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Government of Canada: Coronavirus support for Businesses and Employees

Support for workers, considerations for businesses navigating COVID-19 disruptions, Economic Response Plan, guidance for federal employees

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British Columbia: Financial Supports in Response to Covid-19

Provides details of initiatives for individuals including emergency financial assistance, deferral of monthly payments, and deferral of taxes for businesses

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Alberta: Covid-19 Support for Employers and Employees

Measures to protect employers and employees form the economic disruption of COVID-19

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Saskatchewan: Support for Businesses

Provides information on deferral of taxes and utilities payments as well as additional programs and supports. Includes information on regular webinars hosted by Employment Standards

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Manitoba: Information for Workplaces and Employees

Provides information to Workplaces, Employees, and Businesses including updates to health orders

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Ontario: COVID-19

Learn about the temporary measures we’re taking to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ontario and find a list of the essential services

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Quebec: Investquebec

Financial solutions for all types of businesses

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New Brunswick: COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses

The Government of New Brunswick will continue to monitor economic impacts and respond proactively to the needs of businesses and employers

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Prince Edward Island

If you are self-employed, a worker or a business, there are now supports available for emergency relief. Find details about these programs and online applications

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Nova Scotia

Public health officials are working closely with colleagues across the country, and partners here in Nova Scotia, to prepare and respond to COVID-19 in Canada

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Newfoundland and Labrador

Provides information to prevention, mental health & wellness, travel, FAQ's, general information and lots more

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Yukon

Find information on all things COVID-19 related

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Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories COVID-19 Economic Relief

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Nunavut

The Government of Nunavut is actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation nationally and globally. See information and updates

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Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses

Everything you need to know to keep your business safe. Expert advice to guide you through this difficult time

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News & Updates


Federal Government will create EI like benefit for gig, contract workers

July 31, 2020

The federal government announces that it will be creating an EI like benefit for Gig and Contract workers

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Northwest Territories extends wage top-up program to Oct. 1

July 31, 2020

The Northwest Territories is extending its wage top-up program to October 1, 2020

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Federal Government pledge $30m for B.C.’s small businesses, tech sector

July 28, 2020

The Federal Government is pledging new financial support for businesses which did not qualify for other types of support related to the pandemic. $30 million will be direct to British Columbia

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Changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

July 27, 2020

Changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy have received Royal Assent and are now in force

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B.C. launches online tool to process temporary layoff extension applications

July 27, 2020

BC launches online tool to process requests for extension to temporary layoffs beyond August 30th. Documents related to obtaining consent from employees must be filed no later than August 25th

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Feds respond to COVID-19 child-care frustrations with $625M cash infusion

July 24, 2020

The Federal Government is injecting $650 million dollars into the childcare sector to help get parents affected by the pandemic back to work as the economy reopens

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Quebec announces Covid-19 related relief for supplementary pension plans

July 24, 2020

Quebec has published new draft regulations aimed at helping the administrators of supplemental pension plans to navigate the coronavirus pandemic

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Ottawa extends wage subsidy to December, dumps 30% threshold

July 17, 2020

The federal government announced proposed changes to the Emergency Wage Subsidy program for businesses; extending the subsidy to Dec 19th but reducing the amount over time

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Canada’s Safe Restart Program Will Provide Workers 10 Job-protected Paid Sick Days Related to COVID-19

July 16, 2020

As part of the Safe Restart Agreement, the federal government is requiring the creation of temporary income support programs to allow workers who develop Covid-19 or or its symptoms to remain at home

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Manitoba and New Brunswick announce expansion of their provincial wage subsidy programs

July 16, 2020

Manitoba, New Brunswick expand wage subsidy programs

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Alberta, New Brunswick boost funding for trades

July 16, 2020

Alberta and New Brunswick offering additional financial support during the pandemic to apprentices in skilled trades

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British Columbia announces changes to WorkSafeBC

July 14, 2020

Includes pandemic related relief such as premium deferrals and excluding wages paid under the federal emergency wage subsidy program in premium calculations

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Federal wage subsidy to be extended to December

July 13, 2020

Today, the prime minister announced that the federal wage subsidy program will be extended to the end of December

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Updates on Covid-19 relief measures for pension plan sponsors

July 10, 2020

Updates on relief measures for pension plan sponsors

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CERB Is Coming To An End As Feds Focus On Wage Subsidy

July 9, 2020

There will be no extension to the CERB program as the federal government wish to focus on the Wage Subsidy program to encourage Canadians to return to work

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Government Introduces Draft Regulations Providing Relief for Registered Pension Plans

July 2, 2020

Federal government announces draft legislation to provide relief to Registered Pension Plans

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BC extends the temporary lay-off period to 24 weeks

