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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.

October 20, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Restricting travel over vaccine type could be discrimination, PAHO warns. (CTV)

    • Countries should grant entry to vaccinated travellers regardless of which shot they received to prevent discrimination and facilitate business, a top official of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said on Wednesday.

  • Health Canada reports increase in calls to poison control centres over ivermectin usage. (CTV)

    • Health Canada is reminding Canadians that ivermectin should not be used to treat or prevent COVID-19, after poison control centres saw an increase in reports about the anti-parasitic drug over the summer months.

U.S. – Federal

  • NYC requiring vaccine for cops, firefighters, city workers. (Associated Press)

    • New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday ordered all city employees to show proof of inoculation against COVID-19 or be placed on unpaid leave, drawing criticism from a police union which vowed to fight the mandate in court. The mayor set a deadline of 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29, for employees to show proof to a supervisor. Seventy-one percent of all 160,000 New York City workers have already received at least one dose, the mayor said.

  • Fact Sheet: Biden Administration Announces Update on Operational Planning for COVID-⁠19 Vaccinations for Kids Ages 5-11. (News ReleaseCDC and Associated Press)

  • Press briefing by White House COVID-⁠19 Response Team and public health officials. (The White House)

  • COVID-19 Related Relief Concerning Operations at Various Airports. (Notice)

  • HHS announces availability of US$100-million for state loan repayment programs to support primary health care workforce in underserved communities. (News Release)

  • Bill H.R.5613To prohibit the Federal Government from mandating vaccination against COVID-19 for interstate travel. Introduced October 19, 2021 – Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

  • Bill H.R.654Drug-Free Communities Pandemic Relief Act. Introduced October 19, 2021 – At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.

Alberta

  • Enhanced COVID-19 protection for continuing care. (News Release)

    • Effective October 25, masking will be required for visitors at continuing care facilities at all times and residents will be required to quarantine after being admitted to the facility or returning from hospital until they test negative for COVID-19.

  • 316,964 cases, an increase of 531 on October 18, 11,402 active cases, including 12 deaths.

British Columbia

  • COVID-19 capacity limits lifting as two-dose vaccine requirements begin. (News Release)

  • 198,838 cases, an increase of 560 on October 19, 4,913 active cases, including five deaths.

Ontario

  • Team Toronto prepares for five to 11 year-old COVID-19 vaccinations once vaccines are approved. (News Release)

    • Clinics will be offered to reach every Toronto child in every corner of the City. Clinic locations being considered include the five City-run mass immunization clinics, school-based clinics and community-based clinics. These opportunities will augment the delivery of vaccines offered by family physicians and through the more than 800 pharmacies in Toronto offering COVID-19 vaccines by November 1st.

  • City of Toronto report recommends plan to make CaféTO permanent and waiving fees in 2022. (News Release)

  • Team Toronto launches #VaxInTheSix to bring COVID-19 vaccine clinics to six TTC subway stations this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. (News Release)

  • Ontario welcomes new long-term care development proposals. (News Release)

  • O. Reg. 712/21: EXTENSIONS OF ORDERS made under Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.9. Amending O. Reg. 25/21 the Table to section 1 of Schedule 1 to Ontario Regulation 25/21’s previously applicable revocation date of October 20, 2021 is substituted with a new revocation date of November 3, 2021.

  • 595,867 cases, an increase of 304 since yesterday, 3,435 active cases, including four deaths.

Quebec

  • Montreal hospital visitors require proof of vaccination but exceptions apply. (Global News)

    • As of October 15, if you’re visiting a Quebec hospital, you must show proof of vaccination. The rule applies to health care centres including hospitals, long-term care homes, clinics and seniors residences.

  • 420,929 cases, an increase of 458 since yesterday, 4,834 active cases, including two deaths.

October 21, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Government announces targeted COVID-19 support measures to create jobs and growth. (News ReleaseBackgrounder and CTV)

  • Canada announces accelerated delivery of COVID-19 paediatric vaccine pending regulatory authorization. (News Release and CTV)

  • Prime Minister announces standardized Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination for travel. (News ReleaseBackgrounderCTV and CBC)

    • Instead of issuing a singular federal national COVID-19 vaccine passport, the federal government says that each province and territory will be responsible for issuing a “standardized pan-Canadian” vaccine passport that Canadians can use when travelling.

  • Transport Canada introducing new measures for the reintroduction of direct flights from Morocco on October 29, 2021. (News Release)

    • Beginning at 00:01 EDT on October 29, fully vaccinated travellers and those unvaccinated travellers who are eligible to enter Canada will be able to board direct flights from Morocco to Canada with additional measures.

U.S. – Federal

  • Airlines bet on big December after COVID variant setback. (Associated Press)

  • U.S. appeals court rules against nursing homes over COVID-19 lawsuits. (Reuters)

    • In a setback to nursing-home operators facing hundreds of COVID-19 negligence and wrongful-death lawsuits, a federal appeals court on Wednesday said cases against two New Jersey facilities should proceed in state courts.

  • U.S. CDC advisors weigh Moderna, J&J COVID-19 vaccine boosters, mix-and-match shots. (Reuters and Associated Press)

    • A panel of advisors to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today are considering several recommendations for rollout of COVID-19 vaccine boosters from Moderna Inc. (MRNA.O) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N), expected to pave the way for additional shots for millions of Americans. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday authorized the booster doses, and said Americans can choose a different shot from their original inoculation.

  • COVID-19 vaccine: CDC panel discusses booster rollout. (Associated Press)

Alberta

  • Sixty-one Alberta Health Services employees have quit over COVID-19 vaccine mandate; majority have shown proof of full vaccination. (Edmonton Journal)

    • Sixty-one Alberta Health Services employees have quit over a requirement to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination ahead of a deadline to declare.

  • 317,750 cases, an increase of 786 on October 19, 10,824 active cases, including 18 deaths.

British Columbia

  • Province intends to introduce legislation to extend key COVID-19 orders. (News Release)

    • Due to the ongoing fourth wave of the pandemic, the Province intends to introduce amendments to the COVID-19 Related Measures Act to extend it beyond the repeal date of December 31, 2021. More details on the amendments will be available when the legislation is introduced in the house.

  • Residential Care COVID-19 Preventive Measures PHO Order – October 21, 2021. (Order)

  • 199,534 cases, an increase of 696 on October 19, 4,888 active cases, including six deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario no longer providing Canada with COVID-19 flight exposure notifications. (CTV)

    • Ontario is no longer providing the federal government with COVID-19 flight exposure data, citing an increase in public health measures and vaccinations. According to Public Health Ontario (PHO), they stopped processing flight notifications from local public health units to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on September 10.

  • Ottawa Hospital set to place more than 300 employees on unpaid leave for violating vaccination policy. (CTV)

    • More than 300 Ottawa Hospital employees who aren’t fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be placed on an unpaid leave of absence. As of this week, the hospital has sent 189 letters to employees who haven’t received the vaccine, and 129 to employees who received one dose of the vaccine, but did not have their second dose scheduled by November 1.

  • Ontario to release 'long-term' COVID-19 reopening plan Friday. (CTV)

  • 596,280 cases, an increase of 413 since yesterday, 3,356 active cases, including four deaths.

Quebec

  • COVID-19 pandemic – Extension to the Chaudière-Appalaches region of the deployment of rapid detection tests for all students in the class when a student is confirmed positive. (News Release)

  • The Quebec government published a number of Orders in today’s Gazette officielle du Québec:

    • Order in Council 1330-2021 Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act be renewed until 29 October 2021.

    • Order in Council 1344-2021 Extension of the effect of the Act to establish a perimeter around certain places in order to regulate demonstrations in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic be extended until 21 November 2021. Effective October 20, 2021.

    • Ministerial Order 2021-072 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation in regards to health and social service providers vaccination requirements. Effective October 16, 2021.

    • Ministerial Order 2021-071 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation in regards to service providers’ benefits. Effective October 16, 2021.

    • Ministerial Order 2021-070 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation in regards to students, trainees and volunteers in health and social service environments. Effective October 15, 2021.

  • 421,357 cases, an increase of 428 since yesterday, 4,773 active cases, including three deaths.

October 22, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Not the time to 'freely go wherever,' says Tam as non-essential travel advisory lifts. (CTV)

    • Canadians should carefully weigh any future decisions on taking foreign trips even though the federal government has lifted a global advisory asking them to avoid non-essential travel, health officials cautioned Friday. Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, said the government would be providing more specific information about the severity of COVID-19 in various countries to help Canadians decide where they should consider travelling.

  • Workers who resist vaccine mandates may not be eligible for EI, according to feds. (CTV)

    • Workers who lose their job over a refusal to vaccinate against COVID-19 may not be eligible for employment insurance benefits, according to updated guidelines from the federal government.

  • Canadians who had allergic reaction to first vaccine dose can safely get second, advisory committee says. (CBC)

    • Those who had an allergic reaction to their first shot of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine can safely receive future doses of the same product or a different mRNA vaccine, says Canada's vaccine advisory committee.

  • Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine more than 90 per cent effective in kids. (CTV)

  • Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on October 22, 2021. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • CDC director: U.S. may update definition of full vaccination for COVID-19. (Reuters)

    • Biden administration officials urged eligible Americans on Friday to get booster shots of a COVID-19 vaccine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention head said it may update its definition of what constitutes full vaccination.

  • Explainer: Americans wonder: Which COVID-19 booster is best? (ReutersFauciAssociated Press and more)

  • HHS invests over US$560-million to bolster product manufacturing to increase supply, availability of COVID-19 tests. (News Release)

  • Bill H.R.5663To prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Services from restricting direct access by health care facilities to COVID-19 monoclonal antibody therapies. Introduced October 21, 2021 – Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

  • Bill H.R.5672To require an audit of COVID-19 relief funding. Introduced October 21, 2021 – Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

Alberta

  • Alberta Health Services extends deadline for staff to prove they're vaccinated against COVID-19. (CBC)

    • Alberta Health Services has extended its deadline for all workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by one month, to November 30. The original deadline was October 31. The vaccination requirement applies to all AHS, Alberta Precision Labs, Carewest, CapitalCare and Covenant Health workers, members of medical and midwifery staffs, students, volunteers and anyone acting on their behalf.

  • Defining fully immunized for COVID-19. (Alberta Health)

  • Alberta put its contact-tracing system on life support. Can it be resuscitated? (CBC)

    • August was when Alberta planned to drop isolation requirements and start treating the COVID-19 not as a pandemic, but an endemic disease like the flu. Hundreds of contact tracers were laid off or had their contracts not renewed, as they would no longer be needed to notify close contacts and would only continue to investigate "high-risk settings." Those plans didn't last, as cases doubled and doubled again, but contact tracers who spoke to CBC News said even with new staff added by Alberta Health Services (AHS) during the fourth wave, the system isn't working to stop people spreading the virus.

  • 318,520 cases, an increase of 770 on October 20, 10,434 active cases, including 18 deaths.

British Columbia

  • B.C. launches first accredited PPE testing lab in Western Canada. (News Release)

    • The Province is further protecting health-care workers, patients, families and frontline workers during COVID-19 with Western Canada’s first accredited personal protective equipment (PPE) lab, specializing in testing and validating PPE. The lab is a pandemic-driven innovation by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), with support from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

  • 200,249 cases, an increase of 715 on October 21, 4,965 active cases, including four deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario releases Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term. (News Release and CTV)

    • The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term, which outlines the province’s gradual approach to lifting remaining public health and workplace safety measures by March 2022. The plan will be guided by the ongoing assessment of key public health and health care indicators and supported by local or regional tailored responses to COVID-19.

  • The Toronto Zoo is planning to vaccinate its animals against COVID-19. (CTV)

    • For months, Toronto residents have been highly encouraged to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations, but now, even some of the city’s animals could be getting the jab. Toronto Zoo CEO Dolf DeJong told CTV News Toronto on Thursday that they’re waiting for Canadian approval of a COVID-19 vaccine currently being administered to American zoo animals.

  • GO-VAXX vaccine bus to tour southwest Ontario. (News Release)

  • Ontario expands community paramedicine for long-term care program. (News Release)

  • 596,772 cases, an increase of 492 since yesterday, 3,421 active cases, including 12 deaths.

Quebec

  • COVID-19 pandemic – Suggestions for best practices for a safe Halloween. (News Release)

  • 421,791 cases, an increase of 434 since yesterday, 4,662 active cases, including eight deaths.

October 25, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Moderna says its low-dose COVID shot works for kids six to 11. (CTV)

    • Moderna said today that a low dose of its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and appears to work in six to 11 year-olds, as the manufacturer moves toward expanding shots to children.

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. details new international COVID-19 travel requirements. (CTV)

  • Biden issuing new order lifting COVID-19 travel restrictions, imposing vaccine rules. (Reuters and more)

    • U.S. President Joe Biden is issuing an order on today imposing new vaccine requirements for most foreign nationals traveling to the United States by air effective November 8, the White House said.

  • Fauci says vaccines for kids between five to 11 likely available in November. (Reuters)

    • Vaccines for kids between the ages of five and 11 will likely be available in the first half of November, top U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said on Sunday, predicting a timetable that could see many kids getting fully vaccinated before the end of the year.

  • Bill H.R.5686To permit civil actions against the United States for COVID-19 vaccination mandates. Introduced October 22, 2021 – Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

  • Bill H.R.5687, To authorize a private right of action for an individual who suffers a vaccine-related injury or death as a result of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, as required by their employer, and for other purposes. Introduced October 22, 2021 – Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

  • New HHS actions add to Biden administration efforts to increase access to easy-to-use over-the-counter COVID-19 tests. (News Release and Reuters)

  • Press briefing by White House COVID-⁠19 Response Team and public health officials. (The White House)

Alberta

  • Two doses required as of Monday under Alberta's Restrictions Exemption Program. (CTV and News Release)

    • The latest layer of protection against COVID-19 in Alberta takes effect Monday as two doses will be required when providing proof of vaccination. Businesses and events using the Restrictions Exemption Program will now need to see valid proof of both doses or a negative test result within 72 hours.

  • 319,176 cases, an increase of 656 on October 21, 10,037 active cases, including 18 deaths.

British Columbia

  • Two B.C. doctors linked to website selling bogus mask and vaccine exemption 'certificates'. (CBC)

    • A B.C. physician accused of spreading misinformation about COVID-19 is now under investigation for allegedly writing phoney mask and vaccine exemptions offered through a Kelowna-based website.

  • New guidelines support K-12 boards considering staff vaccine requirements. (News Release)

    • Guidelines have been developed to support school boards and independent school authorities in their decisions on implementing vaccine requirements for their employees.

  • 200,898 cases, an increase of 649 on October 22, 5,106 active cases, including 13 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario lifts capacity limits in restaurants, gyms, casinos today. (CTV and City of Toronto)

  • More than 800 Toronto public schools to have PCR tests on site by end of week. (News Release)

    • Every public school in Toronto will have a supply of PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test kits available for use by end of the week — the first program of its kind in Ontario. Take-home testing kits can be used if and when a student presents with symptoms of COVID-19 or after another student or staff member in their class has tested positive for COVID-19.

  • O. Reg. 727/21: RULES FOR AREAS AT STEP 3 AND AT THE ROADMAP EXIT STEP made under Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17. Amending O. Reg. 364/20 in regards to opt-in re: proof of vaccination, exceptions to capacity limits, etc. of a number of businesses and facilities. In force October 25, 2021.

  • Working for Workers Act, 2021. (News Release and Backgrounder)

    • “COVID-19 has changed the way we work, leaving too many people behind, struggling to put food on the table and make ends meet for their families,” said Minister McNaughton. “Our government is working for workers. To do so, we must act swiftly and decisively to put workers in the driver’s seat and begin rebalancing the scales. Today’s proposed legislation shows Ontario is ready to lead the way into the workplaces of tomorrow, and create the conditions that will make talented, innovative people want to work in our great province.”

  • 596,772 cases, an increase of 1,069 since Friday, October 22, 2021, 3,215 active cases, no new deaths.

Quebec

  • Ministerial Order 2021-073 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Schedule I replaced with – Educational institutions in which special measures apply – Collège l’Avenir de Rosemont inc. Effective October 25, 2021.

  • COVID-19: Does having received the BCG vaccine during childhood provide a protective effect? (News Release)

  • 422,995 cases, an increase of 1,204 since Friday, October 22, 2021, 4,067 active cases, including five deaths.

October 26, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Air Canada offering portable COVID-19 test kits to travellers. (CTV)

    • The federal government requires all travellers entering Canada to present proof of a molecular COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their flight. Air Canada says their self-administered tests, called the RT-LAMP test kit, comply with the Canadian government requirement and can be a convenient alternative to tracking down a testing facility in a foreign country.

  • Remarks by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance on targeted COVID-19 support measures to create jobs and growth. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. CDC says guidance still to come on whether to require land-border COVID-19 test. (CTV and CDC)

    • U.S. officials aren't ruling out the possibility that fully vaccinated foreign visitors will need a recent negative COVID-19 test in order to cross the land border with Canada. The latest rules for foreign air travellers, updated Monday by the White House, say fully vaccinated passengers will need to show proof of a negative test taken within three days before boarding.

  • U.S. FDA advisors weigh Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in children. (Reuters)

    • An expert panel on Tuesday will vote on whether to recommend the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorize the Pfizer Inc. (PFE.N) and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages five to 11.

  • CDC Orders – Laws and Regulations. (Orders)

  • Bill H.R.5719To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to publicly disclose information regarding adverse effects of COVID-19 vaccines. Introduced October 25, 2021 – Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Alberta

  • C$7-million to kick-start social recovery. (News Release)

    • Civil society organizations can apply for the second round of funding for new projects supporting Alberta’s social services sector and helping the most vulnerable recover post-pandemic.

  • 320,768 cases, an increase of 368 on October 24, 9,481 active cases, including 25 deaths.

British Columbia

  • Vaccine mandate for B.C. health-care workers is now in effect. (CBC)

    • As of October 26, health-care workers in B.C. are required to be immunized against COVID-19. The mandate includes anyone who works in any kind of health-care setting, including students, volunteers, physicians, residents, contractors and all other health-care professionals. It also applies to people who work in home and community care locations, including client homes.

  • B.C. students say universities haven't done COVID-19 testing on unvaccinated as promised. (CTV)

    • Students and staff at Metro Vancouver’s two largest universities say not enough is being done to keep them safe from COVID-19, and their concerns revolve around testing protocols for the unvaccinated. Both Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia decided against making vaccination mandatory for work and study on campus this semester

  • 202,516 cases, an increase of 476 on October 24-25, 4,966 active cases, including 20 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario could see 50,000 education workers fired if vaccines mandated, education minister says. (CTV)

    • Up to 50,000 education workers in Ontario could be fired if COVID-19 vaccines were mandated for that sector, the province's education minister said today.

  • Ontario hiring new LTC inspections staff as 269 new COVID-19 cases reported. (CBC)

    • The provincial government announced today that it is spending C$20-million this year to hire 193 new inspections staff and launch a proactive inspections program in Ontario's long-term care homes.

  • Ontario invests in innovative training for health care professionals. (News Release)

    • The Ontario government is investing C$1.2-million through the Learning Inter-Professionally Healthcare Accelerator (LIPHA), a new program to support innovative and flexible training for current and future personal support workers (PSWs) and nurses.

  • Ontario launching new and improved inspections program for long-term care. (News Release)

    • Ontario is continuing its plan to fix long-term care by investing C$20-million this year to hire 193 new inspections staff and launching a new and improved annual proactive inspections program in long-term care homes. This is part of the government’s commitment of C$72.3-million over three years to increase enforcement capacity and ensure every resident experiences the safest and best quality of life, and to hold homes to account for the care they provide.

  • 598,110 cases, an increase of 269 since yesterday, 3,051 active cases, including six deaths.

Quebec

  • COVID-19 pandemic – New recommendations for pregnant and adequately protected or vaccinated network workers. (News Release)

  • Ministerial Order 2021-074 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Schedule II – Various health regions where the wearing of a procedural mask is mandatory is listed out. Effective October 26, 2021.

  • 423,335 cases, an increase of 340 since yesterday, 3,852 active cases, including four deaths.

October 27, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Canadians anxious to travel south this winter face more complex travel restrictions. (CTV)

    • Now that the federal government is no longer advising against non-essential travel, more Canadians are thinking of taking a winter getaway down south. If you do decide to book a winter getaway, you'll want to do your research to have the proper documents, COVID-19 tests and travel and medical insurance so you don't get turned back at the airport.

U.S. – Federal

  • Airlines brace for early 'long lines' when U.S. lifts travel restrictions. (Reuters)

    • Delta Air Lines Chief Executive Ed Bastian said on Tuesday that travellers should be prepared for initial long lines when the United States lifts international travel restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers on November 8.

  • Immunocompromised may need a fourth COVID-19 shot, CDC says. (CTV)

  • Bill H.R.5741To provide an exemption to any Federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate for any Federal employee or contractor who provides proof of COVID-19 antibodies, and for other purposes. Introduced October 26, 2021 – Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

  • Bill H.R.5728To prohibit the Secretary of Labor from using funds to draft, promulgate or enforce a rule mandating that employers require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and for other purposes. Introduced October 26, 2021 – Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

  • Bill S.3079A bill to exempt essential workers from Federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Introduced October 26, 2021 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Alberta

  • No set date or metric for when Alberta may loosen COVID-19 restrictions: Hinshaw. (Global News)

    • Dr. Deena Hinshaw says there is no set date for when Alberta will start to ease COVID-19 restrictions and that her team will continue to monitor the data before making any public health decisions.

  • 321,210 cases, an increase of 442 on October 25, 9,267 active cases, including 12 deaths.

British Columbia

  • Provincewide booster dose is next step in COVID-19 immunization plan. (News Release and CTV)

    • The B.C. government has announced that booster shots of COVID-19 vaccine will be offered to several vulnerable groups before the end of the year, and to the broader population beginning in January.

  • B.C. vaccine card: Third doses won't be required to access non-essential businesses, even as booster rollout ramps up. (CTV)

    • As B.C. announced its plan to roll out third COVID-19 vaccine doses to the general public, officials say the extra shots won't lead to changes to mandates like the provincial proof-of-immunization card.

  • Nearly half of B.C. teachers say they don't feel safe at work, survey from union suggests. (CTV)

    • With the COVID-19 pandemic well into its fourth wave in B.C., a survey of teachers in the province suggests nearly half don't feel safe at work. Results from a poll conducted by the B.C. Teachers' Federation surveyed nearly 6,000 union members. While about 46 per cent indicated they feel at least somewhat safe at work, 42 per cent said they did not.

  • 202,973 cases, an increase of 457 on October 26, 4,829 active cases, including two deaths.

Ontario

  • Third COVID-19 vaccine doses: Who is eligible in Ontario and how can they get one? (CTV)

    • As Ontario edges closer to its goal of having 90 per cent of eligible residents fully vaccinated, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has been administering third doses to select populations.

  • Toronto District School Board extends COVID-19 vaccination policy deadline for staff. (Global News)

    • The Toronto District School Board’s mandatory vaccination policy had previously set a November 1 deadline for employees to be fully vaccinated or risk losing their jobs.

  • Ontario expands career growth opportunities for PSWs and nurses in long-term care. (News Release)

    • The Ontario government is investing up to C$100-million to add an additional 2,000 nurses to the long-term care sector by 2024-25. The government will do this by supporting the training of thousands of personal support workers (PSWs) and nurses who want to advance their careers in long-term care.

  • Almost 900 Toronto residents vaccinated at #VaxInTheSix COVID-19 vaccine clinics in six TTC subway stations this past weekend. (News Release)

  • 598,431 cases, an increase of 321 since yesterday, 2,978 active cases, including 10 deaths.

Quebec

  • Vaccines won't be mandatory for teachers, school staff as Quebec COVID-19 situation improves. (CBC)

  • COVID-19 pandemic – Vaccination will not be mandatory for staff in the higher education network. (News Release)

  • COVID-19 pandemic – Vaccination will not be mandatory for school staff. (News Release)

  • Ministerial Order 2021-074 – Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Schedule II – Health regions where the wearing of a procedural mask is mandatory. Effective October 26, 2021.

  • Ministerial Order 2021-075 – Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation. That every election procedure in the municipalities of the northern villages of Ivujivik, Kangiqsualujjuaq, Kangirsuk, Kuujjuaq and Salluit be suspended. Effective October 26, 2021.

  • 423,813 cases, an increase of 478 since yesterday, 3,870 active cases, including four deaths.

October 28, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Common antidepressant can cut COVID-19 hospitalization by up to 30 per cent. (CTV)

    • The inexpensive and well-known drug fluvoxamine can save the lives of COVID-19 patients and cut hospital admissions by up to 30 per cent, according to a new study.

  • Nearly 20 per cent of Canadians who resigned amid pandemic cited work stress. (CTV)

    • Nearly one in five Canadians who resigned from their jobs during the pandemic did so due to increased stress at work, according to a new survey.

  • Order in Council PC Number: 2021-0912 Canada Recovery Benefits Act. Regulations amending the CANADA RECOVERY BENEFITS ACT in order to (1) provide income support during the COVID-19 pandemic; (2) extend the benefit window for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit to November 20, 2021; and (3) ensure that there is no gap in payment for claimants.

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. agency ramps up fines for travellers failing to wear masks. (Reuters)

    • The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Thursday it has recently ramped up proposed fines for travellers failing to wear masks at airports and in other transit modes. The TSA said it has proposed US$85,990 fines for 190 mask violators through Monday after more than 5,000 reported incidents since February 2 and issued warnings to more than 2,200.

  • Pfizer gets U.S. contract for 50 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for kids. (Reuters)

    • Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE said on Thursday they expect to deliver 50 million more doses of their COVID-19 vaccine to the U.S. government by April-end, as the country prepares to vaccinate children.

  • Press briefing by White House COVID-⁠19 Response Team and public health officials. (The White House)

  • Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Proclamation)

  • Authorization of Emergency Use of Certain Medical Devices During COVID-19. (Notice)

  • Revocation of Authorization of Emergency Use of an In Vitro Diagnostic Device for Detection and/or Diagnosis of COVID-19. (Notice)

  • Bill H.R.5745To clarify Medicare coverage for COVID-19 testing and to provide support for cellular immune response research for COVID-19, and for other purposes. Introduced October 27, 2021 – Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

Alberta

  • COVID-19 vaccination proof required to rent from real estate company in Calgary or Edmonton. (CTV)

    • A Calgary-based company that rents out more than 1,500 suites in Alberta has expanded its vaccination policy beyond its employees and contractors, and now mandates the same for future tenants.

  • Helping students catch up after pandemic disruption. (News Release)

  • 321,855 cases, an increase of 645 on October 26, 8,733 active cases, including 10 deaths.

British Columbia

  • 203,572 cases, an increase of 609 on October 27, 4,748 active cases, including six deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario government lifts capacity limits for organized events outdoors. (CTV)

  • O. Reg. 732/21: RULES FOR AREAS AT STEP 3 AND AT THE ROADMAP EXIT STEP made under Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17. Amending O. Reg. 364/20 in regards to capacity limits for indoor and outdoor businesses or facilities. In force October 27, 2021.

  • Ontario won't include COVID-19 on list of mandatory immunizations, top doctor confirms. (CBC)

    • Ontario will not require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend school and will not add the vaccine to its list of mandatory immunizations, which includes illnesses like polio and measles, the province's top doctor says.

  • Team Toronto launches Vax and Treat to highlight dozens of COVID-19 vaccine clinics across the city over Halloween weekend. (News Release)

  • Ontario extending temporary wage enhancement for personal support workers. (News Release)

  • Ontario introducing new legislation to fix long-term care. (News Release and Backgrounder)

  • Ontario expanding high-quality, accessible virtual learning. (News Release)

    • The Ontario government is investing C$10.7-million to provide more flexible postsecondary education options for learners. This funding will help expand the suite of high-quality, market-responsive virtual learning programs and resources across the province through the launch of a second call for proposals in early November with support from eCampusOntario.

  • Government takes further action to protect schools. (News ReleaseCTV and more)

    • To support safer schools and reduce barriers to testing for all school-aged children, Ontario’s Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, announced increased access to low-barrier testing options to support in-person student attendance at school and reduce disruptions to families.

  • City of Toronto executive committee approves plan to make CaféTO permanent, waive permit fees in 2022. (News Release)

  • 598,840 cases, an increase of 409 since yesterday, 3,018 active cases, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • The Quebec government published a number of orders in today’s Gazette officielle du Québec:

    • Ministerial Order 2021-073 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Schedule I replaced with – Educational institutions in which special measures apply – Collège l’Avenir de Rosemont inc. Effective October 25, 2021.

    • Ministerial Order 2021-074 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Schedule II – Health regions where the wearing of a procedural mask is mandatory. Effective October 26, 2021.

    • Ministerial Order 2021-075 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation. That every election procedure in the municipalities of the northern villages of Ivujivik, Kangiqsualujjuaq, Kangirsuk, Kuujjuaq and Salluit be suspended. Effective October 26, 2021.

    • Order in Council1349-2021 Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act until November 5, 2021.

  • 424,291 cases, an increase of 478 since yesterday, 3,981 active cases, including five deaths.

October 29, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Managers shouldn't decide if employee vaccine views are valid: federal unions. (CTV)

    • Friday is the deadline for employees in the core federal public service to declare their COVID-19 vaccination status, but unions say there are still many questions about how requests for accommodations will be handled.

