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

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

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

Canada Federal

  • Throne Speech will chart Liberals' path to pandemic recovery (Globe and Mail).

  • The following Order has now been issued:

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) (made under the Quarantine Act). The effective date of the previous Order extended to October 21, 2020.

  • Government of Canada encouraging Indigenous participation in its response to COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Latest COVID-19 research investment supports knowledge exchange on social, cultural and economic impact of COVID-19 (News Release).

U.S. Federal

  • U.S. House Democrats file bill to fund government through December 11, 2020, and avoid shutdown (Reuters).

  • House Speaker Pelosi discusses aid with airline CEOs (Reuters).

  • U.S. reverses COVID-19 testing guidance again: exposed without symptoms need tests (Reuters).

Alberta

  • 16,381 confirmed cases, an increase of 107 on Friday, 1 death.

British Columbia

  • Province updates measures to enforce COVID-19 public safety (News Release).

    • Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth is aligning the Province’s ticketing measures with the provincial health officer’s (PHO) updated orders on Food and Liquor Serving Premises and Gatherings and Events, giving police and other provincial enforcement officers the ability to issue violation tickets for contraventions.

    • B.C. announces expanded list of COVID-19 violations for restaurants and bars (CBC).

  • 7,842 confirmed cases, an increase of 139 cases on Friday, 3 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario limits the size of unmonitored and private social gatherings across entire province (News Release).

  • Ontario presses Ottawa to increase share of health funding; fair and flexible federal funding needed to fight COVID-19, modernize long-term care and build critical infrastructure (News Release).

  • Added to e-laws this afternoon: O.Reg. 519/20 Rules for Areas in Stage 3 (made under the Reopening Ontario (a Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020).

  • Ontario sees 425 new COVID-19 cases, most in more than 3 months (CBC).

  • 47,274 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,197 since Friday, 3 deaths.

Quebec

  • Ministerial Order 2020-068 related to the further limits on gatherings.

  • 'Red alert' looms in parts of Quebec (CTV).

  • Update of regional alert levels and announcement of additional measures (News Release).

    • The Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, announces that the regions of Montreal and Chaudière-Appalaches, as well as a portion of the Capitale-Nationale region, are moving to the orange level. He also announced that some parts of the Lanaudière and Laurentides regions are for their part going to the yellow level.

  • 68,128 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,475 since Friday, 3 deaths.

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

Canada Federal 

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will address Canadians in a national broadcast Wednesday evening, just hours after his government is scheduled to unveil its updated policy agenda in a Speech From the Throne. (The Globe and Mail)

    • “He will also give a summary of the government’s plans in the Throne Speech to fight the virus and build our economic recovery.”

  • Government of Canada signs new agreements to secure additional vaccine candidate and treatment for COVID-19. (News Release)

  • Canada "at a crossroads": COVID-19 will keep spreading if behaviours don't change, Tam says. (CTV)

  • Canada signs deals for supply of Sanofi vaccine candidate and antiviral drug to treat COVID-19. (CTV)

U.S. Federal

  • Testimony by Chair Powell on Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

Alberta

  • Government House Leader Jason Nixon has indicated he will advise the Speaker to call Alberta MLAs back to the legislature on Tuesday, October 20. (News Release)

  • More support is coming to help relaunch childcare sector. Licensed childcare programs will receive C$87-million in new funding as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan and the federal Safe Restart agreement. (News Release)

  • Alberta is shifting to targeted COVID-19 testing to reduce testing wait times, speed up access to results and support Albertans during influenza season and the winter months.

  • 16,739 confirmed cases, an increase of 358 since the weekend, including one death.

British Columbia

  • The following orders were issued:

    • Order in Council No. 526 – Related to motor vehicle regulations (fees, extension of "covid-19 emergency") (made under the Motor Vehicle Act and the Commercial Transport Act).

    • Order in Council No. 558 – Related to the Carbon Tax Remission (COVID-19 Emergency) Regulation (made under the Financial Administration Act, Motor Fuel Tax Act and the Carbon Tax Act).

    • Order in Council No. 544Emergency Benefit for Workers Regulation (made under the Income Tax Act).

    • Order in Council No. 547 – Related to the Employment and Assistance Regulation and the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Regulation (made under the Employment and Assistance Act and the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act).

    • Order in Council No. 564 – Related to Local Government Grants Regulations (COVID-19 Safe Restart Grants) (made under the Local Government Grants Act).

    • Order in Council No. 566 – Related to amendments to the COVID-19 Related Measures Act (as per Ministerial Order No. 358 – Food and Liquor Premises, Gatherings and Events (COVID 19) Order).

  • 8,208 confirmed cases, an increase of 366 since the weekend, including four deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario set to launch largest flu immunization campaign in province's history; new investments part of the government’s COVID-19 fall preparedness plan. (News Release)

    • The plan, entitled Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19, sets out a series of steps to prevent, identify and respond to any outbreak scenario this fall.

      • More details on Ontario's fall plan coming soon. Health Minister Christine Elliott added that the rest of province’s fall preparedness plan will be unveiled in the “next several days.”

      • The health minister said the plan focuses on six “key areas":

        • Maintaining public health measures, including expanding testing for the novel coronavirus and contact tracing.

        • Implementing the largest flu immunization campaign in the province’s history.

        • Quickly identifying, managing and preventing outbreaks of the disease.

        • Accelerating efforts to reduce health service backlogs.

        • Preparing the province for surges in COVID-19 cases.

        • Recruiting, retaining, training and supporting health-care workers.

  • The Ontario government is making it easier, faster and more affordable to access the justice system by investing in technology and providing more services online. This will enable the province to provide more remote proceedings and reduce the number of courthouse visits, making the justice system safer to access during the COVID-19 outbreak and recovery period. (News Release)

  • 47,752 confirmed cases, an increase of 478 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • More regions in Quebec will be facing stricter restrictions as new cases and hospitalizations rise in the province. Quebec's Laval and Outaouais regions will be under "moderate alert," or the orange alert level, said Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé in a news conference Tuesday. The Centre-Quebec region will move from green alert to yellow alert, he said. (CBC)

  • Implementation of a major financial incentive to encourage newly retired teachers to come and lend a hand to the school network. (News Release and Order in Council 964-2020)

  • 68,617 confirmed cases, an increase of 489 since yesterday, including one death.

September 23, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • The Speech from the Throne opened the new session of Parliament this afternoon. This fall, the government will release an update to Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. This will outline the government’s economic and fiscal position, provide fiscal projections and set out new measures to implement this Throne Speech.

    • Highlights as it relates to COVID-19 from the Throne Speech:

      • To prevent small clusters from becoming major outbreaks, communities may need to enact short-term closure orders. To make that decision easier for the public health authorities, the government will work to target additional financial support directly to businesses that have to temporarily shut down as a result of a local public health decision.

      • The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy will be extended into next summer.

        • In addition to extending the wage subsidy, the government will take further steps to bridge vulnerable businesses to the other side of the pandemic by:

          • Expanding the Canada Emergency Business Account to help businesses with fixed costs.

          • Improving the Business Credit Availability Program.

          • Introducing further support for industries that have been the hardest hit, including travel and tourism, hospitality and cultural industries like the performing arts.

      • The government will work with Parliament on Criminal Code amendments to explicitly penalize those who neglect seniors under their care and work with the provinces and territories to set new, national standards for long-term care.

      • The government will bring forward a Disability Inclusion Plan/Benefit.

      • The government remains committed to a national, universal pharmacare program and will accelerate steps to achieve this system.

      • The government will launch a campaign to create over one million jobs, restoring employment to previous levels, including direct investments in the social sector and infrastructure and incentives for employers to hire and retain workers.

      • For people who would not traditionally qualify for EI, the government will create the transitional Canada Recovery Benefit.

      • Subsidizing before- and after-school program costs.

  • S.O.R./2020-207Regulations Amending the Income Tax Regulations (COVID-19 Wage Subsidy for Furloughed Employees) in order to extend the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) treatment for furloughed employees to September 26, 2020 (made under the Income Tax Act). Full text forthcoming.

  • Mapping out Canada's COVID-19 hotspots: new modelling shows where cases are rising. (CTV)

  • Federal parties agree on "hybrid" House of Commons sittings through autumn. (The Globe and Mail)

  • Feds promise help for surging COVID-19 test demand but won't OK rapid-test tech yet. (CTV)

  • The Prime Minister will deliver an address to the nation at 6:30 p.m. (EDT).

U.S. Federal

  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing upcoming action by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide US$200-million to jurisdictions for COVID-19 vaccine preparedness. (News Release)

  • CDC chief says he expects most Americans could receive COVID-19 vaccine by July 2021. (The Globe and Mail)

Alberta

  • Alberta’s government will invest up to /C$750-million from the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) fund on a series of programs to create jobs and reduce emissions. This investment is in direct response to the unprecedented economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and low oil prices. (News Release)

  • 16,889 confirmed cases, an increase of 150 since yesterday, including two deaths.

British Columbia

  • 8,304 confirmed cases, an increase of 96 since yesterday, no deaths.

Ontario

  • Legislative activity:

    • Bill 205, Protecting Renters from Illegal Evictions Act, 2020 was tabled yesterday evening. Proposed amendments to the following acts:

      • Legal Aid Services Act, 1998

      • Legal Aid Services Act, 2020

      • Ministry of Labour Act

      • Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Act

      • Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act, 2020

      • Residential Tenancies Act, 2006

    • Bill 204, Helping Tenants and Small Businesses Act, 2020 received second reading this afternoon.

  • Ontario expands COVID-19 testing to pharmacies; as of Friday, up to 60 pharmacies in Ontario will begin offering testing by appointment only, with further locations coming online in the coming weeks. (News Release)

    • Full list of Ontario pharmacies offering COVID-19 testing as of Friday. (CTV)

  • The Ontario government is launching a recruitment campaign to increase its team of frontline health and safety inspectors by 98 and help ensure workplaces across the province are doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (News Release)

  • 48,087 confirmed cases, an increase of 335 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec Treasury Board President Sonia LeBel has tabled a new economic stimulus bill after the government was forced to withdraw its earlier proposed legislation, Bill 61, earlier this year. (CBC)

    • Bill 66, An Act respecting the acceleration of certain infrastructure projects would clear the way for 181 publicly funded infrastructure proposals, including highway projects, building renovations and the speeding up of the extension of the Montreal Metro Blue line. It will apply only to those projects, which include 50 new seniors' residences and CHSLDs, 40 school projects, 52 road and public transit projects, and eight government office renovations.

  • Ministerial Order 2020-069 – Related to the Regulation respecting the professional activities that may be engaged in by medical technology externs.

  • 69,088 confirmed cases, an increase of 471 since yesterday, including one death.

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

Canada – Federal 

  • Canada and the United States agreed to extend the temporary restriction of all non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border until October 21, 2020. (News Release)

  • British Columbia to receive federal funding to support childcare. (News Release)

  • C$83-million in federal funding as part of the Safe Restart Agreement to ensure childcare spaces are available to support parents’ gradual return to work.

  • Over C$12.3-million in relief and recovery funds flow to over 230 businesses in the Northwest Territories. (News Release)

  • Over C$2.5-million in relief and recovery funds flow to 46 businesses in Nunavut. (News Release)

  • Government of Canada announces the Indigenous organizations in British Columbia who received funding to address the COVID-19 pandemic. (News Release)

  • Design of post-CERB benefits could change as COVID-19 pandemic shifts course, Qualtrough says. (The Globe and Mail)

  • The following orders are published in the September 18 Canada Gazette, Part I:

    • Order Extending a Period Established by the Wage Earner Protection Program Act (COVID-19) (under the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19))

    • Order Respecting Periods Under Certain Regulations Made Under the Canada Labour Code (COVID-19) (under the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19))

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any country other than the United States) [Erratum] (under the Quarantine Act)

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • 16,274 confirmed cases, an increase of 146 since yesterday, no deaths.

British Columbia

  • Premier John Horgan and Carole James, Minister of Finance, have released Stronger BC for Everyone: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan. (News Release)

    • The plan includes C$1.5-billion in economic-recovery spending that was earmarked for recovery spending in the spring and is in addition to C$660-million in tax measures and more than C$1.86-billion in federal and provincial restart funding for municipalities, transit and education.

  • Starting on September 28, 2020, civil jury trials will be suspended for a period of one year. (News Release)

  • O.I.C. 517/2020 – Amending the Supreme Court Civil Rules (under the Court Rules Act)

  • Patio, service-area expansions, sale and delivery of packaged liquor extended. (News Release)

  • O.I.C. 515/2020 and O.I.C. 516/2020 – Amending the Liquor Control and Licensing Regulation (under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act).

  • Rent relief coming for outdoor adventure operators. (News Release)

  • O.I.C. 518/2020, Commercial Recreatiion Tenure (COVID-19 Emergency) Relief Regulation (under the Financial Administration Act).

  • TransLink, BC Transit and BC Ferries will share more than C$1-billion under the federal/provincial Safe Restart Agreement. (News Release)

  • 7,663 confirmed cases, an increase of 165 since yesterday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Premier Ford presses Ottawa to increase funding for Ontario priorities. (News Release)

  • Ford says restrictions on social gatherings will be expanded to other parts of Ontario. (The Globe and Mail)

  • S.O. 2020, c. 18, COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020: Schedule 3, ss. 1-11 (amending the Development Charges Act, 1997) and Schedule 17, ss. 1, 2, 4, and 5 (amending the Planning Act) proclaimed in force September 18, 2020. Related regulations:

    • O. Reg. 509/20, Community Benefits Charges and Parkland (under the Planning Act).

    • O. Reg. 510/20 and O. Reg. 512/20 – Amending O. Reg. 232/18, Inclusionary Zoning (under the Planning Act).

    • O. Reg. 511/20 – Amending O. Reg. 332/12, Building Code (under the Building Code Act).

    • O. Reg. 513/20 and O. Reg. 514/20 – Amending O. Reg. 82/98, General (under the Development Charges Act, 1997).

    • O. Reg. 515/20 – Amending O. Reg. 173/16, Community Planning Permits (under the Planning Act).

  • The following additional regulations were added to E-Laws today:

    • O. Reg. 503/20 – Revoking O. Reg. 105/20, Order Made Under the Act – Extension of Emergency (under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act).

    • O. Reg. 504/20 – Revoking O. Reg. 106/20, Order Made Under the Act – Extensions and Renewals of Orders (under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act).

    • O. Reg. 517/20 – Amending R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 682, Laboratories(under the Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act).

    • O. Reg. 518/20 – Amending R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 683, Specimen Collection Centres ((under the Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act).

  • 46,077 confirmed cases, an increase of 401 since yesterday, no deaths.

Quebec

  • Fight against the pandemic – Minister Guilbault announces a vast police operation in Quebec. (News Release)

    • The operation will target over 1,000 licensed establishments, including bars, restaurants and reception venues over the next weekend.

  • M.O. 2020-64 – Regarding registration of visitors to seniors’ residences (under the Public Health Act).

  • 66,653 confirmed cases, an increase of 297 since yesterday, no deaths in the past 24 hours, but one death on an unknown date.

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

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau said his government’s speech from the throne next week will still address Canada’s future challenges, but his government has to focus on the present challenges of the pandemic. (National Post)

U.S. – Federal 

Alberta

  • 16,128 confirmed cases, an increase of 171 since yesterday, no deaths.

British Columbia

  • 7,498 confirmed cases, an increase of 122 since yesterday, no deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario introduces legislation to freeze residential rent in 2021. The proposed bill would also support small businesses by extending the ban on commercial evictions. (News Release)

    • Bill 204, Helping Tenants and Small Businesses Act, also proposes to change the Commercial Tenancies Act to extend the temporary ban on evictions for commercial tenants. Full text of the bill will be uploaded here later today.

  • There will be lower limits for unmonitored and private social gatherings in Ottawa, Peel and Toronto regions. The province is introducing legislation across Ontario to increase fines for non-compliance. (News Release and Order O.Reg.501/20 (made under the Reopening Ontario (a Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020)

    • The amended order will set a new limit on the number of people allowed to attend an unmonitored social gathering or organized public event to:

      • 10 people at an indoor event or gathering (previous limit of 50), or

      • 25 people at an outdoor event or gathering (previous limit of 100)

  • The province is also instituting a minimum fine of C$10,000 for the organizers of illegal social gatherings, as well as a C$750 fine for people who show up to them.

  • This order will come into effect on September 18 at 12:01 a.m. (EDT).

  • The new limits will not apply to events or gatherings held in staffed businesses and facilities, such as bars, restaurants, cinemas, convention centres or banquet halls, gyms, and recreational sporting or performing art events. Existing rules, including public health and workplace safety measures, for these businesses and facilities continue to be in effect.

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

    • O.Reg. 499/20 – Extensions of Orders (made under Reopening Ontario (a Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020).

    • O.Reg. 500/20 – Enforcement of Orders (made under Reopening Ontario (a Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020).

  • 45,676 confirmed cases, an increase of 293 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • O.C. 948-2020 – The public health emergency has been renewed until September 23, 2020.

  • 66,356 confirmed cases, an increase of 251 since yesterday, including two deaths.
September 16, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Prime Minister announces next steps for the Safe Restart Agreement. (News Release)

    • Through the agreement, reached earlier this summer, the Government of Canada announced over C$19-billion in federal funding to help provinces and territories safely restart the economy. Provinces and territories were asked to outline in a letter how these funds would best be allocated within their jurisdictions, based on their priorities. The premiers have now submitted the letters, and the federal funding will be transferred to the provinces and territories.

    • The areement will also provide direct support to Canadian workers, including safe childcare to help parents returning to work, and income support for people without paid sick leave.

  • The Canada-U.S. border closure will likely be extended until November. (CTV)

    • The current agreement on closure of the U.S.-Canada border to non-essential travel was set to expire on September 21.

  • The following regulations have been added to the September 16 Canada Gazette, Part II:

    • S.O.R./2020-191Regulations Amending the Canada Labour Standards Regulations (Number of Weeks). (Made under the Canada Labour Code.)

    • S.O.R./2020-188 – Interim Order No. 9 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit). (Made under the Employment Insurance Act.)

    • S.O.R./2020-189Regulations Amending the Income Support Payment (Number of Weeks) Regulations. (Made under the Canada Emergency Response Benefit Act.)

    • S.O.R./2020-187 – Interim Order No. 8 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Facilitated Access to Benefits). (Made under the Employment Insurance Act.)

    • S.O.R./2020-182Regulations Amending the Canada Student Financial Assistance Regulations. (Made under the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act.)

    • S.O.R./2020-184Regulations Amending the Canada Student Loans Regulations. (Made under the Canada Student Loans Act.)

U.S. – Federal

  • The U.S. government said it will start distributing a COVID-19 vaccine within one day of regulatory authorization. The federal government will allocate vaccines for each state based on the critical populations recommended first for vaccination by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • 15,957 confirmed cases, an increase of 124 since yesterday, no deaths.

British Columbia

  • State of emergency extended to continue B.C.’s COVID-19 response. (News Release)

  • O.I.C. 506/2020 – Extending the state of emergency to September 29, 2020 (under the Emergency Program Act).

  • 7,376 confirmed cases, an increase of 97 since yesterday, no deaths.

Ontario

  • Premier Ford pushing to lower gathering limits and warns "severe fines" are coming. (CTV)

    • Social gathering limits will likely be reduced in Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa after Ford meets with his cabinet on Wednesday to discuss making changes to the current guidelines.

    • The current limit on social gatherings is 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors.

  • Ontario launches new COVID-19 screening tool to help protect students and staff. (News Release)

    • The results will let parents, students and education staff know whether they should attend school each day or guide at-risk individuals to proper resources.

  • 45,383 confirmed cases, an increase of 315 since yesterday, including two deaths.

Quebec

  • A leaked internal government document offers a glimpse of what life might look like in a region of Quebec designated red under the COVID-19 alert system: much like during the lockdown period in the spring. (CBC)

  • 65,857 confirmed cases, an increase of 303 since yesterday, including one death.

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

Canada – Federal

  • Government of Canada COVID-19 measures, including the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), will be delivering support for young people this fall. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta 

  • 15,833 confirmed cases, an increase of 418 since the weekend, including one death. 

British Columbia

  • 7,279 confirmed cases, an increase of 317 since the weekend, including six deaths.

Ontario 

  • Premier Ford said he will be making announcements over the next day or two about measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the province’s hotspots. (CTV)

    • He said he has spoken with the mayors of Toronto, Ottawa and Brampton, who have each identified their areas of concern.

  • Ford says announcement coming soon on COVID-19 testing at pharmacies. (CP24)

  • The province ramps up production of Ontario-made ventilators. (News Release)

  • 45,068 confirmed cases, an increase of 251 since yesterday, including four deaths.

Quebec

  • Premier Legault calls situation "critical" as Quebec increases alert level in four regions. (CBC)

    • Legault announced that four regions classified as green under Quebec's colour-coded alert system — Montréal, the Montérégie, Lower Saint-Lawrence and Chaudière-Appalaches — were moved up to the yellow level under the province's regional alert system.

  • 65,554 confirmed cases, an increase of 292 since yesterday, including one death.

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

Canada – Federal

  • Sources have told CBC News that the throne speech could promise investments in housing and a long-term overhaul of the employment insurance system. (CBC)

    • The government is also expected to signal its intention to make childcare more widely available and to launch a green recovery plan, while focusing on the ongoing public health crisis.

  • Policy Statement on Research Security and COVID-19 (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada).

U.S. – Federal

  • No new developments.

Alberta

  • 15,415 confirmed cases, an increase of 111 on Friday.

British Columbia

  • 5,273 confirmed cases, a increase of 132 on Friday.

Ontario

  • The Ontario government is returning to the legislature today, with health preparedness and rebuilding the economy as top priorities for the fall legislative agenda. (News Release)

  • Bill 200, Employment Standards Amendment Act (Sick Notes), 2020, was tabled this afternoon. Full text of the bill will be available later today at this link.

  • Shutdown not off the table for Ontario after "disturbing" spike in COVID-19 infections. (CTV)

    • "Ford said if Ontario was forced into another shutdown, he would look at rolling back parts of the province on a region-by-region basis.... [T]he government is putting the final touches on their 'comprehensive fall preparedness plan' to battle a second wave of COVID-19."

  • 44,817 confirmed cases, an increase of 749 since Friday, including one death.

Quebec

  • O.C. 947-2020 – Related to face mask/covering and was published in the September 11 Gazette officielle du Québec.

  • Ministerial Order No. 2020-063 Related to karaoke activities.

  • Safety measures for workers and children in elementary schools during COVID-19 (updated resource).

  • 65,262 confirmed cases, an increase of 799 since Friday, including one death.

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

Canada – Federal

  • Government of Canada and partners improve process to notify air travellers potentially exposed to COVID-19 on domestic flights. (News Release)

  • Added this afternoon: S.O.R./2020-0191 – Regulations amending the Canada Labour Standards Regulations (number of weeks).

    • The regulations ensure that employees in the federally regulated sector that are unable or unavailable to work as a result of COVID-19 are able to continue to take job-protected leave without risking disciplinary action from their employer.

  • The following orders were published in the September 12 Canada Gazette, Part I:

    • Order Respecting Time Limits and Other Periods under the Income Tax Act (COVID-19) (made under the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19)).

    • Order Respecting Time Limits Under the Excise Tax Act (COVID-19) (made under the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19)).

    • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 3 (made under the Aeronautics Act).

    • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 7 (made under the Aeronautics Act).

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • COVID-19 scheduled-surgery backlog cut by 88 per cent. (News Release)

  • 15,304 confirmed cases, an increase of 113 since yesterday, including five deaths.

British Columbia

  • 6,830 confirmed cases, an increase of 139 since yesterday.

Ontario

  • Curbside bars and restaurants in Toronto will be allowed to use portable heaters in a bid to extend patio season. (The Globe and Mail)

  • Ontario launches COVID-19 school and licensed childcare-specific webpage. (News Release)

    • Daily information available to parents and the general public.

  • 44,068 confirmed cases, an increase of 213 since yesterday.

Quebec

  • The Department of Health and Social Services announces the suspension of karaoke activities and the obligation to keep a register of bar customers. (News Releases)

  • 64,463 confirmed cases, an increase of 219 since yesterday.

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

Canada – Federal

  • Minister of Health to announce federal funding to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Toronto (tomorrow at 9:15 a.m. (EDT). (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • The U.S. Senate killed a Republican bill that would have provided around US$300-billion in new coronavirus aid. (Reuters)

  • Trump administration takes action to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines. (News Release)

    • The guidance authorizes state-licensed pharmacists and state-licensed or registered pharmacy interns acting under the supervision of the qualified pharmacist to order and administer the vaccines.

Alberta

  • O.C. 262/2020Employment Standards Amendment Regulation was published yesterday.

  • A new online map will list every school where there are two or more confirmed cases and an outbreak is declared. The map will also list schools that have shifted into scenario two or three to protect the health of students and staff.

  • 15,191 confirmed cases, an increase of 98 since yesterday, including one death.

British Columbia

  • Premier John Horgan announced B.C.’s fall pandemic plan. The plan focuses on protecting the most vulnerable citizens and ensuring the health-care system has the necessary resources in place.

  • 6,691 confirmed cases, an increase of 100 since yesterday.

Ontario

  • New research projects aim to improve Ontario's response to COVID-19. (News Release)

  • 43,855 confirmed cases, an increase of 170 since yesterday, including one death.

Quebec

  • The following orders were published in the September 10 Gazette officielle du Québec:

  • Premier Legault, in collaboration with the public health authorities, the Ministry of Public Security and the police, announced that as of next Saturday, individuals who refuse to wear a mask in indoor public places without a valid reason could be fined by police for committing an emergency report offence. (News Release)

  • The Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity and the Minister Responsible for the Mauricie Region, Mr. Jean Boulet, confirms that Quebec employees will be protected if they have to be absent from work due to COVID-19. (News Release)

  • 64,244 confirmed cases, an increase of 188 since yesterday, including one death.

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

Canada – Federal

  • The premiers of Ontario and Quebec are calling on Ottawa to increase health transfers to the provinces, saying sustainable, long-term funding is required on top of the federal COVID-19 relief to address health-care issues that predate the pandemic. (The Globe and Mail)

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • 15,093 confirmed cases, an increase of 619 since Friday, including five deaths.

British Columbia

  • B.C. is ordering nightclubs and stand-alone banquet halls closed, ending the sale of liquor at restaurants past 10 p.m. and telling venues to reduce the volume from music or other sources to conversational levels. (News Release)

    • Liquor sales in all bars, pubs and restaurants must cease at 10 p.m. and they must close at 11 p.m., unless providing a full meal service, in which case they may stay open, but may not serve liquor until 11 a.m. the following day.

  • 6,591 confirmed cases, an increase of 429 since Friday, including two deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario will report all cases of COVID-19 in the province’s schools, Ford says (The Globe and Mail).

  • Ontario-Québec Summit strengthens ties between the two provinces; governments agree to collaborate on key priority areas including health care, economic recovery and infrastructure renewal. (News Release)

  • Premier Ford said the province isn't currently considering rolling back reopenings on a provincial level but did note that individual regions have the option to enact measures like shutting bars early. (CBC)

  • 43,685 confirmed cases, an increase of 149 since yesterday.

Quebec

  • The regional alert system with progressive intervention criteria defines additional measures to be taken as needed to ensure public safety in each of Quebec’s socio-health regions. To find out the alert level in your region, consult the Map of COVID-19 alert levels by region.

  • 64,056 confirmed cases, an increase of 180 since yesterday.

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

Canada – Federal

  • The government announced an extension of rent relief for small businesses. (News Release)

    • This will be the final extension of this program as the government explores options to support small businesses.

    • Details on the September extension will be available on the CMHC website on Wednesday, September 9.

  • The following orders were added to the September 5 Canada Gazette, Part I.

    • Interim Order – Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 6. (Made under the Aeronautics Act.)

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 4. (Made under the Quarantine Act.)

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

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • At least 20 Alberta schools report COVID-19 cases as students return to class; Alberta Health Services says it is compiling a list of schools with confirmed cases. (The Globe and Mail)

  • 14,474 confirmed cases, an increase of 164 on Friday.

British Columbia

  • 6,162 confirmed cases, an increase of 121 on Friday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Ontario is pausing any further steps in its reopening plan as daily COVID-19 case counts continue to spike in the province. (CBC)

    • Health Minister Christine Elliott made the announcement today. Elliott said that Ontario will take "a pause of four weeks" before the province considers any further loosening of public health measures or further reopening of businesses, facilities or organizations.

    • The pause does not include schools, which started reopening in parts of the province on Tuesday.

    • Premier Ford said Ontario isn't at the point yet where it needs to revert to Stage 2.

  • Premier Ford and Premier Legault to meet for their inaugural Ontario-Québec Summit on Economic Recovery today and tomorrow. (News Release)

  • Ontario takes extraordinary steps to reopen schools safely; provincial back-to-school plan includes substantial investments in PPE along with more teachers, nurses and custodians. (News Release)

  • 43,536 confirmed cases, an increase of 702 since Friday.

Quebec

  • In view of a potential second wave of COVID-19, the Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, unveiled the system of regional alerts and interventions developed by Public Health, which will specify, for each region of Quebec, additional measures to be deployed to ensure the health and safety of Quebecers over the coming months, if necessary. (News Release)

  • The Government of Quebec published a first list of reported cases of COVID-19 in schools in Quebec. This list presents the schools with at least one reported case, for the period from August 26 to September 3, 2020. (News Release)

  • The CNESST launches the second phase of its prevention campaign in workplaces in the context of COVID-19. (News Release)

  • Ministerial Order 2020-062 – Related to the Regulation respecting the professional activities which may be performed by persons other than nurses.

  • 63, 876 confirmed cases, an increase of 756 since Friday, including one death.

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

Canada Federal

  • Protecting the safety of agri-food workers through the Emergency Processing Fund (News Release).
    • The Emergency Processing Fund is focused on projects to help companies respond to the urgent health and safety needs of workers in agri-food sectors impacted by COVID-19, with an emphasis on supporting meat processing facilities.
  • Transport Canada fines two individuals for failing to follow direction from the flight crew to wear face coverings during flight (News Release).
  • The Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Ahmed Hussen, today announced up to C$763.34-million in support for Ontario through the Safe Return to Class Fund (News Release).
U.S. Federal
  • Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions To Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19 (Order).
    • This Order is effective September 4, 2020, through December 31, 2020.
Alberta
  • Alberta has issued a new order that gives continuing care facilities and hospices more flexibility with isolation requirements, recreation, dining and volunteers.
  • 14,310 confirmed cases, an increase of 130 since yesterday.
British Columbia
  • B.C. on "a precipice," provincial health officer warns, as 89 new COVID-19 cases confirmed (CBC).
  • 6,041 confirmed cases, an increase of 89 since yesterday, 1 death.
Ontario
  • Doug Ford ready to act to curb ‘slow creep’ in COVID-19 cases in hard-hit regions (Globe and Mail).
    • The latest figures showed Peel Region, a long-standing hot spot for the novel coronavirus, was home to 72 of the 148 new COVID-19 cases reported provincewide […] “We won’t hesitate to again shut it down,” Ford said at his daily pandemic briefing.
  • Province supports Ontario-made face masks in the fight against COVID-19 (News Release).
  • The following Regulations have been added to e-laws this afternoon:
    • 494/20 Standards (made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act).
    • 492/20 Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (made under the Employment Standards Act, 2000).
  • 42,834 confirmed cases, an increase of 148 since yesterday.
Quebec
  • Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé said a new system of classifications will be introduced next week, which will allow the government to impose restrictions in more targeted areas of the province. He warned the measures would be applied if case numbers continue to climb (CBC).
  • 63,117 confirmed cases, an increase of 184 since yesterday, 1 death.
September 3, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Government of Canada announces over 1,000 new projects in support of seniors impacted by COVID-19. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • Anthony Fauci said today it is unlikely a COVID-19 vaccine will be ready by the end of October, but that it is not impossible. (Reuters)

Alberta 

  • 14,180 confirmed cases, an increase of 114, including one death.

British Columbia 

  • Maximum allowable rent increase set at 1.4 per cent for 2021. (News Release)

  • Province confirms tax measure implementation dates, deferral deadlines for businesses. (News Release)

    • The province is delaying implementation dates to April 2021 for changes to provincial sales tax and B.C.’s carbon tax to help businesses and families through the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery.

  • 5,952 confirmed cases, an increase of 104 since yesterday. 

Ontario

  • Ontario extends support for employers and employees impacted by COVID-19. This extension will last until January 2, 2021. (News Release)

  • Ontario-Québec Summit to convene on economic recovery. (News Release)

    • Premier Ford and Legault will convene their first-ever Ontario-Québec Summit to advance shared priorities on economic recovery and health preparedness, issues important to the people of the two provinces. The summit will take place on September 8 and 9, 2020, in Mississauga.

