COVID-19: Cross country update (July 8, 2020)

July 8, 2020

British Columbia

The Government of British Columbia announced the following measures:

State of Emergency Extended

The provincial state of emergency has been formally extended to July 21, 2020. This allows the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General to continue using extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act to support COVID-19 response efforts.



The Government of Alberta announced the following measures:

Quarantining after International Travel

The Chief Medical Officer of Health has issued CMOH order 28-2020, which clarifies that any person entering Alberta after having travelled internationally must be in quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.



The Government of Manitoba announced the following measures:

Education Savings Redirected to Classrooms

Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced that as a result of education savings, Manitoba schools will have almost $48 million to cover unanticipated costs of the COVID-19 pandemic and to reopen classrooms in September.

In the early days of the pandemic, steps were taken to limit non-essential spending.  Medium and large-sized school divisions with more than four executive or senior management positions were expected to reduce the number of positions by 15%.  Smaller school divisions were directed to reduce managerial salaries and operating costs by 15%.

Some of the funds saved were used to cover the cost of improvements to technology for remote learning.  The remaining savings will go toward adapting classrooms for reopening in September.



The Government of Ontario announced the following measures:

Increased Access to COVID-19 Testing for Truck Drivers

The piloting of a new system that will make COVID-19 testing more accessible for truck drivers through a partnership with DriverCheck was announced. The program will provide truck drivers with access to voluntary testing on a first-come, first-served basis at locations where there is high volume truck traffic. Testing will be available at a DriverCheck clinic in Kitchener beginning on July 8, 2020, at a truck stop in Ayr beginning July 14, 2020, and at a mobile option at select locations throughout the pilot period, which ends September 8, 2020. To learn more about the pilot project, visit DriverCheck’s website.

Introduction of COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act

Today, the Ontario Government introduced proposed legislation titled the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act. The legislation focuses on restarting jobs and development, strengthening communities by ensuring municipalities are equipped with the proper tools to provide critical services, and creating opportunities for people throughout the province as they recover financially and return to school.


Nova Scotia

The Government of Nova Scotia announced the following measures:

Border Tracking Form for Non-Bubble Travelers

Travelers entering Nova Scotia from outside the Atlantic Canadian bubble must fill out a Tracking Non-Bubble Travelers to Nova Scotia Form.  The form requires visitors to provide an address where they will be staying and self-isolating for 14 days, along with a phone number where they can be reached 24/7.

Visitors will be contacted by provincial staff daily to ensure they are following the 14-day self-isolation requirement.  If a visitor does not answer their phone after three attempts in one day, police will be called to do an in-person check.  The fine for violating the Health Protection Order is $1,000 for a first offence.



The Government of the Yukon announced the following measures:

Self-Isolation Exemptions

Pursuant to Ministerial Directive 2020/01, an individual who enters Yukon on or after July 1, 2020 is exempt from the requirement to self-isolate if the individual:

  • is ordinarily resident in Yukon, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories or Nunavut; and
  • has been present only in Yukon, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories or Nunavut during the 14-day period immediately before their entry into Yukon.


Northwest Territories

The Government of the Northwest Territories announced the following measures:

Extension of Public Health Emergency

The territory-wide Public Health Emergency under the Northwest Territories’ Public Health Act has been extended on the recommendation of the Chief Public Health Officer.  While public health measures will continue, the Government of the Northwest Territories has determined that there is sufficient authority under the Public Health Act to implement them, and will not be extending the State of Emergency under the Emergency Management Act at this time.

Extension of COVID-19 Economic Relief Measures

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has announced that it will be extending certain COVID-19 economic relief measures previously set to expire on June 30, 2020, including:

  • Extending until September 30, 2020, two funding initiatives to support licensed child care programs:
    • funding to pay up to 75% of eligible fixed costs for child care operators; and
    • funding supports for enhanced cleaning of child care spaces; and
  • Waiving certain fees for residents and businesses, including:
    • Deh Cho Bridge tolls (extended to September 30, 2020);
    • truck permits (extended to September 30, 2020);
    • NWT airport landing fees (extended to December 31, 2020); and
    • leases, licences, and concession fees at all NWT airports (extended to December 31, 2020).

Extending these measures is expected to result in $5.751 million in support for NWT residents and businesses.  A summary of all COVID-19 economic relief measures provided by the GNWT is included in the GNWT COVID-19 Economic Relief Backgrounder.  The GNWT has said it will continue to assess what new or existing supports are needed as the NWT continues to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.


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