Government of Canada’s response to COVID-19

The Government of Canada is acting to minimize the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canadians.

This webpage was created to provide the latest information on legislative and other measures adopted to protect Canadians in response to the pandemic.  

Legislation

 

The following federal legislation has been enacted to date to protect the health and well-being of Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19)

On July 27, 2020, Bill C-20: An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures received Royal Assent and enacted the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19), which addresses pressing issues relating to time limits included in federal legislation.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges on many fronts, both for individual Canadians and businesses. Access to justice and the effective functioning of our justice and court system are fundamental to a just and fair Canadian society. In these exceptional circumstances, many Canadians, businesses and other organizations may be unable to meet numerous time limits currently set out in federal legislation, including rules for court civil cases and some key regulatory matters.

The Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19) (the Act) allows the continued protection of Canadians’ rights in the context of civil legal proceedings, by ensuring that individuals are not prevented from asserting their rights because of the passage of a time limit. It also better supports Canadians, Canadian businesses, and the Government in making sure they are able to avoid irreversible legal consequences.

The Act has two parts which respectively address time limits relating to civil litigation proceedings and other time limits and periods included in federal legislation. It also includes a set of safeguards and parliamentary oversight provisions.

Time limits in civil litigation proceedings

The Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19) automatically suspends time limits established under federal legislation for starting a civil legal proceeding or doing something in a civil legal proceeding.

This suspension of time limits is be valid for a maximum of 6 months, starting on March 13, 2020 and ending on September 13, 2020 or on an earlier date fixed by order of the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister of Justice.

Time limits and other periods in federal legislation

The Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19) also now allows federal ministers to make temporary orders to extend or suspend other time limits identified in specific federal legislation for which they are responsible.

Orders made under this provision of the Act can be retroactive to March 13, 2020 and valid for a maximum of 6 months, but cannot have effect beyond December 31, 2020. Such orders also cannot be made after September 30, 2020.

Federal ministers can extend or suspend deadlines found in specific federal laws and regulations that are identified in the new Act. This list of laws and regulations can be found in the Act’s Schedule.

Safeguards and parliamentary oversight provisions

The Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19) includes safeguards and parliamentary oversight provisions to enhance transparency.

These safeguards include:

  • a requirement for the legislation to be interpreted so as to provide certainty in legal proceedings and ensure respect for the rule of law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • a sunset clause of September 30, 2020, meaning that orders cannot be made after that date, and a second sunset clause so that such orders cannot have effect beyond December 31, 2020
  • a number of measures to ensure transparency and accountability, such as:
    • a requirement for all orders to be published on a government website within 5 days of being made and for a minimum of 6 months
    • a requirement for all orders to be published in the Canada Gazette within 14 days of being made
    • a requirement for all orders to be tabled in Parliament within three sitting days of being made or as soon as possible if Parliament is not sitting

Once tabled in Parliament, all temporary orders made under this legislation must be referred to a committee of the Senate and of the House of Commons.

Charter Statements

 

Many Canadians may not know that since December 13, 2019, a Charter Statement is tabled in Parliament for all Government legislation. These are tabled in Parliament by the Minister of Justice once legislation is introduced.

Charter Statements are a transparency measure intended to inform parliamentary and public debate on a bill and help increase awareness and understanding of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Charter).

The following list provides links to the Charter Statements related to federal legislation enacted to date in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

43rd Parliament, 1st Session (2019-12-05 - 2020-08-18)

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session (2020-09-23 - present)

Orders and Regulations

 

Along with legislation, the Government of Canada also has the authority, under existing laws, such as the Quarantine Act and the Aeronautics Act, to issue orders and regulations to address COVID-19 to ensure the public safety of Canadians.

