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Weekend Workplace Wrap-up on COVID-19 for June 27 and 28, 2020

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Below are the key government announcements made on June 27 and 28, 2020 that touch on workplace issues. We also summarize "in case you missed it" ("ICYMI") stories from the previous week. Our daily and weekend overviews of previous government announcements, employment analyses and other COVID-19 information are available here

The Federal Government

No major government updates as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on June 28, 2020.

ICYMI: On June 25, 2020, the government announced the Canada Student Service Grant to support post-secondary students and recent graduates as they volunteer in response to COVID-19.

Alberta

No major government updates as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on June 28, 2020.

ICYMI: On June 26, 2020, the COVID-19 Pandemic Response Statutes Amendment Act was enacted and has made a number of changes to employment law in the province, including increasing the temporary layoff period from 120 days to 180 days for employees who have been laid off for reasons related to COVID-19.

British Columbia

No major government updates as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on June 28, 2020.

ICYMI: On June 26, 2020, the government published an amendment to the Employment Standards Act Regulation. The amendment provides that employers may temporarily layoff employees for 24 weeks during any 28 week period, without triggering a termination under the Employment Standards Act.

Manitoba

No major government updates as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on June 28, 2020.

ICYMI: On June 25, 2020, the government released a planning framework for the resumption of in-class learning in September 2020.

New Brunswick

No major government updates as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on June 28, 2020.

ICYMI: On June 24, 2020, the government announced that residents of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador may travel within the four provinces and will not be required to self-isolate effective July 3, 2020.

Newfoundland and Labrador

No major government updates as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on June 28, 2020.

ICYMI: On June 26, 2020, the Chief Medical Officer of Health issued a Special Measures Order in respect of travel across the Labrador-Quebec border.

Nova Scotia

No major government updates as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on June 28, 2020.

ICYMI: On June 25, 2020, the government announced that some provincial museums will open July 1, 2020, subject to health and safety restrictions.

Ontario

The government announced the extension (PDF) of all emergency orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until July 10, 2020. 

The government removed certain restrictions for sport training facilities for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities facilities by amending the applicable regulation. According to a government press release "this will enable the facilities to be used by more businesses and organizations to train amateur or professional athletes, or to run certain non-contact amateur or professional athletic competitions." Facilities are required to operate in a way that meets public health requirements.

ICYMI: On June 22, 2020, the government announced that the Toronto and Peel public health regions would enter Stage 2 of the provincial reopening plan effective June 24, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. 

Prince Edward Island

No major government updates as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on June 28, 2020.

ICYMI: On June 23, 2020, the government confirmed Phase 4 of Renew PEI Together plan would commence on June 26, 2020.

Quebec

No major government updates as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on June 28, 2020.

ICYMI: On June 25, 2020, the government announced that establishments in all sectors are able to reopen, with certain exceptions.

Saskatchewan

No major government updates as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on June 28, 2020.

ICYMI: On June 23, 2020, the government published The Saskatchewan Temporary Wage Supplement Program Amendment Regulations, 2020.

Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and the Yukon

There were no major government updates in the Northwest Territories, the Yukon or Nunavut as of 5:00 p.m. EDT on June 28, 2020.

ICYMI: On June 22, 2020, in Nunavut, the government confirmed that restaurants, bars, hairdressers, personal service providers, churches, and theatres are permitted to reopen. On June 25, 2020, in the Yukon, the government announced that as of July 1, 2020, residents of British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut will be permitted to enter into the Territory without self-isolating. On June 26, 2020, in the Northwest Territories, the government announced an amended Public Health Order directed at remote camp workers in the mineral and petroleum resource sector. 

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