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

  • 42,686 confirmed cases, an increase of 132 since yesterday.

Quebec

  • Premier Legault says he’ll close bars and reduce the limit on gatherings if COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Quebec (The Globe and Mail).

    • He told reporters that if authorities need to confine Quebecers once again, they will close off specific regions of the province or smaller areas within regions as opposed to locking down the entire population.

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

    • Ministerial Order No. 2020-4303 – Lifting of the suspension of prescription and procedural periods and extension of certain procedural periods in civil matters owing to the public health emergency declared on March 13, 2020 (made under the Code of Civil Procedure).

    • Ministerial Order No. 2020-4304 – Measures for ensuring the proper administration of justice amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation (made under An Act respecting the Ministère de la Justice).

    • O.C. 917-2020 – Renewal of the public health emergency until September 9, 2020.

  • 62,933 confirmed cases, an increase of 187 since yesterday.
September 2, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • S.I./2020-62 – Order Amending the Remission Order in Respect of Non-residential Leases and Licences of Occupation Under the Administration of the Parks Canada Agency (PCA) was published in the Canada Gazette, Part II (made under the Financial Administration Act).

    • In line with the Government of Canada’s broader strategy to support small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the order extends the rent relief available to PCA’s commercial tenants through the original order.

U.S. – Federal

  • The FDA to bring outside experts to review COVID-19 vaccines. (Reuters)

  • Medicare and Medicaid Programs, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. (Rule)

Alberta

  • Alberta premier says that COVID-19 in schools is inevitable and that reducing class sizes is unrealistic. (CBC)

  • Alberta’s government will be distributing C$262-million in federal funding to school authorities for COVID-19-related expenses. (News Release)

  • 14,066 confirmed cases, an increase of 164 since yesterday, including two deaths.

British Columbia

  • Temporary layoff extensions protect thousands of jobs. (News Release)

  • Order in Council No. 494 – The state of emergency has been extended to September 15, 2020. (News Release)

  • 5,848 confirmed cases, an increase of 58 since yesterday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Ontario protecting transit riders and workers as province reopens. (News Release)

  • Ontario NDP call on the province’s ombudsman to review government’s back-to-school plan. (The Globe and Mail)

  • 42,554 confirmed cases, an increase of 133 since yesterday.

Quebec

  • Ministerial Order 2020-061 – Related to physical distancing and combat sport.

  • Quebec grants C$2.6-million to Angany to increase vaccine production capacity in Quebec. (News Release)

  • 62,746 confirmed cases, an increase of 132 since yesterday.

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

Canada – Federal

  • Health Canada is now considering at-home COVID-19 tests for "screening purposes." (CTV)

    • In a statement to CTVNews.ca on Monday evening, Cole Davidson, a spokesperson for the federal minister of health, said as new information has become available about the potential value of self-testing devices, Health Canada has revised its position.

U.S. – Federal

  • White House says Senate Republicans may take up COVID-19 bill next week. (Reuters)

    • Senate Republicans are likely to take up their COVID-19 relief bill next week offering US$500-billion in additional federal aid, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said on Tuesday, adding that the administration was still weighing help for U.S. airlines.

  • FDA chief willing to approve a COVID-19 vaccine before Phase 3 trials end. (National Post)

  • GM and Ventec Life Systems deliver 30,000 ventilators to the U.S. government. (Reuters)

Alberta 

  • Alberta’s top doctor apologized yesterday for the anxiety and confusion a back-to-school public-health order caused over the weekend. The order codifies Alberta’s policy requiring masks in schools.

    • Staff and students in grades four to 12 must cover their faces when they’re in common and shared indoor areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained, like hallways and buses. (The Globe and Mail)

  • 13,902 confirmed cases, an increase of 426 since Friday, including two deaths.

British Columbia

  • More classrooms and safer seats are coming to Surrey students. A 240-seat expansion at K.B. Woodward Elementary and seismic upgrades at Prince Charles Elementary and Queen Elizabeth Secondary will bring an improved learning experience to students in Surrey. (News Release)

  • Order in Council No. 492 – Section 8 of the Schedule of B.C. Reg. 172/2020 is repealed and the following substituted: “8 Effective October 1, 2020, item 22 of Schedule 2 is repealed.” (Made under the COVID-19 Related Measures Act.)

  • 5,790 confirmed cases, an increase of 294 since Friday, including deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario boards will need to combine some classes as students return to school, trustees group says. (The Globe and Mail)

  • 42,421 confirmed cases, an increase of 112 since yesterday, including one death. 

Quebec

  • The Quebec government announces the establishment of a new phase of recovery in combat sports.

    • From September 2, combat sports, such as karate, taekwondo, boxing or judo, may resume as long as the submitted plans are in accordance with recommendations from public health authorities (pods of four athletes). (News Release)

  • 62,614 confirmed cases, an increase of 122 since yesterday.
August 31, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal 

  • The government announces greater flexibility and extension of the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA). (News Release)

    • The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance announced that the application deadline for the CEBA has been extended from August 31 to October 31, 2020.

    • The Deputy Prime Minister also announced that the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) is extended to June 2021.

  • Business rent aid to fall short of budget, the parliatmentary budget officer says as credit program expands. (CTV)

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced that agreements in principle have been reached with Johnson & Johnson and Novavax to procure millions of doses of experimental COVID‑19 vaccines. (News Release)

  • The following orders were published (both extend the previous orders to September 30, 2020):

  • Travel restrictions to Canada remain in place for the September long weekend. (New Release)

  • A proposed class-action lawsuit has been launched against the federal government on behalf of Canadians who applied online for COVID-19 emergency aid — only to have their personal and financial information stolen by hackers. (CBC)

U.S. Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta 

  • A health order signed over the weekend by Alberta's chief medical officer of health has lifted a mandate requiring physical distancing in the classroom when students return to school. (CTV)

  • Published document provides advice on what to do if a student has COVID-19 symptoms.

  • 13,476 confirmed cases, an increase of 158 on Friday.

British Columbia

Ontario

  • Premier Ford said he "will not hesitate for a second to close these schools down" if the number of COVID-19 cases among students appears to spike. (CBC)

  • Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton told reporters that inspectors with the province have contacted all of Ontario's school boards and are visiting them daily.

  • Toronto Public Health (TPH) releases plans to battle "potential resurgence" of coronavirus. (CP24)

    • TPH plans include approaches based on three different scenarios for COVID-19 activity in the city:

      • A fall/winter peak

      • A series of smaller peaks and valleys, that repeat throughout the season

      • A "slow burn" ripple effect where there are continued cases but without a concrete pattern

  • Teachers' unions to file labour board complaint over Ontario's school reopening plan. (CBC)

    • Teachers' unions, school boards and some parents say the province must lower elementary class sizes and fund the reduction, instead of insisting boards dip into their own reserve funds to lease extra space or hire additional staff to promote physical distancing.

  • Ontario says it will introduce legislation this fall to freeze rent for some families next year (The Globe and Mail).

    • The legislature returns for its fall session on September 14, and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark’s office says he will introduce the bill in the coming weeks.

  • 42,309 confirmed cases, an increase of 374 since Friday, including one death.

Quebec

  • Quebec premier warns rising cases of COVID-19 could prompt another lockdown; the next few weeks will be critical in containing the second wave of COVID-19, Premier Legault says. (CBC)

  • Ministerial Order 2020-060 – Related to organizing a gathering and to elections and referendums in municipalities.

  • 81 Québec students in isolation after COVID-19 cases confirmed at two schools. (CTV)

  • 62,492 confirmed cases, an increase of 338 since Friday, including three deaths.

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

Canada – Federal

  • Health officials looking into whether airport COVID-19 tests can replace quarantine measures. (CBC)

  • The following orders were added to the August 29 Canada Gazette:

    • Interim Order – Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 5 (made under the Aeronautics Act).

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

  • Canada extends restrictions on international travel until at least September 30. (CTV)

U.S. – Federal

  • Trump administration announces the distribution of US$2.5-billion to nursing homes for COVID-19 relief funding. (News Release)

  • FDA warns consumers about hand sanitizer packaged in food and drink containers. (News Release)

  • President Trump willing to sign a US$1.3-trillion coronavirus relief bill. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard and Education Minister Adriana LaGrange issued a statement on PPE for schools.

  • Albertans age 14 and up can access the MyHealth Records tool immediately after signing up without waiting for mailout verification. Users can see their COVID test results as soon as they are ready. (Update)

  • 13,318 confirmed cases, an increase of 108 since yesterday, including two deaths.

British Columbia

  • Support for a safe return to school. (News Release)

    • The Minister of Digital Government, the Honourable Joyce Murray, today highlighted up to C$242.36-million in support for British Columbia through the Safe Return to Class Fund.

  • B.C. releases map showing regions with highest concentrations of COVID-19 cases. (The Globe and Mail)

  • 5,372 confirmed cases, an increase of 68 since yesterday, including one death. 

Ontario

  • Long-term-care residents can now leave their residences for short-stay and temporary absences. (News Release)

  • Ontario government urges school boards to use funding for improved ventilation by Thanksgiving. (The Globe and Mail)

  • 41,935 confirmed cases, an increase of 122 since yesterday, including six deaths.

Quebec

  • The isolation period for confirmed cases will now be 10 days after the first symptoms or 10 days after a positive test if the person is asymptomatic. (News Release)

  • Teachers in quarantine and a temporary shut down mark day two of back-to-school in Quebec. (CBC)

  • Sports and art activities between class groups to be allowed on September 14, Legault says. (CTV)

  • 62,154 confirmed cases, an increase of 98 since yesterday, no deaths.

August 27, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • No new updates.

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump to announce deal to buy 150 million rapid coronavirus tests (CTV).

  • Waiver of Recovery of Certain Overpayment Debts Accruing During the COVID-19 Pandemic Period (Social Security Administration Rule).

Alberta 

  • 13,210 confirmed cases, an increase of 127 since yesterday.

British Columbia 

  • Back-to-school plans for K-12 families are now posted for all 60 school districts (News Release and Backgrounders).

    • Education Minister Rob Fleming spoke about the new plans and shared in a live briefing how some districts have personalized them for their specific needs (CTV).

    • Also outlined are what the various plans could look like in small, medium and large districts in different parts of the province.

    • After plans are posted online, families should expect to be contacted by school principals to confirm students' attendance.

  • Ministerial Order No. M321 – Related to municipal affairs and housing (made under the Local Government Act).

  • 5,304 confirmed cases, an increase of 62 since yesterday.

Ontario 

  • 41,813 confirmed cases, an increase of 118 since yesterday, including one death.

Quebec 

  • The following orders were added to the August 27 Gazette Officielle du Québec:

    • O.C. 895-2020 – The public health emergency has been renewed until September 2, 2020.

    • O.C. 913-2020 – Related to the maximum distance maintained between students and the wearing of a face covering.

  • Ministerial Order 2020-059 – Related to places of worship.

  • The government unveils its action plan for the network of childcare services in the event of a second wave (News Release).

    • In the event of a second wave of COVID-19, educational childcare services will remain open.

  • 62,056 confirmed cases, an increase of 111 since yesterday, including one death.

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

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced up to C$2-billion in support for provinces and territories through the Safe Return to Class Fund (News Release).

  • Facilitative measures to support international students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • PC 2020-0568 (full text forthcoming) – Regulations amending the Canada Student Financial Assistance Regulations in order to help make Canada student loans more affordable by introducing interest-free and payment-free leave from student-loan repayment for up to 18 months for borrowers taking temporary leave from their studies for medical or parental reasons, including mental-health leave.

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta 

  • Businesses hope to expand pharmacy testing from Alberta to other provinces (CBC).

  • 13,083 confirmed cases, an increase of 77 since yesterday, including one death.

British Columbia 

  • B.C. education minister to provide update on coronavirus back-to-school plan today at 1:45 p.m. (PDT)/4:45 p.m. (EDT) (CTV).

  • 5,242 confirmed cases, an increase of 58 since yesterday.

Ontario 

  • Ontario releases COVID-19 management plan for schools (News Release).

    • The government has released the Operational Guidance: COVID-19 Management in Schools document. It includes detailed instructions for a variety of different scenarios. It also outlines recommendations for what parents should do to support their children.

    • The guide calls for students in cohorts that have been dismissed from school to be tested "as soon as possible," though there is no requirement for mandatory COVID-19 testing (CBC).

  • Additional funds to enhance Ontario's robust back-to-school plan. Funding will be used to complement provincial health and safety measures already in place (News Release).

  • 41,695 confirmed cases, an increase of 88 since yesterday, including two deaths.

Quebec 

  • Draft Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting financial assistance for education expenses was added to the August 26 Gazette Officielle du Québec (made under the An Act respecting financial assistance for education expenses).

  • 61,945 confirmed cases, an increase of 102 since yesterday.

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

Canada – Federal

  • Minister of Indigenous Services Marc Miller announced C$82.5-million in mental health and wellness supports to help Indigenous communities adapt and expand mental wellness services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. (News Release)

  • Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister Responsible for FedDev Ontario Mélanie Joly announced a non-repayable FedDev Ontario investment of C$500,000 to support the tourism industry in Niagara-on-the-Lake. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta 

  • 13,006 confirmed cases, an increase of 258 since the weekend, including four deaths. 

British Columbia

  • 5,184 confirmed cases, an increase of 269 since the weekend, including one death.

Ontario 

  • 41,607 confirmed cases, an increase of 100 since yesterday, including two deaths.

Quebec 

  • Quebec will not go ahead with the mobile app at this time but will be ready to deploy it if necessary. (News Release)

  • 61,803 confirmed cases, an increase of 62 since yesterday, including two deaths in the past 24 hours and one death from last week.

August 24, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy will be extended for four weeks to September 26. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks. (News Release)

  • Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino announced a temporary policy change that allows visitors currently in Canada with a valid job offer to apply for an employer-specific work permit and, if approved, receive the permit without having to leave the country. (News Release)

  • Fish Harvester Benefit and Fish Harvester Grant now open for applications. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for investigational convalescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients. (News Release)

  • The Environmental Protection Agency granted emergency approval for American Airlines to use a disinfectant against the coronavirus on certain surfaces that lasts for up to seven days and is studying whether it could be effective in places like schools. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • 12,748 confirmed cases, an increase of 144 since Friday, including two deaths.

British Columbia 

  • B.C. is moving to Phase 3 of the Return to Sport Guidelines. (News Release)

  • 4,915 confirmed cases, an increase of 90 since Friday, including two deaths. 

Ontario 

  • Beginning August 21, 2020, facilities that rent out professional meeting and event spaces can have up to 50 guests for each indoor meeting room or event space within the facility. (News Release)

  • The following regulations were added to E-Laws:

  • 41,507 confirmed cases, an increase of 328 since Friday, including two deaths.

Quebec

  • Minister of Culture and Communications Nathalie Roy announced an additional C$1.2-million in aid for the arts and crafts sector. (News Release)

  • 61,741 confirmed cases, an increase of 246 since Friday, including five deaths and one death of unknown date

August 21, 2020
Canada Federal
  • Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Ford announced an agreement between Canada, Ontario, and 3M Canada on a joint investment to expand a manufacturing facility for N95 respirators in Brockville, Ontario. (News release)
    • Canada and Ontario will contribute C$23.33-million each. The facility will produce 25-million N95 respirators for the Government of Canada and 25-million for the Government of Ontario per year over five years.
  • Minister Joly announced more than C$4-million in federal investments to help Northern Ontario’s communities and businesses. (News release)
  • P.C. 2020-565, Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States).
  • Department of Health Order Respecting Certain Time Limits Under the Food and Drug Regulations (COVID-19) published in the August 22, 2020 Canada Gazette, Part I.
U.S. Federal
  • No new updates.
Alberta
  • Alberta releases outbreak response plan for back to school (CBC)
  • 12,604 confirmed cases, an increase of 103 since yesterday, 1 death.
British Columbia
  • Province introduces new measures to enforce COVID-19 public safety. (News release)
    • Police and other provincial enforcement officers can issue C$2,000 tickets to those hosting large events and C$200 tickets to individuals not following the direction of police or enforcement staff at events.
    • O.I.C. 485/2020 amending the COVID-19 Related Measures Act and the Violation Ticket Administration and Fines Regulation.
    • Ministerial Order M314, Gatherings and Events (COVID-19) Order.
  • 4,825 confirmed cases, an increase of 80 since yesterday, 2 deaths.
Ontario
  • O. Reg. 458/20, Extensions of Orders (under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.
  • 41,179 confirmed cases, an increase of 131 since yesterday, 3 deaths (includes data from August 19, 2020, for 11 public health units).
Quebec
  • Minister McCann announces C$375-million in additional assistance for post-secondary students (News release).
  • 61,495 confirmed cases, an increase of 93 since yesterday, 1 death in the past 24 hours and 2 earlier deaths.
August 20, 2020

Canada Federal

  • Government of Canada announces plan to help support Canadians through the next phase of the recovery (News release and Backgrounder)

    • The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will be extended by an additional four weeks to a maximum of 28 weeks. 

    • Effective September 27, 2020, the government will transition to a simplified Employment Insurance (EI) program. 120 hours of work is required to qualify for a minimum benefit of C$400 per week, for at least 26 weeks. Claimants will receive a one-time insurable hours credit of 300 hours for regular benefits and 480 hours for special benefits (sickness, maternity/parental, compassionate care or family caregiver). The credit will be retroactive to March 15, 2020, for claimants looking to transition from CERB to EI maternity, parental, compassionate care, family caregiver or work-sharing benefits.

    • Three new benefits are being proposed and will be introduced in legislation when Parliament returns in September:

      • Canada Recovery Benefit of C$400 per week for up to 26 weeks for workers who are self-employed or otherwise ineligible for EI;

      • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit of C$500 per week for up to two weeks for workers who are sick or must isolate due to COVID-19; and

      • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit of C$500 per week for up to 26 weeks per household for workers who are unable to work because of certain caregiving responsibilities.

  • Government of Canada invests in agri-food producers and organizations in the North (News release)

  • The following regulations/orders were published in the August 19, 2020 Canada Gazette, Part II:

    • Interim Order No. 7 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit)

    • Proclamation Proroguing Parliament to September 23, 2020

    • Proclamation summoning Parliament to meet on September 23, 2020

U.S. Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • 12,501 confirmed cases, an increase of 82 since yesterday, 2 deaths.

British Columbia

  • 4,745 confirmed cases, an increase of 68 since yesterday, no deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario extends orders under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 (News release)

  • All orders under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 have been extended to September 22, 2020, with the following exceptions:

    • The Education Sector order will end on August 31, 2020.

    • The Limitation Periods order will end and suspended time periods will resume running on September 14, 2020.

  • The Ontario government is expanding eligibility for agriculture societies to apply for funding to help offset the financial losses due to the cancellation of fall fairs, exhibitions and activities during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. (News release)

  • The following regulations were published on e-Laws:

    • O. Reg. 455/20 – amending O. Reg. 263/20, Rules for Areas in Stage 2 (under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020).

    • O. Reg. 456/20 – amending O. Reg. 364/20, Rules for Areas in Stage 3 (under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020).

    • O. Reg. 457/20 – revoking O. Reg. 73/20, Limitation Periods (under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020).  

  • 41,048 confirmed cases, an increase of 76 since yesterday, 1 death (does not include data from 11 public health units).

Quebec

  • The following Orders were published in the August 20, 2020 Gazette officielle du Québec:

    • O.C. 845-2020, Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act (renews the the public health emergency to August 26, 2020).

    • O.C. 885-2020, Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation (relates to education and childcare services).

    • Ministerial Order 2020-058 of the Minister of Health and Social Services - Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

  • 61,402 confirmed cases, an increase of 86 since yesterday, no deaths in past 24 hours, 1 death of unknown date.

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

Canada Federal

  • No new updates.
U.S. Federal
  • As White House pushes 'skinny' COVID-19 bill, Democrat sees September action (Reuters).
Alberta
  • Expanding COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic Albertans (News Release).
    • More than 50 Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaw pharmacies in Real Canadian Superstore locations are already offering asymptomatic testing, and by September 1, 2020 all 234 of the company’s pharmacies in Alberta (including pharmacies at Independent Foods, Extra Foods, City Market, and No Frills) will offer asymptomatic COVID-19 testing.
  • Alberta to expand contact-tracing team, eyes 12-hour notification window (Globe and Mail).
    • Alberta, which is struggling to pinpoint sources for hundreds of new coronavirus infections, intends to beef up its contact-tracing team, according to the provincial health authority.
  • 12,419 confirmed cases, an increase of 89 since yesterday, 1 death.
British Columbia
  • Order in Council No. 482 the state of emergency has been extended to September 1, 2020 (see also the related news release).
  • 4,677 confirmed cases, an increase of 83 since yesterday.
Ontario
  • Ontario Invests in Made-in-Ontario Physician Scheduling Technology in the Fight Against COVID-19 (News Release).
  • Ottawa to boost COVID-19 testing in preparation for fall surge (CBC).
  • 40,972 confirmed cases, an increase of 102 since yesterday, 1 death.
Quebec
  • 61,316 confirmed cases, an increase of 64 since yesterday, 2 deaths.
August 18, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)
 

Canada Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced he has asked the Governor General to prorogue parliament until September 23, 2020 (CTV).

    • Trudeau said in the coming weeks the federal government will be plotting out and unveiling its roadmap out of the pandemic, which will include a throne speech to mark the beginning of a new session on September 23, 2020, which is the same week the House of Commons was previously scheduled to return.

U.S. Federal

  • FDA flags accuracy issue with widely used coronavirus test (FNN).

Alberta

  • Edmonton's COVID-19 cases double Toronto's as Alberta capital put under health watch (CTV).

  • 12,412 confirmed cases, an increase 359 since the weekend, of 3 deaths.

British Columbia

  • Order in Council No. 481 Carbon Tax Remission (COVID-19 Emergency) Regulation (made under the Financial Administration Act).

  • K-12 operational guidelines set requirements for masks (Information Bulletin).

  • The following Bills received royal assent on August 14, 2020:

    • S.B.C. 2020 c.19  (Bill 18), Economic Stabilization (COVID-19) Act. See section 22 for the coming into force dates.

    • S.B.C. 2020 c. 12 (Bill 21), Wills, Estates and Succession Amendment Act, 2020. See section 13 for coming into force dates (section 2, 4-10 and 12 are in force on proclamation – not yet in force).

    • S.B.C. 2020 c. 20 (Bill 23), Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2020. See section 37 for the coming into force dates.

  • 4,594 confirmed cases, an increase of 236 since the weekend, 2 deaths.

Ontario

  • 40,870 confirmed cases, an increase of 125 since yesterday, 4 deaths.

Quebec

  • The government unveils its action plan in anticipation of a second wave (News Release).

    • The action plan unveiled today takes stock of this and presents the priority projects as well as the solutions to be implemented by September 30, 2020, to prepare the health and social services network for a potential second wave of outbreaks.

    • The action plan is based on nine areas of intervention, namely living environments for the elderly, vulnerable clienteles, the workforce, screening, prevention and control of outbreaks, clinical organization and services, procurement, governance and communications.

  • The government is announcing a 12-week extension of the credit on employer contributions to the Health Services Fund in respect of employees on paid implemented in the wake of the establishment of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (News Release).

  • Ministerial Order No. 2020-058, related to an amendment to Ministerial Order 2020-014 dated April 2, 2020.

  • 61,252 confirmed cases, an increase of 46 since yesterday, 2 deaths.

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

Canada Federal

  • Online Course (from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety) provides guidance on returning to work safely during COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Canada Revenue Agency opens applications for enhanced Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (News Release).

U.S. Federal

  • FDA issues emergency use authorization to Yale School of Public Health for SalivaDirect, which uses a new method of saliva sample processing when testing for COVID-19 (News Release).

  • COVID-19 forces some U.S. schools to close, as new cases remain high in most states (News Release).

Alberta

  • 12,053 confirmed cases, an increase of 84 since Friday, 1 death.

British Columbia

  • Order in Council No. 477 related to the BC Ferries Medical Travel (COVID-19) Order and item 23.2 in Schedule 2 of the COVID-19 Related Measures Act.

  • Emergency support for vulnerable people during COVID-19 continues (News Release).

  • 4,358 confirmed cases, an increase of 84 since Friday.

Ontario

  • 40,745 confirmed cases, an increase of 286 since Friday.

Quebec

  • The Quebec government presents three new measures for a successful return to school which will allow all students to benefit from more direct services and make up for any delays that could have developed during the school closure period last spring (News Release).

  • Quebec to hire specialized teachers to help students catch up (CBC).

  • 61,206 confirmed cases, an increase of 202 since Friday, 1 death.

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

Canada – Federal

  • The Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to non-essential travel until September 21, 2020. (CBC)

  • Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced Canada’s Flight Plan for Navigating COVID-19, a system of safety measures to support public health by protecting air travellers and industry workers. (News Release)

    • Key changes include travel restrictions, mandatory use of face masks, mandatory health checks prior to passenger boarding, temperature screening at the busiest Canadian airports and points of origin for all incoming flights to Canada, restricted services and passenger movement during flights, enhanced cleaning and sanitation, enhanced air conditioning and filtration systems in airports, frequent cleaning in airports, touchless technology to scan boarding passes, and physical distancing.

  • The Government of Canada has extended time limits to pay rent for mineral leases in Nunavut and has granted rent relief. (News Release)

    • The order extends time limits to pay rent for mineral leases under the regulations that become due between March 13, 2020, and October 29, 2020, inclusively by up to six months, and not extending beyond October 30, 2020. (Order published in the August 15, 2020 Canada Gazette, Part I)

    • Canada has also amended the Nunavut Mining Regulations to waive for one year, upon request in writing to the Department, the payment of annual rent on mineral leases due in the one-year period from March 13, 2020, to March 12, 2021.

  • Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages Mélanie Joly announced C$2,968,566 in financial assistance to businesses and organizations in the Gaspésie region, as well as a total of up to C$667,685 in investments to six businesses and organizations through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund. (News Release)

  • Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino announced a temporary measure that will provide a pathway to permanent residency for asylum claimants working in the health-care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. (News release)

  • Expected peak of COVID-19 outbreak in Canada this fall could temporarily overwhelm health systems: Dr. Tam (The Globe and Mail)

U.S. – Federal

  • The Trump administration is collaborating with McKesson for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. (News Release)

  • The top U.S. health official says approval of COVID vaccines unlikely before November. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Masks will now be required for all K-12 students and staff at Calgary public and Catholic schools. (CBC)

  • 11,969 confirmed cases, an increase of 76 since yesterday, including three deaths.

British Columbia

  • New repayment framework gives renters until July 2021 to repay arrears (Information Bulletin).

  • Order in Council No. 475 – The COVID-19 (Residential Tenancy Act and Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act) (No. 2) Regulation is made.

    • The COVID-19 Related Measures Act is also amended as set out in the hyperlinked Appendix 2, effective on the dates as set out in that appendix.

  • B.C. could see second wave of COVID-19 in September bigger than the first, provincial modelling shows. (CBC)

  • 4,274 confirmed cases, an increase of 78 since yesterday.

Ontario

  • Ontario is supporting the safe reopening of more spaces at gyms and recreation centres. The province is also investing C$8-million to ensure the safe return of amateur sports. (News Release and Guidance)

    • Beginning August 15, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. (EDT), facilities can have up to 50 patrons for each indoor sport or fitness room, while ensuring physical distancing of at least two metres.

    • The revised capacity limits are on a per room basis. They will apply to the gymnasiums, health clubs, community centres, multi-purpose facilities, arenas, exercise studios, yoga and dance studios, and other fitness facilities that are able to follow the new guidance.

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

      • O.Reg. 453/20 – Rules for Areas in Stage 3 (made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020).

      • O.Reg. 452/20 Rules for Areas in Stage 2 (made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020).

  • Ontario takes additional steps to better protect students and staff by making further investments to ensure a safe return to school in September. (News Release)

    • The directive outlines effective practices, such as training and technical support, that will enhance the implementation of synchronous instruction for students and staff.

  • 40,459 confirmed cases, an increase of 78 since yesterday, including one death.

Quebec

  • 61,004 confirmed cases, an increase of 87 since yesterday, including three deaths.

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

Canada – Federal 

  • No new updates.

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • Asymptomatic testing is recommended for all teachers and staff in the early childhood services to grade 12 education system prior to the start of the 2020-21 school year (Update).

  • Edmonton has reached a new high in terms of active case numbers, as 95 of the 121 new cases reported in Alberta Wednesday came from the capital region (Edmonton Journal).

  • 11,893 confirmed cases, an increase of 121 since yesterday, including one death.

British Columbia

  • Deadline looms for temporary layoff extensions (News Release).

  • 4,196 confirmed cases, an increase of 85 since yesterday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Education minister "unlocks" C$500-million to improve distancing and ventilation for back-to-school; Lecce announced funding towards PPE, custodians and enhanced ventilation (CBC).

    • The minister also announced an additional C$50-million for upgrades to ventilation systems amid concerns over student safety during the threat of COVID-19.

    • Official press release is still forthcoming.

  • 40,367 confirmed cases, an increase in 78 since yesterday.

Quebec

  • Order in Council No. 818-2020 – The public health emergency has been renewed until August 19, 2020.

  • 60,917 confirmed cases, an increase in 104 since yesterday.

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

Canada – Federal

  • Order Respecting Time Limits and Other Periods Established By or Under Certain Acts and Regulations for which the Minister of Industry is Responsible (COVID-19), published in the August 12, 2020, Canada Gazette, Part I (Extra).

    • Affected legislation: Boards of Trade Act, Canada Business Corporations Act, Canada Cooperatives Act, Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, National Security Review of Investments Regulations.

  • Funding announcements:

    • Alberta’s plant-based food sector receives federal support. (News Release)

    • Government of Canada announces funding for Indigenous communities and organizations to support community-based responses to COVID-19. (News Release)

    • Government of Canada invests in agri-food producers and organizations in northern Ontario. (News Release)

    • Government of Canada invests in Quebec’s agri-food industry. (News Release)

    • FedDev Ontario feeds growth in southern Ontario’s agri-food sector (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Defense announced an agreement with Moderna, Inc. to manufacture and deliver 100 million doses of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate. (News Release)

  • White House, Democrats show no sign of budging on U.S. coronavirus aid (Reuters

Alberta

  • COVID-19 information: guidance for seniors centres and seniors serving organizations. Replaces the guidance from June 13, 2020. (Guidance Document)

  • 11,772 confirmed cases, an increase of 85 since yesterday, including three deaths.

British Columbia

  • Approximately 500 additional health professionals will be hired to increase contact tracing around British Columbia. (News Release)

  • There will be a gradual restart of school in the week of September 8-11, 2020,to allow extra time to orient students and staff on the new safety measures. Students will return on September 10, 2020. (News Release)

  • 4,111 confirmed cases, an increase of 46 since yesterday, no deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario poviding municipalities with up to C1.6-blion in frst rund of emergency funding. (News Release)

  • Ontario released the 2020-21 First Quarter Finances and an update to Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19. (News Release)

    • The COVID-19 response action plan is now a projected C$30-billion, up from C$17-billion announced in Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 on March 25, 2020. A deficit of C$38.5-billion is now projected for 2020-21.

  • 40,289 confirmed cases, an increase of 95 since yesterday, including one death.

Quebec

  • 60,813 confirmed cases, an increase of 95 since yesterday, one new death, plus 11 deaths that occurred previously.

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

Canada – Federal

  • The Government of Canada launches updated Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Calculator to support employers (News Release).

  • The Government of Canada is providing assistance to help Indigenous Peoples living in urban centres in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. governors question the cost of Trump's COVID-19 aid plans and urge talks to continue (Reuters).

Alberta

  • 11,687 confirmed cases, an increase of 257 since the weekend, including five deaths. 

British Columbia

  • Masks to remain optional for B.C. students, despite public health guidelines (The Globe and Mail).

  • Bill 23, Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2020, received third reading yesterday.

  • The federal and provincial governments have confirmed that the transit funding envelope of the Safe Restart Agreement will include eligibility for BC Ferries (News Release).

  • 4,065 confirmed cases, an increase of 131 since the weekend.

Ontario

  • O.Reg. 444/20 – Stages of Reopening (made under the Reopening Ontario (Flexible Response to Covid-19) Act, 2020).

  • 40,194 confirmed cases, an increase of 33 since yesterday.

Quebec

  • 60,718 confirmed cases, an increase of 91 since yesterday, including one death.

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

Canada – Federal

  • The Government of Canada temporarily set a minimum unemployment rate for the Employment Insurance program. (News release)

    • Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, announced that effective August 9, 2020, a minimum unemployment rate of 13.1 per cent will be applied temporarily for all EI economic regions across Canada.

    • When individuals begin transitioning off of the CERB back to EI regular benefits at the end of this month, those living in EI regions with an unemployment rate lower than 13.1% will have their EI benefits calculated on the basis of the 13.1% rate, while individuals living in regions with a higher unemployment rate will have their benefits calculated using the actual rate for that region.

