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Government economic response to COVID-19

To keep you informed of recent developments in our federal and provincial/territorial governments’ economic response to COVID‑19, we will be providing you updates of key government announcements that may impact you or your business.

October 19, 2021 update

Our updates are provided on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and on days when there are significant announcements. Information is accurate as at 3:00 p.m. EDT. Information may be affected by subsequent announcements.

Links to government announcements follow at the end of the update.


  • Nova Scotia - State of emergency extended: The provincial state of emergency is extended until October 31, 2021.

  • Nunavut - Public health emergency extended: The territorial public health emergency is extended until October 28, 2021.

  • Ontario - Vaccine app and QR codes: Businesses and organizations can now download the provincial government’s “Verify Ontario” app to confirm proof of vaccination through the scanning of individuals’ vaccination QR codes, in preparation for the province’s October 22, 2021 implementation of QR codes as a method of proving vaccination. Individuals can now download their enhanced vaccination certificates containing a QR code, to be used for scanning by businesses and organizations beginning October 22, 2021.  

  • Yukon - Additional public health restrictions: Effective November 30, 2021, proof of vaccination against COVID‑19 will be required to access non‑essential services and public events; and to participate in recreational activities (not applicable to youth recreational leagues for those under 12).

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