Note: this table and the links to each order or regulation are updated on a regular basis.
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Order or Regulation Responsible Department or Agency Description Date order made Effective date Effective until
Order Respecting Time Limits Established by or Under the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Act (COVID-19) Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Pursuant to subsections 7(1) and 7(5) of the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19), the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness made an order extending certain time limits in relation to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Act to enable pension plan members to avail themselves of certain opportunities that may otherwise expire during the period of the pandemic. September 29, 2020 March 13, 2020 December 31, 2020
Order Respecting Time Limits Established by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Pension Continuation Regulations (COVID-19) Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Pursuant to subsections 7(1) and 7(5) of the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19), the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness made an order extending certain time limits in relation to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Pension Continuation Regulations to enable pension plan members to avail themselves of certain opportunities that may otherwise expire during the period of the pandemic. September 29, 2020 March 13, 2020 December 31, 2020
Order respecting Time Limits and Other Periods Established by the Garnishment, Attachment, and Pension Diversion Act (COVID-19)

Department of Justice Canada

Department of National Defence

Department of Finance

Department Public Works and government Services

The 30-day time limit established by subsection 39(2) of the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act is extended by 30 days or to December 31, 2020, if that day occurs before the day on which the 30-day extension ends, and the further period of 90 days established by that subsection is extended by 180 days or to December 31, 2020, if that day occurs before the day on which the 180-day extension ends. September 30, 2020 September 30, 2020 December 31, 2020
Order Respecting Time Limits Under the Special Import Measures Act (COVID-19) Finance Canada Pursuant to subsections 7(1) and 7(5) of the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19), the Minister of Finance made an order extending certain legislated time limits for certain Special Import Measures Act proceedings, while balancing the objectives of Special Import Measures Act in providing protection against unfairly traded imports in a timely manner. September 30, 2020 March 13, 2020 December 31, 2020
Interim Order No. 10 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit) Employment and Social Development Canada

This Interim Order provides authorities related to the transition from the Employment Insurance (EI) Emergency Response Benefit (ERB) to EI. It allows the Minister of Finance to credit the EI Operating Account for costs incurred from the EI ERB and it enables a modified operational approach to the assessment of availability to work for claimants who are in training. The Interim Order also allows claimants, who qualify for regular benefits with the 300-hour credit, to switch to special benefits. In addition, it sets at $909, the minimum weekly insurable earnings that claimants will be deemed to have earned, resulting in a minimum EI benefit rate of $500 per week.

The Interim Order extends the cessation of effect dates for EI ERB provisions in Interim Orders No. 1 to 7 and Interim Order No. 9. It also suspends the waiting period and the requirement for a medical certificate for EI sickness benefit claimants for one year. It also provides the Canada Employment Insurance Commission with the flexibility to waive the requirement for compassionate care or family caregiver benefit claimants to provide a medical certificate, if necessary.

Finally, this Interim Order provides for measures to facilitate access to EI fishing benefits. These measures include allowing fishers to establish a fishing claim based on the higher of their fishing earnings from their current qualifying period or the earnings used to establish their fishing claim for the same season from two previous years; lowering the insurable earnings threshold (to $2,500) for fishers to qualify for special benefits; and allowing fishers the ability to request to switch to fishing benefits even if they qualify for regular benefits as a result of the hours credit.

