Government Response, Economic Relief and Recovery


COVID-19: Recovery and Re-opening Tracker
August 26, 2020

Lawyers from across the firm summarize recovery and re-opening measures that have been announced by the federal and provincial governments to date.  This article will continue to be updated as further measures are introduced across the country. 

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COVID-19: Emergency Measures Tracker
August 26, 2020

Lawyers from across the firm summarize the emergency measures that have been imposed in jurisdictions across Canada. This article will continue to be updated as further measures are introduced across the country.

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COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date
August 25, 2020

Leading lawyers from across the firm break down the economic relief measures put in place by the federal and provincial governments to date. This article will be regularly updated with new measures as they are announced.

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Tax Measures Under Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
August 24, 2020

Leading lawyers from our National Tax Group break down the new set of tax and economic measures released under Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan (the “Response Plan”) to support the Canadian economy during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

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Release of updated CRA CEWS Calculator and Other CEWS Guidance
August 11, 2020

On August 11, 2020, the CRA released updated CEWS guidance documents and announced that applications for period 5 (i.e., July 5 to August 1) will open August 17, 2020.   This alert includes links to the updated CRA guidance and to our Firm’s detailed commentary on the CEWS.

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Minister Extends Time Frame for National Security Reviews
August 7, 2020

The Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry has issued a Ministerial Order under the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19), extending certain periods relating to the national security review process under the Investment Canada Act. This article discusses the key changes to the national security timelines and implications for foreign investments in Canada in the COVID environment.

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CEWS Update – Detailed Tax Commentary on the CEWS Amendments in Bill C-20
August 3, 2020

On July 17, 2020, the government of Canada released details, as well as draft legislative proposals to amend, inter alia, the Income Tax Act (Canada), in respect of a redesigned Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program. The legislative proposals, in the form of Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures, received Royal Assent on July 27, 2020, and are now law.

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Alberta Announces Attractive 20% R&D Grant to Boost Tech Sector
July 29, 2020

Alberta’s new Innovation Employment Grant will provide substantial grants to technology companies and start-ups. Part of the Alberta Recovery Plan, the IEG will give qualifying companies 8 – 20% of their base R&D spend.

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Indirect Tax Opportunities in a Precarious Economic Context
July 24, 2020

This article covers indirect tax opportunities provided for under the existing legislation that businesses should consider in the current economic context.

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Bill 197: Ontario’s sweeping COVID-19 recovery legislation — Key Takeaways for your Business
July 21, 2020

On July 8, the Ontario government introduced Bill 197, the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020. The omnibus bill proposes to amend twenty provincial statutes, with the stated objective of jumpstarting economic growth and laying the groundwork for long-term, sustainable recovery, by simplifying regulatory processes in a number of different statutory contexts.

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COVID-19: Can They do That? Emergency Powers Across Canada
July 20, 2020

In this series, leading lawyers including Eric S. Block and Adam Goldenberg provide a brief overview of the current state of federal and provincial emergency legislation, how our governments are using (and could eventually use) their statutory powers to confront COVID-19, and what the effects of their efforts on Canadian businesses might be. They also canvass some of the constitutional constraints on government action.

Read Part I of the series (Ontario)

Read Part II of the series (Federal)

Read Part III of the series (British Columbia)

Read Part IV of the series (Alberta)

Read Part V of the series (Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Yukon)

Read Part VI of the series (Federal) (July 20, 2020)

Read Part VII of the series  (Québec)

Read Part VIII of the series (Ontario, Québec, British Columbia, Alberta, Federal)

Read Part IX of the series (Canada wide)


CEWS Update – Federal Government redesigns CEWS for Period 5 and onwards
July 19, 2020

On July 17, 2020, the federal government released details, as well as draft legislation, in respect of a redesigned Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (the “CEWS”) program.  In this piece, members of our Tax Group provide a summary of the key changes.  Links to the draft legislative proposals and corresponding backgrounder, as well as prior commentary from our Firm on the CEWS, are also provided.

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CEWS Update – Prime Minister says CEWS to be extended to December 2020
July 14, 2020

During a press conference on July 13, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (the “CEWS”) will be extended to December 2020 (the “December Extension”). No further particulars were provided in respect of the December Extension; however, the Prime Minister indicated that a formal announcement would be forthcoming this week. 

