COVID-19: Emergency Measures Tracker

In light of the outbreak of COVID-19, our team is closely monitoring updates from governments across Canada as they respond to the pandemic. The following summarizes the emergency measures that have been imposed in each jurisdiction. We will continue to update this summary as further measures are introduced across the country.

This roundup was last updated on April 3, 2020. To see what has changed since our last update, please download our blackline, here.

Federal

  • April 3, 2020: The Canadian Armed Forces will be dispatched to Nunavik in northern Québec to support the community during a regional lockdown.
  • April 2, 2020: Public Safety Canada developed a set of functions deemed essential in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic to help provinces/territories, Indigenous communities, and municipalities protect their communities while maintaining the reliable operation of critical infrastructure services and functions to ensure the health, safety, and economic well-being of the population. The guidance is not, nor should it be considered to be a federal directive or standard. Further information on Public Safety Canada’s guidance on essential services and functions in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found here.
  • March 28, 2020: The Government of Canada introduced new domestic transportation measures. All air operators must conduct a health check of travellers before they board a flight within Canada or departing from Canada, based on guidance from the Public Health Agency of Canada. Passengers that present COVID-19 symptoms must be refused by air operators. Individuals who are refused will not be able to travel for a period of 14 days, or until a medical certificate is presented confirming that the traveller’s symptoms are not related to COVID-19. They must also notify travellers that they may be subject to provincial or territorial measures at their final destination. Similar restrictions apply to rail companies. More on theses orders can be found
  • March 26, 2020: All in person Service Canada Centres have closed (link).
  • March 25, 2020: The Government of Canada has mandated an immediate 14 day quarantine for all Canadians returning to Canada as of 11:59 pm on March 25, 2020. The Government of Canada has advised that this mandated quarantine will be enforced under the Quarantine Act.
  • March 24, 2020: Parks Canada temporarily suspended all motor vehicle access to all national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. These measures are effective as of 12:01 a.m. on March 25, 2020 (link).
  • March 19, 2020: All Canadians returning home from travel outside of Canada urged to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • March 18, 2020: Government of Canada, in conjunction with the United States, closed the Canadian-US border to all non-essential travel.
  • March 16, 2020: Government of Canada banned the entry of all non-Canadian or non-permanent residents into Canada.
  • March 14, 2020: Government of Canada issued a travel advisory to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada and all travel by cruise ship. Canadians were urged to return home via commercial means while they still remain available.
  • Further information is available on the Government of Canada’s website.
  • To date the Government of Canada has imposed emergency measures under the Quarantine Act, the Aeronautics Act, and other federal legislation. It has not yet invoked its extraordinary powers under the Emergencies Act. Further information on the federal government’s emergency powers, can be found on our “Can they do that?” series of explainers, available on our COVID-19 hub.

British Columbia

  • April 2, 2020: The Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General issued a Ministerial Order which protects essential services from being held liable for damages caused by exposure to COVID-19 while continuing to operate, so long as they are complying with orders from the provincial health officer and other authorities (link).
  • April 2, 2020: The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training announced $3.5 million in emergency financial assistance for students attending public post-secondary institutions (link).
  • April 2, 2020: The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction announced new emergency supports for people on income or disability assistance and low-income seniors (link).
  • April 1, 2020: BC Hydro announced a credit for residential customers who have lost their jobs or are unable to work due to COVID-19 to help cover their electricity bills. Small businesses forced to close as a result of COVID-19 will have their power bill forgiven for three months, from April to June 2020. Major industries, such as pulp and paper mills and mines may defer 50% of their bill payments for three months. Further details are available here.
  • April 1, 2020: The provincial health officer issued guidelines to support compliance with orders on business closures and gatherings, under the Public Health Act. The new guidelines provide instruction on warnings, public education, and fines (link).
  • April 1, 2020: The Ministry of Education has secured and funded licences for the application Zoom for all K-12 public and independent schools in British Columbia (link).
  • March 31, 2020: The Government of British Columbia extended the state of emergency through to the end of day on April 14, 2020. Evictions have been halted. The Government of British Columbia is also amending the Employment Standards Act to protect jobs for those unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19 and intends to launch a process to match essential service workers with child care in their communities while supporting child care providers with temporary emergency funding. Further information on these measures can be found here.
  • March 30, 2020: Youth and young adults that are receiving care through government assistance will continue receiving the same level of service and will continue to reside where they are during the pandemic, even if they were set to age out (link). Effective April 1, 2020, pay parking is temporarily suspended at all health authority owned and operated sites (link).
  • March 29, 2020: The Minister of Citizens’ Services made an order enabling the broader use of communication tools for health-care workers and other public-sector staff who are responding to COVID-19 under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection Act (link).
  • March 28, 2020: Bonnie Henry ordered that all episodic vending markets (such as farmers markets) must only allow vendors to serve food at these events. Vendors of all other merchandise are prohibited at these events (link).
  • March 27, 2020: Limitation periods to commence court proceedings in British Columbia have been suspended, and statutory decision-makers have been provided discretion to waive, suspend or extend time periods related to their powers (link).
  • March 26, 2020: Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, issued a series of orders in response to COVID-19. First, the government established a Provincial Supply Chain Coordination Unit to co-ordinate goods and services distribution, and to allow the delivery of goods at any time of day. The government banned the resale of food, medical supplies, personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies and other essential supplies, and restricted the quantity of these items that may be purchased. Provincial health officer’s orders may now be enforced by municipal bylaw officers. The government also suspended local states of emergency, except in the City of Vancouver. More on these orders can be found here.
  • March 24, 2020: BC Ferries advised customers to avoid non-essential travel. The Province has closed certain parks and recreational areas.
  • March 23, 2020: City of Vancouver passed a motion allowing the City to fine businesses up to $50,000, and individuals up to $1,000, for not following social distancing rules.
  • March 21, 2020: Bonnie Henry, British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer, ordered the immediate closure of personal service establishments – like barbershops, salons, nail estheticians, health spas, massage parlours, tattoo shops and others.
  • March 20, 2020: Henry ordered owners and operators of premises where food and drink is served, and retail liquor stores, that they may only provide take-out or delivery services. Holders of liquor licenses that do not provide meal service must close.
  • March 18, 2020: BC Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth, declares provincial “state of emergency” under the Emergency Program Act. The declaration will be in effect for 14 days, but can be extended. Mike Farnworth also announced that the provincial legislature would convene on Monday, March 23, 2020 to discuss amendments to the British Columbia’s Employment Standards Act to protect individuals affected by COVID-19 and the measures imposed to contain it.
  • March 17, 2020: Henry declared a “public health emergency” under British Columbia’s Public Health Act. Dr. Henry ordered travelers who have returned to Canada on or after March 12, 2020 to self-isolate for 14 days. Dr. Henry also ordered all bars, nightclubs and pubs to close. Businesses that remain open, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, must take measures to ensure social distancing. Restaurants and cafes that cannot meet the social distancing requirement must switch to take-out only.
  • March 16, 2020: Henry issued an order prohibiting owners, occupiers and operators from allowing gatherings of 50 people or more. This had the effect of closing public spaces from community centres to swimming pools and libraries in municipalities across the province.
  • Further information is available on the Government of British Columbia’s website.
  • Further information on the B.C. government’s emergency powers, can be found on our “Can they do that?” explainer, here.

