Tenancies Act and the Mobile Homes Sites Tenancies Act (News Release).

  • Vehicle access to provincial parks, parking lots and staging areas on public land has been suspended (News Release).

  • Mass gatherings are now limited to 15 people and more restrictions will be placed on available services (News Release).

  • Funding for K-12 education is being temporarily adjusted to reflect the cost of at-home learning by students during the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • 661 confirmed cases, an increase of 175 since Friday, including three deaths. 408 cases in the Calgary zone, 149 cases in the Edmonton zone, 46 cases in the Central zone, 45 cases in the North zone and 12 cases in the South zone.

British Columbia 

  • Guidance to retail food and grocery stores operating during COVID-19 (Information Bulletin).

  • An Information Bulletin was released yesterday related to Friday’s order under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

    • The order enables the broader use of communications tools for health-care workers and other public-sector staff who are responding to the COVID-19 state of emergency.

  • The province is providing a C$3-million emergency grant from the Community Gaming Grants program to Food Banks British Columbia (News Release).

  • New guidelines for school leaders and a new website are being introduced to support B.C.’s K-12 students while in-class education is suspended to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (News Release).

  • 884 confirmed cases, an increase of 159 since Friday, including one death (in the Vancouver Coastal region). Vancouver Coastal Health: 444, Fraser Health: 291, Island Health: 60, Interior Health: 77 and Northern Health: 12.

Ontario 

  • Ontario protecting supply chains to support COVID-19 emergency response – news release related to the regulations issued Friday under the Supply Chain Management Act (News Release).

  • Ontario protecting consumers from price gouging – offenders face fines of up to C$500,000 for charging unfair prices on necessary goods (News Release).

  • Ontario stepping up measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 on construction sites (Statement).

  • Ontario taking emergency measures to support long-term-care homes during COVID-19 (News Release).

    • The temporary measures provide further flexibility for long-term-care homes and allow homes to redirect their staffing and financial resources to essential tasks.

  • Ontario prohibits gatherings of more than five people with strict exceptions – effective as of Saturday (News Release).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care; and Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, to make an announcement today at 1 p.m. (EDT).

  • 1,355 confirmed cases, an increase of 362 since Friday, including four deaths.

Quebec 

  • The Quebec government announced C$133-million in emergency funds for seniors residences and other facilities that work with vulnerable groups to help them deal with the COVID-19 pandemic (CBC).

  • Police control to isolate eight regions (News Release and Ministerial Order 2020-011).

  • Ministerial Order 2020-010 and Order 4267 – Temporary measures authorizing notaries to close acts remotely and bailiffs to serve pleadings by technological means (News Release).

  • Quebec Premier François Legault said Sunday that the number of new COVID-19 cases in the province appears to be "stabilizing” (CBC).

  • 2,840 confirmed cases, an increase of 819 since Friday.

March 27, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced support for small businesses facing impacts of COVID‑19 (News Release). The government will:

    • Launch the Canada Emergency Business Account to provide up to C$25-billion to eligible financial institutions so they can provide interest-free loans to small businesses.

    • Announce a 75 per cent wage subsidy for qualifying businesses, for up to three months, retroactive to March 15, 2020.

    • Allow businesses, including self-employed individuals, to defer all GST/HST payments until June, as well as customs duties owed for imports.

    • Launch the new Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Loan and Guarantee program that will enable up to C$40-billion in lending.

  • Additional support for Canadian businesses from the economic impact of COVID-19 (Backgrounder).

  • Senate leader calls for more ambitious action, including buying stakes in companies (The Globe and Mail).

U.S. – Federal

  • Statement from President Trump regarding the Defense Production Act: requires General Motors to accept, perform and prioritize federal contracts for ventilators.

    • Memorandum on Order Under the Defense Production Act Regarding General Motors Company.

  • President Trump signed the US$2-trillion relief bill (Wall Street Journal).

Alberta

  • Legislature to reconvene Tuesday, March 31, 2020, to debate legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting Albertans and the province’s economic future (News Release).

  • Alberta posted two orders this afternoon:

    • O.C. 99/2020 Meeting Procedures (COVID-19 Suppression) Regulation. The purpose of this regulation is to provide for meetings under the act to be held in a manner that avoids exposing persons to COVID‑19.

    • O.C. 100/2020 Procedures (Public Health) Amendment Regulation – penalty payable by an individual in respect of a contravention of an order of a medical officer of health.

  • Tax relief for tourism industry (News Release).

    • Payments deferred until August 31 will not be subject to penalties or interest.

British Columbia

  • Limitation periods to commence court proceedings in British Columbia have been suspended, and statutory decision-makers have been provided discretion to waive, suspend or extend time periods related to their powers (News Release).