June 24, 2020

The Province of British Columbia has extended the temporary layoffs provisions to a maximum of 24 weeks expiring on Aug. 30, 2020

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Alberta announces additional temporary relief measures for pension plan sponsors

June 24, 2020

Alberta announces additional relief measures for pension plan administrators amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

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Manitoba offers up to $2K for Manitobans to head back to work

June 23, 2020

Manitoba offers residents up to $2,000 to return to work

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FSRA updates guidance for pension plans concerned about filing deadlines

June 23, 2020

The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario is updating its guidance for pension plans around filing deadlines and member communications

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Temporarily extentension given to employers to recall employees laid off due to the COVID-19

June 23, 2020

The Government of Canada temporarily extends time periods given to employers to recall employees laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Ontario issues update on temporary layoffs

June 18, 2020

Under the new regulation, an employee is not considered to be laid off if their employer temporarily reduces/eliminates their hours of work for COVID-related reasons

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Further expansion of the CEBA

June 17, 2020

Beginning July 19th the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) will be expanded to allow small businesses with payroll below $20,000 to qualify for the emergency loan relief

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CERB payments to be extended for 2 more months

June 16, 2020

CERB payments to be extended by two months but applicants must now attest that they understand the government expects them to seek work

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Ontario Lifting 30-Day Supply Limit on Prescriptions

June 15, 2020

Effective today the Ontario government has lifted the 30 day supply limit on prescription medications

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Feds to extend CERB

June 15, 2020

The Prime Minister announced today that the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will be extended beyond 16 weeks

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COVID-19 Measures – FAQs for Federally Regulated Private Pension Plans

June 5, 2020

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) posted updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding funding relief for federally regulated private pension plans

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Department of Finance Canada announced new Defined Benefit Pension Regulations

June 2, 2020

The regulations provide nine months of temporary relief for plan sponsors of federally regulated defined benefit pension plans

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Ontario amends labour laws to aid businesses

June 2, 2020

Workers to be placed on emergency leave to avoid permanent layoffs, severance pay

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COVID-19 pandemic brings unpaid leaves into focus

May 29, 2020

A number of Canadian jurisdictions have introduced new unpaid job-protected statutory leaves for employees who need to take time off work due to quarantine, care for family members & other reasons

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Feds, provinces pursuing talks for 10 paid sick days

May 25, 2020

The federal government is in talks with the provinces and territories to determine ways in which 10 days paid annual sick leave will be offered to Canadians

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Pension Plan Updates

May 20, 2020

Sasketchewan has made changes to its pension contribution rules and Nova Scotia has extended the Annual Information Return (AIR) filing deadline

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Feds open applications as ‘lender of last resort’ for large employers

May 20, 2020

Federal government opens applications as “Lender of Last Resort” for large businesses

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Ottawa, provinces ready to pay 50% of rent for SMBs

May 20, 2020

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistant Program will begin accepting applications May 25

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Federal government is expanding eligibility of its business loan program

May 19, 2020

Eligibility is being expanded to businesses with sole ownerships, those that rely on contractors and family businesses that pay through dividends

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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Extension

May 15, 2020

The federal government has extended the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) to August 29th

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Canada extends wage subsidy to end of August

May 15, 2020

The Federal Government has extended the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy until the end of August and may reconsider the 30% loss threshold

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Ontario passes legislation that allows additional electronic beneficiary designations

May 14, 2020

Amendments permit electronic beneficiary designations for benefits payable under Retirement Savings Plans, Retirement Income Funds, Locked-in Retirement Accounts, Life Income Funds & Tax-Free Savings

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Ontario provides relief for user of the Ontario Drug Benefit Program

May 13, 2020

People using the Ontario Drug Benefit Program will not be required to pay any co-payment until July 1, 2020 for any prescription of 30+ days that is now being dispensed in installments.

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Manitoba and New Brunswick are relaxing the 30 day limit on prescription drugs

May 13, 2020

Patients in these provinces will be entitled to receive 90 day supplies once again where shortages do not exist.

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The Yukon Government has announced that it plans to increase its Insurance Premium Tax rates effective January 1, 2021

May 13, 2020

The premium tax rates for group life and accident and sickness insurance are expected to increase from 2% to 4%. The new tax rates will be applied to premiums paid on or after January 1, 2021.

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The Alberta government is delaying their biosimilar initiative

May 13, 2020

Affected patients will now have until January 15, 2021 to switch from the biologic originator to the biosimilar version of their drug in order to maintain provincial coverage

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Canada may extend coronavirus wage subsidy by ‘months’: employment minister

May 11, 2020

Today the Federal Employment Minister stated that the government expects the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to continue for months past the initial June 2nd deadline. Details are still being worked

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Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance

May 7, 2020

Further details emerging regarding the proposed commercial Rent Relief Program. Baker Tilly has created a flow chart to help determine if your business qualifies.