Alberta

  • April 2, 2020: It is now free for healthcare workers and the public to park at all Alberta Health Services facilities (link).
  • April 2, 2020: New outbreak standards were implemented in supportive living, long-term care, and residential addiction treatment centers. These standards direct how to deploy staff and resources where most needed, implement isolation measures, and ensure staff have up-to-date training on care and protective equipment in an effort to contain the virus (link).
  • April 2, 2020: The Minister of Justice and Solicitor General ordered that limitation periods be suspended from March 17, 2020 to June 1, 2020. Additionally, any period of time within which any step must be taken in any proceeding or intended proceeding is suspended from March 17, 2020 to June 1, 2020, subject to the discretion of the court, tribunal or decision-maker. The order can be found here.
  • April 2, 2020: Royal assent is given to Bill 10: Public Health (Emergency Powers) Amendment Act, 2020 (link), Bill 11, Tenancies Statutes (Emergency Provisions) Amendment Act, 2020 (link) and Bill 12, Liabilities Management Statutes Amendment Act, 2020 (link).
  • April 1, 2020: The Government of Alberta expanded child care eligibility to include children of critical infrastructure workers and first responders and anyone outlined as essential by government. Child care services were previously only available to front-line health-care workers (link).
  • April 1, 2020: The Government of Alberta partnered with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to increase food inspector capacity and meet increased demand in the food processing industry (link).
  • March 31, 2020: The Government of Alberta proposed three new bills: (i) Bill 10, Public Health (Emergency Powers) Amendment Act, 2020 will provide law enforcement agencies full authority to enforce public health orders during a pandemic; (ii) Bill 11, Tenancies Statutes (Emergency Provisions) Amendment Act, 2020 will ensure no one will be retroactively charged for residential rent increases or late fees while the state of public health emergency is in effect; and (iii) Bill 12, Liabilities Management Statutes Amendment Act, 2020, which will enable the Government of Alberta to clarify and enable expanded, delegated authority for the Orphan Well Association to maintain and manage orphan sites (link).
  • March 30, 2020: Albertans under mandatory self-isolation (such as those returning from travel, experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19) will be required to remain inside and can only go for walks on their own property for the duration of their self-isolation. People isolating who live in apartment buildings or high-rises must stay inside and cannot use the elevators or stairwells to go outside. If an individual becomes sick during self-isolation, they must self-isolate for an additional 10 days from the beginning of symptoms or until they are feeling well, whichever takes longer (link). The deadline to submit compliance reports and emissions reduction plan reports under the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction Regulation is extended to June 30, 2020 (link). The deadline for fuel suppliers, approved contributors, and renewable fuel providers to submit compliance reports under the Renewable Fuel Standard Regulation is extended to June 30, 2020 (link). A variety of reporting requirements under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, Water Act, and Public Lands Act have been suspended (link).
  • March 28, 2020: Alberta adjusted funding for schooling in order to reallocate funds not being utilized to Alberta’s COVID-19 response (link).
  • March 27, 2020: The Provincial Court of Alberta closed all of its case management offices. The Court of Queen’s Bench will allow remote commissioning of affidavits in certain situations. Alberta Transportation extended the timeline to 90 days for most drivers requiring a medical evaluation to complete their medical form when applying for or renewing their licence. The Alberta Emergency Management Agency Unsolicited Offers Program was set up in response to growing offers of generosity from individuals and organizations to help with the challenges many Albertans are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic (link). Service Alberta suspended civil enforcement of evictions for non-payment of rent to April 30, 2020 (link) and prohibits landlords from increasing rent and charging fees in respect of late rental payments. The Minister of Environment and Parks restricted access to public lands, provincial parks and recreation areas to employees, law enforcement and emergency personnel.
  • March 27, 2020: Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer passed a Public Health Order prohibiting public gatherings in excess of 15 people, requiring all persons to maintain a minimum of 2 meters distance from one another, and mandating the closure of all non-essential businesses including personal services, wellness services, and retail stores (link); violation is subject to fines. A list of essential business services can be found here. The Alberta Minister of Health issued a Public Health Order increasing fines for violations of the Public Health Act to $100,000 for a first offence and $500,000 for subsequent offences (link).
  • March 26, 2020: The Lieutenant Governor in Council issued Order in Council 100/200 amending the Procedures Regulation to allow community and police officers to issue fines of $1000 for violation of public health orders.
  • March 25, 2020: Government of Alberta specified the eligibility requirements to receive emergency isolation support payment; qualifying applicants will receive a one-time payment of $1,146.
  • March 25, 2020: Government of Alberta announced that through amendments to the Procedures Regulation under the Provincial Offences Procedures Act, peace and police officers will be able to issue tickets to enforce COVID-19 Public Health Orders (orders subject to fines for violation include those respecting self-isolation and mass gatherings; a full list can be found here). Fines for violating Public Health Orders have increased to a prescribed fine of $1,000 per occurrence and courts will have powers to administer fines of up to $100,000 for a first offence and up to $500,000 for a subsequent offence. Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer passed a Public Health Order requiring mandatory 14-day self isolation for international travelers returning to Alberta, mandatory 14-day isolation for close contacts of persons confirmed to have COVID-19, and mandatory minimum 10-day isolation for persons with COVID-19 or experiencing symptoms such as cough and fever (link); failure to self-isolate is subject to fines. Health care service providers must adhere to new operational protocols (link).
  • March 23, 2020: Government of Alberta committed $25 million to support homeless-serving agencies in response to COVID-19. Further, the Government announced an education property tax freeze, the deferral of education property tax for businesses for six months and the deferral of WCB premiums for private sector businesses (in addition to 50% WCB premium coverage for small and medium private businesses in 2020).
  • March 22, 2020: Government of Alberta announced it is working to open up 15,000 childcare spaces to assist individuals providing services upon which Albertans are relying during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • March 20, 2020: Government of Alberta amended the Emergency Management Act with the result that a provincial state of emergency will no longer nullify a local (municipal) state of emergency. As a result, a provincial state of emergency can now supplement and reinforce a local authority’s state of emergency. Note that a state of emergency remains distinct from a public health emergency, and has not yet been declared in the province. Further, the Government of Alberta struck a provincial economic recovery council to focus on long-term recovery from the crisis and extends a series of energy sector initiatives aimed at enhancing liquidity of energy companies, including: (i) providing 5 months of funding for the Alberta Energy Regulator; (ii) granting extensions for oil and gas agreement tenures; and (iii) extending a loan to the Orphan Well Association. Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hinshaw, restricts attendance at child care programs to children of essential services workers (link).
  • March 18, 2020: Government of Alberta announced a series of funding and supportive measures for immediate financial relief to Alberta’s families, vulnerable populations and local businesses, including in respect of: (i) emergency isolation support; (ii) utility payment deferral; (iii) a moratorium on student loan repayment; (iv) relief for ATB Financial and Alberta credit union members; and (v) a deferral on corporate income tax balance collection until August 31, 2020.
  • March 17, 2020: Government of Alberta declared a provincial public health emergency. Alberta’s provincial government has not yet declared a (broader) provincial state of emergency.
  • March 14, 2020: Given the rapid global increase in the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Alberta advised that it was no longer possible to assess health risks related to international travel. As such, it recommended against travel outside of Canada.
    • Effective March 12, 2020, all Albertans who are currently travelling outside of Canada should self-isolate on their return for 14 days, independent of the country they were visiting.
  • Further information is available on the Government of Alberta’s website.
  • Further information on the Alberta government’s emergency powers, can be found on our “Can they do that?” explainer, here.