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Limits on emergency powers in British Columbia: Ombudsperson concludes that two COVID-19 orders were unlawful
July 6, 2020

The Ombudsperson of British Columbia recently concluded that two of the provincial government’s COVID-19 emergency orders were unlawful: they exceeded the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General’s statutory powers under the Emergency Program Act (the “EPA”).

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Bill 23: the Commercial Tenancies Protection Act
June 19, 2020

Alberta bans, inter alia, Commercial Lease terminations and Evictions During COVID-19 Pandemic, subject to qualifications.

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Seeking Economic Relief - Top 5 Tips
June 16, 2020

Finding ourselves in the throes of an unprecedented global economic crisis, organizations across all sectors are keen to explore economic relief programs offered by the federal and provincial governments. However, it can be difficult to identify which programs apply and how to access them, depending on an organization’s sector, jurisdiction, size, and other important criteria.

Explore what is available to your organization


CEWS Update – CRA Provides Particulars for Period 4 CEWS Extension
June 16, 2020

In this blog, our Tax Group provides a breakdown of a recent announcement by the Government of Canada with respect to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).

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Bill 61 : Restart of the Quebec Economy and Mitigation of the Consequences of the Public Health Emergency
June 8, 2020

On June 3, 2020, the Quebec Government tabled Bill 61 – An Act to restart Quebec’s economy and to mitigate the consequences of the public health emergency declared on March 13, 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic (the “Bill”). The Bill is the first of its kind in Canada and is part of a trend of implementing legislation in order to accelerate major infrastructure projects.

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10% Temporary Wage Subsidy Update
May 29, 2020

In this e-alert, our Tax Group provides an update on recently released regulations for purposes of the 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy, and the interaction between that subsidy and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).

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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Update
May 16, 2020

A breakdown of recent changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (the “CEWS”) announced by the Government of Canada.

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COVID-19 Update: Alberta Workplaces Must Develop and Implement COVID-19 Plans and Post Within 7 Days of Re-opening
May 15, 2020

As part of its Relaunch Strategy, the Alberta Government has ordered Alberta workplaces to develop and implement COVID-19 plans to minimize the risk of transmission of infection among persons working at or attending the business. These plans must be posted within 7 days of the public being able to attend the business.

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COVID-19: Steps to Recovery - Ontario Permits the Re-opening and Expansion of Certain Businesses and Activities in Time for the Victoria Day Long Weekend
May 14, 2020

This blog provides an update on Ontario's steps to recovery, detailing the announcements made by the Ontario Government on May 14, 2020 permitting further staged re-opening of certain businesses and activities.

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Climate Change Requirements a Feature of new COVID-19 Federal Loan Program
May 14, 2020

The federal government will require large companies that receive emergency loans to publish annual climate-related disclosure: Here’s what you need to know

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Government of Canada Establishes Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility and Expands the Business Credit Availability Program
May 13, 2020

Businesses in all sectors across Canada are under severe and unprecedented pressure. Due to COVID-19, consumer demand is at an all-time low. Large companies are struggling to obtain access to capital to stay afloat during this difficult time. On May 11, 2020, the Government of Canada announced much-anticipated programs to facilitate financing for large Canadian companies.

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COVID-19 Update: Alberta’s Gradual Re-Opening of the Economy
May 1, 2020

Lawyers from our Calgary office summarize the re-opening measures recently announced by the Alberta provincial government. This article will continue to be updated as further measures are introduced in the province.

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COVID-19 Update: The Government of Ontario Announces a Framework to Re-Open the Economy
April 27, 2020

On April 27, 2020, Premier Doug Ford announced Ontario’s framework for re-opening the economy.  This blog provides a summary of the three-stage process proposed by the Government.

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BC Uses Emergency Powers to Secure Supply Chain, Defines “Essential Services”
April 20, 2020

A breakdown of the British Columbia Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General's announcement of a series of unprecedented ministerial orders “to secure critical supply chains and safeguard the most vulnerable”.

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After Much Anticipation, Federal Government Announces Support for the Oil & Gas Sector
April 17, 2020

An international price war, along with a demand slump caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, is having a devastating impact on oil and gas across Canada. This article provide a brief summary of the relief announced by Federal and Provincial governments for Canada’s oil and gas sector.

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COVID-19: Limits on Governments’ Emergency Powers
April 16, 2020

Even in responding to a pandemic, governments cannot act without constraint. In this update, leading litigators Michael Feder, Q.C.Eric S. Block and Adam Goldenberg examine the constitutional and statutory limits on governments’ powers under emergency and public health legislation – and how the courts may ultimately enforce them.

