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COVID-19 Updates

  • Government creates COVID-19 temporary layoff period

    May 4, 2020

    Temporary layoffs can be extended to a maximum of 16 weeks rather than 13 weeks, if the employee agrees.

  • B.C. extending state of emergency to continue COVID-19 response

    April 30, 2020

    The state of emergency has been extended until May 12, 2020.

  • The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy is open as of April 27.

    April 27, 2020

    Employers may be eligible for a subsidy of up to 75% employees hourly wages for up to 12 weeks. Click the link for eligibility requirements, to learn how to apply, and for more program details.

  • B.C. enacts order to move tent city residents into hotels

    April 25, 2020

    On April 25, 2020, it was announced that Vancouver's Oppenheimer Park, Victoria's Topaz Park, and Pandora corridor will be dismantled and residents will be moved into hotels and other sites until more permanent housing is made available. The deadline for the transition is May 9.

    According to Minister Mike Farnworth, the plan to dismantle the camps is a public safety order and not a health order which gives authority to police and other compliance officials to enforce violations.


  • Federal rent relief of 75% for small businesses affected by Coronavirus

    April 24, 2020

    Excerpt from Global News:

    The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for small businesses will provide forgivable loans to qualifying commercial property owners to cover 50 per cent of three monthly rent payments payable by eligible small business tenants experiencing financial hardship during April, May and June.

    The loans will be forgiven if the mortgaged property owner agrees to reduce the eligible small business tenants’ rent by at least 75 per cent for the three corresponding months under a rent forgiveness agreement, which will include a pledge not to evict the tenant while the agreement is in place.

  • COVID-19: Applications for $1,000 B.C. emergency benefit open May 1

    April 23, 2020

    Excerpt from The Vancouver Sun:

    The B.C. emergency benefit is only available for those who are B.C. residents, have met the eligibility requirements for the CERB, and have been approved for the CERB, even if they have not received a benefit yet.

    They must also be at least 15 years old, agree to file a 2019 B.C. income tax return, and not be receiving provincial income assistance or disability assistance.

    Starting May 1, applications can be made online at

  • PM Trudeau announces $9B in new COVID-19 funding for students

    April 22, 2020

    On April 22, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new Canada Emergent Student Benefit. According to CTV News: 

    “The benefit will see eligible postsecondary students receive $1,250 a month from May to August, and if you are taking care of someone else or have a disability, that amount increases to $1,750 monthly.

    College and university students currently in school, planning to start in September, or who graduated in December 2019 are eligible.

    As well, working students earning less than $1,000 per month can apply.”

  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) to Launch April 27, 2020

    April 21, 2020

    Starting April 27, 2020, Canadian employers who have been affected by COVID-19 may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 12 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to June 6, 2020. 

    In order to qualify to receive the subsidy, the employer must be an eligible employer, have experienced an eligible revenue reduction and have had a CRA payroll account on March 15, 2020.

  • BC Supreme Court Expands Telephone Conference Hearings

    April 20, 2020

    As of April 20, 2020, the Supreme Court will expand what civil and family matters can be heard by Telephone Conference Hearing to non-urgent or essential matters, that were already scheduled during the suspension period. 

  • All Air Travelers Must Now Wear Masks

    April 20, 2020

    Starting on April 20th, 2020, all air passengers in Canada have to wear non-medical masks or a face covering that goes over their mouth and nose. Passengers are required to cover their mouth and nose:

    • At Canadian airport screening checkpoints
    • During a flight when they cannot physically distance from others, or as directed by the airline employees; and
    • When directed to do so by a public health order or public health official

    For more information on these new rules see Transport Canada. For information on how to use non-medical face masks and coverings see HERE