U.S. – Federal

  • Trump signs coronavirus relief orders after talks with Congress break down. (Reuters)

  • Presidential Memorandum on Authorizing the Other Needs Assistance Program for Major Disaster Declarations Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019.

  • Presidential  Memorandum on Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing COVID-19 Disaster.

  • Executive Order on Fighting the Spread of COVID-19 by Providing Assistance to Renters and Homeowners.

  • Presidential Memorandum on Continued Student Loan Payment Relief During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Alberta

  • Masks for schools procurement: Minister LaGrange. (Statement)

  • Alberta to adopt national COVID-19 exposure app. (The Globe and Mail)

  • 11,430 confirmed cases, an increase of 134 since Friday, no deaths.

British Columbia

  • O.I.C. 472/2020 – Amending the Medical and Health Care Services Regulation (under the Medicare Protection Act)

  • 3,934 confirmed cases, an increase of 53 since Friday, no deaths.

Ontario

  • Windsor-Essex will be allowed to move into Stage 3 on August 12, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. (EDT). (News release)

  • 40,161 confirmed cases, an increase of 264 since Friday, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • The Quebec government updates the back-to-school plan. (News release)

  • Masks will be required for students starting in the fifth grade when they are in common areas of the school or on school or public transport but will not be compulsory inside classrooms.

  • Classes are no longer required to divide into sub-groups of six students, and students in the same class group will not have to maintain a distance between themselves.

  • All students will return to class in the fall except those with medical conditions.

  • Parents will be notified if there is an outbreak in the school.

  • Quebec’s top doctor says a return to lockdown this fall is "unlikely" (The Globe and Mail)

  • 60,627 confirmed cases, an increase of 386 since Friday, including seven deaths.

August 7, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Public Health Agency of Canada’s COVID-19 guidance for schools kindergarten to grade 12.

    • A summary of the Public Health Agency of Canada's back-to-school recommendations (National Post).

  • The Government of Canada is providing assistance to urban Indigenous organizations in the Greater Toronto Area to address the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • The following orders have been added to the August 8 Canada Gazette:

    • Interim Order – Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 4 (made under the Aeronautics Act).

    • Order – Lifting Suspensions of Time Limits in Relation to Proceedings Commenced Under Certain Acts for Which the Minister of Industry is Responsible

    • OrderMinimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country other than the United States) (made under the Quarantine Act).

  • Canada’s forest sector developing biodegradable face mask filters (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

  • The White House turns down the Democrats’ offer to meet halfway with US$2-trillion coronavirus plan (The Globe and Mail).

Alberta

  • COVID-19 funding for First Nations colleges; one-time funding will help First Nations colleges overcome obstacles to ensure students benefit from online course delivery (News Release).

  • 11,296 confirmed cases, an increase of 56 since yesterday, including two deaths.

British Columbia

  • Premier John Horgan says adjustments to the plan to reopen the province’s schools may be necessary, including delaying the exact day elementary and high-school students return to their classes (The Globe and Mail).

  • Masks will soon be mandatory on Metro Vancouver transit (CTV).

    • TransLink said the new policy takes effect on Aug. 24.

  • Order in Council No. 459 – Effective January 1, 2020, the linked COVID-19 (Limits on Actions and Proceedings) Regulation is made.

  • The COVID-19 Related Measures Act, S.B.C. 2020, c. 8, is amended by repealing items 10 and 20 in Schedule 2.

  • Order of the Provincial Health Officer to Owners and Operators of Places and Persons Who Organize or Attend Events at Vacation Accommodation or Other Places.

  • 3,881 confirmed cases, an increase of 47 since yesterday.

Ontario

  • Toronto Public Health raises concerns about Ontario’s back-to-school plan as Premier Doug Ford defends against growing criticism (The Globe and Mail).

  • The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, is providing C$234.6-million in funding to keep children and staff safe in childcare and early years settings (News Release).

  • 39,897 confirmed cases, an increase of 88 since yesterday.

Quebec

  • 60,241 confirmed cases, an increase of 108 since yesterday.

August 6, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • No new updates.

U.S. – Federal

  • White House health experts are warning of a slow rise in the percentage of people testing positive for the coronavirus in U.S. cities such as Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Washington and urging local leaders to remain vigilant to avoid a surge (CBC).

  • President Trump drafting order on coronavirus aid actions: tweet (Reuters).

  • President Donald Trump on Thursday will sign a long-awaited executive order aimed at boosting American production of medicines and medical equipment, and protecting the United States against shortfalls in a future pandemic (Reuters).

  • New York City will implement COVID-19 quarantine check points at key entry points to the city to ensure that travellers coming from 35 states on New York’s travel advisory comply with the 14-day quarantine mandate (Reuters).

Alberta 

  • 11,240 confirmed cases, an increase of 94 since yesterday, including two deaths.

British Columbia 

  • Expanded infrastructure program offers new support for COVID-19 community resilience in British Columbia (News Release).

  • The Surrey Board of Trade will develop a plan for local employers to navigate their capacity to respond to COVID-19 workforce needs and help workers connect to employment opportunities (News Release).

  • 3,834 confirmed cases, an increase of 47 since yesterday.

Ontario 

  • Ontario Premier Doug Ford is promising to introduce measures to help improve conditions for the province’s personal support workers (The Globe and Mail).

  • The Ontario government is investing C$1.5-million through the new Tourism Economic Development Recovery Fund and offering promotional incentives at provincial attractions to help the province's tourism industry and welcome back visitors after the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • 39,809 confirmed cases, an increase of 95 since yesterday, including one death.

Quebec 

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

Canada Federal

  • Physical distancing abnd mask-wearing could be in place for two to three years even with a vaccine, Tam warns (CBC).

    • Tam said one of the busiest areas of planning for officials is the reopening of schools in September, for which, she said, the Public Health Agency of Canada will be publishing detailed guidelines later this week.

    • The guidelines will include a recommendation that children over the age of 10 be required to wear masks; extra consideration should be given for children under the age of 10.

  • Health Canada is recalling more than 50 hand sanitizers (CBC and Recalls Summary).

  • Ottawa looks to finalize deal with airlines amid contact-tracing concerns (The Globe and Mail).

  • The Government of Canada announces major steps in treating and preventing COVID-19 through vaccines and therapies (News Release).

    • Minister Anand announced that, following the careful review and recommendation of the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force, the Government of Canada has entered into two agreements with Pfizer and Moderna to secure millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine candidates. The government is negotiating and signing agreements with a number of leading pharmaceutical companies to establish a guaranteed supply base of potential vaccine candidates.

  • Infrastructure program expands to support COVID-19 community resilience (News Release).

    • The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is being adjusted so that provinces and territories can use federal funding to act quickly on a wider range of more pandemic-resilient infrastructure projects.

  • S.O.R./2020-169 Interim Order No. 6 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit) was added to the August 5 Canada Gazette.

U.S. Federal

  • Republicans push Friday deadline in congressional coronavirus relief talks (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Alberta to provide additional COVID-19 homelessness supports (News Release).

  • 11,146 confirmed cases, an increase of 303 since the weekend, including six deaths.

British Columbia

  • Order in Council No. 458 – State of emergency extended to August 18, 2020 (News Release).

  • Workers and employers who need to extend temporary layoffs beyond the August 30, 2020, expiry date are reminded to apply for a variance using the Employment Standards Branch’s new online application by August 25, 2020 (News Release).

  • 3,787 confirmed cases, an increase of 146 since the weekend.

Ontario

  • The Toronto District School Board exploring ways to keep elementary classes smaller amid growing anxiety among parents (The Globe and Mail).

  • Ontario supporting non-profits as province recovers from COVID-19 (News Release).

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

    • O.Reg. 441/820 Rules of Civil Procedure (related to the civil submissions online portal).

    • O.Reg. 442/20 General (under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014).

  • Ford won't commit to lower class sizes (CBC).

  • 39,714 confirmed cases, an increase of 86 since yesterday.

Quebec

  • The following orders were issued:

  •  60,000 confirmed cases, an increase of 155 since yesterday, including one death.

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

Canada – Federal

  • The Canadian Armed Forces airlift support to the United Nations for their COVID-19 efforts concluded on Friday, July 31, 2020. (News release)

U.S. – Federal

  • President Donald Trump signed an executive order expanding access to telehealth services for 57 million Americans in underserved rural areas and elsewhere, after virtual visits soared during the coronavirus pandemic. (Reuters)

  • The U.S. government agreed to pay French drug maker Sanofi and British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline up to US$2.1-billion to supply enough vaccines for 50 million people, with the option to buy another 500 million doses. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Mask use for grade four to grade 12 students, and all school staff, will be mandatory when school returns for the 2020-21 year. (News release)

  • The government’s distribution of non-medical masks program has ended; 40 million masks were distributed. (News release)

  • 10,843 confirmed cases, an increase of 127 since Friday.

British Columbia 

  • The province has amended regulations to allow private cannabis retail store licensees to sell non-medical cannabis products online for pickup in store. (News release and O.I.C. 454/2020)

  • O.I.C. 453/2020 – Related to the COVID-19 (Limitation Periods in Court Proceedings) Regulation and amends the COVID-19 Related Measures Act.

  • O.I.C. 457/2020 – Related to the COVID-19 (Passenger Transportation Act) Regulation and amends the COVID-19 Related Measures Act.

  • Ministerial Order No. M256 – BC Ferries Medical Travel (COVID-19) Order (under the Emergency Program Act).

  • Ministerial Order No. M257 – Haida Gwaii (COVID-19) Order (under the Emergency Program Act).

  • 3,641 confirmed cases, an increase of 50 since Friday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Windsor-Essex will remain in Stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan. (News release)

  • The Ontario government is providing Clean Works Medical and Pure Life Machinery with C$2-million from the Ontario Together Fund to help manufacture a one-of-a-kind, sanitizing device called the Clean Flow Healthcare Mini that can decontaminate up to 800 N95 masks per hour along with other personal protective equipment. (News release)

  • 39,628 confirmed cases, an increase of 419 since Friday, including seven deaths.

Quebec

  • Ministerial Order 2020-053 of the Minister of Health and Social Services increasing the maximum number of persons that may gather in certain locations from 50 to 250.

  • 59,845 confirmed cases, an increase of 533 since Friday, including three deaths.

July 31, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance will be extended by one month to help eligible small businesses pay rent for August (News Release).

  • Employment-insurance-like benefit for gig and contract workers will be available after CERB ends, Trudeau says (CBC). More details will be unveiled at a later date.

  • The Government of Canada invests in measures to boost protections for temporary foreign workers and address COVID-19 outbreaks on farms (News Release and Backgrounder).

  • New mobile app to help notify Canadians of potential COVID-19 exposure now available (News Release).

  • The following orders were added this afternoon:

    • PC Number 2020-549 – Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country other than the United States) (made under the Quarantine Act).

    • PC Number 2020-548 – Order Lifting Suspensions of Time Limits in Relation to Proceedings Commenced Under Certain Acts for Which the Minister of Industry is Responsible (made under the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19)).

  • New prototype face mask using Canadian wood pulp to support Canada’s COVID-19 response (News Release).

  • Passport services in Canada resuming by mail and appointment for travel in less than 30 days (News Release).

  • Government of Canada COVID-19 update for Indigenous Peoples and communities (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said talks with the White House on a new coronavirus aid bill were not yet on a path toward reaching a deal (Reuters).

    • Negotiations continued today although no timetable was given.

  • The U.S. government to launch "overwhelming" COVID-19 vaccine campaign by November (Reuters).

  • The White House opposes requirement for passengers to wear masks on planes, trains (Reuters).

  • National Institutes of Health delivering new COVID-19 testing technologies to meet U.S. demand (News Release).

  • Department of Defense announced US$31-Million in Defense Production Act Title III COVID-19 Actions (News Release).

Alberta

  • Expanding COVID-19 testing at pharmacies; Alberta is expanding asymptomatic testing at community pharmacies, helping more people access timely COVID-19 testing close to home (News Release).

  • Thousands of job creators access relaunch grant; Alberta’s government has provided businesses with more than C$25.7-million since the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant was launched one month ago (News Release).

  • 10,716 confirmed cases, an increase of 113 since yesterday, including five deaths.

British Columbia

  • Liquor manufacturers benefit from temporary changes to direct delivery (News Release and Policy Directive).

    • The province is temporarily authorizing liquor manufacturers to deliver products directly to individual consumers from their registered off-site storage facilities, in addition to their on-site stores.

  • Minister’s statement on guidelines for post-secondary institutions.

    • COVID-19 Go-Forward Guidelines for B.C.’s Post-Secondary Sector.

  • Minister’s statement on federal extension of commercial rent assistance.

  • Bill 18, Economic Stabilization (COVID-19) Act received third reading and awaits Royal Assent.

  • Province restricts travel to Haida Gwaii to protect communities (News Release).

  • 3,591 confirmed cases, an increase of 29 since yesterday.

Ontario

  • Ontario implementing additional measures at bars and restaurants to help limit the spread of COVID-19; measures to further protect the health of Ontarians as the province continues to reopen under Stage 3 (News Release).

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

    • O.Reg. 426/20 – Stages of Reopening (made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act).

    • O.Reg. 427/20 – Rules for Areas in Stage 2 (made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act).

    • O.Reg. 428/20 – Rules for Areas in Stage 3 (made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act).

    • O.Reg. 429/20 – General (made under the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004).

    • O.Reg. 430/20 – Fees (made under the Notaries Act).

    • O.Reg. 431/20 – Administering Oath or Declaration Remotely (made under the Commissioners For Taking Affidavits Act.)

  • Ontario safely and gradually reopens DriveTest Centres (News Release).

  • 39,209 confirmed cases, an increase of 134 since yesterday, ucluding three deaths.

Quebec

  • 59,312 confirmed cases, an increase of 164 since yesterday, including one death.

July 30, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Department of National Defence announced two contribution agreements with Canadian companies as part of the Government of Canada’s coordinated response to COVID-19 (News Release). The contribution agreements, totalling C$2-million, focus on diagnostics and testing and are being awarded to:

    • Diagnostics Biochem Canada Inc. (London, ON): C$1.014-million for the development of kits for the detection of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 that can be used separately or in combination to diagnose current or previous COVID-19 infection.

    • Custom Biologics, (Toronto, ON): C$1-million for the development and qualification of a rapid Point-of-Care diagnostic test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

  • Prime Minister Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland held their 16th call with Canada’s provincial and territorial premiers to discuss their shared response to the COVID-19 pandemic (Readout).

  • Information and resources on COVID-19 epidemiology and reducing your risks for infection and spreading the virus (Public Health Agency of Canada Backgrounder).

  • Stricter rules for foreign nationals transiting through Canada to Alaska (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

  • COVID-19 outbreak picks up in Midwest as summer travel spreads virus (Reuters).

Alberta

  • Premier Jason Kenney aims for "discrete approach" to regional COVID-19 outbreaks (Edmonton Journal).

    • If COVID-19 cases continue to climb, Alberta would look at working with local leaders in specific regions before considering a second province-wide shutdown, Premier Jason Kenney said.

  • Bill 32, Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, 2020, received royal assent yesterday. Coming-into-force information is set out at the end of each part. If there is no CIF information provided, the part comes into force on royal assent.

  • Bill 30, Health Statutes Amendment Act, 2020, received royal assent yesterday. Coming-into-force information is set out at the end of each part. If there is no CIF information provided, the part comes into force on royal assent.

  • 10,603 confirmed cases, an increase of 133 since yesterday, including three deaths. 

British Columbia

  • Order in Council No. 449 – Related to the regulation/amendment made under the Emergency Program Act and the COVID-19 Related Measures Act:

    • COVID-19 (Residential Tenancy Act and Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act) Regulation

  • Order in Council No. 551 – Sections 3, 4 and 10 (1) (b) of item 2 in Schedule 2 of the COVID-19 Related Measures Act, are repealed.

  • Emergency order enacted to provide medical-assured loading on ferries (News Release).

  • 3,562 confirmed cases, an increase of 41 since yesterday.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford and Education Minister Stephen Lecce released the back-to-school plan this afternoon (News Release).

    • Elementary school children in kindergarten through to grade eight will return to school five days per week across Ontario for a full day, with no changes to class sizes.

    • Secondary schools in designated boards will open on an adapted model, with class cohorts of approximately 15 students; students will attend class on alternate days or alternate schedules.

    • Non-medical masks will be mandatory for students in grade four to grade 12. Students in kindergarten to grade three will be encouraged, but not required, to wear masks in common spaces.

    • Schools will implement additional hand hygiene, cohorting and distancing.

  • Ontario’s plan to allow licensed childcare centres across Ontario will open at full capacity starting September 1, 2020 (News Release).

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

    • O.Reg. 426/20 – Stages of Reopening. Made under the Reopening Ontario (a Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.

    • O.Reg. 427/20 – Rules for Areas in Stage 2. Made under the Reopening Ontario (a Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.

    • O.Reg. 428/20 – Rules for Areas in Stage 3. Made under the Reopening Ontario (a Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.

    • O.Reg. 429/20 – General (Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004).

  • 39,075 confirmed cases, an increase of 89 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • Early in the pandemic, Quebec didn't follow expert advice to expand quarantine order (CBC).

  • 59,131 confirmed cases, an increase of 122 since yesterday, including one death.

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

Canada – Federal

  • No new updates.

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • Masks mandatory in all Edmonton indoor public spaces starting August 1; City Council voted 10-3 to pass the mandatory mask bylaw (CBC).

  • Bill 32, Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, 2020, received third reading and awaits royal assent.

  • The Legislative Assembly has adjourned until August 27, 2020.

British Columbia

  • Most B.C. students to return to school for full-time in-class learning in September (News Release).

    • On the advice of the provincial health officer, students will be organized into learning groups, a consistent group of staff and students.

    • The ministry is developing operational guidelines that will further assist school districts and independent schools with their planning for September.

    • Public Health Guidance for K-12 School Settings.

  • Bill 18, Economic Stabilization (COVID-19) Act – Committee reported the Bill with amendments (see s. 21).

Ontario

  • Ontario government launched an independent commission into COVID-19 and long-term care (News Release).

    • Three commissioners will investigate how COVID-19 spread within long-term care homes, how residents, staff and families were impacted, and the adequacy of measures taken by the province and other parties to prevent, isolate and contain the virus.

  • Toronto City Council has approved several new bylaws related to COVID-19 measures as the city prepares to enter Stage 3 (CityNews).

  • 38,986 confirmed cases, an increase of 76 since yesterday.

Quebec 

  • Order in Council No. 814-2020 – Renewal of public health emergency until August 5, 2020.

  • 59,073 confirmed cases, an increase of 176 since yesterday, including one death.
Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Active discussions are taking place to potentially pre-order COVID-19 vaccine doses for Canadians, chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said Tuesday (CTV).

U.S. – Federal

  • The White House and lawmakers tangle over scope of new coronavirus legislation (Reuters).

    • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows were expected to resume negotiations today with the two senior Democrats in Congress  Ho–use of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Alberta

  • Bill 30, Health Statutes Amendment Act, 2020 ,received third reading yesterday afternoon and awaits royal assent.

  • 10,470 confirmed cases, an increase of 80 since yesterday, including one death.

British Columbia

  • 3,523 confirmed cases, an increase of 23 since yesterday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Additional businesses and public spaces will be reopening as the Ontario government allows the City of Toronto and Peel Region to move into Stage 3 of reopening the province on Friday, July 31 at 12:01 a.m. (EDT). Windsor-Essex will now be the only region in Ontario remaining in Stage 2 (News Release).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, to make an announcement on the launch of an independent commission into COVID-19 and long-term care at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • No new updates.

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

Canada – Federal

  • The Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Minister Responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), announced C$2.95-million in federal support to help businesses in B.C.'s technology sector address the impact of COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Over C$95-million in relief and recovery funds flow to businesses in Western Canada (News Release).

  • Health Canada authorizes drug remdesivir for severe COVID-19 cases (CBC).

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued a statement on the extension of emergency lending facilities authorized under section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act.

Alberta

  • Alberta invests billions of dollars to help municipalities create jobs and cope with COVID-19 (News Release).

British Columbia

  • No new updates.

Ontario

  • The province is expected to announce whether the remaining three regions in Stage 2 — Toronto, Peel and Windsor-Essex — can move to Stage 3 on Wednesday (CTV).

  • 38,910 confirmed cases, an increase of 111 since yesterday, including four deaths.

Quebec

  • 58,897 confirmed cases, an increase of 169 since yesterday, including two deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures, received royal assent yesterday evening. The bill comes into force on assent (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

  • Republicans unveil coronavirus plan and slash emergency unemployment benefit (Reuters).

    • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the proposal a “tailored and targeted” plan focused on getting children back to school and employees back to work and protecting corporations from lawsuits, while slashing the expiring supplemental unemployment benefits of US$600 a week by two-thirds.

  • Majority of U.S. House backs new bailout for U.S. passenger airlines (Reuters).

Alberta

  • Bill 32, Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, 2020, was referred to the Committee of the Whole yesterday.

  • 10,390 confirmed cases, an increase of 304 since the weekend (110 on July 24, 103 on July 25 and 91 on July 26), including eight deaths.

British Columbia

  • Dr. Bonnie Henry said she has amended a provincial health order to address short-term vacation rentals. B.C.’s Interior has seen an uptick in new cases following a series of exposures at private parties at the start of the month (Global News).

  • 3,500 confirmed cases, an increase of 81 since the weekend, including two deaths.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care; Shaun Collier, Mayor of Ajax; and Sharon Cochran, Chair of the Lakeridge Health Board of Trustees, to make an announcement on building long-term care capacity at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • No new updates.

July 27, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announces an extension to the payment deadline and offers interest relief on outstanding tax debts during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CRA is extending the payment due date for current-year individual, corporate and trust income tax returns, including instalment payments, from September 1, 2020, to September 30, 2020 (News Release).

  • Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures, received first, second and third reading this afternoon. The Senate has suspended to await royal assent.

U.S. – Federal

  • The Department of Health and Human Services reserves and rapidly expands manufacturing capacity for COVID-19 vaccines at Texas Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (News Release).

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • No new updates.

Ontario

  • The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, is providing up to C$4-billion in urgently needed one-time assistance to Ontario's 444 municipalities. A deal for public transit funding was also secured as part of the agreement (News Release).

  • Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17 proclaimed in force July 24, 2020.

  • 38,799 confirmed cases, an increase of 119 since the weekend, including one death.

Quebec

  • 58,728 confirmed cases, an increase of 145 since the weekend.

Last updated at 9 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Government of Canada will provide $$4.28-billion to further expand testing and contact tracing capacity and the associated data management and information sharing systems (News Release).

    • This funding will ensure a national capacity to conduct 200,000 tests per day to help manage COVID-19 outbreaks over the coming year. Canada will also provide $7.5-billion towards personal protective equipment.

  • The Senate is sitting today at 12 p.m. (EDT) to consider Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures.

  • Ministers responsible for immigration meet to jointly plan for the future of immigration in Canada amid COVID-19 (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

  • The White House and Senate Republicans have reached “an agreement in principle” on the next coronavirus relief bill, a White House official said yesterday (Reuters).

  • Trump administration backs partial extension of jobless benefits through year's end (Reuters).

    • Chief of Staff Mark Meadows suggested a deal on a standalone bill on unemployment benefits could be reached before the July 31 deadline.

Alberta

  • 10,086 confirmed cases, an increase of 111 since Friday, including two deaths.

British Columbia

  • 3,419 confirmed cases, an increase of 27 since Friday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance; Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; and Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

  • 38,680 confirmed cases, an increase of 275 since Friday, including four deaths.

Quebec

  • 58,583 confirmed cases, an increase of 340 since Friday, including three deaths.

July 24, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • No new updates.
U.S. Federal
  • No new updates.
Alberta
  • Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw says masks in schools are still under review (CBC).
British Columbia
  • No new updates.
Ontario
  • Ontario delays decision on whether Toronto, Peel and Windsor can move to Stage 3 (CTV).
  • An update will be provided on July 29, 2020.
  • Ontario looking into mandatory testing for agri-farm workers (CTV).
  • 38,405 confirmed cases, an increase of 195 since yesterday, 3 deaths.
Quebec
  • 58,243 confirmed cases, an increase of 163 since yesterday, 1 death.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • The Government of Canada is providing funding to support child care for returning workers (News Release).

    • This morning, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Ahmed Hussen announced C$625-million in federal support for Canada’s childcare sector.

  • National COVID-19 contact tracing app starts beta testing after three-week delay (Globe and Mail).

U.S. Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • Legislative developments:

    • Bill 22 Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2020 received Royal Assent yesterday. Coming into force information is set out at the end of each part. If there is no CIF information provided, the part comes into force on Royal Assent.

    • Bill 23 Commercial Tenancies Protection Act received Royal Assent yesterday. This Act, except sections 11 and 12, has effect on March 17, 2020; sections 11 and 12 have effect on March 27, 2020.

    • Bill 30 Health Statutes Amendment Act, 2020 received second reading yesterday.

    • Bill 32, Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, 2020 received second reading yesterday.

  • 9,975 confirmed cases, an increase of 114 since yesterday, 2 deaths.

British Columbia

  • Health Order from the Provincial Health Officer for food service establishments, liquor services and events.

  • 3,392 confirmed cases, an increase of 30 since yesterday, 1 death.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities, Rhonda L. Lenton, President and Vice Chancellor of York University, Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of Markham, Wayne Emmerson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for the Regional Municipality of York, and Billy Pang, MPP for Markham—Unionville, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. EDT.

Quebec

  • No new updates.

July 23, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • The Senate will sit on July 27, 2020 to consider Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures, which passed in the House of Commons on July 21, 2020. (News release)
U.S. Federal
  • No new updates.
Alberta British Columbia
  • A new provincial health order will limit the number of people allowed at vacation rentals and on houseboats as COVID-19 cases continue to climb in B.C. (CBC)
  • O.I.C. 440/2020 amending the Employment and Assistance Regulation and the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Regulation.
  • O.I.C. 441/2020 amending the Employment and Assistance Regulation and the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Regulation.
Ontario
  • Ontario announced five new health teams (Algoma, Niagara, Ottawa East, Western Ontario and Western York) and funding of up to C$25.25-million to directly support the 29 approved Ontario Health Teams. (News release)
  • Plan for reopening Ontario’s schools in September to be announced next week. (Globe and Mail)
  • The following regulations were added to e-Laws:
    • O. Reg. 422/20, amending O. Reg. 114/20, Enforcement of Orders (under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act)
    • O. Reg. 423/20, amending O. Reg. 106/20, Order Made Under the Act – Extensions and Renewals of Orders (under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act)
  • 38,210 confirmed cases, an increase of 103 since yesterday, 0 deaths.
Quebec
  • As of August 3, 2020, the maximum number of people allowed for indoor and outdoor events will increase from 50 to 250 people. This new rule applies to public places and not to indoor and outdoor gatherings at a private residence or chalet, which are set at 10 people. (News release)
  • 58,080 confirmed cases, an increase of 142 since yesterday, 0 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna announced that up to C$2-billion in federal funding will be made available to cities and towns across Canada. (News release)

    • The funding will support front line workers and critical municipal services. Provincial and territorial governments will continue to support municipalities, and will cost-match federal supports with investments made this fiscal year.

    • Canada has also agreed to match approximately C$1.8-billion of provincial and territorial funding to support local public transit. For Ontario this will mean an additional C$1-billion in federal transit funding.

U.S. Federal

  • U.S. Senate Republicans, White House cite early progress on coronavirus aid bill (Reuters)

  • Bill could be presented to Democrats as early as this week as lawmakers race to pass legislation by the end of July.

Alberta

  • 9,861 confirmed cases, an increase of 133 since yesterday.

British Columbia

  • B.C. puts new rules on restaurants, bars, nightclubs amid rising COVID-19 numbers (CBC)

  • 3,362 confirmed cases, an increase of 34 since yesterday, 0 deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario is providing the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) with C$110,000 from the Ontario Together Fund to deliver online tools and resources that will support Indigenous businesses as the province implements its made-in-Ontario plan for renewal, growth, and economic recovery. (News release)

  • The following regulations were added to e-Laws this morning:

    • O. Reg. 420/20 amending O. Reg. 363/20, Stages of Reopening (under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act). Adds the seven new areas to Schedule 3 – Stage 3 Areas. Amendments take effect at 12:01 a.m. on July 24, 2020. 

    • O. Reg. 421/20 amending R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 950, Proceedings Commenced by Certificate of Offence. In force on the day s. 10 of Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 comes into force. Section 10 has not been proclaimed in force.

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Minister of Education Stephen Lecce and Mayor of Brampton Patrick Brown to make an announcement at 1 p.m. EDT.

Quebec

  • The following regulations were published in the July 23, 2020, Gazette officielle du Québec:

    • O.C. 811-2020, Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act (renewed to July 29, 2020)

    • O.C. 813-2020, Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation (regarding face masks)

    • M.O. 2020-52, Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation (regarding evictions) 

    • Order number 4282 of the Chief Justice of Québec and the Minister of Justice dated 6 July 2020 concerning the lifting of the suspension of certain time limits for extinctive prescription, forfeiture and civil proceedings (under the Code of Civil Procedure)

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

Canada Federal

  • The following regulations and orders were published in the July 22, 2020, Canada Gazette, Part II:
    • S.O.R./2002-160, Regulations Amending the Income Tax Regulations (COVID-19 — June 7 to July 4, 2020 Qualifying Period)
    • S.O.R./2020-164, Regulations Amending the Interest and Administrative Charges Regulations (under the Financial Administration Act)
    • S.O.R./2020-166, Regulations Amending the Canada Labour Standards Regulations
    • S.I./2020-50, Fees Paid for the Provision of Services in Relation to an Assessment from the Department of Employment and Social Development Remission Order (under the Financial Administration Act)
U.S. Federal
  • No new updates.
Alberta
  • No new updates.
British Columbia
  • The province is earmarking up to C$1-billion of additional spending targeted to address COVID-19 impacts and restart plans of local governments and public transit services, conditional on matching federal contributions under a 50/50 cost-sharing criteria. (News Release)
Ontario
  • The legislature has adjourned until September 14, 2020. (News release)
  • 38,107 confirmed cases, an increase of 165 since yesterday, 2 deaths.
Quebec
  • Minister of Culture and Communications Nathalie Roy announced C$33.5-million in support for the music industry. (News release)
  • 57,938 confirmed cases, an increase of 142 since yesterday, 4 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • P.C. 2020-538, Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) (under the Quarantine Act)

U.S. Federal

  • The U.S. government will pay US$1.95-billion to buy 100-million doses of Pfizer Inc and German biotech firm BioNTech SE’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate, if they are able to successfully develop one. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Calgary council voted in favour of making masks mandatory in indoor public places and on transit when physical barriers are absent. The bylaw will take effect in August. (Globe and Mail)

  • 9,728 confirmed cases, an increase of 141 since yesterday, 2 deaths.

British Columbia

  • The state of emergency has been extended to August 4, 2020. (News Release)

    • O.I.C. 436/2020, extending the state of emergency to August 4, 2020 (under the Emergency Program Act).

  • O.I.C. 435/2020, amending Schedule 2 of the COVID-19 Related Measures Act.

  • 3,328 confirmed cases, an increase of 30 since yesterday, 0 deaths.

Ontario

  • Bill 195, Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, received third reading and Royal Assent yesterday (S.O. 2020, c. 17). The Act comes into force on proclamation (not yet in force).

  • Bill 197, COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020, received third reading and Royal Assent yesterday (S.O. 2020, c. 18). Coming into force information is found at the end of each schedule.

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott and Government House Leader Paul Calandra to make an announcement at 1 p.m. EDT.

Quebec

  • Contrary to what was published in the media yesterday, the CNESST has not issued any new directive concerning the wearing of masks in shops. (News release)

  • The following regulations were published in the July 22, 2020 Gazette officielle du Québec:

    • O.C. 764-2020, Adjustment of the allocation of greenhouse gas emission units without charge to be made in 2020

  • New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs says his province is hoping to create a “mini bubble” with Quebec by August 1, 2020. (Globe and Mail)

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

Canada Federal

  • Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures, received second and third reading in the House of Commons and will now move to the Senate. The bill was not amended by the House of Commons.
  • Minister of Public Services and Procurement Anita Anand announced that, as part of the Safe Restart Agreement, the Government of Canada is establishing the Essential Services Contingency Reserve, to which essential service organizations can apply for temporary, urgent access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical supplies. (News release)
U.S. Federal
  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is now advising most people with active cases of COVID-19 to isolate for 10 days after symptoms begin and 24 hours after their fever has broken. For those with a positive test but no symptoms, the CDC recommends isolating 10 days from the testing date. (Washington Post)
  • The White House and Republican Party are in disarray over COVID-19 spending plan as deadline nears on expiring emergency aid. (Washington Post)
Alberta
  • Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange and Premier Jason Kenney announced that students will return to schools in the fall under scenario 1, which is near-normal daily operations with health measures. (News release and 2020-21 School Re-Entry Plan)
British Columbia
  • No new updates.
Ontario
  • Bill 197, COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020, received second reading today.
  • Bill 195, Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, received second reading today.
  • 37,942 confirmed cases, an increase of 203 since yesterday, 1 death.
    • However, officials from Peel Region said the region’s total of 57 on Tuesday reflected a backlog resulting from a switch over to a new reporting system, and that the actual total of new cases in the region was 22. (CBC)
Quebec
  • 57,796 confirmed cases, an increase of 180 since yesterday, 1 death.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • No new updates.