Saskatchewan

  • March 30, 2020: The Government of Saskatchewan announced the deadline to apply, reinstate, cancel or make changes to Crop Insurance contracts is extended to April 13, 2020 (link). Additionally, the hours of service regulations for commercial truck drivers transporting goods and supplies to meet immediate needs related to COVID-19 will be temporarily modified (link).
  • March 27, 2020: Provincial parks remain closed and people are advised not to gather in the parks. Tenants that are not able to pay their rent during the state of emergency are expected to pay their rent in full once the state of emergency is over.
  • March 26, 2020: The Government of Saskatchewan enacted three emergency regulations that enable lawyers to execute and witness certain documents remotely. Further information can be found here.
  • March 25, 2020: The Government of Saskatchewan has further limited the size of public gatherings to 10 people. Additionally, effective March 26, 2020, “non-allowable business services” will be unable to provide public facing services. The Government of Saskatchewan will provide additional information clarifying allowable and non-allowable business services. Various examples provided to date, can be found
  • March 23, 2020: Effective as of March 23, 2020, recreational and entertainment facilities including fitness centers, casinos, bingo halls, arenas, curling rinks, swimming pools, galleries, theatres, museums and similar facilities ordered closed. Additionally, the Government ordered the closure of all personal service facilities including tattooists, hairdressers, barbers, acupuncturists, acupressurists, cosmetologists, electrologists, estheticians, manicurists, pedicurists, suntanning parlours, relaxation masseuses, and facilities in which body piercing, bone grafting or scarification services are performed. In the health sector, the closure of dental, optometrist, chiropractic, registered massage therapy and podiatry clinics except for non-elective procedures. Day care centers may only have a maximum of eight children and if they are co-located with a long-term care or personal care home, they shall have a separate entrance.
  • March 22, 2020: All persons returning from international travel or anyone in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Violation of the order may result in a $2000 fine.
  • March 20, 2020: Premier Scott Moe signed an order pursuant to the provincial State of Emergency directing that all orders of the government and Chief Medical Health Officer must be followed and that law enforcement agencies in Saskatchewan have the full authority to enforce those orders. Public gatherings of more than 25 people in one room are prohibited except where two-meter distancing between people can be maintained; workplace and meeting settings where people are distributed into multiple rooms or buildings; and retail locations (ie. grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations). He ordered the closure of all nightclubs, bars, lounges and similar facilities. Take out of alcohol or food products is permitted with two-meter distancing between customers and the delivery of alcohol or food products. In-person classes in all primary and secondary educational institutions, both public and private, are suspended. Visitors to long-term care homes, hospitals, personal care homes and group homes shall be restricted to family visiting for compassionate reasons.
  • March 18, 2020: The Government of Saskatchewan declared a provincial state of emergency. With this declaration, the government mandated all restaurants, bars and event venues to limit their seating to 50% capacity or a maximum of 50 people, whichever is lesser. The order also mandates the implementation of social distancing procedures in retail centers.
  • March 18, 2020: Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer advised all residents to avoid non-essential international travel until further notice and strongly advised all returning travelers to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Further information is available on the Government of Saskatchewan’s website.
  • Further information on the Saskatchewan government’s emergency powers, can be found on our “Can they do that?” explainer, here.

Manitoba

  • April 1, 2020: Pursuant to a new order, the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba will be allowed to waive or modify registration requirements for former registered nurses, so they may apply for temporary registration during the pandemic on an expedited basis (link).
  • March 31, 2020: Manitoba suspended in classroom learning for kindergarten to Grade 12 students indefinitely for this school year (link). They also revised Spring Road Restrictions to more readily allow vehicles to transport essential commodities (link).
  • March 30, 2020: Restaurants providing takeout and delivery service are authorized to sell liquor if they are a licensed establishment (link).
  • March 30, 2020: The Government of Manitoba introduced several new measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As of April 1 2020, public gatherings will be limited to 10 people, restaurants may only serve food for delivery and takeout, and all businesses not in the schedule of critical services must close until April 14, 2020. Further information can be found here.
  • March 27, 2020: As of 12:01 a.m. on March 30, 2020, public gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people. Retail businesses and public transportation must ensure separation of one to two meters between persons. All non-essential travel is strongly not recommended. Employment standards are to be temporarily amended so that any period of layoff occurring after March 1, 2020, will not be counted toward the period after which a temporary layoff would become a permanent termination. The Government will establish five highway checkpoints and provide information in airports to inform travelers on public health measures and the requirement to self-isolate.
  • March 24, 2020: Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced that the province would be postponing all non-urgent eviction hearings at the Residential Tenancies Branch and the Residential Tenancies Commission until the end of May. All new hearings and previously scheduled hearings were included.
  • March 20, 2020: Government of Manitoba declared a provincial state of emergency amidst the ongoing COVID-9 pandemic. The decision, made under the province’s Emergency Measures Act, officially limits public gatherings of more than 50 people on any indoor or outdoor premise. Retail businesses, such as grocery or food stores, shopping centers, pharmacies and gas stations must ensure separation of one to two meters between patron and public transportation facilities must also make sure people assembling are able to reasonably maintain a separation of one to two meters from others. All hospitality premises and theatres are limited to 50 people, or 50 per cent of the capacity of the premises, whichever is less, and all fitness facilities are to close.
  • Further information is available on the Government of Manitoba’s website.
  • Further information on the Manitoba government’s emergency powers, can be found on our “Can they do that?” explainer, here.