September 26, 2020 This Interim Order came into force on March 15, 2020. Sections 1 and 3 to 7 came into force on September 27, 2020. The provisions made under this Interim Order will cease to have effect on September 25, 2021, unless the provisions are repealed earlier.
Order Respecting Time Limits Established by or Under the Public Service Superannuation Act (COVID-19) Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat Pursuant to subsections 7(1) and 7(5) of the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19), the President of the Treasury Board made an order extending certain time limits in relation to the Public Service Superannuation Act to enable pension plan members to avail themselves of certain opportunities that may otherwise expire during the period of the pandemic. September 23, 2020 March 13, 2020 December 31, 2020
Order Respecting Time Limits Established by or Under the Members of Parliament Retiring Allowances Act (COVID-19) Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat Pursuant to subsections 7(1) and 7(5) of the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19), the President of the Treasury Board made an order extending certain time limits in relation to the Members of Parliament Retiring Allowances Act to enable pension plan members to avail themselves of certain opportunities that may otherwise expire during the period of the pandemic. September 23, 2020 March 13, 2020 December 31, 2020
Order Respecting Time Limits Established by or Under the Lieutenant Governors Superannuation Act (COVID-19) Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat Pursuant to subsections 7(1) and 7(5) of the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19), the President of the Treasury Board made an order extending certain time limits in relation to the Lieutenant Governors Superannuation Act to enable pension plan members to avail themselves of certain opportunities that may otherwise expire during the period of the pandemic. September 23, 2020 March 13, 2020 December 31, 2020
Order Respecting Time Limits Established by the Diplomatic Service (Special) Superannuation Act (COVID-19) Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat Pursuant to subsections 7(1) and 7(5) of the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19), the President of the Treasury Board made an order extending certain time limits in relation to the Diplomatic Service (Special) Superannuation Act to enable pension plan members to avail themselves of certain opportunities that may otherwise expire during the period of the pandemic. March 13, 2020 March 13, 2020 December 31, 2020
Order Extending a Time Limit Established by the Pension Benefits Division Act (COVID-19) Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat Pursuant to subsection 7(1) of the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19), the President of the Treasury Board made an order extending certain time limits in relation to the Pension Benefits Division Act to enable members of public sector pension plans to avail themselves of certain opportunities that may otherwise expire during the period of the pandemic. September 23, 2020 September 23, 2020 December 31, 2020
Interim Order No. 9 Amending the Employment Insurance Act Employment and Social Development Canada

This Interim Order increases the maximum number of weeks for which the Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit (EI ERB) may be paid to a claimant from 24 to 28. This interim order also provides authorities to allow access to employment insurance (EI) benefits for claimants establishing new regular and sickness claims starting on September 27, 2020.

Additional measures are also included to allow for the delivery and administration of the EI ERB, such as measures to allow for direct deposit of benefits and to facilitate access to benefits for incapacitated persons.

August 29, 2020 This Interim Order is deemed to have come into force at 00:00:07 a.m. on March 15, 2020. Section 4 comes into force on August 30, 2020. This interim order will cease to apply the earlier of December 31, 2020 and the day on which it is repealed.
Interim Order No. 8 Amending the Employment Insurance Act Employment and Social Development Canada

This Interim Order contains measures that provide authorities to facilitate access to employment insurance (EI) benefits for claimants seeking to establish claims on or after September 27, 2020. These measures include a one-time hours credit of 480 hours for those establishing a claim for special benefits, and of 300 hours for those establishing a claim for EI regular benefits. An extension of the qualifying period by 28 weeks will be provided for those who have claimed the EI Emergency Response Benefit or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. All claimants establishing a claim on or after September 27, 2020, will have their waiting period waived. The waiver of the waiting period will apply until October 25, 2020.

This Interim Order also sets a minimum unemployment rate of 13.1% for all EI regions that would apply until September 11, 2021. An alternative benefit rate calculation mechanism will also be established, while all claimants will be deemed to have a minimum of $727 in weekly insurable earnings.

Additional measures included in this Interim Order suspend the allocation of certain monies that prevent the payment of EI benefits. Disentitlements and disqualifications associated with invalid reasons for separation will also be disregarded if they occurred at least 12 weeks prior to the Sunday of the week in which a claimant’s interruption of earnings occurs.

August 29, 2020

Section 2, subsection 4(1) and section 5 come into force, or are deemed to have come into force, on August 30, 2020.

Section 3 and subsection 4(2) come into force on September 6, 2020.

Section 1 comes into force on September 27, 2020.

