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Government Announcements

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.
 

May

May 26, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • No news

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. moves to make antiviral drug more available against COVID-19 (AP News)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • No news

​Quebec

  • OIC 865-2022: Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act (Gazette Officielle)






May 25, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • No news

U.S. – Federal

  • No news

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • Province doesn't expect restrictions to return even as COVID-19 spreads through B.C. workplaces (CBC News)

Ontario 

  • Toronto Public Health hosting COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Doors Open Toronto on May 28 and 29 (News Release)

​Quebec

  • No news






May 24, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • No news

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. FDA sets June meeting dates for Moderna, Pfizer small children COVID-19 vaccines (Reuters)

  • U.S. sees risk of COVID-19 supply rationing without more funds (AP News)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • No news

​Quebec

  • Order in Council 834-2022: Declaring Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act (in force on May 24, 2022)






May 20, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 62 (Canada Gazette)

U.S. – Federal

  • CDC strengthens recommendations and expands eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots (CDC News)

  • U.S. CDC backs COVID-19 boosters for children aged 5 to 11 (Reuters)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • Team Toronto hosting 34 COVID-19 vaccine clinics across the city this Victoria Day long weekend (News Release)

​Quebec






May 19, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • No news

U.S. – Federal

  • As COVID-19 cases rise, U.S. health officials mull widening additional booster eligibility (Reuters)

  • A third of U.S. should be considering masks, officials say (AP News)

  • Use of Pfizer COVID-19 antiviral Paxlovid up 315 per cent: U.S. health department (The Globe and Mail)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • Toronto Public Health works with Shoppers Drug Mart to increase COVID-19 vaccination opportunities for people 50 and older (News Release)

​Quebec

  • MO 2022-31: Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation (Gazette Officielle)

  • MO 2022-32: Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation (Gazette Officielle)

  • MO 2022-33: Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation (Gazette Officielle)

  • MO 2022-35: Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation (Gazette Officielle)

  • OIC 834-2022: Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act

  • OIC 862-2022: Extension of the effect of the Act to establish a perimeter around certain places in order to regulate demonstrations in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic (Gazette Officielle)

  • Quebec health workers will no longer be paid for COVID-19 isolation leave (CTV News)

     





May 18, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • No news

U.S. – Federal

  • H.R.7334: COVID–19 EIDL Fraud Statute of Limitations Act of 2022 (in force on May 17, 2022)

  • H.R.7794: To require a particular jury instruction in Federal civil actions that include a claim for damages based on negligence arising from the transmission of COVID-19

  • U.S. FDA authorizes Pfizer's COVID-19 booster shot for young children (Reuters)

  • Biden offering additional 8 free COVID-19 tests to public (AP News)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • No news

​Quebec

  • No news





May 9, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Public health agency trying to find out how many Canadians are struggling with "long COVID" (CBC)

  • Federal COVID-19 supports expire today as Ottawa says "extraordinary", measures are no longer needed (CBC)

U.S. – Federal

  • No news

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • Mayor John Tory terminates the City of Toronto’s COVID-19 emergency declaration (News Release)

  • Toronto Public Health looks to extend vaccine equity and hyper-local strategy (News Release)

​Quebec

  • No news





May 2, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • No news

U.S. – Federal

  • FDA sets June meetings on COVID-19 vaccines for youngest kids (AP News)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • No news

​Quebec

  • No news

April

April 29, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • COVID-19: CBSA resumes border services at select airports (News Release)

  • Health Canada reviewing Moderna vaccine for kids under six (CTV News)

U.S. – Federal

  • No news

Alberta

  • Alberta family doctors will soon take on prescribing the COVID-19 treatment Paxlovid (CBC)

British Columbia

  • B.C. ferries route to Haida Gwaii canceled due to COVID-19 outbreak, stranding residents and disrupting supply chains (The Globe And Mail)

Ontario 

  • No news

​Quebec

  • Vaccine production in Quebec - Moderna chooses Quebec to set up its plant (News Release)

  • Final decision on mask rule to be made next week, Quebec's top doctor says (CBC)





April 28, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • No news

U.S. – Federal

  • Biden administration underscores urgent need for additional COVID-⁠19 response funding and the severe consequences of congressional inaction (News Release)

Alberta

  • COVID-19 transmission in Alberta starting to slow, Health Minister says (CBC)

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • No news

​Quebec

  • Order in Council No.706-2022: Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act (in force on April 27, 2022)

  • Quebec's top doctor could recommend end of mask mandate as of May 14 (CBC News)





April 27, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • SOR/2022-78: Goods Remission Order (COVID-19) — Order repealing the certain customs tariff (Canada Gazette)

  • Canada donates equivalent of over 100 million doses to COVAX, inching closer to 2022 target (CTV News)

U.S. – Federal

  • The U.S. is out of the COVID-19 pandemic phase, Fauci says (CTV News)

  • U.S. FDA approves remdesivir to treat young children with COVID-19 (CTV News)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • No news

​Quebec

  • No news





April 26, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • New investment in collaborative research will address the impacts of COVID-19 on children and youth (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • Biden administration increases access to COVID-⁠19 treatments and boosts patient and provider awareness (News Release)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • No news

​Quebec

  • No news





April 25, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Minister Duclos to announce new pediatric COVID-19 research platform (News Release)

  • Experts advise Canadians to consider personal risk before getting fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose (CTV News)

U.S. – Federal

  • Biden admin to promote availability of COVID-19 antiviral pill (AP News)

  • Mask mandates return to U.S. college campuses as cases rise (AP News)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • No news

​Quebec

  • No news





April 22, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 59 (Canada Gazette)

  • Government eases some COVID-19 travel measures, but not masking on planes (CBC News)

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. extends COVID-19 vaccination requirement for those entering at land, ferry points (CBC News)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • Masking requirements continue in select indoor settings (News Release)

​Quebec

  • No news





April 21, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Travellers to Canada must still wear masks for two weeks, despite relaxed provincial measures (CTV News)

U.S. – Federal

  • The U.S. Justice Department appeals to reinstate the transportation mask mandate (NYT)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • No news

​Quebec

  • OIC 704-2022: Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act (Gazette Officielle)

  • OIC 705-2022: Extension of the effect of the Act to establish a perimeter around certain places in order to regulate demonstrations in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic (Gazette Officielle)

  • COVID-19 pandemic - Masks will continue to be worn in public places until mid-May (News Release)

     



April 20, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • No plans to change masking policy on planes, trains in Canada as U.S. drops mandate (CTV News)

U.S. – Federal

  • Biden administration will appeal lifting of mask mandate, if CDC agrees (Reuters)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • No news

​Quebec

  • No news





April 19, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • No news

U.S. – Federal

  • Joint statement between the United States, Belize, Germany, Indonesia, and Senegal on the announcement of the second global COVID-⁠19 summit (News Release)

  • Requirement for face masks on public transportation conveyances and at transportation hubs (CDC)

  • U.S. CDC lifts COVID-19 "Do Not Travel" recommendations in about 90 countries (Reuters)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • No news

​Quebec

  • No news





April 18, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Health Canada issues treatment failure warning for COVID-19 therapy due to BA.2 subvariant (CTV News)

U.S. – Federal

  • In vitro diagnostic devices for detection and/or diagnosis of COVID-19; revocation (Federal Register)

  • Florida judge voids U.S. mask mandate for planes, other travel (CTV News)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • O. Reg. 346/22: Revoking Various Regulations - Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to Covid-19) Act, 2020 (in force on April 14, 2022)

​Quebec

  • No news





April 14, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Health Canada authorizes Evusheld for the prevention of COVID-19 in immune compromised adults and children (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. government to cut back on "do not travel" COVID-19 advisories (Reuters)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • Toronto Public Health hosting Easter Parade COVID-19 vaccination clinic (News Release)

​Quebec

  • OIC 664-2022: Declaring renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act (in force on April 13, 2022)

  • MO 2022-030 ERRATUM: Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation (Gazette Officielle du Québec)





April 13, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • SOR/2022-68: Regulations Amending the Income Tax Regulations (COVID-19 — Twenty-sixth Qualifying Period) (Canada Gazette)

  • ​SOR/2022-66: Order Amending the Lockdown Regions Designation Order (COVID-19), No. 3 (Canada Gazette)

U.S. – Federal

  • CDC extends travel mask requirement to May 3, 2022 as COVID-19 rises (AP News)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • No news

​Quebec

  • COVID-19 pandemic - Thousands of Novavax vaccine doses now available (News Release)

  • Quebec's sixth wave is still ramping up, says top doctor, but strict health measures are unlikely (CTV News)





April 12, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada’s vaccine advisory body strongly recommends boosters for all adults as virus resurges (CBC News)

U.S. – Federal

  • No news

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • Bill 114: Pandemic Preparedness Act, 2022 (in force on April 11, 2022)

  • Bill 113: Centering Youth in Pandemic Recovery Act, 2022 (in force on April 11, 2022)

​Quebec

  • No news



 

April 11, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • No news

U.S. – Federal

  • No news

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • Ontario expanding access to COVID-19 antivirals (News Release)

  • ​Toronto Public Health offering school-based vaccines for grade 7 to 12 students at school clinics (News Release)

  • Ontario’s top doctor issues "strong recommendation" to continue mask use amid sixth COVID-19 wave (CTV News)

​Quebec

  • No news





April 8, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 58 (Canada Gazette)

  • Interim Order No. 3 Respecting Vessel Restrictions and Vaccination Requirements Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (Canada Gazette)

U.S. – Federal

  • No news

Alberta

  • Reintroducing COVID-19 measures not planned in Alberta as disease indicators climb (CBC News)

British Columbia

  • B.C.’s vaccine pass program has ended (CBC News)

  • B.C. shifts to weekly COVID-19 data reporting (News Release)

Ontario 

  • No news

Quebec

  • No news




April 7, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • No news

U.S. – Federal

  • Amended order implementing presidential proclamation on advancing the safe resumption of global travel during the COVID-19 pandemic (Federal Register)

Alberta

  • Alberta expands access to fourth vaccine doses (News Release)

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • Toronto Public Health immunization clinics ready to deliver the fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (Toronto News Release)

Quebec

  • O.I.C. 647-2022: Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act (Gazette Officielle)





April 6, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • No news

U.S. – Federal

  • FDA pulls authorization for GSK-Vir's COVID-19 therapy as BA.2 cases rise (Reuters)

  • S.4008: A bill to provide COVID-19 relief for restaurants, gyms, minor league sports teams, border businesses, live venue service providers, exclave businesses, and providers of transportation services. (in force on April 5, 2022)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

Ontario 

Quebec

  • Quebec extends fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose to those 60 years of age and older (Montreal Gazette)





April 5, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada’s vaccine advisory body recommends "rapid deployment" of fourth doses for those aged 80 years old and above (CBC News)