  • Government of Canada provides further details on new vaccine requirements. (News ReleaseCTV and CBC)

    • The Government of Canada is committed to keeping our transportation sector, including employees and travellers safe and secure. Vaccinations are the best line of defense against COVID-19 and its variants. That is why employees and travellers in the federally regulated air and rail sectors will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • Fly-in communities exempt, grace period for foreign nationals in travel vax mandate. (CTV)

    • Fly-in communities will be exempt from a federal requirement that air passengers be vaccinated against COVID-19, Canada's transport minister said Friday, a day before the mandate comes into effect.

  • NACI names several more groups who should qualify for COVID-19 booster shots. (CTV)

    • The National Advisory Committee on Immunization has expanded eligibility guidelines for booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines. NACI's latest guidelines suggest provinces could offer boosters to Canadians who received two doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine.

  • Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada. (News Release)

  • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 42. Effective October 19, 2021. Published in Canada Gazette 1, October 30, 2021.

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. FDA authorizes first COVID-19 shot for young kids. (Reuters)

    • The U.S. health regulator on Friday authorized the Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE coronavirus vaccine for children aged five to 11 years, making it the first COVID-19 shot for young children in the United States.

  • Biden administration announces additional actions to increase COVID-⁠19 screening testing in schools and keep students safe. (News Release)

  • Bill H.R.5765To prohibit the use of Federal funds for funeral expenses related to COVID-19, and for other purposes. Introduced October 28, 2021 –Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

  • Bill S.3098A bill to provide for a national public health education campaign, grant program, and task force for recommended preventive health care services during the COVID-19 pandemic and future pandemics. Introduced October 28, 2021 – Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Alberta

  • 322,386 cases, an increase of 531 on October 27, 8,387 active cases, including 12 deaths.

British Columbia

  • B.C. doctors want venues to scan vaccine passports, not just look at them to help avoid forgeries. (CTV)

    • Doctors in B.C. are urging venues to not just look at customers' vaccine passports but also to scan them in an effort to weed out possible forged proof of vaccination. Indoor venues that are required to check vaccine passports have two choices: visually confirm that the name on the card matches a photo ID, or scan the embedded QR code with a mobile app that is linked to the province’s vaccination database.

  • 204,330 cases, an increase of 758 on October 28, 4,961 active cases, including 10 deaths.

Ontario

  • Apple Wallet update now compatible with Ontario vaccine certificate. (News Release)

    • Individuals who use an Apple mobile device can now choose to add their enhanced vaccine certificate with the official QR code directly to their Apple Wallet. This feature is available with iOS 15.1, Apple’s newest operating system for iPhones that launched this week, and provides users with a convenient way to access and display their proof of vaccination from their device.

  • Plan for third doses for 'all Ontarians' expected next week. (CTV)

    • Ontario will release its plan next week for administering third doses of COVID-19 vaccine, the health minister said Friday, after Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommended booster shots for adults aged 80 and older and suggested some other groups could also become eligible.

  • Team Toronto launches parent survey, town halls, and education opportunities to help families get ready for COVID-19 vaccination of children. (News Release)

  • Ontario building new and improved long-term care in the Ottawa area. (News Release)

  • Ontario improving access to hospice and compassionate care. (News Release)

  • Ontario introduces new measures to address court backlog. (News Release)

    • The Ontario government is investing more than C$72-million over two years to prioritize public safety and ensure offenders are held accountable by addressing the unprecedented backlog of criminal cases that have accumulated in the justice system as a result of the pandemic.

  • 599,259 cases, an increase of 419 since yesterday, 3,038 active cases, no new deaths.

Quebec

  • COVID-19 pandemic – New written public health recommendations posted online. (News Release)

  • 424,802 cases, an increase of 511 since yesterday, 4,042 active cases, including one death.

November 26, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal 

  • Government of Canada introduces legislation to support workers with ten days of paid sick leave, protect health care workers and finish the fight against COVID-19 (News Release)

  • World Health Organization declares new variant of concern named omicron (CBC)

  • As an alarming new COVID-19 variant emerges, Canada moves to limit travel from southern Africa (CBC)

U.S. – Federal

  • Fauci says U.S. must study data before deciding on travel ban over new COVID-19 variant (Reuters)

  • FDA: Merck COVID pill effective, experts will review safety (Associated Press)

Alberta

  • Alberta Health says privacy breach possible on province's vaccine passport website (CBC)

  • 333,847 cases, an increase of 379 on November 24, 4969 new cases, including one new death

British Columbia

  • 216,758 cases, an increase of 424 on November 25, 3061 active cases, including three new deaths

Ontario

  • Vax The Holidays vaccination campaign continues today and this weekend at COVID-19 mobile clinics in malls and community settings across the city (News Release)

  • Ontario sees 927 new COVID-19 cases as Ford calls for travel ban in response to new variant (CBC)

  • O. Reg. 792/21: Rules for Areas at Step 3 and at the Roadmap Exit Step made under Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17; amending O. Reg. 364/20. In force on November 25, 2021

  • 615,197 cases, an increase of 927 since yesterday, 5,807 active cases, including six new deaths

Quebec

  • Quebec reports over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases for first time since May (CTV)

  • 444,585 cases, an increase of 1,037 since yesterday, 7,324 active cases and zero deaths

November 29, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada attends emergency G7 health meeting on Omicron variant. (CP24, November 29, 2021)

  • Online courses provide guidance on safe return to work during COVID-19 pandemic. (News Release, November 29, 2021)

  • Statement from Minister Duclos on first cases of Omicron variant of concern in Canada. (News Release, November 28, 2021)

  • Statement on the Omicron variant of concern found in Ontario. (News Release, November 28, 2021)

  • Government of Canada introduces new measures to address COVID-19 Omicron variant of concern. (News Release, November 26, 2021)

  • Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada – Importance of COVID-19 vaccination in pregnant, recently pregnant and breastfeeding people. (News Release, November 26, 2021)

  • Remarks by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance on the Introduction of Bill C-2. (Speech, November 24, 2021)

    • Bill C-2 is designed with an understanding that our economic recovery is still uneven and that the public health measures that are saving lives continue to restrict some economic activity. Among the bill’s measures is a new income benefit which recognizes that the public health situation continues to be uncertain and unpredictable.

  • P.C. 2021-0967, made under the Quarantine Act. Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada — Specified Countries). In force November 27, 2021.

  • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 44. Effective November 10, 2021. Published in Canada Gazette Part I, November 27, 2021

U.S. – Federal

  • Statement by President Joe Biden on the Omicron COVID-⁠19 variant. (News Release, November 26, 2021)

  • A proclamation on suspension of entry as immigrants and nonimmigrants of certain additional persons who pose a risk of transmitting coronavirus disease 2019. (News Release, November 26, 2021)

  • CDC Statement on B.1.1.529 (Omicron variant). (Media Statement, November 26, 2021)

  • Biden warns against Omicron panic, pledges no new lockdowns. (Reuters, November 29, 2021)

  • EXPLAINER: What we know and don’t know about omicron variant. (Associated Press, November 29, 2021)

  • WHO warns that new virus variant poses ‘very high’ risk. (Associated Press, November 29, 2021)

  • Dr. Fauci says gathering definitive data on Omicron variant will take two weeks. (Globe & Mail, November 28, 2021)

Alberta

  • Alberta needs to expand vaccine booster shot eligibility, some critics say. (CBC, November 29, 2021)

  • 334,203 cases, an increase of 356 on November 25, 5017 active cases, including three deaths.

British Columbia

  • 217,099 cases, an increase of 341 on November 26, 3035 active cases, including six deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario confirms first two cases of Omicron variant. (News Release, November 28, 2021)

  • Ontario reviewing third dose vaccine strategy in wake of omicron variant, top doctor says. (CBC, November 29, 2021)

  • Wychwood elementary school closed to in-person learning due to COVID-19 outbreak. (CP24, November 28, 2021)

  • 617,803 cases, an increase of 788 since yesterday, 6816 active cases, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec confirms first case of omicron COVID-19 variant. (CBC, November 29, 2021)

  • Bill 7, An Act to facilitate the conduct of the next provincial general election in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and to amend the Election Act, passed second reading on November 24, 2021.

    • The purpose of this bill is to facilitate the conduct of the next provincial general election while taking into account the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. For that purpose, the bill confers on the Chief Electoral Officer the power to modify, by regulation, the provisions of the Election Act, of any regulation made under that Act and of any agreement the Chief Electoral Officer has entered into with the leaders of the authorized parties represented in the National Assembly. The bill also confers on the Chief Electoral Officer, for similar purposes, the power to adapt those provisions when the urgency of the situation precludes proceeding by regulatory modification.

  • 444,387 cases, an increase of 756 since yesterday, 7846 active cases, including two deaths.

November 30, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • 'There may be more we need to do,' Trudeau says as Omicron variant spreads. (CBC, November 30, 2021)

  • The Omicron COVID-19 variant is sparking global concern. Here’s everything you need to know. (Globe & Mail, November 30, 2021)

  • Canada expanding Omicron travel ban to include more countries. (CTV, November 30, 2021)

U.S. – Federal

  • Coronavirus and CARES Act. (Testimony of Chair Powell before the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate)

  • Final U.S. hurdle for Merck’s COVID-19 pill: FDA panel review. (Associated Press, November 30, 2021)

  • Stocks sink as Omicron, rate worries rattle Wall Street. (Associated Press, November 30, 2021)

Alberta

  • 'At least one' case of Omicron in Alberta, premier's spokesperson confirms. (CBC, November 30, 2021)

  • 335,009 cases, an increase of 806 November 26-28, 4850 active cases, including seven deaths.

British Columbia

  • 218,068 cases, an increase of 970 November 27-29, 2882 active cases, including 11 deaths.

Ontario

  • Science table calls for health measures as Ontario hits 10,000 deaths linked to COVID-19. (CBC, November 30, 2021)

  • City of Toronto’s COVID-19 vaccine engagement program extended. (News Release, November 30, 2021)

  • 618,490 cases, an increase of 687 since yesterday, 6940 active cases, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • 448,171 cases, an increase of 784 since yesterday, 7913 active cases, including three deaths.

November 25, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • P.C. 2021-954 (SOR/2021-228) made under the Railway Act. Regulations Amending the Railway Safety Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations. In regards to vaccination mandates for railway employees. In force November 12, 2021.

  • Bill C-2An Act to provide further support in response to COVID-19. Received first reading on November 24, 2021.

U.S. – Federal

  • Expanded eligibility boosts U.S. COVID-19 booster shots ahead of holidays. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • 333,468 cases, an increase of 464 on November 23, 5033 active cases, including four deaths.

British Columbia

  • 216,334 cases, an increase of 322 on November 24, 3,015 active cases, including nine deaths.  

Ontario

  • Only nine Ontarians under the age of 60 have ended up in the ICU with a breakthrough case of COVID-19. (CTV)

  • First pediatric COVID-19 shots administered in Toronto, bookings open across Ontario. (CBC)

  • Team Toronto opens clinics across Toronto to vaccinate five to 11-year olds. (News Release)

  • 614,270 cases, an increase of 748 since yesterday, 5,552 active cases, including four deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec’s under-12 vaccination campaign advances amid rise in new COVID-19 cases. (Globe and Mail)

  • Monitoring of the evolution of the COVID-19 epidemic: Risks of hospitalization and projections of hospital needs – Update of November 25, 2021. (News Release)

  • Order in Council 1456-2021 Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act. The public health emergency will be renewed until December 3, 2021.

  • 443,548 cases, an increase of 902 since yesterday, 7047 active cases, including five deaths.

October 19, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Health Canada receives submission from Pfizer-BioNTech to authorize the use of Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine in children five to 11 years of age. (News Release and CTV)

    • Health Canada received a submission from Pfizer-BioNTech seeking an authorization for the use of its Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine in children five to 11 years of age. As with all COVID-19 vaccines, the Department will prioritize the review of this submission, while maintaining its high scientific standards for safety, efficacy and quality.

  • Government of Canada assists the Northwest Territories with COVID-19 response. (News Release)

    • The Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Bill Blair, confirmed that the Government has approved a Request for Federal Assistance to provide surge capacity support to the Northwest Territories with infection prevention and control (IPC), contact tracing and COVID-19 testing efforts. The Canadian Red Cross will provide one operations lead and nine Epidemic Prevention Control specialists. This support will be effective from October 19 until November 14, with the possibility of one two-week extension to November 28, 2021.

  • The WHO hopes its new panel can determine the origin of COVID-19. Some experts are skeptical. (CBC)

    • Called the Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO), the 26-member proposed panel includes four members who took part in a WHO-led team that spent four weeks in and around Wuhan earlier this year with Chinese scientists.

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. expected to authorize mix-and-match COVID booster shots. (CTV)

    • U.S. federal regulators are expected to authorize the mixing and matching of COVID-19 booster doses this week in an effort to provide flexibility as the campaign for extra shots expands.

  • U.S. workers face layoffs as U.S COVID-19 vaccine mandates kick in. (Reuters)

    • Thousands of unvaccinated workers across the United States are facing potential job losses as a growing number of states, cities and private companies start to enforce mandates for inoculation against COVID-19.

  • GE mandates COVID-19 vaccines for U.S. workers. (Reuters)

    • General Electric Co (GE.N) has asked its U.S.-based workers to get COVID-19 shots or seek a medical or religious accommodation by December 8 in order to comply with U.S. President Joe Biden's executive order.

  • Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine highly protective in 12-18 age group. (Reuters and CDC)

  • U.S. CDC considers "test-to-stay" program in schools instead of quarantine. (Reuters and CDC)

  • COVID-19 travel recommendations by destination. (CDC Map)

Alberta

  • NDP attempt to ensure Alberta MLAs are vaccinated quashed at committee. (CTV)

    • An attempt to change Alberta’s legislature rules for COVID-19 vaccination by the official opposition to ensure every MLA is vaccinated was squashed by the UCP at a special committee meeting Monday.

  • 316,433 cases, an increase of 607 on October 17, 12,302 active cases, including 30 deaths.

British Columbia

  • 198,278 cases, an increase of 443 on October 17-18, 4,917 active cases, including 26 deaths.

Ontario

  • Free flu shot available to all Ontarians in November. (News Release and Toronto)

    • To keep Ontarians healthy this flu season and prevent unnecessary visits to the hospital during the fourth wave of COVID-19, the Ontario government is launching one of the largest flu immunization campaigns in the province’s history, with the flu shot available to all Ontarians starting in November.

  • 595,563 cases, an increase of 328 since yesterday, 3,672 active cases, including four deaths.

Quebec

  • COVID-19: Quebec to lift state of emergency when kids are vaccinated, Legault says. (Global News)

    • Quebec Premier François Legault focused on a post-pandemic future as he set out his government’s priorities, ranging from fixing the health-care system to bolstering the French language, in his inaugural speech Tuesday after proroguing the province’s legislature.

  • No more COVID-19 bonuses for unvaccinated Quebec health-care workers. (CTV)

    • Quebec is taking further measures to encourage vaccination among nurses and other health-care workers, including cutting off bonuses. Those workers who aren’t vaccinated are no longer eligible for the province’s bonuses meant to retain public-sector nurses, the government has announced, for the next few weeks while the workers await the vaccine deadline of November 15.

  • 420,471 cases, an increase of 342 since yesterday, 4,861 active cases, including four deaths.

October 18, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Growing number of Canadian hospitals to require visitors to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry. (CTV)

    • In the midst of a fourth wave, Canadian hospitals are pulling out all the stops to prevent further outbreaks of COVID-19. After much of the country’s hospitals moved to implement mandatory vaccine policies for employees, a growing number are turning their attention to visitors and occasional care staff, requiring they too show proof of vaccination before being allowed to enter hospital facilities.

  • COVID-19 vaccine booster eligibility by province and territory in Canada. (CTV)

  • COVID-19 pandemic benefits set to expire this week for Canadian businesses and individuals. (CTV)

    • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday released a statement thanking Canadian small business owners for their “dedication, perseverance and innovation,” less than a week before a number COVID-19 pandemic financial support programs for businesses and individuals are scheduled to end.

  • Half of Canadian parents would vaccinate their five to 11 year old ASAP. (CTV)

    • With Health Canada expected to soon begin considering COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for children aged five to 11 years, a new survey by the Angus Reid Institute says that more than half of Canadian parents plan to give their kids the jab as soon as they get the green light.

  • Support for long-term care homes in Ontario extended to manage COVID-19 outbreaks. (News Release)

    • The Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Bill Blair, confirmed that the Government of Canada has approved an extension to a Request for Federal Assistance from the Province of Ontario to manage the COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care and retirement homes. As a result of this extension, the Canadian Red Cross will continue to support long-term care and retirement homes upon request from the Ontario government until November 30, 2021, with the option to extend by an additional two months until January 2022.

U.S. – Federal

  • Groups ask for remote public access to Legislature in 2022. (Associated Press)

    • A group of 25 health providers and advocacy organizations are asking New Hampshire legislative leaders to once again allow remote public access to the Legislature during the upcoming 2022 session.

  • National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. (Notice)

Alberta

  • Senior army commander says 90 per cent of military personnel are fully vaccinated. (CBC)

    • A senior military commander in Western Canada says he doesn't expect much opposition from Canadian Forces personnel over mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations. Ottawa is requiring federal employees, including members of the military, be fully vaccinated by the end of this month. The government also expects employers in federally regulated industries, including banks and airlines, to do the same.

  • 314,252 cases, an increase of 1,051 on October 14, 12,978 active cases, including 16 deaths.

British Columbia

  • B.C. university staff and students ask for more clarity around COVID-19 protocols. (CBC)

    • University staff and students in B.C. are asking for more clarity around COVID-19 exposures, rapid testing and remote-learning support one month into an in-person fall term. Currently, none of the universities in B.C. have mandated vaccines for students, faculty, or staff, and exposure notices within universities are not posted publicly by health authorities.

  • 196,433 cases, an increase of 667 on October 15, 5,128 active cases, including 13 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario government asks for patience after COVID-19 vaccine certificate QR code site crashes. (CTV)

    • Some 215,000 Ontarians successfully downloaded their COVID-19 vaccine certificate QR code Monday morning and they should consider themselves lucky. The Ministry of Health told CTV News Toronto that a technical issue caused the site to crash for "a few users" hoping to access the new document on launch day.

  • Two Ontario doctors banned from giving medical exemptions to COVID-19 vaccine. (CTV)

    • The regulatory body for Ontario's medical profession has barred two outspoken doctors from issuing any medical exemptions related to COVID-19 vaccinations. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario announced the restrictions against Dr. Mark Trozzi, of Harrow, and Dr. Rochagne Kilian, of Owen Sound, on this morning. Both Trozzi and Kilian have been outspoken about COVID-19 restrictions in the past while expressing skepticism about COVID-19 vaccines.

  • GO-VAXX mobile vaccine clinics achieve major milestone. (News Release)

  • Ontario investing C$9.8-million in planning for a new hospital for Windsor-Essex. (News Release)

  • O. Reg. 710/21: RULES FOR AREAS AT STEP 3 AND AT THE ROADMAP EXIT STEP made under Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17. Amending O. Reg. 364/20 in regards to what constitutes as proof of vaccination. In force October 15, 2021.

  • 595,235 cases, an increase of 1,302 since Friday, October 15, 2021, 3,846 active cases, including two deaths.

Quebec

  • Proof of vaccination to travel outside Quebec. (News Release)

    • The proof of vaccination that can be used outside Québec is separate from that used in Québec and which allows access to the places where the vaccination passport is requested. The new proof of vaccination can be downloaded from the self-service portal for use in PDF letter format, on a mobile device or in hard copy.

  • Ministerial Order 2021-072 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation in regards to health and social service providers vaccination requirements. Effective October 16, 2021.

  • Ministerial Order 2021-071 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation in regards to service providers’ benefits. Effective October 16, 2021.

  • Ministerial Order 2021-070 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation in regards to students, trainees and volunteers in health and social service environments. Effective October 15, 2021.

  • 420,129 cases, an increase of 1,621 since Friday, October 15, 2021, 5,108 active cases, including five deaths.

November 24, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Vaccinating young kids may take time but experts ready to discuss parents' concerns. (CBC)

    • With provinces and territories now rolling out plans to COVID-19 vaccinate children aged five to 11, many parents eagerly signed their children up to be among the first in line.

  • Canada to allow import of Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses made at Emergent facility. (CTV)

    • Johnson & Johnson said on Wednesday Health Canada gave full approval to its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 18 years and older, making it the first full approval for the vaccine globally. The vaccine was previously authorized under an interim order.

  • Government introduces legislation to create jobs and implement targeted COVID-19 support. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. to require vaccines for all border crossers in January. (Associated Press)

    • President Joe Biden will require essential, nonresident travellers crossing U.S. land borders, such as truck drivers, government and emergency response officials, to be fully vaccinated beginning on January 22, the administration planned to announce.

  • White House says 92 per cent of federal workers have had at least one vaccine dose. (Reuters)

  • Columbia University to pay US$12.5-million to settle COVID-19 refund claims. (Reuters)

    • Columbia University agreed to pay US$12.5-million to settle a lawsuit by students who claimed it failed to refund fees when it moved classes online in the spring 2020 semester because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Requirement for proof of COVID-19 vaccination for air passengers. (CDC)

  • Requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19. (CDC)

Alberta

  • QR code vaccine record updated for travel. (News Release)

    • Alberta’s vaccine record will be updated to meet the recommended Canadian standard for domestic and international travel. The updated record will be available November 24 at alberta.ca/CovidRecords. It also includes middle names and the record is in both official languages.

  • Pfizer pediatric vaccine rollout to begin. (News Release)

  • CMOH order 51-2021: 2021 COVID-19 response, amends the proof of vaccination section of Order 45-2021 to clarify the REP requirements for vaccine records from other provinces and for international travellers.

  • 333,004 cases, an increase of 253 on November 22, 5,001 active cases, including 10 deaths.

British Columbia

  • PHAC has 'pulled back' 16 tickets issued to B.C. residents for U.S. travel. (CTV)

    • The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has “pulled back” 16 of the 30 tickets it issued in error in the last 24 hours to B.C. residents who were coming back from the U.S. and were exempt from the Quarantine Act.

  • Five paid sick days coming January 1. (News Release)

  • Safe, effective COVID-19 pediatric vaccine available for children aged five to 11. (News Release)

  • 216,012 cases, an increase of 324 on November 23, 3,047 active cases, including one death.

Ontario

  • Ontario to extend emergency orders under Reopening Ontario Act. (CTV)

    • Ontario has extended the government's power keep all emergency orders in place under the Reopening Ontario Act until March 2022. The emergency orders, which were set to expire on December 1, will be extended after a motion by Solicitor General Sylvia Jones was passed at Queen's Park on Tuesday. The motion gives the Doug Ford government the power to extend emergency orders until March 28. Each order under the ROA must be extended by cabinet in 30-day increments.

  • City of Toronto prepared to welcome children and youth to kid-friendly Team Toronto Kids vaccination clinics. (News Release)

  • Black Friday shoppers can get COVID-19 vaccine at malls and around town this weekend at Vax The Holidays clinics. (News Release)

  • 613,522 cases, an increase of 591 since yesterday, 5,407 active cases, including seven deaths.

Quebec

  • COVID-19 pandemic – Québec unveils a new campaign on vaccination of children aged five to 11. (News Release)

    • As COVID-19 vaccination for children aged five to 11 begins in the coming weeks, the Government of Quebec today unveiled a new advertising campaign to support and accompany parents in their thinking and decision-making.

  • 441,344 cases, an increase of 882 since yesterday, 6,703 active cases, including one death.

November 23, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada ends COVID-19 policy turning back asylum-seekers between border crossings. (CTV)

    • Canada turned at least 544 would-be refugees back to the Unites States between March 2020 and mid-October. The government did not immediately respond to questions regarding why it was ending the policy now and if any quarantine rules would apply to asylum-seekers who are not vaccinated.

  • Forty-five per cent prepared to ditch social distancing at holiday gatherings. (CTV)

U.S. – Federal

  • Biden administration asks court to allow vaccine mandate. (Associated Press)

    • The Biden administration on Tuesday asked a federal court to let it move ahead with a workplace rule that would require employees at larger companies to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or face weekly testing. The mandate is a centerpiece of the administration’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 as concerns grow that the nation is on the cusp of another winter surge in virus cases and hospitalizations.

  • Press briefing by White House COVID-⁠19 Response Team and public health officials. (The White House)

Alberta

  • Non-health-care agencies receive free PPE. (News Release)

  • Premier Jason Kenney expected to announce Alberta's rollout of COVID-19 vaccines for children. (CBC)

  • CMOH order 50-2021 which modifies CMOH order 45-2021: 2021 COVID-19 response. Record of Decision of the Chief Medical Officer, which introduces the QR code requirement for the Restrictions Exemption Program.

  • 332,751 cases, an increase of 269 on November 21, 5,311 active cases, including six deaths.

British Columbia

  • Anti-vaxxers in child immunization disputes with co-parents likely to lose in court: B.C. lawyer. (CTV)

  • Order in Council 627-2021 Public Service COVID-19 Vaccination Regulation made under the Public Service Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 385, s. 25 in regards to Human Resources Policy 25 – COVID-19 Vaccination policy. Approved and ordered November 19, 2021.

  • 215,688 cases, an increase of 330 on November 21-22, 3,132 active cases, including 10 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario government employee among two charged in COVID-19 vaccine portal breach. (CTV)

    • A government employee is among two people charged following an investigation into a security breach related to Ontario's COVID-19 immunization system. The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) say they were first asked to investigate the breach on November 17 after the government received reports of spam text messages received by individuals who scheduled appointments or accessed vaccine certificates through the COVID-19 immunization system.

  • What you need to know about booking a COVID-19 vaccine for your child in Ontario. (CTV and News Release)

  • Scared of needles? Here's what Toronto clinics are doing to make kids' vaccinations more fun. (CTV)

  • 612,931 cases, an increase of 613 since yesterday, 5,487 active cases, including six deaths.

Quebec

  • COVID-19 vaccine appointments now open to Quebec children aged five to 11. (CTV)

    • Parents and guardians of Quebec children aged five to 11 can now book their kids' COVID-19 vaccine appointments. To do so, people are invited to go on the Clic-Santé website and select "Vaccin COVID-19 5 à 11 ans" on the platform.

  • 440,462 cases, an increase of 699 since yesterday, 6,326 active cases, including five deaths.

October 15, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on October 15, 2021. (News Release)

  • New COVID cases continue downward trend, but officials urge caution as flu season approaches. (CBC)

    • Health officials say COVID-19 cases are still trending downward nationally but warn that a hard flu season could put more pressure on the health care system. Last week, the Public Health Agency of Canada reported that the virus's reproductive number (Rt) had fallen below one for the first time since mid-July, putting new COVID infections on a downward trajectory for the first time in months.

U.S. – Federal

  • White House to meet U.S. Chamber of Commerce, retail leaders on vaccine rule. (Reuters)

    • White House officials are meeting with influential industry trade groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable as the administration races to issue a rule to implement President Joe Biden's plan to require private-sector workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • U.S. to lift restrictions on November 8 for vaccinated foreign travellers. (Reuters, New York Times and CBC)

    • The White House on Friday will lift COVID-19 travel restrictions for fully vaccinated international visitors starting November 8, ending historic restrictions that had barred much of the world from entering the United States for as long as 21 months.

  • FDA panel endorses booster shot for J&J COVID-19 vaccine. (Associated Press)

Alberta

  • 313,201 cases, an increase of 916 on October 13, 13,423 active cases, including 29 deaths.

British Columbia

  • Hospital and Community (Health Care and Other Services) COVID-19 Vaccination Status Information and Preventive Measures. (PHO Order, October 14, 2021)

  • Gatherings and Events COVID-19 Order for Northern Health Authority – October 15, 2021. (MHO Order, October 15, 2021)

  • 195,766 cases, an increase of 580 on October 14, 5,348 active cases, including nine deaths.

Ontario

  • Enhanced COVID-19 vaccine certificate with QR code and Verify Ontario app available for download starting October 15. (News Release and Backgrounder)

    • In advance of October 22, the Ontario government is making the enhanced vaccine certificate with official QR code and the free, made-in Ontario verification app, Verify Ontario, available for download. Together, these tools will make it easier, more secure and convenient for individuals to provide proof of vaccination where required to do so, and for businesses and organizations to verify vaccine certificates while protecting people’s privacy.

  • Ontarians can begin downloading QR code COVID-19 vaccine certificates over next three days. (CBC)

    • Those who are unable to download the certificate themselves can contact the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre to have it mailed or emailed to them. Enhanced certificates are not mandatory and Ontarians can continue using their current vaccine receipt if they wish.

  • Shop And Vax 2.0 COVID-19 vaccination clinics to offer first and second vaccination doses. (News Release)

    • Clinics across Toronto will be offering first and second COVID-19 vaccination doses at local malls and shopping centres throughout the city on Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17. Appointments are not required.

  • 593,933 cases, an increase of 496 since yesterday, 3,974 active cases, including two deaths.

Quebec

  • Vaccination passport compulsory to access health establishments and living environments from October 15. (News Release)

    • Despite the postponement of the deadline for the compulsory vaccination of health and social services workers, as of October 15, 2021, the vaccination passport will be compulsory for people 13 years of age and over, in particular visitors and caregivers, wishing to access health and social services establishments (hospitals, CLSCs, rehabilitation centers, etc.), accommodation centers and long-term care, intermediate and family-type resources, and private seniors' residences.

  • New easing measures for restaurants and bars. (News Release)

    • As of November 1st, there will no longer be a capacity limit in restaurants and bars, and it will now be possible to reduce the distance between tables to one metre. If the distance is less, barrier measures must be applied. Normal opening hours may also apply.