    • Ministerial Order No. M086 Limitation Periods (COVID-19) Order.

    • Ministerial Order No. M085 related to health-care disclosure and communication under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This order will remain in effect until June 30, 2020. The Minister may rescind or extend the effect of this Order in full or in part before June 30, 2020.

  • Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, released a statement about immediate responses to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for the arts and culture sector.

Ontario 

  • Ontario posted various orders to the E-Laws website this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 92/20 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response and Recovery – made under the Supply Chain Management Act. In force when section 2 of Schedule 37 to the Plan to Build Ontario Together Act comes into force (not yet in force).

    • O.Reg. 91/20 Health Sector Entities – made under the Supply Chain Management Act. In force when section 2 of Schedule 37 to the Plan to Build Ontario Together Act comes into force (not yet in force).

    • O.Reg. 90/20 Extending Time Periods for Accessible Parking Permits. In force March 26, 2020.

    • O.Reg. 89/20 Order under subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the act – Traffic Management (related to the closing of highways, other means). In force March 26, 2020.

    • O.Reg. 88/20 Extending Time Periods in Ontario Regulations – under the Highway Traffic Act. In force March 26, 2020.

  • 993 confirmed cases, an increase of 135 since yesterday, including three deaths

Quebec 

  • Part of the list of priority services and activities that was posted online includes garbage collection and residual materials management. In respect of residual materials management, here is the list of services that are deemed essential.

  • The following two orders remove tolls as a measure and permit products to be delivered:

    • M.O. 2020-02 – Suspension of the prohibition from driving a road vehicle on bridges P-15020 of autoroute 25 and P-10942 of autoroute 30 subject to a toll under the Act respecting transport infrastructure partnerships unless the amount of the toll and the fees are paid in accordance with that act. In force March 25, 2020.

  • M.O. 2020-03 – Suspension of the axle load and total loaded mass limits applicable during the thaw period to certain road vehicles or combinations of road vehicles. In force March 25, 2020 and repealed on June 20, 2020.

  • The Quebec government announced new measures to help individuals and businesses (News Release).

    • Quebec is following the federal government's lead and allowing businesses to postpone filing until June 30, 2020, for their returns and payments in respect of the March 31, April 30 and May 31 QST remittances, without interest or penalties.

    • Quebec will accelerate the processing of requests for tax credits intended for businesses and tax refunds.

  • Due to the major impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the operations of businesses, the Ministère de l'Énergie et des Ressources naturelles and the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) informed entities subject to the obligations in the Act respecting transparency measures in the mining, oil and gas industries that the annual statements to be provided to the AMF will be accepted up to 120 days after the prescribed deadline (News Release).

  • Emergency childcare remains open and free until May 1 (News Release).

  • 2,021 confirmed cases, an increase of 392 since yesterday.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Parliament’s Budget Officer released a report today, Scenario Analysis: COVID-19 Pandemic and Oil Price Shocks, which provides an illustrative example of what could happen based on a set of economic assumptions (Report).

  • The Bank of Canada has made a second unscheduled cut to its benchmark interest rate, lowering it to 0.25 per cent amid the COVID-19 crisis (CBC).

  • In-person Service Canada centres to be closed (Employment and Social Development Canada).

  • Canadians arriving home from abroad cannot take taxis, ride-sharing cars or public transit home if they don’t have their own transportation, but rather must use transit arranged by the federal government, says the Health Minister (under the federal Quarantine Act) (The Globe and Mail).

  • Statement from John Ossowski, president of the Canada Border Services Agency: CBSA is working closely with other government partners, including the Public Health Agency of Canada, as well as allies, such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection, to confront the rapidly developing outbreak. Recently, the agency has bolstered its capacity and heightened its operational posture at all points of entry into Canada (Statement).

  • The official orders for Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada have been added: PC Number: 2020-0185 and PC Number: 2020-0184.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • The U.S. coronavirus cases now surpass those of China and Italy (Wall Street Journal).

    • The Trump administration is planning to issue guidelines categorizing counties across the nation as high risk, medium risk or low risk, aiming to help state and local authorities decide whether to tighten or relax social-distancing measures designed to help slow infections.

Alberta

  • 486 confirmed cases, an increase of 67 since yesterday. 300 cases in the Calgary zone, 111 cases in the Edmonton zone, 26 cases in the North zone, 37 cases in the Central zone and 12 cases in the South zone.

British Columbia

  • B.C. published the following orders yesterday as part of its list of unprecedented steps to support COVID-19 response (News Release).

    • Order No. M084 of the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, which grants B.C. power to take over supply chains and the ability to demand that retailers and suppliers report inventory of critical supplies (The Globe and Mail).