This interim order will cease to apply on September 25, 2021, or the day on which the interim order is repealed, whichever is earlier. Certain sections may cease to apply on a different date as specified.
Order respecting certain time limits under the Food and Drug Regulations (COVID-19) Health Canada The Order Respecting Certain Time Limits under the Food and Drug Regulations (COVID-19), made by the Minister of Health on August 13, 2020, extends the default period for review of applications and amendments made under Division 5 of the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) from 30 days to 45 days. August 13, 2020 August 13, 2020 November 16, 2020
Interim Order No. 7 Amending the Employment Insurance Act Employment and Social Development Canada The objective of this interim order is to facilitate access to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits for claimants seeking to transition early from the EI Emergency Response Benefit (ERB) or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to EI benefits. This interim order also establishes the parameters when the EI ERB, CERB or the Canada Emergency Student Benefit are combined and provides authorities to govern the administration of EI benefits when claimants shift between EI benefits and the EI ERB. August 7, 2020 March 15, 2020 (provisions referring to the Canada Emergency Student Benefit come into effect on May 1, 2020) This interim order will cease to apply on December 31, 2020, or the day on which the interim order is repealed.
Order respecting time limits and other periods established by or under certain acts and regulations for which the Minister of Industry is responsible (COVID-19) Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada The Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry issued a Ministerial Order under the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19) dated July 31, 2020 extending certain time limits in relation to the National Security Review of Investments Regulations. July 31, 2020 July 31, 2020 December 31, 2020
Order respecting time limits and other periods established by or under certain acts and regulations for which the Minister of Industry is responsible (COVID-19) Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada The Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry issued a Ministerial Order under the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19) dated July 31, 2020 extending certain time limits in relation to the Canada Business Corporations Act, the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, and the Canada Cooperatives Act. July 31, 2020 March 13, 2020 December 31, 2020
Order respecting time limits and other periods established by or under certain acts and regulations for which the Minister of Industry is responsible (COVID-19) Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada The Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry issued a Ministerial Order under the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19) dated July 31, 2020 extending certain time limits in relation to the Boards of Trade Act. July 31, 2020 April 1, 2020 December 31, 2020
Order Lifting Suspensions of Time Limits in Relation to Proceedings Commenced Under Certain Acts for Which the Minister of Industry is Responsible Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada This Order made under subsection 6(4) of the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19) lifts the suspension on certain court timelines governing proceedings under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations to provide greater certainty for the operations of these regimes and to avoid unintended adverse consequences for stakeholders. July 30, 2020 July 30, 2020 September 13, 2020
Interim Order No. 6 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit) Employment and Social Development Canada This Interim Order provides authorities for administrative and integrity functions related to the EI Emergency Response Benefit that are closely aligned with those of the related Canada Emergency Response Benefit Act. This Interim Order also provides authorities to enable EI Emergency Response Benefit claimants to benefit from substantive supports under Part II of the Employment Insurance Act, such as training and wage subsidies, and provides that the provisions under Part VII, which may require a claimant to repay a portion of EI benefits when their annual income exceeds a threshold, do not apply to the EI Emergency Response Benefit. July 22, 2020 March 15, 2020 This interim order will cease to apply on December 31, 2020, or the day on which the interim order is repealed.
Order under Section 32.01 of the Railway Safety Act due to COVID-19, No. 4 Transport Canada This Ministerial Order requires intercity passenger rail carriers outlined in this order to implement mandatory health checks for COVID-19 and to refuse boarding of symptomatic passengers. July 1, 2020 July 1, 2020 July 31, 2020
Interim Order No. 3 Respecting Passenger Vessel Restrictions Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Transport Canada The interim order was issued to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 and applies to passenger vessels and ferry vessels. Cruise ships with overnight accommodations allowed to carry more than 100 persons will be prohibited from operating in Canadian waters until October 31, 2020. All passenger vessels are prohibited to enter arctic waters from any other waters, with some exceptions. Passenger vessels that provide essential services and ferry vessels must either: (a) at all times, carry not more than 50 percent of the maximum number of passengers that it is certified to carry; or (b) implement measures to reduce transmission risks of COVID-19. June 30, 2020 July 1, 2020 October 31, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 3 Public Health Agency of Canada This order was made to support Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country; continue applying stringent measures to reduce the spread by persons who do not have symptoms on arrival at the border as well as symptomatic entrants; make non-substantive changes to provide additional clarity on provisions throughout the Order; and extend the effective date of the previous Order until August 31, 2020. June 29, 2020 June 29, 2020 August 31, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any country other than the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This order was made to support Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country and continue to restrict entry into Canada of foreign nationals arriving from countries other than the United States, with some limited exemptions, by extending the effective date of the previous Order to July 31, 2020. June 29, 2020 June 29, 2020 July 31, 2020
Interim Order No. 5 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit) Employment and Social Development Canada The objective of this interim order is to increase the maximum number of weeks for which the Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit may be paid to a claimant from 16 to 24. The interim order also adds an explicit cessation of effect. The cessation of effect clause applies to this interim order as well as four preceding interim orders that were made using the temporary authority provided to the Minister of Employment and Social Development under section 153.3 of the Employment Insurance Act. June 26, 2020 March 15, 2020 This interim order will cease to apply on December 31, 2020, or the day on which the interim order is repealed.
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This order was made to support Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country and extends the effective date of the previous Order restricting entry into Canada of foreign nationals arriving from the United States. June 19, 2020 June 19, 2020 July 21, 2020
Interim Order Restricting Pleasure Craft Navigation Due to COVID-19 Transport Canada This Interim Order temporarily restricts the operation of pleasure craft in certain arctic waters to promote the safe navigation of vessels by ensuring that limited marine assets and personnel are available for critical marine resupply operations in the Arctic during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also protects the public interest by protecting health care infrastructure in the Arctic. May 30, 2020 June 1, 2020 October 31, 2020
Interim Order No. 4 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit) Employment and Social Development Canada The objective of this interim order is to expand eligibility for the Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit to self-employed fishers who recently exhausted EI fishing benefits and are unable to start working for reasons related to COVID-19. April 23, 2020 March 15, 2020 This interim order will cease to apply on December 31, 2020, or the day on which the interim order is repealed.
Regulations amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (Quarantine Act and Emergencies Act) Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

