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Ontario passes Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Protection Act, 2020

On April 14, 2020, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario passed the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Protection Act, 2020 to continue to address challenges with respect to COVID-19. The Act amends various acts, including the Education Act, the Planning Act and the Development Charges Act, 1997. The full text of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Protection Act, 2020 can be found here.   Amendments to the Education Act Two amendments were made to the Education Act. The first amendment relates to education development charges (EDC). Section 257.58.1 of the Education Act was amended to enable school boards to continue to charge…

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Ontario Government Implements Emergency Order in Response to COVID-19 Staffing Shortages in Retirement Homes

With the declared province-wide state of emergency, the Ontario Government has been active in passing emergency orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (the “EMCPA”), including several to address staffing shortages across Ontario’s healthcare sector. These previous emergency orders have been addressed in detail in earlier Focus Alerts which can be viewed on our COVID-19 Information Hub. On April 2, 2020, the Ontario Government filed an emergency order streamlining work deployment restrictions for retirement homes which is similar to those orders previously filed in regard to hospitals and long-term care homes. This emergency Order lasts until April 16,…

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Bill 188 Brings Significant Changes to Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act

Bill 188, the Ontario Economic and Fiscal Update Act, 2020, received Royal Assent on March 25, 2020. The Bill provided significant changes to several statutes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA). This article will provide a brief overview of the significant changes made to PHIPA.   The Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 PHIPA provides rules governing the collection, use and disclosure of individuals’ personal health information (PHI) in order to protect personal privacy and confidentiality of the information. In addition, subject to limited and specific exceptions, PHIPA provides individuals with…

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WSIB Announces Financial Relief Package for Employers in Response to COVID-19

As a part of the $17 billion package included in Ontario’s Action Plan, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (“WSIB”) package seeks to manage the impact of COVID-19 by providing relief for employer payments to the WSIB. The financial relief package permits employers to defer the reporting and payment of premiums until August 31, 2020. This deferral is available to employers who report and pay monthly, quarterly or annually based on their insurable earnings. In terms of process, each customer  reports and pays on the previous full month or quarter. For instance, March 31 reporting and payment obligations cover the period of…

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Corporations Canada Announces Extension of Annual Return Deadlines for Federally-Regulated Businesses and Not-for-Profits due to COVID-19

Corporations Canada is the Federal Government’s corporate regulator responsible for administering the laws that allow Canadians to create and maintain a federally-regulated corporation in Canada. As one of its responsibilities, Corporations Canada receives the filing of annual returns from federally-incorporated businesses, not-for-profit organizations and cooperatives, as required under the Canada Business Corporations Act, Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act and the Canada Cooperatives Act, respectively.   Extension of Annual Filing Period On April 1, Corporations Canada announced that it will extend the annual return filing periods for federally-regulated corporations falling within its mandate in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, Corporations…

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Ontario Government Files a Second Emergency Order to Address Challenges Facing Long-Term Care Homes During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 17, 2020, the Ontario Government declared an emergency pursuant to Order in Council 518/2020. With the expanded powers afforded to it under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, the Ontario Government made several regulatory changes to address the needs of long-term care homes during the pandemic. Amongst these changes, the Ontario Government filed an emergency Order on March 23, 2020 which addressed work deployment and staffing measures in long-term care homes. A review of these and other changes relating to the long-term care sector were addressed in detail in an earlier Focus Alert. Following these changes, on…

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Ontario Government Makes Emergency Order for Staffing and Redeployment for Boards of Health Due to COVID-19

The Ontario government issued an emergency order on April 1, 2020 providing boards of health with broad authority to address staffing and work deployment needs relating to COVID-19.  The Work Deployment Measures for Boards of Health Order filed under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act applies to every board of health within the meaning of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, and allows boards to take any reasonably necessary work deployment or staffing measure to respond to, prevent and alleviate the COVID-19 outbreak. The Order lasts for 14 days, unless extended under the Act.   Staffing and Redeployment Measures…

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Federal Government Launches Canada Emergency Response Benefit on April 6th

Over the past number of weeks, the Canadian government has announced various economic measures intended to stabilize the economy, provide individual financial support to workers and support businesses experiencing financial uncertainty in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. We had previously advised Focus readers on the introduction of one of these measures – the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (see COVID-19 Emergency Response Act Receives Royal Assent), a program which was officially launched this morning. On April 1, 2020 additional details regarding the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (the “CERB”) were announced, finally providing some clarity on a number of issues, including…

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