  • Feds consider the definition of "fully vaccinated" in the review of the federal worker mandate (CTV News)

U.S. – Federal

  • Memorandum on addressing the long-term effects of COVID-19 (News Release)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • TDSB to now notify entire schools about COVID-19 outbreaks (CBC News)

Quebec

  • Quebec extends mask mandate until end of April (CBC News)





April 4, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • No news

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. FDA advisers to discuss additional COVID-19 vaccine shots, booster design (CTV News)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • B.C. residents no longer required to report COVID-19 rapid test results (CTV News)

Ontario 

  • City of Toronto launches Third Dose Drive to encourage eligible residents to get their third dose of COVID-19 vaccine (News Release)

Quebec

  • Quebec to announce future of mask rule on Tuesday (CBC News)





April 1, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • O.I.C 2022-0321: Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Quarantine, Isolation, and Other Obligations) (in force on March 31, 2022)

  • O.I.C 2022-0320: Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada) (in force on March 31, 2022)

  • Canada's travel rules change today. Here's what you need to know (CBC)

  • NACI to release recommendations for fourth COVID-19 vaccines (The Globe and Mail)

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. Senate negotiators near agreement on US$10-billion round of COVID-19 funds (Reuters)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • B.C. health officials sharing details on possible second booster shots next week (CTV News)

Ontario 

  • Public Health Ontario to take over the expert table of COVID-19 pandemic advisors (CBC)

  • Ontario has no plans to reintroduce mask mandates even as the sixth wave of COVID-19 is underway (CBC)

Quebec

  • MO 2022-030: Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation (in force on March 31, 2022)

  • Health Minister Dubé tightens up a bill to end the state of emergency (Montreal Gazette)
March

March 31, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • No news

U.S. – Federal

  • CDC drops COVID-19 health warning for cruise ship travelers (AP News)

Alberta

  • Treatment options for immunocompromised Albertans explored as tough subvariant takes hold (CBC News)

British Columbia

  • B.C. ends COVID-19 quarantine program for temporary foreign workers (CBC News)

Ontario 

  • Ontario to give out rapid tests until July as science table head says sixth COVID-19 wave underway (CBC News)

Quebec

  • M.O. 2022-026: Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation, Public Health Act (chapter S-2.2) (in force on March 31, 2022)

  • M.O. 2022-027: Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation, Public Health Act (chapter S-2.2) (in force on March 31, 2022)

  • M.O. 2022-028: Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation, Public Health Act (chapter S-2.2) (in force on March 31, 2022)

  • M.O. 2022-029: Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation, Public Health Act (chapter S-2.2) (in force on March 31, 2022)

  • O.I.C. 595-2022: Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act (Gazette Officielle)

  • National Assembly work disrupted as COVID-19 sidelines mergers and acquisitions (Montreal Gazette)

  • COVID-19 pandemic - Administration of the booster dose (fourth dose) has begun in living environments (News Release)

  • Public health institute says Quebec is in sixth wave, urges people to reduce contacts (CBC News)







March 30, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • O.I.C. 2022-0265: Regulations amending the Income Tax Regulations (COVID-19 — Twenty-Sixth Qualifying Period) in order to temporarily expand the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) for entities subject to a public health order that restricts capacity by at least 50 per cent from February 13, 2022 to March 12, 2022 (in force on March 30, 2022)

U.S. – Federal

  • Florida, other states challenge CDC transit mask rule (AP News)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • B.C. defends mask mandate removal after human rights commissioner raises concerns (CTV News)

Ontario 

  • Ontario has entered the sixth COVID-19 wave, doctors say (CTV News)

Quebec

  • O.C. 319-2022: Extension of the COVID-19 self-test distribution program (Gazette Officielle) 

  • Workforce in the context of a pandemic - Incentive measures for network personnel renewed for a minimum of four weeks (News Release)






March 29, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Government of Canada investments support communities, northerners and Indigenous peoples across the Northwest Territories as they recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. FDA authorizes fourth dose of Pfizer COVID-19 shot for Americans 50 years of age and above (CBC News)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • B.C.'s "hasty" lifting of mask mandate puts vulnerable at risk: human rights commissioner (CTV News)

Ontario 

  • No news

Quebec

  • Experts say Quebec has entered a sixth wave of COVID-19 propelled by BA.2 subvariant (CTV News)





March 28, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • No news

U.S. – Federal

  • Department of Defence awards contract modifications to purchase COVID-19 antigen over-the-counter test kits in support of POTUS’ one billion free at-home COVID-19 tests (News Release)

  • California schools prepare to spot post-break COVID-19 cases (AP News)

Alberta

  • Is it time for a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine? Not just yet (CBC News)

British Columbia

  • Guidance for courthouse users during the COVID-19 pandemic (Guidance)

  • Back to school: Masks no longer required when B.C. teachers and students return from spring break (CTV News)

Ontario 

  • Ontario reports highest COVID-19 positivity rate since late January at nearly 18 per cent (CTV News)

  • Team Toronto launches Vax and Ride to bring 75 vaccine clinics to TTC stations (News Release)

Quebec

  • COVID-19 pandemic - Transmission of the BA2 variant: every citizen must exercise caution (News Release)

  • Ministerial Order 2022-024: Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation

  • Quebec likely heading toward sixth wave, says public health director (CBC)






March 25, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 57 (Canada Gazette)

  • An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (additional regular benefits), the Canada Recovery Benefits Act (restriction on eligibility), and another Act in response to COVID-19 (S.C. 2021, c. 3) (Canada Gazette)

  • WHO rejects Medicago COVID-19 vaccine over Canadian company’s ties to the tobacco industry (The Globe and Mail)

U.S. – Federal

  • H.R.7213: To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide pharmacy reimbursement for COVID-19 related and future emergency services (in force on March 24, 2022)

  • New York City restarts vaccine clinics in public schools, where many children remain unvaccinated (NYT)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • O. Reg. 235/22: Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response To COVID-19) Act, 2020 (in force on March 24, 2022)

  • O. Reg. 234/22: Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response To COVID-19) Act, 2020 (in force on March 24, 2022)

Quebec

  • Quebec should plan mass COVID-19 second-booster program for the fall: vaccine committee (The Globe and Mail)





March 24, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

U.S. – Federal

  • The White House is pressing Congress for more COVID-19 funds as an Omicron subvariant spreads (NYT)

  • Airlines ask Biden to end mask requirements for planes and airports (NYT)

Alberta

  • Subvariant of Omicron now dominant strain of COVID-19 in Alberta (CBC News)

British Columbia

  • Rapid tests for people 18 years of age and older available at pharmacies (News Release)

Ontario 

  • No news

Quebec

  • O.I.C 341-2022: Declaring renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act (in force on March 23, 2022)

  • M.O. 2022-023: Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 situation (in force on March 23, 2022)

  • Too soon to say Quebec's in a sixth COVID-19 wave, health director says (Montreal Gazette)





March 23, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • COVID-19 restrictions are lifting, but unvaccinated Canadians still can't board planes or trains (CBC News)

U.S. – Federal

  • Moderna says its low-dose COVID-19 shots work for kids under six years of age (AP News)

  • U.S. Department of Labor reopens rulemaking record, schedules public hearing on the proposed final rule to protect healthcare workers from COVID-19 exposure (US Dept of Labor)

  • HHS distributing an additional US$413-million in provider relief fund payments to healthcare providers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic (HHS)

  • New York City may lift rules requiring face masks for children under 5 years of age (CTV News)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • No news

Quebec

  • COVID-19 live updates: As cases, hospitalizations rise, Quebec to provide fourth vaccine dose to CHSLD residents, people 80 years of age or older (Montreal Gazette)
  • Université Laval medical students forced online after COVID-19 outbreak (CBC News)

     




March 22, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • When will feds lift COVID-19 mandates? It’s complicated, Minister says (CTV News)

  • Canada's International Development Minister urges WHO to approve Medicago vaccine (CTV News)

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. FDA advisers to discuss COVID-19 vaccine boosters in April (Reuters)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • Rapid tests for people 30+ available at pharmacies (News Release)

Ontario 

  • 89 per cent of eligible Toronto residents have now received two COVID-19 vaccine doses (Toronto News Release)

Quebec

  • No news





March 21, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Vaccine Hunters Canada winds down operations for a second time (CTV News)

U.S. – Federal

  • No news

Alberta

  • Calgary gets court injunction against anti-mandate protesters amid increasing tensions (The Globe and Mail)

British Columbia

Ontario 

  • Ontario lifts mask mandates in most public spaces including schools, retail settings (CBC News)

  • Team Toronto launches Vax And Spring as hyper-local COVID-19 vaccine clinic push continues with 24 clinics over seven days (Toronto News Release)

Quebec

  • MO 2022-022: Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation (in force on March 18, 2022)




March 18, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 56 (Canada Gazette)

  • Tam says the federal government is “examining” all vaccine mandates (CBC News)

U.S. – Federal

  • No news

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • Minister's statement on COVID-19 supports for B.C. businesses (News Release)

Ontario 

  • City of Toronto following provincial guidance to remove most face mask requirements as of March 21, 2022 (News Release)

  • TDSB dropping mask mandate after Ontario government declines request for extension (CTV News)

  • City of Toronto staff report recommends a phased approach to COVID-19 temporary shelter transitions (News Release)

  • Ontario rejects Toronto school board’s request to keep mask mandate (The Globe and Mail)

Quebec

  • O.I.C 318-2022: Community pharmacy access program for certain COVID-19 pharmaceutical treatments (Gazette Officielle)

  • O.I.C 320-2022: Extension of the effect of the Act to establish a perimeter around certain places in order to regulate demonstrations in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic (Gazette Officielle)

  • Quebec tourism industry gears up for busy summer as cross-border testing requirements ease (Montreal Gazette)

  • Quebec's Medicago COVID-19 vaccine faces WHO rejection over company's tobacco ties (CBC News)

 




March 17, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Health Canada approves Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for kids aged 6 to 11 (CBC News)

  • What to know about Canada’s travel rules as of April 1, 2022 (CTV News)

U.S. – Federal

  • No news

Alberta

  • Alberta to cut back on reporting of COVID-19 numbers to once a week (CBC News)

British Columbia

Ontario 

  • Team Toronto extends Vax And Read to bring more COVID-19 vaccine clinics to Toronto Public Library branches (Toronto News Release)

Quebec

  • O.I.C. 272-2022: Declaring renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act (in force on March 16, 2022)





March 16, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Federal government to end pre-arrival COVID-19 testing for travellers entering Canada (CBC News)

U.S. – Federal

  • Pandemic preparedness bill moves ahead; funding still needed (AP News)

  • U.S. Senate votes to overturn transit mask mandate; Biden vows veto (Reuters)

  • U.S. will run out of key COVID-19 treatments without more funds, White House says (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Unvaccinated healthcare workers called back to work after AHS COVID-19 vaccine mandate lifted (CBC News)

British Columbia

  • Rapid tests available for people aged 40 years or older at pharmacies (News Release)

Ontario 

  • No news

Quebec

  • COVID-19 pandemic: The government ensures a transition to end the health emergency (News Release)

  • Quebec tables bill to end pandemic state of emergency (CBC News)

  • Court hears legal challenge of Quebec's vaccine passport (CTV News)

     



March 15, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Courts will have to consider the reasonableness of delays during COVID-19, experts say (The Globe and Mail)

U.S. – Federal

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • Mask and vaccine requirements to continue at Carleton University, University of Ottawa (CBC News)

  • Many Ontario long-term care homes keeping vaccine mandates as province lifts policy (CTV News)

Quebec

  • No news




March 14, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • No news

U.S. – Federal

  • Issuance of multiple exemptions in response to COVID-19 public health emergency (Federal Register)

  • H.R.7069: To establish the Commission on the COVID-19 Pandemic.