Ontario

  • April 3, 2020: The Government of Ontario introduced further business closures that will be effective April 4, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. These closures will remain in effect for 14 days (link). The list of essential workplaces can be found here.
  • April 2, 2020: Ontario Superior Court of Justice issued a Notice to the Profession concerning remote hearings and other procedures. Further information can be found here.
  • April 2, 2020: The Government of Ontario has taken action to protect people and communities from the risk of preventable human-caused fires. Residents who live in a restricted fire zone cannot have an outdoor fire (link). Further information on fire zones can be found here.
  • March 31, 2020: Pursuant to a new Emergency Order, individuals who are being charged with an offence under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) will be required to identify themselves if asked by a provincial offences officer. Individuals who fail to correctly identify themselves may be fined $750 or $1,000 for obstructing any person in exercising a power if a provincial offences officer issues a ticket. Failure to comply with an Emergency Order could result in up to one-year imprisonment or a fine of up to $100,000 for an individual, $500,000 for a director of a corporation, or $10,000,000 for a corporation. These penalties apply in addition to the penalties for breaching other emergency orders (link).
  • March 31, 2020: The Government of Ontario implemented an Emergency Order to provide flexibility to corporate meetings. The Emergency Order allows all corporations under the Corporations Act and Business Corporations Act to hold meetings of directors, shareholders, and members virtually (i.e., electronically or by telephone). The timeframes by which corporations under both pieces of legislation must hold Annual General Meetings in certain circumstances related to the emergency have been extended. Further information on this Emergency Order, can be found here.
  • March 31, 2020: Public schools will remain closed to teachers until at least May 1, 2020, and students until May 4, 2020. Private schools, child care centres and EarlyON programs will remain closed until April 13, 2020. The second phase of Learn at Home to help reconnect students and teachers will also commence (link).
  • March 31, 2020: Payments for Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) loans will be temporarily deferred, and there will be an interest-free moratorium until September 30, 2020. The Government of Ontario will also make online learning supports, including year-end exams, available to post-secondary institutions (link).
  • March 30, 2020: Premier Doug Ford announced that the state of emergency which is set to expire on March 31, 2020, will be extended for another two weeks. In addition, the new order additionally closed all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities, including but not limited to playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, beaches, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, outdoor community gardens, park shelters, outdoor exercise equipment, condo parks and gardens, and other outdoor recreational amenities (link).
  • March 28, 2020: The Government of Ontario restricted gatherings to no more than 5 people. They also made orders prohibiting price gouging for “necessary” goods, including personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves, non-prescription medications for the treatment of symptoms of COVID-19, disinfecting agents or personal hygiene products. Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, individuals who breach these restrictions will face a maximum penalty of $100,000 and a year in jail, directors of corporations will face a maximum penalty of $500,000 and a year in jail, and corporations will face fines of up to $10 million (link).
  • March 28, 2020: New provincial regulations will enable the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services and the Ministry of Health to centrally manage public sector supply chains (link).
  • March 28, 2020: Ontario will implement an emergency order to address restrictions around staffing, reporting complaints, and documentation to help ensure there are enough staff to care for residents in long-term care homes. The order will also redeploy inspectors to critical areas (link).
  • March 27, 2020: Travellers returning to Ontario are required to self-isolate for 14 days. They may not visit stores, family or friends.
  • March 25, 2020: The Government of Ontario released Ontario Regulation 82/20 filed March 24, 2020 under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. It mandates the closure of non-essential businesses. It authorizes temporary access to a non-essential business (businesses not listed in Schedule 2), for the purposes of: performing work in order to comply with any applicable laws, allowing inspections and repairs, allowing security services to be provided, to deal with critical matters that cannot be dealt with remotely, or accessing materials that are necessary to operate remotely. It further provides that businesses are not precluded from operating remotely. Ontario Regulation 82/20 can be accessed
  • March 24, 2020: Pursuant to the declared emergency, a new order was issued for health sector workers, including long-term care workers. The order allows for the redeploying of staff to or between locations, changing work assignments, changing shift assignments, deferring or cancelling vacations and leaves, employing extra temporary or part-time staff, greater use of volunteers, and the provision of new education and training of individuals in new roles (link).
  • March 23, 2020: Premier Doug Ford announced the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces. This takes effect on March 24, 2020 at 11:59 PM and will continue for 14 days. The list of essential workplaces in Ontario can be found here.
  • March 20, 2020: The Cabinet made an order under s. 7.1 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to suspend limitation periods and procedural time periods. The suspension is retroactive to March 16, 2020.
  • March 17, 2020: The Government of Ontario declared a provincial state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public. The following establishments are required to close until March 31, 2020: all bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout and food delivery, all facilities providing indoor recreational programs, all public libraries, all private schools, all licensed child care centres, all movie cinemas, all theatres, including those offering live performances of music, dance and other art forms and all concert venues.
    • The Government of Ontario also prohibited all organized public events of over 50 people, including parades, events and communal services within places of worship.
  • March 17, 2020: David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, advised Ontarians to self-isolate for 14 days following their return from travel outside Canada, including the United States.
  • Further information is available on the Government of Ontario’s website.
  • Further information about the Ontario government’s emergency powers, can be found on our “Can they do that?” explainer, here.

