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.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Comprehensive summary of provincial emergency measures

    - In response to COVID-19, the Manitoba Legislature had a one-day emergency sitting on April 15, 2020, that saw 13 bills come into effect. This article provides a summary of each bill. Read more…

  • Summary of securities regulatory relief for issuers

    - The Canadian Securities Administrators (the “CSA”) published temporary blanket relief for market participants, granting a 45-day extension for certain periodic regulatory filings as a result of COVID-19. The 45-day extension applies to certain filings that are normally required to be made on or before June 1, 2020, by issuers, registrants, investment funds and certain regulated entities. The filing relief was issued through harmonized blanket orders by securities commissions in each of the pr... Read more…

  • Loss trading in the time of COVID-19: The stop-loss rules and the superficial loss rule

    - COVID-19 has created uncertainty in equity markets and the economy generally. The value of capital investments in stock held as portfolio investments or shares in privately owned corporations, in particular, are threatened as all manner of businesses face financial difficulty. 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…

  • Guidance for employers of Temporary Foreign Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    - Further to recent announcements made by the Government of Canada to facilitate the entry of temporary foreign workers while taking steps to minimize the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Government of Canada provided criteria for employers that describes what is expected of employers who hire temporary foreign workers (TFWs). Read more…

  • 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…