    • Order No. M083 of the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, related to the Local Government Meetings and Bylaw Process.

    • Order No. M082 of the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, enabling municipal bylaw officers to support enforcement of the provincial health officer’s orders for business closures and gatherings, in line with offences under the Public Health Act.

      • People who ignore public health orders can now be jailed or fined upward of C$25,000 (CBC).

  • New clinical guidance to reduce risk for people during dual health emergencies (News Release).

    • The provincial clinical guidance incorporates the federal government’s recent exemptions to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • The provincial health officer has made two orders for public- and private-health-sector employers and long-term-care facilities. These orders ensure employees work at only one facility to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission (Information Collection from Long Term Care Facility Staff Order and Movement Limitation Order.)

  • 725 confirmed cases, an increase of 66 since yesterday. Vancouver Coastal Health: 359, Fraser Health: 241, Island Health: 52, Interior Health: 62, Northern Health: 11.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • No new updates.

March 26, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Today the Minister of Indigenous Services, Marc Miller, outlined the details of the C$305-million for the new distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund to address immediate needs in First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation communities related to COVID-19 (Indigenous Services Canada).
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said earlier today that the federal government is urging Canada’s banks to lower interest rates on credit cards (The Globe and Mail).

  • The official order for the mandatory quarantine rules for returning Canadians has now been added: PC 2020–0175.

U.S. – Federal

  • Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the U.S. economy “may well be in a recession,” but that the central bank is taking unprecedented action to help ensure economic activity can resume (Wall Street Journal).

  • A source told CBC News the White House is looking at placing American troops near the shared border (CBC).

Alberta 

  • Premier Jason Kenney says the province is continuing to create a list of essential and critical infrastructure that would remain open should all non-essential services be shuttered during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • "I anticipate that by early next week we will have settled on certain criteria and a list of essential services.” (CTV)

  • To date, the government focus is on maintaining an open trade relationship between Canada and the United States for movement of essential goods across the border; also working with the federal and provincial partners to maintain functioning rail service, ports and commercial trucking systems within Canada and across North America to enable the movement of essential goods (News Release).

  • Twenty-two Indigenous communities have paused consultations as of March 25 (companies that propose oil, gas, mining, forestry or similar projects that could disturb Crown land are responsible for managing consultation with affected Indigenous communities) (News Release).

British Columbia 

  • B.C. has just released its List of Essential Services. Official order is forthcoming.

  • Using the extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act, the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth, is issuing a series of ministerial orders to ensure a coordinated response to COVID-19 across all levels of government for the duration of the provincial emergency (News Release).

    • These include: supply chain, protecting consumers, enforcement, travel and protecting B.C.’s most vulnerable.

    • The orders are forthcoming.

Ontario 

  • The Ontario government is providing an additional C$3.3-billion to support frontline health-care workers and increase health-care capacity in response to the COVID-19 outbreak (News Release).

  • The Ontario government is enabling C$1.9-billion in relief for employers to reduce the financial strain. The measure, which will run through the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), will see premium payments deferred for six months for all businesses in the province (News Release).

  • Ontario published various regulations related to COVID today:

    • O.Reg. 86/20: Licences to sell liquor. In force March 26, 2020.

      • Alcohol can now be ordered with food takeout and delivery across Ontario (AGCO Info Bulletin).

    • O.Reg. 85/20 General, related to the Health Insurance Act. In force April 1, 2020.

    • O.Reg. 84/20 Special Payments for Physician Services. In force April 1, 2020.

    • O.Reg. 87/20 General, related to child, youth and family services. In force on March 26, 2020, except subsection 2(2) in force on July 1, 2020.

  • 858 confirmed cases, an increase of 170 since yesterday.

Quebec

  • The official opposition is working in collaboration with the government to quickly find flexible economic measures adapted to the reality of Quebec to support SMEs in all regions of Quebec (News Release – only available in French).

  • 1,629 confirmed cases, an increase of 290 since yesterday including two deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • New order from the Public Health Agency of Canada makes self-isolation mandatory for individuals entering Canada (News Release).

  • Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety makes courses and publications available to help workplaces during COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • Department of Finance issued its News Release on The COVID-19 Emergency Response Act.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • Yesterday evening the Senate passed the US$2.2-trillion economic rescue package (H.R. 748). The Senate passage delivered the legislation to the House, which will most likely pass it on Friday (Wall Street Journal).

    • The Bill would provide one-time direct payments to Americans of US$1,200 per adult.

    • It builds on efforts focused on vaccines and emergency response, sick and family medical leave for workers, and food aid; it will expand unemployment benefits and provide a US$367-billion program for small businesses to keep making payroll while workers are forced to stay home.

