COVID-19 Pandemic Resources

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  • Implications of the Partial Closure of the Canada-U.S. Border

    - The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated the partial closure of the Canada-U.S. border. This Q&A describes the border’s current status and what it means for business and trade. 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 April 14, 2020. 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 Federal Government’s Call to Action for Manufacturers: Five Considerations for those Responding

    - The Government of Canada is seeking to mobilize manufacturing resources to urgently produce healthcare and sanitary equipment as part of Canada’s fight against COVID-19. Manufacturing is a key sector of Manitoba’s economy, and our geography, access to distribution networks, and supply of warehousing facilities give Manitoba manufacturers an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to this initiative. Read more…

  • Key Considerations for Corporate Entities

    - The COVID-19 pandemic is a disruptive force for business rarely seen in the history of the modern economy. Insecurity of supply chains, uncertain availability of workforces, market volatility, and an evolving landscape of public and private sector responses to the pandemic are combining to test the governance of corporations of every size. Read more…

  • Summary of Government Support Measures for Businesses and Individuals

    - The Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Canada first announced a COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the pandemic. The Plan, as amended, was enacted into law by in the House of Commons on March 25, 2020. The total aid package is worth an estimated $107 billion. Read more…

  • Force Majeure and Frustration in Commercial Contracts, Leases and Supply Agreements

    - The global response to COVID-19 pandemic is impeding performance of contractual agreements. This is a summary of the relevant law, starting with a quick review of the basics. Read more…

  • Family Relations

    - The COVID-19 pandemic poses challenges to families with shared custody arrangements and puts new stresses on interpersonal relations. This resource sets out points for families to consider. Read more…

  • Business Insurance in a Pandemic

    - With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) at the forefront of the news cycle, governments and businesses are working to minimize the pandemic’s effect on the world’s economy, both at the macro and micro level. Despite those efforts, businesses are sure to face significant and unexpected changes in their day-to-day operations, which will likely affect their various insurance policies. This is a brief review of how COVID-19 may trigger or be relevant to two important and commonly-he... Read more…