Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance and Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility Applications to Open

On May 20, 2020 Bill Morneau and Navdeep Bains announced the opening of the application process for the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility program. More information can be found about this program in our previous blog post found here. The same day, Justin Trudeau announced that applications for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance will ...

Trudeau Announces Expansion to Eligibility Criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account

On May 19, 2020, Justin Trudeau announced an expansion to the Canada Emergency Business Account (“CEBA”), previously discussed in Rose Keith’s blog post dated April 16, 2020, found here.  CEBA is administered by Export Development Canada and provides a partially forgivable, zero interest loan of up to $40,000 for qualifying small businesses. Up to $10,000 ...

WORKSAFEBC RELEASES INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR REOPENING

19. May 2020 0
Further to our May 7, 2020 blog post, on May 15 WorkSafeBC released industry-specific guidelines and resources on its website for the following sectors: Restaurants, cafes, pubs Salons and personal services Real estate Arts and cultural facilities (Museums, art galleries, and libraries) Retail Education K-12 Parks and outdoor spaces Health services In-person counselling Office space WorksafeBC ...

RECENT DECISION OPENS DOOR TO CANADIAN COMPANIES FACING CLAIMS IN CANADA FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS THAT OCCUR IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES

The Supreme Court of Canada recently dismissed a preliminary application by a Canadian mining company, Nevsun Resources Ltd.   The SCC decision allows three Eritrean workers to proceed with a claim in B.C. alleging that Nevsun violated customary international law in its mine operation in Eritrea, Africa.  This decision represents a significant shift in Canadian law ...

WAGE SUBSIDY EXTENDED TO AUGUST 29, 2020, AND ADDITIONAL ORGANIZATIONS NOW INCLUDED

Finance Minister Bill Morneau today announced that the Government of Canada will extend the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) to August 29, 2020.   The government has also revised the criteria to include several additional types of organizations that would not have otherwise been eligible for the CEWS: Partnerships:  Partnerships with non-eligible members will now ...

Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (“LEEFF”)

11. May 2020 0
On May 11, the federal government announced the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (“LEEFF”) program to help large Canadian for-profit businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downturn.  The objective of this program is to help keep Canada’s largest employers operating, avoid bankruptcy of otherwise viable firms if possible, and ...

Wage subsidy (CEWS) will be extended beyond June 9, 2020

Prime Minster Trudeau announced on May 8 that the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) will be extended. This should be welcome news for employees and employers.  The details of the CEWS are summarized in our previous blog posts, including our discussion about how it can be used by employers instead of laying off employees.  In brief, ...

Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions

07. May 2020 0
Yesterday the British Columbia government announced easing of COVID-19 restrictions, unveiling their reopening plan.  The next phase of BC’s COVID-19 response will allow residents to host a small group of friends for dinner, get a professional haircut and play low contact sports.  The result is that a variety of businesses and services will be allowed ...

Amendments to the BC Employment Standards Act

On May 4, 2020 the BC government announced that it has amended the BC Employment Standards Act to extend the maximum allowable period for a temporary layoff.  Previously, a temporary layoff could only extend to 13 weeks in a 20-week period before being considered a permanent layoff/termination.  Now the Act allows for a maximum of ...

Considerations on the Road to Return to “Normal”

04. May 2020 0
Provinces throughout Canada are now creating plans for a gradual resumption of activities.  British Columbia’s plan is expected to be released this week.  Now is the time to begin thinking about what that looks like for your workplace.  You can expect that the resumption of activities will happen in stages and will continue to require ...