  • U.S. seeks to expand Trump-era COVID data collection under CDC (Reuters)

Alberta

  • University of Alberta drops mask mandate, surprising students and professors (CBC News)

British Columbia

  • Some parents frustrated as B.C. removes "layer of protection" in schools by dropping mask mandate (CBC News)

  • In B.C., masks, other COVID-19 safety measures are down to their final days (The Globe and Mail)

Ontario 

  • O. Reg. 213/22: Rules for Areas at Step 3 and at the Roadmap Exit Step under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (filed on March 11, 2022)

  • Provincial status on COVID-19 (update on March 11, 2022)

  • Ontario lifts vaccine mandates in schools, hospitals and long term care homes (CBC News)

  • Parents with kids under age five feel "left behind" with ending of mask mandates (CTV News)

Quebec

  • Western Quebec businesses relieved as vaccine passport ends (CBC News)

  • Removal of vaccine passport causes mixed feelings in Montréal (Montreal Gazette)

  • Only masks will remain — Quebec lifts all other pandemic restrictions tomorrow (Montreal Gazette)



     

March 11, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Order approving Interim Order No. 3 Respecting the Importation and Sale of Medical Devices for Use in Relation to COVID-19 (Canada Gazette)

  • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 55 (Canada Gazette)

  • Public Health Agency of Canada, Quarantine Act Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada) (Canada Gazette)

  • Public Health Agency of Canada, Quarantine Act Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligations) (Canada Gazette)

U.S. – Federal

  • Mask use on public transportation (CDC)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • Almost all mask requirements lifted in B.C., but businesses can still make their own rules (CBC News)

  • No vaccine mandate for regulated health professionals, B.C. officials confirm (CBC News)

  • B.C. takes next step in balanced plan to lift COVID-19 restrictions (News Release)

  • Food and Liquor Serving Premises (in force on March 10, 2022) 

  • Gatherings and Events (in force on March 10, 2022)

  • Mask requirements to be lifted Friday in B.C., vaccine cards remain in place until April 8, 2022 (CBC News)

Ontario 

  • More than 70 COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be open during March Break (Toronto News Release)

  • O. Reg. 168/22: Revoking Various Regulations (in force on March 10, 2022)

  • O. Reg. 167/22: Extensions of Orders. (in force on March 10, 2022)

  • TDSB to lift most COVID-19 measures as provincial restrictions set to end March 21, 2022 (CBC News)

Quebec

  • No news




March 10, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • No news

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. to ease nationwide mask mandate on planes, buses, transit (CTV News)

  • The vaccine mandate remains at some New York City restaurants (NYT)

Alberta

  • Bill 4: Municipal Government (Face Mask and Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Bylaws) Amendment Act, 2022

  • Alberta COVID-19 immunization policy (News Release)

  • A pop-up vaccine clinic to support Calgary families (News Release)

  • ​Bill overruling local mask laws​ "a precedent we don't appreciate," Alberta municipal leaders say (CBC News)

British Columbia

  • B.C. to update COVID-19 restrictions after indicating they could ease (CBC News)

Ontario 

  • The city of Toronto COVID-19 mask bylaw to expire when most provincial masking regulations are lifted on March 21, 2022 (Toronto News Release)

  • Lifting mask mandate in Ontario schools "premature," puts in-person learning at risk, education union says (CBC News)

Quebec

  • MO 2022-020: Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation (Gazette Officielle)

  • OIC 214-2022: Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act (Gazette Officielle)

  • If you live with someone who has COVID-19, Quebec will no longer ask you to stay home (CBC News)

     



March 9, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Masks likely aren't going anywhere in Canada — even as provinces ditch mandates (CBC News)

U.S. – Federal

  • Department of Commerce, U.S. Travel Association host roundtable on promoting safe business travel and igniting post-pandemic recovery in the travel and tourism sector (Dept of Commerce)

  • Fact sheet: Biden administration launches nationwide test-to-treat initiative ensuring rapid "on the spot" access to lifesaving COVID-19 treatments (HHS)

Alberta

  • Bill 4: Municipal Government (Face Mask and Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Bylaws) Amendment Act, 2022. First Reading on March 8, 2022.

  • Province delivers certainty for public health rules (News Release)

  • AHS mandatory vaccination policy lifted (News Release)

  • Alberta introduces legislation to limit COVID-19 rule-making by municipalities (CBC News)

  • Edmonton council repeals city's mask bylaw but pitches new one (CBC News)

British Columbia

  • Health minister denies backing off promised vaccine mandate for B.C. health professionals (CBC News)

Ontario 

  • Thousands of Ontario restaurants, small businesses waiting on Ontario COVID-19 relief grants (The Globe and Mail)

  • Ontario to drop most mask mandates on March 21, remaining pandemic rules to lift by end of April (CBC News)

  • Toronto should drop its mask mandate when the province does, city’s top doctor recommends (CBC News)

Quebec

  • No news

     



March 8, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • No news

U.S. – Federal

  • Allowed to go maskless, some New York City students choose not to (NYT)

  • The White House said it is offering a second round of free coronavirus tests to all Americans (NYT)

Alberta

  • More transmissible subvariant on course to displace original Omicron strain in Alberta (CBC)

  • City council to decide if Edmonton will continue with mask bylaw (CBC)

  • Calgary school boards report fewer student and staff absences due to illness (CBC)

British Columbia

Ontario 

  • Ottawa announces COVID-19 rules for return of cruise ships to Canadian ports (CBC)

  • Ontario pharmacists want the ability to offer antivirals to patients with COVID-19 (CBC)

Quebec

  • Masks no longer required in Quebec's primary and secondary classrooms (Montreal Gazette)

     


March 7, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • As provinces lift mandates, federal officials say mask-wearing a "personal choice" (CTV News)

  • Public health officials welcome moves to ease restrictions as COVID-19 metrics improve (CBC News)

U.S. – Federal

  • Impact of health misinformation in the digital information environment in the United States throughout the COVID-19 pandemic Request for Information (RFI) (Federal Register)

  • White House: Congress must act soon to replenish COVID-19 funds (AP News)

Alberta

  • Alberta stockpiles at-home COVID-19 treatments, ponders expanding eligibility (CBC News)

  • Alberta calls for an end to "pointless" federal COVID-19 travel restrictions (CTV News)

  • COVID-19 information: guidance for preschool, day-care and out-of-school care (child care) (updated on March 4, 2022)

British Columbia

  • Rapid tests for people above 60 years of age at pharmacies (News Release)

  • Restaurants, bars worry end to pandemic patio allowances will hurt bottom line (CBC News)

Ontario 

  • Ontario pharmacists want ability to offer antivirals to patients with COVID-19 (CBC News)

  • Many Ontario police services keeping COVID-19 vaccine mandates for now (The Globe and Mail)

Quebec

  • MO 2022-020: Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation (in force on March 4, 2022)

  • With COVID-19 restrictions lifting, what are the new etiquette rules? (Montreal Gazette)

     

 


March 4, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Omicron wave, vaccination rates mean Canada well protected for now: Tam (CTV News)

U.S. – Federal

  • Maximizing assistance to respond to COVID-19, memorandum for the Secretary of Homeland Security [and] the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Federal Register)

  • Guidance documents related to coronavirus disease 2019; availability (notice by the Food & Drug Administration, Federal Register)

  • More than 90 per cent of U.S. population in areas where masks not needed - CDC (Reuters)

Alberta

  • COVID-19 restrictions to remain in Alberta courts until further notice (CBC)

  • Vaccine mandate ended for Alberta public servants, Premier says (CBC)

British Columbia

  • Experts worry about low COVID-19 vaccination rates in kids as restrictions lift across Canada (CBC)

Ontario 

  • Mayor Tory announces major in-person events to return to Toronto this spring and summer (News Release)

  • Ontario could drop its mask mandate by the end of March, top doctor says (CBC)

Quebec

  • Quebec public health director defends plan to lift COVID-19 restrictions early (CBC)

  • Masks will become "a personal choice", Quebec public health director says (Montreal Gazette)


     

March 3, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • No news

U.S. – Federal

  • Masks optional in many New York schools after mandate ends (AP News)

Alberta

  • COVID-19 information: guidance for masks for the general public (Publication)

British Columbia

  • PHO Order: Residential care COVID-19 vaccination status information

  • B.C.'s tourism industry wants rapid antigen testing for travellers eliminated (CTV News)

Ontario 

  • Team Toronto launches Vax And Read to bring COVID-19 vaccine clinics to Toronto Public Library branches (News Release)

Quebec

  • OIC 211-2022: Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act (Gazette Officielle)

  • Quebec to soon lift public masking requirements (CBC News)




March 2, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • SOR/2022-18: Clinical trials for medical devices and drugs relating to COVID-19 regulations (Canada Gazette)

  • Hospitality and travel group urges the Canadian government to further ease COVID-19 restrictions (CBC News)

U.S. – Federal

  • Biden announces new COVID-19 initiative that gives Americans free pills (Reuters)

  • Biden outlines COVID-19 plans, says it’s time to return to work (AP News)

  • New York City to wind down most coronavirus contact tracing (AP News)

Alberta

  • Premier calls for end to vaccine mandate for Alberta Health Services staff (CBC News)

British Columbia

  • Businesses can "absolutely" keep checking vaccine passports after B.C. lifts order, officials say (CTV News)

  • B.C. could drop more COVID-19 restrictions, Bonnie Henry says (The Globe and Mail)

Ontario 

  • Bill 90: No COVID-19 Evictions Act, 2022. First Reading on March 1, 2022.

