Rehiring Foreign Nationals during the COVID-19 Economic Recovery

From an operational perspective, shutting something down is easy; restarting can be much harder.  After extensive layoffs in the spring, June reported significant National GDP growth (6.5 percent), which means the economy has great capacity to recover.  And although Ontario is currently seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases and may be facing a second wave […]

Ontario Government COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidelines

On April 30, 2020 the Government of Ontario announced new guidelines to provide processes for safe business resumptions for agriculture, manufacturing, foodstuffs, restaurant and food services businesses. These guidelines build on measures already set out by the Ontario Government in respect of retail, health care, constructions, and transit services, among others. Although the Government is […]

Applications Open for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Applications for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) open today. The CERB is part of the Federal response to unprecedented circumstances including business closures and the significant economic impact of COVID-19. The CERB will provide payments of $2,000 for each 4-week period for up to 16 weeks. According to the Government of Canada payments should […]

COVID-19: Options for Employers

Employers across Canada are having to cope with one of the greatest, and most uncertain, crises of our time. The COVID-19 pandemic has required businesses to rapidly adapt to new challenges that were unthinkable even a few short weeks ago. What can businesses experiencing work shortages do to ensure they maintain their workforce and come […]

Canada Announces COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

On March 18, 2020, the Government of Canada announced unprecedented steps to support Canadian businesses affected by the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic. The Prime Minister has announced that Parliament will be convened shortly to pass legislation authorizing parts of the Economic Response Plan requiring legislative action. The plan promises support to employers and their workers finding […]