Québec

  • April 3, 2020: The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced that in an effort to continue municipal projects, municipal organizations must open tenders without the presence of the public or those who have bid (link).
  • April 2, 2020: The Minister of Environment instituted a temporary measure exempting companies from the requirement to obtain an environmental authorization before being able to modify production to meet the demand for a priority service or activity related to the pandemic (link).
  • April 2, 2020: The Government of Québec postponed planting deadlines to provide additional time for farmers to plant their crops without being penalized (link).
  • April 2, 2020: The Premier of Québec has requested that provincial and municipal police officers enforce emergency measures against individuals and businesses. Fines of $1,000 to $6,000 can be imposed by the police (link).
  • April 1, 2020: Justice Québec announced several new temporary orders. The payment of legal fees to the court is postponed. The territorial powers of Justices of the Peace and Judicial Officers have been extended to all judicial districts. Procedural documents may now be filed in a district different from where it was to be filed and hearings may be transferred to a new district (link).
  • April 1, 2020: Further travel restrictions have been implemented to prevent non-essential movement in four new regions: l'Outaouais health region, the territories and municipalities of Antoine-Labelle and Argenteuil in the Laurentians health region, the territories of Autray, Joliette, Matawinie and Montcalm in the Lanaudière health region, and l'agglomération de La Tuque in the Mauricie et Centre-du-Québec health region (link).
  • March 31, 2020: Pharmacies, grocery stores, and establishments offering grocery or pharmacy services in outside shopping centers are allowed to extend their hours of operation beyond legal periods from Monday to Saturday in order to meet the needs of their clientele (link).
  • March 31, 2020: Maritime service to l'île d'Anticosti and la Basse-Côte-Nord has prohibited passenger transport, vehicle transport, receipt of goods from individuals, and the vessels will not stop in ports where cargo operations are not required (link).
  • March 30, 2020: Québec Premier François Legault announced that all stores must close every Sunday in April, with the exception of gas stations, convenience stores, pharmacies and restaurants providing takeout and delivery (link).
  • March 30, 2020: The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Québec announced a temporary measure to suspend decisions and orders of the Superior Court concerning supervised visits, generally by community organizations, between a child and his parent, grandparents or any other person (link).
  • March 30, 2020: The Caisse de dépôt et de placements du Québec announced a $4-billion envelope to support Québec companies impacted by COVID-19 (link).
  • March 30, 2020: Government of Québec announced the launch of Open school, an online platform aimed at teaching children and teenagers whose schools are closed (link).
  • March 29, 2020: Government of Québec announced $133-million to help senior and special care residences cope with the new health measures (link).
  • March 29, 2020: Government of Québec renewed the state of emergency for a further 10-day period (link).
  • March 28, 2020: The Government of Québec ordered the closure of tourist accommodation establishments, such as chalets, second homes for rent, Bed and Breakfasts and inns. Certain campsites hosting snowbirds with no other accommodation option that have sufficient sanitary facilities and hotels are exempt (link).
  • March 28, 2020: Temporary measures were announced that allow notaries and bailiffs to complete their functions remotely.
  • March 28, 2020: Only essential travel into le Bas-Saint-Laurent, l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue, la Côte-Nord, le Nord-du-Québec, le Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, la Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine, le Nunavik, and les Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James will be permitted. Police checkpoints will be set up to enforce this measure (link).
  • March 28, 2020: Health care workers who wish to interrupt their parental leave will have six additional months to use their benefits from the Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP). (link)
  • March 27, 2020: The Government of Québec has allowed businesses to postpone filing their returns until June 30, 2020 and payments in respect of the March 31, April 30 and May 31 QST remittances, without interest or penalties. It will also accelerate the processing of requests for tax credits intended for businesses and tax refunds (link).
  • March 27, 2020: City of Montreal declared a state of emergency pursuant to section 42 of the Civil protection act.
  • March 27, 2020: The Ministère des Transports announced the reopening of several rest stops to support those that must travel. However, the Government of Québec still advised against non-essential interregional travel (link). As of April 3, 2020, any unsubsidized daycare that remains open must close. The Government of Québec will provide childcare, free of charge, for health workers and essential services at a subsidized daycare. More information on childcare can be found here.
  • March 26, 2020: As a result of a decline in the use of public transit, Montreal and Québec City have announced that new public transit services will be reduced effective March 30, 2020. Further information on the new Montreal public transit schedules can be found here. Further information on the Québec City public transit schedules can be found here.
  • March 24, 2020: Following the March 23rd order that all non-essential businesses must close, the Government of Québec added that businesses that are non-essential, excluding stores, can maintain minimal operations to ensure the resumption of their activities, bearing in mind the directives issued by public health authorities (link). Minister of Justice announced the suspension of certain time limits for penal proceedings until the declaration of a public health emergency expired, except for cases deemed urgent by the courts. Also suspended during this period are time limits to retain a thing seized or the proceeds of a sale thereof and to obtain an extension of the retention (ss. 40.4 and 40.7 of the Tax Administration Act). In addition, any search may be authorized by a telewarrant (link).
  • March 23, 2020: Premier Fançois Legault announced the mandatory closure of all non-essential businesses, effective midnight of March 24, 2020. This order will remain in effect until April 13, 2020. The list of essential services and commercial activities in Québec can be found here.
  • March 22, 2020: As of midnight on March 22, 2020, Québec closed all shopping malls and hair and beauty salons. Grocery stores, pharmacies, and SAQ stores will remain open, as well as stores that are accessible by an exterior entrance. All restaurants must close dining-room service, while take-out service can continue. Schools and daycares remain closed until at least May 1, 2020 (link).
  • March 21, 2020: The Government of Québec renewed the state of emergency for a further 10-day period. All gatherings of people indoors and outdoors are forbidden unless it:
  • Is required by a work environment that is not the subject of a suspension by decree;
  • Is to obtain a good or a service from an establishment or a person whose activities are not suspended by decree;
  • Is in a transportation vehicle;
  • For an exterior assembly if, a) the people assembling live in the same residence, b) if one person is receiving a service from another, c) if a minimum distance of 2 meters is observed;
  • Is inside a private residence for its occupants.

For the first 3 exceptions, a distance of 2 meters must be respected amongst the people gathering. By the same decree, the Government of Québec suspended all periods of time to introduce an action until the end of the state of emergency for the Tribunal administratif du Québec, the Tribunal administratif du travail, the Tribunal administratif des marchés financiers, the Commission de la fonction publique and the section jurisdictional section of the Commission d’accès à l’information. The exception to this is with respect to an action introduced following section 22 of the Labour code concerning certification of employee associations (i.e. certification of unions) (link). The renewal of the state of health emergency also has the effect of renewing, until March 29, 2020, the suspension of limitation periods and procedural delays initially ordered on March 15, 2020.