  • Federal public servants get the green light for a gradual return to the office (CBC News)

  • Ontario lifts most COVID-19 restrictions, mask mandates continue (The Globe and Mail)

  • Ontario Public Service employees must return to in-person work by April 4, 2022 (CTV News)

Quebec

  • Judge rejects legal challenge to Quebec's vaccine passport (CTV News)

  • Quebec to resume monitoring wastewater for COVID-19 (CBC)


     

March 1, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • No news

U.S. – Federal

  • Prioritizing case investigations and contact tracing for COVID-19 in high burden jurisdictions (CDC)

  • California, Oregon, Washington to drop school mask mandates (AP News)

  • White House: 40 per cent of free COVID-19 tests to low-income areas (AP News)

Alberta

  • Order 09-2022: Outlines the masking requirements in Step 2 of easing public health measures (in force on February 28, 2022)

  • Alberta drops almost all public health restrictions (News Release)

  • Alberta mask mandates end at midnight Monday (CTV News)

  • Alberta to force municipalities to lift mask bylaws (CBC News)

  • Alberta's ambulance response times have worsened from the start of the pandemic, data shows (CBC News)

British Columbia

  • COVID-19 Update Conference for March 1, 2022 at 1:00 PM PT (Youtube)

Ontario 

  • City of Toronto enters Roadmap Exit Step of provincial COVID-19 reopening (News Release)

  • Big shift back to in-person office work expected this month in Toronto as COVID-19 restrictions lift (CBC

  • Ottawa not seeking local COVID-19 rules as Ontario lifts some province-wide ones (CBC News

  • Ontario lifts vaccine certificate system, remaining capacity limits in all indoor settings (CBC News)

  • Toronto Public Library reopening 30 branches closed during Omicron wave (CBC News)

Quebec

  • No news

February

February 28, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • O.I.C 2022-0177: Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada) (issued on February 26, 2022)

  • O.I.C 2022-0178: Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligations) (issued on February 26, 2022)

  • Federal, provincial and territorial labour ministers discuss common goals and collaboration as Canada emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release)

  • Canada’s new travel rules explained (CBC News)

U.S. – Federal

  • H.R.6840: To prohibit COVID-19 travel restrictions with respect to any nationals of Canada, and for other purposes

  • Nearly half of Biden’s 500-million free COVID-19 tests are still unclaimed (Reuters)

  • U.S. eases COVID-19 indoor mask guidelines for most of the country (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Alberta to lift almost all remaining health restrictions (News Release)

British Columbia

  • New rules for COVID-19 travel testing have British Columbians packing their bags (CTV News)

  • Free rapid COVID-19 tests now available for B.C. residents aged 70 and over (CBC)

Ontario 

Quebec

  • Order No. 2022-019: Of the Minister of Health and Social Services dated February 25, 2022

  • Here's what COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted in Quebec (CTV News)



     

February 25, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Order repealing Interim Order No. 2 respecting clinical trials for medical devices and drugs relating to COVID-19 under the Food and Drug Act (Canada Gazette)

  • Public health mandates could return, Tam warns, but favours lighter touch in future (CTV News)

  • Mayors call to end COVID-19 testing at Canada-U.S. borders (CTV News)

U.S. – Federal

  • Fact sheet: Administration announces new actions to ddress the needs of people with disabilities and older adults in response to and recovery from COVID-⁠19 (White House Press Release)

  • HHS distributing US$560-million in provider relief fund payments to health-care providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (HHS News Release)

  • The CDC will soon loosen indoor mask guidelines, officials say (NYT)

  • New York City schools drop outdoor mask mandate; indoor mandate stays (AP News)

Alberta

  • More transmissible Omicron subvariant rising as Alberta mulls lifting more restrictions (CBC News)

British Columbia

  • 50 calls made to poison control centres over exposure to COVID-19 rapid test kit ingredients (CBC News)

Ontario 

  • Ontario’s mask mandate could be lifted "simultaneously" across most areas, including in schools (CTV News)

  • Ontario reviewing COVID-19 vaccine mandate for long-term care workers, Minister says (CBC News)

Quebec

  • No news


     

February 24, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Health Canada authorizes Medicago COVID-19 vaccine for adults 18 – 64 years of age (News Release)

  • SOR/2022-26: Proclamation revoking the declaration of a public order emergency (Canada Gazette)

  • Trudeau ends the use of Emergencies Act, says "situation is no longer an emergency" (CBC News)

U.S. – Federal

  • No news

Alberta

  • Alberta public health disease management guidelines: coronavirus – COVID-19 (News Release)

  • Making pediatric COVID-19 vaccines more accessible (News Release)

  • Alberta parents urged to vaccinate kids against COVID-19 to boost province's low uptake (CBC News)

British Columbia

  • COVID-19 rapid tests for people 70+ to be available at pharmacies (News Release)

  • COVID-19 treatment outpatient virtual service launches for those at higher risk (News Release)

Ontario 

  • O.Reg. 82/22: Termination of emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (filed on February 23, 2022)

  • Team Toronto shifting to a hyper-local, equity-focused COVID-19 vaccination approach (City of Toronto News Release)

Quebec

  • MO 2022-018: Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation (Gazette Officielle)

  • OIC 181-2022: Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act (Gazette Officielle)

  • Aid Programs – COVID-19 – End of AERAM and extension of the moratorium in the framework of PAUMPE (News Release)

  • Benefits of removing masks in Quebec classrooms outweigh risks, Boileau says (Montreal Gazette)


     

February 23, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Government of Canada signs new COVID-19 antibody therapy agreement (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • Continuation of the national emergency concerning the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic (Federal Register)

  • H.R.6809: To exempt commercial truck drivers from Canada or Mexico who are seeking to temporarily enter the United States for business through a land port of entry from any COVID-19 vaccination requirement (in force on February 22, 2022)

  • H.R.6811: To permit civil actions against the United States or any State or local government entity for COVID-19 vaccination mandates (in force on February 22, 2022)

Alberta

  • Alberta county says it will no longer hire businesses with vaccination policies (CTV News)

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • Vaccines, masks required at universities despite broader relaxing of restrictions (The Globe and Mail)

  • Omicron wave in Ontario long-term care homes blunted by vaccines, boosters, province says (CBC News)

Quebec

  • Quebec elementary and high school students won’t need masks in class as of March 7, 2022 restrictions (The Globe and Mail)

  • Montréal "on the downward slope" of Omicron wave, public health says (CBC News)




February 22, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada looks to end COVID-19 protests with tougher financial measures after another weekend of arrests (CNN)

U.S. – Federal

  • S.3701: A bill to exempt commercial truck drivers from Canada or Mexico who are seeking to temporarily enter the United States for business through a land port of entry from any COVID-19 vaccination requirement

  • S.3694: A bill to prohibit the Department of Homeland Security from requiring vaccination against COVID-19 for essential critical infrastructure workers crossing the border, and for other purposes

  • As mask mandates across the U.S. ease, Hawaii and Puerto Rico remain holdouts (NYT)

Alberta

  • Kenney to announce plan to lift "almost all" COVID-19 restrictions in Alberta by March 1, 2022 (CTV News)

British Columbia

Ontario 

Quebec

  • M.O. 2022-018: Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amide the COVID-19 pandemic situation (in force on February 19, 2022)

  • COVID-19 pandemic – Wearing a mask will no longer be required in class for students (News Release)

  • Quebec bar association wants the government to justify continued COVID-19 state of emergency (News Release)

  • Quebec COVID-19 hospitalizations rise as some restrictions lift (The Globe and Mail)

  • Despite lagging vaccination rates for kids 5 to 11, "Quebec will not abandon its efforts" (Montreal Gazette)

  • Capacity limits increase for various activities in Quebec on Monday (Montreal Gazette)



February 18, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • FedNor invests more than C$10.9-million in community infrastructure projects to help Northern Ontario rebound from the effects of COVID-19 (News Release)

  • Top doctor says Canada is past peak of Omicron-fuelled wave of COVID-19 (CBC)

  • Travel agencies flooded with requests after Ottawa says it will drop pre-arrival PCR test for travelers (CBC)

U.S. – Federal

  • Nuclear regulatory commission issuance of multiple exemptions in response to COVID-19 public health emergency (Federal Register)

  • Steps for determining close contact and quarantine in K-12 schools (CDC)

  • California adopts nation’s first ‘endemic’ virus policy (AP News)

Alberta

  • General guidance for COVID-19 and other respiratory infections (Publications)

  • COVID-19 information: Step 1: easing of public health measures (Publications)

  • Calgary offices prepare for the return of staff after two years of work from home (CTV News)

British Columbia

Ontario 

  • O. Reg. 76/22: Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, Extensions of Orders (in force February 17, 2022)

  • City of Toronto following provincial guidance on proof of vaccination requirements to access city facilities (News Release)

  • Some Ontario youth aged 12 to 17 can book COVID-19 booster shots through the provincial portal starting today (The Globe and Mail)

  • Ontario could lift the requirement for workplaces to have vaccine policies by March 1, 2022 (CBC)

  • The City of Toronto safely resuming additional services as Toronto enters next phase of provincial reopening (News Release)

Quebec

  • Quebecers aged 12-17 now eligible for third dose, appointments open as of February 19, 2022 (CBC)

     

February 17, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Health Canada authorizes Novavax’s Nuvaxovid COVID-19 vaccine (News Release)

  • Some immunocompromised Canadians face an anxious future with lifting of COVID-19 restrictions (CBC News)

  • Several provinces are dropping vaccine passports, but some businesses aren't on board restrictions (CBC News)

  • Unvaccinated truckers delivering vaccines, COVID-19 devices exempt from border rules (CTV News)

U.S. – Federal

  • Estimated 73 per cent of U.S. now immune to Omicron: Is that enough? (AP News)

  • More virus rules fall as CDC hints at better times ahead (AP News)

  • Companies revert to more normal operations as COVID-19 wanes (AP News)

Alberta

  • O.I.C 027/2022: Regional Health Authorities Act (in force February 16, 2022)

  • Pediatricians urge Alberta to reinstate masks for kids, boost COVID-19 vaccination rates (CBC News)

British Columbia

  • "The roaring 2020s": Many COVID-19 restrictions lift in B.C., but vaccine passport remains (CTV News)

  • Use of anti-psychotics increased in B.C. care homes in the first year of COVID-19 (The Globe and Mail)

  • Interior Health sues to shut down gym defying COVID-19 health orders (CBC News)

  • No vaccine passport means B.C. school events capped at 50 per cent for spectators, says Minister (CBC News)

  • Rapid tests will soon be given to B.C. students, health officials say (CTV News)

Ontario 

  • Ontario bolstering stockpile and distributing record levels of critical supplies (News Release)

  • Provincial status on COVID-19  (Provincial Update)

  • City of Toronto reopening City Hall and civic centers for counter services (News Release)

  • City of Toronto counter service reopening plan (News Release)

  • Ontario could lift requirement for workplaces to have vaccine policies by March 1, 2022 (CBC News)

  • Ontario schools to offer virtual learning option for another year (CBC News)

Quebec

  • Order in Council 178-2022: Extension of the effect of the Act to establish a perimeter around certain places in order to regulate demonstrations in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic (Gazette Officielle)