  • Forged Ontario vaccine proofs prompt Quebec to tighten verification process; police investigating. (CTV)

    • The Quebec government is putting a temporary hold on approving out-of-province proof of vaccinations from Ontario after hundreds of cases of fraud were discovered.

  • 418,508 cases, an increase of 676 since yesterday, 5,241 active cases, including six deaths.

October 14, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • New app provides remote access to COVID-19 resources for workplaces. (News Release)

    • The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has launched a new mobile app to help make workplace health and safety resources on COVID-19 accessible to workers in Canada.

  • Travel Advisory: REMINDER – Border measures remain in place for travellers entering or returning to Canada. (News Release)

  • Cross-border travel in question for Canadians with mixed vaccines. (CTV)

    • The U.S.-Canadian land border will be re-opening in November to fully-vaccinated Canadians, but travel is in question for the millions who received mixed vaccine doses of Pfizer, Moderna and Astra Zeneca.

  • COVID-19 vaccines and minors: Where does Canadian law stand on consent? (CTV)

    • COVID-19 vaccines for children under 12 years of age are expected to be reviewed by Health Canada soon, putting the country’s medical consent laws for children in the spotlight.

U.S. – Federal

  • No unemployment checks for health workers who refuse vaccine. (Associated Press)

    • There will be no state unemployment benefits for health care workers who are fired for refusing to get employer-mandated vaccinations against COVID-19, state officials said Thursday. Already, a small number of workers have quit rather than be fully vaccinated ahead of the deadline at month’s end.

  • Judge bars United from putting unvaccinated workers on leave. (Associated Press)

    • A federal judge has extended a ban on United Airlines putting employees on unpaid leave for seeking a medical or religious exemption from the airline’s requirement to get vaccinated against COVID-19. U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman in Fort Worth, Texas, granted a restraining order Tuesday in favor of employees who are suing the airline over the mandate.

  • U.S. FDA panel endorses lower-dose Moderna COVID shot for booster. (CTV)

  • Press briefing by White House COVID-⁠19 Response Team and public health officials. (The White House)

  • Meeting of the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. (Notice)

  • Bill S.848Consider Teach 021. Became Public Law No: 117-49 on October 13, 2021. The bill provides a process for the Department of Education to reconsider and reverse the conversion of a TEACH grant to a loan. The bill also establishes certain program flexibilities with respect to the service obligations of teachers affected by the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic.

Alberta

  • 312,285 cases, an increase of 652 on October 12, 14,218 active cases, including 38 deaths.

British Columbia

  • Broken promises? B.C. care homes call on province for help after losing staff to vaccine mandates. (CTV)

    • The care of seniors is already being hurt by the loss of nearly 2,000 B.C. workers in assisted living and long-term care due to vaccine mandates.

  • 195,186 cases, an increase of 605 on October 13, 5,172 active cases, including four deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario's proof of vaccination requirement could eventually be made voluntary for businesses. (CTV)

    • Ontario’s proof of vaccination requirements could eventually be downgraded to a voluntary program, as the provincial government considers a new set of measures to ease businesses out of pandemic restrictions. Sources with knowledge of the plan say the Ford government is working on a post-Step three strategy that will lift capacity limits on businesses where vaccine certificates are required — a plan that will be announced next week.

  • Ontario launches vaccine verification app for businesses and it's now available to download. (CTV)

    • Ontario has launched its COVID-19 vaccine verification app and it is now available for download. Premier Doug Ford's office confirmed to CTV News Toronto that the app was launched on Thursday ahead of an announcement on Friday.

  • Ontario's top doctor urges physicians resume in-person care, reduce virtual appointments. (CTV)

    • Ontario’s top health officials are asking doctors in the province to increase the volume of patients they see in-person, after months of virtual appointments prompted by pandemic safety measures. The directive to move back to in-person care was stated in a letter sent to Ontario physicians on Wednesday, on joint behalf of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, along with the Ministry of Health and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

  • 593,437 cases, an increase of 417 since yesterday, 4,022 active cases, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • Special measures to attract and retain nursing staff – Expansion of exceptional measures for private CHSLDs and private seniors' residences. (News Release)

    • The Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, and the Minister responsible for Seniors and Caregivers, Marguerite Blais, announced today that nurses in private non-contracted residential and long-term care centres (CHSLDs) and private seniors' residences (RPAs) will have access to exceptional attraction and retention measures such as nurses in the public network in order to maintain access to care for their clientele, due to the current context of labour scarcity.

  • A number of Orders were published in today’s Gazette officielle du Québec:

    • Order in Council 1313-2021 Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act will be renewed until October 22, 2021.

    • Ministerial Order 2021-069 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation in regards to Health regions where the wearing of a procedural mask is mandatory. Effective October 12, 2021.

    • Ministerial Order 2021-068 Ordering of measures in regards to health regions where the wearing of a procedural mask is mandatory. Effective October 9, 2021.

    • Ministerial Order 2021-067 Ordering of measures in regards to capacity of various indoor facilities and venues. Effective October 8, 2021.

  • 417,832 cases, an increase of 644 since yesterday, 5,114 active cases, including two deaths.

November 22, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada closing its border to unvaccinated athletes on January 15. (CTV)

    • Unvaccinated players in the NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS are currently permitted to cross the border under a national interest COVID-19 exemption. The mandatory vaccine rules, which come into effect January 15, would affect few if any unvaccinated NBA and NHL players, as the percentage of unvaccinated players in those leagues is negligible.

  • Feds have no plans to extend vaccine mandate to kids. (CTV)

    • The federal government says it has no plans to enforce a vaccine mandate for children, as Health Canada green lights the first COVID-19 vaccine for those aged five to 11 years old. Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos says, as it stands now, Ottawa won’t apply the same mobility restrictions to children as they have to adults travelling in and out of the country.

  • Vaccine Hunters Canada are back to help with COVID-19 vaccine rollout for kids. (CTV)

  • Statement from the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health (CCMOH): COVID-19 Vaccination in Children five to 11 years of age. (News Release)

  • Health Canada authorizes use of Comirnaty (the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine) in children five to 11 years of age. (News Release)

  • Air Canada agrees to pay C$4.5-million for delays in giving out U.S. COVID-19 refunds. (CBC)

  • The Canadian Government published a number of Orders in Council today:

    • OIC 2021-0963 – Quarantine Act. Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligations). The duration of the measures extended until January 31, 2022.

    • OIC 2021-0962 – 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). The duration of the measures extended until January 31, 2022.

    • OIC 2021-0961 – Quarantine Act. Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States). The duration of the measures extended until January 31, 2022.

U.S. – Federal

  • Activists urge Biden to push for intellectual property waiver for COVID-19 vaccines. (Reuters)

    • Fifteen medical and human rights groups are urging U.S. President Joe Biden to get personally engaged in a long-running fight to enact an intellectual property waiver for COVID-19 vaccines at the World Trade Organization, calling his leadership "a moral necessity."

  • Non-U.S. citizen, Non-U.S. immigrants: Air Travel to the United States. (CDC and more)

  • CDC expands eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots to all adults. (CDC)

  • Vice President Harris announces historic funding to bolster equitable health care during pandemic and beyond. (The White House and Associated Press)

Alberta

  • Children aged five to 11 now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine. (News Release)

    • Alberta’s government welcomes the news that Health Canada has approved the Pfizer vaccine for children aged five to 11. Vaccines are expected to arrive in the province the week of November 22.

  • 331,626 cases, an increase of 412 on November 18, 5,293 active cases, including two deaths.

British Columbia

  • 214,636 cases, an increase of 497 on November 19, 3,420 active cases, including three deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario families can book COVID-19 vaccine appointments for kids starting tomorrow. (CTVNews ReleaseBackgrounder and Toronto News Release)

    • Children between the ages of five and 11 will be eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccine in Ontario this week, with families able to book appointments as of Tuesday. Appointments will open up on the provincial vaccine portal around 8 a.m., officials said. Parents can also phone the call centre, book through their local public health units, go to a pharmacy or see their primary care providers.

  • Ontario investigating potential security breach associated with COVID-19 vaccine portal. (CTV)

    • Ontario authorities are investigating reports of a possible security breach associated with the provincial COVID-19 vaccine booking portal. A spokesperson for the Solicitor General confirmed the government has received multiple reports of spam text messages received by individuals who scheduled appointments or accessed vaccine certificates through the COVID-19 immunization system.

  • 612,318 cases, an increase of 627 since our last update, 5,597 active cases, including one death.

Quebec

  • COVID-19 – A government present to help Quebec businesses. (News Release)

    • The Government of Québec is extending until January 31, 2022, the moratorium on the repayment of capital and interest related to financial assistance granted under the Assistance to Businesses in Regions on High Alert (AERAM) component of the Emergency Assistance for Small and Medium Enterprises (PAUPME) program. In addition, under the UEMP, businesses could benefit from additional financial assistance of up to C$50,000 in the form of a loan or loan guarantee.

  • 439,763 cases, an increase of 692 since our last update, 6,324 active cases, including two deaths.

November 19, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Government of Canada announces adjustments to Canada’s border measures. (News ReleaseBackgrounder and CTV)

    • Government of Canada announced upcoming adjustments to Canada’s border measures. The backgrounder provides additional context to support travellers in understanding COVID-19 testing and vaccine requirements, as well as other border measures, which are an important part of Canada’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and serve to protect the health and safety of all Canadians.

  • Canada authorizes first COVID-19 vaccine for kids. (CTV and CBC)

    • Health Canada has authorized the first COVID-19 vaccine for children, giving the regulatory green light to Pfizer-BioNTech’s two-dose vaccine, meaning kids across the country will soon be able to receive additional protection against the novel coronavirus. Children ages five- to 11-years old are now eligible to get vaccinated with a dosage that is one third the size that has been offered to those aged 12 and older.

  • Canadian Medical Association urges federal government to protect health-care workers. (CTV)

    • The Canadian Medical Association is asking the federal government to fulfil its promise to support health-care employees amid continuing online harassment of physicians and other workers.

  • Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on November 19, 2021. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. expands COVID-19 boosters to all adults, final hurdle ahead. (CTV and Associated Press)

    • U.S. regulators on Friday moved to open up COVID-19 booster shots to all adults, expanding the government's effort to get ahead of rising coronavirus cases that experts fear could snowball into a winter surge as millions of Americans travel for the holidays.

Alberta

  • 331,214 cases, an increase of 383 on November 17, 5,384 active cases, including five deaths.

British Columbia

  • Joint statement on Health Canada approval of COVID-19 pediatric vaccine. (News Release)

  • Hospital and Community (Health Care and Other Services) COVID-19 Vaccination Status Information and Preventive Measures. (Order)

  • 214,150 cases, an increase of 468 on November 18, 3,345 active cases, including nine deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario ready to begin vaccinating children aged five to 11 when supply arrives. (News Release and Toronto)

  • 97 per cent of City of Toronto employees now fully vaccinated. (News Release)

  • Vax The Holidays vaccination campaign continues this weekend with COVID-19 mobile clinics in malls and community settings across the city. (News Release)

  • 610,222 cases, an increase of 793 since yesterday, 5,094 active cases, including four deaths.

Quebec

  • Ministerial Order 2021-082 – Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

  • 437,549 cases, an increase of 745 since yesterday, 6,128 active cases, including two deaths.

October 13, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Restaurants may not survive without extension of COVID-19 benefits, group warns. (CTV)

    • Restaurants Canada is calling on the federal government to increase and extend the COVID-19 wage and rent subsidies into 2022 to ensure food service businesses can make it through the ongoing pandemic. Programs like the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) are scheduled to terminate on October 23, after being extended several times since their launch in 2020.

  • Nearly 1,500 Canadians lost vision due to pandemic-related delays in care: report. (CTV and Report)

    • A new report estimates that 1,437 Canadians lost vision due to delayed eye examinations and treatments caused by lockdowns in 2020. The report, compiled by the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB), estimates the impact of COVID-19 on vision loss across Canada. Nearly all optometrists’ offices were closed during the first few months of the initial pandemic lockdown, from March to June 2020. Furthermore, most offices continued to restrict capacity throughout 2020.

  • Order in Council PC 2021-0910 Financial Administration Act. Order authorizing the Minister of Health to transfer COVID-19 TEST KITS to any province or to any body or person in Canada in support of the Government of Canada’s implementation of a COVID-19 vaccination initiative.

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. to reopen land borders in November for fully vaccinated. (Associated Press)

    • The U.S. will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next month, ending a 19-month freeze due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the country moves to require all international visitors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

  • Biden's vaccine mandate for companies nears as proposed rule sent to White House. (Reuters)

    • The U.S. Labor Department on Tuesday submitted to the White House the initial text of President Joe Biden's plan to require private-sector workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or get tested regularly.

  • Boeing tells workers they must get COVID-19 vaccine. (Associated Press)

    • The Boeing Co. has told employees they must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or possibly be fired. The Seattle Times reports the deadline for workers at the aerospace giant is December 8.

  • U.S. FDA staff says Moderna did not meet all criteria for COVID-19 boosters. (Reuters)

    • Scientists at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday that Moderna Inc. had not met all of the agency's criteria to support use of booster doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, possibly because the efficacy of the shot's first two doses has remained strong.

  • Supplemental Evidence and Data Request on Telehealth During COVID-19. (Notice)

  • Readout of the seventh COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force meeting. (News Release)

Alberta

  • Alberta launches app for businesses to scan COVID-19 vaccine QR codes. (CTV and News Release)

    • The Alberta government has launched an app businesses can use to scan COVID-19 vaccine QR codes. The app, AB Covid Records Verifier, is available for download in the Apple and Android app stores. Much like the current proof-of-vaccination card, Albertans will scan their QR code when they enter a business participating in the province's Restrictions Exemption Program and show their ID.

  • 311,633 cases, an increase of 1,085 on October 8, 15,295 active cases, including 33 deaths.

British Columbia

  • B.C. care homes deal with staffing shortages as COVID-19 vaccine deadline passes. (CTV)

    • For those living in a long-term care home or assisted living facility in British Columbia, staffing shortages are neither new nor welcome, but they could worsen as nearly 2,000 workers in those industries are off the job because they aren't vaccinated against COVID-19. Dr. Bonnie Henry brought in a public health order with the requirement that staff in seniors' care homes be immunized or, potentially, unemployed with a deadline of October 12.

  • 194,581 cases, an increase of 385 on October 11-12, 5,183 active cases, including five deaths.

Ontario

  • Several Ontario hospitals enact mandatory vaccination policies for visitors. (CTV)

    • More than a dozen hospitals across Ontario are implementing mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies for visitors, in addition to mandates for their staff. University Health Network in Toronto, which enacted an early vaccine mandate for staff that went beyond a provincial directive, is now planning to ask visitors for proof of full vaccination starting October 22.

  • Ontario building new long-term care homes in Oakville. (News Release)

    • Today, Rod Phillips, Minister of Long-term Care, Effie Triantafilopoulos, MPP for Oakville North — Burlington, and Stephen Crawford, MPP for Oakville, announced that the Ontario government is building two brand new and much needed long-term care homes in Oakville. The new homes, which are expected to be open by 2025, will provide modern, safe and comfortable places to live for 640 residents, and will offer culturally appropriate services to members of the Hindu and Sikh communities.

  • 593,020 cases, an increase of 306 since yesterday, 4,136 active cases, including 12 deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec pushes back vaccine deadline to November 15 for health-care workers. (CTV and News Release)

    • Despite repeated claims that the October 15 deadline would not be pushed back, Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé announced Wednesday he is giving health-care workers 30 more days to get their two vaccine doses. Admitting that losing thousands of workers due to the vaccine mandate will cause Quebec to "run into a wall," the minister said workers in the health-care network will now have until November 15 to get their two shots to avoid being suspended without pay.

  • Vaccination against COVID-19: Understanding the other is first listening to them. (News Release)

    • Today, the government is launching the digital component of its new advertising campaign, on the theme Understanding the Other is First and Listening. This campaign aims to encourage the population, and more particularly those vaccinated against COVID-19, to listen, reassure and support people around them who are reluctant to vaccinate.

  • Bill 105, An Act to establish a perimeter in the vicinity of certain places to regulate demonstrations related to the COVID-19 pandemic (2021, c. 26). Royal Assent September 23, 2021. Published in today’s Gazette officielle du Québec. This Act comes into force on 23 September 2021 and ceases to have effect on 23 October 2021.

  • Ministerial Order 2021-069 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation in regards to Health regions where the wearing of a procedural mask is mandatory. Effective October 12, 2021.

  • 417,188 cases, an increase of 512 since yesterday, 4,982 active cases, including seven deaths.

October 12, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Expect vaccine passports for travel 'in the next couple of months'. (CTV)

    • It could still be a while before Canadians can access a singular proof-of-vaccination system for international travel, according to Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc. In an interview on CTV’s Question Period airing Sunday, LeBlanc said that while Ottawa is still aiming for a “fall” timeline to implement the framework, he expects it to go live "in the next couple of months.”

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. to accept travellers immunized with vaccines approved by WHO, FDA, says CDC. (CTV)

    • Canadians immunized against COVID-19 with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine can visit the United States when new travel regulations come into play next month, but it's not yet clear whether those with mixed doses will make the cut. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday travellers will be able to fly to the States if they've received shots of vaccines approved or recognized for emergency use by the World Health Organization or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  • COVID-19 travel recommendations by destination. (CDC Map)

  • Merck seeks first U.S. authorization for COVID-19 pill. (Reuters)

    • Merck & Co Inc. said on Monday it has applied for U.S. emergency use authorization for its drug to treat mild-to-moderate patients of COVID-19, putting it on course to become the first oral antiviral medication for the disease.

  • Bill H.R.5545To extend certain expiring provisions of law relating to benefits provided under Department of Veterans Affairs educational assistance programs during COVID-19 pandemic. Introduced October 8, 2021 – Referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker.

Alberta

  • 308,275 cases, an increase of 1,256 on October 7, 17,839 active cases, including 26 deaths.

British Columbia

  • B.C.'s vaccine mandate for long-term care staff and visitors now in effect. (CTV)

    • The deadline for B.C.’s vaccine mandate for long-term care and assisted living workers has arrived. Those who choose not to comply will be placed on leave without pay. Advocates have been calling for the policy for months now, as the Delta variant runs rampant in the province and outbreaks in long-term care continue.

  • B.C.'s mask rules for public spaces expanded to include kids aged five and up, top doctor says. (CTV)

    • Kids aged five and older are now required to wear masks in indoor public spaces in B.C. The province's health ministry said Friday the change was coming and B.C.'s top doctor confirmed the update in a news conference today.

  • 192,491 cases, an increase of 743 on October 8, 5,929 active cases, including five deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario cautiously lifting capacity limits in select settings. (News Release)

  • This area has Ontario's highest vaccination rate. One of the lowest is just 100 km away. (CBC)

    • The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit — which includes communities like Smiths Falls, Brockville and Carleton Place — reports 91 per cent of its eligible population is fully vaccinated, while nearly 97 per cent have one dose.

  • O. Reg. 698/21: RULES FOR AREAS AT STEP 3 AND AT THE ROADMAP EXIT STEP made under Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17. Amending O. Reg. 364/20 in regards to capacity of various indoor facilities and venues. In force October 9, 2021.

  • Ontario building new long-term care home in Vaughan. (News Release)

  • Toronto Public Health continues to support schools to reduce COVID-19 spread and issues first whole-school dismissal. (News Release)

  • 592,714 cases, an increase of 2,037 since Friday, October 8, 2021, 4,369 active cases, including two deaths.

Quebec

  • Order in Council 1293-2021 Declaring renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act until October 15, 2021.

  • Ministerial Order 2021-068 Ordering of measures in regards to health regions where the wearing of a procedural mask is mandatory. Effective October 9, 2021.

  • Ministerial Order 2021-067 Ordering of measures in regards to capacity of various indoor facilities and venues. Effective October 8, 2021.

  • 416,676 cases, an increase of 2,103 since Friday, October 8, 2021, 4,907 active cases, including two deaths.

November 18, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Feds to announce approval of kids' COVID-19 vaccine, easing of border measures Friday. (CTV)

    • Health Canada will announce the approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages five to 11 on Friday, CBC News has confirmed. Officials are set to make the formal announcement and announce details of deliveries at a media briefing tomorrow.

  • High-risk Canadians now advised to wear medical face masks: PHAC. (CTV)

    • The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is now recommending those at risk of higher exposure and more severe disease outcomes from COVID-19 wear a medical face mask. The guidance, which was quietly updated November 12, advises that these individuals "could also consider using a respirator" in certain situations.

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. to buy 10 million courses of Pfizer's COVID-19 pill for US$5.3-billion. (Reuters)

    • Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) said today the U.S. government would pay US$5.29-billion for 10 million courses of its experimental COVID-19 antiviral drug, as the country rushes to secure promising oral treatments for the disease.

  • Requirement for proof of COVID-19 vaccination for air passengers. (CDC and more)

    • Required for non-U.S. citizens, nonimmigrant passengers arriving from a foreign country to the United States by air.

  • Statement of President Joe Biden on Pfizer’s COVID-⁠19 antiviral treatment. (The White House)

  • Press briefing by White House COVID-⁠19 Response Team and public health officials. (The White House)

Alberta

  • 330,831 cases, an increase of 412 on November 16, 5,521 active cases, including three deaths.

British Columbia

  • Gatherings and Events Order. (PHO Order)

  • 213,682 cases, an increase of 324 on November 17, 3,380 active cases, including seven deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario sending students home with five rapid COVID-19 antigen tests for winter break. (CTV)

  • Building on Ontario’s plan to keep schools safe and open for in-person learning. (Backgrounder and CTV)

  • Team Toronto ready to deliver COVID-19 vaccines for kids once approved. (News Release)

  • Ontario enhancing COVID-19 winter testing. (News Release)

    • The Ontario government is enhancing COVID-19 testing by expanding the number of testing locations and making it more convenient to access publicly funded testing for those who need it. These new testing options are being deployed as more people head indoors and attend family gatherings during the colder winter months.

  • Ontario supporting women in post-COVID economy. (News Release)

    • The Ontario government is providing an additional C$500,000 in the Investing in Women’s Futures Program, bringing the total funding to C$2.7-million this year. Offered at 23 women’s centres across the province, the program provides free employment readiness and violence prevention programming to socially and economically marginalized women so that they can develop the in-demand skills they need to re-enter the workforce.

  • O. Reg. 780/21: RULES FOR AREAS AT STEP 3 AND AT THE ROADMAP EXIT STEP made under Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17. Amending O. Reg. 364/20 in regards to organized public event requirements and sterile areas of airports. In force November 30, 2021.

  • 609,429 cases, an increase of 711 since yesterday, 4,872 active cases, including five deaths.

Quebec

  • A number of orders were published in today’s Gazette officielle du Québec:

    • O.C. 1454-2021 – Extension of the effect of the Act to establish a perimeter around certain places in order to regulate demonstrations in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • O.C. 1433-2021 – Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act.

    • Ministerial Order 2021-079 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

    • Ministerial Order 2021-080 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

    • Ministerial Order 2021-081 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

  • 436,804 cases, an increase of 720 since yesterday, 6,098 active cases, including two deaths.

November 17, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Feds to lift PCR test requirement for short trips. (CTV)

    • The federal government will be lifting the PCR test requirement for fully vaccinated travellers returning to Canada after short trips, CTV News has confirmed. This means that as soon as this reentry requirement comes into effect, travellers who are coming back into the country within 72 hours of their departure will no longer need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The PCR test requirement will remain in effect for trips longer than 72 hours.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds 34th call with premiers on COVID-19 response. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • US offering investment to boost COVID-19 vaccine capacity. (Associated Press and Reuters)

    • The Biden administration is making billions of dollars available to drugmakers to scale up domestic production of COVID-19 vaccines in the hopes of building capacity to produce an additional one billion shots per year to share with the world.

  • Maximizing assistance to respond to COVID-19. (Federal Register)

Alberta

  • Fifth wave 'a risk' as Albertans gather inside, Hinshaw warns. (CTV)

  • Alberta provides C$21.5-million to extend COVID-19 supports to emergency homeless shelters. (Global News)

    • The Alberta government announced Wednesday it will provide C$21.5-million for additional beds and isolation sites at emergency homeless shelters and emergency women’s shelters. The provincial funding will extend COVID-19 supports to shelters until March 2022.

  • 330,419 cases, an increase of 321 on November 15, 5,565 active cases, including 13 deaths.

British Columbia

  • 213,358 cases, an increase of 338 on November 16, 3,564 active cases, including one death.

Ontario

  • Team Toronto ready to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to five-11 year-olds. (News Release and CTV)

    • A mobile school clinic model has been developed in partnership between Team Toronto partners, Toronto Public Health (TPH) and the city’s four public school boards. Strategically positioning school clinics, more than 390 schools and more than 55,000 children will be able to receive their COVID-19 vaccine through 230 clinics in 30 priority neighbourhoods. More clinics will be added and a full list of schools will be released in the coming weeks.

  • Vax The Holidays vaccination campaign ramps up with COVID-19 mobile clinics in malls and community settings across the city. (News Release)

  • O. Reg. 776/21: EXTENSIONS OF ORDERS made under Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.9. Amending O. Reg. 25/21: The Table to section 1 of Schedule 1 to Ontario Regulation 25/21’s previously applicable revocation date is revoked and substituted with the current revocation date of December 1, 2021.

  • 608,718 cases, an increase of 512 since yesterday, 4,741 active cases, including 12 deaths.

Quebec

  • 436,084 cases, an increase of 718 since yesterday, 5,897 active cases, no new deaths.

October 8, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • RCMP union will support Mounties who shun COVID-19 vaccination despite federal order. (CTV)

    • The union representing RCMP officers says it will support members' choice “to be vaccinated or not” against COVID-19 following a federal order that Mounties be immunized. The Liberal government announced this week that core public servants, including members and reservists of the RCMP, must be vaccinated or face suspension without pay as early as November 15.

  • Fourth COVID-19 wave levelling off, vaccination key to avoiding resurgence: PHAC modelling. (CTV)

    • The Delta-driven fourth wave of the pandemic appears to be levelling off nationally, although people who are unvaccinated continue to experience severe outcomes from COVID-19 infections at “elevated rates,” according to Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam.

  • Canada has donated over 750,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses internationally since late summer. (CBC)

    • Canada donated over three-quarters of a million doses of its surplus AstraZeneca vaccines to Caribbean and South American countries over the last two months, and plans to donate more doses from its stockpile of mRNA vaccines in the coming weeks.

  • Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. CDC advisors to review Moderna, J&J COVID-19 booster shots this month. (Reuters)

    • Independent advisors to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet later this month to make recommendations on booster doses of Moderna Inc. and Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccines, the agency said today.

  • Remarks by President Biden on the importance of COVID-⁠19 vaccine requirements. (The White House and Reuters)

  • Bill S.2959A bill to provide that, due to disruptions caused by COVID-19, applications for impact aid funding for fiscal year 2023 may use certain data submitted in the fiscal year 2022 application. Introduced October 7, 2021 – Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

Alberta

  • CMOH order 47-2021 Record of Decision of the Chief Medical Officer, which lowers the outdoor gathering size capacity from 200 to 20.

  • CMOH order 46-2021 Record of Decision of the Chief Medical Officer, which outlines Restrictions Exemption Program conditions for quick service restaurants.

  • 307,019 cases, an increase of 1,254 on October 6, 18,411 active cases, including 10 deaths.

British Columbia

  • B.C. MLA cites 'Alberta influence,' as having 'set us back' when it comes to northern residents shunning vaccines. (CTV and more)

    • Politicians accustomed to sparring in British Columbia's legislature have joined forces outside the house to push for higher vaccination rates in the north, but a longtime member of the Opposition Liberals says the “Alberta influence” is a factor in a part of B.C. where intensive care units can't accommodate the influx of COVID-19 patients.

  • 191,748 cases, an increase of 624 on October 6, 5,929 active cases, including four deaths.

Ontario

  • Toronto Public Health issues Letter of Instruction requiring proof of vaccination for all persons age 12 and older participating in indoor organized sports. (News Release)

    • Today, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa issued a Letter of Instruction requiring all people age 12 and older who participate in indoor organized sports, including players, coaches and officials, to provide proof of vaccination as an additional measure to reduce community COVID-19 transmission. This additional measure is necessary to decrease the transmission of COVID-19 for all who play or attend organized sports indoors, to protect our communities and to keep vital sport and recreation opportunities as safe as possible. The Letter of Instruction PDF comes into effect Monday, November 1.

  • Ontario supports businesses and workers as they safely return to the job. (News Release)

    • Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, issued the following statement in response to today’s monthly employment release by Statistics Canada.

  • O. Reg. 696/21: EXTENSIONS OF ORDERS made under Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17. Amends O. Reg. 458/20. Section 1 of Ontario Regulation 458/20 is amended by striking out “October 17, 2021” at the end and substituting “November 16, 2021”. In force October 7, 2021.

  • A number of new Bills went through first reading carried by the Ontario Government recently:

    • Bill 16, WSIB Coverage for Workers in Residential Care Facilities and Group Homes Act, 2021. The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 is amended to provide that an employer who operates a residential care facility or a group home is a Schedule 1 employer for the purposes of the Act. Comes into force six months after the day it receives Royal Assent.

    • Bill 15, Connecting Care Amendment Act (Patient Bill of Rights), 2021. The Bill amends the Connecting Care Act, 2019 to add a bill of rights that applies to persons who receive health care services. Comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.

