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Daily Workplace Wrap-up on COVID-19 for June 22, 2020

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Below are the key government announcements made on June 22, 2020 that touch on workplace issues. Our daily (weekday) and weekend overviews of previous government announcements, employment analyses and other COVID-19 information are available here

The Federal Government

The government published new pandemic-related guidance and information on the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety website.

Alberta

There were no major government updates as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on June 22, 2020.

British Columbia

The government announced proposed legislation which will enable certain COVID-19 measures and Orders to extend beyond the provincial State of Emergency, including:

  • protection from civil liability for essential service businesses and amateur sports organizations which operate in accordance with public health orders and guidance; and
  • amendments to limitation periods.

The government updated its COVID-19- Support website. The update reminds businesses that COVID-19 Safety Plans must be completed and published. The website also provides information about consumer expectations when engaging certain industries during Phase 2 of the provincial Restart Plan.

Manitoba

The government announced plans for outdoor, all-season shelters near personal care homes for residents to safely visit with loved ones. The proposed designs will be posted on June 26, 2020, and public feedback on the designs will be accepted here for one week thereafter.

New Brunswick

There were no major government updates as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on June 22, 2020.

Newfoundland and Labrador

There were no major government updates as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on June 22, 2020.

Nova Scotia

The government announced that there are no active COVID-19 cases in the province.

Ontario

The government announced that the Toronto and Peel public health regions will enter Stage 2 of the provincial reopening plan effective June 24, 2020, at 12:01 a.m.  These regions will join the 31 other public health regions in Ontario that entered Stage 2 on June 12 and 19, 2020.  More information about Stage 2 of the reopening, including a list of business that can re-open, is available here.

The public health region of Windsor-Essex will remain in Stage 1, and is the last remaining region in that stage. 

Prince Edward Island

There were no major government updates as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on June 22, 2020.

Quebec

The Quebec Secrétariat du travail confirmed that face-to-face proceedings are now permissible where at least one of the following conditions is present:

  • there is a risk of strike or lockout, or a work stoppage is effective;
  • there is a risk of closure; or
  • the progress of a conciliation file requires a meeting in person.

The Bureau d'évaluation médicale reopened in Montreal.  The Bureau's Quebec City location resumed its activities on June 15, 2020.

Saskatchewan

The government announced that the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission is gradually re-starting services. Beginning this week, journeyperson certification examinations and psychoeducational assessments will be scheduled.

Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and the Yukon

In Nunavut, the government confirmed that restaurants, bars, hairdressers, personal service providers, churches, and theatres are permitted to reopen. Regular medical travel to Churchill, Manitoba is permitted without the need for isolation upon return.

There were no major government updates in the Northwest Territories or the Yukon as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on June 22, 2020.

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