  • Order in Council 149-2022: Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act (in force February 16, 2022)

  • COVID-19 pandemic – Several relaxations and simplified isolation instructions in living environments for seniors (News Release)

  • Québec City mayor adds new rules as a protest against COVID-19 orders looms (The Globe and Mail)

     

February 16, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Emergency Economic Measures Order OIC 2022-0108: In order to prohibit individuals and entities from engaging in financial transactions supporting activities prohibited by the Emergency Measures Regulations (in force February 15, 2022)

  • Emergency Measures Regulations – OIC 2022-0107: In order to 1) designate critical infrastructure and protected places; 2) prohibit public assembly expected to lead to a breach of the peace; 3) prohibit a person from causing a minor to be involved in such an assembly; 4) prohibit entry in Canada by a foreign national for the purposes of participating in such an assembly; and 5) direct that persons make available essential goods and services if directed to do so by the Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (in force February 15, 2022)

  • SOR/2022-11: Regulations Amending the Income Tax Regulations (COVID-19 — Twenty-Fourth and Twenty-Fifth Qualifying Periods) (Canada Gazette)

  • Fully vaccinated travelers will need to take a rapid test before returning to Canada (CTV News)

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. says it could spend US$22-million per month testing unvaccinated federal employees (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Calgary will end its masking bylaw when Alberta removes provincial mandate (CTV News)

British Columbia

  • B.C. lifting capacity limits, reopening bars, and allowing dancing, but vaccine passport to stay (CTV News)

  • B.C. COVID-19 restrictions lifted: A list of what you'll be able to do as of February 16, 2022 (Vancouver Sun)

Ontario 

  • Ontario expands critical relief for tourism sector (News Release)

  • Why Toronto's gone from hockey arenas to "hyper-local" to get COVID-19 shots in arms (CBC)

Quebec

  • Ministerial Order 2022-017: Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation issued on February 15, 2022

  • Vaccine passport "has served our objectives," Dubé says as measure is phased out (CTV News)

     

February 15, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Special Temporary Measures for Public Order Emergency – OIC 2022-0106: Enactment of the Emergencies Act in response to the ongoing blockades, under which crowdfunding platforms and the payment service providers they use must register with the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), the national financial intelligence agency (in force February 15, 2022). They must also report large and suspicious transactions to FINTRAC.

    • FINTRAC tweeted: Crowdfunding platforms and their payment service providers can now pre-register with #FINTRAC.  http://ow.ly/PeFc50HVsnE

  • OIC 2022-0100: Regulations Amending the Clinical Trials for Medical Devices and Drugs Relating to COVID-19 (in force February 15, 2022)

  • OIC 2022-0101: Regulations amending the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit Act (Lockdown Order Definition) (in force February 15, 2022)

  • Government of Canada lightens border measures as part of transition of the pandemic response (News Release)

  • Statement from the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health (CCMOH) on the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic response (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • Pandemic Response Voluntary Agreement under the Defense Production Act (Federal Register)

  • New York City fires more than 1,000 workers over vaccine mandate (AP News)

Alberta

  • Calgary students walk out to protest the removal of mandatory masking (CBC)

  • Judge rejects emergency request to give Alberta school boards mask enforcement powers (CBC)

British Columbia

  • B.C.'s live events industry optimistic capacity limit will be lifted today (CTV News)

Ontario 

  • O. Reg. 75/22: Rules for areas at step three and at the roadmap exit step, reopening Ontario - a flexible response to COVID-19 Act, 2020 (in force February 14, 2022)

  • O. Reg. 74/22: Critical Infrastructure and Highways - Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (in force February 14, 2022)

  • Ontario easing COVID-19 rules, but are people still too "traumatized" to go out and spend? (CBC)

  • Toronto announces youth aged 12-17 can now get third dose of COVID-19 vaccine (CBC)

  • Ontario to remove vaccine passport system on March 1, 2022, masking requirements to remain in place (CBC)

Quebec

  • COVID-19 pandemic - Gradual withdrawal of the use of the vaccine passport (News Release)

  • COVID-19 pandemic - Gradual return of public service personnel to government buildings as of February 28, 2022 (News Release)

     

February 14, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Multiple border crossings remain closed as convoy protests against COVID-19 measures continue (The Globe and Mail)

  • Government of Canada extends support for the audio-visual industry to cover costs related to production stoppages due to COVID-19 (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. authorizes new antibody drug to fight Omicron (AP News)

Alberta

  • CMOH Order 08-2022: Decision of the Chief Medical Officer, which outlines the first step in easing public health measures issued on February 10, 2022

  • "Keep those protections in place": Students no longer require masks in classrooms starting today (CTV News)

  • Alberta’s removal of mask mandate in schools spurs court challenge attempt (CTV News)

British Columbia

  • Businesses cautiously optimistic restrictions will ease in B.C. (CTV News)

  • Modelling shows B.C. likely undercounting death toll from COVID-19 (CBC)

  • UBC researchers create a fabric coating that kills COVID-19, E. coli (CBC)

  • B.C. businesses brace for confrontations with some Alberta customers over COVID-19 measures (The Globe and Mail)

Ontario 

  • Ontario moving to next phase of reopening on February 17, 2022 (News Release)

  • Ontario to remove vaccine passport system on March 1, 2022, masking requirements to remain in place (CBC News)

Quebec

  • Ministerial Order 2022-015: Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation issued on February 11, 2022

  • Quebec unveils new isolation guidelines for those who caught COVID-19 in fifth wave (CBC)



February 11, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Ottawa close to removing pre-arrival COVID-19 test for fully vaccinated Canadian travellers (CBC News)

  • U.S. urges Canada to use federal powers to end bridge blockade (AP News)

  • Doctors and tourism industry calling on Ottawa to end COVID-19 testing requirements (CTV News)

U.S. – Federal

  • Biden sees mask requirements for children easing, but cautious on dropping all mandates (Reuters)

  • Lawmakers extend final COVID-19 orders, emergency declaration (AP News)

  • Vaccine mandate for federal workers blocked by second court (AP News)

Alberta

  • Mask mandates to remain at University of Alberta and University of Calgary (CBC News)

  • Alberta's pandemic restrictions violate rights, lawyers argue in constitutional challenge (CBC News)

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • O. Reg. 65/22: Extensions of Orders: Amending O. Reg. 458/20 (in force February 10, 2022)

  • Doug Ford says plan in works to remove Ontario’s vaccine passport system (CTV News)

  • Ontario allowing non-urgent, non-emergent surgeries to gradually resume (CTV News)

Quebec

  • COVID-19 pandemic – A self-assessment tool now available to know the isolation instructions according to your situation (News Release)

  • Quebec prosecutor's office wants to crack down hard on fake vaccine passports (Montreal Gazette)

  • 12,000 fewer students are absent due to pandemic this week, Quebec says (Montreal Gazette)

     

February 10, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Government of Canada announces additional funding for COVID-19 safe voluntary isolation sites program across Canada (News Release)

  • Federal government extends expanded access to Local Lockdown Program and Worker Lockdown Benefit (News Release)

  • Federal Conservatives call on anti-vaccine mandate protesters to go home (CBC News)

U.S. – Federal

  • H.R.662: Request for a medical exception to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement (Federal Register)

  • H.R.6676: To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit administering COVID-19 vaccines to minors without parental consent, and for other purposes

  • Under pressure to ease up, Biden weighs new virus response (AP News)

  • U.S. plans to roll out COVID-19 shots for children under five years in February (Reuters)

  • New York eases COVID-19 rules, Massachusetts to drop school mask mandate (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Alberta lifting restrictions "too early," doctors and nurses warn (CBC News)

  • Critics say removal of student mask mandate in Alberta schools premature, playing politics (CBC News)

British Columbia

  • Order of The Provincial Health Officer — Food and Liquor Serving Premises — February 7, 2022

  • Guidance for Food and Liquor Serving Premises — February 7, 2022

  • B.C. expands health-care vaccine mandate to include doctors, dentists and other regulated professionals (CBC News)

Ontario 

  • Ontario to allow high-contact sports, more music extracurriculars in schools, sources say (CTV News)

  • As protests spread and other provinces lift restrictions, Ontario’s Doug Ford stays the course (CBC News)

Quebec

  • Order in Council 131-2022: Declaring Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act

 

February 9, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Government of Canada introduces legislation to improve the operation of the criminal justice system and address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release)

  • "That's not how pandemics work": Experts urge caution as provinces move to ease public health restrictions (CTV News)

U.S. – Federal

  • H.R.6625: To prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Services from issuing guidance intended to restrict access to COVID-19 monoclonal antibody therapies and other treatments, issued on February 7, 2022

  • New York state to drop indoor mask mandate this week (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Alberta ditches proof-of-vaccine program at midnight tonight, masking for students on Monday, February 14, 2022 (CTV News)

  • Alberta takes steps to safely return to normal (News Release)

  • Calgary Chamber of Commerce slams Alberta's move to cancel vaccine passport program (CBC News)

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • Ontario expanding access to free rapid tests for general public (News Release)

  • Ontario expands rapid test rollout, but sticking with COVID-19 mandates for now (CBC News)

Quebec

  • COVID-19 pandemic - lifting of most health measures as of March 14, 2022 (News Release)

  • Court denies injunction to unvaccinated Quebec caregivers seeking access to residents (Montreal Gazette)

 

February 8, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada pushes back against GOP support for COVID-19 protests (AP News)

U.S. – Federal

  • From Connecticut to California, officials announce the easing of mask orders (NYT)

Alberta
  • Plans to lift Alberta COVID-19 restrictions to be announced this week (CBC News)

British Columbia

  • Joint statement on B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates (News Release)

Ontario 

  • Ontario extending free rides to vaccination sites for people with mobility issues (News Release)

  • GO-VAXX mobile vaccine clinics now accepting walk-ins (News Release)

Quebec

  • Order No. 2022-014 of the Minister of Health and Social Services issued on February 7, 2022

  • Quebec plans to lift most pandemic restrictions by mid-March (CBC News)

  • Drop vaccine passport for places of worship, Quebec religious leaders say (Montreal Gazette)



February 7, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Canada recommends waiting three months after COVID-19 infection before booster amid mixed messages, lack of tests (CBC News)

U.S. – Federal

  • H.R.6613: To extend certain national school lunch program requirement waivers addressing COVID-19, and for other purposes

  • Plan of action to establish a national strategy for the coordination of national multimodal healthcare supply chains to respond to COVID-19 (Federal Register)

Alberta
  • Kenney says a plan to remove COVID-19 restrictions is coming next week (CTV News)

  • Politicians, experts speak out against Premier's suggested restriction on municipal COVID-19 rules (CBC News)

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • GO-VAXX mobile vaccine clinics now accepting walk-ins (News Release)

  • The City of Ottawa declares a state of emergency over ongoing trucker convoy protests (The Globe and Mail)