    • It includes a heavily negotiated US$500-billion program for guaranteed, subsidized loans to larger industries, including airlines.

Alberta 

  • The Kenney government will soon introduce its own list of essential businesses, an Alberta government source told The Globe and Mail.

  • Law enforcement agencies have been granted full authority to enforce public health orders and issue fines (News Release).

  • 419 confirmed cases, an increase of 61 since yesterday. 250 cases in the Calgary zone, 100 cases in the Edmonton zone, 23 cases in the North zone, 35 cases in the Central zone and 10 cases in the South zone.

British Columbia 

  • 659 confirmed cases, an increase of 42 since yesterday, one death (another resident of the Lynn Valley Care Centre). 339 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 218 are in the Fraser Health region, 47 are in the Vancouver Island Health region, 46 are in the Interior Health region and nine are in the Northern Heath region.

Ontario

  • S.O. 2020, c. 5 (Bill 188), Economic and Fiscal Update Act 2020, received royal assent yesterday evening. Coming-into-force information is set out at the end of each schedule. If there is no CIF information provided, the schedule comes into force on royal assent (March 25, 2020).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • No new updates.

March 25, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • All travellers returning to Canada — with the exception of what the federal government is calling "essential workers" — will have to enter a mandatory 14-day quarantine as of midnight to help slow the spread of COVID-19, said federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu (CBC).

  • The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has been introduced to help workers and businesses (Department of Finance).

    • This taxable benefit would provide C$2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CERB would be a simpler and more accessible combination of the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit.

  • The Government of Canada is taking action to support the publishing and news sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic (Canadian Heritage).

    • The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) confirmed that the Independent Advisory Board on Eligibility for Journalism Tax Measures is now in place.

  • Statement on joint international effort to ensure supply chain connectivity amid COVID-19 pandemic (Global Affairs Canada).

    • Joint ministerial statement by Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, New Zealand and Singapore affirming commitment to ensuring supply chain connectivity amid the COVID-19 situation.

  • Help for Canada's oil and gas sector is "hours, possibly days" away, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said earlier today (CBC).

    • The minister said Ottawa has been in daily contact with provincial governments to discuss those issues and how it is impacting provincial revenues.

  • S.C. 2020, c. 5 (Bill C-13), COVID-19 Emergency Response 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 (March 25, 2020).

U.S. – Federal 

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo described the street closures in New York City as a pilot program and said sports like basketball would be banned in city parks, first on a voluntary basis as long as people comply (CBC).

    • A number of other U.S. states have also applied for major disaster relief status in recent days, including Florida, Texas, New Jersey, North Carolina, Missouri, Maryland and South Carolina.

Alberta

  • MyAlberta is now receiving emergency isolation support applications from working Albertans who are self-isolating or the sole caregivers for someone in self-isolation (News Release).

  • There are early signs of success in flattening the curve, despite rising cases (CBC).

British Columbia

  • New guidance to B.C. manufacturers during COVID-19 has been released (Information Bulletin).

  • New guidance to mining and smelting operations during COVID‐19 has been released (Information Bulletin).

  • A new temporary rental supplement has been introduced, halting evictions and freezing rents, among other actions (News Release).

Ontario

  • Premier Ford and Minister Phillips Announce Additional Health Care Resources and Support for People, Jobs and Employers (News Release).

    • Finance Minister Rod Phillips released Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 (March 2020 Economic and Fiscal Update).

      • The action plan will provide C$7-billion in additional resources for the health-care system and will provide direct support for people and jobs. This includes C$3.3-billion in additional health-care resources, C$3.7-billion to support people and jobs, and measures that will make available up to C$10-billion in support for people and businesses through tax and other deferrals to improve their cash flows.

  • 688 confirmed cases, an increase of 100 since yesterday.

Quebec

  • The following orders have now been added to the Gazette Officielle du Québec:

    • M.O. 2020-005, Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population during the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

    • M.O. 2020-006, Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population during the COVID-19 pandemic situation. 

    • M.O. 2020-007, Public health emergency order to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

    • M.O. 2020-008, Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population during the COVID-19 pandemic situation. 

    • M.O. 2020-009, Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • O.C. 222-2020, Renewal of the public health emergency under section 119 of Public Health Act and certain measures to protect the health of the population.

    • O.C. 223-2020, Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Quebec is asking universities to inventory medical equipment that might be needed in for hospitals (Press Conference).

  • 1,339 confirmed cases, an increase of 326 since yesterday.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

  • Bill C-13, COVID-19 Emergency Response Act passed third reading in the House of Commons just after 6 a.m. (EDT) this morning after significant delays caused by opposition to the Liberals' attempt to grant broad spending and taxing powers to cabinet without parliamentary oversight (CTV). The full text of the Bill is expected to be published at approximately 12 p.m. (EDT) today on Legisinfo.
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • The White House reaches deal with lawmakers on an estimated US$2-trillion stimulus package (Wall Street Journal). The Senate will move to vote on the bill later on today.

    • Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or H.R. 748 will provide direct financial checks to many Americans, drastically expand unemployment insurance, offer hundreds in billions in loans to both small and large businesses, and provide health-care providers with additional resources.

    • The bill would also provide that businesses can carry back losses from 2018, 2019 and 2020 for up to five years.

Alberta

  • 358 confirmed cases; an increase of 57 since yesterday, one death (female in her 80s and a resident at the McKenzie Towne Continuing Care Centre in Calgary).

  • 214 cases in the Calgary zone, 86 cases in the Edmonton zone, 20 cases in the North zone, 28 cases in the Central zone, eight cases in the South zone and two cases where the zone is still under investigation.

British Columbia

  • 617 confirmed cases; an increase of 145 since yesterday. Vancouver Coastal Health: 330, Fraser Health: 194, Island Health: 44, Interior Health: 41, Northern Health: 8.

Ontario

  • There will be an emergency session of the legislature later this afternoon, Finance Minister Rod Phillips is expected to reveal more support for the health system and businesses when he tables his one-year spending plan (CBC).

    • The Minister of Finance to Release an Economic and Fiscal Update in the Legislature at 4 p.m. (EDT) (approximately), followed by the Premier and Minister media availability at 5 p.m. (EDT).

  • Two additional Ontario Orders were added yesterday evening:

    • O.Reg. 82/20, Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) - Closure Of Places Of Non-Essential Businesses.

    • O.Reg. 83/20, General (made under the Long-Term Care Homes Act). In force March 24, 2020.

  • Two deaths in Ontario long-term care homes (one woman in the Durham Region in her 90s and one woman in Hamilton in her 80s).

Quebec 

  • Order number 2020-009 of the Minister of Health and Services related to the suspension of visiting rights to the elderly, suspension of rights for the elderly to leave their homes and suspension of court delays under the Civil Code of Procedure (except for urgent matters).

March 24, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

  • The Prime Minister solicited the views of premiers on the Emergencies Act and related emergency measures (PM Readout).

  • The COVID-19 Emergency Response Act is currently being debated in the legislature. The Senate is scheduled to reconvene tomorrow to further scrutinize and pass the bill  royal assent is expected tomorrow.

  • The Globe and Mail and CTV viewed draft copies of the Bill  full text is not yet available to the public – and listed the following highlights from the legislation:

    • Includes measures that could help auto parts makers retool their factories to produce life-saving ventilators for desperately ill COVID-19 patients.

    • Provides C$500-million for the provinces that could be used, among other things, to purchase sorely needed medical equipment.

    •  Creating a 16-week window where eligible Canadian workers can be absent from work on account of the novel coronavirus. 

    • Enacting a new Public Health Events of National Concern Payments Act, which would grant the finance minister the ability to spend “all money required to do anything, including making payments to provinces and territories,” in relation to public health events of national concern.

    • Providing the finance minister a range of new powers related to procuring, loaning to, merging, selling, winding-up or dissolving corporations.

    • Allowing for, on the authorization of the health minister, the ability to “make, construct, use and sell a patented invention to the extent necessary to respond to the public health emergency.”

  • Parks Canada implements additional measures, suspending visitor vehicle access to Parks Canada places across the country until further notice (News Release).

U.S. Federal

  • Negotiators are nearing accord on U.S. Stimulus Package to Combat Coronavirus (Wall Street Journal).

  • Indiana, Michigan and Oregon announced orders to stay home other than for essential business (Wall Street Journal).

  • Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department Announce Expedited Antitrust Procedure and Guidance for Coronavirus Public Health Efforts (Federal Trade Commission).

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia 

  • The Liquor Control and Licensing Regulation is amended re: temporary authority to sell liquor (O.C. 134/2020).

    • The amendments are repealed on July 15, 2020.

  • Certain parks and recreation areas will close (News Release).

Ontario

  • Ontario posted various Orders to E-laws this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 78/20, Emergency Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act regarding child care for specified workers. In force March 23, 2020.

    • O.Reg. 77/20, Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of The Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act – Work Deployment Measures In Long-Term Care Homes. In force March 23, 2020.o   Accompanying News Release.

    • O.Reg. 76/20, Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of The Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act – Electronic Service. In force March 23, 2020.

    • O.Reg. 75/20, Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of The Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act – Drinking Water Systems And Sewage Works. In force March 23, 2020.

