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COVID-19 Resource Centre

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to unfold, Goodmans has mobilized a team of legal advisors across our practices to provide timely legal and business advice in navigating this global crisis. See below for Updates regarding the implications of COVID-19 on:

  • Business Obligations
  • Contractual Issues
  • Employers
  • Corporate Securities

Please continue to visit this page. Our COVID-19 Resource Centre will be regularly updated.



COVID-19 and Business Obligations


Government of Canada Permits Compulsory Licensing to Respond to COVID-19
March 27, 2020 | Litigation and Intellectual Property

Among other things, Part 12 of Bill C-13 amends the Patent Act to permit the Government of Canada, to make, construct, use and sell a patented invention to the extent it is necessary to respond to a public health emergency. Read the full Update here.


Update on CIPO Operations and Services
March 18, 2020 | Intellectual Property and Litigation

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) announced extensions imposed by the Patent Act, Trademarks Act, and the Industrial Design Act. Read the full Update here.


Under a State of Emergency, What Orders can the Ontario Government Enact?
March 18, 2020 | Litigation

What is the impact of Ontario's declaration of a State of Emergency? Read the full Update here.


Impact of the Coronavirus on Canadian Public Company Disclosure Obligations
March 12, 2020 | Corporate Finance and Securities

This Update provides a summary of some important considerations for Canadian public companies during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read the full Update here.
  



COVID-19 and Contractual Issues


COVID-19 and Contractual Implications: Frustration and Impossibility
March 23, 2020 | Litgation and Corporate & Commercial

This Update discusses the common law doctrines of “frustration” and “impossibility”, which may offer other potential avenues of relief for parties that cannot fulfill their existing contractual obligations. Read the full Update here.


COVID-19 and Contractual Implications: Force Majeure Clauses
March 18, 2020 | Litigation and Corporate & Commercial

This update explores Force Majeure in relation to contractual obligations faced by various industries. Read the full Update here.


COVID-19 and Force Majeure on Construction Projects

March 16, 2020 | Construction and Infrastructure

This Update discusses the potential impact of COVID-19 on construction projects in Canada, specifically in the context of Force Majeure clauses. Read the full Update here.
 



COVID-19 and Employers


OSFI Actions to Address Issues Stemming From COVID-19
March 31, 2020 | Pensions, Benefits and Compensation

The federal pension regulator, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has announced actions to address issues stemming from COVID-19 faced by federally registered pension plans. Read the full Update here.


So You're an Essential Workplace in Ontario: Considerations for Maintaining a Safe Workspace Amid COVID-19
March 26, 2020 | Employment and Labour

Essential workplaces need to make every effort to introduce effective infection control measures to ensure employees are not exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace, as recommended by the Ministry of Health. Read the full Update here.


So You're Not an Essential Workplace in Ontario: Considerations for Managing Your Obligations to Employees During the COVID-19 Pandemic
March 26, 2020 | Employment and Labour

This Update highlights considerations for non-essential employers and their payroll obligations, including wage reductions, work-sharing agreements, forced vacation, SUB plan and temporary layoffs. Read the full Update here.


Amendments to Long-Term Care Regulations Seek to Ease Staffing Requirements During Pandemics
March 25, 2020 | Health Care Law

On March 20, 2020, amendments to Regulation 79/10 under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 came into force, streamlining current staffing and training procedures in long-term care homes. Read the full Update here.


Impact of COVID-19 on Canadian Pension Plans

March 24, 2020 | Pensions, Benefits and Compensation

This Update includes the considerations to keep in mind while evaluating the impact of COVID-19 on Canadian Pension Plans, from both an employer perspective and a transactional perspective. Read the full Update here.


Proposed Amendment to Employment Standards Act, 2000 (Ontario): Job Protection to Workers Affected by COVID-19
March 16, 2020 | Employment and Labour

The Ontario Provincial Government announced details of its proposal to amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (Ontario) (“ESA”) to provide job protected leave for workers unable to work as a result of COVID-19 and to ban employers from asking workers to provide sick notes. Read the full Update here.



COVID-19 and Securities Updates

 

Government Grants Ontario Corporations Additional Flexibility For Corporate Meetings During COVID-19 State of Emergency
April 1, 2020 | Corporate Finance and Securities

On March 30, 2020, the Government of Ontario issued an order (the “Emergency Order”) that will (i) allow all Ontario corporations to hold meetings of directors, shareholders, and members virtually, and (ii) extend the timeframe by which Ontario corporations must hold annual shareholder meetings. Read the full Update here.


Canadian Securities Regulators and TSX Issue Temporary Exemptions From Certain Requirements in Response to COVID-19
March 27, 2020 | Coroporate Finance and Securities

An overview of the scope and availability of the Filing Relief issued by the Canadian Securities Adminitrators (CSA), as well as the temporary blanket relief package announced by the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). Read the full Update here.


Canadian Securities Regulators Offer Guidance on Conducting Annual General Meetings During COVID-19 Outbreak

March 23, 2020 | Corporate Finance and Securities

This Update provides an overview of the guidance offered by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) for issuers that decide to change the date, time or location of their in-person annual general meetings (AGM) and for issuers choosing to conduct their annual meetings online or in-person with the ability to also permit online securityholder participation. Read the full Update here.


Legal and Practical Considerations for Virtual Shareholder Meetings
March 19, 2020 | Corporate Finance and Securities

This Update provides an overview of some of the key legal and practical considerations when deciding whether to proceed with a virtual shareholder meeting. Read the full Update here.


Canadian Securities Regulators Offer Filing Relief for Market Participants and Support Virtual Meetings

March 19, 2020 | Corporate Finance and Securities

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced temporary extensions to filing deadlines and indicated they will publish guidance for companies considering hosting annual meetings online. Read the full Update here.


Canadian Securities Administrators Provide Update to Filing Delays Due to COVID-19
March 17, 2020 | Corporate Finance and Securities

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) recently provided an update in light of COVID-19, encouraging reporting issuers to contact their principal regulator regarding potential impacts of the outbreak on disclosure and other obligations. Read the full Update here.