  • March 21, 2020: Government of Québec adopted a decree allowing for the modification of several provisions of health sector collective agreements (link).
  • March 20, 2020: Public health officials asked hotels to accommodate non-infectious minor hospital cases in order to free up beds for COVID-19 patients in hospitals (link).
  • March 20, 2020: The Ministère de la Justice issued an interpretation bulletin recognizing the validity of affidavits completed remotely via technological means that meet certain conditions (link).
  • March 19, 2020: Premier of Québec asked people not to travel between regions unless essential (link).
  • March 18, 2020: Government of Québec suspended the education system’s collective agreements in order to dispatch education personnel where needed during the crisis (link).
  • March 17, 2020: Government of Québec announced delaying income tax declarations until June 1, 2020 (link).
  • March 17, 2020: Emergency daycare services were extended to include more parents working in services considered essential.
  • March 17, 2020: Montreal public transit adopted measures limiting interactions between staff, drivers and the public (link).
  • March 16, 2020: Government of Québec announced a special allocation program of $573/week (Programme d’aide temporaire aux travailleurs) to help workers that are not otherwise compensated for isolation measures (link).
  • March 15, 2020: To impede the spread of COVID-19 in Québec, the Government of Québec ordered the closure of the following businesses and public spaces until March 30, 2020: aquariums, skating rinks, bars and discotheques, libraries, sugar shacks, training gyms, dance halls and spinning, zumba and yoga centres, indoor soccer arenas, outdoor recreation centres, cinemas and games arcades, sample counters and booths in grocery and department stores, recreational sites (ski resorts, amusement parks, trampoline centres, etc.), museums, water parks, swimming pools, spas and saunas, restaurants offering buffet service, performance spaces, theatres, zoos and all other similar facilities.
  • The Government of Québec also asked restaurants and coffee shop owners to limit the number of customers to 50% of the rooms’ capacity, that is, to one out of every two tables. However, buffet-style restaurants and sugar shacks must close temporarily. Take-out orders, deliveries and drive-through services are permitted. The SQDC and SAQ remain open, but the number of clients must be limited in order to respect social distancing. Online orders are encouraged. For places of worship, religious gatherings of all faiths should be suspended, unless they are essential. If a gathering takes place, social distancing must be observed.
  • Collective agreements between school boards and unions were modified (link). The Ministerial Order can be found here.
  • March 15, 2020: Chief Justice of Québec and Québec Minister for Justice jointly ordered the suspension of certain limitation periods and procedural periods of time pending the duration of the state of health emergency decreed on March 13, 2020. The joint order can be found here.
  • March 14, 2020: Government of Québec prohibited non-essential visits to hospitals, residential and long-term care centres (CHSLD), intermediate resources, family-type resources for the elderly and vulnerable adults and private seniors’ homes.
  • March 14, 2020 Government of Québec recommended that people aged 70 and over stay at home and limit their movements except in exceptional situations, such as medical appointments (link).
  • March 13, 2020: Government of Québec declared a provincial public health emergency. This granted the government the power to put in place measures aimed at ensuring the protection of the population’s health. The state of emergency is declared for 10 days and is renewable for another 10 days thereafter. The following measure were notably adopted along with the health emergency:
    • Education establishments must suspend their activities;
    • Daycares must suspend their activities, however child care must be organized for children of healthcare workers, police, firefighters, ambulance workers, correctional services agents and special constables;
    • Indoor assemblies of over 250 people are forbidden;
    • Services provided by healthcare workers regarding COVID-19 by correspondence or by telecommunication are considered insured services;
    • The Ministre de la Santé et des Services sociaux (Minister of Health) can make the expenses considered necessary;
    • The Minister of Health and the healthcare establishments can without delay or formalities conclude the contracts which they deem necessary, notably to acquire furniture, equipment, medication or to undertake construction;
    • The Minister of Health can take all other measures required to insure that the healthcare system has the human resources it requires; and
    • The Minister of Health can order all other measures necessary to protect the health of the population (link).
  • March 13, 2020: The Government of Québec recommended voluntary self-isolation for 14 days for anyone who returned from abroad on or after March 12, 2020.
    • The Government of Québec also mandated isolation for 14 days for all public service employees and health care, education and daycare workers, both private and public, who return from abroad on or after March 12, 2020.
  • March 13, 2020: The Superior Court and the Québec Court suspended activities except with respect to emergency proceedings.
  • Further information is available on the Government of Québec’s website.

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • April 3, 2020: The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources extended the annual validation expiry date for aquaculture licences from March 31, 2020 to May 31, 2020 (link).
  • April 2, 2020: The Minister of Education announced the cancellation of public examinations in schools. Students’ grades will be based on work completed up to March 13, 2020 (link).
  • March 26, 2020: Various legislative amendments were introduced at the House of Assembly to respond to COVID-19. The potential amendments ensure that tenants of rental properties cannot be evicted if they cannot pay rent due to lost income related to COVID-19. The amendments would also introduce a variety of economic supports.
  • March 25, 2020: Effective March 26, 2020, passengers travelling on provincial ferries will be restricted to essential workers travelling to their workplace, patients travelling for medical reasons and those transporting essential goods.
  • March 23, 2020: Janice Fitzgerald, Chief Medical Officer of Health, ordered certain businesses to close immediately. All those announced as part of the March 18th order, were ordered to remain closed, with the additional closure of personal service establishments and retail stores (unless they provide services essential to the life, health or personal safety of individuals and animals). The new order prohibited gatherings of more than 10 people, including at funerals, visitations and weddings (link).
  • March 20, 2020: Janice Fitzgerald, Chief Medical Officer of Health, ordered all individuals arriving in Newfoundland and Labrador from outside the province to self-isolate for 14 days. Individuals arriving from other provinces and territories were included.
  • March 18, 2020: The Minister of Health and Community Services declared COVID-19 a public health emergency under the Public Health Protection and Promotion Act. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador ordered the closure of the following businesses: gyms and fitness facilities, including yoga studios, tennis and squash facilities, dance studios, businesses that hold a license under the Liquor Control Act whose primary purpose is the consumption of beer, wine, or spirits, cinemas, arenas, performance spaces, and bingo halls.
    • Restaurants are permitted to operate at 50 per cent capacity, as long as appropriate social distancing (2 arms’ length from others) can be maintained. Gatherings of 50 or more are not permitted. This includes funerals and visitation to funeral homes.
  • Further information is available on the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s website.
  • Further information on the Newfoundland and Labrador government’s emergency powers, can be found on our “Can they do that?” explainer, here.