  • For a 45-day period, the government is working to suspend time-of-use electricity rates, holding electricity prices to the off-peak rate of 10.1 cents-per-kilowatt-hour (Office of the Premier). 

  • The Ontario Construction Consortium (OCC) (an umbrella group for labour unions representing carpenters, painters and other workers), said the government should suspend work in the sector for 14 days to protect the safety of workers and employers during the crisis (The Globe and Mail).

    • In the press conference today, Premier Ford noted: “if the industry does not take every step necessary to look after their workers, I will shut them down.”

  • 588 confirmed cases; an increase of 85 since yesterday.

Quebec

  • C$2-million dollars has been released for food banks (La Presse).

  • 1,013 confirmed cases; an increase of 385 since yesterday.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • House of Commons is set to reconvene this afternoon.

    • The federal Liberals appear to be backing away from a proposal to grant themselves sweeping power to spend money, borrow and change taxes without parliamentary approval through to December 31, 2021, as part of legislation the government is expected to table Tuesday, as it passes COVID-19 emergency economic measures (CTV).

  • Public Health Agency of Canada reported that 44 per cent of all COVID-19 cases in the country are the result of community transmission (The Globe and Mail).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • President Donald Trump has speculated that he might ease social distancing recommendations in the next week (The Globe and Mail).

Alberta

  • Government is providing C$25-million to support homeless-serving agencies respond to COVID-19 (News Release).

  • 301 confirmed cases; an increase of 42 cases since the weekend. 188 cases in the Calgary zone, 68 cases in the Edmonton zone, 19 cases in the North zone, 17 cases in the Central zone, eight cases in the South zone.

British Columbia

  • Two significant Bills were tabled/received royal assent yesterday and have made changes to the Employment Standards Act to better support workers both during the COVID-19 public health emergency and in the long term (News Release):

    • Bill 15, 2020: Supply Act (No. 2), 2020. In force on royal assent (March 23, 2020).

    • Bill 16, Employment Standards Amendment Act (No. 2), 2020. In force on royal assent (March 23, 2020).

  • Vancouver can now enforce physical distancing with fines up to C$50,000 (CTV).

Ontario 

Quebec

  • Yesterday evening Quebec posted its List of Essential Workplaces – the official Order is still forthcoming.

  • Premier François Legault expected to speak at 1 p.m. (EDT).

March 23, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced support (C$275-million) for coronavirus research and medical countermeasures (News Release).

    • The funding will be used to advance projects that are already underway by university researchers and others to respond to COVID-19 and ensure domestic supply of potential vaccines.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also announced new measures to support farmers and agri-food businesses in Canada facing financial hardship (News Release)

    • Farm Credit Canada will receive support that will allow for an additional C$5-billion in lending capacity to producers, agribusinesses and food processors.

  • “Stiff enforcement measures could be imposed if people don't stop engaging in behaviour that puts lives at risk,” says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (CBC).

U.S. – Federal

  • The Federal Reserve unveiled a major expansion of lending programs that are designed to keep credit markets functioning after they seized up last week (Press Release).

  • The Senate failed to advance Coronavirus rescue package for a second day (Wall Street Journal).

  • The White House announced the launch of the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium to provide COVID-19 researchers worldwide with access to the world’s most powerful high-performance computing resources that can significantly advance the pace of scientific discovery in the fight to stop the virus (News Release).

Alberta

  • Three significant decisions have been made that will give Albertans and Alberta employers additional supports as they deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis: education property tax freeze, education property tax deferral for business and WCB premiums deferral for private sector businesses and support for small and medium businesses (News Release).

  • New temporary physician billing codes are being added to the schedule of medical benefits so that physicians are compensated for providing virtual care (News Release).

British Columbia 

  • COVID-19 Action Plan: B.C.’s first steps to support people, businesses – particularly through tax relief (Office of the Premier).

    • The plan dedicates C$2.8-billion to help people and fund the services they need to weather the crisis; C$2.2-billion will provide relief to businesses and help them recover after the outbreak.

    • Emergency Benefit for Workers will provide a tax-free C$1,000 payment to British Columbians whose ability to work has been affected by the outbreak.

    • Boosted income supports by increasing and expanding the B.C. Climate Action Tax Credit in July 2020.

    • Effective immediately, businesses with a payroll over C$500,000 can defer their employer health tax payments until September 30, 2020.

    • The recovery plan will dedicate funding to particularly hard-hit parts of the economy, such as the tourism, hospitality and culture sectors.

  • Service BC centres are remaining open (News Release).

  • 472 confirmed cases; an increase of 48 since the weekend. Three more patients have died (one from Lynn Valley Care Centre, one from Haro Park Centre and one resident from Fraser Health).