These regulatory amendments establish that a foreign national authorized to enter Canada temporarily can be found inadmissible, issued a removal order and be banned from re-entering Canada for 1 year if they fail to adhere to an order made under the Quarantine Act or Emergencies Act.

They also create new responsibilities related to public health that employers using the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and International Mobility Program must adhere to under the existing employer compliance regime.

April 20, 2020 April 20, 2020 Indeterminate
Income Support Payment (Excluded Nominal Income) Regulations Employment and Social Development Canada The objective of this regulation is to allow workers who cease work due to COVID-19 to continue to receive nominal amounts of income, up to $1000 over a four-week period, without affecting their eligibility for income support payments under the Act. April 15, 2020 April 16, 2020 December 2, 2020
Interim Order No. 3 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit) Employment and Social Development Canada The objective of this interim order is to expand eligibility for the Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit to EI claimants who recently exhausted regular benefits and are unable to find work for reasons related to COVID-19. April 15, 2020 March 15, 2020 This interim order will cease to apply on December 31, 2020, or the day on which the interim order is repealed.
Interim Order No. 2 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit) Employment and Social Development Canada The objective of this interim order is to ensure that these groups of claimants must meet the same income restrictions. It also specifies that claimants can receive nominal income from employment or self-employment, while still being eligible to receive the benefit. April 15, 2020 March 15, 2020 This interim order will cease to apply on December 31, 2020, or the day on which the interim order is repealed.
Regulations amending the Contraventions Regulations (Quarantine Act) Department of Justice Designate ten (10) offences under the Quarantine Act as contraventions. April 11, 2020 April 11, 2020 N/A
Regulations amending the Application of Provincial Laws Regulations Department of Justice Incorporate by reference the provincial ticketing schemes of Alberta and Saskatchewan, in order to allow for the implementation of the federal Contraventions Regime in those jurisdictions, should they want to sign an agreement under the Contraventions Act. April 11, 2020 April 11, 2020 N/A
Income Support Payment Amount Regulations Employment and Social Development Canada

This regulation is being put in place by the Minister of Employment and Social Development, with the consent of the Minister of Finance, fixing the income support payment amount as $500 per week.