    • Bill 14, Time to Care Act (Long-Term Care Homes Amendment, Minimum Standard of Daily Care), 2021. Comes into force six months after the day it receives Royal Assent.

    • Bill 12, Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations in the Education and Healthcare Sectors Act, 2021. Comes into force 28 days after it receives Royal Assent.

  • 590,677 cases, an increase of 573 since yesterday, 4,517 active cases, including 10 deaths.

Quebec

  • Health-care workers who refuse to get vaccinated should have their licences suspended: Quebec health minister. (CTV)

    • Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé urged the various professional orders of health-care workers to suspend the licences of those who have still not been vaccinated. Quebec has already mandated the suspension without pay for all health care workers who are not vaccinated by October 15.

  • COVID-19 pandemic – Wearing an intervention mask in private seniors' residences and schools in the Bellechasse and Nouvelle-Beauce RCMs. (News Release)

    • The Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux announces, following a recommendation made by public health authorities, that as of October 11, the wearing of intervention masks will be mandatory for all residents of private seniors' residences (RPAs) as well as for all students in elementary and secondary schools in the Bellechasse and Nouvelle-Beauce RCMs, in the Chaudière-Appalaches region, due to the epidemiological situation of these RCMs.

  • 414,573 cases, an increase of 643 since yesterday, 5,130 active cases, including five deaths.

November 16, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Health Canada receives submission from Moderna to authorize the use of the Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine in children six to 11 years of age. (News Release and CBC)

    • Health Canada received a submission from Moderna seeking authorization for the use of its Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine in children six to 11 years of age. As with all COVID-19 vaccines, the Department will prioritize the review of this submission, while maintaining its high scientific standards for safety, efficacy and quality.

  • 'Super easy': How Canadian travellers are getting free COVID-19 tests to return home from U.S. (CTV)

    • Despite the Canada-U.S. land border now being open, some travellers say the mandatory negative molecular COVID-19 test required to return to Canada, which can cost more than the equivalent of C$150, has them continuing to forgo trips.

U.S. – Federal

  • 'No vaccine required' is the latest tactic to attract U.S. workers. (CTV)

    • That three-word phrase is popping up across online job listings (sometimes emphatically in all caps and accompanied by exclamation marks) as businesses seek to turn the federal government's proposed vaccine decree on its head and attract employees — notably those from a talent pool that's been turned off by or turned away from employers that require a COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Fauci says boosters for all key to U.S. reaching COVID-19 endemic level. (Reuters)

    • Top U.S. infectious disease official Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday it is possible for COVID-19 to be reduced to an endemic illness from the current major health crisis next year if the country ramps up vaccination rates.

  • Court lottery gives Biden administration a chance to revive COVID vaccine mandate. (Reuters)

    • Lawsuits filed around the country challenging the Biden administration's workplace COVID-19 vaccine rule are expected to be consolidated in a single federal appeals court on Tuesday, giving the government a chance to revive a rule that was blocked last week.

  • Pfizer files for U.S. authorization of COVID-19 pill. (Reutersmore and Associated Press)

    • Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) said today it is seeking U.S. authorization of its experimental antiviral COVID-19 pill that cut the chance of hospitalization or death for adults at risk of severe disease by 89 per cent in a clinical trial.

  • Defense Secretary has authority to order mandatory COVID-19 shots. (News Release)

Alberta

  • 330,098 cases, an increase of 286 on November 14, 5,828 active cases, including 17 deaths.

British Columbia

  • 213,020 cases, an increase of 381 on November 14-15, 3,837 active cases, including 16 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario to allow symptomatic COVID-19 testing in pharmacies as 481 new cases reported. (CBC)

    • Ontario pharmacies will soon have the option to offer COVID-19 testing to symptomatic people. That's a change from the previous policy, which only allowed for testing in a pharmacy if a person wasn't showing any symptoms of the virus.

  • Ontario will let regions take lead on tougher COVID-19 pandemic measures for now. (CTV)

    • As more Ontario regions contend with health system strain from rising COVID-19 infections, Premier Doug Ford said Tuesday that his government will keep relying on local medical officers of health to reinstate pandemic restrictions.

  • 608,206 cases, an increase of 481 since yesterday, 4,814 active cases, including one death.

Quebec

  • 435,366 cases, an increase of 517 since yesterday, 5,708 active cases, including two deaths.

October 7, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada faces wave of terminations as workplace vaccine mandates take effect: lawyer. (CTV)

    • Canada is facing a potential wave of terminations tied to mandatory workplace vaccine policies as a growing number of employers require workers to be fully inoculated against COVID-19 — or risk losing their jobs, legal experts say. As employer deadlines to be fully vaccinated approach, unvaccinated workers could soon be placed on unpaid leave or terminated altogether, lawyers say.

  • Pfizer to seek Canadian approval for its vaccine for kids as young as five in about a week. (CTV)

    • The first COVID-19 vaccine for kids under 12 could be in front of Health Canada's review team in just days and the company expects to start shipping its new pediatric formulation of the vaccine shortly after it gets the green light. The U.S. drugmaker submitted data from a clinical trial involving kids five to 11 years old last week, and made the formal request for it to be authorized for that age group in the U.S. today.

  • Ottawa faces pressure to extend COVID-19 benefits set to expire this month. (CTV)

    • Many of the federal government's key pandemic supports are set to expire in a few weeks, prompting some business leaders to advocate for an extension. Programs like the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) are scheduled to terminate on October 23, after being extended several times since their launch in 2020.

  • Majority of Canadians interested in receiving a COVID-19 booster shot. (CTV)

    • The vast majority of Canadians have expressed interest in receiving a booster shot of COVID-19 vaccine, according to a new survey from Nanos Research. According to the national survey, which was commissioned by CTV News, the majority are interested (69 per cent) or somewhat interested (15 per cent) in getting the third dose of vaccine.

  • Canada endorses OECD joint statement on supporting global economic recovery from COVID-19. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • Pfizer vaccine for children may be ready by Thanksgiving – White House advisor. (Reuters)

    • Pfizer Inc.'s new vaccine for children aged five to 11 could be ready as early as November pending approval from federal regulatory health agencies, White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeffrey Zients said today.

  • San Francisco Bay Area to drop some indoor mask mandates. (Associated Press)

    • Indoor masking requirements in the San Francisco Bay Area will be eased for certain indoor public settings, including offices, gyms, college classrooms and churches, once counties reach low COVID-19 case and hospitalization rates and at least 80 per cent of the total population is fully vaccinated, officials announced today.

  • Biden to tout vaccine mandates for large companies in Chicago trip. (Reuters)

    • U.S. President Joe Biden will visit Chicago on Thursday to meet with the United Airlines chief executive and local Democratic leaders, as he touts his decision to impose COVID-19 vaccine mandates on employees of large firms, the White House said.

  • Interim guidance for SARS-CoV-2 testing in non-healthcare workplaces. (CDC)

  • Press briefing by White House COVID-⁠19 Response Team and public health officials. (The White House)

Alberta

  • New COVID-19 modelling suggests restrictions helping Alberta turn corner on pandemic. (CBC)

    • New COVID-19 modelling shows Alberta may have finally reached its pandemic peak, and if the province leaves restrictions in place and continues to increase vaccination rates, infections and hospitalizations will continue to decline.

  • 305,765 cases, an increase of 1,263 on October 5, 18,912 active cases, including 26 deaths.

British Columbia

  • Residential Care COVID-19 Vaccination Status Information. (Order)

  • 191,124 cases, an increase of 752 on October 6, 5,945 active cases, including nine deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario won't rule out COVID-19 vaccine requirements for health-care workers, minister says. (CTV)

    • Ontario’s health minister says that the Ford government isn’t ruling out making it mandatory for health-care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 but opposition leaders say that the province needs to act now before things get worse in the sector.

  • Ontario supporting people and businesses. (News Release)

    • The Ontario government continues to support the province’s economy by introducing new measures to promote economic stability and encourage investment, while keeping Ontario families, workers and the environment safe and healthy. Today, Nina Tangri, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, announced Ontario’s Fall Red Tape Reduction Package and introduced the Supporting People and Businesses Act.

  • Trick-or-treating back, Thanksgiving dinners on (for the vaccinated), Ontario's top doctor says. (CBC)

    • Ontario reported 587 new cases of COVID-19 and the deaths of five more people with the illness on Thursday, as the province's chief medical officer of health is set to release his advice for safely celebrating Thanksgiving and Halloween.
  • Bill 8, Stay Home If You Are Sick Act, 2021. An Act to amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 with respect to paid leave. First reading carried, October 6, 2021. Comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.

  • 590,104 cases, an increase of 587 since yesterday, 4,575 active cases, including five deaths.

Quebec

  • No religious exemptions for Quebec health-care workers' mandatory vaccination. (CTV)

    • There will be no exemptions for religious reasons for health-care workers in Quebec mandated to be fully vaccinated by October 15. Health Minister Christian Dubé made the statement in a news conference today that Quebec would not be following the federal government's exemption on religious reasons for public servants.

  • More than 1,000 reinforcements in the health network. (News Release)

    • The Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, has made an initial assessment of the results of the efforts made over the past two weeks to promote the retention, return and attraction of nurses in the health and social services network.

  • Published in today’s Gazette officielle du Québec:

    • Order in Council 1293-2021. Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act until October 15, 2021.

    • Ministerial Order 2021-066. Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation. In regards to masks mandate in school. Effective October 1, 2021.

  • 413,930 cases, an increase of 624 since yesterday, 5,121 active cases, including five deaths.

October 6, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federally regulated transportation employees and travellers. (News ReleaseBackgrounder and CTV)

    • Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that, as of October 30, the Government of Canada will require employers in the federally regulated air, rail and marine transportation sectors to establish vaccination policies for their employees. Also effective October 30, travellers departing from Canadian airports, and travellers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, will be required to be fully vaccinated in order to travel.

  • Moderna asks Health Canada to authorize booster shot of its COVID-19 vaccine. (CTV)

    • U.S. drugmaker Moderna is asking Health Canada to authorize a booster shot of its COVID-19 vaccine. The company submitted data on a booster shot that is half the size of the doses used to give first and second shots of the vaccine so far.

U.S. – Federal

  • Los Angeles poised to enact strict vaccination mandate. (Associated Press)

    • Los Angeles leaders on Wednesday were poised to enact one of the nation’s strictest vaccine mandates — a sweeping measure that would require the shots for everyone entering a bar, restaurant, nail salon, gym or even a Lakers game. The City Council was scheduled to consider the proposal after postponing a vote last week to deal with concerns ranging from who could be fined for violations to whether employees could end up in fist-fights when they have to serve as vaccine door monitors.

  • Closure of U.S. land border may hamper Canadians' winter travel plans once again. (CTV)

    • With the United States' land border still closed to non-essential travel, experts say some Canadian snowbirds may be staying home for a second consecutive winter. October 21 is the deadline for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to declare whether it plans to ease these travel restrictions at the Canada-U.S. land border, or extend the prohibition for another 30 days.

Alberta

  • Military begins COVID-19 work at Edmonton hospital as Alberta battles fourth wave. (CTV)

    • Canadian military nurses will begin work at an Edmonton hospital today to help alleviate pressure on a critical care unit overburdened with COVID-19 patients. The Canadian Armed Forces says eight critical care nursing officers — from Ontario and Nova Scotia — are to begin shifts as early as this afternoon at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

  • Protecting students and staff in the fourth wave. (News Release)

    • To keep students learning safely in person, Alberta’s government is resuming public reporting of COVID-19 cases in schools, initiating contact notification in schools, clarifying COVID-19 outbreak definitions, providing rapid testing kits and encouraging school authorities to have proof of COVID-19 vaccination policies for adults.

  • 'We simply cannot afford a repeat scenario': Kenney says no indoor Thanksgiving dinners for unvaccinated Albertans. (CTV)

  • Vaccine eligibility expands, milestone hit. (News Release)

    • Starting October 6, Albertans age 75 and older and First Nations, Inuit and Métis people age 65 and older can begin booking for a third dose at least six months after their second dose.

  • 304,502 cases, an increase of 663 on October 4, 19,456 active cases, including 26 deaths.

British Columbia

  • How a small-town B.C. council meeting became a source of COVID-19 disinformation worldwide. (CBC)

    • The city of Dawson Creek, B.C., home to about 12,000 people near the B.C.-Alberta border, has removed a previously published portion of a recent city council meeting video after it began circulating in COVID-19 disinformation groups worldwide.

  • 190,372 cases, an increase of 593 on October 5, 5,937 active cases, no new deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario religious groups require proof of COVID-19 vaccine from staff at places of worship. (Global News)

    • Several Ontario religious organizations are requiring staff and volunteers at places of worship to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 while encouraging members of their congregations to get their shots.

  • City of Toronto provides update on mandatory vaccination policy for City staff. (News Release)

  • Ontario providing financial relief to employers. (News Release)

    • Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is cutting premium rates in 2022 by C$168-million, bringing the total reduction in premiums since 2018 to C$2.4-billion. In addition, the government is intending to introduce legislation that, if passed, would allow for a significant portion of the WSIB’s current reserve, currently valued at C$6.1-billion, to be distributed to safe employers. This proposed change would help employers cope with the impacts of COVID-19

  • Ontario taking action to immediately increase staffing in LTC, leading to more direct care for residents. (News Release)

  • Team Toronto mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics ramping up service to communities across Toronto. (News Release and More)

  • A number of new Bills went through first reading carried by the Ontario Government recently:

    • Bill 7, 10 Paid Sick Days for Ontario Workers Act, 2021. Amends various sections of the Employment Standards Act, 2000. Comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.

    • Bill 6, Jobs and Jabs Act, 2021. Amends the Employment Standards Act, 2000 – An Act to amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 with respect to reprisals respecting the vaccination status of employees. In force September 1, 2021.

    • Bill 4, Long-Term Care Commission's Recommendations Reporting Act, 2021. Amends the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 to require the Minister of Health to make progress reports describing the extent to which the Ministry has implemented the recommendations made in the final report issued by Ontario’s Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission. Comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.

    • Bill 3, Stopping Anti-Public Health Harassment Act, 2021. The Act prohibits persons from engaging in harassing behaviours while in a safe zone established by the regulations. Comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.

    • Bill 2, Creating Safe Zones around Hospitals, Other Health Facilities, Schools and Child Care Centres Act, 2021. The Act creates safe zones around hospitals, other health facilities, schools and child care centres. Protests against COVID-19 vaccinations or against other public health measures, and related actions, are prohibited in these safe zones. Subject to subsection (2), this Act comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.

  • 589,517 cases, an increase of 476 since yesterday, 4,579 active cases, including 14 deaths.

Quebec

  • PQ supports health care unions asking for delay in COVID-19 vaccine deadline. (CTV)

    • The Parti Québécois (PQ) says it is siding with numerous health care unions in asking the Quebec government to push back the October 15 COVID-19 vaccination deadline.

  • 413,306 cases, an increase of 506 since yesterday, 5,039 active cases, including three deaths.

November 15, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Government of Canada to assist remote communities in Northern Ontario with COVID-19 response. (News Release)

    • Federal employees not vaccinated against COVID-19 to be put on unpaid leave today, unless granted exemption. (Globe & Mail and CTV)

U.S. – Federal

  •  No news today.

Alberta

  • Proof of vaccination to require QR code on November 15. (News Release and CBC)

    • Alberta’s vaccine record with a QR code is more secure and will soon be required to access venues implementing the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP).

  • What we know about the Alberta plans for the possible approval of COVID-19 vaccine for kids. (CBC)

  • 329,030 cases, an increase of 841 on November 10 and 11, 5,745 active cases, including seven deaths.

British Columbia

Ontario

  • Ontario long-term care staff must have first COVID vaccine to attend work today. (CBC)

  • 607,725 cases, an increase of 1,879 since last digest, 4,985 active cases, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec judge rules against health-care workers, says they failed to show vaccine mandate was unreasonable. (CBC)

  • The following Ministerial Orders were issued:

    • Order No. 2021-079 of the Minister of Health and Social Services issued on November 14, 2021.
    • Order No. 2021-080 of the Minister of Health and Social Services issued on November 14, 2021.
    • Order No. 2021-081 of the Minister of Health and Social Services issued on November 14, 2021.
  • 434,849 cases, an increase of 509 since yesterday, 5,784 active cases, including one death.

November 12, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Health Canada authorizes the use of the Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine as a booster shot. (News Release and CBC)

    • Health Canada received Moderna's submission to approve a booster on October 6, 2021. After a thorough, independent review of the evidence, Health Canada has determined that the Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine booster shot meets the Department's stringent safety, efficacy and quality requirements.

  • Decision on Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for younger kids coming within two weeks: Health Canada. (CBC)

    • Canada's review of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of five to 11 should be completed within the next "one to two weeks," Health Canada's chief medical advisor says.

  • Canada's top doctor says cooler weather, easing restrictions creating 'turbulence'. (CTV)

    • Cooler weather and easing restrictions are contributing to a rise in COVID-19 infections in some parts of Canada, Canada’s top health official said on Friday during a Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) update.

  • Organized crime 'knowingly and actively' exploited federal pandemic benefits: intelligence reports. (CBC)

    • According to a recently obtained financial intelligence report, criminals and organized crime appeared to have "knowingly and actively" defrauded the Canada emergency response benefit (CERB) and Canada emergency business account (CEBA) programs.

  • Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on November 12, 2021. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • Last three Florida school districts drop student mask mandates. (Associated Press)

    • The last three school districts in Florida that required at least some students to wear masks are dropping their mandates for student facial coverings.

  • Department of State announces COVID-19 Private Sector Engagement and Partnership Fund awardees. (News Release)

Alberta

  • Here's how Albertans reacted to the COVID-19 restrictions announced in September. (CTV)

  • COVID-19 immunization: medical exemption policy. (Policy)

  • Alberta immunization policy. (Publication)

  • 328,189 cases, an increase of 484 on November 9, 6,008 active cases, including five deaths. (no new reporting due to Remembrance Day holiday)

British Columbia

  • Gatherings and Events COVID-19 Order for Northern Health Authority. (Order)

  • 210,758 cases, an increase of 555 on November 10, 4,321 active cases, including 11 deaths. (no new reporting due to Remembrance Day holiday)

Ontario

  • Toronto Public Health amends Letter of Instruction adding proof of vaccination grace period for 12-year-olds participating in indoor organized sports. (News Release)

    • Effective Saturday, January 1, 2022, the amendment provides children who turn 12 years old a grace period of 12 weeks from their birthdate, during which they will not need to show proof of vaccination at indoor sports facilities. As organized sport and physical activity are important to the physical, mental and social well-being of children, the grace period ensures that indoor sports activities can continue while children receive their two doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The Letter of Instruction was issued on Friday, October 8 and came into effect on Monday, November 1, 2021.

  • City of Toronto issues fourth debenture this year to help fund key capital projects. (News Release)

    • The City of Toronto has issued a new debenture for C$200-million to help finance key capital projects. This is the City’s fourth debenture issuance this year, with a low all-in cost of 2.927 per cent. This conventional bond issue, with a 20-year maturity and a coupon interest rate of 2.85 per cent, will mature on November 23, 2041. It was issued on November 8 and will settle on November 23. This issuance has a total of 30 investors from Canada and internationally and was more than 1.5 times oversubscribed. Despite rising concerns about inflation and the continued COVID-19 pandemic, demand for municipal bonds has remained strong, demonstrating the confidence investors have in the City and the local economy.

  • 605,846 cases, an increase of 598 since yesterday, 4,400 active cases, including five deaths.

Quebec

  • 'What was the rush?' End to Quebec high school in-class mask rule seen as premature. (Montreal Gazette)

    • With COVID-19 cases increasing and the Christmas holidays just around the corner, teachers and infectious disease doctors are baffled about Quebec’s decision to allow high school students to remove masks while in class starting Monday…inspired after seeing how well Clic-Santé, the system used to book COVID-19 vaccinations across the province, worked for Quebecers.

  • Quebec family doctors will have to take appointments, declare their hours under new system. (CBC)

    • The Quebec government has tabled a new bill that aims to improve front-line services by forcing general practitioners to declare their hours and to only take on new patients who have registered on the province's waiting list for doctors.

  • 432,991 cases, an increase of 716 since yesterday, 5,728 active cases, including two deaths.

October 5, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada must convince countries who reject mixed-vaccine travellers. (CBC)

    • Convincing dubious countries to allow Canadians with mixed vaccines to travel across their borders may be tricky, but Canada has a responsibility to try, according to a director with the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA). The federal government is expected to release more details about a standardized vaccine passport for Canadians in the coming weeks, but even with that in hand some Canadians will find themselves turned away at certain borders or mandated to quarantine.

  • COVID-19 variants of concern, particularly Delta, more harmful than original strain: Canadian study. (CTV and CMAJ Study)

    • COVID-19 variants of concern (VOCs), particularly the Delta variant, cause more severe illness than the native strain of the virus, increasing the risk of hospitalization, admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) and death, according to a large Canadian study.

  • Without masks, two-metre distancing not enough to prevent spread of COVID-19 indoors. (CTV)

    • A new joint study says that without mask wearing, a two-metre physical distancing guideline may not be enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19 indoors, however, wearing a mask can reduce the contamination range of airborne particles by approximately 67 per cent.

U.S. – Federal

  • Rapid COVID-19 tests increasingly scarce, pricey as demand from employers jumps. (Reuters)

    • A surging demand for COVID-19 tests from U.S. employers has exacerbated a nationwide shortage of rapid tests in recent weeks and is driving up costs for state and local testing programs, according to industry executives and state officials. Testmakers including Abbott Laboratories (ABT.N), Quidel Corp. (QDEL.O) and LumiraDX Ltd. (LMDX.O) are scaling up production to meet the rising demand. But significantly boosting test output will take weeks to months, half a dozen industry executives told Reuters, making the tests harder to procure in the near term.

  • AstraZeneca asks U.S. FDA to authorize COVID-19 antibody treatment. (CTV)

    • AstraZeneca, the drugmaker that developed one of the first COVID-19 vaccines, has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to authorize the emergency use of a first-of-a-kind antibody treatment to prevent the disease.

  • J&J seeks U.S. clearance for COVID-19 vaccine booster doses. (CTV)

    • J&J said it filed a request with the FDA to authorize boosters for people 18 and older who previously received the company's one-shot vaccine. While the company said it submitted data on several different booster intervals, ranging from two to six months, it did not formally recommend one to regulators.

Alberta

  • Vaccinations will be required for teachers, school staff and volunteers at Edmonton Public Schools. (CBC)

    • All school staff, contractors and volunteers at Edmonton's 215 public schools will have to be fully vaccinated or provide proof of negative COVID-19 tests. The mandatory vaccination initiative, announced Monday by Edmonton Public School's superintendent Darrel Robertson, will be phased in between mid-October and December 17, when the school system begins its winter break.

  • 303,839 cases, an increase of 1,126 on October 3, 20,674 active cases, including 21 deaths.

British Columbia

  • COVID-19 vaccines to be mandatory for all public service employees in B.C. (CBC and News Release)

    • COVID-19 vaccines will soon be mandatory for thousands of public service employees in B.C., the province has announced. A statement Tuesday said anyone working for the B.C. Public Agency will need to have had both shots by November 22.

  • Jurors in murder trial must be vaccinated to prevent potential mistrial caused by COVID-19, judge says. (CBC)

    • Worries about a COVID-19 outbreak leading to a mistrial in a first-degree murder case have led a B.C. judge to rule that all jurors must be fully vaccinated. B.C. Supreme Court Justice James Williams made the ruling last week, expressing concern that surging transmission puts the safety of everyone in the courtroom at risk.

  • Indigenous community in northern B.C. closes access to non-residents to curb COVID-19. (CBC)

    • The Lheidli T'enneh First Nation near Prince George, B.C., is being closed to non-residents until mid-October amid the latest uptick in COVID-19 cases in the community. On Saturday, the First Nation announced an order to restrict access, effective Sunday at 6 p.m. Only residents, essential staff who provide services to these residents and contractors who work on Lheidli T'enneh's projects are allowed to enter the First Nation's northern and southern subdivisions.

  • Residential Care Staff COVID-19 Preventive Measures PHO Order. (Provincial Health Officer)

  • 189,779 cases, an increase of 662 on October 3-4, 5,986 active cases, including 10 deaths.

Ontario

  • Rapid COVID-19 surveillance testing program coming to select Ontario schools next week. (CTV and News Release)

    • Ontario will offer rapid COVID-19 tests to some schools and child-care settings to help ensure students can continue with in-person learning as much as possible, the province's chief medical officer of health said today. Tests will only be provided to unvaccinated, asymptomatic children who are not considered high-risk contacts of a positive COVID-19 case, Moore said. In Ontario, children 11 and under are not yet eligible to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.

  • City Council extends free ParkFitTO outdoor fitness permits for businesses impacted by the pandemic. (News Release)

    • Starting today, the City of Toronto will accept requests for ParkFitTO permits through to December 31. City Council voted Monday to continue waiving permit fees for businesses providing outdoor fitness programs in City parks and greenspaces until December 31. As COVID-19 recovery efforts continue, this extension recognizes the ongoing need to access outdoor spaces, fresh air and exercise, and assist businesses impacted by the pandemic.

  • City of Toronto clinics administer more than 1,000 doses as part of Saturday’s #Vax25 COVID-19 vaccination push. (News Release)

    • City of Toronto vaccination clinics administered more than 1,000 vaccine doses as part of last Saturday’s #Vax25 COVID-19 vaccination push. The push highlighted vaccination clinics in each of the city’s 25 wards, ensuring every eligible Torontonian could receive a vaccination close to home.

  • 589,041 cases, an increase of 429 since yesterday, 4,734 active cases, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • As COVID-19 vaccine mandate in health-care sector looms, could Quebec lose 600 doctors? (CTV)

    • With the deadline for mandatory vaccination fast approaching for employees of the health-care system, it seems Quebec’s health ministry is busy preparing to ensure its edict will be enforced. “In the next few days, the MSSS (Health Ministry) will provide the College with the number and names of physicians who are not vaccinated,” College of Physicians’ spokesperson Leslie Labranche told CTV News.

  • 412,800 cases, an increase of 436 since yesterday, 5,023 active cases, including eight deaths.

October 4, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • U.K. eases travel rules but upsets nations not on list. (CTV)

    • Simplified international travel rules took effect Monday in the U.K., easing quarantine and testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers from more than 50 countries, and the Conservative government vowed it will seek to regularly expand the rules to more nations. As part of the new regime, Britain eased entry requirements for fully vaccinated travelers from 18 countries, including Canada, Japan and the United Arab Emirates. It builds on a pilot phase with the U.S. and most European countries that began over the summer.

U.S. – Federal

  • COVID vaccine mandate takes effect for NYC teachers, staff. (Associated Press)

    • A COVID-19 vaccination requirement for teachers and other staff members took effect in New York City’s sprawling public school system Monday in a key test of the employee vaccination mandates now being rolled out across the country.

  • U.S. CDC advises against travel to Austria, Barbados over COVID-19. (Reuters)

    • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday warned against travel to Armenia, Austria, Barbados, Croatia and Latvia because of COVID-19 concerns. The CDC raised its travel recommendations to "Level 4: Very High," telling Americans they should avoid travel to the five countries.

  • Mandatory Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination of DoD Civilian Employees. (Department of Defense)

  • COVID-19 travel recommendations by destination. (CDC Map)

  • Statement by President Joe Biden on 700,000 American deaths from COVID-⁠19. (The White House)

Alberta

  • Government of Canada to assist Alberta with COVID-19 response. (News Release and CTV)

    • The Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Bill Blair, confirmed that the Government of Canada has received additional information from the Province of Alberta on the additional medical personnel needed to combat the fourth wave of COVID-19 across the province. The Canadian Armed Forces is preparing to provide up to eight critical care nurses to assist in intensives care units in hospitals in Alberta. An initial element, expected to be in position by Monday, October 4, will seek to confirm where and how these nursing officers will be integrated into the Alberta heath care system.

  • 5,000 travellers who defied hotel quarantine rules got big fines, but no sign of fines in Alberta. (CBC)

    • Canada's hotel quarantine requirement for international air passengers ended in August, but it's still sparking controversy. That's because while more than 5,000 air passengers who refused to quarantine in a hotel were hit with fines, others who violated the rule faced no repercussions.

  • 299,802 cases, an increase of 1,630 on September 30, 20,215 active cases, including 14 deaths.

British Columbia

  • COVID-19 mask mandate goes into effect for K-12 students in B.C. schools. (CTV)

    • B.C.’s expanded mask mandate in schools is in effect Monday, amid a spike in new COVID-19 infections among school aged children. The change came after pressure from parents, teachers and school districts prompted the province to expand the mask order to all grades. The provincial health officer made the announcement on Friday, extending the mandate to include kindergarten to grade three students.

  • B.C. to begin COVID-19 booster shots for long-term care, assisted living residents. (CBC)

    • British Columbians living in long-term care and assisted living homes are due to start receiving COVID-19 booster shots this week. Health officials have said they are offering boosters because of the risks of living in group settings and the fact that older people are shown not to develop as strong an antibody response to their first two vaccine doses.

  • Order in Council 552 item 30 in Schedule 2 of the COVID-19 Related Measures Act, S.B.C. 2020, c. 8, is repealed. Effective October 4, 2021.

  • 187,694 cases, an increase of 714 on October 1, 6,317 active cases, including 11 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario throne speech sets out economic recovery from COVID-19 as priority. (CTV and Speech)

    • Avoiding future lockdowns is Ontario's "ultimate goal," as laid out Monday in a throne speech emphasizing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic as it enters a new phase. Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell delivered Premier Doug Ford's throne speech, marking the start of a new legislative session and the opportunity to present a renewed agenda eight months ahead of the next provincial election.