Quebec

  • Order No. 2022-013 of the Minister of Health and Social Services issued on February 5, 2022

  • Order No. 2022-012 of the Minister of Health and Social Services issued on February 4, 2022

  • Convoys converge for noisy protest against COVID-19 measures in Québec City (CBC News)

  • Quebec sees spike in pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations during Omicron wave (Montreal Gazette)

 

February 3, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • No news

U.S. – Federal

  • Interim infection prevention and control recommendations for healthcare personnel during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic (CDC)

  • Infection prevention and control recommendations to prevent SARS-CoV-2 spread in nursing homes (CDC)

  • Airlines urge White House to end COVID-19 international travel testing rules (Reuters)

  • White House ready to "hit the ground running" to vaccinate kids under five (CTV News)

Alberta

  • Only fully vaccinated now allowed to serve on Alberta juries (CBC)

British Columbia

  • Overview of visitors in long-term care and seniors’ assisted living (Ministry of Health)

  • Federal travel advisories remain as B.C. prepares to ease COVID-19 restrictions (CTV News)

Ontario 

  • Ontario seeks to expand the use of rapid tests in shifting pandemic strategy (CBC)

Quebec

  • O.I.C 114 – 2022: Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act issued on February 2, 2022

  • COVID-19 pandemic – Distribution of millions of rapid screening tests to student in secondary schools, adult general education and vocational training (News Release)

  • Unvaccinated Quebec caregivers in court seeking access to long-term care homes (CBC)

February 4, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Government of Canada announces funding for COVID-19 safe voluntary isolation sites in the Yukon (News Release)

  • Premiers take different approaches to loosening COVID-19 restrictions (The Globe and Mail)

  • NACI’s new guidance: Get fully vaccinated, even if previously infected with COVID-19 (CTV News)

U.S. – Federal

  • Emergency Use Authorization: Certain drugs and biological products during the COVID-19 pandemic (Federal Register)

  • U.S. to cover cost of over-the-counter COVID tests through Medicare (Reuters)

Alberta
  • CMOH Order 04-2022: Decision of the Chief Medical Officer, modifying CMOH Order 02-2022, CMOH Order 54-2021, and CMOH Order 57-2021, updating definitions for COVID-19 tests.

  • Roadmap for relaxation of Alberta's COVID-19 restrictions coming next week, says Premier (CBC)

  • End of health restrictions to bring tricky decisions about customer privacy and staff policies (CBC)

British Columbia

  • British Columbia eases COVID-19 restrictions in long-term care homes (The Globe and Mail)

Ontario 

Quebec

  • Wearing a mask or face covering is strongly recommended during indoor sports activities (News Release)

  • The number of students absent because of COVID-19 is dropping, Quebec says (Montreal Gazette)

 

February 3, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • No news

U.S. – Federal

  • Interim infection prevention and control recommendations for healthcare personnel during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic (CDC)

  • Infection prevention and control recommendations to prevent SARS-CoV-2 spread in nursing homes (CDC)

  • Airlines urge White House to end COVID-19 international travel testing rules (Reuters)

  • White House ready to "hit the ground running" to vaccinate kids under five (CTV News)

Alberta

  • Only fully vaccinated now allowed to serve on Alberta juries (CBC)

British Columbia

  • Overview of visitors in long-term care and seniors’ assisted living (Ministry of Health)

  • Federal travel advisories remain as B.C. prepares to ease COVID-19 restrictions (CTV News)

Ontario 

  • Ontario seeks to expand the use of rapid tests in shifting pandemic strategy (CBC)

Quebec

  • O.I.C 114 – 2022: Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act issued on February 2, 2022

  • COVID-19 pandemic – Distribution of millions of rapid screening tests to student in secondary schools, adult general education and vocational training (News Release)

  • Unvaccinated Quebec caregivers in court seeking access to long-term care homes (CBC)



February 2, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Some provinces looking to start lifting COVID-19 restrictions, Maritimes to keep vaccine mandate for now (CTV News)

U.S. – Federal

  • Air transportation of the COVID-19 vaccines (Federal Register)

  • U.S. considers authorization of first COVID-19 vaccine for children under five (Reuters)

Alberta

  • At-home treatment for COVID-19 arrives in Alberta — but there's only enough now for 3,200 people (CBC)

  • Alberta Premier hopes to start lifting all COVID-19 health measures by end of February (CBC)

  • Some UCP MLAs pressuring government to axe proof of vaccination program immediately (CBC)

British Columbia

  • At least C$70-million spent on COVID-19 PCR lab tests in B.C. (CTV News)

Ontario 

  • 12,500 new COVID-19 vaccination appointments now available including 7,000 appointments for kids (News Release)

Quebec

  • COVID-19 pandemic - new relaxations as of February 14, 2022 (News Release)

  • Additional assistance for restaurateurs (News Release)

  • Maintenance of the recommendation in force concerning mobile air purifiers in schools (News Release)

  • Student unions in Montréal are spending thousands for PPE on campus (CBC)

February 1, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Government of Canada introduces legislation to increase access to rapid testing across the country (News Release)

  • Bill C-10, An Act respecting certain measures related to COVID-19, underwent first reading on January 31, 2022

  • Minister says there's "no sign" vaccine mandate is affecting cross-border truck volume (CBC)

U.S. – Federal

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

  • U.S. gives full approval to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine (AP News)

Alberta

  • 14 Alberta schools exempt from masking rules, province says (CBC)

British Columbia

  • B.C. youth sports tournaments to resume – but not school-based championships (CBC)

Ontario 

  • Ontario will stick to reopening plan despite warning from science panel, Premier says (CTV News)

  • Ontario loosens some COVID-19 restrictions (CBC)

Quebec

  • Quebec scraps planned tax on the unvaccinated, announces gyms and spas can reopen (CTV News)

  • ​COVID-19 protest expected in Québec City threatens to disrupt renowned winter carnival (CBC)

  • Quebec eases some COVID-19 restrictions Monday (Montreal Gazette)

  • Unvaccinated caregivers ask Quebec court to strike down vaccination requirement (Montreal Gazette)

January

January 31, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)
 
Canada – Federal

  • O.I.C 0041: Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada)

  • O.I.C 0042: Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligations)

  • As Ontario, Quebec loosen COVID-19 restrictions, here’s what’s open across the country (CBC)

  • Feds remove special travel requirements for travellers coming from India, Morocco (CTV News)

 
U.S. – Federal

  • H.R.6530: To amend the Public Health Service Act to sustain senior congregate care operations in the wake of ongoing COVID-19 financial burdens, and for other purposes.

  • Department of Defense awards contract to iHealth Lab Inc., to purchase COVID-19 antigen over-the-counter test kits in support of President Biden's 500 million free at-home COVID-19 tests (News Release)

  • U.S. orders 100 million additional COVID-19 tests to give out (Reuters)

 
Alberta

  • Alberta premier says massive blockade preventing access to U.S. border “must end” (CBC)

  • COVID-19 phone lines and virtual clinics aim to relieve the burden on Alberta ERs (CBC)

 
British Columbia

 
Ontario 

  • Some urge vaccine certificates to require three doses as Ontario set for reopening (CBC)

  • City of Toronto resuming services as Team Toronto continues to offer hundreds of COVID-19 vaccination options (News Release)

  • City of Toronto immunization clinics now accepting walk-ins aged five and older for COVID-19 vaccines (News Release)

 
Quebec

  • Ministerial Order 2022-011: Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation issued on January 29, 2022

  • COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know Monday (CBC)

 

January 28, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Government of Canada provides update about Canada’s border measures (News Release)

  • Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 52 (Canada Gazette)

  • Interim Order No. 2 Respecting Vessel Restrictions and Vaccination Requirements Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (Canada Gazette)

U.S. – Federal

  • Vaccine mandate to kick in for first wave of health workers (AP News)

Alberta

  • Alberta Premier "confident" COVID-19 measures could be relaxed by end of March (CTV News)

British Columbia

  • B.C. health officials say some COVID-19 restrictions could be lifted by Family Day, February 21, 2022 (CBC)

Ontario 

  • Ontario invests in innovations to help control the spread of COVID-19 (News Release)

  • Ontario releases guidelines for Paxlovid COVID-19 treatment eligibility (The Globe and Mail)

  • Ontario to resume non-urgent surgeries on January 31, 2022, when province lifts some COVID-19 restrictions (CBC)

Quebec

  • Quebec plans to ease more restrictions on February 14, 2022, public health director says (Montreal Gazette)

  • Truckers Freedom Convoy passes through Quebec on Friday (Montreal Gazette)

 

January 27, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Proposed new post-pandemic standards for long-term care being released today (CBC)

U.S. – Federal

  • No news

Alberta

  • Rapid asymptomatic COVID-19 screening: Program Overview. Updated on January 26, 2022

British Columbia

  • Human rights complaint filed against B.C. health-care authority over N95 respirator ban (CBC)

  • Rapid tests being delivered to support B.C. child-care providers (News Release)

  • More B.C. school districts require staff to be vaccinated (CBC)

  • B.C. extends proof of vaccine card program to the end of June (The Globe and Mail)

Ontario 

  • O.Reg. 25/22: Rules for Areas at Step 3 and at the Roadmap Exit Step. In force on January 31, 2022.

  • O.Reg. 26/22: Steps of Reopening. In force on January 31, 2022.

  • Ontario's crackdown on COVID-19 vaccine medical exemptions seems to be working (CBC)

Quebec

  • O.I.C. 94-2022: Declaring renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act (January 27, 2022)

  • M.O. 2022-010: Ordering of measure to protect the health of the population amide the COVID-19 pandemic situation (dated January 27, 2022)

  • Montréal school board provides parents with overview of COVID-related absences (CBC)

  • Quebec has issued C$45-million in fines during the pandemic, but only a fraction of them have been paid (Montreal Gazette)

 

January 26, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Omicron subvariant BA.2 reported in Canada: PHAC (CTV News)

U.S. – Federal

  • COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing; Emergency Temporary Standard (Federal Register)

  • HHS Distributing US$2-billion More in Provider Relief Fund Payments to Health-care Providers Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic (HHS)

  • New York state mask mandate back in effect as judge grants stay in appeal (Reuters)

Alberta

  • New at-home COVID-19 treatment on its way to Alberta (News Release)

British Columbia

  • B.C. vaccine card extended, youth tournaments to resume (News Release)

Ontario 

  • Child-care operators, staff call for access to PCR testing, more HEPA filters (CBC)

Quebec

  • M.O. 2022-009: Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation issued on January 25, 2022

  • Quebec announced several relaxations as of January 31 (News Release)

  • Rapid test self-declaration platform goes live (News Release)

  • Quebec announces plan to reopen restaurants, cinemas in coming weeks (CBC)

 

January 25, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Federal government won't budge on vaccine mandate for truckers as convoy heads for Ottawa (CBC)

U.S. – Federal

  • Issuance of multiple exemptions in response to COVID-19 public health emergency (Federal Register)

  • A New York judge rules that the state’s mask mandate is unconstitutional and can’t be enforced (NYT)

Alberta

  • Addressing emergency medical services pressures (News Release)

  •  Alberta responds as COVID-19 calls swamping emergency medical response (CBC News)

British Columbia

  • No news

Ontario 

  • Ontario Supports Havelock Company’s Investment in Sanitizer-Grade Ethanol (News Release)

  • Ontario back-to-school effort roiled by absences, Quebec looks to incentivize COVID-19 vaccination (The Globe and Mail)

Quebec

  • Order No. 2022-008 of the Minister of Health and Social Services issued on January 23, 2022.

