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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:

These Updates are intended as a general summary for educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal advice with respect to any particular set of circumstances. Please continue to visit this page. Our COVID-19 Resource Centre will be regularly updated.

On May 21, 2020 the Goodmans Employment and Labour group published Back to Work in the Wake of COVID-19: A Step-by-Step Employers Plan for Reopening Ontario Workspace. Click here to view this reference guide.


COVID-19 and Business Impact


“Failing Firm” Claims in Merger Review – New Canadian Developments

April 30, 2020 | Competition, Antitrust and Foreign Investment

The Canadian Competition Bureau provided important new guidance for how it assesses failing firm claims in merger reviews under the Competition Act following its review of two recent mergers. Read the full Update here.
 

Ontario Enacts Legislation Affecting Timelines in Planning Matters During the COVID-19 Emergency
April 20, 2020 | Municipal, Planning and Property Tax

On April 14, 2020, the provincial government amended the Development Charges Act, 1997 (the “DCA”) and the Planning Act as part of omnibus legislation responding to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency. Read the full Update here.


Canada Tightens Scrutiny Over Foreign Investment in Response to COVID-19
April 20, 2020 | Competition, Antitrust and Foreign Investment

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada announced in a policy statement issued on April 18 that it will subject certain foreign investments into Canada to enhanced scrutiny under the Investment Canada Act (Act). Read the full Update here.


Virtual Currency Dealers Must Register as MSBs by June 1, 2020: Important Changes to Canada’s Anti-Money Laundering Regime
April 16, 2020 | White Collar Risk Management & Investigations and Banking & Finance

The new requirements flow from several important changes to the federal Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (the “Act”), which will come into force on June 1, 2020 and June 1, 2021 (the “Amendments”). Read the full Update here.


Competitor Collaborations in Canada in Response to COVID-19
April 9, 2020 | Competition, Antitrust and Foreign Investment

This Update includes background information about competitor collaborations, a discussion of new developments in response to COVID-19, as well as international perspectives. Read the full Update here.


Canadian Foreign Investment Review – What to Expect in 2020

April 2, 2020 | Competition, Antitrust and Foreign Investment

This Update provides key notes about the status of Canadian foreign investment review in light of COVID-19, including operational impacts, 2020 review thresholds, BREXIT and national security reviews. Read the full Update here.


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.
 


COVID-19 and Construction

Ontario Postpones Commencement of Excess Soil Regulation
June 19, 2020 | Environmental and Municipal, Planning and Property Tax | Catherine Lyons and Matthew Lakatos-Hayward

The Province of Ontario recently announced that the implementation of the new Excess Soil Regulation, O. Reg 406/19: On-Site and Excess Soil Management (O. Reg 406/19), would be delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full Update here.
 

COVID-19: Further Developments in Ontario Construction Law
April 13, 2020 | Construction and Infrastructure

An overview of two significant developments regarding limitation periods and procedural time periods, and the expansion construction projects considered "essential". Read the full Update here.


COVID-19 - Ontario Construction Law Update
April 6, 2020 | Construction and Infrastructure

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected industries across the globe, and the construction industry is no exception. This update addresses recent events that have impacted the construction industry in Ontario. Read the full Update here.


COVID-19 and Corporate Securities


Canadian Securities Regulators Extend Deadlines for Delivery of Certain Security Holder Materials
May 4, 2020 | Corporate Finance and Securities

On May 1, 2020, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) issued blanket relief orders (the “Blanket Relief”) extending the deadlines for public companies to file and/or send certain materials to their security holders. Read the full Update here.

Canadian Securities Regulators Extend Deadlines for Filings due by August 31, 2020
May 22, 2020 | Corporate Finance and Securities

Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published blanket orders providing non-investment fund Canadian reporting issuers (“Reporting Issuers”) with a temporary 45-day extension in respect of most securities regulatory filings required to be made between June 2 and August 31, 2020 (the “Filing Relief”). Read the full Update here.


ISS and Glass Lewis Provide Guidance on Voting Recommedations in Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic
April 15, 2020 | Corporate Finance and Securities

The guidance provides increased transparency on a number of important matters public companies are grappling with including the timing and format of annual shareholder meetings, executive compensation matters, corporate governance challenges, liquidity and capital resources, and shareholder activism. Read the full Update here.


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.


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 Employment & Labour


Amendments to Employment Standards Act, 2000 Provide Temporary Relief to Employers From Termination and Severance Obligations due to COVID-19-Related Wage or Hours Reduction
June 2, 2020 | Employment and Labour

The Government of Ontario recently published Ontario Regulation 228/20 – Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (the “Regulation”), which amends the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”) as it relates to Infectious Disease Emergency Leave, replacing the previous Infectious Disease Emergency Leave Regulation (O. Reg. 66/20). Read the full Update here.



Back to Work in the Wake of COVID-19: A Step-by-Step Employers Plan for Reopening Ontario Workspaces
May 21, 2020 | Employment and Labour

This template Back-to-Work Plan sets out basic step-by-step considerations for employers as they look to reopen their physical places of business and welcome workers back to work. Read the full Reference Guide here.

Changes to Eligibility Criteria for Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Announced
April 8, 2020 | Employment and Labour

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced changes to the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) to make it easier for businesses affected by COVID-19 to access the CEWS and rehire or retain employees as the economic slowdown continues. Read the full Update here.


What We Know About Canada’s Emergency Wage Subsidy So Far

April 2, 2020 | Employment and Labour

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the federal government's plan to implement the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), a 75% wage subsidy for eligible employers. This Update discusses how the CEWS interacts with the previously announced 10% wage subsidy. Read the full Update here. 


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.


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 Healthcare

Ontario Proposes Protections From Civil Liability Relating to COVID-19 Exposure
October 22, 2020 | Health Care Law

With the introduction of the Supporting Ontario's Recovery Act, 2020 (the “Act”) Ontario becomes the third jurisdiction in Canada and the 38th jurisdiction in North America to propose protections from civil liability relating to exposure to COVID-19. 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.