U.S. Federal

  • Congress, White House talk coronavirus aid as infections and deaths surge across U.S. (Globe and Mail)

Alberta

  • Bill 23, Commercial Tenancies Protection Act (and amendments made by Committee of the Whole) passed third reading last night. The bill is awaiting royal assent.

  • Education Minister Adriana LaGrange is expected to announce today that schools will reopen full time this fall, with some health measures in place. (Globe and Mail)

  • 9,587 confirmed cases, an increase of 368 since yesterday (includes reported cases for July 17-19, 2020).

British Columbia

  • Bill 18, Economic Stabilization (COVID-19) Act, received second reading yesterday.

  • Bill 23, Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2020, received second reading yesterday.

  • 3,300 confirmed cases, an increase of 102 since yesterday (includes reported cases for July 17-19, 2020).

  • Dr. Bonnie Henry says B.C. is at a "tipping point" as province reports 102 new COVID-19 cases. (Globe and Mail)

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Minister of Long-Term Care Merrilee Fullerton, President & CEO of Trillium Health Partners Michelle DiEmanuele and Mayor of Mississauga Bonnie Crombie to make an announcement at 1 p.m. EDT.

Quebec

  • No new updates. 
July 20, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures, was introduced by Finance Minister Bill Morneau in the House of Commons today (News release). The bill:
    • Amends the Income Tax Act to revise the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and extends the CEWS to November 21, 2020, with the ability to extend it by regulation no later than December 31, 2020.
    • Amends various Acts to authorize the disclosure of information for the purpose of the administration of a program to provide a onetime payment to persons with disabilities for reasons related to COVID-19.
    • Enacts the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19), which suspends certain time limits for court proceedings for a maximum of six months, and enables the suspension or extension of time limits under various Acts.
  • Canada and Manitoba announced a new C$3-million cost-shared program to support projects that will help agricultural processors mitigate the spread of COVID-19. (News release)
U.S. Federal
  • No new updates.
Alberta
  • No new updates.
British Columbia
  • Online tool speeds up temporary layoff application process. (News release)
  • O.I.C. 425/2020, amending the Employment Standards Regulation.
Ontario
  • The following regions will be allowed to move into Stage 3 on Friday, July 24, 2020, at 12:01 a.m.: Durham, Haldimand-Norfolk, Halton, Hamilton, Lambton, Niagara, and York. Toronto, Peel, and Windsor-Essex will remain in Stage 2. (News Release)
  • Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, announced that C$2-million will be provided to Ontario Place to support on-site activities. (News Release)
  • 37,739 confirmed cases, an increase of 135 since yesterday, 1 death.
Quebec
  • 57,616 confirmed cases, an increase of 150 since yesterday, 2 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • The House of Commons will meet today at 12 p.m. to debate legislation on extending the emergency wage subsidy and providing one-time payments to Canadians with disabilities struggling during the pandemic. (CBC)
  • Procurement Minister Anita Anand said Ottawa intends to stockpile enough vaccine supplies to give at least two doses to every Canadian whenever a vaccine is available. (CBC)
  • The Toronto Blue Jays will not receive the National Interest Exemption that would have allowed them to play regular season home games in Toronto. (Statement).
  • Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Mary Ng announced that the government is investing C$4-million through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) to support more than 700 women-led small and medium-sized enterprises in southern Ontario. (News Release)
U.S. Federal
  • Congress resumes this week to negotiate another COVID-19 relief package. (New York Times)
  • The Department of Defense announced a US$3.5-million contract award with Crosstex International, Inc. to increase domestic production of surgical masks. (News Release)
  • The Department of Health and Human Services announced US$10-billion in a second round of high impact COVID-19 area funding to hospitals. (News Release)
Alberta
  • 9,219 confirmed cases, an increase of 105 since Friday.
British Columbia
  • 3,198 confirmed cases, an increase of 28 since Friday, no deaths.
Ontario
  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott and Minister of Finance Rod Phillips to make an announcement at 1 p.m. EDT.
  • 37,604 confirmed cases, an increase of 330 since Friday, 5 deaths.
Quebec
  • M.O. 2020-052 of the Minister of Health and Social Services under the Public Health Act, revoking M.O. 2020-005, which suspends the effects of any judgment by a tribunal or any decision by the Régie du logement authorizing the repossession of a dwelling or the eviction of the lessee of a dwelling, as well as the effects of any judgment or any decision ordering the eviction of the lessee or occupant of a dwelling, unless the lessor rented the dwelling again before the coming into effect of that Ministerial Order.
  • 57,466 confirmed cases, an increase of 324 since Friday, 8 deaths.
July 17, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Today, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced proposed changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) that would broaden the reach of the program and provide better targeted support (News Release and Backgrounder). Today’s proposed changes included in the government’s draft legislative proposals would:

    • Allow the extension of the CEWS until December 19, 2020, including redesigned program details until November 21, 2020.

    • Make the subsidy accessible to a broader range of employers by including employers with a revenue decline of less than 30 per cent and providing a gradually decreasing base subsidy to all qualifying employers.

    • Introduce a top-up subsidy of up to an additional 25 per cent for employers that have been most adversely affected by the pandemic. This would be particularly helpful to employers in industries that are recovering more slowly.

    • Provide certainty to employers that have already made business decisions for July and August by ensuring they would not receive a subsidy rate lower than they would have had under the previous rules.

    • Address certain technical issues identified by stakeholders.

  • Minister Qualtrough announces new details on proposed financial support for persons with disabilities during COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Interim Order No. 3 Respecting Passenger Vessel Restrictions Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (made under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001).

U.S. Federal

  • Senate Republicans seek liability protections for coronavirus bill (Reuters).

  • Department Of Defense announces US$36.9-Million in Defense Production Act Title III COVID-19 actions (News Release).

Alberta

  • Alberta Premier Jason Kenney welcomes C$19-billion Safe Restart Agreement; Premier Jason Kenney issued the following statement welcoming the Safe Restart Agreement.

  • Alberta has most active COVID-19 cases per capita, as some provinces see infections spike after reopening (CTV).

British Columbia

  • Study showing more COVID-19 infections than test rates will guide B.C. response (Globe and Mail).

Ontario

  • GO Transit makes masks mandatory as much of Ontario moves into Stage 3 of COVID-19 recovery (CBC).

  • Province takes steps to ensure all Ontarians benefit from local research and innovation; government unveils Intellectual Property Action Plan, along with COVID-19 research projects (News Release).

  • 37,274 confirmed cases, an increase of 111 since yesterday, 5 deaths.

Quebec

  • Private gatherings, not bars, are driving rise in new cases, says Quebec premier (CBC).

  • Active coronavirus cases in Canada plummet as Quebec changes recovery criteria (CTV).

  • New Brunswick provincial government strongly considering twinning with Quebec regional county municipalities (News Release).

  • 57,142 confirmed cases, an increase of 141 since yesterday, 1 death.
     

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • The Liberal government is seeking to recall the House of Commons to pass another round of measures to deal with COVID-19 (CTV).

    • Opposition parties were notified yesterday of the new legislation and the potential for the Commons to deal with it early next week.

  • More support for Canadians through the Safe Restart Agreement (News Release).

  • Update on COVID-19 in Indigenous communities.

U.S. Federal

  • Congress returns to Washington on Monday with Democratic and Republican leaders agreeing that they need to pass something to salve the heavy toll of the coronavirus pandemic (Reuters).

  • U.S. shatters coronavirus record with over 77,000 cases in a day (Reuters).

Alberta

  • Alberta has highest daily COVID-19 jump since May, but no return to shutdown planned (Globe and Mail).

  • 9,114 confirmed cases, an increase of 120 since yesterday, 2 deaths.

British Columbia

  • 3,170 confirmed cases, an increase of 21 since yesterday.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. EDT.

  • The following Orders / Regulations were added to e-laws yesterday evening:

    • O.Reg. 411/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Work Deployment Measures in Retirement Homes.

    • O.Reg. 412/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Streamlining Requirements for Long-Term Care Homes.

    • O.Reg. 413/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Stage 1 Closures.

    • O.Reg. 414/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Stage 2 Closures.

    • O.Reg. 415/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3.

    • O.Reg. 416/20: Order Made Under the Act – Extensions and Renewals of Orders.

    • O.Reg. 417/20: Order Made Under the Act – Extensions and Renewals of Orders.

Quebec

  • No new updates.

July 16, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced that a C$19-billion deal has been reached between the federal government and the provinces and territories to help economies rebound from the pandemic (CBC).

    • The money will help pay for enhanced COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, the purchase of personal protective equipment for front line workers and businesses, funding for municipalities for transit, a national sick leave plan and child care so that parents can get back to work.

    • Trudeau also confirmed that the agreement to restrict travel across the Canada-U.S. border will be extended to August 21, 2020.

  • S.O.R./2020-0166 Regulations Amending the Canada Labour Standards Regulations.

    • Regulations amending the Canada Labour Standards Regulations in order to ensure that employees in the federally regulated sector that are unable or unavailable to work as a result of COVID-19 are able to continue to take job-protected leave without risking loss of employment.

U.S. Federal

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • Province outlines repayment framework to support tenants, landlords (News Release).

    • The province plans to lift the ban on issuing evictions for non-payment of rent ahead of September 1, 2020.

  • Ministerial Order No. M220 Health Care Labour Adjustment (COVID-19) Order No. 2.

Ontario

  • The Ontario government has extended most emergency orders currently in force until July 29, 2020 (News Release).

  • The following Orders/Regulations were added to e-laws this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 376/20: General (under the Liquor Licence Act).

    • O.Reg. 377/20: Licences to Sell Liquor.

    • O.Reg. 378/20: Order Under Subsection 7.1 (2) of the Act – Limitation Periods.

    • O.Reg. 379/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act (related to work redeployment).

    • O.Reg. 380/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Electronic Service.

    • O.Reg. 381/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Work Deployment Measures in Long-Term Care Homes.

    • O.Reg. 382/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Electricity Price for RPP Consumers.

    • O.Reg. 383/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Traffic Management.

    • O.Reg. 384/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Prohibition on Certain Persons Charging Unconscionable Prices for Sales of Necessary Goods.

    • O.Reg. 385/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Enforcement Orders.

    • O.Reg. 386/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Work Deployment Measures for Boards of Health.

    • O.Reg. 387/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Service Agencies Providing Services and Supports to Adult with Development Disabilities and Service Providers Providing Intervenor Services.

    • O.Reg. 388/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Pick Up and Delivery of Cannabis.

    • O.Reg. 389/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Signatures in Will and Powers of Attorney.

    • O.Reg. 390/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Use of Force and Firearms in Policing Services.

    • O.Reg. 391/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Agreements Between Health Service Providers and Retirement Homes.

    • O.Reg. 392/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Temporary Health or Residential Facilities.

    • O.Reg. 393/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Work Deployment Measures for Service Agencies Providing Violence Against Women Residential Services and Crisis Line Services.

    • O.Reg. 394/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Deployment of Employees of Service Provider Organizations.

    • O.Reg. 395/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Work Deployment Measures For Municipalities.

    • O.Reg. 396/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Limiting Work to a Single Long-Term Care Home.

    • O.Reg. 397/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Work Deployment Measures for District Social Services Administration Boards.

    • O.Reg. 398/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Limiting Work to a Single Retirement Home.

    • O.Reg. 399/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Work Deployment Measures for Mental Health and Addictions Agencies.

    • O.Reg. 400/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Congregate Care Settings.

    • O.Reg. 401/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Access to Personal Health Information By Means of the Electronic Health Record.

    • O.Reg. 402/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Certain Persons Enabled to Issue Medical Certificates of Death.

    • O.Reg. 403/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Hospital Credentialing Processes.

    • O.Reg. 404/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Treatment of Temporary COVID-19 Related Payments to Employees.

    • O.Reg. 405/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Education Sector.

    • O.Reg. 406/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act –Management of Long-Term Care Home in Outbreak.

    • O.Reg. 407/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Management of Retirement Homes in Outbreak.

    • O.Reg. 408/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Special Rules Re Temporary Pandemic Pay.

    • O.Reg. 409/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Patios.

    • O.Reg. 410/20: Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Drinking Water Systems and Sewage Works.

  • 37,163 confirmed cases, an increase of 111 since yesterday, 5 deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec Premier says bars could close after recent spike in COVID-19 cases (Globe and Mail).

  • M.O. 2020-51 (related to bars), Orders in council 807-2020 (related to the renewal of public health emergency) and 810-2020 (face masks) have now been added to the July 16 Gazette officielle du Québec.

  • 57,001 confirmed cases, an increase of 142 since yesterday, 9 deaths.
     

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

  • No new updates.

U.S. Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • Bill 22, Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2020 received third reading yesterday.

  • 8,994 confirmed cases, an increase of 82 since yesterday.

British Columbia

  • Bill 21, Wills, Estates and Succession Amendment Act, 2020 received third reading yesterday.

  • 3,149 confirmed cases, an increase of 21 since yesterday.

Ontario

  • The Ontario government is amending liquor laws (Liquor Licence Act) to provide consumers with more delivery options and allow boat operators with liquor sales licences to temporarily sell and serve alcohol while their boat is docked (News Release).

    • These changes (in effect as of yesterday) are designed to support the recovery of workers and businesses as Ontario’s hospitality sector gradually reopens.

  • Shorter days, higher costs: Toronto board details return-to-school scenarios (Globe and Mail).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ernie Hardeman to make an announcement at 1 p.m. EDT.

Quebec

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

Canada – Federal

  • No new updates.

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • No new updates.

Ontario

  • As Ontario heads into Stage 3, pressure grows for full-time school plan amid COVID-19 (CBC).

  • Ontario to loosen rules restricting visits to long-term care homes starting July 22 (The Globe and Mail).

    • Up to two people will be allowed outdoor visits with long-term care residents and will no longer be required to take a COVID-19 test beforehand. Starting July 22, indoor visits can resume.

  • Ontario accelerating the development of long-term care homes (News Release).

    • The government announced a redesigned funding model that will lead to the building of additional, modern long-term care homes.

  • O.Reg. 368/20 – Amending General Regulation (under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014).

  • 37,052 confirmed cases, an increase of 102 since yesterday, including nine deaths.

Quebec

  • As of July 18, private employers, whose staff worked from home, will be able to authorize a return of their workforce with an occupancy rate of up to a maximum of 25 per cent per company. Note that this 25 per cent is a maximum, not a target to be achieved (News Release).

  • 56,859 confirmed cases, an increase of 129 since yesterday, including one death.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • More Canadians will be working from home post-pandemic, StatCan data suggests (CTV).

    • The survey results also found that 25 per cent of Canadian business are "likely" or "very likely" to offer their employees the option to work remotely following the pandemic, while 14 per cent reported that they will make it a requirement.

U.S. – Federal

  • CDC calls on Americans to wear masks to prevent COVID-19 spread (News Release).

Alberta

  • 8,912 confirmed cases, an increase of 86 since yesterday, including one death.

British Columbia

  • Bill 21, Wills, Estates and Succession Amendment Act, 2020, received second reading yesterday.

  • 3,128 confirmed cases, an increase of 13 since yesterday. 

Ontario

  • Ontario researchers working to develop surface coating that kills COVID-19 virus (CTV).

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

Quebec

  • Draft Regulation – Measures related to supplemental pension plans to reduce the consequences of the public-health emergency declared on March 13, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic was published in the July 15 Gazette officielle du Québec.

  • Montréal public health records 30 COVID-19 cases linked to bars (CTV).

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

Canada – Federal

  • Senators call for changes to COVID-19 aid and more transparency on spending (CTV and Senate Report).

    • The federal government's key emergency benefit for workers with jobs hit by the pandemic is "not a permanent solution" to ongoing hardships, a Senate committee says in a report that makes an argument for a guaranteed minimum income.

  • Minister Mendicino announces changes to facilitate online learning for international students (News Release and Backgrounder).

U.S. – Federal

  • The Trump administration has ordered hospitals to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and, beginning Wednesday, send all coronavirus patient information to a central database in Washington — a move that has alarmed public health experts who fear the data will be distorted for political gain (New York Times via Seattle Times).

  • Alabama, Florida and North Carolina reported record daily increases in COVID-19 deaths today (Reuters).

  • Facing eight federal lawsuits and opposition from hundreds of universities, the Trump administration rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because of the pandemic (CBC).

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • Bill 23, Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2020, was introduced today. Proposed changes to the Workers Compensation Act will provide better support to injured workers and their families and enhance WorkSafeBC’s ability to investigate workplace incidents, while keeping premiums low (News Release).

    • This legislation will fast-track the effective date of presumptions if established by WorkSafeBC’s board of directors for occupational diseases caused by viral pathogens.

  • The B.C. government has released an economic and fiscal update for 2020-21 to provide a summary of COVID-19 investments to date, as well as a scenario of revenue and deficit projections (News Release).

  • Ministerial Order No. 214 – Related to laboratory medicine service (under the Laboratory Services Act).

Ontario

  • The Ontario government is preparing to roll out a plan for a potential second wave of COVID-19 in the fall, Premier Ford confirmed today (CTV).

  • The Ontario government is providing Cambridge-based Eclipse Innovations Inc. with C$1,408,475 from the Ontario Together Fund to scale up its operations to manufacture made-in-Ontario N95 masks (News Release).

  • 36,950 confirmed cases, an increase of 111 since yesterday, including one death.

Quebec

  • With uptick in COVID-19 cases, Quebec could be forced to choose between schools and bars; province tightens restrictions in wake of outbreaks linked to Montréal-area bars and parties (CBC).

  • 56,730 confirmed cases, an increase of 109 since yesterday, including five deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada and the U.S. agree to keep borders closed another 30 days – until August 21, CTV News has confirmed (CTV).

U.S. – Federal

  • Yesterday, President Trump signed into law S. 4091, the Emergency Aid for Returning Americans Affected by Coronavirus Act, which increases from US$1-million to US$10-million the amount that the Department of Health and Human Services may spend for the provision of assistance to repatriated U.S. citizens in fiscal year 2020 (News Release).

  • Event planning and COVID-19: questions and answers (CDC Update).

  • The Food and Drug Administration is announcing the issuance and reissuance of Emergency Use Authorizations for certain medical devices related to COVID-19 (Notice).

  • The Department of Labor announced the launch of a public awareness campaign to remind workers that the Department’s Wage and Hour Division is committed to ensuring their workplace rights during the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure that employers know their responsibilities (News Release).

  • California shuts down businesses and schools as coronavirus outbreak grows (Reuters).

Alberta

  • Alberta's chief medical officer of health is "strongly recommending" that people wear non-medical masks whenever they visit indoor public places where physical distancing may not be possible (CBC).

  • Bill 22, Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2020, was reported back from the Committee of the Whole without amendment yesterday evening.

  • 8,826 confirmed cases, an increase of 230 in the last 72 hours (54 on July 10, 96 on July 11 and 80 on July 12).

British Columbia

  • 3,115 confirmed cases, an increase of 62 in the last 72 hours (21 on July 10, 20 on July 11 and 21 on July 12), including two deaths.

Ontario

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

Quebec

  • As of Saturday, July 18, people 12 and over must wear a mask or face cover in several closed public spaces, including retail stores, throughout Quebec (News Release).

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

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau said today the federal government is extending the emergency wage subsidy program to December of this year. Further details will be announced this week (CBC).

    • Trudeau says discussions continue on extending the Canada-U.S. border closure.

 U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • The province is making 20-million free masks available provincewide; Albertans have another chance to pick up free non-medical face masks at the counter or drive-thru of their local A&W, McDonald’s Canada or Tim Hortons (News Release).

British Columbia

  • The government is extending the temporary authorization that permits food-primary and liquor-primary licensees to sell and deliver sealed, packaged liquor products alongside the purchase of a meal for off-site consumption until October 31, 2020 (News Release and Order in Council No. 407 – Amending the Liquor Control and Licensing Regulation).

  • Ministerial Order No. M212 – Related to the Provider Regulation (under the Pharmaceutical Services Act).

Ontario

  • The Ontario government announced nearly all businesses and public spaces will reopen in Stage 3 with public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions in place as of this Friday, July 17 at 12:01 a.m. (EDT) (News Release).

  • The majority of Ontario's 34 local public-health-unit regions will move forward to Stage 3 except the following 10 regions: Durham Region, Haldimand-Norfolk, Halton Region, Hamilton, Lambton, Niagara Region, Peel, Toronto, Windsor-Essex County and York Region.

  • Stage 3 highlights:

    • Indoor gathering limits will increase from 10 to a maximum of 50 people, while outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people. Physical distancing is still required during any gathering with people from outside an individual's social circle.

    • Businesses and public spaces permitted to reopen:

      • Dine-in restaurants

      • Bars

      • Gyms and fitness studios

      • Live shows

      • Movie theatres

      • Casinos will be allowed to reopen, but table games are banned

      • Organized sports can also resume, with the exception of contact sports

      • Tour and guide services

      • Playgrounds, community centres and libraries will also reopen

      • Personal support services that involve a customers’ face

  • The government is also banning a number of high-risk businesses and activities from resuming in Stage 3, including amusement parks, water parks, buffet-style food services, dancing in restaurants and bars, overnight stays at camps for children, private karaoke rooms, prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports, saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars.

  • Childcare centres and home childcare providers across Ontario will be able to continue to operate with strict safety and operational requirements in place. Beginning on July 27, 2020, childcare centres will be permitted to operate with cohorts of 15 children, which is an increase from the current cohort cap of 10. The return to school plan is still forthcoming.

  • The following orders were added to E-Laws:

  • "We expect the province will remain in Stage 3 for the foreseeable future," Health Minister Christine Elliott said (CBC).

  • 36,839 confirmed cases, an increase of 116 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Quebec and the Chief Justice of Quebec announced the lifting of the suspension of time limits in civil and criminal matters as of September 1. In addition, in civil matters, the deadlines for restoration provided for in the proceedings protocols in force on March 15, 2020, will be extended by 45 days from September 1 (News Release).

  • 56,621 confirmed cases, an increase of 100 since yesterday, including one death.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada adds health officials at U.S. border crossings to screen for COVID-19 (CBC).

  • Ottawa didn’t enforce rules for employers of migrant farm workers during pandemic (The Globe and Mail).

  • Prime Minister Trudeau expected to speak at 11:30 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

Alberta

  • The government is seeking proposals to review the province’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The third-party review will enhance Alberta’s capacity to respond to a potential second wave of COVID-19 and any future pandemics (News Release).

  • 8,596 confirmed cases, an increase of 77 since Friday, including one death.

British Columbia

  • The following orders were issued:

    • Order in Council No. 393 – COVID-19 (Societies Act) Regulation. The March 31 deadline set out in section 71(3) of the Societies Act is suspended and replaced with a deadline of November 1.

    • Order in Council No. 392 – The Violation Ticket Administration and Fines Regulation is amended.

    • Order in Council No. 391 – The COVID-19 Related Measures Act, S.B.C. 2020, c. 8, is brought into force and amended, effective on the dates as set out in the Schedule(s).

  • 3,053 confirmed cases, an increase of 25 since Friday, includine one death.

Ontario

  • Premier Ford is expected to announce plans for Stage 3 of the province's reopening today (CBC).

    • Stage 3 could involve the reopening of businesses like movie theatres, gyms, fitness studios, casinos, amusement parks, indoor dining and bars.

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

  • 36,723 confirmed cases, an increase of 259 since Friday, including nine deaths.

Quebec

  • Several media outlets are reporting that Quebec plans to make masks mandatory in all public indoor spaces across the province this week (The Globe and Mail).

  • Premier Francois Legault is expected to make the announcement at a 1 p.m. news conference.

  • The New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island governments have announced new online registration procedures, in addition to the procedures already in force, for Quebec travellers wishing to visit the Îles-de-la-Madeleine or to travel back to Quebec from the Îles-de-la-Madeleine (News Release).

  • 56,521 confirmed cases, an increase of 305 since Friday, including nine deaths.

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

Canada Federal

  • Corporate executives at three grocery chains—Loblaws, Metro and Empire Company—faced tough questions during a virtual meeting of the House of Commons industry committee today over their decision to cancel a C$2-an-hour pay bump they put in place in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic (CBC).

  • The following have now been added to the July 11, 2020, Canada Gazette Part I:

    • Ministerial Instructions with respect to the submission of online applications for temporary resident visas and other documents due to reduced processing capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic (made under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act).

    • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 2 (made under the Aeronautics Act).

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 3 (made under the Quarantine Act).

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country other than the United States) (made under the Quarantine Act).

  • Emergency Funding for COVID-19 Safety Measures in Forest Operations (News Release).

U.S. Federal

  • U.S. reports more than 60,500 new COVID-19 cases—a new one-day worldwide record (Globe and Mail).

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • No new updates.

Ontario

  • Ontario is starting down the road to growth, renewal and economic recovery; province supports Canadian manufacturers and exporters launch of “Ontario Made” program (News Release).

  • Ottawa's mandatory mask bylaw calls for fines up to C$400 (CBC).

  • 36,464 confirmed cases, an increase of 116 since yesterday, 7 deaths.

Quebec

  • Ministerial Order 2020-051 related to measures to ensure that health instructions are followed in bars.

  • The Quebec government announced the return to maximum reception capacity for the entire educational childcare network—as of July 13, 2020 (News Release).

  • Quebec town makes mask-wearing mandatory inside all commercial businesses after COVID-19 outbreak (Globe and Mail).

  • 53,316 confirmed cases, an increase of 100 since yesterday, 2 deaths.
     

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada and Ontario Supporting Farmers through Enhanced Insurance Protection (News Release).

U.S. Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • 8,519 confirmed cases, an increase of 37 since yesterday.

British Columbia

  • 3,028 confirmed cases, an increase of 20 since yesterday.

Ontario

  • What Stage 3 of Ontario's COVID-19 reopening plan could look like; province has yet to say which pandemic restrictions will be removed or relaxed (CBC).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and Dennis Darby, President and CEO of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. EDT.

Quebec

  • No new updates.

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

Canada – Federal

  • FedDev Ontario is working with Franco-Ontarian businesses and organizations to reopen our economy (News Release).

    • Today, the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister Responsible for FedDev Ontario announced a C$4.5-million RRRF investment in three not-for-profit organizations to support small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and organizations across southern Ontario.

  • Canada not ready for second wave of COVID-19, Senate committee says (CTV).

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • B.C. health officials looking into whether night clubs are operating within COVID-19 rules (CBC).

Ontario

  • Canada and Ontario supporting farmers through enhanced insurance protection; governments increase support for eligible farmers experiencing labour challenges during COVID-19 (News Release).

  • 36,348 confirmed cases, an increase of 170 since yesterday (86 people infected are from Windsor-Essex), including three deaths.

Quebec

  • The Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, announced, with the National Director of Public Health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, additional measures to ensure that health instructions are followed in bars. The measures are in effect from July 10 (News Release).

  • 56,216 confirmed cases, an increase of 137 since yesterday, including two deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • No new updates.

U.S. – Federal

  • A second shutdown might be the best move for states struggling with burgeoning coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, Fauci says (CTV).

Alberta

  • Bill 23, Commercial Tenancies Protection Act, was reported by the Committee with amendments yesterday.

  • 8,482 confirmed cases, an increase of 46 since yesterday, includine one death.

British Columbia

  • Bill 19, COVID-19 Related Measures Act, reported by the Committee with amendments, received third reading and Royal Assent yesterday. The act comes into force on proclamation – not yet in force.

  • 3,008 confirmed cases, an increase of 18 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Ontario

  • All emergency orders currently in force have been extended to July 22, 2020 (News Release and O. Reg. 359/20).

  • Ontario government tells school boards to maximize time children are in the classroom (The Globe and Mail).

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

Quebec

  • Quebec health authorities expected to announce new regulations for bars (CBC).

    • Health Minister Christian Dubé and Dr. Horacio Arruda, Quebec's public health director, will be announcing new regulations for the province's bars at a news conference at 1 p.m. today (EDT).

  • The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, as well as the Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food, announced that the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec will join forces to financially support Quebec fish farmers in the exceptional context created by COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Ministerial Orders 2020-49 to 2020-50 have been added to the July 8 Gazette officielle du Québec as well as:

    • O.C. 717-2020 – The public health emergency has been renewed until 15 July 2020.

    • O.C. 788-2020 – The provisions of the act are mainly to establish the Centre d’acquisitions gouvernementales and Infrastructures technologiques Québec (2020, chapter 2), the coming into force of which was suspended by Order in Council 496-2020 dated April 29, 2020, come into force on September 1, 2020.

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

Canada – Federal

  • Today, Finance Minister Bill Morneau presented an Economic and Fiscal Snapshot.

    • Historic COVID-19 plan provides Canadians with the support they need to get through the economic crisis (News Release).

  • The federal deficit is projected to hit C$343.2-billion this fiscal year, due in large part to massive economic aid and stimulus plans (CTV).

  • Canada's public health agency warns threat of COVID-19 resurgence in Canada "not just hypothetical" (CBC).

U.S. – Federal

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to issue new guidelines for reopening schools, Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday, after President Donald Trump criticized the agency’s recommendations as too expensive and impractical (Reuters).

Alberta 

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

Ontario

  • Today, the province introduced the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, proposed legislation that lays the foundation to restart jobs and development, strengthen communities, and create opportunity for people in every region of the province (News Release and Backgrounder).

    • Bill 197, COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020, makes proposed amendments to the following acts:

      • Building Code Act

      • City of Toronto Act

      • Development Charges Act

      • Drainage Act

      • Education Act

      • Environmental Assessment Act

      • Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act

      • Justices of the Peace Act

      • Marriage Act

      • Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Act

      • Municipal Act

      • Ontario Educational Communications Authority Act

      • Ontario French-language Educational Communications Authority Act, 2008

      • Occupational Health and Safety Act

      • Payday Loans Act, 2008

      • Planning Act

      • Public Transportation and Highway Improvement Act

      • Provincial Offences Act

    • And enacts two new acts:

      • Modernizing Ontario for People and Businesses Act, 2020

      • Transit-Oriented Communities Act, 2020

    • O. Reg. 357/20 – Invest Ontario, made under the Development Corporations Act.

  • 36,178 confirmed cases, an increase of 118 since yesterday, including nine deaths.

Quebec

  • 56,079 confirmed cases, an increase of 82 since yesterday, including six deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The following regulations/orders have now been added to the July 8 Canada Gazette Part II:

    • S.O.R./2020-149 – Regulations Amending the Cannabis Regulations (Additional Period of Validity of a Medical Document)

    • S.O.R./2020-144 – Regulations Amending the Canada Student Financial Assistance Regulations

    • S.O.R./2020-138 – Regulations Amending the Canada Labour Standards Regulations (COVID-19)

    • S.O.R./2020-61 – Interim Order Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit)

    • S.O.R./2020-141 – Interim Order No. 5 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit)

    • S.O.R./2020-142Income Support Payment (Number of Weeks) Regulations

    • S.O.R./2020-62Income Support Payment Amount Regulations

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

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

British Columbia

  • The provincial state of emergency has been extended to July 21, 2020 (News Release).

  • Bill 19, COVID-19 Related Measures Act, was referred to the Committee yesterday.

  • 2,990 confirmed cases, an increase of 12 since yesterday.

Ontario

  • Ontario makes it easier for truck drivers to get tested for COVID-19; pilot program designed to help stop the spread and protect public health (News Release).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance; Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; and Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, to make an announcement at 2 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • The Government of Quebec invites citizens to express their opinion on the use of a mobile application for notification of exposure to coronavirus. The public consultation will be held online until August 2 (News Release).

July 7, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau's promise to provide a C$600 payment to disabled Canadians to help with additional costs in the COVID-19 pandemic remains in limbo (CTV).

    • The measure was contained in a piece of legislation that failed to pass in June, and no replacement is on the agenda for a House of Commons sitting this week.

  • Final Components of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations Announced (News Release and Backgrounder).

  • Service Canada begins the gradual and safe reopening of in-person locations across the country (News Release).

  • Update on COVID-19 in Indigenous communities (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

  • The Department of Labor issues guidance to employers to help protect oil and gas workers during the coronavirus pandemic (News Release).

  • Statement from Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on CARES Act Loans to Major Airlines.

  • President Donald Trump said today he would pressure state governors to open schools in the fall (Reuters).