This regulation will allow the income support payment to be made to individuals who cease working due to reasons related to COVID-19 and meet other eligibility requirements.

March 31, 2020 April 1, 2020 December 2, 2020
Interim Order No. 1 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit) Employment and Social Development Canada

The objective of this interim order is to manage the extraordinary volume of claims in these exceptional circumstances by temporarily simplifying the Employment Insurance program.

Notably, this interim order provides for a new Emergency Response Benefit that is closely aligned with income support payments under the Canada Emergency Response Benefit Act. For EI claims established between March 15, 2020 and October 3, 2020, the interim order describes that claims for EI regular benefits and EI sickness benefits are considered as applications for the Emergency Response Benefit. These changes will allow for many claims to be processed quickly by simplifying the eligibility criteria and facilitating automation.

This interim order is not making changes to EI maternity, parental, compassionate care, family caregiving or fishing benefits.

March 31, 2020 March 15, 2020 This interim order will cease to apply on December 31, 2020, or the day on which the interim order is repealed.
Order directing Export Development Canada Global Affairs Canada This Order provides support for working capital and liquidity for micro enterprises in order to cover non-deferrable costs during the current economic crisis related to COVID-19. March 30, 2020 March 30, 2020 This Directive will remain in place for the duration of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.
Interim Order Respecting the Importation and Sale of Medical Devices for Use in Relation to COVID-19 Health Canada This order was made to allow expedited access to COVID-19-related medical devices for use by healthcare providers, including diagnostic test kits. March 18, 2020 March 18, 2020 March 18, 2021
Measures no longer in effect
Order or Regulation Responsible Department or Agency Description Date order made Effective date Effective until
Order under Section 32.01 of the Railway Safety Act due to COVID-19, No. 3 Transport Canada This Ministerial Order requires intercity passenger rail carriers outlined in this order to implement mandatory health checks for COVID-19 and to refuse boarding of symptomatic passengers. June 1, 2020 June 1, 2020 June 30, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This order was made to broaden the scope of persons who are not prohibited from entering Canada while supporting Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19. April 20, 2020 April 22, 2020 May 21, 2020
Interim Order No. 2 Respecting Passenger Vessel Restrictions Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Transport Canada The interim order was issued to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 on-board passenger vessels certified to carry more than 12 passengers, prohibiting operations that are discretionary in nature, such as activities related to tourism and recreation, from operating in Canadian waters. April 20, 2020 April 20, 2020 October 31, 2020, for passenger vessels in arctic waters; and June 30, 2020, for passenger vessels in any other Canadian waters
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation) Public Health Agency of Canada This order was made to support Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country by addressing newly emerging public health science on COVID-19 that indicates that even asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic individuals can spread the disease. April 14, 2020 April 15, 2020 June 30, 2020
First Nations Election Cancellation and Postponement Regulations (Prevention of Diseases) Indigenous Services Canada These regulations were put in place to provide First Nations councils whose mandates are to expire in the coming months with the possibility to extend their mandate for a limited period of time in order to avoid the spreading of disease. April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 7, 2021
Interim Order Respecting Passenger Vessel Restrictions Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Transport Canada This interim order outlines restrictions for ferries and commercial passenger vessels. April 4, 2020 April 6, 2020 October 31, 2020, in the case of vessels in arctic waters, and June 30, 2020, in the case of vessels in any other Canadian waters.
Order pursuant to Section 32.1 of the Railway Safety Act Due to COVID-19 Transport Canada This Ministerial Order requires intercity passenger rail carriers outlined in this order to implement mandatory health checks for COVID-19 and to refuse boarding of symptomatic passengers. March 27, 2020

March 30, 2020

(at noon Eastern Daylight Time)

April 30, 2020
Interim Order to Prevent Certain Persons from Boarding Flights in Canada due to COVID-19 Transport Canada This order establishes the requirement for mandatory health checks and refusal of boarding for all domestic and outbound travel in Canada. March 27, 2020

