COVID-19 Pandemic Resources

The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) affects all of our clients. In response, Fillmore Riley LLP has created a COVID-19 Pandemic Resources hub to provide you with timely legal information. Our multidisciplinary team provides insights on issues facing employers, business insurance, and other emerging topics that will help provide you with clarity in these uncertain times.

  • Videoconference Witnessing and Executing of Legal Documents during a Pandemic

    - A crucial aspect of a lot of legal work — the execution of prescribed documents — has long involved face-to-face contact because of prescribed witnessing requirements. While our team of lawyers has remained available to attend to crucial in-person document executions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic while respecting physical distancing rules, this face-to-face signing was not possible or desired by many who are unable or too uncomfortable to attend in-person meetings. Read more…

  • Options for Debtors and Creditors in Corporate Insolvency: An Overview of Insolvency Legislation

    - While the first wave of Covid-19 appears to have ebbed, particularly in Manitoba, many businesses are only beginning to take account of the past few months’ economic impact and are struggling to forecast their futures. As financial support programs run toward their end (for now) and the prospect of a resurgence of infections is ever-looming at home and abroad, many predict a sharp increase in corporate insolvencies. As such, many businesses may be contemplating how to navigate serious financ... Read more…

  • Provincial Price Control Powers in the Age of COVID-19

    - Among the many anxieties of the COVID-19 pandemic — illness and loss of work top among them — was, particularly in its early stages, security of access to food, prescription drugs, household goods such as cleaning supplies, and personal protective equipment (PPE). Such security of access has three dimensions: first, are the products actually available — are the shelves bare? Second, is it safe to go to the store or have essential goods delivered? And third, will prices go up so significantly ... Read more…

  • Bringing Employees Back to the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know

    - It has now been a month since the Manitoba government announced its roadmap for easing pandemic restrictions on businesses and public facilities. The slow but steady return to work and social life in Manitoba poses further novel issues for employers. This article deals with some of the frequent questions we’ve been asked about the return to work. Read more…

  • Federal Government Support Measures for Businesses and Individuals

    - The Government of Canada has taken action to support Canadians and businesses facing financial hardship as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak. The federal government has announced a number of supports for individuals, supports for businesses and supports for specific sectors. Read more…

  • Regional Court Availability and Arbitration as an Alternative

    - The closure of courts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will have significant ramifications for commercial dispute resolution. Court time is an increasingly scarce resource in normal times. Even with significant accommodations by courts after they re-open, delays could be experienced for many months afterward. Read more…

  • Manitoba-Specific Support for Individuals and Businesses

    - The Province of Manitoba has announced the following measures to help Manitoban businesses and individuals facing hardship as a result of the pandemic. This bulletin provides a summary of the Manitoba government’s announcements. We will update this summary as new information becomes available. Read more…

  • The Province of Manitoba's Multi-Phased Plan to Reopen Businesses

    - Further to the Manitoba government’s news release on April 29, 2020, regarding “Restoring Safe Services,” a new Order has been issued pursuant to The Public Health Act. Read more…

  • Closure of Non-Essential Businesses in Manitoba

    - The Government of Manitoba has issued an order pursuant to The Public Health Act requiring non-essential businesses to close their doors to the public from 12:01 am on April 1 to 12:01 am on May 4, 2020. Read more…

  • Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program

    - On April 24, 2020, the Prime Minister announced that the federal government reached an agreement in principle with all provinces and territories to implement the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program for small businesses. The provinces and territories will cost share up to 25% of the costs with the federal government, subject to terms of agreements with the federal government. This program will lower rent by 75% for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. Read more…