  • The Department of Health and Human Services is announcing free COVID-19 testing in Jacksonville, Florida; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Edinburg, Texas. Surge testing efforts will temporarily increase federal support to communities where there has been a recent and intense level of new cases and hospitalizations related to the ongoing outbreak (News Release).

Alberta 

  • Bill 32, Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, 2020 – To support economic recovery, restore balance in the workplace and get Albertans back to work (News Release).

British Columbia

  • No new updates.

Ontario

  • Ontario introduces Bill 195, Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, to protect public health as economy reopens; proposed bill would provide flexibility to address the ongoing threat of COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Ontario will not be expanding the size of allowable gatherings before regions enter Stage 3 of the province’s reopening plan, the province's health minister confirmed today (CTV).

  • 36,060 confirmed cases, an increase of 112 since yesterday, including two deaths.

Quebec

  • M.O. 2020-050 – Related to the suspension applicable to the effects of any judgment by a tribunal or any decision by the Régie du logement (see also the News Release).

  • 55,997 confirmed cases, an increase of 60 since yesterday, including nine deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

U.S. – Federal 

  • No new updates.

Alberta 

  • 8,389 confirmed cases, an increase of 73 since yesterday.

British Columbia 

  • 2,978 confirmed cases, an increase of 31 since yesterday, including six deaths.

Ontario 

  • Ontario is set to introduce new legislation to enable the extension of some pandemic emergency orders over the next year. Solicitor General Sylvia Jones says she will introduce the bill at the provincial legislature today (CTV).

    • The proposed law would allow the government to extend or amend some emergency orders a month at a time, with the law expiring a year after it's passed. Under current legislation, the province can only issue emergency orders while the state of emergency is in place.

    • If the bill passes, the government could move parts of the province back to earlier stages of the pandemic lockdown if required.

  • Emergency orders that permit the pick-up and delivery of cannabis and prohibit price gouging on essential goods will not be included in the bill and will expire next week.

  • The following were added to E-Laws:

    • O. Reg. 351/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Stage 2 Closures

    • O.Reg. 350/20 Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Stage 1 Closures

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones to make an announcement at 2 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • No new updates.

July 6, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

  • The Government of Canada announces investment in women’s organizations in the Bas-Saint-Laurent and in the Gaspésie-Les Îles regions. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal 

  • The Small Business Administration and Treasury announce release of Paycheck Protection Program loan data. (News Release)

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization for a COVID-19 antigen diagnostic test, the BD (Becton Dickinson) Veritor System for Rapid Detection of SARS-CoV-2. (News Release)

Alberta 

  • Bill 30, Health Statutes Amendment Act, was introduced today. Among other things, the bill clarifies COVID-19 quarantine requirements under the Public Health Act to clearly articulate that all international travellers must quarantine for 14 days while the related chief medical officer of health orders are in effect. (News Release)

British Columbia 

  • British Columbia is extending federal employment insurance exemptions and the provincial temporary crisis supplement. (News Release)

  • The exemption of all federal employment insurance benefits has been extended for the duration of the support programs. For those not eligible for the federal benefits, the temporary COVID-19 Crisis Supplement will be extended an additional two months.

Ontario

  • The government proposes made-in-Ontario plan for growth, renewal and economic recovery. (News Release)

  • The plan includes measures that would make it easier and faster to build provincial highways, major transit infrastructure projects and quality, affordable housing, while ensuring there are meaningful opportunities for community consultation and input.

  • Leamington and Kingsville can move to Stage 2 of Ontario’s reopening plan as of 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7. (CBC)

  • Residents of eastern Ontario, including Ottawa, will be required to wear masks in indoor public places starting at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7. (CBC)

  • 35,948 confirmed cases, an increase of 154 since yesterday, no deaths.

Quebec 

  • Health minister Christian Dubé said the province will shut down bars, nightclubs and other gathering places if they don't comply with COVID-19 regulations. (CBC)

  • Montréal mayor Valérie Plante says masks will soon be mandatory in enclosed public spaces. (CBC)

  • 55,937 confirmed cases, an increase of 74 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Canadian seniors to receive one time tax-free payment this week. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump signed into law Bill S. 4116, which reauthorizes lending under the Paycheck Protection Program through August 8, 2020, and separates the authorized limits for commitments under the program from other Small Business Administration loan programs. (News Release)

Alberta

  • Another 20-million masks ready for distribution. (News Release)

  • Distribution of masks through A&W, McDonald’s Canada and Tim Hortons will resume on July 13.

  • The program guidelines for the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant have been updated.

  • 8,259 confirmed cases, an increase of 57 since Friday.

British Columbia

  • 2,947 confirmed cases, an increase of seven since Friday, no deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario courts to resume some in-person proceedings today. (CTV)

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

Quebec

  • Municipalities can now hold council meetings and other meetings in the presence of the public. (News Release)

  • Ministerial Order 2020-49 of the Minister of Health and Social Services regarding salaries in the health and social services network (under the Public Health Act).

  • 55,863 confirmed cases, an increase of 181 since Friday, including four deaths.

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

Canada – Federal

  • Further to announcements made on April 15 and May 12, the Canada Border Services Agency is temporarily reducing service hours at additional land, air and marine ports of entry (POE) in addition to deferring seasonal opening hours at select POEs. (News Release).

  • Canada's long-term care system failed elders, before and during COVID-19: report (CTV).

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • No new updates.

Ontario

  • Although he wouldn’t pinpoint an exact date, Premier Ford said Friday that he expected the province to start entering the third and final stage of reopening as early as the end of July (Ottawa Citizen).

  • Ottawa and the surrounding regions will join a growing list of cities in Ontario to make masks mandatory in indoor public settings to control the spread of COVID-19, although it's not clear when the rule will come into effect (CBC). More details are expected at a news conference Monday.

  • Ontario won't close packed beaches despite major overcrowding issues (CTV).

  • Ontario deploys emergency management team to Windsor-Essex due to agri-farm COVID-19 outbreak (CBC).

  • Ontario launches online training to promote safe workplaces; real-time courses make it easier for people to get essential qualifications (News Release).

  • Canadian armed forces depart Ontario long-term care homes (News Release).

  • 35,535 confirmed cases, an increase of 165 since yesterday, including two deaths.

Quebec

  • 55,682 confirmed cases, an increase of 89 since yesterday, including seven deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • New key guidance for resumption of criminal jury trials (News Release).

  • Prime Minister Trudeau expected to speak at 10:45 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published frequently asked questions and answers to help protect workers from exposure to the coronavirus (News Release).

  • Fauci decries "a very disturbing week" as 40 states see COVID-19 cases rise (CTV).

  • COVID-19 testing supplies distributed by the federal government have failed quality checks and are arriving late, Washington state’s top health official said in a letter to a senior administration official (Reuters).

Alberta

  • 8,202 confirmed cases, an increase of 94 since yesterday, including one death.

    • Daily case numbers are now updated every weekday and paused on holidays and weekends.

British Columbia

  • Three deaths from COVID-19 in B.C. since Tuesday, and all community outbreaks declared over (CTV).

  • 2,940 confirmed cases, an increase of 24 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Ontario

  • Ontario supporting restaurants as province safely reopens; new and amended emergency orders will help establishments expand patios faster (News Release).

    • New emergency order will allow municipalities to quickly pass temporary bylaws for the creation and extension of patios and allow covered outdoor dining areas to serve customers.

    • O.Reg. 345/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – Patios.

    • O.Reg. 344/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – Stage 2 Closures.

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

Quebec

  • No new updates.

July 2, 2020
Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the release of draft regulations that would help employers who sponsor a registered pension plan (RPP) or salary deferral leave plan for their employees to manage and maintain their benefit obligations through the crisis (News Release and Backgrounder).

    • It will also assure employees who participate in salary deferral leave plans that suspending their leave of absence (e.g., via a recall to essential-service work), or deferring their scheduled leave for up to one year, will not put their plan at risk.

U.S. – Federal

  • Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announces guidance for air travel in response to COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Department of the Treasury announced that it intends to make a C$700-million loan to YRC Worldwide Inc. and that it had reached an agreement with YRC on June 30, 2020, to receive a 29.6 per cent equity stake in the company in connection with the loan under Division A, Title IV, Subtitle A of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (News Release).

Alberta

  • The Government of Alberta supported COVID-19 response efforts by offering to match donations up to C$2-million to eight designated Alberta-based registered charities made between April 15 and May 31 (News Release).

British Columbia

  • No new updates.

Ontario

  • Stage 3 of Ontario's COVID-19 reopening plan looms nearer; public-health units in eastern, northern and much of southwestern Ontario have been at Stage 2 for nearly three weeks (CBC).

  • Proposal for Toronto isolation centres approved by city's board of health (National Post).

  • The Ontario government is providing municipalities and urban Indigenous community partners with an additional C$150-million to continue to protect vulnerable people from COVID-19 by improving homeless shelters and creating opportunities for longer-term housing (News Release).

  • 35,370 confirmed cases an increase of 153 since yesterday, including eight deaths (149 cases were reported July 1 but weren’t posted until today due to the holiday).

Quebec

  • The following regulation was added to the July 2 Gazette officielle du Québec:

    • O.C. 704-2020 – Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting the collection of support (made under An Act to facilitate the payment of support).

  • The Quebec government is investing nearly C$4.3-million to stimulate tourism in the Outaouais (News Release).

  • 55,593 confirmed cases, an increase of 69 since yesterday, including eight deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • No new updates.

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump said Wednesday that he supports a fresh round of government payments to individuals (CTV).

  • U.S. Senate Republicans to push next coronavirus aid bill in late July (Reuters).

  • New York expands coronavirus testing criteria to include everyone in state (Reuters).

Alberta

  • 8,108 confirmed cases, an increase of 41 since Tuesday.

British Columbia

  • The Minister of Finance has released the following statement on the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program and eviction restrictions in British Columbia.

  • 2,916 confirmed cases, an increase of 12 since Tuesday.

Ontario 

  • New mobile app meant to help track COVID-19 in Ontario delayed (CTV).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • The following orders were issued:

  • 55,524 confirmed cases, an increase of 66 since Tuesday, including seven deaths.
June 30, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

  • The following regulations/orders were issued:

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country other than the United States) (made under the Quarantine Act).

      • Extends the effective date of the previous order to July 31, 2020.

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 3 (made under the Quarantine Act).

      • Extends the effective date of the previous order until August 31, 2020.

    • S.O.R./ 2020-0149 – Regulations Amending the Cannabis Regulations (Additional Period of Validity of a Medical Document) (made under the Cannabis Act).

      • To support the Government of Canada’s efforts to reduce the risk of community spread of, and mortality rate due to, COVID-19, while helping to maintain reasonable access to cannabis for medical purposes for patients. This will be done by facilitating patients’ ability to adhere to public-health guidance to practise physical distancing by reducing their need to leave their home to obtain a new medical document from their health-care practitioner for a certain period of time.

    • S.O.R./2020-0144 – Regulations Amending the Canada Student Financial Assistance Regulations (made under the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act).

      • To support low- and middle-income students to better afford the cost of post-secondary education for the 2020-21 loan year (August 1, 2020 – July 31, 2021) given the immediate economic impacts they are facing from the COVID-19 pandemic.

      • To ensure that borrowers who are resuming their regular repayment arrangements at the end of the repayment moratorium will not be adversely impacted.

  • The Canada Border Services Agency is reminding all travellers, ahead of the July 1 (Canada) and July 4 (U.S.) holidays, that travel restrictions are still in place at all Canadian international border crossings (News Release).

U.S. – Federal 

  • The government’s top infectious diseases expert (Fauci) today warned that daily COVID-19 cases could more than double if Americans fail to take countermeasures and cautioned against pinning hopes on a vaccine (Reuters).

  • The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) concluded its 31st plenary meeting by calling on its members to tackle new threats and vulnerabilities posed by criminals during the COVID-19 crisis (including money laundering) (News Release).

  • C.D.C. considerations for restaurants and bars (Update).

Alberta

  • The outdoor gathering limit has been increased from 100 to 200 people (News Release).

British Columbia

  • The province is investing in a suite of initiatives to protect long-term care and seniors’ assisted-living residents from COVID-19, as facilities begin allowing visitors (News Release).

Ontario

  • Toronto city council approved a bylaw Tuesday that makes face coverings mandatory in indoor public spaces (CBC).

    • The new regulation goes into effect July 7 as a temporary bylaw.

  • Ontario is having "serious discussions" about moving to the next stage of the reopening plan and needs another week of COVID-19 data before deciding if the province is ready to move into the next stage (CTV).

  • Ontario courts will begin resuming in-person proceedings across the province on Monday, July 6, 2020 (News Release).

  • The Ontario government is helping to connect communities and create jobs by providing an additional C$10-million in funding for the Connecting Links program (News Release).

    • The funding is part of Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 and will support road and highway projects in nine more municipalities across the province.

  • 35,068 confirmed cases, an increase of 157 since yesterday, including seven deaths.

Quebec

  • As of July 13, all people 12 and over will have to wear a mask or face cover in public transportation (News Release).

  • 55,458 confirmed cases, an increase of 68 since yesterday, including seven deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

  • The federal government plans to extend strict quarantine rules requiring travellers to isolate for 14 days upon their arrival in Canada (CBC).

U.S. – Federal

  • California and Texas see record COVID-19 surges (Reuters).

Alberta 

  • 8,067 confirmed cases, an increase of 71 since yesterday.

British Columbia

  • 2, 904 confirmed cases, an increase of 26 since yesterday.

Ontario 

  • Toronto and Peel to make face masks mandatory in indoor public spaces. The bylaw will take effect July 7, provided it is approved by council during their meeting today (CTV).

  • Citing lack of COVID-19 safety measures, courthouse workers and lawyers push back against Ontario reopening of courts (The Globe and Mail).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks; and Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • The government is making adjustments to certain fiscal measures for individuals and businesses to take into account, among other things, the special context caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • Quebec to make wearing of masks mandatory on public transit (CTV).

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

Canada – Federal

  • Government provides update on sales tax and duty payment deferral. (News Release)

  • The GST/HST and customs duty payment deferral is ending as planned on June 30.

  • Trudeau says new federal models show COVID-19 progress but with significant hot spots. (The Globe and Mail)

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced today that the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program will be extended by one month, through July 2020. (Betakit)

  • Prime Minister Trudeau is ending his daily press briefing and will provide updates a few times a week. (Global)

U.S. – Federal

  • On Monday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced an agreement to secure large supplies of the drug remdesivir for the United States from Gilead Sciences through September. (News Release)

  • Gilead prices COVID-19 drug remdesivir at US$2,340 per patient in developed nations. (Reuters)

  • COVID-19 liability shield heads to Georgia governor’s desk. (Bloomberg Law)

  • At least five states have enacted similar liability shields: Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming. Many more states have provided liability protections specific to health-care providers.

  • Europe set to extend travel ban for U.S. residents on Tuesday. (Bloomberg Law)

Alberta

  • Alberta’s Recovery Plan details the province’s economic strategy, including a record C$10-billion investment in infrastructure and a plan for 50,000 jobs this year. (News Release)

British Columbia

  • British Columbia is reducing the annual licence fee for the taxi industry as part of the province’s ongoing work to support the industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. (News Release)

  • The following orders were announced:

    • O.I.C. 364/20 – Amending the Liquor Control and Licensing Regulation (under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act).

    • O.I.C. 371/20 Tax and Royalty Interest (COVID-19 Emergency) Remission Regulation (under the Financial Administration Act).

Ontario

  • The following regulations were added to E-Laws:

    • O. Reg. 318/20 – Amending the Reports Regulation under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

    • O. Reg. 323/20 – Amending Order Made Under the Act – Extensions and Renewals of Orders (under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act)

    • O. Reg. 324/20 – Amending Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – Stage 2 Closures regarding indoor sports and recreational facilities (under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act).

  • 34,911 confirmed cases, an increase of 257 since yesterday, including seven deaths.

Quebec

  • New modelling shows a stabilization or decrease in hospitalizations and deaths with continued adherence to preventative measures. (News Release)

  • The Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) announced today that exam sessions, which are currently on hold to limit the spread of COVID-19, will resume on July 6 in Montréal and July 7 in Quebec. (News Release)

  • Public drug insurance plan – Modification of the financial contribution of certain insured persons (News Release)

  • 55,390 confirmed cases, an increase of 72 in the past day, including seven deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Minister of International Development Karina Gould announced a commitment of C$120-million in support of the activities of the Access to COVID-19 (ACT) Accelerator – with C$20-million of that total for the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. (News Release)

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

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • Relaunch Grant to help businesses recover. (News Release)

    • The Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives and non-profit organizations that faced restrictions or closures from public-health orders and experienced a revenue loss of at least 50 per cent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting June 29, eligible small and medium-sized businesses, coops and non-profits can apply for funding.

  • Protecting at-risk Albertans from COVID-19. (News Release)

  • Alberta announced $C14.2-million a month – and more than C$170-million total – in additional funding to help keep residents and staff safe in long-term care, designated supportive living facilities and seniors lodges. Funding will continue until the orders from Alberta's chief medical officer of health are lifted.

  • 7,996 confirmed cases, an increase of 145 since Friday.

British Columbia

  • O.I.C. 352/20 – Amending the Employment Standards Regulation (under the Employment Standards Act).

  • 2,878 confirmed cases, an increase of 10 since Friday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Ontario extends emergency orders to July 10. (News Release)

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

  • 34,654 confirmed cases, an increase of 338 since Friday, including 14 deaths.

Quebec

  • Starting Monday June 29, 2020, childcare providers in Montréal, Joliette and L'Épiphanie can receive up to 75 per cent of the maximum number of children indicated on their permit.

  • M.O. 2020-48 under the Public Health Act, relating to childcare providers.  

  • Municipal by-elections postponed until August 7, 2020. (News Release)
June 26, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Ottawa working on national data standards after COVID-19 highlighted info gaps (The Globe and Mail).

  • The following have been added to the June 27 Canada Gazette, Part I:

    • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19 (made under the Aeronautics Act).

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

    • Order Amending the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 2 (made under the Quarantine Act).

  • The Government of Canada continues federal support to Quebec's COVID-19 response through partnership with the Canadian Red Cross (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

  • The U.S. government will ship more of Gilead Sciences Inc.’s (GILD.O) antiviral treatment remdesivir to states experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases, including California, Texas, Florida and Arizona (Reuters).

  • Texas and Florida put strict limits on bars and are reversing coronavirus reopening (The Globe and Mail).

Alberta

  • Bill 24, COVID-19 Pandemic Response Statutes Amendment Act, 2020 received royal assent. Coming-into-force information is set out at the end of each part/section; some sections took effect on earlier dates.

    • If there is no coming-into-force information provided, the part comes into force on royal assent (June 26, 2020).

British Columbia

  • No new updates.

Ontario

  • Ontario provides stable electricity pricing for industrial and commercial companies; province provides predictable electricity rates for two years (News Release).

  • Ontario providing additional support for seniors; provincewide grant program will promote safety, community engagement and financial security (News Release).

  • 34,316 confirmed cases, an increase of 111 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • New guidelines for the arrival of caregivers, carers or visitors to hospitals (News Release).

  • After hearing the public outcry, Quebec's new health minister, Christian Dubé, says the province will resume publishing COVID-19 data every day. As of Monday, the publication of daily reports on the development of COVID-19 will resume (CBC).

  • Ministerial Orders 2020-045 and 2020-047 and Orders in Council 667-2020 and 689-2020 have been added to the June 26 Gazette officielle du Québec, which also includes:

    • O.C. 672-2020 – Certain temporary measures relating to the leasing of low-rental housing (made under An Act respecting the Société d’habitation du Québec).

    • O.C. 685-2020 – Basic prescription drug insurance plan (made under An Act respecting prescription drug insurance).

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the expanded Canada Emergency Business Account will be available through Canada’s big banks starting today (Bloomberg).

  • Prime Minister Trudeau says Canadian companies are now producing so much personal protective equipment needed in the fight against COVID-19 that Canada is almost at the point of being self-sufficient (The Globe and Mail).

U.S. – Federal

  • The CDC has added webpages for bank employers and employees with tips for protecting staff and slowing the spread of COVID-19 (Update).

  • FDA Notice of Availability – Guidance Documents Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

    • The guidances identified in this notice address issues related to the COVID-19 PHE and have been issued in accordance with the process announced in the March 25, 2020, notice.

Alberta

  • Expanding access to COVID-19 testing; Alberta will offer asymptomatic COVID-19 testing at community pharmacies, making it easier for Albertans to access testing and help stop the spread (News Release).

  • Updated COVID-19 guidance issued for:

  • Bill 24, COVID-19 Pandemic Response Statutes Amendment Act, 2020 received third reading yesterday.

  • 7,851 confirmed cases, an increase of 26 since yesterday, including one death.

British Columbia

  • 2,869 confirmed cases, an increase of 20 since yesterday, including two deaths.

Ontario

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

Quebec

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

Canada – Federal

  • S.O.R./2020-0138 – Regulations Amending the Canada Labour Standards Regulations (COVID-19) (made under the Canada Labour Code).

    • Regulations in order to avoid the termination of employment resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, by giving employers more time to recall employees whose employment would otherwise have been terminated due to the duration of the lay-off.

  • Prime Minister Trudeau today announced the launch of the Canada Student Service Grant, which will support post-secondary students and recent graduates as they volunteer to serve in their communities’ COVID-19 response (News Release).

    • The CSSG will provide these volunteers with a one-time payment of between C$1,000 and C$5,000 based on the number of hours they serve.

  • Government of Canada and provincial partners invest more than C$109-million in COVID-19 research (News Release and Backgrounder).

U.S. – Federal

  • A U.S. government watchdog gave a blunt review of the shortcomings in the government’s response to the pandemic today that included the sending of nearly C$1.4-billion to deceased Americans, and the collection of incomplete and inconsistent virus-testing data (Reuters and GAO Report).

  • CDC updates and expands list of people at risk of severe COVID-19 illness (News Release).

  • The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in consultation with the Food and Drug Administration have released joint coronavirus-related interim guidance for employers and workers performing seafood processing operations in onshore facilities and aboard vessels offshore (News Release).

  • Coronavirus may have infected 10 times more Americans than reported, CDC says (Reuters).

  • Joint Statement from USDA and FDA on Food Export Restrictions Pertaining to COVID-19 (News Release).

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • New safety measures coming for seasonal domestic fruit pickers (News Release).

  • Temporary layoff provisions for workers; employers extended to a maximum of 24 weeks expiring on August 30, 2020 (News Release and Backgrounder).

  • June school restart sets the stage for September (News Release).

  • Starting July 1, residents of British Columbia and Yukon will be allowed to travel back and forth without the need to self-isolate for 14 days (News Release).

Ontario

  • Premier Ford says July 21 seems too early to reopen border with United States (The Globe and Mail).

  • 34,205 confirmed cases, an increase of 189 since yesterday, including 10 deaths.

Quebec

  • The public-health authorities announced the resumption of activities of sectors hat were still confined as of today, with three exceptions – and under certain conditions (News Release).

    • Given the risk they represent of contributing to the spread of the virus, the following sectors or activities remain prohibited:

      • Festivals and major events

      • Regular vacation camps with stay

      • Fighting in a sports context

  • The Autorité des Marchés Financiers today unveils its annual 2020-2021 priority statement in the specific context of the COVID-19 pandemic and its repercussions on the Quebec economy and the service industry (News Release).

  • Quebec will publish its final daily tally of COVID-19 cases Thursday, after which statistics will be published once a week for the foreseeable future, the health ministry said Wednesday. Weekly reports will be issued every Thursday, starting July 2, the ministry said (Montreal Gazette).

  • 55,079 confirmed cases, an increase of 142 since yesterday, including six deaths.
Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Long-awaited details of federal student service grant to be unveiled today; eligible students are to receive grants of C$1,000 to C$5,000 for post-secondary school (CBC).

  • Prime Minister Trudeau expected to speak at 10:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. Northeast governors order quarantine of visitors from coronavirus hot-spot states (Reuters).

Alberta

  • Bill 24, COVID-19 Pandemic Response Statutes Amendment Act, 2020 was referred to the Committee of the Whole yesterday and passed without amendment.

  • 7,825 confirmed cases, an increase of 44 since yesterday.

British Columbia

  • Update on residential tenancy laws: the province is maintaining the moratorium on rent increases and evictions for non-payment of rent. However, other notices to end tenancy may resume effectively immediately (News Release).

    • The Residential Tenancy (COVID-19) Order made by MO 89/2020 is repealed, and the Residential Tenancy (COVID-19) Order No. 2 is made (Ministerial Order No. M195).

  • Bill 19, COVID-19 Related Measures Act received second reading yesterday.

  • 2,849 confirmed cases, an increase of 14 since yesterday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Businesses and services to reopen in Windsor-Essex, with exceptions; Ontario holds back Leamington and Kingsville due to higher rates of COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Ontario is changing its approach in its efforts to contain outbreaks among migrant farm workers, releasing new public-health guidelines aimed at encouraging employers to cooperate with mass testing without fear of losing their workforce to self-isolation (The Globe and Mail).

  • The following orders were added to E-Laws:

    • O.Reg. 303/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Stage 1 Closures.

    • O.Reg. 302/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Stage 2 Closures.

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister of Children and Women's Issues, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • O.C. 639-2020 – Amended College Education Regulations owing to the COVID-19 pandemic (made under the General and Vocational Colleges Act).

June 24, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • No new updates.

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. agency prepares for massive staff cuts in blow to legal immigration system (Reuters).

Alberta

  • Order in Council 190/2020 – Related to amendments to the Employment Pensions Plans Regulation – see "Electronic communications."

British Columbia 

Ontario

  • Declaration of emergency has been extended to July 15, 2020 (News Release).

  • Parts of Windsor-Essex to open with exception of Leamington and Kingsville. Windsor-Essex will move to stage 2 effective 12:01 a.m. on June 25 (News Release.)

    • Three-point plan will be implemented to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on farms and throughout the community:

      • Ongoing and expanded on-site testing.

      • Access to employment benefits and supports.

      • New public health guidance for asymptomatic workers.

  • The following orders were added to E-Laws:

    • O.Reg. 301/20 – General Matters Under the Authority of the Minister (made under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017).

    • O.Reg. 300/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Stage 1 Closures.

    • O.Reg. 299/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Stage 2 Closures.

  • 34,016 confirmed cases, an increase of 163 since yesterday, including 12 deaths.

Quebec 

  • 54,937 confirmed cases, an increase of 53 since yesterday, including 11 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The federal government will go back to using competitive bid processes for some COVID-19 medical supplies (The Globe and Mail).

    • Procurement Minister Anita Anand says the process usually used to award contracts will only apply in situations where there is enough time to run a competition.

  • The following orders were issued:

    • P.C. 2020-469 – Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from United States) to:

      • Support Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country.

      • Extend the effective date of the previous order restricting entry into Canada of foreign nationals arriving from the United States.

    • P.C. 2020-468 Order Amending the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 2, to:

      • Support Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by explicitly permitting the addition of public health conditions for persons entering the country under a national interest exemption.

U.S. – Federal

  • Washington state makes face masks mandatory as some states see new coronavirus surge (Reuters).

  • EU considers blocking travellers, including Americans, due to coronavirus (CTV).

Alberta 

  • Alberta is investing C$10-million into targeted serology testing that will help track the spread of COVID-19 across the province (News Release).

  • The following Bills received second reading yesterday:

    • Bill 22, Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2020

    • Bill 23, Commercial Tenancies Protection Act

    • Bill 24, COVID-19 Pandemic Response Statutes Amendment Act, 2020

  • The Alberta government has quietly halted the closings of 17 provincial parks and recreation sites this year because of COVID-19 (The Globe and Mail).

    • The province had initially planned to fully or partially close 20 provincial parks and hand off another 164 to third-party managers, but officials quietly updated the COVID-19 response page on the Alberta Parks website.

  • 7,781 confirmed cases, an increase of 45 since yesterday.

British Columbia 

  • British Columbia is testing sewage samples for the genetic signature of COVID-19 and hopes to develop a program to monitor wastewater for new outbreaks of the virus ― particularly in smaller communities ― by this fall (The Globe and Mail).

  • 2,835 confirmed cases, an increase of 13 since yesterday, including one death.

Ontario 

  • The Ontario government is paying nursing homes for empty beds while banning new residents from having more than one roommate, leading to concerns that long-term-care waiting lists will grow (The Globe and Mail).

Quebec

June 23, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, announced over C$30-million to support Quebec’s tourism sector. (News Release)

  • Minister Joly also announced C$16-million in federal investments to support the tourism industry across Atlantic Canada. The funding will be delivered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. (News Release)

  • The Parliamentary Budget Office released a report that says extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit for another eight weeks will cost C$17.9-billion. (The Globe and Mail)

  • Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux said he’s concerned many CERB recipients are likely unaware they will be required to pay tax on the benefits.

U.S. – Federal

  • Federal and state regulatory agencies issue examiner guidance for assessing safety and soundness considering the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on financial institutions. (News Release)

Alberta

  • Environmental reporting temporarily paused by government during the provincial public health emergency will resume on July 15, four weeks earlier than planned. (News Release)

British Columbia

  • No new updates.

Ontario

  • 33,853 confirmed cases, an increase of 216 since yesterday, including 10 deaths. 

Quebec

  • 54,884 confirmed cases, an increase of 49 since yesterday, including five deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada temporarily extends time periods given to employers to recall employees laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (News Release and Backgrounder)

    • Applies to employers in the federally regulated private sector.

  • Ottawa vows crackdown on employers violating health protection rules for migrant farm workers. (The Globe and Mail)

    • Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough said in a letter to Mexican government officials that Canada will apply “strict sanctions” to employers in the agri-food sector and is considering additional steps to ensure workers health and safety, including outreach and inspections.

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

  • Prime Minister Trudeau will not be speaking today.

U.S. – Federal

  • Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak and White House Fact Sheet.

Alberta 

  • Labour disputes holding back wage top-ups for health-care workers. (CBC)

  • 7,736 confirmed cases, an increase of 32 since yesterday, including one death.

British Columbia 

  • Order of the Provincial Health Officer regarding Food Service Establishments and Liquor Services (under the Public Health Act).

    • Amends the previous order to provide greater clarity around the size of barriers and require collection of contact information when events are held on the premises. (News Release)

  • Long-term care home visits may be possible in next few weeks, provincial health officer says. (CBC)

  • 2,822 confirmed cases, an increase of 32 since Friday, including one death.

Ontario 

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

Quebec 

  • No new updates.

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

Canada – Federal

  • No new updates.

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump will sign an executive order temporarily suspending work visas and barring hundreds of thousands of foreigners from coming to work in the United States. (New York Times)

  • President Trump said on Monday that he supported a second round of financial aid to mitigate the effect of shutdowns to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus and that a bipartisan stimulus package would probably be introduced in the next couple of weeks. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Alberta is pausing the distribution of free non-medical masks until July. More than 14 million masks were distributed through drive-thrus, and an additional six million were shared directly with municipalities, seniors organizations, Indigenous partners, places of worship and others. Another 20 million masks will be distributed in July. (News Release)

British Columbia

  • British Columbia introduced Bill 19, COVID-19 Related Measures Act, which will allow for the provisions created for citizens and businesses in response to the pandemic to be formalized and unwound as appropriate after the provincial state of emergency ends. (News Release)

    • Bill 19 also allows for the creation of regulations that provide protections from civil liability.

  • British Columbia also introduced Bill 21, Wills, Estates and Succession Amendment Act, 2020, to enable courts to accept electronic wills and to permit the remote witnessing of wills. With these amendments, the emergency order allowing remote witnessing of wills will not be needed going forward. (News Release)

  • British Columbia is extending interim measures, including a new round of funding and supports for children with special needs and youth aging out of care, to help children, youth and families through the ongoing pandemic. (News Release)

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford announced that the City of Toronto and Peel Region will enter Stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan on Wednesday, June 24, at 12:01 a.m. Windsor-Essex will remain in Stage 1 due to outbreaks among agri-food workers. (News Release)

  • 33,637 confirmed cases, an increase of 161 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec announced financial support of C$900,000 for the Family-Work Reconciliation Recognition Program implemented by the Réseau pour un Québec Famille. This new program, aimed at employers, aims to recognize the quality of their organizational practices in terms of family-work balance and promote them by displaying a distinctive seal. (News Release)

  • Danielle McCann has been replaced as Health Minister by Christian Dubé. (CBC)

  • 54,835 confirmed cases, an increase of 69 since yesterday, and no deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • New hazard allowance for Canadian Armed Forces members deployed on  COVID-19 frontlines (News Release).

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

U.S. – Federal

  • The Securities and Exchange Commission extends relief for virtual meetings of fund boards to December 31, 2020 (News Release).

  • White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Sunday that the Trump administration is preparing for the possibility that a second wave of COVID-19 could hit the United States in the fall (CNN).