Ontario

  • Premier Ford announced all non-essential businesses to close by midnight Tuesday, March 24. A list of non-essential and essential businesses will be released by the government tomorrow (News Release).

    • Official Order has not yet been published.

    • Grocery stores and pharmacies singled out as part of an "extensive" list of businesses that can stay open (CBC).

  • New funding (C$200-million) will support municipalities, food banks, homeless shelters and individuals (News Release).

    • The funding will also help individuals who do not qualify for emergency financial supports under federal programs.

    • The government is putting in place an expanded Emergency Assistance Program administered through Ontario Works to cover these individuals' needs such as food, rent, informal childcare and services.

  • Ontario schools will not reopen April 6; Premier Ford did not say when students can plan to return to school (CTV).

  • 503 confirmed cases; an increase of 78 from the weekend.

Quebec

  • François Legault announced all non-essential businesses to close by midnight Tuesday, March 24 (Press Conference).

    • Official Order has not yet been published.

    • Residents of elderly care homes will now not be allowed to leave their residences.

  • Police forces have new temporary powers to enforce the containment measures (CBC).

  • 628 confirmed cases; an increase of 409 since the weekend.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • House of Commons will be recalled on Tuesday at 12 p.m. (EDT) to pass emergency legislation to help workers and businesses (News Release).

  • The CBSA will facilitate entry for Canadians driving U.S. plated vehicles by permitting the temporary import of U.S. vehicles without paying duties and taxes, subject to conditions (CBSA).

    • Exemptions to the air travel restrictions will apply to foreign nationals who have already committed to working, studying or making Canada their home – exemptions include seasonal agricultural workers (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada).

  • Federal, local governments consider fines, prison to enforce social distancing, “we will use every measure in our toolbox at the federal level to ensure compliance,” says federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu (The Globe and Mail).

    • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is not at the point where the federal government needs to take emergency measures to force people to stay at home (Bloomberg).

  • Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) say they won't send athletes to compete at the Tokyo Games — set to begin July 24. Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees call for 1-year postponement (CBC).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • The lockdown affecting large segments of the American public to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus is likely to last 10 to 12 weeks, or until early June, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday (The Globe and Mail).

    • U.S. cases climbed to over 25,000 on Sunday morning and at least 325 people have died, with about half the cases in New York State. Illinois, Connecticut and New Jersey instituted statewide lockdowns (Wall Street Journal).

    • President Trump approves New York and Washington Disaster Declaration.

  • Lawmakers in Washington are nearing a deal that could pump a record $1 trillion into the economy to limit the economic damage. Mnuchin told “Fox News Sunday” that he hopes Congress will vote on the bill today (The Globe and Mail).

Alberta

  • Select licensed child care centres will be opened to provide child care for core service workers (News Release).

  • Premier Jason Kenney has announced the membership of the Economic Recovery Council, created to provide advice which will guide Alberta through the downturn that comes as a result of COVID-19 and the energy price crash (News Release).

  • The Premier’s Council on Charities and Civil Society will strengthen community organizations working to address social challenges. Their first task is advising on civil society’s response to COVID (News Release).

  • 259 confirmed cases; an increase of 113 cases since Friday, including three recovered and one death. 64 cases in the Calgary zone, 60 cases in the Edmonton zone, 18 cases in the North zone, 10 cases in the Central zone, Seven cases in the South zone.

British Columbia

  • Distillers in British Columbia are temporarily authorized to manufacture alcohol-based hand sanitizer to help combat COVID-19, through an updated policy directive from the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (News Release).

  • Guidance issued to construction sites operating during COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Changes made to temporarily allow restaurants to deliver liquor products alongside the purchase of a meal (Policy Directive).

  • Personal service establishments – like barbershops, salons, nail estheticians, health spas, massage parlours, tattoo shops and others – are ordered to close (Joint Statement).

  • Action is being taken to protect vulnerable people, including those experiencing homelessness. Measures include a ban on evictions for non-payment of rent and centralized procurement for critical supplies needed by frontline providers, including gloves and cleaning products (News Release).

  • Child care centres that remain open will receive compensation to continue operating with reduced enrolment (News Release).

  • 424 confirmed cases; an increase of 153 since Friday, including six recovered and 10 deaths. Vancouver Coastal Health: 230, Fraser Health: 126, Island Health: 37, Interior Health: 27, Northern Health: 4.

Ontario

  • New temporary order announced which would give hospitals the ability to cancel and postpone services to free-up space and valuable staff, identify staffing priorities, and develop, modify and implement redeployment plans, (News Release).

  • New Government Website Removes Barriers for Companies to Provide Essential Goods and Services (News Release).

    • Ontario Together will identify the province's supply challenges and solicit ideas and advice from Ontario's business and manufacturing communities.