  • Northern Ontario's largest employers don't require workers to get COVID-19 vaccinations. (CBC)

    • While most government workers are required to prove if they are vaccinated against COVID-19, it's a very different story in the private sector. Almost none of northeastern Ontario's largest industrial employers have vaccination policies.

  • 588,612 cases, an increase of 1,795 since Friday, October 1, 5,004 active cases, including two deaths.

Quebec

  • COVID-19 pandemic – Deployment of rapid tests in schools in all regions of Quebec. (News Release)

    • As part of the gradual rollout of rapid screening tests in Quebec schools, new regions are added to those announced on September 17. As of October 11, the rollout will apply to preschool and elementary schools throughout Quebec.

  • Ministerial Order 2021-066 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Effective October 1, 2021.

  • 412,364 cases, an increase of 1,541 since Friday, October 1, 5,266 active cases, including six deaths.

November 11, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Canadians mark Remembrance Day in person a year after pandemic limited ceremonies. (CBC)

    • Canadians marked a return to in-person Remembrance Day ceremonies, including at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, a year after the COVID-19 pandemic forced limited gatherings.

U.S. – Federal

  • Ten states sue Biden administration over COVID-19 vaccine mandate for U.S. health workers. (Reuters)

    • Ten Republican state attorneys general sued on Wednesday to stop the Biden administration's requirement that millions of U.S. health workers get vaccinated against the coronavirus, saying it would worsen staff shortages. President Joe Biden, a Democrat, said last Thursday he will enforce the mandate starting January 4.

  • Innovative next steps in the global COVID-19 response. (Press Release)

    • The United States continues to lead on the global COVID-19 response through action, coordination and collaboration with other governments, international and regional organizations, and the private sector. We have scaled manufacturing of vaccines and lifesaving equipment, contributed to support international vaccine distribution mechanisms like COVAX, and donated — in partnership with COVAX or bilaterally — more than 234 million vaccine doses to more than 100 countries and economies around the world. We are well on our way to delivering on our commitment to donate 1.1 billion safe, effective and free COVID-19 vaccine doses with no political strings attached. 

  • Can at-home COVID-19 tests make holiday gatherings safer? (Associated Press)

Alberta

  • Alberta school boards grappling with proof of vaccination mandates for staff. (CBC)

    • Dozens of the province's smaller school divisions are wrestling with how to handle provincial pressure to adopt a proof of vaccination mandate for staff. They're juggling insurance implications, legal risks, students' health, anxious staff and divided communities who are dispensing an earful onto local trustees and superintendents.

  • Alberta premier dismisses Opposition bid to censure him over handling of COVID-19. (CTV)

    • Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is dismissing an Opposition bid to have him formally censured in the legislature for his handling of COVID-19's fourth wave. Kenney says he is focused on getting Alberta's economy moving again and doesn't have time for what he calls cynical political gamesmanship.

  • Alberta NDP calls on province to do more for long-haul COVID-19 sufferers. (CBC)

    • The Alberta NDP is calling on the province to create more supports and resources for Albertans suffering from long-term COVID symptoms. Leader Rachel Notley says the government should create a COVID-19 task force made up of researchers and scientists focused on developing solutions to health-care challenges related to long-haul COVID.

  • 328,189 cases, an increase of 484 on November 9, 6,008 active cases, including five deaths.

British Columbia

  • Hospital and Community (Health Care and Other Services) COVID-19 Vaccination Status Information and Preventive Measures – November 9, 2021. (Order)

  • 210,758 cases, an increase of 555 on November 10, 4,321 active cases, including five deaths.

Ontario

  • Head of Ontario science table praises pause of reopening plan. (CTV)

    • Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore, announced Wednesday that Ontario will not lift capacity limits on strip clubs, night clubs and bathhouses on November 15 as previously planned. The province will delay this phase in its reopening plan for at least 28 days.

  • 605,248 cases, an increase of 642 since yesterday, 4,269 active cases, including four deaths.

Quebec

  • Order in Council 1415-2021 Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act until November 19, 2021. Published in today’s Gazette officielle du Québec.

  • 432,275 cases, an increase of 663 since yesterday, 5,543 active cases, including four deaths.

November 10, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Labels for J&J, AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines updated to include autoimmune disorder warning. (CTV)

    • Health Canada is updating the labels on two of the COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Canada, to add the autoimmune disorder known as immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) as a potential side effect.

  • Two-thirds of Canadians want pandemic aid lowered or to end. (CTV)

    • Two-thirds of Canadians say the federal government’s pandemic-related benefits should either be lowered or completely end, according to a new survey by Nanos Research. Results of the poll commissioned by CTV News show that 36 per cent of respondents feel government aid to help Canadians weather the pandemic storm should be lowered, while 31 per cent think it should expire.

  • How some Canadian travellers are getting free COVID-19 tests in the U.S. to return home. (CBC)

  • The President of the Treasury Board, Mona Fortier, welcomes easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Government of Canada workplaces. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • Nearly 1 million U.S. kids under 12 expected to receive first COVID-19 vaccine. (CTV and Reuters)

    • Approximately 900,000 children ages five through 11 are expected to have received a first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by the end of Wednesday, a White House official said. An announcement is expected to come later today.

  • Requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19. (CDC)

  • Biden administration to invest US$650-million in rapid diagnostic testing in latest action to increase access to tests. (News Release)

  • HHS announces US$143.5-million to expand community-based efforts to address barriers to COVID-19 vaccination. (News Release)

  • FACT SHEET: Biden administration announces new investments to support COVID-⁠19 response and recovery efforts in the hardest-hit and high-risk communities and populations as COVID-⁠19 Health Equity Task Force submits final report. (The White House)

  • Press briefing by White House COVID-⁠19 Response Team and public health officials. (The White House)

Alberta

  • Alberta rolls out its first outpatient COVID-19 treatment as experts warn it's not a vaccine substitute. (CBC)

    • As Alberta offers a new COVID-19 treatment to unvaccinated seniors and some transplant recipients — in their own homes — experts caution this is not a replacement for vaccination. Sotrovimab is a monoclonal antibody treatment — administered intravenously and  authorized for use by Health Canada in July — designed to boost the body's immune response with antibodies created in a lab that targets the virus. It was developed to treat patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Alberta COVID-19 immunization program update. (Alberta Health)

  • Public health disease management guidelines: coronavirus – COVID-19. (Alberta Health)

  • 327,705 cases, an increase of 422 on November 8, 6,090 active cases, including five deaths.

British Columbia

  • Unvaccinated health-care workers to get priority for Johnson & Johnson vaccines arriving in B.C. next week. (CTV)

    • Health-care workers will be given first priority for the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, which B.C. health officials say is expected to arrive by next week. In a COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday, Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the supply of the J&J vaccines will be limited.

  • 210,203 cases, an increase of 500 on November 9, 4,301 active cases, including five deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario pausing the lifting of capacity limits in remaining settings where proof of vaccination is required. (News Release and CTV)

    • The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is pausing the lifting of capacity limits in remaining higher-risk settings as outlined in A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term. This is being done out of an abundance of caution as the province monitors public health trends.

  • Shop And Vax clinics to offer first, second and third doses of COVID-19 vaccines to eligible residents. (News Release)

  • Team Toronto Kids COVID-19 vaccination plan released for five to 11 year-olds. (News Release)

  • Toronto City Council makes CaféTO permanent to support local restaurant industry. (News Release)

    • Toronto City Council approved a plan that will make the popular and successful CaféTO program permanent while continuing to deliver needed business support to restaurants including waiving permit fees in 2022.

  • 604,606 cases, an increase of 454 since yesterday, 4,053 active cases, including nine deaths.

Quebec

  • 431,612 cases, an increase of 672 since yesterday, 5,377 active cases, including one death.

October 1, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Cybercriminals are offering to sell fake Canadian COVID-19 vaccination certificates online. (CBC)

    • As provinces and employers across Canada increase restrictions on the unvaccinated or introduce vaccine passports, cybercriminals are attempting to cash in by offering fake vaccination certificates for sale online.

  • Military began monitoring COVID-19 in early 2020 but still failed to predict pandemic's path, documents show. (CBC)

    • Newly-released documents show the Canadian military was concerned enough about the initial spread of COVID-19 to begin monitoring and planning for a response in late January 2020. Experts are now asking whether that early advantage was squandered when it came to forecasting the trajectory of the pandemic and its impact on both troops and the general public.

  • Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on October 1, 2021. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • White House presses U.S. airlines to quickly mandate vaccines for staff. (Reuters and Associated Press)

    • The White House is pressing major U.S. airlines to mandate coronavirus vaccines for employees by December 8 and is showing no signs of extending the deadline.

  • California first in U.S. to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for schoolkids. (Reuters)

    • California will become the first U.S. state to mandate statewide COVID-19 vaccinations for schoolchildren, Governor Gavin Newsom said on Friday as a Reuters tally showed the United States topping 700,000 coronavirus deaths.

  • OCR issues guidance on HIPAA, COVID-19 vaccinations and the workplace. (News Release)

  • Defense Logistics Agency supports White House iniitiative with US$2.78-billion in testing supplies. (News Release)

    • The Defense Logistics Agency awarded six contracts with a combined maximum value of just over US$2.78-billion for up to 150 million at-home and 400 million point-of-care COVID-19 test kits in support of White House initiatives to defeat COVID-19.

  • Press briefing by White House COVID-⁠19 Response Team and public health officials. (The White House)

Alberta

  • New vaccination policy for Alberta Public Servants. (News Release)

    • Employees who do not submit proof of vaccination will be required to obtain an accommodation based on the Alberta Human Rights Act or produce a negative PCR (molecular polymerase chain reaction) or rapid test result within 72 hours of every scheduled workday or shift, on an ongoing basis. Effective December 14, these tests will be required and paid for by employees.

  • CAF, Red Cross and health-care staff from other provinces heading to Alberta hospitals. (CTV and News Release)

    • Premier Jason Kenney has announced other provinces will assist Alberta’s overwhelmed health-care system. He says the province is also finalizing arrangements with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) to bring eight to 10 ICU-trained staff members, who will likely be deployed in Edmonton. This will help staff two additional ICU beds.

  • 298,172 cases, an increase of 1,706 on September 29, 20,306 active cases, including 20 deaths.

British Columbia

  • B.C. expands school mask mandate to all K-12 students. (CTV and News Release)

    • Amid growing pressure from parents and teachers, the B.C. government has expanded its school mask mandate to include all students and staff from kindergarten through Grade 12 across the province. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced the new health and safety measure on Friday, citing the recent spike in cases involving children between the ages of five and 11.

  • 186,994 cases, an increase of 749 on September 29, 6,185 active cases, including nine deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario makes it mandatory for long-term care staff, volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 15. (CTV and News Release)

    • Ontario will now make it mandatory for long-term care staff, support workers and volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by mid-November. Minister of Long-Term Care Rod Phillips made the announcement Friday afternoon at Queen’s Park, saying that vaccination rates in many homes are not high enough considering the risk of the Delta variant.

  • Toronto City Council approves extension of the City’s mask bylaw into 2022. (News Release)

    • Today, Toronto City Council approved the extension of the City of Toronto’s temporary mask bylaws and the COVID-19 amendments to Chapter 354, Apartment Buildings until the end of Council’s January 2022 meeting. Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa recommended extending the Mandatory Mask bylaw (541-2020 and 664-2020) and the COVID-19 amendments to Chapter 354, Apartment Buildings addressing various matters.

  • 586,817 cases, an increase of 1,315 since September 29, 4,969 active cases, including 20 deaths.

Quebec

  • 410,823 cases, an increase of 643 since yesterday, 5,853 active cases, including six deaths.

September 30, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • What Canadians can expect from COVID-19 this fall and winter. (CBC)

    • With the beginning of fall and a more transmissible strain of the coronavirus than last year's taking hold, Canadians may wonder about the outlook of the pandemic over the next few months.

U.S. – Federal

  • Bill H.R.5418To prohibit the Department of Transportation and other agencies from promulgating rules requiring a person to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination in order to engage in interstate commerce, and for other purposes. Introduced September 29, 2021 – Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure and Homeland Security.

  • Bill S.2888, A bill to reduce passenger, crewmember, and airport personnel risk of exposure to COVID-19, decrease the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on board aircraft and to United States destination communities through air travel, and protect children and other vulnerable individuals by preventing further spread of COVID-19 in the United States. Introduced September 29, 2021 – Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

Alberta

  • Statement from Minister Copping in response to anti-vaccination letter. (News Release)

  • 296,466 cases, an increase of 1,682 on September 28, 20,306 active cases, including 34 deaths.

British Columbia

Ontario

  • Toronto Public Health investigating COVID-19 exposures related to two Elections Canada polling stations. (News Release)

    • Toronto Public Health (TPH) is investigating potential COVID-19 exposures at Elections Canada polling stations held at 975 Kingston Rd. and Presteign Heights Elementary School at 2570 St. Clair Ave. E. While the risk to the public remains low, TPH is advising everyone who attended these settings to self-monitor and seek immediate testing if they develop COVID-19 symptoms. This applies to the public and staff, including those who are fully vaccinated.

  • Court dismisses judicial review from nurses' union demanding better PPE. (CBC)

    • A judicial review brought on by the The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) that demanded better access to personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect its members has been dismissed. In the application for review filed in February, the ONA said the province hadn't done enough to protect health-care workers from COVID-19, singling out a directive from Ontario's chief medical officer of health as inadequate.

  • O. Reg. 683/21: EXTENSIONS OF ORDERS made under Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.9 amending O. Reg. 25/21. The Table to section 1 of Schedule 1 to Ontario Regulation 25/21’s previously applicable revocation date of October 6, 2021 is revoked and substituted with a new revocation date of October 20, 2021. Effective September 29, 2021.

  • 585,502 cases, an increase of 495 since yesterday, 4,989 active cases, including eight deaths.
    *These stats are from the previous day, this will not be updated on Thursday, September 30 due to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Quebec

  • Order in Council 1277-2021 Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act. Renewal of the public health emergency be renewed until October 8, 2021.

  • Previously posted now in today’s Gazette: Ministerial Order 2021-065 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Health regions where the wearing of a procedural mask is mandatory at all times for students at the elementary or secondary school level in general education for youth. Effective September 28, 2021.

  • 410,180 cases, an increase of 655 since yesterday, 5,894 active cases, including two deaths.

November 9, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Health Canada authorizes the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine as a booster shot. (News Release and CTV)

  • O'Toole leaves MPs who questioned vaccine policy out of his shadow cabinet. (CBC)

    • Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole announced his shadow cabinet today — the critics who will stare down Liberal ministers in the House of Commons and press for answers on key files. Notably absent from the critics' list are MPs who have voiced opposition to COVID-19 vaccine policies.

  • 'Hassle cost' of COVID-19 test may dissuade shoppers from crossing Canada-U.S. border. (CTV)

U.S. – Federal

  • Despite reopening, the U.S. is still closed to many in world. (CTV and Associated Press)

    • The U.S. says that it's inviting the global community to visit now that the government has ended the ban on travellers from 33 countries. In reality, however, it will still be difficult — if not impossible — for much of the globe to enter the country and experts say it will take years for travel to fully recover.

  • Pfizer asks FDA to OK COVID-19 booster shots for all adults. (Associated Press)

    • Pfizer asked U.S. regulators Tuesday to allow boosters of its COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 18 or older, a step that comes amid concern about increased spread of the coronavirus with holiday travel and gatherings.

  • Memorandum for the secretary of Homeland Security and the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency on maximizing assistance to respond to COVID-⁠19. (News Release)

Alberta

  • 327,283 cases, an increase of 284 on November 7, 6,387 active cases, including 13 deaths.

British Columbia

  • 209,703 cases, an increase of 423 on November 7-8, 4,282 active cases, including 17 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario staying the course on COVID-19 reopening plan despite recent rise in cases: health minister. (CBC)

    • Ontario reported 441 new cases of COVID-19 and its highest provincewide test positivity rate since mid-September on Tuesday, with the health minister saying the government has no plans to change course on its reopening plan despite a rise in infections.

  • O. Reg. 755/21: RULES FOR AREAS IN SHUTDOWN ZONE AND AT STEP 1 made under Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17. Amending O. Reg. 82/20 in regards to the sale of liquor. In force November 29, 2021.

  • Ontario expanding mental health and addictions supports for frontline health care workers. (News Release)

    • As part of the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario, the Ontario government is investing C$12.4-million over two years to provide existing and expanded mental health and addictions supports for all frontline health care workers across the province. This investment will protect our progress in the fight against COVID-19 by supporting the workforce of the acute care, long-term care, and home and community care sectors in their efforts to provide high-quality care and service to patients, long-term care residents and clients.

  • 604,152 cases, an increase of 441 since yesterday, 4,022 active cases, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebecers 70 and older can get COVID-19 booster shot if they want it, health minister says. (CTV and News Release)

    • Quebec government officials say a third shot of the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to people aged 70 and older if they wish to receive one, expanding on the current booster shot program that has so far been limited to immunocompromised people.

  • 430,940 cases, an increase of 545 since yesterday, 5,219 active cases, including six deaths.

November 8, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • All lanes open Monday at Canada-U.S. land border, but PCR test still a drag on travel. (CTV)

  • Explainer: How U.S. rules on international travel are changing. (CTV)

    • More than a year and a half after COVID-19 concerns prompted the U.S. to close its borders to international travellers from countries including Brazil, China, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom and much of Europe, restrictions are shifting to focus on vaccine status. Beginning today, bans on travel from specific countries are over. The U.S. will allow in international travellers, but they must be vaccinated — with a few exceptions.

  • Proof of vaccination requirement for visitors of federal correctional sites. (News Release)

  • More than 19K Canadian lives ended than if pandemic never happened: StatCan. (CTV)

    • Statistics Canada says more than 19,000 Canadians lost their lives during COVID-19 than would have been expected had the pandemic never happened. The report highlights the deadly toll COVID-19 has taken directly and indirectly on Canadian lives.

  • Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S.-Mexico border reopens after 20 months of COVID disruption. (Reuters)

    • Dozens of crossings at the Mexico-United States border reopened to non-essential travel on today after a 20-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though life is not quite back to normal yet along the 2,000 mile (3,200 kilometer) frontier.

  • U.S. federal appeals court freezes Biden's vaccine rule for companies. (Reuters and Associated Press)

    • A U.S. federal appeals court issued a stay Saturday freezing the Biden administration's efforts to require workers at U.S. companies with at least 100 employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be tested weekly, citing "grave statutory and constitutional" issues with the rule. The ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit comes after numerous Republican-led states filed legal challenges against the new rule, which is set to take effect on January 4.

  • Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers. (CDC)

  • Non-U.S. citizen, Non-U.S. immigrants: Air Travel to the United States. (CDC)

Alberta

  • 325,983 cases, an increase of 466 on November 4, 6,386 active cases, including five deaths.

British Columbia

  • Lack of vaccine mandate at B.C.'s Whistler ski resort concerns local doctor, residents. (CTV)

  • Use caution and compassion when considering religious exemptions from workplace vaccine mandates: experts. (CBC)

    • Health-care workers in B.C. must be vaccinated unless they qualify for medical exemptions, including severe allergic reactions or situations where a person's health is put at risk should they get vaccinated. According to the Ministry of Health, no other exemptions will be considered.

  • 208,265 cases, an increase of 549 on November 5, 4,483 active cases, including one death.

Ontario

  • Ontario COVID-19 booster dose eligibility expands today. (CTV)

    • An additional 2.75 million people become eligible for boosters Saturday, following the quarter of a million people already eligible who include certain immunocompromised individuals and residents of long-term care and retirement homes.

  • More than 8,000 third-dose vaccination appointments booked the first day at five City of Toronto-run immunization clinics. (News Release)

  • 603,711 cases, an increase of 1,624 since Friday, November 5, 2021, 4,040 active cases, including two deaths.

Quebec

  • COVID-19 pandemic – Gradual return of public service personnel to government buildings as of November 15. (News Release and Montreal Gazette)

  • Quebec announces a new centre for chronic diseases in Montreal. (CTV)

    • Quebec minister responsible for Montreal Chantal Rouleau announced Monday that a new centre specializing in chronic diseases is now open in Montreal. It will be a multidisciplinary establishment to meet the needs of the province's aging population.

  • 428,631 cases, an increase of 1,764 since Friday, November 5, 2021, 5,253 active cases, including four deaths.

September 29, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • National vaccine panel recommends COVID-19 boosters for long-term care residents. (CTV)

    • Canadians living in long-term care homes and other congregate-care settings, such as retirement homes or assisted-living facilities, should receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, Canada's vaccine advisory body recommended on Tuesday.

  • RCMP union says it supports a Mountie's 'right' to refuse vaccination. (CBC)

    • The RCMP's union says it supports the "right" of RCMP officers to refuse to get vaccinated and will back up any member who refuses vaccination once the mandatory vaccination policy for the federal public service is in place.

U.S. – Federal

  • Pfizer vaccine for U.S. kids may not be available until November. (CTV)

    • Pfizer has submitted research to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the effectiveness of its COVID-19 vaccine in children but the shots may not be available until November.

  • Factbox: COVID-19 and the U.S. courts: challenges to vaccine requirements. (Reuters)

    • U.S. employers, universities and local governments are increasingly putting COVID-19 vaccine mandates in place to contain outbreaks of the disease as infection rates remain high.

  • Press briefing by White House COVID-⁠19 Response Team and public health officials. (The White House)

  • COVID-19 travel recommendations by destination. (CDC Map)

  • Bill H.R.5391To amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to prohibit emergency temporary standards with respect to vaccines, and for other purposes. Introduced September 28, 2021 – Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

  • Bill S.2866A bill to prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Services from restricting direct access by health care facilities to COVID-19 monoclonal antibody therapies. Introduced September 28, 2021 – Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labour and Pensions.

Alberta

  • 'State of crisis': Canadian Medical Association calls for lockdowns in Alberta and Saskatchewan. (CBC)

    • The Canadian Medical Association is calling for lockdowns in Alberta and Saskatchewan to protect their "crumbling" health-care systems. Both western provinces are setting hospitalization records for COVID-19, with intensive care capacity running slim.

  • Alberta regulator toughens stance against doctors who spread misinformation about COVID-19. (CBC)

    • The regulator for Alberta doctors is exploring ways to speed up its investigations into physicians accused of spreading misinformation or treating patients with unproven COVID-19 remedies.

  • Protecting access to hospitals. (News Release)

    • Hospitals and other facilities that provide health services will now be subject to the same protection that railways, highways and pipelines receive under the Critical Infrastructure Defence Act. This law carries punishments for trespassing, interfering with operations and construction, and causing damage. It includes the flexibility to expand the definition of “essential infrastructure” through regulation, which is expected to be in place this week.

  • Calgary third-party vaccination verification app pulls web portal after users' data left unsecured. (CTV)

    • A third-party vaccine verification app that was initially endorsed by the Calgary Flames' ownership group left some users' data unsecured and available to be viewed by the public, CTV News has confirmed.

  • 294,784 cases, an increase of 1,246 on September 27, 20,513 active cases, including 18 deaths.

British Columbia

  • 'Blindly going forward': Urgent call for more COVID-19 testing as B.C. sees waits of hours or days. (CTV)

    • Amid increasing reports of lengthy waits for COVID-19 testing and soaring case numbers involving children, the former head of the B.C. Centre for Disease Control is urging officials to increase surveillance in the province.

  • 185,432 cases, an increase of 652 on September 27, 5,992 active cases, including two deaths.

Ontario

  • City of Toronto releases COVID-19 vaccination policy for City contractors. (News Release)

    • The City of Toronto today released a COVID-19 vaccination policy that applies to City contractors and subcontractors. As of October 30, 2021, in line with the City’s mandatory vaccination policy for employees, contractors may only send fully vaccinated employees to City work sites if they have sustained or regular in-person interaction with City employees or the public to fulfill their contractual obligations.

  • Ontario recommends the use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals aged 18-24 years old. (News Release)

    • Out of an abundance of caution, Ontario is issuing a preferential recommendation of the use of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for individuals aged 18-24 years old effective immediately based on the current available analysis from Ontario’s adverse events following the immunization (AEFI) surveillance system.

  • City of Toronto #Vax25 highlights vaccine clinics in all 25 city wards this Saturday. (News Release)

    • Today, Mayor John Tory announced the launch of #Vax25, a COVID-19 vaccination push to promote vaccine clinics in each of the City of Toronto’s 25 wards on Saturday, October 2. The campaign — which includes at least 35 vaccination clinic locations — is part of Team Toronto’s continued efforts to make COVID-19 vaccines as accessible as possible and to bring vaccines to where residents live, work and play.

  • 585,502 cases, an increase of 495 since yesterday, 4,989 active cases, including eight deaths.

Quebec

  • COVID-19 pandemic – An additional dose of vaccine recommended for users of CHLSD, RPA and RI-RTF. (News Release)

    • The Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, announces that an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine may be administered to certain priority clienteles that are more vulnerable.

  • 409,525 cases, an increase of 594 since yesterday, 5,889 active cases, including seven deaths.

September 27, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Direct passenger flights from India resume as Canada lifts ban. (CTV)

    • Direct passenger flights to Canada from India resumed today as Transport Canada lifted a months-long ban imposed due to high COVID-19 case counts.

  • A guide to COVID-19 school outbreak protocols across Canada. (CBC)

    • Students from kindergarten to Grade 12 across Canada have been back in class for a few weeks now — but that doesn't mean a complete return to normal, as some schools report COVID-19 outbreaks among students and staff. While every province and territory defines the term "outbreak" differently, all have released plans that outline how public health officials will help schools manage an outbreak on a case-by-case basis.

  • Tensions high between vaccinated and unvaccinated in Canada. (CTV)

    • A new poll suggests tensions over COVID-19 vaccines in Canada are high as frictions grow between those who are vaccinated against the virus and those who are not. The Leger survey, conducted for the Association of Canadian Studies, found that more than three in four respondents hold negative views of those who are not immunized.

U.S. Federal

  • Court sets hearing for Wednesday on New York City schools vaccine mandate. (Reuters)

    • A requirement for New York City school teachers and staff to get vaccinated for COVID-19 was temporarily blocked by a U.S. appeals court just days before it was to take effect, but the court on Saturday set a hearing on the matter for next week.

  • Biden gets COVID-19 booster shot as additional doses roll out. (Reuters and Associated Press)

    • U.S. President Joe Biden rolled up his shirt sleeve for a COVID-19 vaccine booster inoculation on Monday, hoping to provide a powerful example for Americans on the need to get the extra shot even as millions go without their first.

  • Statement by HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra on COVID-19 vaccine booster doses. (News Release)

Alberta

  • Vaccine enforcement begins in Calgary as doctors renew calls for targeted measures. (CTV)

    • The City of Calgary has ticketed two businesses for failing to comply with new vaccine passport regulations. Peace officers have handed out one C$200 ticket for failing to display signage around proof of vaccination requirements, and another C$500 ticket for failing to check customers' proof of immunization.

  • CMOH Order 45-2021: 2021 COVID-19 response – Alberta Government’s Restrictions Exemption Program

  • CMOH order 44-2021 which rescinds CMOH order 42-2021: 2021 COVID-19 response

  • 288,357 cases, an increase of 1,651 on September 23, 20,040 active cases, including 11 deaths.

British Columbia

  • B.C. vaccine card: Pass with QR code now required to access many non-essential businesses. (CTV and News Release)

    • Starting today, the only acceptable proof of vaccination in British Columbia to dine at restaurants and attend indoor recreational events is the B.C. Vaccine Card. The government says the transition period allowing people to present their vaccine records from their immunization appointments expired yesterday.

  • Order in Council 538 (a) paragraph (b) of B.C. Reg. 301/2020 is repealed, and (b) effective December 31, 2021, item 23.7 in Schedule 2 of the COVID-19 Related Measures Act, S.B.C. 2020, c. 8, is repealed. Effective September 24, 2021.

  • 182,541 cases, an increase of 743 on September 24, 5,979 active cases, including seven deaths.

Ontario

  • Toronto Public Health gets ready to vaccinate Toronto children five to 11 years of age against COVID-19. (News Release and CBC)

    • Toronto Public Health (TPH) has formed a COVID-19 Vaccination Planning Group to get ready to vaccinate children between the ages of five and 11, upon Health Canada approval and receipt of vaccine for this age group from Ontario’s Ministry of Health. This group includes health partners, school boards, community representatives and the Ministry of Health. In Toronto, there are approximately 200,000 children aged five to 11 who are eligible to get vaccinated.

  • Ontario is investing C$100-million to help the tourism sector rebound from COVID-19. (News Release)

    • The Ontario government is investing C$100-million through the new Tourism Recovery Program to help stabilize the province’s tourism industry as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19. The program will help for-profit tourism businesses in the attraction, accommodation and leisure travel sectors protect critical jobs in communities across the province and help them prepare to reopen and safely welcome back visitors.

  • O. Reg. 678/21: RULES FOR AREAS AT STEP 3 AND AT THE ROADMAP EXIT STEP made under Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17. Amending O. Reg. 364/20 in regards to outdoor capacity numbers for various spaces, facilities and venues. In force September 25, 2021.

  • 584,541 cases, an increase of 1,906 since Friday, September 24, 5,626 active cases, no new deaths.

Quebec

  • Order in Council 1276-2021 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation. In regards to vaccine mandates for health and social services institutions or providers. Effective October 15, 2021.