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B.C. unveils plan for easing COVID-19 restrictions

May 6, 2020

The next phase of British Columbia's Covid-19 response make it possible for a wide variety of businesses & services to reopen as early as mid-May. Increased socializing & more guidelines outlined here

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Manitoba is considering waiving dispensing fees on prescription drugs

May 6, 2020

Manitoba is considering waiving dispensing fees on prescription drugs to help alleviate the additional costs associated with the 30 day limit on renewing prescriptions

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Temporary relief on defined contribution pension plans

May 6, 2020

The Canada Revenue Agency is waiving the one per cent minimum required employer contribution on defined contribution pension plans for the remainder of 2020.

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British Columbia extends temporary layoff period during Covid-19 pandemic

May 4, 2020

The BC Government has amended its Employment Standards Act to allow temporary lay-offs to be extended to 16 weeks in a 20 week period. This is up from the original 13 weeks

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Employers permitted to suspend DC pension contributions

April 28, 2020

The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario has confirmed it will permit a suspension of employer contributions to defined contribution pension plans on a temporary basis.

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Commercial rent relief for small businesses hit hard by Covid-19

April 24, 2020

Companies currently paying less than $50,000 per month can expect a 75% reduction in commercial rent for April, May, and June. federal government will provide 50% of the relief....

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Nova Scotia will cover extra dispensing fees for Pharmacare clients.

April 23, 2020

They will cover the second and third refill dispensing fees for prescriptions typically dispensed for 90 days in order to provide additional financial relief to Nova Scotians.

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CRA launches the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) calculator to help employers to prepare to apply for CEWS

April 22, 2020

Calculator includes detailed information & instructions about who can apply for the subsidy, how eligibility is assessed, and how the subsidy is calculated. Employers can begin applying as of April 27

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$9 billion in financial aid for post-secondary students

April 22, 2020

Students will be eligible for $1,250 a month from May -August. That sum can go up to $1,750 if they are taking care of someone or have a disability. Available to those with jobs earning <$1000 a month

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The provincial government has launched a support service to help B.C. businesses navigate the COVID-19 pandemic

April 16, 2020

Starting this Thursday, the B.C. Business COVID-19 Support Service will serve as a single point of contact for information about available government, industry and community resources

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The small business loan program

April 16, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that the Canada Emergency Business Account will now be available to companies that spent between $20,000 and $1.5-million in payroll in 2019

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Relief for federally regulated pension plan sponsors

April 15, 2020

Government announces relief for federally regulated pension plan sponsors

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Canada Emergency Response Benefit

April 15, 2020

Part-time, contract and seasonal workers now qualify for COVID-19 emergency benefits

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Saskatchewan - Annual statements

April 14, 2020

Extended deadline 3 additional months

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Saskatchewan - AIRs

April 14, 2020

Extended deadline 3 additional months

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Alberta - Remittance of employer and employee contributions deadline.

April 14, 2020

Deadline should be discussed with the Superintendents office on a case-bycase basis

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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

April 13, 2020

The federal government launched the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to help businesses struggling due to the COVID-19 crisis to keep and rehire their employees. Find out who is eligble to qualify

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Changes to federal government programs

April 8, 2020

Department of Finance Expands Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

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Alberta COVID-19 Relief Measures

April 3, 2020

Alberta Releases COVID-19 Relief Measures for Registered Pension Plans

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Deadline Extensions - Extensions have bee

April 2, 2020

Extensions have been granted for certain filing and disclosure deadlines for pension plans registered in Saskatchewan.

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Measures to Help Citizens, Businesses Affected by COVID-19

April 2, 2020

The Nova Scotia government announced that it will be introducing a Small Business Impact Grant. The Grant will provide eligible small businesses and social enterprises a one-time payment equivalent...

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Nova Scotia

April 1, 2020

Nova Scotia has announced Annual Information Returns and Actuarial Valuation Reports that were due 31 March or 30 April have been given a filing extension until 31 May 2020.

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EPPA update

April 1, 2020

In response to the recent market decline amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the Superintendent is announcing a number of relief measures for pension plans registered in Alberta

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Relief Measures for Pension Plans in British Columbia

March 30, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the market disruption, BC Financial Services Authority (BCFSA) is announcing a number of relief measures for pension plans registered in British Columbia (BC).

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OSFI Policy Adjustments

March 27, 2020

OFSI Changes to Federally Regulated Pension Plans during Covid Crisis

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Ontario Employer Health Tax

March 25, 2020

Ontario EHT Exemption Increase

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FSRA Covid-19 Response

March 20, 2020

Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA) provides some relief to pension sponsors during Covid-19

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