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.

  • Manitoba's Critical (red) pandemic response and government supports for businesses

    - On November 10, the provincial government announced that the entire province is to go under the tightest level of restrictions since spring. Manitoba chief public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin indicated that in order to see the effects of the new measures, restrictions will be in effect for four weeks, which would be two incubation periods of the virus. 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…

  • 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…

  • Canadian courts weigh in on child custody arrangements in the age of COVID-19

    - Canadian courts have now had approximately five months to weigh in on parenting-related COVID-19 disputes. Read more…

  • Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

    - On August 20, 2020, the government of Canada announced that it will extend the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (“CERB”) by an additional four weeks to a maximum of 28 weeks. This extension is intended to help the government prepare for the transition of individuals receiving the CERB to the Employment Insurance (“EI”) program starting September 27, 2020. Read more…

  • Waiving liability for COVID-19 exposure

    - With fall just around the corner, we are seeing the potential return of many sporting activities that were cancelled in March. Along with this comes unprecedented liability issues for organizations that run such activities. 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…

  • COVID-19 alone not enough to delay receivership sale: Insight from the Choice Properties decision

    - As the global COVID-19 pandemic becomes a long-term event, Canadian courts and tribunals will increasingly consider the pandemic’s impact on business. Fillmore Riley’s Pandemic Resource Centre will report on these developments as key decisions are made. Read more…

  • Trademarks in the time of COVID-19

    - We are in the middle of a pandemic, the likes of which most of us have never seen before. Many businesses are in trouble. Some have already gone out of business. Others are just hanging on. And yet, for those that can afford to take the long view, this is a time of opportunity. 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…