August 4, 2020
Ontario Moving Toronto and Peel Region into Stage 3

Following Public Health Protocols Essential as Province Continues Down the Road to Economic Recovery

Additional businesses and public spaces will be reopening as the Ontario government allows the City of Toronto and Peel Region to move into Stage 3 of reopening the province on Friday, July 31 at 12:01 a.m. This decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local medical officers of health. It is based on positive local trends of key public health indicators, including lower transmission of COVID-19, ongoing hospital capacity, public health capacity to conduct rapid case and contact management, and a significant increase in testing.

Toronto Public Health and Peel Public Health regions will join the 31 public health regions that entered into Stage 3 on July 17 and 24, 2020.

Businesses that are unable to open or resume full activities due to Stage 3 restrictions, or businesses that have ideas to safely amend Stage 3 restrictions or requirements, can visit Ontario.ca/reopen to submit a reopening proposal for consideration. Government and public health officials will review proposals and contact businesses for feedback or clarification and provide an initial response within 10 days.

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Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development — Important Employment Standards Information Related to COVID-19

Important information regarding employment standards in Ontario.

Declared Emergency Leave is No Longer Available
 
As of July 24, 2020, the COVID-19 declared emergency ended in Ontario. As a result, Declared Emergency Leave (DEL) under the Employment Standards Act (ESA) is no longer available to employees as of the same date.
 
However, employees who had been eligible for DEL may meet the eligibility criteria for Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (IDEL). For example, if the employee is:

  • Acting in accordance with an order under section 22 or 35 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act that relates to COVID-19,
  • Providing care or support to certain individuals due to COVID-19, including, but not limited to, school or day care closures, or
  • Unable to perform the duties of their position due to an order under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 (ROA).

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Historic Agreement Delivers up to $4 Billion to Support Municipalities and Transit

Safe Restart Agreement Represents New Funding for Many Priority Programs in Ontario

The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, is providing up to $4 billion in urgently needed one-time assistance to Ontario's 444 municipalities. This funding will help local governments maintain the critical services people rely on every day, including public transit, over the next six to eight months. Details on specific allocations will be provided in the coming weeks. This funding is part of the province's made-in-Ontario plan for renewal, growth and economic recovery.

The Safe Restart Agreement will help ensure a strong and safe recovery for Ontario through investments in testing, contact tracing and data management; health care capacity and mental health; protecting vulnerable populations, including people experiencing homelessness and seniors in long-term care facilities; securing personal protective equipment (PPE); child care for returning workers; and support for municipalities and public transit systems.

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Broad task force exploring ‘real recovery’ ideas for post-pandemic Canada

On Monday, July 13, 2020, the national Task Force for Real Jobs, Real Recovery launched to draw up a blueprint for Canada's economic recovery as the country emerges from the COVID-19 crisis. The Task Force is supported by a coalition of over 25 industry associations, unions, professional organizations and Indigenous organizations representing the energy, manufacturing, transportation, forestry and construction sectors. A group of 20 expert advisors has been appointed to help develop and communicate a forthcoming set of policy recommendations for rebuilding Canada's economic prosperity.

The task force is being organized by Resource Works, a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization tasked with developing Canada’s resources with a focus on Indigenous and environmental concerns.

Resource Works highlighted Statistics Canada data that shows the Canadian economy shrank 11.6 per cent in April — the largest monthly drop on record. That followed a 7.5 per cent contraction in gross domestic product in March.

The task force will complete its package of policy measures by the end of July, at which time it will present its recommendations to key federal government decision-makers, as well as to the Industry Strategy Council, a federal initiative launched in response to the economic effects of COVID-19.  

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Osler identifies five essentials for contracts in COVID era

Construction lawyers Elliot Smith, Rocco Sebastiano and Jagriti Singh of Osler Hoskin and Harcourt LLP identified the latest trending COVID-era contract essentials in an article prepared for the firm’s website, titled The Top 5 Things to Look for in Construction Contracts.

Significant among the trends in new contracts is that many construction lawyers are now grouping all relevant COVID-related provisions into one separate clause, rather than continuing to capture COVID effects in the force majeure section.

Osler identified the five notable issues trending in contracts as:

  • How are COVID-19 pandemic impacts addressed in the contract?
  • What’s the contractual remedy for COVID-19 pandemic impacts?
  • How are COVID-19 pandemic effects that are known as of the date of the contract being dealt with?
  • What type of COVID-19 pandemic impacts are contemplated?
  • What are the notice and supporting documentation requirements?

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