  • Actions to reach people who have not received their first dose of vaccine (News Release)

  • Quebec announces plan to reopen restaurants, cinemas in coming weeks (CBC)

  • Quebec plans to intensify its COVID-19 vaccine strategies (Montreal Gazette)

  • Quebec businesses open again on Sundays as new vaccine requirement looms (Montreal Gazette)

 

January 24, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • No news

U.S. – Federal

  • S.3516: Increase Access to COVID Testing Act

Alberta

British Columbia

Ontario 

  • Ontario restaurants take pragmatic approach as they come out of yet another lockdown (The Globe and Mail)

  • More than 330 Ontario schools report absence rates of 30 per cent or higher (CTV News)

Quebec

  • Important announcement regarding Operation workforce in the education network (News Release)

  • Order No. 2022-007 of the Minister of Health and Social Services

  • COVID-19 vaccine passports now required to enter big-box stores in Quebec (CTV News)

  • Quebec pharmacies to receive more rapid tests this week (Montreal Gazette)

  • Facing backlash, Quebec says pandemic rules may be relaxed before mid-February (Montreal Gazette)

 

January 21, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Indigenous Services Canada flowing C$125-million in COVID-19 public health funding directly to First Nations Communities (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • S.3461: Prohibiting Private Sector Vaccine Mandates Act of 2022

Alberta

  • Protecting the health-care system from Omicron peak (News Release)

British Columbia

  • Order of the Provincial Health Officer regarding Workplace Safety, January 20, 2022

  • 'We cannot eliminate all risk': B.C. starting to manage COVID-19 more like common cold, officials say (CTV News)

  • Some communities across B.C. lose health-care services as Omicron cuts into staffing (CBC)

  • BCCDC apologizes for creating confusion by repeatedly changing isolation advice (CBC)

Ontario 

  • Ontario Expanding Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for Students and Education Staff (News Release)

Quebec

  • Ministerial Order 2022-005 of the Minister of Health and Social Services, issued on January 21, 2022

  • Rapid screening tests made available to students in all high schools in Quebec (News Release)

  • To counter false vaccine passports: interdepartmental, police and citizen collaboration (News Release)

  • Montréal health agency unable to analyze COVID-19 tests in time, throws out thousands (CBC)

January 20, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • No news

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. begins offering one-billion free COVID tests, but many more needed (AP News)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

  • Updated guidance shortens COVID-19 isolation time for unvaccinated B.C. children (CTV News)

  • B.C. businesses closed because of COVID-19 orders can now get up to C$20,000 in relief (CTV News)

  • ‘Staffing crisis' forces reduced hours at B.C. hospitals, cancelled surgeries (CTV News)

  • B.C. doubling relief funding for eligible businesses still closed due to COVID-19 (CBC)

Ontario 

  • O. Reg. 17/22: Made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act Amending O.Reg. 25/21 (Filed January 20, 2022)

  • Ontario Outlines Steps to Cautiously and Gradually Ease Public Health Measures (News Release)

  • Toronto students head back to class after snowstorm, COVID-19 remote learning (CBC)

Quebec

  • O.I.C. 51-2022: Renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act (Gazette Officielle)

  • O.I.C. 90-2022: Extension of the effect of the Act to establish a perimeter around certain places in order to regulate demonstration in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic (Gazette Officielle)

  • The Omicron variant forces the STQ to adapt its service (News Release)

  • Quebec hospitals to start administering new Pfizer drug to high-risk COVID-19 patients (CBC)

  • Quebec pharmacies will receive more COVID-19 rapid tests next week (Montreal Gazette)

  • UPAC cracking down on fake vaccine passports (Montreal Gazette)

  • ​Quebec's Nunavik region moves into lockdown to contain Omicron, curfew in effect (Montreal Gazette)

 January 19, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Lockdown Regions Designations Order (COVID-19): SOR/2021-275 (Canada Gazette)

  • SOR/2021-276: Regulations Amending the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit Act (Lockdown Order Definition and Minimum Lockdown Period) (Canada Gazette)

  • SOR/2021-277: Order Amending the Lockdown Regions Designations Order (COVID-19) (Canada Gazette)

  • SOR/2022-1: Order Amending the Lockdown Regions Designations Order (COVID-19), No. 2 (Canada Gazette)

  • Canada terminates C$222-million PPE contract following forced labour probe Social Sharing (CBC)

U.S. – Federal

  • S.3514: A bill to repeal COVID-19 vaccination requirements imposed by the District of Columbia.

  • S.3516: A bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide emergency use authorization with respect to certain COVID-19 diagnostic tests approved for use in the European Union.

  • U.S. to make 400 million N95 masks available for free to fight COVID-19 pandemic (Reuters)

  • U.S. government website to order free COVID-19 tests is now up and running (Reuters)

Alberta

  • CMOH Order 03-2022: Updated operational and outbreak standards for licensed supportive living, long term care and hospice settings. Published on January 18, 2022.

  • Immunocompromised Albertans eligible for 4th COVID-19 vaccine dose (CTV News)

  • Hospitals see influx of children with COVID-19 as Alberta battles 5th wave (CBC)

  • Alberta-run jails have the highest COVID-19 rate in the country (CBC)

  • Edmonton's public school board wants province to expand COVID-19 child vaccination options (CBC)

British Columbia

Ontario

  • O.Reg. 16/22: Rules for Areas in Step 2 Made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020. In force on January 18, 2022.

  • City of Toronto to distribute COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits to community-based child care providers (News Release)

  • Ontario premier says 'positive news' coming this week on COVID-19 restrictions (CTV News)

  • Most Toronto schools will reopen for in-person learning Wednesday (CTV News)

Quebec

  • Quebecers with disabilities struggle with rapid tests, say advocates (CBC)

  • Quebec health care needs overhaul, unions tell CHSLDs inquest (Montreal Gazette)

  • Quebec plans to reduce care standards in hospitals if COVID-19 surge continues (Montreal Gazette)

  • Quebec to receive first shipment of oral treatment for COVID-19 this week (Montreal Gazette)

January 18, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Grocery store closures loom amid labour, product shortages (CTV News)

  • Government of Canada receives first delivery of COVID-19 oral antiviral treatment (News Release)

  • Health Canada authorizes PAXLOVID for patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 at high risk of developing serious disease (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • No news

Alberta

  • Alberta’s post-secondary schools will not mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for students and staff (The Globe and Mail)

British Columbia

  • School Staff Member Vaccination Status Reporting (Order of the Provincial Health Officer)

  • B.C. teachers must disclose COVID-19 vaccination status under new public health order (CBC)

  • School in B.C.'s Interior closes after teachers refuse to work due to high number of unmasked students (CBC)

  • Vancouver elementary school could be headed for closure again (CBC)

  • Expiration dates removed for B.C.'s COVID-19 orders around gatherings, events, bars and gyms (CTV News)

Ontario

  • Ontario to introduce policies requiring COVID-19 vaccinations or regular tests for staff in health care, education (The Globe and Mail)

Quebec

  • Quebec hospitals to start administering new Pfizer drug to high-risk COVID-19 patients (CBC)

  

January 17, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal 

  • COVID-19 Subsidies – Explanatory Notes Relating to the Income Tax Act and Income Tax Regulations (News Release)

  • Health Canada approves Pfizer’s COVID-19 therapeutic (CBC)

  • Students in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Nova Scotia return to school amid Omicron (CTV News)

  • Canada’s vaccine mandate for cross-border truckers comes into effect (The Globe and Mail)

  • Health-care system hit hard by staffing shortages amid COVID-19 surge (The Globe and Mail)

U.S. – Federal

  • Request for a Religious Exception to the COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement and Request for a Medical Exception to the COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement (Federal Register)

  • S. 3486 Masks for All Act of 2022 (introduced January 12, 2022)

Alberta

  • No news

British Columbia

Ontario

  • School boards warn of potential last-minute class cancellations during COVID surge (CBC)

Quebec

  • Ministerial orders issued by the Minister of Health and Social Services: 2022-004 and 2022-003 (January 15, 2022) and 2022-002 (January 14, 2022)

  • Safety concerns abound as Quebec students head back to school this week (CBC)

 

January 14, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Interim Order No. 51: Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19 (published in Canada Gazette on January 15, 2022)

U.S. – Federal

  • Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for U.S. businesses (AP News)

Alberta

  • Alberta’s two largest universities delay return to in-person classes until late February (CBC)

British Columbia

  • No news January 14, 2022

Ontario

  • O.Reg. 8/22: Extensions of orders made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (in force January 13, 2022)

  • TDSB says it will alert families about COVID-19 cases when school restarts (CBC)

  • Ontario school boards warn of potential last-minute class cancellations during COVID-19 surge (CTV News)

  • Ontario's top doctor says he 'can't guarantee' that businesses will reopen on January 26 (CTV News)

Quebec

  • Quebec's 10 p.m. curfew will be lifted on Monday (CTV News)

 

January 13, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Ottawa drops vaccine mandate for its truckers after pressure from industry (The Globe and Mail)

U.S. – Federal

  • H.R.6380: To direct the Secretary of Education to establish a grant program to make grants to the parents of students enrolled in elementary schools or secondary schools that, for any reason related to COVID-19, are failing to provide in-person instruction for each enrolled student for each school day of school year 2021-2022, and for other purposes.