Alberta 

  • Premier Jason Kenney will not make wearing masks mandatory; instead, the province has issued a “very strong recommendation” that people wear masks (The Globe and Mail).

  • 7,704 confirmed cases, an increase of 125 since Friday.

British Columbia

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

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

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

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

Ontario 

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

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

Quebec

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

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

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

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

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

Canada Federal

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


Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

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

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

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

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

 
U.S. Federal

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

Alberta

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

British Columbia

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

Ontario

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

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

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

Quebec

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

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

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

Canada Federal

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

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. Federal

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

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

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

Alberta

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

British Columbia

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

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

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

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

Ontario

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quebec

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

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

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

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

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

Canada Federal

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

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

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

Canada Federal

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

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

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

Canada Federal

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

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

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

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

U.S. Federal

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

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • No new updates.

Ontario

  • Reopening update:

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

      • Durham Region Health Department

      • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit

      • Halton Region Health Department

      • Hamilton Public Health Services

      • Lambton Health Unit

      • Niagara Region Public Health Department

      • York Region Public Health Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quebec

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

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

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

 

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

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

U.S. Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

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

British Columbia

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

Ontario

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

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

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

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

Quebec

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

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

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

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

Canada – Federal 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. – Federal 

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

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

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

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

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

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

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

Ontario

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quebec

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

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

Last updatead at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

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

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

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

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

British Columbia 

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

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

Ontario

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quebec 

  • No new updates.

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

Canada Federal 

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

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

U.S. Federal

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

Alberta

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

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

  • Highlights of the bill include:

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

    • Improving the efficiency of changes to surface rights agreements.

    • Reducing trade barriers for grazing leases.

    • Eliminating unnecessary delays in the oil sands approval process.

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

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

British Columbia

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

Ontario 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quebec

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

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

      • Zoos

      • The gardens

      • Processing artisans and agro-tourism farms

      • Places of reception and tourist information

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

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

    • The plan acts on several fronts at once to:

      • Support companies during the crisis

      • Support the development of supply and stimulate demand

      • Generate economic spinoffs in all regions of Quebec

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

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

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

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

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

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

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

U.S. – Federal 

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

Alberta 

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

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

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

British Columbia

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

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

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

Ontario 

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

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

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

Quebec

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

  • The following orders were issued:

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

Canada – Federal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. – Federal 

  • No new updates.

Alberta 

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

British Columbia 

Ontario 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quebec

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

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. – Federal 

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

Alberta

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

British Columbia 

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

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

Ontario 

  • No new updates.

Quebec

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

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

Canada – Federal

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

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

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta 

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

    • What can open with restrictions:

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

      • Libraries

      • More surgeries

      • Wellness services such as massage, acupuncture and reflexology

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

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

      • Movie theatres and theatres

      • Community halls, team sports and pools for leisure swimming

      • VLTs in restaurants and bars

      • Casinos and bingo halls (but not table games)

      • Instrumental concerts

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

British Columbia 

  • No new updates.

Ontario 

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

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

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

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

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

Quebec 

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

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

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

Canada – Federal

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

  • The following orders were issued:

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

    • PC 2020-441 – Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any country other than the United States) (made under the Quarantine Act).

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

U.S. – Federal

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

Alberta

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

British Columbia 

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

Ontario 

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

Quebec 

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

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

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

Canada – Federal

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

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

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

British Columbia 

  • No new updates.

Ontario 

  • Reopening udate:

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

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

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

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

    • Travel is not restricted within the province.

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

    • Full news release and Stage 2 Framework Details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quebec 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

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

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

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta 

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

British Columbia 

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

Ontario 

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

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

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

Quebec 

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

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

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

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

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

Canada Federal

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. Federal

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

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

Alberta 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

British Columbia

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

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

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

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

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

Ontario

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

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

Quebec

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

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

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

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

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

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

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

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta 

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

British Columbia 

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

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

Ontario 

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

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

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

Quebec

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

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

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

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

Canada – Federal

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

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

U.S. – Federal

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

Alberta

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

British Columbia 

  • No new updates.

Ontario

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

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

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

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

Quebec

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

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

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

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

Canada – Federal

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

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

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

British Columbia

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

Ontario 

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

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

Quebec 

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

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

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

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

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

Canada – Federal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. – Federal

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

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

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

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • No new updates.

Ontario

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

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

Quebec

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

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

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

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

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

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

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

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

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

British Columbia 

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

Ontario

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

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

Quebec

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canada – Federal

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

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

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

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

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

Ontario 

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

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

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

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

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

Quebec

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

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

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

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

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. – Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta 

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

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

British Columbia

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

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

Ontario

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

Quebec

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

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

Canada – Federal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. – Federal

Alberta

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

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

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

British Columbia

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

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

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

Ontario

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quebec

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

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

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

Canada – Federal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. – Federal

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

Alberta 

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

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

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

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

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

British Columbia 

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

Ontario 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quebec 

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

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

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

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

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

Canada Federal

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

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

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

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

U.S. Federal

Alberta

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

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

British Columbia

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

Ontario

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

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

Quebec

  • No new updates.

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

Canada Federal

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

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

U.S. Federal

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

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

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

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

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

Ontario

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

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

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

Quebec

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

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

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

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

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


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

Canada Federal

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


Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. Federal

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

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

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

Alberta

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

British Columbia

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

Ontario

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

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

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

Quebec

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

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

Canada Federal

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


Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

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

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

U.S. Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

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

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

British Columbia

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

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

Ontario

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

Quebec

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

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

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

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

Canada Federal

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. Federal

  • No new updates.

Alberta

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

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

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

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

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

British Columbia

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

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

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

Ontario

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

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

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

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

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

Quebec

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

Nunavut


Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada Federal

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

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

U.S. Federal

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

Alberta

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

British Columbia

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

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

Ontario

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

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

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

Quebec

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

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

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

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

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

Canada – Federal

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. – Federal

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

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

Alberta

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

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

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

British Columbia

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

Ontario 

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

 Quebec

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

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

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

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

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

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The following orders/regulations were issued:

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. – Federal

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

Alberta

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

British Columbia 

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

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

Ontario 

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

Quebec 

  • No new updates.

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

Canada – Federal

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

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

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

U.S. – Federal

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

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

Alberta

British Columbia

Ontario

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

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

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

Quebec

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

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

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

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

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

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

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

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

U.S. – Federal

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

Alberta

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

British Columbia

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

Ontario 

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

Quebec 

  • The following orders were issued:

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

Canada – Federal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. – Federal

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

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

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

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

Alberta 

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

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

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

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

British Columbia

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

Ontario

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

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

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

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

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

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

      • Implementing engineering controls like plexiglass windows between drivers and passengers

      • Enhanced cleaning, particularly of high-touch surfaces

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

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

Quebec 

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

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

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

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

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

Canada – Federal

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. – Federal

Alberta 

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

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

British Columbia

  • The following orders were issued:

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

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

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

Ontario

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

Quebec

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

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

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

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

Canada – Federal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      • A business operating account at a participating financial institution.

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

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

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

U.S. – Federal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alberta

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

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

British Columbia

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

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

Ontario

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quebec

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

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

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. – Federal

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

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

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

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

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

Alberta 

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

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

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

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

British Columbia

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

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

Ontario

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

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

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

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

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

Quebec

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canada – Federal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. – Federal

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

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

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

Alberta

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

British Columbia

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

    • Restaurants, cafes and pubs

    • Salons and personal services

    • Museums, art galleries and libraries, real estate

    • Education

    • Health services

    • Retail

    • In-person counselling

    • Parks and outdoor spaces

    • Office space (protocols for returning to operation)

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

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

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

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

Ontario

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

Quebec

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

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

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

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

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. – Federal

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

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

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

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

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

Alberta

  • Within a week, Alberta will likely know whether reopening triggers COVID-19 surge (CBC).

  • All workplaces are expected to develop and implement policies and procedures to address COVID-19, including a plan to reduce the risk of transmission among staff and customers (News Release).

  • The completed plan must be posted in places of business or online within seven days of the public being able to attend the business.

  • 6,457 confirmed cases, an increase of 50 since yesterday, including one death.

British Columbia

  • 2,392 confirmed cases, an increase of 15 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Ontario

  • O.Reg. 219/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) – Closure of Places of Non-Essential Businesses (related to yesterday’s announcement on the May 16 reopening of golf courses, kennels, stables, marinas etc.).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • Ministerial Orders 2020-033 to 2020-035 and the Order in Council renewal of public health emergency have now been added to the May 14 Gazette Officielle du Québec as well as:

    • O.C. 522-2020Regulation respecting the postponement of the designation and taking office of members of school service centres’ boards of directors (made under the Education Act).

May 14, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal 

  • The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, on behalf of Farm Credit Canada, announced the launch of a C$100-million Agriculture and Food Business Solutions Fund to support proven, viable companies through unexpected business disruptions (News Release).

    • The fund is set up to support a wide range of enterprises in the agribusiness and agri-food sector, including companies involved in primary production, agri-tech, manufacturing, packaging and distribution.

  • Starting June 1, 2020, Parks Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada will gradually resume some operations at selected national parks, national historic sites, national marine conservation areas and national wildlife areas (News Release and Backgrounder).

  • The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, introduced new measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in remote and vulnerable Arctic communities (News Release).

  • As of June 1, 2020, pleasure craft will be prohibited from operating within Canada’s Arctic coastal waters (north of the 60th parallel), as well as in the coastal areas of northern Quebec and Labrador.

  • These measures will remain in place until at least October 31, 2020.

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump is open to more coronavirus stimulus, but not Democrats' plan (Reuters).

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia 

Ontario 

  • As of this Saturday, private parks, campgrounds, marinas, boat clubs, golf courses and businesses that board animals are allowed to open. As of Tuesday, May 19, Ontario will enter into Stage 1 – the following will be allowed to open (Detailed List of Stage 1 Openings and News Release):

    • Retail stores with a street entrance, not in malls; vehicle dealerships and retailers

    • Lift construction limits – all construction to resume

    • Media operations

    • Seasonal venues

    • Individual recreational sports (tennis courts, gun clubs, cycling tracks, horse-riding facilities)

    • Individual sports competitions without spectators

    • Veterinary and animal services (grooming, etc.)

    • Scheduled surgeries, certain health services and counselling services

    • Professional services related to research and development

    • Emissions inspection facilities

    • Indoor and outdoor household services

    • Maintenance

    • Community services (libraries for pick-up or delivery)

  • The following orders/regs were added to E-Laws this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 216/20 – Livestock and Livestock Products Act (related to extension periods).

    • O.Reg. 218/20 – Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Quantification, Reporting and Verification (made under the Environmental Protection Act).

  • Canada and Ontario take steps to further protect farm workers; funding will help enhance health and safety measures during COVID-19 (News Release).

    • Today's announcement is in addition to the C$2.25-million investment announced last week to help provincially licensed meat processors implement COVID-19 health and safety measures.

  • 21,494 confirmed cases, an increase of 258 since yesterday, including 33 deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec will not reopen schools in Montréal before the end of August and postpones the opening of daycare centres to June 1 (News Release).

  • 2020-2030 Quebec Infrastructure Plan – Nearly C$3-billion in infrastructure investment outpaced to accelerate the recovery of the economy (News Release).

  • 40,724 confirmed cases, an increase of 793 since yesterday, including 131 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The following orders were issued under the Financial Administration Act:

    • PC 2020-0308 – Order declaring that subsections 89(1), (4), and (6) and section 89.1 of the Financial Administration Act, which apply only to parent Crown corporations, apply to Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation as if it were a parent Crown corporation, effective on the day on which Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation is incorporated.

    • PC 2020-0307 – Order directing Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation to administer, approve and fund transactions, in accordance with terms and conditions approved by the Minister of Finance, in relation to a credit support program for large Canadian companies in response to the COVID-19 emergency, effective on the day on which Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation is incorporated.

    • PC 2020-0306 – Order authorizing:

      • Canada Development Investment Corporation to procure the incorporation of Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation, all the shares of which, on incorporation, would be held by, on behalf of or in trust for the Canada Development Investment Corporation

      • Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation to acquire shares of any corporation that, on acquisition, would be held by, on behalf of or in trust for Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation

      • Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation to sell or otherwise dispose of any of its shares

      • Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation to sell or otherwise dispose of all or substantially all of its assets

    • PC 2020-0305 – Order directing Canada Development Investment Corporation to procure the incorporation of a wholly owned subsidiary, to be known as Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation, and to take such steps as are necessary to facilitate the subsidiary's administration of a credit support program for large Canadian companies in response to the COVID-19 emergency, in accordance with any directive that may be given to that subsidiary.

  • The House passed Bill C-16, An Act to amend the Canadian Dairy Commission Act yesterday evening. It now moves on to the Senate.

  • Ottawa to announce gradual reopening of national parks, historic sites (CBC).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump said infectious-disease expert Anthony Fauci's warning about the dangers of reopening the economy and schools too quickly is not acceptable (Reuters).

    • Trump applauded the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a coronavirus lockdown order in his latest move to encourage states to reopen (Reuters).

  • The whistleblower who was ousted as the head of a federal research agency plans to deliver a stark warning to Congress this morning: If the United States does not step up its response to the coronavirus pandemic, Americans will suffer “unprecedented illness and fatalities” (NYT).

Alberta

  • Stage one of Alberta’s relaunch strategy begins today as restrictions are gradually lifted, with a more gradual reopening in Calgary and Brooks (News Release).

    • The following businesses and facilities can start to resume operations today in all areas except the cities of Calgary and Brooks; in Calgary and Brooks, the relaunch will be gradual over 18 days (those marked with * can open in Calgary/Brooks today).

      • Retail businesses, such as clothing, furniture and bookstores; all vendors at farmers markets will also be able to operate*

      • Museums and art galleries*

      • Daycares and out-of-school care with limits on occupancy*

      • Hairstyling and barbershops

      • Cafés, restaurants, pubs and bars will be permitted to reopen for table service only at 50 per cent capacity

      • Day camps, including summer school, will be permitted with limits on occupancy (in Calgary/Brooks, these will be permitted on June 1)

      • Post-secondary institutions will continue to deliver courses; however, there will be more flexibility to include in-person delivery once the existing health order prohibiting in-person classes is lifted

      • Places of worship and funeral services, if they follow specific guidance already online

      • The resumption of some scheduled, non-urgent surgeries will continue gradually*

      • Regulated health professions are permitted to offer services as long as they continue to follow approved guidelines set by their professional colleges*

    • Remote working advised wherever possible, and travel outside the province is not recommended. Albertans are encouraged to download the ABTraceTogether mobile contact tracing app and use it when in public.

    • Workplace guidance and supports to help businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 begin to reopen and resume operations safely.

  • 6,407 confirmed cases, an increase of 62 since yesterday, including two deaths. 

British Columbia

  • 2,376 confirmed cases, an increase of 16 since yesterday, including one death.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance; Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade; and Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

May 13, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump to tap ex-Glaxo executive and U.S. general for coronavirus vaccine effort (Reuters).

  • The Trump administration is reviewing an order to extend its virus border restrictions indefinitely (New York Times).

  • Nine states on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for relaxing a range of companies’ compliance and monitoring requirements with federal clean air and water laws in response to the coronavirus pandemic, arguing the policy is too broad and not transparent (Reuters).

Alberta

  • Alberta will proceed to the first phase of its relaunch plan tomorrow, Premier Jason Kenney says, though Calgary and Brooks will reopen more slowly than the rest of the province (CBC).

  • Western Economic Diversification Canada launches Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to support local economy (News Release)

British Columbia

  • Order in Council No. 241 – declaration of a state of emergency extended to May 26, 2020.

  • Western Economic Diversification Canada launches Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to support local economy (News Release)

Ontario

  • CBC News obtains draft document showing "stage 1" reopening plan will be announced tomorrow (CBC).

  • Draft shows Premier Doug Ford is ready to announce on Thursday plans to allow the reopening of retail stores that are not in malls, as well as seasonal businesses, pet services, household cleaning and maintenance, and in-person health and counselling services.

  • The release also announces "lifting essential workplace limits on construction" and allowing picnics in parks. 

  • The release says the government "will provide updates on easing restrictions on social cohorting in the coming days." It also says information on school programs, child care and summer learning will be provided next week.

  • Ontario making prescription drugs more affordable during COVID-19; province provides relief for Ontarians using the Ontario Drug Benefit Program (News Release).

    • Effective today, people using the Ontario Drug Benefit Program will not be required to pay any co-payment until July 1, 2020, for any prescription of 30-plus days that is now being dispensed in installments. In addition, existing and new Trillium Drug Program households can apply for an income reassessment to help reduce the financial burden for families during the outbreak.

  • O.Reg. 211/20 – General (made under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act).

  • O.Reg. 212/20 – General (made under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act).

  • FedDev Ontario launches Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to support local economies (News Release and Backgrounder).

  • Voluntary redeployment of education workers to fill staffing shortages; Ontario provides further support for seniors and communities during COVID-19 (News Release).

    • Starting later this week, subject to a local agreement of the framework, eligible education sector staff who volunteer will be able to register through an online portal and to be matched with congregate settings that are facing staffing shortages.

  • 21,236 confirmed cases, an increase of 329 since yesterday, including 40 deaths.

Quebec

  • The Quebec government’s plan to reopen the province comes under scrutiny as the legislature resumes sitting (The Globe and Mail).

  • The CNESST publishes a guide to health standards in the workplace for leisure, sport and outdoor activities with a view to a gradual safe recovery (News Release).

  • Quebec announces a measure of C$450,000 to help fish companies and ensure the well-being of fish farms (News Release).

  • Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions launches the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to support local economies (News Release and Backgrounder).

  • Subject to the application of the principles of social distancing and all the recommendations of Public Health, the Government of Quebec announces the gradual resumption of the recreational practice of certain sports, leisure and outdoor activities that take place in outside starting May 20 (News Release).

  • The exemption relating to the Regulation respecting the hours of driving and rest of drivers of heavy vehicles announced on April 6, 2020, will no longer apply from Saturday May 16 (News Release).

  • 39,931 confirmed cases, an increase of 706 since yesterday, including 89 deaths.

  • Chart showing distribution of the number of daily deaths related to the COVID-19 according to their living environment.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The House of Commons reconvenes today to debate legislation to permanently increase the Canadian Dairy Commission's (CDC) borrowing limit to half a billion dollars (CBC).

    • The bill up for debate amends the Canadian Dairy Commission Act, allowing the government to use the Crown corporation's buying power to mitigate unpredictable shifts in domestic milk supply and demand.

  • Canada-U.S. border expected to stay closed to non-essential travel to June 21 (The Globe and Mail).

    • The sources said Canada asked for a 30-day roll over, and it is almost certain that Washington will agree to the proposal.

  • The following have been added to the May 13 Canada Gazette, Part II:

    • S.O.R./2020-95 – Interim Order No. 4 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit), including the associated Explanatory Note.

    • S.O.R./2020-92 – Regulations Amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (also including the associated Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement).

  • Health Canada authorized the first COVID-19 serological test for use in Canada (Statement).

    • Serological testing will contribute to a better understanding of whether people who have been infected by COVID-19 are immune to the virus.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • Yesterday, the CDC Director Robert Redfield testified before a U.S. Senate committee that the recommendations for reopening would be released “soon” (The Globe and Mail).

    • Both the CDC document and the White House’s published plan recommend communities reopen in phases as local cases of coronavirus subside. One of many differences, however, is advice for when communities should allow for the resumption of non-essential travel.

  • Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Congress and the White House will need to spend more money to make sure policymakers’ quick initial response to the coronavirus-induced economic contraction isn’t wasted amid evidence that any recovery will take longer than first thought (Wall Street Journal).

Alberta 

  • Progress of legislation:

    • S.A. 2020 c. 7 (Bill 13), Emergency Management Amendment Act, 2020 (No. 2) received royal assent yesterday. In force May 12, 2020; section 11 has effect on March 17, 2020.

    • S.A. 2020 c. U-4 (Bill 14), Utility Payment Deferral Program Act received royal assent yesterday. This act took effect on March 18, 2020, except sections 3, 13 and 27, which will come into force on May 12, 2020.

  • 6,345 confirmed cases, an increase of 45 since yesterday.

British Columbia 

  • 2,360 confirmed cases, an increase of seven since yesterday, including one death.

Ontario 

  • Ontario takes steps to better protect long-term-care residents and staff during the COVID-19 outbreak (News Release and Order O.Reg. 210/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – Management of Long-Term Care Homes In Outbreak).

    • Emergency order adopted allowing the province to issue a mandatory management order for a long-term-care home struggling to deal with a COVID-19 outbreak.

    • This order would support the use of rapid, immediate and effective management alternatives to protect residents and staff within a home. The manager could be any person, including a corporation or a hospital.

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • No new updates.

May 12, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Trudeau promises "stronger measures" for screening at Canada-U.S. border (The Globe and Mail).

  • Ottawa will distribute pandemic money now and "clean up" fraudulent claims later, PM says (CBC).

  • The government is announcing, effective immediately, a new, temporary policy that will drastically reduce the time it takes for a temporary foreign worker to start a new job (News Release).

    • While this policy is in place, a worker who is already in Canada and has secured a new job offer can get approval to start working in their new job, even while their work permit application is being fully processed.

    • Statement from Minister Bibeau on temporary foreign workers.

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced a series of additional measures to help seniors and provide them with greater financial security in this time of crisis (News Release). These measures include:

    • Providing additional financial support of C$2.5-billion for a one-time tax-free payment of C$300 for seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension, with an additional C$200 for seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).

  • Expanding the New Horizons for Seniors Program with an additional investment of C$20-million.

  • Temporarily extending GIS and allowance payments if seniors’ 2019 income information has not been assessed.

  • Temporary suspension of service at select Canadian border services locations (News Release).

    • Fact Sheet: COVID-19 – List of CBSA locations that remain open during temporary service suspension at Canadian airports and private boat reporting sites (Backgrounder).

  • Free tax clinics go virtual: Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, announced that virtual clinics will be held on an interim basis to help those that rely on this service (News Release).

  • Minister Gould announced funding for global vaccinations (News Release and Backgrounder).

U.S. – Federal

  • House Democrats propose a US$3-trillion relief measure that is unlikely to advance in the Republican-led Senate (New York Times).

    • The proposed bill includes protections for banks that do business with both state-legal cannabis businesses and industry-adjacent businesses.

  • Fauci and other top health officials urge more testing before easing lockdowns; at Senate hearing, experts warn of potential for coronavirus surge as states move to reopen (Reuters).

Alberta

  • Prioritizing funding for front-line non-profits; increased funding to the Community Initiatives Program Operating grant will help front-line non-profits continue caring for vulnerable Albertans (News Release).

British Columbia

  • New Buy BC e-commerce funding is available to help the province’s farmers and food and beverage processors overcome some lost sales during the COVID-19 pandemic by moving their products online (News Release).

    • The funding is available to B.C. farmers, and food and beverage processors of all sizes.

    • To be eligible, an applicant must have at least two years of business revenues, be licensed to do business in B.C. and be growing or processing one or more products in the province.

Ontario

  • The House passed S.C. 2020 c. 7 (Bill 190) COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020 this afternoon, which enacts the Alternative Filing Methods for Business Act, 2020 and makes amendments to the:

    • Business Corporations Act

    • Business Names Act

    • Commissioners for Taking Affidavits Act

    • Condominium Act, 1998

    • Co-operative Corporations Act

    • Corporations Act

    • Corporations Information Act

    • Education Act

    • Extra-Provincial Corporations Act

    • Limited Partnership Act

    • Métis Nation of Ontario Secretariat Act, 2015

    • Notaries Act

    • Not-For-Profit Corporations Act, 2010

    • Succession Law Reform Act

  • The Bill will help people conduct business while practising physical distancing by, for example:

    • Enabling corporations to call and hold meetings virtually, as applicable, and extending the time period in which annual meetings must be held in specific circumstances.

    • Allowing designations of a beneficiary to be provided electronically for retirement savings plans, retirement income funds, locked-in retirement accounts, life income funds and tax-free savings accounts.

    • Allowing electronic filing of business registration documents and the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services to accept copies of business registration documents and e-signatures.

    • Allowing for regulations to set out the parameters for remotely commissioning or notarizing a document.

  • The Ontario government is extending the Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to June 2, 2020; the Expenditure Estimates for the 2020-21 fiscal year were also tabled in the Legislature (News Release).

  • Ontario's top doctor not confident about reopening, despite Ford saying first stage coming Thursday (CBC).

  • 20,907 confirmed cases, an increase of 361 since yesterday, including 56 deaths.

Quebec

  • The government will invest more than C$10-million, through the Innovation Program, the Support Program for Research and Innovation Organizations and the Quebec Research Funds, to support related scientific and technological projects with the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • Premier Legault "strongly recommends" Quebecers wear masks (CBC).

  • 39,225 confirmed cases, an increase of 756 since yesterday, including 118 deaths.
Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The National Research Council of Canada and CanSino Biologics Inc. announce collaboration to advance vaccine against COVID-19 (News Release and The Globe and Mail).

    • The NRC also announced collaboration with USask’s VIDO-InterVac to advance development of a vaccine (News Release).

  • Coalition presses Ottawa to provide bailout for Canadian public transit agencies (The Globe and Mail).

    • In an open letter set to be released today, the groups add their voice to growing concerns that the COVID-19 pandemic has slashed transit ridership.

    • The 45 signatories include Transport Action Canada, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, TTCriders, the Manitoba Federation of Labour, the Better Transit Alliance of Greater Victoria and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • Top health officials in the Trump administration, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, will testify in the Senate today on measures to reopen the economy safely (Reuters).

    • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci plans to warn against the risks of reopening the economy too soon.

    • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to unveil a sweeping coronavirus-response bill, possibly this week, that would likely provide more funding for testing, new state and local government aid and another round of direct payments to people to help them meet their daily living costs.

Alberta 

  • To support businesses reopening during stage one of Alberta’s phased relaunch, the government is launching a new resource to help them keep their staff and customers safer (News Release).

  • 6,300 confirmed cases, an increase of 47 since yesterday, including two deaths.

British Columbia 

  • Order in Council No. 239 – amendments made to the Employment and Assistance Regulation and Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Regulation.

  • 2,353 confirmed cases, an increase of 23 since yesterday, including one death.

Ontario 

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance; and Paul Calandra, Government House Leader, to hold a media availability at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • Ministerial Order 2020-035 – related to the national and local provisions of the collective agreements applicable in the health and social services network; employment conditions applicable to non-unionized salaried persons.

  • Two major Quebec universities, McGill and the University of Montreal, say most classes will be online in the fall semester (CBC).

May 11, 2020

Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Increased border traffic likely as Canada and U.S. economies reopen: Freeland (The Globe and Mail).

    • Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada and the U.S. are working on plans to deal with what she calls an inevitable increase in cross-border traffic as economies in both countries emerge from their pandemic-induced comas.

U.S. – Federal

  • White House considers more coronavirus aid as jobs picture worsens (Reuters).

  • U.S. next week to start purchasing US$3-billion worth of farm goods: President Trump (Reuters).

    • It was unclear whether his statement referred to a US$19-billion relief plan announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in April. The agency said it would buy US$3-billion worth of agricultural commodities as part of that program.

Alberta 

  • Government is kick-starting an expanded electronics recycling project that will support job creation, grow the economy and help municipalities divert more reusable material from landfills (News Release).

British Columbia

Ontario

  • Ontario's legislature will sit tomorrow and is expected to extend the province's state of emergency to June 2 (CBC).

    • News on the remaining school year is expected next week.

  • The following regulations were added to E-Laws this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 209/20 – Building Code, related to Division C (made under the Building Code Act)

    • O.Reg. 208/20 – General related to alternative procedures (made under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017).

    • O.Reg. 207/20 – General related to alternative procedures and application fees (made under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017).

    • O.Reg. 206/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – Child Care Fees.

    • O.Reg. 205/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act - Education Sector.

  • The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development and its health and safety association partners have now released over 80 sector-specific health and safety guidelines, including guidelines for curbside pickup and delivery services (News Release).

  • The Ontario government is providing C$30-million to build a safer and more reliable transportation system that will help keep goods moving and better connect communities across the province (News Release).

  • 20,546 confirmed cases, an increase of 308 since yesterday, including 35 deaths.

Quebec

  • The Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) is increasing the support it provides to various front-line organizations that are dedicated to helping consumers, including seniors (News Release).

    • The AMF is more than doubling, to C$830,000, the annual amount it is providing to the 37 family economy cooperative associations (Associations coopératives d'économie familiale – ACEFs), Québec's consumer associations and three seniors associations for 2020-2021.

  • "We are all concerned about Montreal," Legault says, further delays possible (CBC).

  • The number of screening tests will continue to increase in Quebec (News Release).

  • Quebec cautiously reopens some elementary schools and daycares after coronavirus shutdowns (The Globe and Mail).

  • The Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, RECYC-QUÉBEC, the retailers, convenience stores and the brewers agreed on a plan for the gradual resumption of deposit activities (News Release).

  • 38,469 confirmed cases, an increase 748 since yesterday, including 85 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • This morning, the Prime Minister announced additional support for businesses (News Release). The Government of Canada will:

    • Establish Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) to provide bridge financing to Canada’s largest employers, whose needs during the pandemic are not being met through conventional financing, in order to keep their operations going. This support will not be used to resolve insolvencies or restructure firms, nor will it provide financing to companies that otherwise have the capacity to manage through the crisis.

      • The LEEFF program will be designed to protect the interests of taxpayers and will require the cooperation of applicants’ private-sector lenders to ensure government financing is focused on sustaining operations.

      • Support for large companies through LEEFF will be delivered by the Canada Development Investment Corporation (CDEV), in cooperation with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and the Department of Finance.

      • The LEEFF program will be open to large for-profit businesses ― with the exception of those in the financial sector ― as well as certain not-for-profit businesses, such as airports, with annual revenues generally in the order of C$300-million or higher. To qualify for LEEFF support, eligible businesses must be seeking financing of about C$60-million or more, have significant operations or workforce in Canada, and not be involved in active insolvency proceedings.

    • Expand the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) to mid-sized companies with larger financing needs.

    • Continue to provide financing to businesses through Farm Credit Canada, the BDC and EDC, including through the Canada Account.

  • Indigenous Services Canada providing direct air transportation with strict, safety-first health protocol for essential personnel to serve fly-in First Nations communities and protect against COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

Alberta

  • Alberta to reopen daycares with limited capacity and health screening (The Globe and Mail).

    • Daycares preparing to open as early as Thursday will be limited to 10 people per room.

  • Travel to summer homes, cabins and cottages within Alberta is now permitted. Those choosing to travel within the province are reminded to consider local community guidelines and the health and safety of small communities (News Release).

  • Government is accelerating infrastructure and transportation projects across the province to get thousands of Albertans back to work and the economy back on track (News Release).

  • The Government of Alberta is improving testing capacity and creating jobs for Albertans as the fight against COVID-19 and efforts to reopen the economy continue (News Release).

  • A new online hub called CORE will coordinate community services for older Albertans and seniors during the COVID-19 (News Release).

  • 6,253 confirmed cases, an increase of 236 since Friday, including three deaths.

British Columbia

  • The Encampment Health and Safety (COVID-19) Order made by M.O. 128/2020 is repealed, and Ministerial Order No. 150 Encampment Health and Safety (COVID-19) Order No. 2 is made.

  • 2,330 confirmed cases, an increase of 42 since Friday, including three deaths.

Ontario

  • The Government is opening provincial parks and conservation reserves for limited day-use access. The first areas will open on Monday May 11, 2020, with the remaining areas opening on Friday May 15, 2020 (News Release).

  • The following orders/regulations were added to E-Laws:

    • O.Reg. 204/20 – General (made under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 related to exemptions and extensions due to COVID-19).

    • O.Reg. 203/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) – Closure of Places of Non-Essential Businesses (related to primary place of residence).

  • The government has approved an emergency order that would enable available school board employees to be voluntarily redeployed to congregate care settings during the COVID-19 pandemic, including hospitals, long-term-care homes, retirement homes and women's shelters (News Release).

  • The government is protecting licensed childcare in Ontario during the COVID-19 outbreak by ensuring parents retain access to local licensed childcare, as well as EarlyON Child and Family Centre (News Release).

  • Ontario asks long-term-care homes for plan to stem the spread of COVID-19 (The Globe and Mail).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; and Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

  • 20,238 confirmed cases, an increase of 640 since Friday, including 94 deaths.

Quebec

  • The Government du Québec highlights the reopening of all construction sites and manufacturing companies today (News Release).

  • The Government of Quebec announces that over the next few weeks, activities surrounding real estate transaction services will resume gradually, always with the agreement and collaboration of public health authorities (News Release).

    • Reopenings will take place in phases, depending on the type of activity and the geographic areas. As of May 11, real estate brokers working in the residential and commercial sector, land surveyors, building inspectors and appraisers as well as certified appraisers will be able to resume their activities.

