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July 13, 2021 update

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.


  • Canada - Funding for Indigenous-owned businesses in the Atlantic region: The federal government is providing over $13 million in non-repayable financial contributions through the Indigenous Community Business Fund to support Indigenous-owned businesses in the Atlantic region recover from the COVID‑19 pandemic.

  • Canada - Tourism Relief Fund: The federal government’s new $500 million Tourism Relief Fund is now accepting applications from eligible organizations. Canada’s regional development agencies will deliver $485 million directly to businesses and organizations and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada will deliver $15 million to support destination development, seasonal and local attractions and human resources and skills development. 

  • Nova Scotia - State of emergency extended: Nova Scotia’s state of emergency is extended to July 25, 2021. 

  • Nova Scotia - Funding for recreation facilities: The Nova Scotia government announced that it will provide $1 million in COVID‑19 related emergency support for non‑profit owned and operated recreation facilities in Nova Scotia. 

  • Nova Scotia - Phase Four of reopening plan: The Nova Scotia government announced that the fourth phase of its reopening plan will start on July 14, 2021. In Phase Four: (i) informal gatherings with household members and close social contacts can include up to 25 people indoors or 50 people outdoors without physical distancing; (ii) all retails stores can operate at maximum capacity with public health measures; (iii) meetings and events (faith gatherings, weddings, funerals) can have 50% capacity (maximum 150 people indoors or 250 people outdoors); and (iv) fitness and recreation facilities can operate at maximum capacity with public health measures.

  • Nunavut - Public health emergency extended: Nunavut’s public health emergency is extended until July 22, 2021.

  • Ontario - Step Three of reopening plan: The Ontario government announced that Step Three of its reopening plan will begin on July 16, 2021, five days earlier than planned. In Step Three: (i) social gatherings and organized public events will be limited to 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors; (ii) essential and non‑essential retail, personal care services and religious services or ceremonies (including wedding and funeral services, but not receptions) can operate with capacity limited to permit physical distancing; (iii) indoor and outdoor dining will be permitted with no limits on the number of patrons per table, subject to physical distancing and other measures; and (iv) sports and recreational fitness facilities, concert venues, cinemas, theatres, museums, casinos and meeting and event spaces can reopen with capacity limits.

  • Ontario - Funding for northern Ontario: The Ontario government announced funding of more than: (i) $3.8 million (Thunder Bay region); and (ii) $1.8 million (Sault Ste. Marie), to help businesses adapt to COVID-19 public health guidelines. The funding will be delivered through the Northern Ontario Recovery Program. 

  • Quebec - Vaccine passport: The Quebec government announced that it intends to implement a vaccine passport that could be used starting September 1, 2021. The vaccine passport will only be used if the epidemiological situation deteriorates in a specific region; it will not be used to deny access to public or essential services. It could be used for non‑essential activities, including: (i) high-risk activities involving a limited number of people, such as in gyms, bars and restaurants; and (ii) moderate or low‑risk activities involving lots of people, such as arts and entertainment and sporting events.

  • Saskatchewan - Emergency layoff provisions end: The Saskatchewan government announced that on July 11, 2021 (when the state of emergency and COVID‑19 public health orders are lifted), employers will have two weeks within which to schedule an employee who has been on a temporary layoff back to work, or provide pay instead of notice as required by The Employment Standards Regulations. Employees continue to have job protection for absences due to illness and until September 25, 2021 if they are receiving the Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit or Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit.

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