Labour and Employment Communiqué

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March 27, 2020

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COVID-19:  Cross country update (March 27, 2020)

Federal The Government of Canada announced the following measures: Wage Subsidy Previously, the government had announced that eligible small business employers, non-profit organizations and charities would be provided with a temporary wage subsidy for a period of three months equal...


Important changes to the suspension of all “non-essential” activities ordered by the Quebec government

Gary S. Rosen, Audrey Boiteau

On March 23, 2020, the Government of Quebec announced that all Quebec businesses that provide services and carry out “non-essential” activities will be required to suspend their activities from March 25, 2020, at 00:01 a.m. until April 13, 2020. Following...


A streamlined approach to emergency benefits for workers in the wake of COVID-19

Sabrina Anis, Lauren Coles, Teri Treiber

In the preceding weeks, nearly one million Canadians have applied for employment insurance benefits (“EI”) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The system is overwhelmed by the high volume of applications. In response, and as part of its economic...


COVID-19 pandemic economic measures for individuals

Manjit Singh, Jessica Stuart

The federal government recently announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Outlined below are new measures implemented by the federal government, along with expanded existing programs, that are designed to assist...


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