New Brunswick

  • April 3, 2020: All provincial parks and playgrounds have been closed (link).
  • April 2, 2020: The Government of New Brunswick announced that campgrounds and other social venues will remain closed until further notice (link).
  • April 2, 2020: Barring drastic improvements related to COVID-19, schools will not reopen to students this school year. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development released home learning plans and resources for families to support the continuity of learning while schools remain closed to students. Grade 12 students that were on track to graduate will graduate on time, and students positioned to continue to the next grade level will do so (link).
  • April 1, 2020: The Government of New Brunswick extended the state of emergency for another 14 days. Failing to comply with emergency orders could result in fines ranging from $292.50 to $10,200 (link).
  • March 28, 2020: Service New Brunswick locations closed until April 1, 2020, at which point select service centres will open by appointment only.
  • March 27, 2020: Health care workers that develop symptoms of COVID-19 are directed to immediately self-isolate. All school playgrounds and playgrounds associated with public housing facilities, are closed. Businesses that are allowed to be open must limit the number of customers to maintain physical distancing and must check that customers entering are not among those required to be in self-isolation. Failing to comply could result in enforcement by the Department of Public Safety or a stop-work order by WorkSafeNB.
  • March 25, 2020: Jennifer Russell, Chief Medical Officer of Health, mandated 14 days of self-isolation for all individuals arriving from outside of the province. Additionally, all unnecessary travel into the province is prohibited and peace officers may turn away visitors (link).
  • March 19, 2020: The Government of New Brunswick declared a provincial state of emergency. With this declaration, the government mandated the closure of many public facing businesses and all businesses in retail sales are required to stop admitting patrons. Exceptions include: grocery stores, pharmacies, repair garages, post offices, financial and lending institutions, retailers of fuel, hardware and automotive parts, convenience stores, animal and fish feed providers, and corporate and agency stores of NB Liquor and Cannabis NB. All businesses required to stop admitting patrons are permitted to sell online, over the phone and to arrange delivery or pick-up of purchases.
    • As a result of the declaration: all food and beverage businesses reduced to take-out and delivery service only; all lounges and special facilities licensed under the Liquor Control Act will stop admitting patrons, all swimming pools, spas, saunas, waterparks, gymnasiums, yoga studios, dance studios, rinks and arenas, tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields, climbing walls, escape rooms, ski hills, golf courses, arcades, amusement centres, pool halls, bowling alleys, casinos, cinemas, libraries, museums, zoos, aquariums, barbers, hair stylists, esthetics service providers, sugar bush operations, theatres or other live performance venues will stop admitting members of the public; and schools, colleges, universities and private schools must be closed to students, online course delivery may continue (institutions with students in residence are permitted to allow them to remain in residence until they can safely return home).
  • March 13, 2020: Given the vast number of countries reporting community or widespread transmission of COVID-19, the Government of New Brunswick ordered all travelers returning to Canada after March 13, 2020 to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Further information is available on the Government of New Brunswick’s website.
  • Further information on the New Brunswick government’s emergency powers, can be found on our “Can they do that?” explainer, here.

Nova Scotia

  • April 2, 2020: An order to extend the state of emergency for two more weeks will take effect at noon on April 5, 2020 and extend to noon, April 19, 2020 (link).
  • March 30, 2020: All public schools and licensed child care providers will remain closed until at least May 1, 2020. Students will have access to e-learning or at-home learning materials for students without internet access. Students will proceed to the next grade or graduate in the usual timeframe (link).
  • March 27, 2020: Individuals that have been in close contact with confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 have been directed to self-isolate for 14 days. The government is encouraging retail and commercial landlords to defer lease payments for the next three months for businesses that had to close due to a public health order. Landlords may not change locks or seize property of businesses who cannot pay rent, if the business closed due to a public health order. Starting March 30, 2020, restaurants may include alcohol with takeout and delivery orders if the cost of the alcohol is not more than three times the value of the food.
  • March 24, 2020: Premier Stephen McNeil provided clarification on essential services, which are exempt from the five-person-or-fewer gathering rules. These sectors are health, food, agri-food and fisheries, transportation, construction and manufacturing, IT, telecommunications and critical infrastructure, and public services such as fire, police and ambulances.
  • March 22, 2020: The Government of Nova Scotia declared a provincial state of emergency. Effective March 23, 2020, anyone travelling into the province from another Canadian province must self-isolate. An exception would be made for those bringing critical supplies or service to Nova Scotia. Effective immediately, social gatherings of more than five people are prohibited. Workplaces and businesses may remain open, but all individuals must remain two meters from one another. Mark Furey, Justice Minister said police may enforce orders related to self-isolation and social distancing under the Health Protection Act. Breaches may lead to individual fines up to $1,000 and corporate fines up to $7,500.
  • March 19, 2020: The Province of Nova Scotia, under the authority of the Health Protection Act, has required anyone who has travelled outside Canada to self-isolate for 14 days upon return.
  • March 17, 2020: The Province of Nova Scotia banned gatherings of more than 50 people and ordered the following measures effective as of March 19, 2020: restaurants are restricted to take-out and delivery only and no in-person dining, drinking establishments, winery and distillery tasting rooms and craft taprooms must close, private liquor stores can continue to operate and craft breweries, wineries and distilleries can continue to sell their product from their storefronts.
    • Closure of all Halifax Municipally owned recreation facilities, community centres and arenas.
  • March 16, 2020: Closure of long term care facilities, all public schools (closed for two weeks after March Break), licensed childcare providers and casinos.
  • Further information is available on the Government of Nova Scotia’s website.
  • Further information on the Nova Scotia government’s emergency powers, can be found on our “Can they do that?” explainer, here.

