«

»

Mar 26

IMPORTANT FEDERAL UPDATES FOR BUSINESS

1) As of noon yesterday, the Government of Canada’s $82b COVID-19 economic response plan has received royal assent.  

2) The Government of Canada has enacted The Quarantine Act, mandating all international travellers returning to Canada to self-isolate for 14 days.

Effective midnight tonight, Wednesday, March 25, CBSA agents will collect address information from all international travellers, and non-compliance with the Act is punishable by law. Mandatory isolation will not apply to those deemed to be doing “essential work.” Travellers will be barred from using public transit to get to the place where they will be isolating.

3) Employment and Social Development Canada: Avoiding Layoffs by Extending the Work-Sharing Program

The federal government announced that it is extending the maximum duration of the Work-Sharing program from 38 to 76 weeks. The Work-Sharing program is offered to workers who agree to reduce their normal working hours because of developments beyond the control of their employers. This may be a helpful program for Manitoba employers.

4) Innovation Canada – Plan to Mobilize Industry to Fight COVID-19

The Government of Canada is seeking manufacturers and producers who are able to deliver on some of our healthcare system’s most crucial needs at this time. If your business may be able to pivot and shift production to other essential goods, this may be an opportunity to continue delivering value: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/maintaingrowimprovebusiness/manufacturers-needed.html