  • Ministerial Order 2021-065 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Health regions where the wearing of a procedural mask is mandatory at all times for students at the elementary or secondary school level in general education for youth. Effective September 28, 2021.

  • 408,462 cases, an increase of 2,033 since Friday, September 24, 6,248 active cases, no new deaths.

November 5, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Travel Advisory: REMINDER – Travelling to the U.S.? COVID-19 border measures and testing requirements remain in place when you come home. (News Release)

    • On November 8, 2021, the United States will begin allowing fully vaccinated travellers from Canada to enter the United States at land and ferry points of entry for discretionary (non-essential) reasons, such as tourism. The Canada Border Services Agency would like to remind travellers that border measures remain in place for travellers entering or returning to Canada and that they should get informed and understand their obligations as they make their travel plans.

  • Canada expecting doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine soon: Tam. (CTV)

    • Eight months after the vaccine was first authorized by Health Canada, usable doses of the Johnson & Johnson single-shot COVID-19 vaccine are set to arrive “imminently,” according to Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam.

  • PCR test requirements at the border need to be re-examined: Tam. (CTV)

    • Test requirements for travellers vaccinated against COVID-19 at the Canadian border need to be re-examined, particularly for short trips, says the country's top doctor. On Friday the Canadian Border Services Agency reiterated the testing requirements for vaccinated travellers entering Canada in advance of the border with the United States reopening next week. But that policy is being "actively looked at," said chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam.

  • Group of 'like-minded' Conservatives looking to form 'mini-caucus' to talk about vaccines. (CBC)

U.S. – Federal

  • EXPLAINER: What vaccine mandate means for firms and workers. (Associated Press)

  • These U.S. states and cities are offering to pay kids if they get vaccinated. (CTV)

    • Millions of children in America became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine this week, and some officials are sweetening the deal by including them in various incentive programs.

  • Defense Logistics Agency ships vaccines for children overseas. (News Release)

  • Pfizer says COVID-19 pill cut hospital, death risk by 90 per cent. (CTV)

  • Amended Order Implementing Presidential Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Notice)

  • Requirement for Negative Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test Result or Documentation of Recovery From COVID-19 for All Airline or Other Aircraft Passengers Arriving Into the United States From Any Foreign Country. (Notice)

  • Bill H.R.5860To exempt essential workers from Federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Introduced November 4, 2021 – Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

  • Bill S.3184A bill to prohibit certain COVID-19 vaccination mandates for minors, and to require parental consent for COVID-19 vaccination of minors. Introduced November 4, 2021 – Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

Alberta

  • Alberta doctors accused of spreading COVID-19 misinformation face unannounced inspections. (CBC)

    • The regulator of Alberta's physicians is performing unannounced inspections at medical clinics in a bid to crack down on doctors who spread COVID-19 misinformation or prescribe unproven remedies for the disease.

  • 325,517 cases, an increase of 516 on November 3, 6,515 active cases, including four deaths.

British Columbia

  • COVID-19: B.C. officials contacting unvaxxed health-care workers one by one. (Vancouver Sun)

    • British Columbia’s top doctor says health authorities are speaking with each worker who has chosen not to get vaccinated in hopes of changing their minds, and the highest number of those employees are in the Interior region, where overall immunization rates are low.

  • COVID-19 'now a preventable disease,' B.C.'s top doctor says. (CTV)

    • B.C.'s top doctor is calling COVID-19 "a preventable disease," citing effectiveness of vaccines as the reason. In a modelling presentation Thursday, Dr. Bonnie Henry outlined what B.C.'s COVID-19 caseload would be without vaccines. Currently, the reproductive number in the province is at or below one in nearly all regions, meaning each new confirmed infection is spreading, on average, to just one other person, or fewer.

  • 207,716 cases, an increase of 596 on November 3, 4,451 active cases, including eight deaths.

Ontario

  • City of Toronto provides update on its COVID-19 Vaccination Policy implementation, 305 additional employees report being fully vaccinated. (News Release)

  • O. Reg. 738/21: EXTENSION OF ORDERS made under Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17. Amending O. Reg. 458/20 Section 1 of Ontario Regulation 458/20 is amended by striking out “November 16, 2021” at the end and substituting “December 16, 2021”. Paragraph 21 of the Schedule to the Regulation is revoked. In force November 4, 2021.

  • O. Reg. 737/21: USE OF FORCE AND FIREARMS IN POLICING SERVICES made under Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17. Revoking O. Reg. 132/20 in force on November 16, 2021

  • 602,087 cases, an increase of 563 since yesterday, 3, 395 active cases, including five deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec suspending unvaccinated health-care workers who refuse COVID-19 testing. (CBC)

    • Quebec's health-care facilities have started suspending unvaccinated workers who refuse to comply with a health order that they be tested for COVID-19 at least three times per week, the government confirmed Friday.

  • 428,631 cases, an increase of 571 since yesterday, 4,996 active cases, including one death.

November 4, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Planning to travel abroad this winter? Necessary PCR tests will make it pricey. (CTV)

    • Despite the easing of international restrictions and rising vaccination rates, those ready to travel abroad are now faced with organizing a myriad of documents and tests in order to board a plane or cross the U.S. land border, adding unconsidered cost to what may already be a pricey trip.

  • 'Personal freedom' and 'health concerns': Why unvaccinated Canadians say they won't get the COVID-19 shot. (CTV and Survey)

    • The survey, conducted by the Angus Reid Institute (ARI) and published on Wednesday, found that 58 per cent of unvaccinated Canadians said their main reason for skipping the shot was due to “personal freedom,” while an equal number of respondents cited “health concerns” as their reasoning.

  • Update on policy on COVID-19 vaccination for the core public administration including the RCMP. (News Release)

  • Almost all public servants fully vaccinated against COVID-19. (News Release)

    • A new policy requiring vaccination was announced by the Government of Canada on October 6, 2021 and applies to approximately 268,000 federal public servants in the Core Public Administration (CPA) including members and reservists of the RCMP. The Core Public Administration comprises departments and organizations named in Schedules I and IV of the Financial Administration Act. This requirement applies whether employees are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site. As early as November 15, public servants who refuse to disclose their status or who are unwilling to be fully vaccinated will be placed on administrative leave without pay.

  • Small number of Conservative MPs still unvaccinated with just weeks left before Commons resumes. (CBC)

U.S. – Federal

  • Fact Sheet: Biden Administration Announces Details of Two Major Vaccination Policies. (The White House and Associated Press)

    • President Joe Biden will enforce a federal mandate that workers at U.S. companies with at least 100 employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be tested weekly starting on January 4, a reprieve to businesses facing labor shortages during the holiday season, U.S. officials said today.

  • New U.S. COVID testing/vaccine rule excludes outdoor workers. (Reuters)

  • Moderna lowers forecast for 2021 COVID-19 vaccine deliveries. (CTV)

  • Operational Considerations for Personal Protective Equipment in the Context of Global Supply Shortages for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic: non-US Healthcare Settings. (CDC)

  • Bill H.R.5835To prohibit the use of Federal funds to establish, implement, or enforce any vaccine mandate. Introduced November 3, 2021 – Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

  • Bill H.R.5851To void existing non-compete agreements for any employee who is fired for not complying with an employer's COVID-19 vaccine mandate, and for other purposes. Introduced November 3, 2021 – Referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

Alberta

  • Alberta expands booster-shot eligibility to all front-line health-care workers. (CTV and News Release)

    • Alberta expanded its booster-shot eligibility on Wednesday to also include front-line health-care workers. Albertans aged 70 and older and First Nations, Metis and Inuit people 18 and older can also now get their third COVID-19 vaccine shot.

  • Alberta premier denies scapegoating chief medical officer for COVID-19 failures. (CBC)

    • Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is rejecting accusations that he is blaming the province's chief medical officer of health for the province's failures in the handling of the fourth wave of COVID-19.

  • 325,001 cases, an increase of 487 on November 2, 6,693 active cases, including 14 deaths.

British Columbia

  • 207,120 cases, an increase of 430 on November 3, 4,373 active cases, including six deaths.

Ontario

  • Toronto Public Health preparing for third dose COVID-19 vaccinations. (News Release)

    • Having received recommendations from the Ontario Ministry of Health on the expanded eligibility for third doses of COVID-19 vaccines today, Toronto Public Health (TPH) is preparing for the next phase of the vaccination campaign. The recommendations follow last week’s guidance on third doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).

  • Toronto’s Accessibility Task Force on COVID-19 Vaccines, Team Toronto and community partners host super supportive vaccine clinics November 5, 6, 7. (News Release)

  • 601,524 cases, an increase of 438 since yesterday, 3,189 active cases, including five deaths.

Quebec

  • To maintain essential services – Health and social services workers who are not adequately protected will be able to continue working under several conditions. (News Release)

  • How Montreal could lead the way to Canada's first domestically produced COVID-19 vaccine. (CBC)

    • To date, every COVID-19 vaccine that has entered the arm of a Canadian has been produced outside the country. That is now about to change. With Novavax filing for approval of its vaccine with Health Canada, Montreal is poised to be the first Canadian city to manufacture a COVID-19 vaccine, though domestically produced shots won't be available until next year.

  • The Quebec government published a number of orders in today’s Gazette officielle du Québec:

    • Ministerial Order 2021-078 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation in regards to various regions in Schedule II – Health regions where the wearing of a procedural mask is mandatory. Effective November 3, 2021.

    • Ministerial Order 2021-077 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation in regards to capacity for indoor halls usage. Effective November 1, 2021.

    • Order in Council 1392-2021 Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act until November 12, 2021.

  • 428,060 cases, an increase of 588 since yesterday, 4,878 active cases, no new deaths.

September 28, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • More than 80 per cent of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated against COVID-19. (CTV)

    • This number is based on CTV News’ coronavirus vaccination tracker, which is based on numbers reported by the provinces and territories on Monday.

  • 'Convenience comes at a price': Experts urge caution on QR codes. (CTV)

    • With the rise in popularity of QR codes at restaurants and other businesses during the pandemic, privacy and cybersecurity experts are urging Canadians to be cautious in their use of the technology.

U.S. – Federal

  • New York hospitals fire, suspend staff who refuse COVID vaccine. (Reuters)

    • This action resulted staff shortages prompted some hospitals to postpone elective surgeries or curtail services.

  • Pfizer and BioNTech submit data to U.S. FDA for COVID-19 vaccine in younger children. (CBC

    • The initial trial data is for their COVID-19 vaccine in children aged 5 to 11 to U.S. Both Pfizer and BioNTech said they would make a formal request for emergency use authorization in the coming weeks.

  • Biden-Harris administration provides nearly US$1-billion in American Rescue Plan Funds to modernize health centres and support underserved communities. (News Release)

    • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded nearly US$1-billion in American Rescue Plan funding to nearly 1,300 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program-funded health centres in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories to support major health-care construction and renovation projects. These awards will advance health equity and health outcomes in medically underserved communities, including through projects that support COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccination.

  • White House says 400,000 people so far got boosters at pharmacies. (Reuters)

  • Remarks by President Biden while receiving a COVID-⁠19 booster shot. (The White House)

  • Who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot? (CDC)

Alberta

  • Albertans dying from COVID-19 at more than three times the average Canadian rate. (CBC)

    • The province is currently being hammered by the pandemic's devastating fourth wave. It has now been 12 days since the provincial government first introduced a slew of new public health measures and eight days since many went into effect, including the restrictions exemption program — Alberta's version of a vaccine passport system.

  • 293,538 cases, an increase of 1,758 on September 26, 21,307 active cases, including 23 new deaths.

British Columbia

  • New health restrictions announced for eastern Fraser Valley amid low vaccination rates. (CBC)

    • This region is dealing with a spike in cases of COVID-19 in addition to low vaccination rates. The province said private gatherings are now limited to five additional people or one additional household, while outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people — unless "all of the participants are fully vaccinated."

  • 184,780 cases, an increase of 706 on September 27, 6,098 active cases, including 18 new deaths.

Ontario

  • No grace period for vaccine certificates for Ontario businesses, no enforcement either. (CTV)

    • It is unclear how or when the new rules will be enforced by the province. The province's vaccine certificate program, launched on September 22, comes with hefty fines between C$1,000 to C$10-million for businesses that choose to ignore the new laws.

  • 585,007 cases, an increase of 466 since yesterday, 5,262 active cases, including 11 new deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec to offer third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to people living in long-term care, seniors' facilities, private seniors' homes and family-type or intermediate residences. (CBC)

  • 408,931 cases, an increase of 469 since yesterday, 5,986 active cases, including six new deaths.

September 24, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Discussions underway with countries to accept Canadians with mixed vaccines: Tam. (CTV)

    • Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says “active” discussions are underway with various countries, including the U.S., to permit the entry of Canadians with mixed COVID-19 vaccine doses.

  • Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada. (News Release)

  • The following Orders were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I (dated September 25, 2021):

    • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 39. Effective September 10, 2021.

    • Previously announced PC 2021-904 Quarantine Act. Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligations) extended the effect of the Order until November 21, 2021. In force September 15, 2021.

    • Previously announced PC 2021-0903 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). Extended the effect of the Order until November 21, 2021. In force September 15, 2021.

    • Previously announced PC 2021-0902 Quarantine Act. Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) extended the restrictions on entry into Canada until November 21, 2021. In force September 15, 2021.

U.S. Federal

  • CDC director diverges from recommendation, endorses COVID-19 booster for millions of older Americans. (CTV)

    • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday endorsed booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans, opening a major new phase in the U.S vaccination drive against COVID-19. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed off on a series of recommendations from a panel of advisors late Thursday.

  • White House wants millions of government contractors vaccinated by December 8 (Reuters and The White House)

    • The White House said on Friday that millions of federal contractors must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8 and that the administration will add clauses to future government contracts mandating inoculations.

  • The United States government introduced numerous Bills on September 23, 2021. All have been read twice and referred to their respective committees:

    • Bill S.2840A bill to permit civil actions against the United States for COVID-19 vaccination mandates.

    • Bill S.2841A bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to publicly disclose information regarding adverse effects of COVID-19 vaccines.

    • Bill S.2842A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to prohibit the Secretary of Defense from requiring that members of the Armed Forces receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and for other purposes on Armed Services.

    • Bill S.2843A bill to prohibit the imposition of a fine, fee or taxation on any person for violation of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or any other executive agency, and for other purposes.

    • Bill S.2844A bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to publish all of its studies and findings related to COVID-19.

    • Bill S.2846A bill to require Federal agencies to acknowledge, accept, and agree to truthfully present, natural immunity pertaining to COVID-19 pursuant to promulgating certain regulations.

    • Bill S.2847A bill to prohibit the Federal Government from mandating vaccination against COVID-19 for interstate travel.

    • Bill S.2848A bill to exempt individuals with a personal health concern from complying with a Federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate, and for other purposes.

    • Bill S.2849A bill to stipulate that nothing in Federal law provides a Federal agency with the authority to mandate that an individual be inoculated by a COVID-19 vaccine.

    • Bill S.2850A bill to exempt individuals from complying with a Federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate on the basis of a personal belief, and for other purposes.

    • Bill S.2851A bill to require an audit of COVID-19 relief funding.

Alberta

  • Alberta's overwhelmed ICUs near capacity, military support being deployed. (CTV)

    • The Canadian Armed Forces has confirmed that it will be sending resources to help with Alberta's overwhelmed intensive care units facing unprecedented patient numbers during the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Aircraft and crews are being assembled to transfer ICU patients to hospitals in other parts of the country. The team is expected to be deployed to Alberta as early as Friday.

  • 'Protecting our youth': Indigenous-led vaccination event in Alberta aims to boost inoculation rates. (CTV)

    • Indigenous communities in Alberta face some of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, on top of a provincial health system that can't keep up with the rising COVID-19 cases. But the organizers of an Indigenous-led vaccination event in Alberta are hoping to boost inoculation rates in their communities, particularly among Indigenous youth.

  • 286,706 cases, an increase of 1,660 on September 22, 20,180 active cases, including 17 deaths.

British Columbia

  • B.C. health officials release true hospital numbers after public pressure. (CTV and News Release)

    • Following intense public pressure and scrutiny, British Columbia health officials have finally revealed a more accurate account of how many patients are in hospital due to COVID-19.

  • 181,798 cases, an increase of 832 on September 23, 5,697 active cases, including five deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario's vaccine passport system to remain through winter, COVID-19 cases expected to rise after holidays. (CBC)

    • Ontario's top doctor says the provincewide vaccine certificate system will be in place through at least the fall and winter, with some modelling forecasting a "significant" rise in COVID-19 cases after the holidays in January and February.

  • Ontario cautiously easing capacity limits in select settings where proof of vaccination is required. (News Release)

  • #ShopAndVax at five Toronto malls this weekend. (News Release)

  • Kingston, Ontario hospital suspends 136 employees without pay for violating vaccine mandate. (CTV)

    • Kingston’s research and teaching hospital has placed 136 employees on two-week, unpaid leave for failing to comply with the hospital's new COVID-19 vaccination policy.

  • The Ontario government posted a number of regulations made under Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17 today. All in force September 22, 2021:

    • O. Reg. 662/21: CONGREGATE CARE SETTINGS amending O. Reg. 177/20. In regards to the definition of a fully vaccinated person.

    • O. Reg. 661/21: LIMITING WORK TO A SINGLE RETIREMENT HOME amending O. Reg. 158/20. Several subsections are amended with the phrase “fully vaccinated”.

    • O. Reg. 660/21: LIMITING WORK TO A SINGLE LONG-TERM CARE HOME amending O. Reg. 146/20. Several subsections are amended with the phrase “fully vaccinated”.

    • O. Reg. 659/21: RULES FOR AREAS AT STEP 3 AND AT THE ROADMAP EXIT STEP amending O. Reg. 364/20. In regards to quick service restaurant or other establishment at which food or drink is sold requires all dine-in patrons to order or select their food or drink at a counter, food bar or cafeteria line and pay before receiving their order.

  • 582,635 cases, an increase of 727 since yesterday, 5,747 active cases, including 11 deaths.

Quebec

  • COVID-19 pandemic – Wearing an intervention mask in the common areas of private seniors' residences in several regions with a high rate of community transmission. (News Release)

    • The Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux (MSSS) announces, following a recommendation made by public health authorities, that, as of September 27, the wearing of quality intervention masks will be mandatory for all residents of private seniors' residences (RPAs) in several regions of Quebec, when they move in the RPA, when using the elevator and in the interior common areas.

  • 406,429 cases, an increase of 701 since yesterday, 6,478 active cases, including two deaths.

November 3, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Air Canada suspends more than 800 unvaccinated workers under new federal rules. (CTV)

    • Air Canada has suspended more than 800 employees for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in line with federal rules. The vast majority of Air Canada's 27,000 cabin crew, customer service agents and others have received both shots, chief executive Michael Rousseau said Tuesday.

  • Labour lawyers in demand as Canadian companies fire thousands of unvaccinated workers. (Global News)

    • Canadian employers are firing or putting on unpaid leave thousands of workers who refused to get COVID-19 shots, squeezing an already tight labour market and raising prospects of potentially disruptive legal challenges.

  • AstraZeneca files for Health Canada approval of new COVID-19 therapy. (CTV)

    • Drugmaker AstraZeneca has filed for Health Canada’s approval of its new therapy to prevent symptomatic COVID-19. The therapy, called AZD7442, is a long-acting antibody treatment derived from donated B-cells, which are a type of immune cell, from convalescent patients after SARS-CoV-2 for the prevention of symptomatic COVID-19, according to a press release. Its approval would mark the first treatment of its kind to receive Health Canada approval for COVID-19 prevention.

  • Canadians 'freaked out' by COVID rush to make plans for their money after death. (Edmonton Journal)

    • Estate planners noticed one rational reaction: People who’d put off planning what happens to their money after death became intensely motivated to get their paperwork in order. Natalie Jamison, senior wealth advisor at Scotia Wealth Management in Oakville, Ontario, noticed increased interest starting in spring 2020, when a number of clients suddenly wanted to review their insurance coverage as the pandemic first surged.

U.S. – Federal

  • Statement of President Joe Biden on vaccinations for children age five to 11. (The White HouseCDCHHS and Associated Press)

  • DOD civilian employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 22. (News Release)

  • Bill H.R.5824To permit civil actions against employers for COVID-19 vaccination mandates, and for other purposes. Introduced November 2, 2021 – Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

  • Bill H.R.5829To prohibit federally funded COVID-19 vaccine mandates, and for other purposes. Introduced November 2, 2021 – Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Oversight and Reform, Education and Labor, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

Alberta

  • Albertans in pain look elsewhere for treatment as COVID surgery delays compound wait times. (CBC)

    • Alberta doctors say the cancellation of thousands of surgeries during the fourth wave of the pandemic will have long-lasting effects. All elective surgeries were put on hold as the province's intensive care units filled up with COVID-19 patients and staff needed to be redeployed in early September.

  • 324,514 cases, an increase of 315 on November 1, 6,911 active cases, including eight deaths.

British Columbia

  • B.C. nurses warned against using professional titles when protesting COVID-19 health orders. (CBC)

    • The B.C. College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) is warning its registrants against using their professional titles when organizing or taking part in opposition to COVID-19 public health orders. The new warning comes as a fledgling movement to create private wellness clinics in B.C. hit an obstacle on Tuesday.

  • 206,690 cases, an increase of 406 on October 31- November 1, 4,694 active cases, including five deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario won't mandate COVID-19 vaccines for hospital workers. (CTV)

    • Premier Doug Ford has announced he will not mandate COVID-19 vaccines for hospital workers, saying he's "not prepared to jeopardize the delivery of care to millions of Ontarians."

  • Ontario expanding booster eligibility to more Ontarians. (News Release and CTV)

    • The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is expanding eligibility for booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to additional groups of high-risk individuals starting November 6, 2021, providing them with an extra layer of protection against the Delta variant. Over the coming months, Ontario is also prepared to gradually roll out booster doses to all Ontarians aged 12 and over.

  • Four doctors not co-operating with investigations into COVID practices: Ontario medical regulator. (CBC)

    • Ontario's medical regulator says it is turning to the courts in an effort to compel four physicians to co-operate with its investigations into their practices regarding COVID-19, including the issuance of medical exemptions for vaccines. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario says it has launched legal action with the Superior Court against Dr. Mary Elizabeth O'Connor, Dr. Mark Raymond Trozzi, Dr. Celeste Jean Thirlwell and Dr. Rochagne Kilian.

  • 601,086 cases, an increase of 378 since yesterday, 3,093 active cases, including five deaths.

Quebec

  • Vaccines won't be mandatory for existing Quebec health-care workers, only new hires. (CTV)

    • In an about-face, facing a drastic service reduction, Quebec has decided that health-care workers already employed won't be forced to get a COVID-19 vaccine, the province's health minister said Wednesday. Health Minister Christian Dubé said that the province is facing 500 service reductions or reorganizations if it goes ahead with its planned November 15 deadline for staff vaccines.

  • Ministerial Order 2021-078 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation in regards to various regions in Schedule II – Health regions where the wearing of a procedural mask is mandatory. Effective November 3, 2021.

  • 427,472 cases, an increase of 525 since yesterday, 4,678 active cases, including eight deaths.

November 2, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Government of Canada announces additional Canadian airports accepting international passenger flights. (News Release and CBC)

    • The federal government took another step toward rebuilding the travel industry Tuesday by announcing an expansion of the number of Canadians airports that will accept international flights. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said eight additional airports will begin playing host to international arrivals on November 30, bringing the total number of Canadian airports open to global travellers up to 18.

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. will allow land entry again as soon as border crossings open on November 8. (CBC)

    • The United States will reopen its land border to fully vaccinated travellers as soon as ports of entry open on November 8, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced at a press briefing today. That means ports of entry open 24 hours will accept vaccinated travellers when the clock strikes midnight, while the others will accept travellers as soon as they open that day.

  • U.S. CDC advisors to vote on COVID-19 vaccine for young children. (Reuters and more)

    • Advisors to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are meeting on Tuesday to consider how broadly Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine should be rolled out among children ages five to 11, with shots potentially going into young arms as soon as Wednesday.

  • COVID-19 still rages, but some U.S. states reject federal funds to help. (Reuters)

    • The state’s Republican-led legislature this year voted down US$40-million in federal aid available for COVID-19 testing in schools. Another US$1.8-billion in pandemic-related federal assistance is sitting idle in the state treasury, waiting for lawmakers to deploy it.

  • Bill H.R.3860To prohibit any requirement that a member of the Armed Forces receive a vaccination against COVID-19. Introduced November 1, 2021 Motion to Discharge Committee filed by Mr. Long. Petition No: 117-8.

  • The Impactful Role of Faith Actors in the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Fact Sheet)

Alberta

  • 324,199 cases, an increase of 342 on October 31, 7,580 active cases, including 18 deaths.

British Columbia

  • B.C. cancels some surgeries due to shortages caused by unvaccinated workers. (CTV)

    • British Columbia hospitals are postponing some surgeries due to staffing shortages created by unvaccinated health-care workers who have been put on unpaid leave, says Health Minister Adrian Dix. There are currently 3,325 health-care workers across the province who have not been immunized against COVID-19 in violation of the government's proof-of-vaccination policy for health-care workers, which took effect last month, Dix said Monday.

  • 204,914 cases, an increase of 332 on October 31- Nov 1, 4,668 active cases, including 25 deaths.

Ontario

  • O. Reg. 736/21: EXTENSIONS OF ORDERS made under Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.9. Amending O. Reg. 25/21, the Table to section 1 of Schedule 1 to Ontario Regulation 25/21 is previously applicable revocation date of November 3, 2021 is revoked and substituted with the current revocation date of November 17, 2021.

  • 600,708 cases, an increase of 331 since yesterday, 3,100 active cases, including seven deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec to ease restrictions on dancing, karaoke, telework and more as of November 15. (CTV)

    • Much to the relief of bar and nightclub owners, dancing and karaoke will be allowed in private venues as of November 15 as long as people wear masks, Quebec announced today. Dancing in bars had been banned since March 2020.

  • COVID-19 pandemic – The Government of Québec announces flexibilities applying to several sectors of activity. (News Release)

    • The Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, today announced, during a press briefing, several relaxations to health measures to prevent COVID-19, based on the recommendations of Public Health. These flexibilities, which apply to several sectors of activity, will take effect on November 15.

  • 426,947 cases, an increase of 490 since yesterday, 4,497 active cases, including six deaths.

September 23, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Canadian office vacancy rate hits highest level since 1994. (CTV)

    • Office vacancies in Canada were at the highest level in decades this quarter as new supply continued to come onto the market while the fourth wave of COVID-19 slowed an expected return to work, according to the latest report from CBRE Group Inc.

  • Minimal increase in international travel to Canada since fully vaxxed welcomed. (CTV)

    • Canada saw only a slight increase in the volume of foreign nationals entering the country in the first week after the border opened to those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. According to Canada Border Services Agency data, between September 6 and September 12, 95,381 foreign nationals who were travelling by commercial air landed in Canada, compared to 79,886 the week prior.

  • Canada needs to share more COVID-19 surpluses with the world, says UN envoy Bob Rae. (CTV)

    • Canada's envoy to the United Nations says Canada needs to share more of its COVID-19 vaccine surpluses with less fortunate countries. Bob Rae, Canada's ambassador to the UN, tells The Canadian Press that while Canadians may have been looking inward lately because of the federal election, they can't lose sight of the fact the pandemic won't end unless more is done to help less fortunate countries.

U.S. Federal

  • U.S. FDA backs Pfizer COVID-19 boosters for seniors, high-risk. (CTV)

  • ​U.S. CDC advisors try to work out the details on booster shots. (CTV)

    • The U.S. moved a step closer to offering booster doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to senior citizens and others at high risk from the virus as the Food and Drug Administration signed off on the targeted use of extra shots.

  • COVID-19 creates a dire U.S. shortage of teachers, school staff. (Associated Press)

    • According to a June survey of 2,690 members of the National Education Association, 32 per cent said the pandemic drove them to plan to leave the profession earlier than expected. Another survey by the RAND Corp. said the pandemic exacerbated attrition, burnout and stress on teachers, who were almost twice as likely as other employed adults to feel frequent job-related stress and almost three times more likely to experience depression.

  • Use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in persons aged 16 years or younger. (CDC)

  • National Survey of Early Care and Education COVID-19 Follow-Up. (Notice)

Alberta

  • Ottawa will help Alberta through COVID-19's fourth wave, Blair says. (CTV)

    • The federal government has heard Alberta's call for help in its struggle against the fourth wave of COVID-19 and it will respond, says a statement from Public Safety Minister Bill Blair.

  • 285,046 cases, an increase of 1,336 on September 21, 20,304 active cases, including 20 deaths.

British Columbia

  • B.C. health officials mum as controversy mounts over 'anti-democratic' reporting policy. (CTV)

    • British Columbia health officials are facing mounting criticism and questions in the wake of a CTV News story exposing their practice of only publicly reporting the number of COVID-19 patients in hospital who are infectious.

  • 180,937 cases, an increase of 759 on September 22, 5,458 active cases, including 10 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario is investing in health care infrastructure upgrades and repairs. (News Release)

    • The Ontario government is investing C$182.6-million this year to support critical upgrades, repairs and maintenance in 133 hospitals and 63 community health service providers across the province, including C$50-million for COVID-19 related and other urgent projects at hospitals. This funding is provided through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund and the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund.