  • Ministerial Order 2020-034 – related to operations of residential and long-term-care centres, authorization of professionals practising within a health and social services institution to take samples, and lifting of restriction on access to territories.

  • 37,721 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,571 since Friday, including 203 deaths.
May 8, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Ottawa to extend wage subsidy beyond June 6 expiry date, Trudeau says. Further details to come next week (The Globe and Mail).

  • Canadian Labour Congress calls for end to privately owned long-term-care facilities after COVID-19 deaths (The Globe and Mail).

  • Chief Justice of Canada and Minister of Justice Launch Action Committee on Court Operations in Response to COVID-19 (News Release).

    • The Action Committee will provide national leadership to support the work of provincial and territorial governments, individual courts, and court administrators in progressively restoring the full operation of Canada’s courts while ensuring the safety of court users and staff.

  • Minister Bains announces new Industry Strategy Council – this council will serve as an advisory board to assess the scope and depth of COVID-19’s impact on industries and inform government’s understanding of specific sectoral pressures (News Release).

  • The following ministerial instructions were added to the May 9 Canada Gazette, Part I:

    • Ministerial Instructions – Amending the Ministerial Instructions Respecting the Agri-food Immigration Class (Subparagraph 2(3)(c)(v)).

    • Ministerial Instructions – Amending the Ministerial Instructions Respecting the Home Child Care Provider Class and the Ministerial Instructions Respecting the Home Support Worker Class.

    • Ministerial Instructions – with respect to the processing of certain new and existing applications for temporary residence to further support government-wide measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

  • Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations – next steps to support the industry impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic (News Release and Backgrounder).

    • A total of up to C$500-million has been set aside to help alleviate the financial pressures of affected organizations.

  • Starting today, partner organizations will be contacted so that funds can begin to flow to cultural and sport organizations. Canadian Heritage is working closely with its partners – in particular, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Media Fund, FACTOR, Musicaction and Telefilm Canada.

U.S. – Federal

  • Work visas targeted as the White House expands immigration curbs, citing virus (Wall Street Journal).

    • The Trump administration is drawing up plans for an executive order, expected this month, that would ban the issuance of some new temporary, work-based visas. The order is expected to focus on visa categories such as H-1B, designed for highly skilled workers; and H-2B, for seasonal migrant workers, as well as student visas and the work authorization that accompanies them.

Alberta

  • In response to COVID-19, the Government of Alberta has created a new Agriculture Training Support Program to help employers in the food supply chain provide necessary training to new Alberta employees (News Release).

  • The government has charged a Calgary-based business with ignoring an order to stop charging exorbitant prices for several consumer products (News Release).

British Columbia

  • The province and TransLink are working on a comprehensive solution to address the major financial impacts that TransLink, like many transit agencies across the country, has incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

    • Given the progress in these discussions, TransLink and its operating companies will suspend the service reductions planned to begin on May 18 and rescind layoff notices issued to approximately 1,500 employees.

Ontario

  • The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing C$2.25-million in provincially licensed meat-processing plants to better protect employees and ensure the continued supply of healthy products for consumers during the COVID-19 outbreak (News Release).

    • The first stream of the Agri-food Workplace Protection Program will provide funding to implement COVID-19 health and safety measures in provincially licensed meat plants, including purchasing additional personal protective equipment, redesigning workstations, supporting employees who require mandatory isolation, and work-site mobility and transportation.

    • The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) will begin accepting applications on May 12, 2020, and will expedite the approval process to get the necessary support to the agri-food sector faster.

  • Ontario eases restrictions on professional sports training facilities (Statement).

    • Beginning today in Ontario, professional sport training facilities will be permitted to reopen, provided their respective sports leagues have established health and safety protocols in response to COVID-19.

  • The following order was added to E-Laws this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 200/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) – Closure of Places of Non-Essential Business (related to curb-side pick-up or delivery, construction and sports-training facilities).

  • Government continues to prepare for the next stages of reopening the economy (News Release and Backgrounder on Ontario’s Initiatives to Support Jobs and Businesses Impacted).

  • Attorney General Doug Downey released the following statement on building a justice system for the 21st century that is more accessible, responsive and resilient for Ontarians.

  • 19, 598 confirmed cases, an increase of 477 since yesterday, including 63 deaths.

Quebec 

  • Public health authorities announced the terms of the mass-screening strategies that will be deployed in the sectors most affected by COVID-19, particularly in the territory of the metropolitan community of Montréal (News Release).

    • Regional strategies will be deployed in certain sectors of the regions of Montréal, Laval, Lanaudière, the Laurentians and the Montérégie.

  • Gradual resumption of roadworks starting May 11 (News Release).

  • 36,150 confirmed cases, an increase 914 since yesterday, including 94 deaths.
Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit – Updated Backgrounder (Employment and Social Development Canada).

  • Canada turning to foreign airlines to bring home citizens stranded by pandemic (CBC).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump threatens to "terminate" trade deal with China over COVID-19 (The Globe and Mail).

Alberta

  • Progress of legislation:

    • Bill 14Utility Payment Deferral Program Act received second reading yesterday evening.

  • Premier Kenney is cautioning that some hard-hit areas may not move forward on the same reopening schedule as the rest of the province, saying officials will be looking at local data as they make decisions about what to open and when (CBC).

  • In response to the mass disruptions in the agriculture industry caused by COVID-19, the Government of Alberta is introducing several new supports to help farmers and ranchers through AgriRecovery (News Release).

  • 6,017 confirmed cases, an increase of 54 since yesterday, including two deaths. 4,044 cases in the Calgary zone, 1,124 cases in the South zone, 505 cases in the Edmonton zone, 226 cases in the North zone, 94 cases in the Central zone and 24 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia 

  • 2,288 confirmed cases, an increase of 33 since yesterday, including two deaths. 865 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,064 are in the Fraser Health region, 126 are in the Island Health region, 179 are in the Interior Health region and 54 are in the Northern Health region.

Ontario 

  • Ontario rejects regional phase-outs of COVID-19 restrictions (CBC).

  • Ontario says it will "review" long-term-care system post-COVID-19 but won’t commit to independence (The Globe and Mail).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; and Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • Premier Legault announced that the Government of Quebec is improving the remuneration of staff to encourage work at full time and promote retention of health-care workers (News Release).

  • To help unsubsidized daycares (GNS) and recognized non-subsidized daycare providers to resume service during the progressive opening period, the Quebec government announces that it will provide financial support of C$22-million, up until June 19 (News Release).

  • Order – Repeal of the order concerning the suspension of the prohibition from driving a road vehicle on bridges P-15020 of autoroute 25 and P-10942 of autoroute 30, subject to a toll under the Act respecting transport infrastructure partnerships unless the amount of the toll and the fees are paid in accordance with that act.

May 7, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced that all provinces and territories have confirmed, or are in the process of confirming, plans to cost-share wage top-ups for their essential workers (News Release).

    • The Government of Canada will provide up to C$3-billion in support to increase the wages of low-income essential workers. Each province or territory will determine which workers would be eligible for support and how much support they will receive.

  • Privacy commissioners warn COVID-19 apps come with potential risks to Canadians (The Globe and Mail).

  • Update on Canadian Armed Forces’ response to COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

U.S. – Federal

Alberta 

  • The government is accelerating the procurement process for construction of the Red Deer Justice Centre to get Albertans back to work (News Release).

British Columbia 

  • Surgeries that were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic are starting back up as part of a massive surgical renewal plan (News Release and B.C. Surgery Renewal Plan). Target timeline for surgical renewal:

    • May 7-15: Patient outreach, preoperative screening and implementation planning

    • May 18: Surgical services begin, increasing capacity over four weeks to near normal pre-COVID levels

    • May 31: All private contracted facilities working at maximum available capacity

    • June: Begin recruitment and training of new staff

    • June 15: All existing operating rooms running at full available capacity

    • June 15–October 15: Incrementally bringing on additional capacity

    • July: Ministry of Health’s first monthly public progress report on surgical renewal

    • July–August: Optimize full capacity over the summer period

  • Order in Council No. 288 – related to amendments to the Child Care Licensing Regulation (certificate extensions due to COVID-19).

Ontario

  • Ontario releases plan to resume scheduled surgeries and procedures; the framework also sets out the criteria for prioritizing surgeries (News Release).

  • As a first step, hospitals will need to assess if there is adequate staffing, equipment and other resources to resume scheduled care. This assessment will be revisited on a weekly basis to reflect changing needs and requirements.

  • Ontario is protecting forestry jobs and worker safety during COVID-19; John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, announced the government is making C$3.5-million available to help put protective measures in place for the workers who plant trees this season (News Release).

  • 19,121 confirmed cases, an increase of 399 since yesterday, including 48 deaths.

Quebec 

  • The reopening of schools, daycares and businesses in the Montréal area has been pushed back until May 25, Premier Legault announced this afternoon (CBC).

  • The federal government says 1,350 soldiers will be deployed to Quebec long-term-care homes by mid-May (The Globe and Mail).

  • Ministerial Order 2020-033 – related to procedures of decision-making processes of a municipal body; correctional facility conditions (for medical purposes) of an inmate serving a prison term of less than two years.

  • 35,238 confirmed cases, an increase of 911 since yesterday, including 121 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • House Democrats close in on new stimulus proposal; the bill being drafted by Democratic leadership is expected to include more than US$750-billion in aid to state and local governments, as well as another round of direct support to Americans, according to interviews with lawmakers and aides (Wall Street Journal).

  • President Trump to refocus coronavirus task force on economic revival, concedes risks (Reuters).

Alberta 

  • Progress of legislation:

    • Bill 13 Emergency Management Amendment Act, 2020 (No. 2) received third reading yesterday.

  • Continued monitoring of food processing plants; Alberta Health Services and Occupational Health and Safety are visiting facilities regularly to ensure control measures are implemented and provide ongoing advice and support to the workers and employers (News Release).

  • Up to C$17.8-million in grants will be provided to childcare centres and approved family day home agencies to ensure they are ready to safely restart and support families through Alberta’s economic recovery (News Release).

  • 5,963 confirmed cases, an increase of 70 since yesterday, including six deaths. 4,003 cases in the Calgary zone, 1,111 cases in the South zone, 503 cases in the Edmonton zone, 229 cases in the North zone, 91 cases in the Central zone and 26 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia

  • Premier John Horgan has outlined a four-phase restart plan with two- to four-week intervals between phases depending on transmission rates. B.C. is currently in Phase 1 with Phase 2 to begin on May 19, which includes more retail businesses and office-based worksites. Industry-specific guidance is still being developed by WorkSafeBC to bring workers back.

    • Backgrounder – Provincial parks and recreation sites reopening and return to classrooms learning plan.

    • WorkSafeBC – Returning to safe operation announcement.

    • Phase 2 will begin on May 19, but it will be May 14 for most provincial parks and recreation sites:

      • Only small gatherings

      • Elective surgeries

      • Dentistry, chiropractic, physiotherapy, in-person counselling

      • Provincial parks will open for day use

      • More retail business and offices to reopen, supported by WorkSafeBC (industry specific guidance is being developed to bring workers back)

      • Expanded in-person schooling and childcare for K-12 (voluntary)

        • Will resume in stages, beginning with part-time for elementary students

        • Full resumption of in-person classes in September

      • Legislature resumes in the coming weeks

      • Information on public transit measures, such as physical distancing and hygiene, will be released in next few days

  • Ministerial Order No. M146 – related to the Emergencies Health Services Act and the Health Professions Act.

  • 2,255 confirmed cases, an increase of 23 since yesterday, including three deaths.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • Ministerial Orders 2020-030 to 2020-032 and Order in Council No. 500-2020 (related to retail suspensions being lifted) have now been added to the May 7 Gazette Officielle du Québec as well as:

    • Order in Council 501-2020 – the public health emergency is renewed to May 13, 2020.

    • Order in Council 505-2020 – related to school/childcare conditions and further activity suspensions being lifted (priority manufacturing and construction sector services).

May 6, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced action to further ensure access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and other necessary medical equipment. The government is waiving tariffs on certain medical goods, including PPE such as masks and gloves (News Release).

  • The Competition Bureau is warning all businesses against making false or misleading claims that their products and services can prevent, treat or cure COVID-19 (News Release).

    • The Bureau has issued direct compliance warnings to a variety of businesses across Canada to stop potentially deceptive claims.

U.S. – Federal

  • The Defense Department has given 3M a US$126-million contract to boost production of N95 respirator masks in response to the coronavirus pandemic (The Hill).

  • House Democrats unveil legislation to forgive student loans for health-care workers (The Hill).

    • H.R.6720 – to provide student loan forgiveness to health-care workers who are on the front line in response to COVID-19.

Alberta 

  • Bill 14, Utility Payment Deferral Program Act, was tabled this afternoon.

    • The program — one of the first of several supports announced by government to protect Albertans and small businesses from the economic impacts of the pandemic — allows those experiencing financial hardship as a direct result of COVID-19 to defer their utility payments until June 18.

    • Eligible residential, farm and small commercial customers can do so by contacting their utility provider (News Release).

  • While teacher-directed at-home learning continues for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, the province is engaging the education system on a re-entry plan (News Release).

British Columbia 

  • No new updates.

Ontario 

  • Ontario further eases restrictions on retail stores and essential construction during COVID-19 (News Release).

    • As early as Friday, May 8 at 12:01 a.m. (EDT), garden centres and nurseries will be able to open for in-store payment and purchases, operating under the same guidelines as grocery stores and pharmacies.

    • Hardware stores and safety supply stores will be permitted to open for in-store payment and purchases as soon as 12:01 a.m. (EDT) on Saturday, May 9.

    • On Monday, May 11 at 12:01 a.m. (EDT), retail stores with a street entrance can begin offering curbside pickup and delivery, in accordance with the Ministry of Health's Guidance Document for Essential Workplaces and occupational health and safety requirements.

    • The government is also expanding essential construction to allow below-grade multi-unit residential construction projects like apartments and condominiums to begin and existing above-grade projects to continue.

  • The Ontario government is providing Virox Technologies Inc. with C$850,000 from the Ontario Together Fund to help the local manufacturer double its production of disinfectants and create jobs (News Release).

  • 18,722 confirmed cases, an increase of 412 since yesterday, including 68 deaths.

Quebec 

  • Minister of Health and Social Services announces additional funding of C$31-million to improve access to psychosocial and mental health services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • CNESST launches a mobile application on the measures to be implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (News Release).

  • 34,327 confirmed cases, an increase of 910 since yesterday, including 112 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada and 41 WTO members signed a joint statement to reinforce commitment to and support for rules-based multilateral trade at this critical time.

U.S. – Federal

  • A new bill was introduced in the House of Representatives yesterday and seeks to protect American companies from predatory investment by the Chinese government during the coronavirus pandemic by expanding the scope of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

    • H.R.6706 – To place temporary restrictions on acquisitions by the People's Republic of China and for other purposes (a summary is still in progress).

  • President Trump says he will keep coronavirus task force indefinitely (Reuters).

  • The U.S. Treasury Department will begin distributing US$4.8-billion in pandemic-relief funds to Native American tribal governments in all U.S. states on Tuesday, the Treasury and Interior Departments said in a joint statement (Reuters).

Alberta 

  • New equipment to double COVID-19 testing capacity; a C$4.5-million investment in new virus detecting equipment and technology will help strengthen Alberta’s COVID-19 response (News Release).

  • 5,893 confirmed cases, an increase of 57 since yesterday, including two deaths. 3,957 cases in the Calgary zone, 1,094 cases in the South zone, 502 cases in the Edmonton zone, 221 cases in the North zone, 89 cases in the Central zone and 30 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia 

  • The premier is expected to announce details about the plan for lifting some restrictions at 3 p.m. (PDT)/6 p.m. (EDT) (CBC).

  • 2,232 confirmed cases, an increase of eight since yesterday, including four deaths. 849 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,031 are in the Fraser Health region, 124 are in the Island Health region, 177 are in the Interior Health region and 51 are in the Northern Health region.

Ontario 

  • The government is extending all emergency orders that have been put in place to date under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until May 19, 2020. The government is also extending emergency electricity rate relief to families, farms and small businesses until May 31, 2020 (News Release).

    • O.Reg. 199/20 – Order Made Under the Act – Extensions and Renewals of Orders.

Quebec 

  • The Commission des normes, de l'assurance, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) is making sure tools are available to support the public transport sector in their management of occupational health and safety (News Release).

  • Ministerial Order 2020-032 – related to the director of youth protection and maintaining health measures necessary to continue protection.

May 5, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced measures within agriculture programs and an investment of more than C$252-million to support farmers, food businesses and food processors (News Release). He also announced that the government intends to propose an additional C$200-million in borrowing capacity for the sector.

    • The Government of Canada will provide targeted support by:

      • Creating a C$77.5-million Emergency Processing Fund to help food producers access more personal protective equipment (PPE), adapt to health protocols, and automate or modernize their facilities, processes and operations.

      • Launching a national AgriRecovery initiative of up to C$125-million in funding to help producers.

      • Announcing the intention to increase the Canadian Dairy Commission’s borrowing limit by C$200-million to support costs associated with the temporary storage of cheese and butter to avoid food waste.

        • The government will work with opposition parties to achieve the required legislative change. It's not clear how early a bill might be ready.

      • Launching a first-ever Surplus Food Purchase Program with an initial C$50-million fund designed to help redistribute existing and unsold inventories.

      • Working with provinces and territories to increase interim payments from 50 per cent to 75 per cent through AgriStability and explore possibilities for expanding the AgriInsurance program to include labour shortages as an eligible risk for the horticulture sector.

  • Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Tam says the daily increase of cases in Canada has slowed to about three per cent. Tam says that trend, coupled with statistics showing the percentage of tests coming back positive is going down, even as the number of tests goes up, signifies that the epidemic in Canada is slowing down (CBC).

U.S. – Federal

  • Trump administration pushing to rip global supply chains from China (Reuters).

    • The Trump administration is “turbocharging” an initiative to remove global industrial supply chains from China as it weighs new tariffs to punish Beijing for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, according to officials familiar with U.S. planning.

    • White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Trump signed an order that could allow limits on imports of components for the U.S. power grid from Russia and China, and would soon issue a separate order that would require federal agencies to purchase U.S.-made medical products.

  • President Trump outlines wish list as Congress mulls more coronavirus relief (Reuters).

    • “The elimination of Sanctuary Cities, Payroll Taxes, and perhaps Capital Gains Taxes, must be put on the table,” Trump said in a tweet.

Alberta 

  • Bill 14, Utility Payment Deferral Program Act, will be introduced tomorrow when the legislature reconvenes (News Release). 

    • The legislation will allow Albertans and businesses to defer electricity and natural gas utility payments.

  • The government has established an industry advisory committee to act as Champions of Agriculture. This group will meet regularly and provide Agriculture and Forestry with strategic advice and recommendations on emerging issues and priorities related to consumer confidence (News Release).

  • The government has allocated C$2-million to match donations to COVID-19 response efforts by designated Alberta-based charities (News Release).

British Columbia 

  • Emergency response centre opening in Victoria (News Release).

Ontario 

  • Ontario expands virtual mental health services during COVID-19; free internet-based programs help people cope with unprecedented situation (News Release).

  • 18,310 confirmed cases, an increase of 387 since yesterday, including 61 deaths.

Quebec 

  • Occupational health and safety tools for employers and workers issued (CNESST).

  • Premier Legault, accompanied by the Minister Responsible for Seniors and Caregivers, announced the relaxation of certain containment measures in the various living environments for seniors and people with disabilities or autism spectrum disorders (News Release).

  • 33,417 confirmed cases, an increase of 794 since yesterday, including 118 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Ottawa to unveil emergency aid today for agri-food sector hit hard by COVID-19 (CBC).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11 a.m. (EDT) 

U.S. – Federal

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued more stringent rules for COVID-19 antibody tests sold in the U.S., after a slew of antibody tests hit the market without adequate proof that they really work (LiveScience and Washington Post).

    • Under the new rules, companies that are already selling these tests must send the FDA an application for "emergency-use authorization" (EUA).

Alberta

  • As part of its relaunch strategy, the Alberta government has developed a plan to lift some restrictions on non-urgent surgeries and other regulated professional health services (News Release).

  • 5,836 confirmed cases, an increase of 70 since yesterday, including nine deaths. 3,905 cases in the Calgary zone, 1,085 cases in the South zone, 503 cases in the Edmonton zone, 221 cases in the North zone, 89 cases in the Central zone and 33 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia 

  • British Columbia’s health system can handle a cautious restart to social activity, provincial officer says (The Globe and Mail).

  • 2,224 confirmed cases, an increase of 53 since yesterday, 3 deaths. 845 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,027 are in the Fraser Health region, 124 are in the Vancouver Island Health region, 177 are in the Interior Health region and 51 are in the Northern Health region.

Ontario 

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; and Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • Quebec school boards provide a glimpse of the new normal in classrooms (The Globe and Mail).

May 4, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government is weighing whether it should release a 2020 budget in light of the rapidly changing economic landscape because of the pandemic (The Globe and Mail).

U.S. – Federal

  • Internal U.S. document foresees surge of coronavirus deaths this month (CBC).

    • The document, based on modelling by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, projects that COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, will kill 3,000 Americans a day by the end of May, the Times said, up from a current daily toll that a Reuters tally places at around 2,000.

  • The Treasury Department will borrow a record-breaking US$3-trillion between April and June as it moves to dispense emergency relief for the coronavirus pandemic (The Hill).

Alberta 

  • Alberta is modifying regulations to allow nurse practitioners to provide expanded care to nursing home residents during COVID-19 (News Release).

British Columbia 

  • Premier John Horgan expected to reveal next phase of pandemic strategy on Wednesday (CBC).

    • Nothing will "reopen" this week: Premier John Horgan is expected to outline the broad strokes of B.C.'s plan on Wednesday, but it won't be until the middle of the month before things take effect. And, rather than delivering a long list of which stores should open, the province will instead give guidelines to industries that may have voluntarily closed over the past two months.

  • To ease financial hardship on businesses and keep employees connected with their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic, government has extended the temporary layoff period to 16 weeks (News Release).

  • The following orders/regulations were issued:

    • Order in Council No. 220 – amending the Child, Family and Community Service Regulation (time limits extended due to COVID-19 emergency).

    • Order in Council No. 222 – amending the Provincial Sales Tax Exemption and Refund Regulation (special refunds by Insurance Corporation of British Columbia).

    • Order in Council No. 223Provincial Sales Tax (Multijurisdictional Vehicles) Remission Regulation.

  • Ministerial Order No. M139 – the Local Government Meetings and Bylaw Process (COVID-19) Order is repealed and replaced by the linked Local Government Meetings and Bylaw Process (COVID-19) Order No. 2.

Ontario 

  • Ontario significantly increases daily lab testing (News Release).

  • 17,923 confirmed cases, an increase of 370 since yesterday, including 84 deaths.

Quebec 

  • The reopening of non-essential stores in the Montréal area, which was scheduled to begin May 11, has been pushed back to May 18, Premier Legault announced this afternoon, but the region's schools are still set to reopen as planned (News Release).

  • CNESST launches the Guide to Health Standards for Childcare Services in the Workplace and Family Childcare Services (News Release).

  • Statement from Minister Monsef and Minister Charest in support of women’s shelters and centres for victims of sexual and domestic violence in Quebec during the COVID‑19 pandemic.

  • 32,623 confirmed cases, an increase of 758 since yesterday, including 75 deaths.
Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada and international partners launch the Coronavirus Global Response (News Release).

    • This online pledging event aims to initially raise more than US$8-billion to help researchers and innovators develop solutions to test, treat and protect people and prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

  • The Government of Canada creates COVID-19 supply council in support of Canada’s response and recovery (News Release and Backgrounder).

    • The Council will provide advice on building innovative and agile supply chains for goods in wide use such as masks, gloves and disinfectants, including production, sourcing, shipping and distribution strategies.

  • Statement on joint action plan to facilitate flow of goods, services and personnel amid COVID-19.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an investment of C$240.5-million to develop, expand and launch virtual care and mental health tools to support Canadians (News Release).

  • Minister Bains announces investment in antibody discovery technology to help treat COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Bill C-15, Canada Emergency Student Benefit Act received royal assent on May 1, 2020.

  • Health Canada pauses regulatory approval for COVID-19 rapid test (CBC).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau highlighted that families receiving the Canada Child Benefit will get C$300 extra per child in May to help them deal with the added pressures of COVID-19 (News Release).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:30 a.m. (EDT). 

U.S. – Federal

  • Extension of Certain Timeframes for Employee Benefit Plans, Participants and Beneficiaries Affected by the COVID-19 Outbreak (Notification of Relief).

  • Application of Certain Provisions in the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule and Regulation Z Right of Rescission Rules in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic (Interpretive Rule).

  • The Department of Labor issues additional guidance about short-time compensation program provisions (News Release).

  • The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments by teleconference for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic (The Globe and Mail).

  • The U.S. Treasury's Mnuchin says Trump is eyeing restaurant tax changes and travel boost (Reuters).

Alberta

  • As part of its relaunch strategy, the Government of Alberta has launched a voluntary, secure mobile contact-tracing application to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (News Release).

  • 5,766 confirmed cases, an increase of 411 since Friday, including six deaths. 3,842 cases in the Calgary zone, 1,075 cases in the South zone, 504 cases in the Edmonton zone, 221 cases in the North zone, 88 cases in the Central zone and 36 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia 

  • British Columbia has yet to release its reopening plan, but Premier John Horgan is promising details this week (CTV).

  • The province is continuing to support local governments by allowing them to hold public hearings electronically (News Release).

  • The government has temporarily deferred renewal fees for those liquor licensees experiencing financial hardship due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • 2,171 confirmed cases, an increase of 59 since Friday, including three deaths. 832 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 992 are in the Fraser Health region, 123 are in the Island Health region, 175 are in the Interior Health region and 49 are in the Northern Health region.

Ontario 

  • Ontario continues to support mental health needs during COVID-19 (Statement).

  • The following orders/regulations have been added to E-Laws:

    • O.Reg. 192/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Certain Persons Enables to Issue Medical Certificates of Death.

    • O.Reg. 193/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Hospital Credentialing Processes.

    • O.Reg. 194/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.1 (2) of the Act – Limitation Periods.

    • O.Reg. 195/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.1 (2) of the Act – Treatment of Temporary COVID-19 Related Payments to Employees.

    • O.Reg. 196/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Closure of Places of Non-Essential Businesses (related to the reopening of businesses announcement on Friday).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; and Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

  • 17,553 confirmed cases, an increase of 945 since Friday, including 95 deaths.

Quebec

  • The following orders were issued:

  • The virtual parliamentary committee hearings will continue from May 4 to 22. The National Assembly will then resume its work, at the rate of three sessions during the week of May 25 and four sessions during the weeks of June 1 and 8 (News Release).

  • 31,865 confirmed cases, an increase of 3,217 since Friday, including 183 deaths.
May 1, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Order (made under the Financial Administration Act) Authorizing the Minister of PSPC to Transfer, Lease or Loan Essential Goods in response to COVID-19.

  • The following orders have now been added to the May 2 Canada Gazette, Part I:

    • Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States), as well as the affiliated Explanatory Note.

    • Interim Order No. 2 – Respecting Passenger Vessel Restrictions Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001).

  • Bill C-15 Canada Emergency Student Benefit Act is currently at third reading in the Senate.

  • The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced today it is providing public companies with temporary blanket relief from certain filing and delivery requirements, which are generally tied to the sending of materials for annual general meetings (News Release).

  • Public Health Agency of Canada using flu tracking system to monitor COVID-19 (CTV). 

U.S. – Federal

  • The FDA authorizes remdesivir drug as emergency treatment for COVID-19 (News Release).

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia 

  • The following orders/regulations were issued:

    • Order in Council No. 209 – The Motor Vehicle Act Regulations are amended: Division 30F – Drivers’ Licences – Exemptions Due to COVID-19 Emergency has been added.

    • Ministerial Order No. M138 – Electronic Attendance at Credit Union Meetings (COVID-19) Order.

  • British Columbians whose ability to work has been affected because of the COVID-19 pandemic and are receiving the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) can now apply for the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers (BCEBW) online (Information Bulletin).

Ontario 

  • Following the sector-specific health and safety guidelines released yesterday afternoon, Premier Ford announced today that these businesses will be permitted to begin operations on Monday, May 4 at 12:01 a.m. (News Release):

    • Garden centres and nurseries with curbside pick-up and delivery only, and lawncare and landscaping.

    • Additional essential construction projects that include:

      • Shipping and logistics

      • Broadband, telecommunications and digital infrastructure

      • Any other project that supports the improved delivery of goods and services

      • Municipal projects

      • Colleges and universities

      • Childcare centres

      • Schools

      • Site preparation, excavation and servicing for institutional, commercial, industrial and residential development

    • Automatic and self-serve car washes; auto dealerships, open by appointment only.

    • Golf courses may prepare their courses for the upcoming season, but not open to the public.

    • Marinas may also begin preparations for the recreational boating season by servicing boats and other watercraft and placing boats in the water, but not open to the public.

  • The following orders/regulations have been added to e-laws this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 191/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Global Adjustment For Market Participants and Consumers (affiliated News Release).

      • Steps are being taken to defer a portion of Global Adjustment (GA) charges for industrial and commercial electricity consumers that do not participate in the Regulated Price Plan for the period starting from April 2020.

    • O.Reg. 190/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Access to Personal Health Information by Means of the electronic Health Record (affiliated News Release).

  • 16,608 confirmed cases, an increase of 421, including 39 deaths.

Quebec 

  • Public health authorities announced the implementation of a new diagnostic plan for COVID-19 cases. This strategy aims to increase access to diagnoses of COVID-19 in the general population, which is in addition to the screening in healthcare settings recommended to date (News Release).

  • 28,648 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,110 since yesterday, including 163 deaths.
Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • A parliamentary committee has voted to employ a rarely used power to summon key World Health Organization adviser Bruce Aylward after the global body declined to allow him to testify before MPs on how it responded to the COVID-19 pandemic (The Globe and Mail).

    • The Commons health committee on Thursday voted unanimously in favour of a motion to call Dr. Aylward to appear before the committee. MPs for the Liberals, Conservatives, Bloc Québécois and NDP all backed it.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT). 

U.S. – Federal

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy signalled on Friday that they will not support a fifth coronavirus bill unless it provides liability protections for employers (The Hill).

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating almost 200 coronavirus-related cases in which employers inadequately protected their workers from the pandemic (The Hill).

Alberta 

  • Alberta announced its phased relaunch strategy yesterday evening to gradually reopen closed businesses and services as early as May 14 (stage 1) if a series of public health measures, including increased testing, expanded contact tracing and stricter border controls, are in place by then. Industry specific guidelines/directives will be issued over the next few days (News Release).

    • Remote working is advised where possible in stage one (still not permitted in stage one is gatherings of more than 15 people).

    • Specific businesses allowed to open in stage one with two-metre physical distancing and other public health guidance includes retail services, and daycares and summer camps with occupancy limits.

    • The overall plan may change as the case numbers evolve.

  • 5,355 confirmed cases, an increase of 190 since yesterday, including two deaths. 3,590 cases in the Calgary zone, 946 cases in the South zone, 490 cases in the Edmonton zone, 211 cases in the North zone, 85 cases in the Central zone and 33 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia

  • 2,112 confirmed cases, an increase of 25 since yesterday, including two deaths. 815 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 961 are in the Fraser Health region, 120 are in the Island Health region, 170 are in the Interior Health region and 46 are in the Northern Health region.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance; and Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec
 
No new updates.

April 30, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Federal deficit could top C$252-billion, says budget officer (CBC and PBO Update).

U.S. – Federal

  • About half of U.S. states easing coronavirus restrictions (Reuters).

Alberta

  • Premier Kenney will discuss how Alberta plans to reopen its economy at 3:30 p.m. (MDT)/5:30 p.m. (EDT) (CBC).

British Columbia 

  • The B.C. government is deferring one of the fees (Stumpage) it charges to help people, communities and forest companies navigate through the COVID-19 crisis (News Release).

Ontario

  • Ontario providing employers with workplace safety guidelines (News Release and Backgrounder). The 61 sector-specific guidelines are available here from Ontario’s health and safety associations and construction guidelines are here.

    • The guidelines will provide direction to those working in manufacturing, food manufacturing and processing, restaurant and food service, and the agricultural sector.

    • These new sector-specific guidelines feature recommended actions employers can begin to plan for as they prepare to adapt including:

      • Ways to ensure appropriate physical distancing, like eliminating pay-at-the-door options, holding team-meetings outdoors, staggering shift times and using ground markings and barriers to manage traffic flow.

      • Changes to the workplace, like installing plexiglass barriers, increasing the air intake on building heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to increase air flow, and using boot sanitizing trays.

