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COVID-19: Evolving Measures to Promote Safer Skies

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the federal government, public health authorities, and those involved in the aviation industry have responded to health concerns in an effort to support safe air travel. Over time, as the skies have opened up, measures have been taken to reduce the spread of the virus and protect both the travelling public and those who provide air travel. On September 15, 2020, the Minister of Transport issued Interim Order No. 8, providing the latest requirements for civil aviation due to COVID-19. Under this order, air carriers operating a flight within Canada or to Canada from any... Read More

COVID-19 Considerations for a Representation Agreement

A Representation Agreement is an instrument by which an adult can appoint someone (a “Representative”) to help them make decisions about their health care (e.g. major surgeries and immunizations), their personal care (e.g. diet and living arrangements), and in some cases, their routine financial affairs (e.g. paying bills and disposing of investments). Generally, a Representative can continue to make these types of decisions on behalf of the adult if the adult becomes incapable. When making (or revising) a Representation Agreement, there are certain additional factors relating to the COVID-19 pandemic that an adult may wish to consider. Examples of these... Read More

Ensuring the Validity of Wills Sworn During the COVID-19 Pandemic

It has been a long-standing requirement that in order to create a valid Will, the will-maker must sign the Will in front of two independent witnesses. Since March 2020, the execution of Wills and other estate planning documents has become more complicated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing guidelines and concerns about the risks of meeting in person may make it difficult for a will-maker and the two required witnesses to all sign a Will in each other’s physical presence. On May 19, 2020, temporary Ministerial Order No. M161 came into effect, allowing Wills to be validly... Read More

Expiry of COVID-19 Temporary Layoffs in BC

August 30, 2020 marks an important deadline for provincially regulated employers in British Columbia who have had to lay off employees as a result of COVID-19 but still intend to return the workers to employment. The Provincial Government amended the Employment Standards Regulation to extend the maximum length of a temporary layoff from employment due to COVID-19 to a maximum of 24 weeks in a period of 28 consecutive weeks (previously the layoff could only last for 13 of the last 20 weeks). To fall within the provisions of this amendment, the temporary layoff must have started before June 1,... Read More

Accessible Travel Put on Hold by COVID-19

The Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations (the “Regulations”) were published on June 25, 2019, with the majority of its provisions slated to come into force on June 25, 2020. The Regulations apply to large airlines (defined as airlines transporting at least 1,000,000 passengers in each of the two preceding years) operating within Canada, from Canada to a destination in a foreign country, or from a destination in a foreign country to Canada. The Regulations also apply to operators of Canadian airports where at least 200,000 passengers emplaned and deplaned during each of the two preceding years or are... Read More

COVID-19 Pandemic: Update on Canadian Immigration

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization assessed COVID-19 as a pandemic. The Canadian government has unveiled aggressive new measures to contain the coronavirus and this has direct impact on Canadian immigration. This bulletin will provide a summary of the key immigration updates for the period between May 23, 2020 and June 22, 2020. Travel Ban On March 20, 2020, the Governor General issued two Orders in Council pursuant to section 58 of the Quarantine Act. The effect of these is the creation of a temporary travel ban on foreign nationals travelling to Canada from overseas (valid until June 30,... Read More

COVID-19 Pandemic: Update on Canadian Immigration

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization assessed COVID-19 as a pandemic. The Canadian government has unveiled aggressive new measures to contain the coronavirus and this has direct impact on Canadian immigration. This bulletin will provide a summary of the key immigration updates for the period between April 23, 2020 and May 22, 2020. Travel Ban On March 20, 2020, the Governor General issued two Orders in Council pursuant to section 58 of the Quarantine Act. The effect of these is the creation of a temporary travel ban on foreign nationals travelling to Canada from overseas (valid until June 30,... Read More

Collecting Personal Info During COVID-19: Is your company compliant with privacy laws if the government requires you collect your customer’s personal information?

As British Columbia begins to allow businesses to re-open, certain industries are being asked (and more may be asked in the future) to collect personal information to assist government agencies with tracking the potential spread of COVID-19. Any private company in British Columbia that is asked to collect personal information must ensure they are complying at all times with the Personal Information Protection Act, SBC 2003, c.63 (“PIPA”).1 Companies may also be required to comply with Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, SC 2000, c.5 when the personal information of residents from other provinces has been affected or if... Read More