March 30, 2020

(at noon Eastern Daylight Time)

April 9, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any country other than the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This order was made to broaden the list of foreign nationals who are permitted entry to Canada by any mode of travel by supporting Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19. March 26, 2020 March 26, 2020 June 30, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This order was made to broaden the scope of persons who are not prohibited from entering Canada while supporting Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19. March 26, 2020 March 26, 2020 April 21, 2020
Interim Order to Prevent Certain Persons from Boarding Flights to Canada due to COVID-19, No. 3 Transport Canada This order was made to deal with a significant risk, direct or indirect, to aviation safety or the safety of the public. March 24, 2020

March 24, 2020

(at noon Eastern Daylight Time, with the exception of sections 6 to 8 which come into force on March 27, 2020, at noon Eastern Daylight Time)

April 6, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation) Public Health Agency of Canada This order was made to manage all persons who enter Canada whether by air, land rail and sea, to minimize the travel related risk of introduction and spread of COVID-19 coronavirus disease by requiring all persons who enter Canada to isolate for 14 days from the day upon which they entered Canada. March 24, 2020 March 25, 2020 June 30, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any country other than the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This order was made to enhance recent border measures to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 coronavirus disease from being transmitted by travellers entering Canada from foreign countries. March 22, 2020 March 22, 2020 Replaced by Emergency Order of the same name
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This order was made to protect the health of the public from the introduction or spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease transmitted via travellers from foreign countries by prohibiting entry into Canada by foreign nationals for optional or discretionary purposes. March 20, 2020 March 21, 2020 Replaced by Emergency Order of the same name
Interim Order to Prevent Certain Persons from Boarding Flights to Canada due to COVID-19, No. 2 Transport Canada This order was made to deal with a significant risk, direct or indirect, to aviation safety or the safety of the public. March 20, 2020

March 21, 2020

(at noon, with the exception of section 6 which comes into force on March 27, 2020)

Replaced by Interim Order No.3 of the same name
Regulations Maintaining the Safety of Persons in Ports and the Seaway Transport Canada These Regulations temporarily restrict the number of persons arriving by cruise ship at ports managed by port authorities, at public ports, at public port facilities and in the Seaway to reduce the risk of persons in those areas contracting infectious diseases, including severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, also known as SARS-CoV-2. March 18, 2020 March 18, 2020 June 30, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada) Public Health Agency of Canada This order was made to protect the health and safety of the public from the COVID-19 coronavirus disease outbreak by banning entry of certain foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air from all countries with the exception of persons travelling from the United States. March 18, 2020

March 18, 2020

(at noon Eastern Daylight Time)

Replaced by Emergency Order of the same name
Interim Order to Prevent Certain Persons from Boarding Flights to Canada due to COVID-19 Transport Canada This order was made to deal with a significant risk, direct or indirect, to aviation safety or the safety of the public. March 17, 2020

March 18, 2020

(at noon Eastern Daylight Time, except Sections 6 to 10 which come into force on March 19, 2020)

Replaced by interim Order No. 2 of the same name
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease in Canada Order Public Health Agency of Canada This order was made to protect the health of exposed travellers as well as the health and safety of the general public from the COVID-19 coronavirus disease outbreak through heightened oversight of all individuals arriving to Canada from areas with a high contagion risk, as part of the Government of Canada’s action to bring Canadians home. February 17, 2020 February 17, 2020 April 30, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to 2019-nCoV Acute Respiratory Disease in Canada Order Public Health Agency of Canada This order was made to protect the health of exposed travellers as well as the health and safety of the general public from the 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease outbreak through heightened oversight of all individuals arriving to Canada from Hubei Province, China as part of the Government of Canada’s action to bring Canadians home. February 3, 2020 February 3, 2020 March 31, 2020
Draft Legislative Proposals

 

The Government of Canada publishes draft legislative proposals, outlining potential solutions that the Government could implement to address important issues related to COVID-19. Read the draft legislative proposals below:

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