What you need to know about the new COVID-19 emergency wage subsidy

By John Paul Tasker Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced Wednesday a plan to backstop much of the Canadian economy through wage subsidies to prop up struggling businesses — and the workers they employ — during the COVID-19 crisis. The wage support program, called the Canada emergency wage subsidy (CEWS), is designed to discourage companies from [...]

By | 2020-04-03T15:13:59+00:00 April 3rd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Unemployment claims reach nearly one million as businesses battered by coronavirus pandemic

By Nathan Denette Nearly one million Canadians applied for unemployment benefits since the beginning of last week as sweeping business shutdowns related to COVID-19 deliver an unprecedented blow to the country’s work force. A source familiar with the data confirmed that the government received an estimated 929,000 Employment Insurance claims from March 16 to 22 [...]

By | 2020-03-25T13:47:13+00:00 March 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

List of Essential Workplaces

By the Office of the Premier For the purposes of this order, businesses include any-for-profit, non-profit or other entity providing the goods and services described herein. This does not preclude the provision of work and services by entities not on this list either online, by telephone or by mail/delivery. Note that teleworking and online commerce are [...]

By | 2020-03-24T15:21:34+00:00 March 24th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ontario Closing At-Risk Workplaces to Protect Health and Safety: Business-owners Encouraged to Continue their Operations Through Work-From-Home Policies and Innovative Business Models

By the Office of the Premier TORONTO — Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the Ontario government will be ordering at-risk workplaces to close-down, while encouraging businesses to explore opportunities to continue operations through work-from-home and innovative business models. At the same time, the government reminds businesses to put in place protocols for physical distancing [...]

By | 2020-03-24T14:59:36+00:00 March 24th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to apply for EI and COVID-19 emergency benefits

By Jackson Weaver Workers and businesses hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for part of the $82 billion aid package announced Wednesday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, which includes $27 billion in direct support for those struggling to find work or care for family members. The package, now before Parliament, stands to adjust the rules on [...]

By | 2020-03-19T16:22:27+00:00 March 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Trudeau unveils $82B COVID-19 emergency response package for Canadians, businesses

By Kathleen Harris Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a massive $82-billion aid package to help Canadians and businesses cope with the global COVID-19 pandemic, including income supports, wage subsidies and tax deferrals. The package includes $27 billion in direct supports and another $55 billion to help business liquidity through tax deferrals. Combined, the package represents more than three per [...]

By | 2020-03-19T16:19:29+00:00 March 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Premier Ford Announces Job Protection for Workers during the COVID-19 Situation: Ontario to Protect Workers who Take Leaves from Work

By the Office of the Premier TORONTO — Ontario is acting immediately to protect workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Today, Premier Doug Ford and Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, announced that the government intends to introduce legislation that, if passed, would immediately provide job-protected leave to employees in isolation or quarantine due [...]

By | 2020-03-19T16:07:15+00:00 March 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What employers and employees need to know during the COVID-19 pandemic

By CBC News No, you can't get fired if you get coronavirus — but your employer might not have to pay you for the time you'll need off, two Vancouver employment lawyers say. As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic throws workplaces into uncharted territory, it's a good time for everyone to become familiar with their rights, said [...]

By | 2020-03-19T16:02:44+00:00 March 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Toronto judge slams Canadian Tire after employee tells court he won’t be paid on jury duty

By Betsy Powell A Toronto judge has written a scathing letter to Canadian Tire demanding to know why an employee was told he wouldn’t be paid if he were selected for jury duty. During recent jury selection for a murder trial in downtown Toronto’s Superior Court, several prospective jurors said their employers had told them [...]

By | 2020-03-17T13:27:17+00:00 March 17th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ontario government plans bill to help workers affected by COVID-19 pandemic

By John Chidley-Hill TORONTO -- Premier Doug Ford's office says the government is drafting legislation that would remove employers' ability to require sick notes for people in self-isolation or quarantine. A spokeswoman for Ford said the bill would include a number of measures aimed at helping workers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Under the legislation, [...]

By | 2020-03-16T15:26:27+00:00 March 16th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments