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July 6, 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.

Updates:

  • Canada - Legislation to extend emergency business supports enacted: Legislation (Bill C‑30) to extend the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Lockdown Support programs to September 25, 2021, was enacted on June 29, 2021. Bill C‑30 also implements the Canada Recovery Hiring Program, retroactive to June 6, 2021.

  • British Columbia - Funding for work camps: The British Columbia government is investing $625,000 to help farmers ensure work camp accommodations (including on‑site camping) in certain regions meet COVID‑19 health and safety requirements.

  • Northwest Territories - Indoor gathering restrictions relaxed: Starting June 29, 2021, events and gatherings of up to 200 people (except those that involve high‑risk activities) will be permitted. High‑risk activities include funerals/celebrations of life, live singing, wind instrument performances, indoor dancing, winter sports and hand games; organizers and hosts of these gatherings are required to submit a plan that includes additional safety measures that must be approved by the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer. 

  • Northwest Territories - Employment Standards Act (ESA) amended: The NWT government has amended the ESA and its regulations, so that effective July 1, 2021: (i) employees can access Emergency Leave, which provides job protection by allowing access to unpaid leave for emergencies (however, Emergency Leave due to COVID-19 is retroactive to March 18, 2020); and (ii) NWT employers may be eligible for an exception to the legislated requirement to provide notice of group termination to the Employment Standards Officer (ESO) and the union when they can demonstrate that the circumstances were beyond their control (employers must still provide notice to the ESO and the union as soon as possible, and employees remain entitled to termination notice or pay).  

  • Nova Scotia - Third phase of reopening plan started: Starting June 30, 2021, restrictions relaxed in the third phase include: (i) the requirement to self-isolate for residents outside Atlantic Canada entering the province will be based on their vaccination status; (ii) informal gatherings can include a household plus 10 people indoors, or 25 people outdoors without physical distance; (iii) all retails stores can operate at 75% capacity; (iv) meetings and events (faith gatherings, weddings, funerals) can have 50% capacity (maximum 100 people indoors or 150 people outdoors); and (v) fitness and recreation facilities can operate at 75% capacity with public health measures. 

  • Nova Scotia - International travel restrictions revised: Effective July 5, 2021, international travellers entering Nova Scotia will adhere to the same quarantine and COVID‑19 requirements that apply federally. International travellers must complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form. 

  • Nunavut - Public health restrictions in Iqaluit relaxed: Effective July 2, 2021, public health restrictions in the city of Iqaluit have been relaxed, including: (i) lifting travel restrictions in and out of Iqaluit; and (ii) allowing restaurants, licensed facilities and theatres to open at 25% capacity (maximum 25 people) with public health measures.

  • Prince Edward Island - Travel restrictions relaxed: Effective July 18, 2021, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada and PEI residents who travel outside Atlantic Canada (but within Canada) who are fully‑vaccinated and have a PEI Pass will not be required to isolate upon entering (or returning to) the province. Those that are not fully‑vaccinated will be required to isolate for eight days, with a negative test on day eight. Youth aged 12 to 17 coming to PEI with family are eligible for a PEI Pass: (i) until July 31, 2021, once they receive their first vaccine dose; or (ii) after July 31, 2021, once they receive one dose plus 21 days. Canadian travelers can now apply for a PEI Pass to visit Prince Edward Island.

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