COVID-19 News

Coronavirus: Trudeau says irregular migrants will be turned away at Canada-U.S. border

From Global News – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that irregular migrants crossing on foot from the U.S. will be turned away when they reach Canada as part of a wider border shutdown amid the new coronavirus pandemic.
“Canada and the United States are announcing a reciprocal arrangement that we will now be returning irregular migrants that attempt to cross anywhere at the Canada-U.S.

Ontario Suspends Limitation Periods And Litigation Time Limits During COVID-19 Crisis

From Bennet-Jones – On Friday, March 20, 2020, the Ontario government suspended all limitation periods and litigation and other dispute-oriented time periods for at least 90 days.
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Ontario Court of Justice – COVID-19: Notices and Updates regarding Court operations

From the Ontario Court of Justice – Update:  COVID-19 Pandemic Planning – Scheduling of Criminal and Family Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice (as of March 20, 2020)
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario Court of Justice issued a directive on March 15, 2020, “COVID-19 Pandemic Planning for the Scheduling of Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice” to reduce the number of people who attend court for criminal,

Ontario Expands Coverage for Healthcare

From the Ministry of Health –  As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve globally and locally, Ontario is taking decisive and swift action to ensure the province continues to protect the health and well-being of Ontarians.
To ensure that anyone in need of care can receive it, Ontario is waiving the three-month waiting period for Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage.

Landlord and Tenant Board Suspends Issuing New Eviction Orders

From the Tribunals Ontario – Social Justice Division – As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, Tribunals Ontario is taking action to safeguard the health and well-being of all Ontarians, while continuing to ensure access to justice. The Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) has reviewed the appropriate approach to conducting hearings and until further notice the LTB is suspending:

All hearings related to eviction applications,

Ontario Extending Validation Periods for Driver, Vehicle and Carrier Products, Services and Health Cards

From the Government of Ontario – As part of the province’s enhanced measures, the Ministry of Transportation and Ministry of Health, in cooperation with the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services and ServiceOntario, is extending the validity period of driving products, services and health cards. These changes reduce the need for in-person visits to ServiceOntario,

Ontario passes Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020

From the Ontario Government – The Ontario Legislature has passed the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020 to provide job-protected leave to employees in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, or those who need to be away from work to care for children because of school or day care closures or to care for other relatives.

Layoffs, salary, EI and more: Your coronavirus and employment questions answered (Globe and Mail)

From the Globe and Mail – Toronto employment lawyer Daniel Lublin answers some frequently asked questions employees have about how coronavirus affects their jobs.
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Canadian border officials halt most deportations in face of COVID-19 (CBC News)

From the CBC – Canadian border officials have halted deportations of rejected refugees and immigrants in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
The rejected applicants will receive temporary reprieves from scheduled removals during the global pandemic that has reduced the openness of international borders and limited the availability of international flights,

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre warning the public about COVID-19 fraud and scams

From The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre – As COVID-19 continues to spread globally, watch out for associated scams. Fraudsters want to profit from consumers’ fears, uncertainties and misinformation. Fraudsters are exploiting the crisis to facilitate fraud and cyber crime.
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