      • Promoting proper workplace sanitation, providing personal protective equipment, substituting dry dusting with vacuuming, ensuring customer-facing staff are given hand sanitizer, providing a place to dispose of sanitizing wipes and enforcing handwashing before and after breaks.

  • The following regulations were added to E-Laws this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 185/20 – General (made under the Grains Acts) related to licences.

    • O.Reg. 187/20 – General (made under the Pension Benefits Act) related to employer payments.

  • Premier says businesses should "get ready" as Ontario releases new safety guidelines (The Globe and Mail).

    • Labour Minister Monte McNaughton called the measures “best practices” that will be enforced by labour inspectors.

  • Government launches new tool to support trucking industry; Ontario 511 app provides up-to-date information for truck drivers during COVID-19 (News Release).

  • 16,187 confirmed cases, an increase of 459 since yesterday, including 86 deaths.

Quebec

  • Ministerial Orders 2020-27 to 2020-029 have now been added to the April 30 Gazette officielle du Québec as well as:

    • O.C. 483-2020 – Renewal of the public health emergency to May 6, 2020.

    • O.C. 496-2020 – That the time limit preceding the coming into force on June 1, 2020, of certain provisions referred to in section 106 of the act mainly to establish the Centre d’acquisitions gouvernementales and Infrastructures technologiques Québec be suspended for the period of the public health emergency and resume at the end of the emergency (affiliated News Release).

    • O.C. 488-2020 – Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting food.

    • O.C. 494-2020 – Regulation extending the duration of the consent to the stay of certain international students.

  • The Quebec government recalls that the new Regulation respecting tourist accommodation establishments will come into force on May 1, 2020. However, the ban on operating any type of tourist accommodation is maintained until further notice, except for the exceptions provided by public health authorities in the context of the pandemic (News Release).

  • Minister Danielle McCann announces C$3-million in emergency funding for long-term-care accommodation (News Release).

  • The government is granting a credit to businesses for their contribution to the Health Services Fund (News Release).

  • 27,538 confirmed cases, an increase of 944 since yesterday, including 98 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • House passes Bill C-15, Canada Emergency Student Benefit Act. The Senate will sit on Friday to give final approval.

    • In approving the bill, the government also approved a motion that provides the government with guidance on how to craft those [regulatory] details and also commits the government to further action.

    • The motion, which was approved unanimously Wednesday, states that the government will “implement new financial incentives and support measures to connect Canadians, particularly students and Canadian youth, to the various jobs available. For example, in the agriculture and agri-food sector, in order to ensure regional economic stability and food production during this crisis” (The Globe and Mail and News Release).

  • Parliamentary budget officer is expected to provide an update today on the federal emergency aid programs (CTV).

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump’s "Operation Warp Speed" aims to rush coronavirus vaccine (Bloomberg).

    • The program will pull together private pharmaceutical companies, government agencies and the military to try to cut the development time for a vaccine by as much as eight months

Alberta 

  • Though final decisions have yet to be made, Alberta is on track to begin reopening some aspects of the economy in May, says Premier Jason Kenney (CBC).

  • New public orders have been put in place to help with the continued protection of residents in long-term care and supportive living, as well as to improve their quality of life:

    • CMOH Order 12-2020 - Effective April 29, the list of symptoms that require staff assessment and then testing is being expanded.

    • CMOH Order 14-2020 - Residents in continuing-care facilities who are not in isolation can now enjoy outdoor visits with a designated essential visitor and one other person.

    • CMOH Order 13-2020 - New measures for residential addiction treatment centres to prevent the risk of infection.

  • 5,165 confirmed cases, an increase of 315 since yesterday, including seven deaths. 3,520 cases in the Calgary zone, 833 cases in the South zone, 489  cases in the Edmonton zone, 205 cases in the North zone, 84 cases in the Central zone and 34 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia

  • Premier John Horgan says the province will unveil its plan to loosen COVID-19 restrictions and open up some sectors of the economy at a briefing next week (CBC).

  • 2,087 confirmed cases, an increase of 34 since yesterday, including four deaths. 811 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 941 are in the Fraser Health region, 120 are in the Island Health region, 169 are in the Interior Health region and 46 are in the Northern Health region.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • Ministerial Order 2020-030 related to section 25 of the Regulation respecting specialized nurse practitioners, supervision performed remotely (COVID screening tests).

  • Guidance on travelling from one region to another or from one city to another during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 29, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Bill C-15, An Act respecting Canada emergency student benefits was tabled in the House today (currently, at first reading). This enactment authorizes the payment of Canada emergency student benefits to students who lost work and income opportunities for reasons related to the coronavirus.

  • The Canada Gazette, Part II has been published and includes:

    • S.O.R./2020-90 – Income Support Payment (Excluded Nominal Income) Regulations (made under the Canada Emergency Response Benefit Act).

    • S.O.R./2020-89 – Interim Order No. 3 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit) and affiliated Explanatory Note.

    • S.O.R./2020-88 – Interim Order No. 2 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit) and affiliated Explanatory Note.

    • S.O.R./2020-84 – First Nations Election Cancellation and Postponement Regulations (Prevention of Diseases) and affiliated Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement.

  • Prime Minister Trudeau says any digital contact tracing must be balanced with privacy concerns (CTV). 

U.S. – Federal

  • The Trump administration is quietly planning a major undertaking to speed the development of a coronavirus vaccine, with a goal to have 100 million doses ready by year’s end (Bloomberg News via Reuters).

  • The Federal Reserve signalled that it will keep its key short-term interest rate near zero for the foreseeable future as part of its extraordinary efforts to bolster the economy (News Release).

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

Ontario

  • The Ontario government is further expanding the list of essential workers eligible to receive free emergency childcare during the COVID-19 outbreak (News Release).

    • O.Reg. 183/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – Closure of Establishments.

  • 15,728 confirmed cases, an increase of 347 since yesterday, including 45 deaths.

Quebec

  • The governments of Canada and Quebec announce more support for vulnerable people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

    • These funds include:

      • C$19,514,375 allocated to the Designated Communities funding stream

      • C$1,902,653 allocated to the Rural and Remote Homelessness funding stream

  • Deputy Prime Minister Geneviève Guilbault announces the gradual withdrawal of certain checkpoints in the regions of Quebec (News Release).

  • The Government of Quebec announces two housing measures to help people affected by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release):

    • Interest-free loan of C$1,500 for rent payment.

    • Temporary accommodation measure (support for Quebecers who see their move-in project in their main residence, including accommodation, postponed due to COVID-19).

  • Minister of Health and Social Services and the Minister Responsible for Seniors and Caregivers announce an investment of C$240,000 for the deployment of a special program to support the bereaved during the pandemic COVID-19 (News Release).

  • 25,757 confirmed cases, an increase of 837 since yesterday, including 79 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The House of Commons is holding its fourth in-person session to study today and potentially expedite the passage of the federal government’s C$9-billion suite of measures aimed at helping students during the COVID-19 pandemic (CTV).

    • The new bill is titled An Act respecting Canada emergency student benefits.

  • First Ministers’ statement on shared public health approach to support restarting the economy. 

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • Executive Order on Delegating Authority Under the DPA with Respect to Food Supply Chain Resources During the National Emergency Caused by the Outbreak of COVID-19.

    • President Trump orders U.S. meat-processing plants to stay open despite coronavirus fears (Reuters).

  • U.S. Department of Labor Issues COVID-19 Relief and Guidance for Employee Benefit Plans (News Release).

  • Senate Democrats unveil bill to federalize medical supply chain and boost production (The Hill).

  • House Democrats reversed course on plans to bring the chamber back into session next week, but Senate Republicans vowed to return despite COVID-19 threat (The Hill).

Alberta

  • Updated modelling scenarios continue to estimate that Alberta’s outbreak will reach its peak in late May (News Release).

  • 4,850 confirmed cases, an increase of 154 since yesterday, including five deaths. 3,366 cases in the Calgary zone, 685 cases in the South zone, 486 cases in the Edmonton zone, 202 cases in the North zone, 84 cases in the Central zone and 27 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia 

  • Ministerial Order No. M133 – Employment and Assistance (COVID-19) Order is made.

  • 2,053 confirmed cases, an increase of 55, including two deaths. 803 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 918 are in the Fraser Health region, 119 are in the Island Health region, 168 are in the Interior Health region and 45 are in the Northern Health region.

Ontario 

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, for an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • Quebec’s economic relaunch plan is "a risky bet," province’s top health official warns (The Globe and Mail).

April 28, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Trudeau releases joint statement by First Ministers for restarting the economy. This statement also identifies the criteria and measures that need to be in place in order to begin to take steps to restart the economy.

    • Four main principles are identified, including taking a science- and evidence-based approach to decision-making, coordination and collaboration between all jurisdictions, continued accountability and transparency of all governments, and flexibility and proportionality as information changes over time.

  • Conservatives seeking legislative changes to Ottawa’s C$9-billion student support package (The Globe and Mail).

    • The bill could be introduced as early as tomorrow, when MPs are scheduled to sit in reduced numbers.

    • The package included C$5.2-billion for a new Canada Student Emergency Benefit that will provide C$1,250 a month for students who can’t find work. It also included C$1.9-billion for expanded student loans and C$912-million for a Canada Student Service Grant that will provide up to C$5,000 apiece to students who volunteer in their community on projects or programs related to COVID-19.

  • Inside the negotiation of Canada’s supersized coronavirus bailout (The Globe and Mail).

    • Business and labour groups are urging Ottawa to set up a national working group, much like the NAFTA advisory council, to provide input on kick-starting the economy when stay-at-home restrictions are gradually lifted. The goal would be to offer advice on health protocols for each sector of the economy, as well as the conditions that would trigger their reopening.

  • The latest national COVID-19 modelling shows that Canada could see up to 3,883 COVID-19 deaths by this time next week, but overall the public health measures Canadians are taking are working (CTV).

U.S. – Federal

  • Federal courts begin to consider guidelines for reopening (News Release).

  • U.S. House will not return next week after all, due to coronavirus risk (Reuters).

  • President Trump: U.S. considering coronavirus testing on some international flights (Reuters).

Alberta

  • The Government of Alberta is temporarily allowing registry agents to provide select services by phone, secure email, fax or mail (News Release).

British Columbia 

  • No new updates.

Ontario 

  • Ontario is helping businesses overcome the unique challenges created by COVID-19. A new website has been set up to accept proposals for temporarily changing rules and regulations (News Release).

  • 15,381 confirmed cases, an increase of 525 since yesterday, including 59 deaths.

Quebec

  • Premier Legault today presented a plan to reopen various economic sectors for the month of May. This recovery will be gradual and take place over several weeks, with the aim of relaunching the Quebec economy in a prudent manner (News Release and Plan for reopening economic activities).

  • Three types of businesses will reopen (all other sectors and types of businesses will be subject to a plan that will be presented later):

    • From May 4: retail stores and stores with exterior entrances, excluding those in the greater Montréal region

    • From May 11: the construction sector other than residential as well as manufacturing companies that will, however, have to respect certain restrictions per shift (maximum of 50 workers, plus 50 per cent of surplus employees). Retail businesses and stores with exterior entrances in the greater Montréal region may also reopen

    • From May 25: manufacturing companies, without restriction (100 per cent of employees).

  • In line with the recent announcement that certain economic sectors will reopen soon:

    • The Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) is launching a virtual toolkit that can help and support employers and workers in complying with the sanitary instructions issued by the public health authorities (News Release).

    • The Minister of the Economy and Innovation wishes to specify the opening procedures for the companies concerned (News Release and Guide to Health Standards in the Workplace – COVID-19).

    • The Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister Responsible for the Mauricie Region, Jean Boulet, is confirming that the entire construction industry will reopen as of May 11, 2020 (News Release).

  • Plan for opening schools during COVID-19:

  • World’s biggest cargo plane to ship Chinese PPE to Quebec (The Globe and Mail).

  • 25,757 confirmed cases, an increase of 775 since yesterday, including 83 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • New federal COVID-19 projections coming later this morning (CBC).

  • House of Commons to meet virtually today and in person tomorrow (CTV).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • Democrats are getting behind the idea of more stimulus checks to Americans. There are three plans that could be part of the next coronavirus relief bill (Business Insider).

Alberta

  • Alberta's case numbers and hospitalization rates for COVID-19 are well below modelling projections released earlier this month (CBC).

  • 4,696 confirmed cases, an increase of 216 since yesterday, including two deaths. 3,257 cases in the Calgary zone, 643 cases in the South zone, 484 cases in the Edmonton zone, 196 cases in the North zone, 84 cases in the Central zone and 32 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia

  • B.C. is "getting close" to easing restrictions (CBC).

    • Summer classes are not likely as B.C. works on "rational" plan for returning kids to school (CBC).

  • 1,998 confirmed cases, an increase of 11 since yesterday, including three deaths. 795 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 879 are in the Fraser Health region, 117 are in the Island Health region, 164 are in the Interior Health region and 43 are in the Northern Health region.

Ontario 

  • Ontario Superior Court of Justice has required four long-term-care homes in the province to provide its nurses with access to personal protective equipment such as N95 respirator masks (Law Times).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • With the school plan unveiled, the province will be announcing the relaunch of the economy; Finance Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon will join daily briefing at 1 p.m. (EDT) (CBC).

  • The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Quebec announced the implementation of a new temporary measure to allow meetings or sessions to be held at a distance for which laws or regulations would prevent normally (News Release).

April 27, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The federal and Manitoba governments will be supporting a project that will allow local food producers and farmers’ markets to sell their products online (News Release). 

U.S. – Federal

  • The White House is reviewing expanded guidance on reopening society (Washington Post).

  • Congress is slated to take up additional legislation to provide relief to individuals and small businesses impacted by the coronavirus-forced economic shutdowns (The Hill). 

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • The following orders/regulations have been issued:

  • The Provincial Health Officer issued COVID-19 Guidance to Retail Food and Grocery Stores. 

Ontario

  • Ontario unveils guiding principles to reopen the province (News Release and Framework).

    • Key takeaways:

      • No hard dates have been set. It will depend on the virus spread and containment, health system’s capacity, public health system’s capacity and continued incident tracking.

      • The framework is based on how/conditions to reopen, not when; Ontario will take a gradual three-stage approach, with two to four weeks between easements to assess the case numbers.

      • No details on types of businesses that will be able to reopen (in stage 1) was announced today.

      • In the coming days, the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee will begin discussions with business leaders to better understand the challenges that each region and sector is facing.

      • The government will provide guidelines to employers on how to open safely and protect their employees and customers. They will be developed in partnership with public health officials and Ontario’s Health and Safety Associations. However, no dates were given for the release of these documents.

  • The following orders/regulations were added to E-Laws:

    • O.Reg. 174/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – related to long-term-care homes and redeploying of staff.

    • O.Reg. 175/20 – Emergency Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – Closure of Outdoor Recreational Amenities – related to allotment/community gardens.

    • O.Reg. 176/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – Service Agencies Providing Services and Supports to Adults with Development Disabilities.

    • O.Reg. 177/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of the Act – Congregate Care Settings.

    • O.Reg. 178/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.1 (2) of the Act – Meetings for Corporations – related to means for meetings of directors, shareholders or members; time extension; voting; election by electronic means; and information to be laid before annual meeting.

    • O.Reg. 179/20 – School Year Calendar, Professional Activity Days.

  • 14,856 confirmed cases, an increase of 424 since yesterday, including 57 deaths.

Quebec

  • Primary schools to reopen May 11 for all of Quebec except the Montréal area, which will be on May 19; Premier Legault said the timeline will depend on the number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 (News Release and further information).

    • Return to school is prescribed on a voluntary basis only.

  • High schools, Cegep and universities to remain closed until the fall session.

  • The government was very clear that they do not exclude going back to strict confinement measures if they see a spike in the number of cases or new clusters forming.

  • Educational childcare services/reopening in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • Premier Legault said he will announce a plan tomorrow to allow some businesses to reopen (CBC).

  • 24,982 confirmed cases, an increase of 875 since yesterday, including 84 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The Government of Canada launches applications for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (News Release and Backgrounder).

  • The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced C$62.5-million of new assistance to the fish and seafood processing sector (News Release).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).   

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump to meet with textile makers today as companies shift to masks and gowns (Reuters).

  • The Trump administration is focusing on protocols to keep U.S. factories open (Reuters).

Alberta 

  • The Provincial Court of Alberta will permit remote applications, including out-of-custody guilty pleas (News Release).

  • A variety of efforts are being made to support vulnerable and at-risk Albertans feeling the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • 4,480 confirmed cases, an increase of 760 since Friday, including five deaths. 3,104 cases in the Calgary zone, 598 cases in the South zone, 479 cases in the Edmonton zone, 182 cases in the North zone, 83 cases in the Central zone and 34 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia 

  • Ministerial Order No. M121 – Supreme Court Civil and Family Applications (COVID-19) Order is made.

  • The province is doubling this year’s funding for Family Caregivers of British Columbia to C$1-million, helping support both caregivers and seniors (News Release).

  • The province is working with the cities of Vancouver and Victoria to transition people living in encampments into temporary accommodations encampments (News Release).

  • Funding announced to improve rural internet connectivity (News Release).

  • 1,938 confirmed cases, an increase of 114 since Friday, including six deaths. 778 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 853 are in the Fraser Health region, 115 are in the Island Health region, 160 are in the Interior Health region and 42 are in the Northern Health region.

Ontario 

  • The Ontario government is providing frontline staff with a temporary pandemic payment (News Release and Backgrounder).

    • This increase will provide four dollars per hour worked on top of existing hourly wages, regardless of the qualified employee's hourly wage. In addition, employees working over 100 hours per month would receive lump sum payments of C$250 per month for each of the next four months.

  • Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced that all publicly funded schools will remain closed until at least May 31, 2020 (News Release).

  • The Ontario government is introducing new and amended emergency orders (forthcoming) to better support Ontario's long-term-care homes and tje deafblind community (News Release).

  • Ontario parks to remain closed until May 31, 2020 (News Release).

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance; and Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, to unveil the framework for reopening the province at 1:30 p.m. (EDT).

  • 14,432 confirmed cases, an increase of 913 since Friday, including 72 deaths.

Quebec

  • Quebec is expected to announce some details around reopening, including how it plans to deal with the remainder of the school year (CBC).

  • The following orders have been issued:

    • Ministerial Order 2020-028 – Related to redeployed personnel in the health and social services network, and collective agreements.

    • Ministerial Order 2020-029 – Related to childcare services, biofood producers and processors, and any meeting, sitting or assembly that takes place in person (including that of a deliberative body).

  • The Government of Quebec announces that an additional C$5-million is being granted to support community family organizations and community organizations offering community drop-in daycare activities (News Release).

  • 24,107 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,491 since Friday, including 175 deaths.

April 24, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government has reached an agreement in principle with all provinces and territories to implement the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses (News Release).

    • This program will lower rent by 75 per cent for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19.

    • The CECRA will be administered by the federal government through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

  • The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to C$2.5-million to help the agri-food sector expand online, providing more opportunities for producers to grow their business (News Release).

    • Agristability interim payments increased for Saskatchewan producers (News Release).

  • The Canadian Chamber of Commerce said federal and provincial governments must make sure personal protective equipment (PPE) is widely available to businesses to protect employees and customers and avoid a resurgence of COVID-19 (News Release).

  • S.O.R./2020-91 – Regulations Amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (Emergencies Act and Quarantine Act), and the affiliated Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement, has been added to the April 24 Canada Gazette, Part II.

  • The following orders have now been added to the April 25 Canada Gazette, Part I:

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump signed into law H.R. 266: The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.

    • The legislation contains C$100-billion for hospitals and a nationwide testing program, along with C$60-billion for small banks and an alternative network of community development banks that focus on development in urban neighbourhoods and rural areas ignored by many lenders.

    • There’s also C$60-billion for small-business loans and grants delivered through the Small Business Administration’s existing disaster aid program (The Globe and Mail).

Alberta

  • Alberta has joined other provinces, the territories and the federal government in a program to help small businesses pay rent; the province expects to commit up to C$67-million (News Release).

  • The Site Rehabilitation Program – mainly funded by the federal government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan – will provide grants to oilfield service contractors to perform well, pipeline, and oil and gas site reclamation work.

    • Starting now, the program is expected to create about 5,300 direct jobs and lead to the cleanup of thousands of sites (News Release).

British Columbia

  • Small businesses will see their monthly rent reduced by at least 75 per cent, thanks to the new federal-provincial Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program; the B.C. government is offering significant support to businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, including tax reductions, delays and deferrals (News Release).

  • B.C.’s provincial health officer has released an order for industrial camps and guidelines to protect people working in the silviculture sector during the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release).

  • The Ministry of Attorney General is establishing two advisory groups to support government response to the impact of restrictive public health measures on the justice system (News Release).

Ontario

  • The Ontario province is committing C$241-million through the new Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (News Release).

  • The provincial government will release a framework early next week for how it plans to reopen Ontario's economy, Premier Ford said earlier today (CBC).

  • 13,519 confirmed cases, an increase of 640 since yesterday, including 50 deaths.

Quebec

  • The Quebec government will contribute to the federal emergency assistance for commercial rent by covering 25 per cent of its costs, an investment of C$137-million (News Release).

  • Quebec's COVID-19 reopening plan will be ready next week and will include strict health guidelines (The Globe and Mail).

  • The National Director of Public Health now recommends wearing a face covering as an additional tool to limit the spread of the virus (News Release).

  • 22,616 confirmed cases, an increase of 778 since yesterday, including 97 deaths.
Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce today significant rent relief to help businesses that can't afford to pay their landlords at a time when their operations are shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic (CBC).

    • They expect the program to be run through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., as opposed to commercial banks or business banking agencies such as Business Development Bank of Canada.

  • Federal projected spending on direct supports due to COVID-19 hits C$145-billion (CBC).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • The House passed the C$484-billion aid package that will increase funding for small businesses and hospitals; President Trump will sign the relief bill at noon today (Reuters).

Alberta

  • 3,720 confirmed cases, an increase of 319 since yesterday, including two deaths. 2,633 cases in the Calgary zone, 454 cases in the Edmonton zone, 373 cases in the South zone, 157 cases in the North zone, 80 cases in the Central zone and 23 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia 

  • 1,824 confirmed cases, an increase of 29 since yesterday, 4 deaths. Vancouver Coastal Health: 755, Fraser Health: 760, Island Health: 111, Interior Health: 156 and Northern Health: 42.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance; and Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, to make an announcement at 12:30 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • The Minister of Health and Social Services, the Minister Responsible for Government Administration and the Chairman of the Conseil du trésor confirm that all of the bonuses granted in the context of the pandemic crisis of COVID-19 are extended until May 31 (News Release).

April 23, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced more than C$1-billion in support of a national medical research strategy to fight COVID-19 that includes vaccine development, the production of treatments, and tracking of the virus (News Release). The plan includes:

    • C$155-million for research on vaccines and other treatments, support for clinical trials and expanding national testing and modelling.

    • C$662-million for clinical trials led by Canada.

    • C$350-million to expand national testing and modelling of COVID-19, including a COVID-19 immunity task force that includes Dr. David Naylor, Dr. Catherine Hankins, Dr. Tim Evans, Dr. Theresa Tam and Dr. Mona Nemer.

  • G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Statement.

  • Bill 242 An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (illness, injury or quarantine) (note: this is a Private Member’s Bill) was tabled on Monday and currently sits at first reading in the House.

U.S. – Federal

  • Hundreds of members of the U.S. House of Representatives gathered in Washington this afternoon to pass the US$484-billion coronavirus relief bill. The measure is expected to receive overwhelming approval (Reuters).

  • U.S. civil rights agency says employers can test workers for COVID-19 (Reuters and Updated EEOC Guidance).

Alberta 

  • No new updates.

British Columbia 

  • The following orders have been issued:

  • Ministerial Order No. M120 – the Protection Against Liability (COVID-19) Order made by MO 94/2020 is repealed, and the Protection Against Liability (COVID-19) Order No. 2 is made.

  • Ministerial Order No. M121 – Supreme Court Civil and Family Applications (COVID-19) Order.

  • Essential service workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic have been referred to open child care spaces through the Province’s new child care matching process (Information Bulletin).

  • Applications for B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers to open May 1 (News Release).

  • The BCEBW is a one-time, tax-free C$1,000 payment for British Columbians whose ability to work has been affected as a result of COVID-19. Most people who are eligible for the new federal Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) are also eligible for the BCEBW, including those who have run out of employment insurance (EI) benefits and subsequently qualify for the CERB.

Ontario

  • Ontario is delivering a new COVID-19 Action Plan for Vulnerable People to better protect vulnerable populations during the outbreak of COVID-19 (News Release).

  • The following orders/regulations were added to e-laws this afternoon:

    • O.Reg. 169/20 – General (made under the Ontario Disability Support Program Act, 1997) – related to the treatment of Canada emergency response benefit payments.

    • O.Reg.168/20 – General (made under the Ontario Works Act, 1997) – related to the treatment of Canada emergency response benefit payments.

    • O.Reg. 167/20 – Teacher’s qualifications (made under the Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996) – related to persons impacted by the emergency declaration.

      • Related: O.Reg. 166/20 Proficiency in Mathematics (made under the Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996)

    • O.Reg. 165/20 – Order Made Under the Act – Extensions and Renewals of Orders

    • O.Reg. 164/20 – Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Signatures in Wills and Powers of Attorney.

  • 12,879 confirmed cases, an increase of 634 since yesterday, including 54 deaths.

Quebec

  • The Quebec National Assembly will virtually meet in parliamentary committee (News Release).

    • The adjournment period of parliamentary business was extended until Tuesday, May 5. However, the parliamentarians agreed to hold four virtual sessions in parliamentary committee. These sessions will allow the deputies to exchange with certain members of the executive. The first session is scheduled for April 24 at 3 p.m.

  • Premier Legault assured the province this week that planning is underway to phase out the societal lockdown, no specifics were provided (CBC).

    • He said there will be guidelines about wearing masks in public; schools will be reopened gradually, possibly by geographic region and with some kind of physical-distancing policy in place; and widespread coronavirus testing will be necessary. This process is set to start on May 4.

  • Premier Legault calls on all those in the health network who are absent to return to work to fight the virus (News Release).

  • 21,838 confirmed cases, an increase of 873 since yesterday, including 109 deaths.

Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Support for Students and Recent Graduates Impacted by COVID-19 (Backgrounder).

  • The federal government is expected to announce today new measures aimed at mobilizing the country's scientists and researchers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic (CTV).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).   

U.S. – Federal

  • President Trump’s Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants.

Alberta

  • Court of Queen's Bench will extend its limitation of hearings to emergency and urgent matters only to May 31, 2020, and the adjournment of criminal jury trials and jury selections to September 8, 2020 (Court’s Master Order #3).

  • 3,401 confirmed cases, an increase of 306 since yesterday, including five deaths. 2,396 cases in the Calgary zone, 451 cases in the Edmonton zone, 303 cases in the South zone, 150 cases in the North zone, 79 cases in the Central zone and 22 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia 

  • Ministerial Order No. M116 – Electronic Attendance at Corporate Meetings (COVID-19) Order (made under the Emergency Program Act).

  • 1,795 confirmed cases, an increase of 71 since yesterday, including three deaths. 745 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 747 are in the Fraser Health region, 110 are in the Island Health region, 153 are in the Interior Health region and 40 are in the Northern Health region.

Ontario 

  • The Ontario government is extending all emergency orders that have been put in place to date under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until May 6, 2020 (News Release, order forthcoming).

    • New order issued to support people with mental health and addictions issues:

      • O.Reg. 163/20 – Order Under Subsection of 7.0.2 (4) of the Act – Work Deployment Measures for Mental Health and Addictions Agencies.

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services; and Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec 

  • Ministerial Orders 2020-22 to 2020-23 and 2020-25 to 2020-26 were added to the April 23 Gazette officielle du Québec; the public health emergency has been renewed until April 29, 2020 (O.C. 478-2020).

  • Ministerial Order 2020-27 related to further amendments to various orders, including government services and priority manufacturing activities.

  • Modification of the ban on open fires in or near the forest (News Release).

April 22, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced comprehensive support of nearly C$9-billion for post-secondary students and recent graduates (News Release).

    • Students will be eligible for C$1,250 a month from May through August.

    • The government must pass legislation to allow the new student benefits to flow (CBC).

  • Removing barriers for international students working in essential services to fight COVID-19 (News Release)

    • Starting immediately, the government will remove the restriction that allows international students to work a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session, provided they are working in an essential service or function.

  • Statement on joint WTO efforts to ensure open and predictable trade for food and agricultural products amid COVID-19 (News Release).

    • Members committed to not imposing agriculture export restrictions or implementing unjustified trade barriers on agriculture and agri-food products and key agricultural production inputs.

U.S. – Federal

  • Department of Labor urges masks and distance for COVID-19 construction safety (News Release).

    • Occupational Safety and Health Administration COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Workforce.

Alberta

  • No new updates.

British Columbia

  • Companies, societies and cooperatives now able to meet electronically (Information Bulletin).

    • A temporary change under the Emergency Program Act will allow electronic meetings during the province’s state of emergency. The order (forthcoming) helps corporations hold annual or special general meetings.

Ontario

  • Ontario takes immediate steps to further protect long-term-care residents and staff during COVID-19 outbreak (News Release).

    • Response includes increased testing, COVID-19 SWAT teams and additional PPE.

  • The Ontario government is calling for help from the Canadian military to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in long-term-care facilities, where the province says soldiers are needed to help with staffing and medical care (CBC).

  • 12,245 confirmed cases, an increase of 510 since yesterday, including 37 deaths.

Quebec

  • Premier Legault reiterated that the great challenge remains to fill the shortage of staff in seniors' residences. Quebec, therefore, asked Ottawa today for the help of 1,000 army soldiers to lend a hand in senior-living environments (News Release).
  • Premier Legault mulls gradual opening of schools, daycares before end of June (CBC).

  • 20,965 confirmed cases, an increase of 839 since yesterday, including 93 deaths.
Last updated at 10 a.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • The following order/regulations have been issued:

    • P.C. 2020-0263 – Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States), pursuant to section 58 of the Quarantine Act.

    • S.O.R./2020-0092 – Regulations Amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, made under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

    • S.O.R./2020-0091 – Regulations Amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations made under the Emergencies Act and Quarantine Act.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. (EDT).

U.S. – Federal

  • Trump to sign new immigration ban later today (Reuters).

    • The new 60-day ban would apply to those seeking permanent residency, or “green cards,” to live in the United States but not temporary workers.

  • The US$484-billion interim emergency bill passed by the U.S. Senate yesterday and includes expanded funding for small businesses and hospitals and money for coronavirus testing (Reuters).

    • The U.S. House of Representatives will pass Congress’ latest coronavirus aid bill on Thursday.

  • U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday most, if not all, of the U.S. economy should be reopened by later in the summer (Reuters).

  • Temporary Postponement of the Time to Deposit Certain Estimated Duties, Taxes, and Fees During the National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak (Rule).

  • Continuous Emission Monitoring; Quality-Assurance Requirements During the COVID-19 National Emergency (Rule)

Alberta 

  • 3,095 confirmed cases, an increase of 187 since yesterday, including two deaths. 2,204 cases in the Calgary zone, 446 cases in the Edmonton zone, 200 cases in the South zone, 148 cases in the North zone, 77 cases in the Central zone and 20 cases in zones yet to be confirmed.

British Columbia

  • 1,724 confirmed cases, an increase of 25 since yesterday. 707 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 715 are in the Fraser Health region, 109 are in the Island Health region, 153 are in the Interior Health region and 40 are in the Northern Health region.

Ontario

  • Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, to make an announcement at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Quebec

  • COVID-19 in Quebec: Long-term care homes continue to face staffing and equipment issues (CBC).

April 21, 2020
Last updated at 5 p.m. (EDT)

Canada – Federal

  • Government of Canada launches Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Calculator for Employers (News Release).

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an investment of C$350-million to support vulnerable Canadians through charities and non-profit organizations that deliver essential services to those in need (News Release).

  • Ottawa watching food supply chain "very, very carefully" after Alberta outbreak (CBC).

    • Beef prices could go up, but Trudeau says he does not anticipate a domestic shortage.

  • Two cargo planes return empty to Canada from China without medical supplies (The Globe and Mail).

  • Joint Statement by Brazil, Canada, Italy and Egypt following the Extraordinary High-Level Meeting of the Group of Friends of Food Security and Nutrition on the impact of COVID-19 on food availability and supply.

U.S. – Federal

  • Lawmakers and the White House struck a deal on a C$484-billion relief package that would replenish a depleted loan program for distressed small businesses and provide additional money for hospitals and coronavirus testing (Washington Post).

  • The House plans to take up the measure on Thursday.

  • The federal government unveiled a plan to return to normal operations — outlining a multipronged approach (Washington Post).

    • The memo, issued by the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management, says officials will “ramp back up government operations to the maximum extent possible, as local conditions warrant.”