  • Ontario is building a new and improved long-term care building in Brampton. (News Release)

    • Today, Rod Phillips, Minister of Long-term Care, and Amarjot Sandhu, MPP for Brampton West, marked the opening of Faith Manor’s brand new 160-bed long-term care building in Brampton, as a result of the province’s ongoing work to increase access to long-term care through a historic C$2.68-billion investment to deliver 30,000 net new beds over ten years. An additional C$4.9-billion investment over four years supports Ontario’s plan to hire more than 27,000 staff, including registered nurses, personal support workers and support staff.

  • 581,908 cases, an increase of 677 since yesterday, 5,845 active cases, including seven deaths.

Quebec

  • Bill 105, An Act to establish a perimeter around certain places in order to regulate demonstrations in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Introduced, sitting held on September 23, 2021.

  • Anti-vaxxers in Quebec could be fined C$10,000 for protesting near schools, hospitals. (CTV)

    • Anti-vax protesters who picket outside hospitals, schools, daycares or COVID-19 test and vaccine sites could face a heavy fine under the terms of a bill tabled today by the Quebec government.

  • Workforce in the health network — Québec announces a series of measures to improve the working conditions of nurses. (News Release)

    • Québec Premier François Legault, accompanied by Health and Social Services Minister Christian Dubé and Sonia LeBel, Chair of the Conseil du trésor, today announced a new management model and incentives for staff retention and attraction to better meet the nursing and social services needs of the health and social services network.

  • Monitoring the evolution of the COVID-19 epidemic: Hospitalization risks and projections of hospital needs. (News Release and Reports)

    • The Institut national d'excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS) is making available today the latest update of the two reports it produces on a weekly basis in support of decision-makers and managers of the health and social services network.

  • Order in Council 1251-2021 Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act. The public health emergency will be renewed until October 1, 2021.

  • 405,728 cases, an increase of 754 since yesterday, 6,518 active cases, including seven deaths.

September 22, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Canada plans to lift ban on flights from India next week with new COVID-19 protocols (CTV and News Release)

    • The federal government plans to lift a months-long ban on direct flights from India early next week with enhanced COVID-19 screening protocols in place. A statement from Transport Canada released Tuesday says the current restrictions, which were set to expire the same day, will be extended until September 26 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

  • Canada paused COVID-19 vaccine deliveries as supply far exceeds demand. (CTV)

    • Further deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines to Canada are on pause because provinces already have more doses than they can currently use.

    • Canada was to get 95 million doses of vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna by the end of September, but is about 20 million doses shy of that as of Wednesday.

U.S. Federal

  • U.S. to donate 500 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses to other countries – Biden. (Reuters)

    • The United States on Wednesday promised to buy 500 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses to donate to other countries as it comes under increasing pressure to share its supply with the rest of the world.

  • U.S. VP Harris to announce US$10-billion global fund to prepare for future pandemics. (Reuters)

    • U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday will call on countries and companies around the world to create a US$10-billion global health fund to prepare for future pandemics, and announced a US$250-million contribution from the United States to jumpstart the effort, a White House official said.

  • U.S. CDC advisors could vote on Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster on Thursday. (Reuters)

    • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel could vote on the use of a third shot of Pfizer and partner BioNTech SE's COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, an agency official said while kicking off the two-day panel discussion on Wednesday.

  • FACT SHEET: President Biden’s Global COVID-⁠19 Summit: Ending the Pandemic and Building Back Better. (The White HouseBackgrounder and More)

Alberta

  • Regulator to get tough with doctors undermining the pandemic response in Alberta. (CBC)

    • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta has lost patience with doctors who have actively undermined the province's response to the pandemic. At an emergency meeting of the college's council on Monday, council members unanimously supported issuing a strongly worded warning letter — underpinned by bolstered standards of practice — to doctors who spread misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines or advise patients not to get vaccinated, improperly issue exemptions for vaccines and masks, or refuse to be vaccinated or wear masks.

  • Alberta asks Ottawa for help to airlift COVID-19 patients out of the province. (CBC)

    • Alberta's UCP government is asking Ottawa for help to lessen pressure on the province's health-care system, which is overburdened with COVID-19 patients. Alberta is asking for the federal government to provide aero-medical evacuation capability to relocate patients out of Alberta, and intensive care unit (ICU) registered nurses and respiratory therapists to assist in Alberta's critical care response.

  • More Albertans are eligible for a third dose. (News Release)

  • Final C$1-million vaccine lottery draw closes September 23. (News Release)

  • 283,710 cases, an increase of 1,519 on September 20, 20,917 active cases, including 29 deaths.

British Columbia

  • Secrecy over B.C.'s true number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients. (CTV)

    • Just how many British Columbians are actually in hospital with COVID-19 is a tightly-held secret, with few privy to the true number as health officials keep two sets of numbers: one public, the other internal. In B.C., the health minister has said COVID-19 patients in intensive care units are removed from the tally when they’re no longer infectious with the virus. That policy is in place even though they may spend months in the hospital struggling to survive their infection as they occupy scarce beds and medical resources.

  • Options for B.C.’s permanent paid sick leave is available for comment. (News Release)

    • British Columbians are invited to have their say on three proposed options for permanent paid sick leave shaped by their responses to the first phase of consultation.

  • 180,178 cases, an increase of 525 on September 20, 5,608 active cases, including one death.

Ontario

  • Ontario's vaccine passport: What you need to know. (CBC)  

  • Ford says vaccine passports are the 'best chance' Ontario has to avoid another lockdown. (CTV)
    • A COVID-19 vaccine passport system kicks in today in Ontario, requiring people to show proof of vaccination for entry into thousands of non-essential venues across the province. Here's what you need to know about how Ontario's vaccine passport system will work.

  • Dozens of unvaccinated Windsor, Ontario hospital staff are suspended without pay. (CTV)

    • Windsor, Ontario hospitals have suspended dozens of employees without pay for not getting their COVID-19 vaccines, per employee policy.

  • O. Reg. 658/21: MANAGER'S PROTOCOL RESPECTING THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) made Ontario Food Terminal Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. O.15. Amending O. Reg. 269/20, subsection 2 (4) of Ontario Regulation 269/20 is amended by striking out “September 23, 2021” at the end and substituting “December 31, 2021”. In force September 21, 2021.

  • 581,231 cases, an increase of 463 since yesterday, 5,851 active cases, including seven deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec to table bill Thursday against anti-vax protests, but one MNA may nix quick passage. (CTV)

    • Quebec premier François Legault said Tuesday it’s “unacceptable” that people have been protesting against the vaccine passport outside hospitals and schools recently, adding the province could turn to the law to put an end to these demonstrations. All major parties support the proposed bill, but now-Conservative MNA Claire Samson, who crossed the floor from the CAQ a few months ago, may stall its passage for days or even weeks, saying she's concerned about how it limits protesters' rights.

  • 404,974 cases, an increase of 683 since yesterday, 6,449 active cases, including five deaths.

November 1, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Statement from the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health (CCMOH): COVID-19 vaccination and the use of COVID-19 vaccine boosters. (News Release)

  • Novavax submits COVID-19 vaccine for approval by Health Canada. (CTV)

    • Biotechnology company Novavax Inc. says it has submitted its COVID-19 vaccine for approval in Canada. The U.S. company says it has now completed the submission of all modules required by Health Canada for the regulatory evaluation of its protein-based COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Mandatory vaccination rule extended to staff, visitors to Senate workplaces. (CTV)

    • The Senate's internal economy committee has announced a mandatory vaccination rule for all Senate staffers, journalists, visitors and anyone else wanting admittance to the parliamentary buildings that house the upper chamber and its offices.

  • Canada to donate 10 million doses of Moderna vaccine to COVAX. (CTV)

    • Canada will donate 10 million doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine to the COVAX vaccine sharing facility and another C$15-million to help make mRNA vaccines in Africa, the Prime Minister announced Saturday.

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. officials confirm negative COVID-19 test won't be required to cross land border. (CTV)

    • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced on Friday that a negative COVID-19 test will not be required to enter the country through its land border and ferry terminals, which are scheduled to open on November 8. When arriving at a land border crossing or a ferry terminal, non-U.S. citizens will only be required to present proof that they are fully vaccinated.

  • U.S. to publish rules on private-sector COVID-19 vaccinations, testing in days. (Reuters)

    • The Biden administration said on Monday that a planned rule requiring private-sector employers with 100 or more employees to mandate COVID-19 vaccines or regular testing will be published in the coming days.

  • U.S. vaccines for children plan fully operational next week, White House says. (Associated Press and Reuters)

    • The United States is rolling out Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for children aged five to 11 this week, but most of the 15 million shots being shipped initially are unlikely to be available before next week, the White House said today.

  • 9,000 NYC workers on leave as vaccine mandate takes effect. (Associated Press)

  • Rite Aid to make online vaccine registration portal accessible to people with disabilities. (Reuters)

  • Press briefing by White House COVID-⁠19 Response Team and public health officials. (The White House)

Alberta

  • Military critical care nurses heading home from Edmonton hospital. (CBC)

    • Nine Canadian Armed Forces nurses who have been helping care for COVID-19 patients at an Edmonton hospital are on their way back to their home units. The military says the nurses, who began arriving in Alberta on October 4, were scheduled to remain in Edmonton until today.

  • 322,989 cases, an increase of 603 on October 28, 8,158 active cases, including eight deaths.

British Columbia

  • B.C. residents who got two AstraZeneca doses may get booster shot sooner, health officials announce. (CTV)

    • B.C. residents who received two AstraZeneca shots to protect themselves against COVID-19 may receive an invitation to get their booster shot a little earlier than others. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry shared the update during a morning news conference Monday, saying B.C.'s booster-dose program is moving forward. The top doctor announced last week that third doses would be available to the general public starting in the new year.

  • B.C. finalizes proof of vaccination policy to protect workers. (News Release)

    • As the largest single employer in the Province’s public sector, the Government of B.C. is safeguarding its workers, requiring that all direct government employees have the best defence against COVID-19 and variants by being fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021.

  • Indoor mask mandate extended. (News Release and Order)

    • British Columbia’s provincial health officer has extended the mask mandate that requires masks be worn in all indoor public spaces throughout B.C. The previous order, which was set to expire on October 31, 2021, has been extended to continue to slow the transmission of COVID-19.

  • Federal proof of vaccination for travellers now available. (News Release)

    • British Columbians can now access the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination for travel. Starting October 30, 2021, this proof of vaccination will be required when travelling in Canada by air, rail or cruise ship.

  • 204,914 cases, an increase of 584 on October 29, 4,982 active cases, including nine deaths.

Ontario

  • Metrolinx suspends unvaccinated employees, resulting in bus trip cancellations. (CBC)

    • Metrolinx has suspended a number of employees who aren't fully vaccinated, and now say the resulting staff shortage has forced the cancellation of a number of GO bus trips.

  • 99 per cent of City of Toronto employees have reported their vaccine status; 98 per cent of employees have at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 94 per cent are fully vaccinated. (News Release)

  • 600,377 cases, an increase of 1,118 since Friday, October 29, 2021, 1,118 active cases, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • COVID-19: Quebec lifts capacity limits in bars, restaurants but dancing still banned. (Global News)

    • As Quebec lifted capacity restrictions in bars and restaurants today, owners were hoping to regain more of the business lost when the limits were imposed more than a year ago to curb the spread of COVID-19.

  • Ministerial Order 2021-077 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation in regards to capacity for indoor halls usage. Effective November 1, 2021.

  • 426,457 cases, an increase of 1,655 since Friday, October 29, 2021, 4,415 active cases, including two deaths.

September 21, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Canadian Government posted a number of Orders:

    • PC 2021-0904 Quarantine Act. Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligations) extended the effect of the Order until November 21, 2021.

    • PC 2021-0903 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) extended the effect of the Order until November 21, 2021.

    • PC 2021-0902 Quarantine Act. Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) extended the restrictions on entry into Canada until November 21, 2021.

U.S. – Federal

  • America’s new COVID-19 rules for international travel. (Associated Press)

    • The Biden administration is rolling out new international travel policies affecting Americans and noncitizens alike who want to fly into the U.S. The goal is to restore more normal air travel after 18 months of disruption caused by COVID-19.

  • COVID-19 travel recommendations by destination. (CDC)

  • J&J says second shot boosts protection for moderate-severe COVID-19 to 94 per cent. (Reuters)

    • Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) said Tuesday a second shot of its COVID-19 vaccine given about two months after the first increased its effectiveness to 94 per cent in the United States against moderate to severe forms of the disease.

Alberta

  • Tyler Shandro no longer Alberta's health minister as Premier Jason Kenney shuffles cabinet. (CTV)

    • Government sources have confirmed to CTV News that Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro will no longer be in charge of the portfolio. 

  • Rural schools close as Alberta's COVID-19 vaccine passport system begins. (CTV)

    • ​Two schools in rural Alberta closed their classrooms Monday over the number of students not attending because of COVID-19 infections as Edmonton police introduced tough new vaccine requirements on the first day of the province's new proof-of-vaccination program.

  • ​Restrictions Exemption Program underway. (News Release)

  • COVID-19 vaccination records are available at registries. (News Release)

    • A printed version of the card will make it easier for Albertans to show their vaccination status to businesses checking patrons for government-issued proof of vaccination under the Restrictions Exemption Program. Albertans seeking a printed version from a registry agent should contact their registry agent first to confirm if the service is available.

  • Mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic keeps rolling. (News Release)

  • Public health measures for youth sports, recreation activities: Dr. Hinshaw. (News Release)

  • 282,191 cases, an increase of 1,436 on September 19, 20,614 active cases, including 22 deaths.

British Columbia

  • COVID-19 patients in B.C.'s north are being flown elsewhere for care as local hospitals hit their limits. (CBC)

    • Critically ill COVID-19 patients in B.C.'s north are being flown as far away as Vancouver Island to receive care because local hospitals no longer have enough capacity, provincial officials said Tuesday.

  • COVID-19: B.C.’s principals support ‘exclusion zones’ after anti-vaccine protesters target schools. (Global News and CBC)

    • B.C.’s minister of public safety, Mike Farnworth, said the province is looking at “all possible options,” including so-called “bubble zones” and injunctions, following the school protests.

  • 179,646 cases, an increase of 435 on September 20, 5,608 active cases, including 11 deaths.

Ontario

  • Schools continue to remain safe for in-person learning. (News Release)

    • Today, Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health, issued a statement on the province’s return to in-person learning for the 2021/22 school year.

  • Third class-action certified against Aviva over COVID-19 coverage for lost business. (CTV)

    • An Ontario court has certified a third class-action lawsuit against Aviva Insurance Company of Canada on behalf of policyholders who suffered business interruption losses as a result of COVID-19.

  • Team Toronto partners with local shopping centres to bring COVID-19 vaccines to malls through #ShopAndVax. (News Release)

  • City of Toronto continues to provide residents with convenient access to vaccinations. (News Release)

  • 580,768 cases, an increase of 574 since yesterday, 6,178 active cases, including eight deaths.

Quebec

  • 404,291 cases, an increase of 587 since yesterday, 6,384 active cases, including nine deaths.

September 20, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT) 

Canada – Federal

  • Half of Canadians support employers mandating COVID-19 booster shots, poll finds. (CTV)

    • Around half of surveyed Canadians say they support employers mandating COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for their employees, a new poll finds, with Canadians 55 and older being the most in favour.

  • Viewing parties go online during COVID-19 pandemic election day. (CP24 and CBC)

    • As the federal election gets underway today, a traditional form of viewing appears to be missing. The COVID-19 pandemic has limited the number of viewing parties across the country.

  • Pfizer Canada cites 'urgency' in plans to seek authorization for kids' COVID vaccine. (CTV)

    • Pfizer Canada says it plans to provide Health Canada with data showing its COVID-19 vaccine works for children in a bid to seek authorization “as early as possible.” Pfizer said today its research shows its product works for children aged five to 11 and that it will also seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon — a key step toward protecting schoolchildren from the novel coronavirus.

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. to relax restrictions for vaccinated international travelers in November. (ReutersCTV and more)

    • The United States in November will re-open for air travelers from 33 countries including China, India, Brazil and most of Europe who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the White House said on Monday, easing tough pandemic-related travel restrictions imposed  beginning early last year.

  • COVID-19 creates shortages of an array of U.S. medical supplies. (Reuters)

    • Shortages of masks and gloves that marked the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic have spread to a host of other items needed at medical facilities in the United States, from exam tables and heart defibrillators to crutches and IV poles.

  • US$26.6-million in allegedly illicit proceeds to be used to fight COVID-19 and address medical needs in Equatorial Guinea. (News Release)

  • DOD awards US$647-million in contracts for over-the-counter COVID-19 test kits. (News Release)

    • The Department of Defense (DOD), in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), awarded four contracts totaling US$647-million to purchase over-the-counter COVID-19 test kits.

  • COVID-19 vaccines that require two shots. (CDC)

  • Bill H.R.5287 - To award a Congressional Gold Medal to honor the contributions of all of those whose efforts led to the successful development of life saving vaccines to combat the novel coronavirus. Introduced September 17, 2021. Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committees on House Administration, and the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

  • COVID-19 Related Relief Concerning Operations at Specific Airports. (Proposed Rule)

  • National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. (Notice)

Alberta

  • The vaccinated may enter: Alberta's COVID-19 vaccine passport system begins today. (CTV and News Release)  

  • Alberta's new proof-of-vaccination cards can be easily edited, residents say. (CTV)

  • Looking for a vaccine card in Alberta? You won't need a MyHealth Records account after all. (CTV)

    • Alberta's COVID-19 vaccine passport system comes into force today. The program allows businesses and venues to operate without capacity limits and other public health measures if they require proof of vaccination or a negative test result from anyone entering.

  • CMOH Order 43-2021 - 2021 COVID-19 Response – Alberta Government’s Restrictions Exemption Program

  • CMOH order 42-2021 which rescinds CMOH order 40-2021: 2021 COVID-19 response

  • 277,558 cases, an increase of 2,020 on September 16, 19,201 active cases, including 18 deaths.

British Columbia

  • B.C. is willing to help Alberta in its COVID-19 battle, but needs hospital space: Horgan. (CTV)

    • Premier John Horgan says the province is willing to help Alberta when it comes to battling COVID-19, but the priority is on ensuring hospitals in British Columbia don't become overwhelmed. Horgan says he's spoken to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney about the COVID-19 situation and B.C. will help in any way it can.

  • 177,954 cases, an increase of 768  on September 17, 6,031 active cases, including 11 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario announces eight new Ontario Health Teams. (News Release)

    • As part of its plan to end hallway health care and build an integrated health care system centred on the needs of patients, the Ontario government in partnership with Ontario Health is announcing eight new Ontario Health Teams located across the province. The province will provide up to C$9-million in funding over the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 fiscal years to support these teams in their efforts to seamlessly coordinate health care services for patients and ensure the province’s health care system can respond to any scenario as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.

  • Businesses brace for learning curve as Ontario's vaccine certificates set to take effect Wednesday. (CBC)

    • Pub manager Crystal Meikle is used to pivoting with the shifting rules for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. But Ontario's proof-of-vaccination policy, set to take effect on Wednesday, treads into new territory, she said, since workers will be tasked with asking customers to show they are immunized against the virus.

  • Almost 7,600 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered during Days of Vaxtion. (News Release)

  • Almost 90 per cent of City of Toronto staff who disclosed status are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. (News Release)

  • 580,194 cases, an increase of 2,146 since Friday, September 17, 6,376 active cases, including two deaths.

Quebec

  • COVID-19 pandemic – Postponement of the gradual return of public service personnel to government buildings. (News Release)

    • The Government of Quebec announces that the return-to-the-workplace plan for public service personnel, which was scheduled to begin on October 4, 2021, is postponed to a later date that will be specified when the epidemiological situation allows.

  • COVID-19 pandemic – The deployment of COVID-19 rapid tests in elementary schools will now extend to ten regions. (News Release)

    • In order to prevent outbreaks and avoid class closures as much as possible, the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS), in collaboration with the Ministère de l'Éducation (MEQ), is confirming the gradual deployment of rapid COVID-19 tests in preschool and elementary schools in ten administrative regions.

  • 403,704 cases, an increase of 2,242 since Friday, September 17, 6,603 active cases, including one death.

September 17, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Dining out, salons, gyms and more: COVID-19 restrictions by province and territory. (CTV)

    • With a fourth wave of COVID-19 taking hold in Canada, provinces and territories are implementing measures to prevent major outbreaks. Some have had to roll back their reopenings, while others have returned to a state of emergency.

  • Why vaccine passports may be an important tool in boosting vaccination rates. (CBC)

    • The passports contain proof that a person has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, allowing them to participate in some indoor recreational activities. But apart from that, what do they accomplish, and how effective are they? CBC News spoke to some experts.

U.S. – Federal

  • CDC to invest US$2.1-billion to protect patients and healthcare workers from COVID-19 and future infectious diseases. (News Release and Associated Press)

    • Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced a US$2.1-billion investment to improve infection prevention and control activities across the U.S. public health and healthcare sectors. The Biden-Harris Administration, working through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is investing American Rescue Plan funding to strengthen and equip state, local and territorial public health departments and other partner organizations with the resources needed to better fight infections in U.S. healthcare facilities, including COVID-19 and other known and emerging infectious diseases.

  • U.S. FDA vaccine advisors vote against COVID-19 booster shot approval. (CTV)

  • A panel of experts outside advisors to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted against approving COVID-19 booster shots for Americans, but may vote on a narrower approval for older adults later on Friday. The panel voted overwhelmingly against approving boosters for Americans age 16 and older, potentially undermining the Biden administration's plan to roll out third shots of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine as soon as next week.

  • Small agency, big job: Biden tasks OSHA with vaccine mandate. (Associated Press)

    • President Joe Biden this month threw the tiny Labor Department agency into the raging national debate over federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The president directed OSHA to write a rule requiring employers with at least 100 workers to force employees to get vaccinated or produce weekly test results showing they are virus free.

  • U.S. to buy millions of Pfizer vaccine doses to donate to the world. (Reuters)

    • The United States plans to buy hundreds of millions of additional doses of the Pfizer Inc. COVID-19 vaccine to donate around the world, The Washington Post reported on Friday, citing two unidentified people familiar with the deal.

  • Implementation of Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors. (Notice)

Alberta

  • 'Here we go again:' Albertans react to latest slate of COVID-19 health rules. (CTV)

    • As an emergency alert blared across the province notifying Albertans of another round of public health restrictions, some felt a range of emotions: anger, confusion, exhaustion.

  • Ontario confirms the province will help Alberta with overwhelmed ICUs. (CTV)

    • Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott confirms the province will help Alberta manage its overwhelmed intensive care units (ICUs), which have been inundated with COVID-19 patients, operating at 155 per cent over normal capacity.

  • 275,538 cases, an increase of 1,718 on September 15, 18,706 active cases, including 10 deaths.

British Columbia

  • B.C. turns down Alberta's call for COVID-19 help amid serious hospital crunch. (CTV)

    • A day after one of Alberta’s top health officials announced that the province’s COVID-19 health-care crisis necessitated a cross-country call for help, British Columbia’s health minister has responded to say B.C. simply can’t handle helping anyone else.

  • Why no workplace closures during B.C.'s fourth wave? Ministry says they haven't been necessary. (CTV)

    • B.C.'s Ministry of Health says officials still have the authority to order businesses to close when there is evidence of COVID-19 transmission between employees, they just haven't had a reason to issue such an order in more than three months.

  • 177,186 cases, an increase of 706 on September 16, 5,844 active cases, including four deaths.

Ontario

  • The City of Toronto is supporting vaccination certificates with an educational approach. (News Release)

    • The City of Toronto will be working with businesses to educate them on the Province of Ontario’s proof of vaccine requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA). Staff from Toronto Public Health and Municipal Licensing and Standards will continue to conduct inspections to ensure businesses are following the requirements under the ROA, including the new vaccination requirements, and will work to respond to complaints. The public is reminded that instances of violence should be referred to the Toronto Police Service.

  • O. Reg. 649/21: EXTENSIONS OF ORDERS (made under Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.9) amending O. Reg. 25/21 The Table to section 1 of Schedule 1 to Ontario Regulation 25/21 is revoked and the previously applicable revocation date of September 22, 2021 is substituted with the current revocation date of October 6, 2021.

  • O. Reg. 648/21: EXTENSIONS OF ORDERS (made under Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17) amending O. Reg. 458/20 Section 1 of Ontario Regulation 458/20 is amended by striking out “September 17, 2021” at the end and substituting “October 17, 2021”. In force September 16, 2021.

  • 578,048 cases, an increase of 795 since yesterday, 6,239 active cases, including five deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec says it has no capacity to take on COVID-19 patients from Alberta. (Global News)

    • Quebec is not capable of receiving additional intensive care patients from other parts of the country as Alberta faces a COVID-19 surge pushing its health system to the limit, a spokesperson for the province’s premier said today.

  • 401,462 cases, an increase of 837 since yesterday, 6,810 active cases, including three deaths.

September 16, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • People recently diagnosed with COVID-19 won't be able to vote on election day. (CTV)

    • Thousands of Canadians will not be able to vote in the upcoming federal election because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Elections Canada said. With the deadline for mail-in ballot passed as of 6 p.m. on Tuesday, anyone who is diagnosed with COVID-19 between now and Election Day will not be able to vote, as the mandatory isolation period extends beyond election day.

  • Health Canada authorizes new names for COVID-19 vaccines. (CTV)

    • Health Canada has authorized brand name changes for three COVID-19 vaccines approved for use. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will now be named Comirnaty, the Moderna vaccine will be named SpikeVax and the AstraZeneca vaccine will be named Vaxzevria, Health Canada. 

  • Canada must 'learn from' the pandemic crisis in parts of the West, Tam says. (CBC and Public Health Agency of Canada)

    • Canada's chief public health officer says other provinces need to learn from the poor pandemic example being set by Alberta and Saskatchewan if they want to avoid the crisis now afflicting health services in those provinces.

U.S. – Federal

  • United says about 90 per cent of staff are vaccinated ahead of company deadline. (Reuters)

    • United Airlines Holding Inc (UAL.O) said on Thursday 95 per cent of its management was fully vaccinated and about 90 per cent of all employees had uploaded proof of shots ahead of the company's September 27 deadline for staff vaccination.

  • As COVID-19 vaccine mandates rise, religious exemptions grow. (Associated Press)

    • An estimated 2,600 Los Angeles Police Department employees are citing religious objections to try to get out of the required COVID-19 vaccination. In Washington state, thousands of state workers are seeking similar exemptions.

  • U.S. Treasury says it disbursed US$700-billion of COVID-19 relief funds. (Reuters)

    • The U.S. Treasury on Thursday said it had disbursed about US$700-billion of US$1-trillion in COVID-19 relief programs administered by the Treasury in the first six months since the American Rescue Program (ARP) was signed into law.

  • Science Brief: COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccination. (CDC)

Alberta

  • Proof of vaccination program announced in Alberta as state of public health emergency declared. (News Release and CTV)

    • The government of Alberta has joined other provinces across Canada in announcing a proof of vaccination program as COVID-19 cases continue to soar to well over a thousand per day.

  • Order in Council 255/2021. PUBLIC HEALTH ACT (sections 52.1 and 52.8) – Declares a state of public health emergency in Alberta due to pandemic COVID-19, for the purposes of sections 52.1 and 52.8 of the Public Health Act. Order approved September 15, 2021.

  • Alberta's new restrictions came into effect at midnight. Here's what you need to know. (CTV)

    • Albertans will wake up Thursday to new restrictions implemented by the province to slow the spread of COVID-19 and ease the burden on its health system. Some of the measures Alberta introduced Wednesday evening came into effect hours later at midnight.

  • Calgary to take own measures to act on COVID-19 crisis, saying province 'doesn't care'. (CBC)

    • Calgary's mayor says the city will explore measures it can take to protect residents from the flood of COVID-19 cases overwhelming the province's health-care system.

  • CMOH order 41-2021, which amends CMOH Order 40-2021: 2021 COVID-19 response. Clarifications for CMOH Order 40-2021, Record of Decision of the Chief Medical Officer, which outlines temporary public health measures to protect Alberta’s health system from COVID-19.

  • 273,820 cases, an increase of 1,609 on September 14, 18,421 active cases, including 24 deaths.

British Columbia

  • Valid contraindications and deferrals to COVID-19 vaccination. (Provincial Health Officer)

    • For support of medical accommodation under the Provincial Health Officer COVID-19 Vaccination Status Information and Preventive Measures Order.

  • 176,480 cases, an increase of 661 on September 15, 5,791 active cases, including seven deaths.

Ontario

  • These companies are offering up cash incentives for employees who get vaccinated against COVID-19. (CTV)

    • Despite a majority of Canadians rolling up their sleeves for the COVID-19 vaccine, some companies are offering cash incentives for employees or potential new hires who may still be hesitant.

  • Ontario businesses prepare for ‘kick-back’ a week before new vaccination requirements begin. (Global News)

    • Ontario businesses are bracing themselves for potential conflicts that may arise when the province’s new proof of vaccination system goes into effect next week.

  • Some parents are upset after OMHA mandates COVID-19 vaccinations for players and coaches. (CTV)

    • The Ontario Minor Hockey Association, in conjunction with Alliance Hockey, announced a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for coaches, volunteers and eligible players 12 and older.

  • 577,253 cases, an increase of 864 since yesterday, 6,129 active cases, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • COVID-19 Pandemic – Information sharing to get a current picture of the immunization status of school staff. (News Release)

    • As expected, an increase in COVID-19 cases has been observed in school settings in recent weeks, accelerated by the contagiousness of the Delta variant. Public Health has begun a process with elementary, secondary, college and university institutions in Quebec to obtain a current picture of the vaccination coverage of their staff.