  • White House will double COVID-19 tests for schools (Reuters)

  • U.S. business fears never-ending liability from 'take-home' COVID-19 lawsuits (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Alberta premier says he won't follow Quebec plan to levy fee on COVID-19 unvaccinated (CBC)

British Columbia

  • British Columbia Delta schools to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for teachers, staff (CBC News)

Ontario

  • Ontario government increasing resources and investments to support return to in-person learning (News Release)

Quebec

  • Order in Council 4-2022: Declaring renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act

  • Quebec's elementary and high schools to return to class Monday, Legault says (CBC News)

  • Quebec plans to lift curfew on Monday (CBC News)

  • Appointments for first dose jump after Quebec announces 'anti-vax tax' (News Release)

 

January 12, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal 

  • Provinces clamour for rapid tests while feds struggle to deliver (CTV News)

  • Canada extending repayment of COVID-19 business aid loans to 2023 (CTV News)

  • Canada has contracts for up to 100 million Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 doses in 2022 (The Globe and Mail)

U.S. – Federal

  • Fact Sheet: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Increases COVID-⁠19 Testing in Schools to Keep Students Safe and Schools Open (White House)

  • Biden wants U.S. agencies to mandate COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated employees by February 15 (Reuters)

  • U.S. secures 600,000 more doses of GSK-Vir's COVID-19 therapy (Reuters)

Alberta

  • CMOH Order 02-2022: 2022 COVID-19 response – Sets out isolation and related masking requirements in the Province of Alberta

British Columbia

  • Applications now open for COVID-19 Closure Relief Grants (News Release)

Ontario

  • O. Reg. 7/22: Extensions of order made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (in force January 11, 2022)

  • Hospitalizations rise amid staff shortages as health officials eye Omicron peak within weeks (The Globe and Mail)

  • Ontario parents won’t be notified of COVID-19 outbreaks in schools until 30 per cent of students are absent (CTV News)

  • Ontario bringing in more rapid tests as students set to return to school (CBC)

Quebec

  • Unions worried about classroom safety as Quebec's back-to-school deadline looms (News Release)

 

January 11, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal 

  • As Ontario confirms return to in-person schooling, Alberta, Saskatchewan face staff shortages. (The Globe and Mail)

  • Government of Canada to assist Nova Scotia with COVID-19 immunization program. (News Release)

U.S. – Federal

  • S.3461: A bill to provide that the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to "COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing; Emergency Temporary Standard" shall have no force or effect, and for other purposes.

  • S.3463: A bill to impose sanctions and other measures in response to the failure of the Government of the People's Republic of China to allow an investigation into the origins of COVID-19 at suspect laboratories in Wuhan.

  • S.3440: A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the Defense Production Act of 1950 to prohibit the federal government from limiting state access to key therapies, such as monoclonal antibodies, and from prioritizing federal contracts over state contracts relating to purchasing supplies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • EU parliament told to fix illegal export of COVID data to U.S. (Bloomberg)

  • Biden-Harris administration requires insurance companies and group health plans to cover the cost of at-home COVID-19 tests, increasing access to free tests. (HHS

Alberta

  • Alberta says its new 'critical worker exception' order is necessary to ease critical labour shortages. (CBC)

  • Changes to COVID-19 testing eligibility. (News Release)

  • Case data is not consistently being reported at this time. Publishing will resume as the situation warrants.

British Columbia

  • Order of the Provincial Health Officer: Regarding Regulated and Unregulated Health Professionals SARS-CoV-2 Immunization Order (January 9, 2022)

  • Order of the Provincial Health Officer: Regarding Regulated Emergency Medical Assistants SARS-CoV-2 Immunization (January 9, 2022)

  • Case data is not consistently being reported at this time. Publishing will resume as the situation warrants.

Ontario

  • Ontario to deploy internationally trained nurses to hospitals as COVID-19 ICU admissions hit 477. (CBC)

  • More than 100,000 kids have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine; more than 45 per cent of eligible residents have received their third dose. (News Release)

  • Ontario invests in new disinfectant wipes production facility in Barrie. (News Release)

  • Case data is not consistently being reported at this time. Publishing will resume as the situation warrants.

Quebec

  • Unvaccinated Quebecers will have to pay a ‘health contribution,’ Legault says. (CBC)

  • Quebec premier reveals replacement for top health official after sudden resignation. (CBC)

  • 600,000 rapid test boxes to be distributed in Quebec starting today and more are on the way. (CBC)

  • Quebec's public health director resigns as hospitals overwhelmed by Omicron. (CBC)

  • COVID-19 booster shots now available for Quebecers 40 and older. (News Release)

  • Case data is not consistently being reported at this time. Publishing will resume as the situation warrants.

 

January 10, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • PC 2021-1050: Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligations), issued under the Quarantine Act on December 20, 2021. In force December 21, 2021. Published in Canada Gazette Part I, January 8, 2021.

U.S. – Federal

  • Biden administration signs first contract for COVID test kits. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Requirements for the Restrictions Exemption Program.

  • Guidance for schools (K-12) and school buses.

  • Case data is not consistently being reported at this time. Publishing will resume as the situation warrants.

British Columbia

  • K-12 students across B.C. head back to class as COVID-19 hospitalizations mount. (CBC)

  • Case data is not consistently being reported at this time. Publishing will resume as the situation warrants.

Ontario

  • Toronto reports absences among emergency services, ambulance delays. (CBC)

  • Ontario adding more vaccine clinics for education and childcare staff. (News Release)

  • Case data is not consistently being reported at this time. Publishing will resume as the situation warrants.

Quebec

  • No news.

  • Case data is not consistently being reported at this time. Publishing will resume as the situation warrants

 

January 7, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • Interim Order No. 50: Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 50, published in Canada Gazette on January 8, 2022.

  • Provinces could make vaccination mandatory, says federal health minister. (CBC

U.S. – Federal

  • Tenth Amendment to Declaration Under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act for Medical Countermeasures Against COVID-19. (Federal Register)

Alberta

  • No news.

British Columbia

  • RCMP detachments across the country brace for pandemic-driven staff shortages. (CBC)

  • Case data is not consistently being reported at this time. Publishing will resume as the situation warrants.

Ontario

  • Ontario providing supports for small businesses, workers and families. (News Release)

  • Case data is not consistently being reported at this time. Publishing will resume as the situation warrants.

Quebec

  • Deaths of elderly or vulnerable people in residential settings during the COVID-19 pandemic – Hearings resumed on January 10, 2022 (News Release)

  • Case data is not consistently being reported at this time. Publishing will resume as the situation warrants.

 

January 6, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

U.S. – Federal

  • Pandemic-wary U.S. Supreme Court to weigh Biden vaccine mandates. (Reuters)

Alberta

  • Students returning to in-person learning Jan. 10. (News Release)

  • Education At-Home Rapid Testing Program: information for parents, students, and school staff.

  • Case data is not consistently being reported at this time. Publishing will resume as the situation warrants.

British Columbia

  • Ministers’, PHO statement on support for health-care workers, COVID-19 testing (News Release)

  • Case data is not consistently being reported at this time. Publishing will resume as the situation warrants.

Ontario

  • Ontario Accelerating Boosters for Education and Child Care Staff (News Release)

  • Ontario tells hospitals to stop non-urgent surgeries, procedures to preserve critical-care capacity (CBC)

  • Case data is not consistently being reported at this time. Publishing will resume as the situation warrants.

Quebec

  • O.I.C 1-2022: Declaring renewal of the public health emergency pursuant to section 119 of the Public Health Act published on January 05, 2022.

  • SGEE employees will be able to access PCR tests in screening clinics from January 15 (News Release).

  • Quebec still plans to reopen schools Jan. 17 (CBC)

  • Quebec expands vaccine passports to liquor, cannabis stores, with 3rd dose requirement on the way (CBC)

  • Case data is not consistently being reported at this time. Publishing will resume as the situation warrants.

 

January 5, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • The Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Minister of Health, and Government of Canada officials to hold a news conference on coronavirus disease. (News Release)

  • OIC 2022-0021: Announces upcoming regulations under the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit Act, which will be published in the Gazette on January 19, 2022.

U.S. – Federal

  • Press Briefing by White House COVID-⁠19 Response Team and Public Health Officials. (News Release)

  • U.S. CDC backs previous advice for five-day isolation; no test needed. (News Release)

  • Biden Administration to Increase Supply of ‘Game Changer’ Pfizer Pill. (The New York Times)

  • U.S. finalizing purchase of COVID tests, to be distributed for free. (News Release)

Alberta

  • CMOH Order 01-2022: 2022 COVID-19 response issued January 4, 2022.

  • Chief medical officer of health COVID-19 update.

  • Case data is not consistently being reported at this time. Publishing will resume as the situation warrants.

British Columbia

  • With Omicron dominating, businesses need plans for staying open as staff get sick, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says (CBC News)

  • B.C. Update on COVID-19 and Vaccine Booster Campaign. (CPAC)

  • Case data is not consistently being reported at this time. Publishing will resume as the situation warrants.

Ontario

  • O. Reg. 363/20: Steps of Reopening – Consolidation period from January 5, 2022 to the E-Laws currency date.

  • City of Toronto update on Omicron action plan, City services and staffing impacts due to unplanned absences (News Release)

  • Case data is not consistently being reported at this time. Publishing will resume as the situation warrants.

Quebec

  • Adjustments to the guidelines concerning the management of contacts and outbreaks in children's educational childcare services. (Ministry of Families)

  • COVID-19 Pandemic – Changing priorities for testing and managing cases and contacts (Department of Health and Social Services)

  • COVID-19 Pandemic – Instructions surrounding access to exceptional childcare services in schools (Ministry of Education)

  • Tightening of measures concerning access for residents in CHSLDs, RI for the elderly and RPA in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Quebec (Department of Health and Social Services)

  • Burned-out nurses in Quebec have vacations cancelled amid pandemic's fifth wave (CTV)

  • Case data is not consistently being reported at this time. Publishing will resume as the situation warrants.

 

January 4, 2022

Last updated at 5 p.m. (ET)

Canada – Federal

  • No news on January 4, 2022.

U.S. – Federal

  • U.S. FDA authorizes Pfizer's COVID-19 booster for 12- to 15-year-olds. (Reuters)

  • U.S. schools delay openings as Omicron rages; New York City hits 33% positivity rate. (Reuters)

  • New York City is doubling capacity for its quarantine hotels. (New York Times)

Alberta

  • Case data is not consistently being reported at this time. Publishing will resume as the situation warrants.

British Columbia

  • B.C. schools enact enhanced safety measures as students with special needs return to classes. (CBC)

  • Case data is not consistently being reported at this time. Publishing will resume as the situation warrants.

Ontario

  • Ontario government is temporarily moving the province into Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen with modifications that consider the province’s successful vaccination efforts.

  • Provincial status on COVID-19 as of January 3, 2022.

  • Ontario moves school online, closes indoor dining and gyms as part of sweeping new COVID-19 measures. (CBC)

  • Bearskin Lake First Nation in Ontario calls for military help as COVID-19 infects nearly half the population. (CBC)

  • O. Reg. 1/22: Steps of Reopening – In force on January 5, 2022.

  • O. Reg. 2/22: Rules for Areas in Step 2 – In force on January 3, 2022, except subsections 2(5) and (16), which come into force on January 17, 2022.

  • Case data is not consistently being reported at this time. Publishing will resume as the situation warrants.

 Quebec 

  • Quebec reduces COVID-19 isolation period to five days for people with two doses of vaccine. (CBC)

  • Order No. 2022-001: Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation issued on January 2, 2022.

  • Case data is not consistently being reported at this time. Publishing will resume as the situation warrants.