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Canadian Federal Wage Subsidies During the COVID-19 Pandemic
April 15, 2020

In this alert, members of our tax team provide a detailed overview of amendments made to the Income Tax Act (Canada) to implement: (i) the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”) and (ii) the 10% temporary wage subsidy which is separate from (but reduces) the CEWS.    This detailed commentary is a companion piece to the more general summary of the CEWS prepared by our labour group

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Alberta Suspends Routine Environmental Reporting Requirements
April 3, 2020

On March 31, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Parks by Ministerial Orders modified many routine environmental reporting requirements under Alberta’s key environmental legislation. This step is an acknowledgment of the hardship facing many companies

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Ontario government issues emergency order providing flexibility with respect to shareholder and director meetings
April 1, 2020

Leading lawyers from our Canadian Securities Regulatory Monitor blog, including partners Wendi LockeAndrew Parker and Patrick Boucher discuss Ontario’s emergency order enacted March 31, 2020 allowing for OCBA corporations to hold virtual or electronic shareholder and directors meetings and extending the deadline by which annual shareholder meetings are to be held.

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US Travel Restrictions Related to COVID-19
March 27, 2020

In an effort to control the spread of COVID-19, the US has implemented sweeping travel restrictions during the last few weeks.  Travellers need to be aware of these changes and to continuously keep abreast of updated rules, because travel restrictions and quarantine measures can change at any time.

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Government Grants Relief to Importers In the Midst of COVID-19 Crisis:  Deadlines for Payment of Duties and Taxes on Imports Extended
March 27, 2020

In a move intended to ease the financial burden on the Canadian importer community that has resulted from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Canadian Government announced today that it would take the extraordinary step of extending the timeframes for the payment of duties and GST on imported products, as well as certain other payments owing to the Canadian Border Services Agency (“CBSA”).

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Municipal Tax Measures in Canada Aimed at COVID-19 Relief
March 24, 2020

Leading lawyers from our National Tax Group break down municipal tax relief measures introduced in cities across Canada to date as a response to COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Update - Federal Government Announces “Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan"
March 18, 2020

This morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a new set of economic measures to assist Canadians as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Dans l'épisode 6 (In French only) : Ce que vous devez savoir à propos de la subvention salariale d'urgenceChrystelle Chevalier-Gagnon discute avec Marie-Soleil Landry, associée au sein du groupe de droit fiscal, de la subvention salariale d’urgence.

*Cet épisode explore un sujet qui intéresse tout le monde, pas seulement les avocats, et bien qu'il puisse contenir des informations juridiques, il ne fournit pas de conseils juridiques.


On Episode 3: Closing Time, Adam Goldenberg speaks to Chad Rogers of Crestview Strategy about the Government of Ontario's decision to order all "non-essential workplaces" to close. How will the government decide which workplaces are "essential" and which are not? 

This program qualifies for up to 0.2 hours of CPD credit under the mandatory education regimes in British Columbia and Ontario.


Dans l'épisode 2 (in French only) : La médecine des populationsEmmanuelle Poupart s'entretient avec le directeur de santé publique de l’Estrie, le Dr Alain Poirier, des mesures prises par le gouvernement dans le cadre de l’urgence sanitaire liée à la COVID-19, en précisant comment celles-ci contribuent à freiner la propagation du coronavirus.


Dans l'épisode 1 (In French only) : Faire de l’ordre dans les plus récentes mesures d’urgence du Québec, Chrystelle Chevalier-Gagnon discute avec l’ancien premier ministre du Québec, M. Jean Charest, et un avocat de droit des affaires, M. Clemens Mayr, sur la fa?on de naviguer les mesures annoncées le 23 mars 2020 par le gouvernement du Québec afin de réduire au minimum l’ensemble des services et activités qui ne sont pas prioritaires dans l’objectif de ralentir la progression de la COVID-19 dans la province.

Ce programme a été reconnu à titre de formation admissible pour une durée de 0,4 heure sous le régime de formation continue obligatoire de l’Ontario.


On Episode 1: Inside the Cabinet Room,  Adam Goldenberg is joined by the McCarthy Tétrault Strategic Advisory Group. Together, Jean Charest, Wayne Wouters, and Paul Zed discuss how governments are (or aren’t) using their emergency powers to confront COVID-19 and how businesses should work with government for economic support. 

This program qualifies for up to 0.3 hours of CPD credit under the mandatory education regimes in British Columbia and Ontario.