  • Monitoring the evolution of the COVID-19 epidemic: Hospitalization risks and projections of hospital needs. (News Release and Report)

  • The following Orders were published in the Gazette officielle du Québec, Part II (dated September 16, 2021):

    • Order in Council 1225-2021 Declaring renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health. Made on September 15, 2021 renewed until September 24, 2021.

    • Ministerial Order 2021-063 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation. In regards to health regions where the wearing of a procedural mask is mandatory at all times for students at the elementary or secondary school level in general education for youth. Effective September 9, 2021.

    • Ministerial Order 2021-054 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation. In regards to the conduct of municipal general election, various sections are revoked and substituted. Effective July 22, 2021.

  • 400,625 cases, an increase of 782 since yesterday, 6,607 active cases, including two deaths.

September 15, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Online COVID-19 risk assessment gets an upgrade to reflect larger gatherings. (CTV)

    • As the COVID-19 situation changes across the country, tools to help Canadians assess their risk level are getting an upgrade as well: this fall, a website that gives Canadians an idea of the virus risk in any given situation has updated to be more relevant for back-to-school.

  • Where Canadians can travel abroad during COVID-19. (CTV)

    • While Canada continues to advise against all non-essential travel outside the country, there are plenty of countries accepting Canadian travellers with limited COVID-19 restrictions.

U.S. – Federal

  • Fed regional banks mandate COVID-19 shots for employees. (Reuters)

    • The regional Fed banks of New York, Boston, St. Louis, San Francisco, Chicago, Richmond, Cleveland, Dallas, Atlanta and Kansas City all separately told their staff last month they would be subject to a vaccine mandate, with compliance deadlines set for as soon as October 1 and as late as November 15.

  • Largest colleges push student vaccines with mandates, prizes. (Associated Press)

    • As a new semester begins amid a resurgence of the coronavirus, 26 of the 50 largest public university campuses in the U.S. are not mandating that students be vaccinated, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.

  • Biden: Nearly three million get health coverage during COVID-19 sign-up. (Associated Press)

    • Nearly three million consumers took advantage of a special six-month period to sign up for subsidized health insurance coverage made more affordable by the COVID-19 relief law, President Joe Biden said Wednesday.

  • Bill H.Res.637 - Expressing the sense of Congress that financial institutions provided copious and necessary assistance as an intermediary between the Small Business Administration and affected businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Introduced September 14, 2021, referred to the House Committee on Small Business.

  • Bill S.2742 - A bill to establish the COVID-19 Unemployment Insurance Fraud Task Force, and for other purposes. Introduced September 14, 2021, read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

  • Issuance of Exemption in Response to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. (Notice)

  • COVID-19 - Workplaces and Businesses. (CDC)

    • Updated guidance on mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

Alberta

  • Mounting pressure on Alberta premier as doctors and experts call for his resignation. (CTV)

    • Increasing criticism is being directed at Premier Jason Kenney for Alberta's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The calls from doctors and political experts for the premier to step down are growing louder following Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw's admission that lifting pandemic restrictions for the summer was a mistake. The mounting pressure for change also comes as the number of COVID-19 patients in Alberta's intensive care units reaches record highs.

  • 272,211 cases, an increase of 1,434 on September 13, 18,265 active cases, including nine deaths.

British Columbia

  • Human rights complaints against B.C. premier and top doctor over vaccine mandate dismissed. (CTV)

    • Human rights complaints against B.C.'s premier and top doctor over COVID-19 vaccine rules have been dismissed by the province's tribunal.

  • Will B.C.'s vaccine mandate cause hospital staffing shortages? Officials preparing for the possibility. (CTV)

    • There are concerns that B.C.'s vaccination mandate for health-care facilities will prompt some vaccine-hesitant workers to abandon their posts in the midst of the pandemic — and officials are bracing for that possibility. Health Minister Adrian Dix said the government is reviewing every hospital in the province to determine staff vaccination rates, with an aim of boosting those numbers before the mandate takes effect on October 26.

  • 175,819 cases, an increase of 677 on September 13, 6,165 active cases, including one death.

Ontario

  • Ontario didn't spend money from the COVID-19 response program in the first quarter: watchdog. (CTV)

    • Ontario's fiscal watchdog says the province didn't spend any money from a new C$2.7-billion COVID-19 response program in the first quarter. A Wednesday report from the Financial Accountability Office found that the province spent a total of C$2.6-billion — or 6.6 per cent — less than planned between April and July.

  • Canada's largest school board says staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1. (CBC)

    • The Toronto District School Board says its employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1, 2021.

  • Team Toronto Mobile Strategy launches Days of Vaxtion to encourage all Torontonians to get fully vaccinated. (News Release)

    • Today, Mayor John Tory announced #DaysofVaxtion — a city-wide series of pop-up vaccination clinics starting Thursday and running through this weekend. The campaign is part of Team Toronto’s continued efforts to help residents get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as quickly as possible, if they have not already done so.

  • 576,389 cases, an increase of 593 since yesterday, 5,936 active cases, including five deaths.

Quebec

  • Enforcement of Quebec's vaccination passport system is in full effect today. Here's what that means. (CBC)

    • Today marks the end of the two-week grace period the province put in place for people and businesses to adapt. Although the system was in use, no penalties were imposed for non-compliance.

  • 399,843 cases, an increase of 785 since yesterday, 6,480 active cases, including one death.

September 14, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Nearly one million Canadians are expected to vote by mail as the deadline to request ballots looms. (CBC)

    • The number of Canadians opting to vote by mail in next week's federal election will likely end up far lower than Elections Canada's initial estimates. The organization said just last month that it was bracing for a massive surge in mail-in ballot requests as Canadians looked for alternative voting methods amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. says federal employees must be vaccinated by November 22. (Reuters)  

  • ​Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. (Executive Order)  

  • ​Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors. (Executive Order)

    • The Biden administration said that most federal employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than November 22 as it drafts rules to require large employers to have their workers inoculated or tested weekly.

  • COVID-19 travel recommendations by destination – Map. (CDC)

Alberta

  • New card-sized COVID-19 vaccination record. (News Release and CTV)

    • Albertans will be able to print a card to show their proof of vaccination starting on Thursday. It will also be accessible on mobile devices, a government announcement on Tuesday read. Officials announced the move in late August, shutting down any equalization to a vaccine passport.

  • Alberta physicians call for proof of immunity to access indoor public spaces. (CTV)

    • A group of 65 Alberta infectious disease physicians penned an open letter calling on the province to immediately require proof of vaccination to access indoor public places on Monday.

  • Vaccination incentive launches. (News Release)

    • Eligible Albertans can now register to get a C$100 debit card for receiving a first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. This one-time incentive is for all Albertans age 18 or older who receive either a first or second dose of vaccine between September 3 and October 14.

  • 270,777 cases, an increase of 1,584 on September 12, 18,395 active cases, including 18 deaths.

British Columbia

  • B.C. expanding vaccine mandate to all health-care facilities next month. (CTV)

    • Vaccination against COVID-19 will be mandatory for all workers and volunteers at health-care facilities across the province next month, officials announced Monday. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the mandate, which expands on a previously announced vaccination requirement for employees at long-term care homes and assisted living facilities, will take effect on October 26.

  • BC Vaccine Card increases confidence, keeps businesses open, makes events safer. (News Release)

  • Updated forecast signals strong recovery for B.C., pandemic uncertainty remains. (News Release)

  • 175,142 cases, an increase of 1,984 on September 13, 5,825 active cases, including nine deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario releasing guidance to support proof of vaccination policy. (News Release and CTV)

  • Using your vaccination receipt: frequently asked questions. (Backgrounder)

  • Expanded eligibility for third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. (Backgrounder)

  • O. Reg. 645/21: RULES FOR AREAS AT STEP 3 AND AT THE ROADMAP EXIT STEP (made under Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17) amending O. REG. 364/20 in regards to proof of vaccination details. In force September 22, 2021.

  • Toronto Public Health continues to support a return to in-person learning in schools with enhanced public health measures. (News Release)

  • 575,796 cases, an increase of 577 since yesterday, 6,103 active cases, including seven deaths.

Quebec

  • After criticism, Quebec vaccination head to take over deployment of rapid tests in schools. (CTV)

    • The head of Quebec's COVID-19 vaccination strategy will oversee the deployment of rapid tests in schools after administrators criticized the rollout of the program. Daniel Pare will be responsible for ensuring that schools across the province have access to rapid COVID-19 testing, Health Minister Christian Dubé said Tuesday on Twitter.

  • 399,058 cases, an increase of 633 since yesterday, 6,241 active cases, including seven deaths.

September 13, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Navigating a COVID-19 vaccine passport society won't be easy for those who remain unvaccinated. (CBC)

    • There are millions of Canadians who haven't been vaccinated against COVID-19 for a number of reasons, including medical issues, allergies and lack of access. But among the unvaccinated are those who are simply opposed to vaccines, known as "anti-vaxxers," and those who say that mandatory vaccination violates their freedom.

  • Hospital says protests against pandemic measures are 'demoralizing' for health-care staff. (CTV)

    • A Toronto hospital where protests against COVID-19 measures are planned today says such demonstrations are demoralizing. The University Health Network, which runs Toronto General Hospital, says staff who have cared for the people dying of COVID-19 are particularly disheartened.

  • Canadian pensioners are fighting more than C$12,000 in fines for refusing to quarantine in a hotel. (CBC)

    • Canada's controversial hotel quarantine requirement for international air passengers has been scrapped. But it remains a thorn in the side of those who defied the rules, got fined and plan to fight their fine in court.

U.S. – Federal

  • Biden vaccine plan hinges on rarely used rule, inviting legal challenges. (Reuters
  • ​Biden to announce new COVID-19 steps ahead of U.N. meeting, surgeon general says. (Reuters)

    • U.S. President Joe Biden's plan requiring more than 100 million Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 relies on a rarely used workplace rule with a history of being blocked in court, making it an inviting target for legal challenges by employers.

  • U.S. international scientists say COVID-19 vaccines do not currently 'show a need for boosting'. (CTV)

    • The current evidence on COVID-19 vaccines does not appear to support a need for booster shots in the general public right now, according to an international group of vaccine scientists, including some from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization.

  • Bill H.R.5204 - To require certain passengers, employees, contractors, and subcontractors of Amtrak and air carriers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test for COVID-19 for certain transportation or employment, and for other purposes. Introduced September 10, 2021, referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

  • Remarks by President Biden on fighting the COVID-⁠19 pandemic. (The White House)

  • 12 COVID-19 vaccination strategies for your community. (CDC)

Alberta

  • All day surgeries in the Edmonton health zone are postponed as hospitals struggle under the pressure of COVID-19. (CBC)

    • Up to 70 per cent of all scheduled surgeries and procedures in the Edmonton health zone will be immediately postponed as Alberta Health Services works to free up space and frontline staff to care for patients with COVID-19. All day surgeries will be postponed and only "priority cancer, urgent and emergent surgeries" will go ahead, AHS spokesperson Kerry Williamson told CBC News today.

  • Alberta universities to mandate vaccinations for students, staff and visitors attending campus. (CTV)

    • Nine of Alberta's largest post-secondary institutions have jointly announced plans to eliminate rapid testing options and instead require proof of COVID-19 immunization to attend campus.

  • Some are concerned that the UCP is putting politics ahead of public health with the vaccine passport survey. (CBC)

    • Some Albertans are concerned the United Conservatives are politicizing COVID-19 vaccine passports, after launching a feedback survey on the subject that asks for donations once filled out.

  • Vaccination clinic on wheels continues tour. (News Release)

    • Launched in July, the mobile vaccination clinic is a joint effort between Alberta Health and a broad coalition of businesses to help further extend Alberta’s vaccination campaign. The clinic’s focus is on rural communities, hard-to-reach populations, worksites and other locations where vaccine uptake may be low.

  • Chief Medical Officer orders (CMOH) 40-2021: COVID-19 response. Record of Decision of the Chief Medical Officer, which outlines temporary public health measures to protect Alberta’s health system from COVID-19. Added September 7, 2021.

  • Premier Kenney statement on hospital protests. (News Release)

  • 266,037 cases, an increase of 1,473 on September 9, 16,265 active cases, including 10 deaths.

British Columbia

  • B.C. groups are concerned over the lack of compromise in the COVID-19 vaccine card plan. (CTV and CBC)

    • A group of British Columbia community organizations want changes to the province's COVID-19 vaccine card, saying it fails to account for the needs of people who face legitimate barriers to getting a vaccine or proof of immunization.

  • Orders in Council 530-2021. Effective December 31, 2021, item 13 in Schedule 2 of the COVID-19 Related Measures Act, S.B.C. 2020, c. 8, s. 3.

  • Orders in Council 526-2021. Effective December 31, 2021, item 6 in Schedule 1 of the COVID-19 Related Measures 
    Act, S.B.C. 2020, c. 8, is repealed.

  • Orders in Council 518-2021. Effective December 31, 2021, item 17 in Schedule 2 of the COVID-19 Related Measures
    Act, S.B.C. 2020, c. 8, is repealed.

  • 173,158 cases, an increase of 820 on September 10, 5,850 active cases, including nine deaths.

Ontario

  • Toronto police are ready to arrest anyone who obstructs ambulances at the anti-vaccine protest, mayor says. (CTV)

    • Toronto Mayor John Tory is condemning any participation in a protest at hospital doors ahead of a planned anti-vax rally at Toronto General Hospital Monday, warning that police are prepared to arrest anyone who blocks ambulance access to the facility.

  • Doug Ford's government polled Ontarians about its COVID-19 response. Here's what the numbers reveal. (CBC)

    • The Ford government has kept a close eye on how Ontarians feel about its response to COVID-19 by steadily commissioning opinion polls on pandemic-related topics. Documents obtained by CBC News through a freedom of information request reveal that the provincial cabinet office was getting polling reports as often as weekly through 2020.

  • 575,219 cases, an increase of 2,241 since Friday, September 10, 2021, 6,216 active cases, including six deaths.

Quebec

  • 398,425 cases, an increase of 2,391 since Friday, September 10, 2021, 6,295 active cases, including one death.

September 10, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • National vaccine panel now recommends booster COVID-19 shots for immunocompromised people. (CTV)

    • The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now recommending that immunocompromised people receive a booster shot of an mRNA vaccine against COVID-19.

  • 'Profound effect' of COVID-19 is transforming Canada's labour market. (CBC)

    • There are signs that the Canadian jobs landscape is currently going through a transformation that will affect us all, but with the country in the midst of an election, many of the complex issues have been hard to address. Jobs numbers out Friday morning show the Canadian economy created 90,000 new jobs in August, bringing the unemployment rate to 7.1 per cent. 

  • The following Orders were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I (dated September 11, 2021):

U.S. – Federal

  • Biden new COVID-19 vaccine order: 'We are in the tough stretch'. (CTV)

    • In his most forceful pandemic actions and words, U.S. President Joe Biden ordered sweeping new federal vaccine requirements for as many as 100 million Americans — private-sector employees as well as health-care workers and federal contractors — in an all-out effort to curb the surging COVID-19 Delta variant.

  • USDOT details efforts to secure refunds for American families for flights cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (News Release)

    • Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is releasing a report on its work to address failures of airlines to provide timely refunds for flights cancelled or significantly changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This report was mandated by President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy that he issued in July.

  • HHS announces the availability of US$25.5-billion in COVID-19 provider funding. (News Release)

    • The Biden-Harris Administration announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is making US$25.5-billion in new funding available for health care providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding includes US$8.5-billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) resources for providers who serve rural Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or Medicare patients, and an additional U$17-billion for Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 for a broad range of providers who can document revenue loss and expenses associated with the pandemic.

  • Executive order on ensuring adequate COVID safety protocols for federal contractors. (News Release)

  • Executive order on requiring coronavirus disease 2019 vaccination for federal employees. (News Release)

  • Remarks by President Biden on fighting the COVID-⁠19 pandemic. (The White House)

Alberta

  • Alberta is increasing home care funding to open hospital beds for COVID-19 patients. (CTV)

    • The Alberta government announced on Thursday funds to increase capacity for the home care system to make room for COVID-19 patients filling up the province's ICUs, but no new measures to reduce the spread of the virus and no vaccine passports. The province is spending C$36-million to pay home care workers more and hire additional employees to care for more Albertans in their own homes, instead of hospitals.

  • 'Move to endemic was too early': Hinshaw acknowledges Alberta jumped the gun relaxing COVID-19 response. (CTV)

    • The doctor leading Alberta through the pandemic has admitted she began treating COVID-19 as endemic prematurely. Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw made the comments Thursday when the province announced it needed to find more ICU space.

  • 264,564 cases, an increase of 1,510 on September 8, 15,977 active cases, including 27 deaths.

British Columbia

  • All COVID-19 patients under age 50 in B.C. ICUs are unvaccinated, health minister says. (CTV)

    • The vast majority of people who are battling COVID-19 in B.C.'s intensive care units are not fully vaccinated against the disease, and that's especially true of the younger people who develop serious illness. Provincial Minister of Health Adrian Dix shared the demographics of B.C.'s ICU population at a news conference on Thursday as he repeated his perpetual appeal for residents to get vaccinated.

  • 172,338 cases, an increase of 774 on September 9, 6,021 active cases, including five deaths.

Ontario

  • Public Health Ontario warns of fraudulent emails offering vaccine passport registration. (CTV)

    • Public Health Ontario (PHO) is warning that an email doctored to appear from them offering vaccine passport registration is indeed fraudulent.

  • The City of Toronto is continuing to provide residents with convenient walk-in access to vaccinations. (News Release)

    • The City of Toronto continues to work with Team Toronto to support convenient ways for all residents to receive essential protection against COVID-19 through vaccination. As part of this effort and to leverage vaccination opportunities, Toronto Public Health (TPH) is opening clinic operations at Woodbine Mall at 500 Rexdale Blvd. in Etobicoke, and will also relaunch student immunizations at this clinic location. The Woodbine Mall clinic will replace operations at The Hangar at 75 Carl Hall Rd., as TPH’s lease comes to an end. This transition will become effective on Tuesday, September 21.

  • Private schools are given rapid antigen COVID-19 tests that Ontario officials said aren't needed in public schools. (CTV)

    • As a new school year begins in Ontario, a select few thousand children at Toronto private schools will have access to frequent asymptomatic rapid antigen COVID-19 testing, paid for with public funds, while the province’s education minister and chief health officer say such rapid screening for public school students is unnecessary.

  • The City of Toronto continues to see an increase in COVID-19 vaccine doses administered. (News Release)

  • 572,978 cases, an increase of 848 since yesterday, 6,123 active cases, including 11 deaths.

Quebec

  • COVID-19 pandemic – New written public health recommendations are posted online. (News Release and Documents)

    • The Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) is making public on its website new recommendations produced by Public Health. These are in addition to the documents that have been filed there in recent months.

  • Ministerial Order 2021-063 Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation. In regards to health regions where the wearing of a procedural mask is mandatory at all times for students at the elementary or secondary school level in general education for youth. Effective September 9, 2021.

  • 396,034 cases, an increase of 879 since yesterday, 6,012 active cases, including four deaths.

September 9, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Canadian hospitals spend C$23,000 on a typical COVID-19 patient, report finds. (CTV and CIHI Report)

    • The average cost per hospitalization of a COVID-19 patient in Canada is estimated to be C$23,000, according to new data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

  • Experts recommend using more rapid tests, so why is Canada so far behind other regions? (CTV)

    • In some regions of the world, rapid tests, also known as lateral flow tests, have been a regularly used tool in the pandemic toolbox. But in Canada, these tests are scarce, except for in a few areas, leading some experts to say that we are underutilizing them.

U.S. – Federal

  • Sweeping new vaccine mandates for 100 million Americans. (CTV)

  • ​Federal workers' union suggests it will accept the Biden vaccine mandate. (Reuters)

    • U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday is toughening COVID-19 vaccine requirements for federal workers and contractors as he aims to boost vaccinations and curb the surging Delta variant that is killing thousands each week and jeopardizing the nation's economic recovery.

  • Schiff presses Facebook and Amazon on efforts to curb COVID-19 vaccine misinformation. (Reuters)

    • U.S. Representative Adam Schiff on Thursday called on Facebook (FB.O) and Amazon (AMZN.O) to provide a more thorough explanation of their efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation.

  • Los Angeles is expected to pass a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for school students. (Reuters)

    • The Los Angeles Board of Education was to vote on Thursday on a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for all children age 12 and older in the second-largest school district in the United States.

Alberta

  • 'Boiling point': Alberta doctors warn of health system collapse as COVID-19 cases climb. (CTV)

  • Calgary hospitals cancel all elective surgeries as COVID-19 cases fill hospitals. (CBC)

    • Alberta's health-care system is on the verge of collapse, warns a group of physicians who are pleading with the government to strengthen public health measures to fend off a relentless fourth wave of COVID-19.

  • WestJet will require all workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. (CBC)

    • WestJet will require all of its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 30, the Calgary-based airline announced Wednesday. Full vaccination will also be a requirement for new hires going forward.

  • Alberta's rising COVID-19 cases due to faulty modelling and government inaction, experts say. (CBC)

    • Alberta's plan to lift all pandemic restrictions and precautions appears to have been based on a scenario rooted more in wishful optimism and political expediency than obvious scientific evidence, say experts in infectious diseases and pandemic modelling.

  • 263,054 cases, an increase of 1,166 on September 7, 15,618 active cases, including 18 deaths.

British Columbia

  • B.C. opens door for medical exemptions to vaccine card in 'extremely rare' cases. (CTV)

    • B.C. has now indicated medical exemptions to the incoming vaccine card requirement may be allowed, but only in “extremely rare” cases. As of Wednesday evening, more than 700,000 people in B.C. had accessed their vaccine card, which will have to be shown as proof at certain non-essential businesses and activities as of September 13. Proof of full vaccination, including being two weeks past a second shot, will be required as of October 24.

  • 171,564 cases, an increase of 814 on September 8, 5,550 active cases, no new deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario prepares to launch digital ID program and here's how it works. (CTV and News Release)

    • Ontario is preparing to launch a digital identification program in the coming months, meaning people will no longer need to carry a physical driver’s licence or health card (access and use vaccination records). According to the government, Ontario's digital identification program is scheduled to launch in late 2021.

  • Western-affiliated ethics prof says she faces 'imminent dismissal' for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine. (CBC)

    • An ethics professor at Western University affiliated Huron University College says she faces "imminent dismissal" unless she is vaccinated for COVID-19.

  • 572,130 cases, an increase of 798 since yesterday, 6,056 active cases, including 10 deaths.

Quebec

  • Tens of thousands of Quebec health-care workers are still unvaccinated as mandatory policy nears. (CBC)

    • The Quebec government says it is confident a "large majority" of health-care workers will comply with its mandatory vaccination policy, even if tens of thousands still haven't gotten a jab. Roughly 30,000 staff in the private health system and 25,800 in the public system remain unvaccinated, the Ministry of Health said in a statement on Wednesday.

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

    • The Institut national d'excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS) is making available today the latest update of the two reports it produces on a weekly basis in support of decision-makers and managers of the health and social services network.

  • Order in Council 1200-2021 declaring Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act until September 17, 2021.

  • 395,155 cases, an increase of 703 since yesterday, 5,837 active cases, including one death.

September 8, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • COVID-19 booster shots are likely not needed for most Canadians, experts say. (CTV)

    • While some countries are already committed to providing COVID-19 booster shots to their populations, Canada has not yet released a third dose plan and some experts say it’s still too early to tell if a booster is necessary for the general population.

  • What provinces have to say about vaccine passports. (CTV)

    • With the Delta variant fuelling a fourth wave of COVID-19 in Canada, provincial and territorial governments remain divided on whether to issue some form of vaccine passport.

  • ‘Vaccine passport’ or ‘immunization record’? Why experts say there’s power in words. (Global News)

    • Protesters rallying against “vaccine passports” have cast a shadow over Canada’s election campaign trail this year. The jeers and shouts from demonstrators have been following Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau at most campaign stops over his unwavering support for the certificates and vaccination against COVID-19 — and they are getting more aggressive.

  • Canada has opened up its borders to fully vaccinated foreign travellers. Are there risks? (CTV)

    • Canada opened its borders to fully vaccinated non-essential foreign travellers from across the globe, allowing them to skip the 14-day quarantine requirement. Canada is currently in the midst of a fourth wave of COVID-19 fuelled by the Delta variant.

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. Supreme Court to resume in-person oral arguments. (Reuters)

    • The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in person for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic started when its new session begins in October, the nation's top judicial body announced on Wednesday.

  • Increased COVID Restrictions on the Pentagon Reservation. (News Release and Publication)

  • Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 23) - Department of Defense Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination Attestation and Screening Testing for Unvaccinated Personnel. (News Release and Publication)

  • COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Installation Status Update. (Publication)

Alberta

  • Alberta MLA accuses the government of 'disparaging' the unvaccinated. (CBC)

    • Peter Guthrie, the United Conservative Party MLA for Airdrie-Cochrane, which hugs the north and west edges of Calgary, said Tuesday that the provincial government's recent announcement about renewed mask mandates and incentives for vaccinations adopted a "disparaging and accusatory tone" toward the unvaccinated.

  • 261,888 cases, an increase of 1,303 on September 6, 15,486 active cases, including 17 deaths.

British Columbia

  • Vaccine card enhances confidence, increases safety at B.C. events. (News Release)

    • The Province is launching the BC Vaccine Card, a digital or printed document that shows the stage cardholders are at in their COVID-19 vaccine progress. The BC Vaccine Card will allow vaccinated people to conveniently and securely show their proof of vaccination at higher-risk social and recreational events and settings when new COVID-19 vaccine requirement rules take effect on September 13, 2021. This will help increase vaccinations, while protecting people in these settings, keeping businesses open and allowing events to take place.

  • Maximum allowable rent increase is capped at 1.5 per cent for 2022. (News Release)

    • B.C.’s maximum allowable rent increase amount for 2022 is being set at 1.5 per cent, based on inflation. This increase cannot take effect prior to January 1, 2022. If landlords choose to increase rent, they must provide a full three months’ notice to tenants using the correct notice of rent increase form. To support British Columbians, the Province enacted a rent freeze at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The freeze has since been extended to December 31, 2021.

  • 170,750 cases, an increase of 533 on September 7, 5,465 active cases, including 15 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario's COVID-19 testing system braces for return-to-school effect. (CBC)

  • ​Amid worry over rising infection rates, Ontario Education Minister says schools remain safe. (CBC)

    • As nearly two million students return to classrooms for the first time in five months, the demand for COVID-19 tests in Ontario is expected to surge. The average number of tests conducted daily in the province is currently running at less than half the 60,000 tests-per- day rate when schools were shuttered in early April. Since then, many COVID-19 assessment centres have reduced their hours or shut their doors. 

  • Residents should continue to work remotely, avoid large gatherings amid 'turbulent' fourth wave: Peel's top doctor. (CTV)

    • Medical Officer of Health Dr. Lawrence Loh made the comment during a briefing at Brampton city hall on Wednesday morning as he outlined several ways that residents can reduce their contacts and help limit the spread of COVID-19 amid a Delta-driven fourth wave of the pandemic.

  • Data shows that unvaccinated residents are seven times more likely to become infected with COVID-19, the City of Toronto sees increase in doses administered following Province’s proof of vaccination announcement. (New Release)

    • While the rate of COVID-19 cases is low in Toronto, it is growing. New case data shows more infections are now being reported among younger adults and unvaccinated individuals, who are seven times more likely to become infected with COVID-19. The new data was released today when Mayor John Tory and Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa provided an update on the City of Toronto’s vaccination progress. Toronto Public Health also reported an increase in vaccinations since the Province of Ontario announced a proof of vaccination system.

  • Ontario invests in medical diagnostic solutions in Kanata. (News Release)

    • Evik Diagnostic Innovations Inc. is investing nearly C$1.5-million to ramp up the production of a laboratory test mixture that is used in diagnostic devices to meet the increased demand from the medical device manufacturers due to COVID-19, with support of C$513,200 from the Ontario Together Fund.

  • 571,332 cases, an increase of 554 since yesterday, 6,040 active cases, including 16 deaths.

Quebec

  • COVID-19 pandemic – The Government of Quebec announces the mandatory vaccination of health and social services workers. (News Release)

    • Québec Premier François Legault, accompanied by the Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, and the National Director of Public Health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, confirmed today that, as of October 15, all health and social services stakeholders, whether in close direct contact with patients or not, must be adequately vaccinated against COVID-19, unless contraindicated to that effect.

  • COVID-19 pandemic – Wearing a mask in schools in three RCMs in the Chaudière-Appalaches region. (News Release)

    • The Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) announces, following a recommendation made by public health authorities, that as of this Friday morning, the wearing of a procedure mask will be mandatory at all times in the classrooms of any elementary and secondary school in three RCMs in the Chaudière-Appalaches region, namely those of Appalaches, Beauce-Sartigan and Les Etchemins.

  • 394,452 cases, an increase of 600 since yesterday, 5,625 active cases, including three deaths.

September 7, 2021
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Feds ease travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nationals. (CTV)

    • The federal government has added fully vaccinated foreign nationals to the ranks of travellers who are once again welcome on Canadian soil. As of midnight Monday night, quarantine requirements were eased for non-essential international travellers who have had a full course of a Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Everything you need to know about the new travel rules coming into effect September 7. (CTV)

    • The federal government is easing international travel restrictions this week, with fully vaccinated foreign nationals allowed to enter Canada for non-essential purposes, such as tourism, starting today. International t