Prince Edward Island

  • April 2, 2020: The Government of Prince Edward Island announced eviction orders will not be enforced during the COVID-19 pandemic (link).
  • March 31, 2020: Schools will remain closed until at least May 11, 2020. Teachers will provide both online and printed learning materials. All provincial skill assessments are cancelled. School counsellors and psychologists will be made available for students that need support. The province has also suspended repayment of student loans for six months (link).
  • March 30, 2020: There is a moratorium on evictions until the end of June (link).
  • March 27, 2020: Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, announced all schools and daycares remain closed until at least May 11, 2020. Non-essential government services and non-essential businesses remain closed indefinitely as the situation continues to be re-evaluated on a regular basis. Travel across Confederation Bridge should be limited to necessary travel only (link).
  • March 25, 2020: Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison recommended that Islanders remain on their own property while self-isolating.
  • March 24, 2020: Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, announced the closure of public playgrounds.
  • March 23, 2020: PEI’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Bloyce Thompson, announced that mandatory self-isolation would be enforced. Individuals that do not comply with public health orders may be fined $1000 for a first offence, $2000 for a second offence, and $10,000 for a third offence and every offence thereafter.
  • March 18, 2020: Prince Edward Island’s Chief Public Health Officer ordered the closure of all “non-essential” businesses until further notice. Noted exceptions include grocery stores and pharmacies. Any spaces intended for public gatherings are being asked to close immediately.
    • Non-essential business closures include: restaurants and bars (not providing take out or delivery service), theatres, gyms and recreation centres, salons and spas, tattoo and piercing studios, personal service facilities, museums, casinos, shopping malls (except that part of the shopping mall operating an essential service), bowling alleys, sporting and concert venue and retail stores.
    • PEI Liquor Control Commission government-operated retail stores and PEI Cannabis retail stores closed as of 2:00 p.m. on March 19, 2020 (agency stores licensed to sell liquor and breweries will continue to operate and online and mail delivery will continue).
  • March 17, 2020: The Government of Prince Edward Island ordered the closure of all “non-essential” provincial government services to the public including: various provincial offices (courts, family law, legal aid, victim services, community and correctional services are operational but public access is limited), libraries, museums, all public schools (all public schools closed with March break extended by an additional two weeks), education offices, PEI early years centres and licensed childcare centres, all Health PEI facilities closed to visitors (including hospitals and long-term care facilities), Worker’s Compensation Board, Agricultural and Land offices.
    • Dental clinics ordered closed effective March 17, 2020 for 14 days (emergencies handled on a case-by-case basis). The National Optometry Association provided guidance to its members to only take emergency appointments until further notice.
    • Funerals and wakes at funeral homes ordered open for family only with no more than 20 people present.
  • March 16, 2020: The Government of Prince Edward Island declared a public health emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Further information is available on the Prince Edward Island’s website.
  • Further information on the Prince Edward Island government’s emergency powers, can be found on our “Can they do that?” explainer, here.

Yukon

  • April 2, 2020: The Government of Yukon introduced Civil Emergency Measures Health Protection (COVID-19) Orders to ensure that orders given under the Civil Emergency Measures Act are enforceable. Fines and jail time may now be issued to individuals that do not comply with orders. Non-residents who must transit through Yukon may do so but may only remain in Yukon for no more than 24 hours (link). A list of the orders can be found here.
  • March 25, 2020: The Government of Yukon established a COVID-19 Business Advisory Council to ensure the needs of Yukon’s business community are heard.
  • March 22, 2020: Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health advised against all non-essential travel into and out of the Yukon. Residents were advised to return home now. Anyone coming into the territory must self-isolate for 14 days. Restaurants must reduce seating capacity to 50 per cent and space people two meters apart, and only offer take-out and delivery as of March 26, 2020. Bars must close. Gatherings of more than 10 people are banned (link).
  • March 18, 2020: Public health emergency declared in Yukon.
  • Further information is available on the Government of Yukon’s website.
  • Further information on the Yukon government’s emergency powers, can be found on our “Can they do that?” explainer, here.

Northwest Territories

  • April 3, 2020: Due to a delay in renewing health care cards, those with recently expired cards will continue to receive physician and hospital services (link).
  • April 2, 2020: The Government of Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) Driver and Vehicle Services extended expiration dates on driver’s licences, general identification cards and motor vehicle certificate of registrations. Further information can be found here.
  • April 2, 2020: The Public Health Emergency has been extended for another 14 days (link).
  • March 25, 2020: Schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year.
  • March 23, 2020: The Government of the NWT closed Highway 7, the Liard Highway, to all traffic as of 5:00pm on Tuesday March 24, 2020 to support the travel prohibition announced on March 22, 2020.
  • March 22, 2020: Kami Kandola, NWT Chief Public Health Officer, announced that all travel into the Northwest Territories (by air and road) is prohibited with limited exceptions. Residents returning from outside the NWT from any Canadian or international destination must self-isolate in Yellowknife, Inuvik, Hay River or Fort Smith only.
  • March 20, 2020: Northwest Territories Finance Minister, Caroline Wawzonek and Industry Minister, Katrina Nokleby, announced the territory’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They also announced other measures including the suspension of fees at the Deh Cho Brige toll, truck permits and airport landing fees until the end of June, as well as advanced payments on resource revenue sharing for 2020 for indigenous governments.
  • March 19, 2020: Northwest Territories declared a public health emergency to make it easier to enact precautions as needed.
  • Further information is available on the Government of Northwest Territories’ website.
  • Further information on the Northwest Territories government’s emergency powers, can be found on our “Can they do that?” explainer, here.

Nunavut

  • April 2, 2020: The Public Health Emergency has been extended to April 16, 2020. Dental services are limited to emergency services.
  • April 1, 2020: The Department of Health Services has prohibited all visitors to long term care facilities (link).
  • March 30, 2020: All persons under investigation for COVID-19 are subject to mandatory isolation. If in breach of mandatory isolation, individuals may be fined up to $50,000 or up to six months in jail (link).
  • March 27, 2020: All Territorial Parks are closed.
  • March 26, 2020: Travelers returning to Nunavut must isolate at designated facilities outside of Nunavut for a period of 14 days, except for critical employees who are asymptomatic. To return to Nunavut, individuals are required to get the approval of the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer.
  • March 25, 2020: The Government of Nunavut reduced many public services and closed various public offices. More information can be found
  • March 23, 2020: Premier Joe Savikataaq announced that travel into Nunavut will be restricted to residents and critical workers as of 11:59 p.m. on March 24, 2020. Everyone, except critical workers with permission from the Chief Public Health Officer, must be in mandatory 14-day isolation before they can board a plane to Nunavut. All public gatherings are prohibited, and playgrounds and municipal parks are closed (link).
  • March 20, 2020: Bars have been closed. All restaurants can remain open only for take-out/delivery, with a maximum of 10 people in line ups. Anyone who has travelled into Nunavut, including from elsewhere in Canada, must self-isolate for 14 days.
  • March 19, 2020: Nunavut declares public health emergency ahead of any COVID-19 cases.
  • March 19, 2020: The Government of Nunavut approved $25,000 to each Hunter and Trapper Organization for community harvesting, and to provide food to their communities. It also approved $531,000 to cover potential lost fees for Nunavut’s child care workers in licensed facilities.
    • All restaurants open only for take-out/delivery and only up to 10 people allowed for line-ups. Pharmacies, gas stations and grocery stores will remain open.
  • Further information is available on the Government of Nunavut’s website.
  • Further information on the Nunavut government’s emergency powers, can be found on our “Can they do that?” explainer, here.

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