    • Ontario to open select child care centres across the Province (News Release).

  • Closure of drive test centres will take effect today (Statement).

  • Premier Ford to make an announcement at Queen's Park at 12:30 p.m. ET.

  • 425 confirmed cases; an increase of 117 since Friday, including six recovered and five deaths.

Quebec

  • François Legault announced Sunday that schools will be closed until May 1, along with all stores in shopping malls apart from grocery stores, pharmacies and SAQ liquor stores (CBC).

    • All playgrounds in Montréal have been closed and starting today Hydro-Québec will not charge late payment fees for those who cannot pay their bills.

  • 219 confirmed cases; an increase of 80 since Friday, including one recovered and four deaths.

March 20, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister announces Canada’s Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19 (News Release).

    • The Plan introduces new measures to directly support these businesses to rapidly scale up production or re-tool their manufacturing lines to develop products made in Canada that will help in the fight against COVID-19.

    • It focuses on domestic capacity building, innovative solutions and procurement of essential supplies.

  • U.S.-Canada Joint Initiative: Temporary restriction of travellers crossing the U.S.-Canada border for non-essential purposes (Public Safety Canada Statement).

    • Irregular migrants/asylum seekers will be turned back — a move described as unprecedented (CBC).

    • Supply chains, including trucking, will not be impacted by this new measure.

    • This decision will be implemented on March 21, 2020 (midnight).

  • Government of Canada announces additional measures to support continued lending to Canadian consumers and businesses (Department of Finance).

    • Minister of Finance Bill Morneau announced amendments to mortgage insurance eligibility criteria, set out in regulations made under the National Housing Act and Protection of Residential Mortgage or Hypothecary Insurance Act.

  • The Canadian military is preparing to respond to multiple waves of the COVID-19 pandemic, which could stretch out over a year or more, the country's top military commander said in his latest planning directive.

    • Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of the defence staff, warned in a memo on Thursday that requests for assistance can be expected "from all echelons of government and the private sector and they will likely come to the Department [of National Defence] through multiple points of entry." The directive notes the federal government has not yet directed the military to move into response mode, but if — or when — it does, a single government panel, likely a deputy-minister level inter-departmental task force, will "triage requests and co-ordinate federal responses" (CBC).

U.S. – Federal

  • Mutual agreements with Canada and Mexico to restrict non-essential travel across our northern and southern borders (Fact Sheet).

  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all nonessential workers to stay home as the [NY] state dramatically escalated its efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic (Statement).

    • New restrictions go into effect on Sunday evening.

    • Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to make a similar announcement soon.

Alberta

  • The Emergency Management Amendment Act, 2020 (Bill 9) was tabled today. The bill is currently at third reading and awaiting Royal Assent (when it will be officially enacted as law).

British Columbia

  • Select day-use services and facilities are currently still available at B.C. provincial parks (News Release).

  • Government liquor stores remain open with readjusted hours of operation (News Release).

Ontario

  • Ontario is waiving the three-month waiting period for Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage. Additionally, the province will cover the cost of COVID-19 services for uninsured people who do not meet the criteria for OHIP coverage (News Release).

  • Ontario is launching an online portal for students who can't go to class (CTV).

  • 308 confirmed cases; 51 more than yesterday.

Quebec

  • Government announced it's making C$2.5-billion available for businesses, much of that to be delivered in the form of loans and loan guarantees, Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon said (CBC).

  • François Legault has announced that in the coming days infrastructure projects will be accelerated to curb layoffs in the construction industry (Press Conference).

  • 139 confirmed cases; 18 more than yesterday.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Statement from the Commissioner of Competition regarding enforcement during the COVID-19 coronavirus situation (Competition Bureau Canada Statement).

    • The Bureau will scrutinize any evidence that companies or individuals have violated Canada’s competition laws, including: deceptive marketing practice and collusion by competing businesses.

  • Ottawa finalizing plan to boost production of pandemic supplies; Prime Minister expected to make the announcement today (CBC).

    • Both the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association and Aerospace Industries Association of Canada said they have spoken to officials from Ottawa.

    • The Prime Minister said Canada might also use its military procurement policy to get medical equipment.

  • The federal government is preparing a multibillion-dollar bailout package for Canada’s oil and gas sector that is expected to be unveiled early next week (The Globe and Mail).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • The United States is expected to announce restrictions on travel across the border with Mexico; the restrictions are expected to be revealed sometime today (Reuters).

  • Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has mandated that all law firms and other legal services close their physical offices, as part of a larger order specifying that non-life-sustaining businesses must close (PA.gov).

  • California ordered its 40 million residents to stay at home except for essential activities (Wall Street Journal).