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June 8, 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 - Labour Force Survey for May: Statistics Canada released its Labour Force Survey for the month of May 2021. The national unemployment rate was 8.2%, up 0.1 percentage points from April. By province, the rates were: Alberta - 8.7% (down 0.3pp); British Columbia - 7.0% (down 0.1pp); Manitoba - 7.2% (down 0.2pp); New Brunswick - 9.0% (up 0.5pp); Newfoundland and Labrador - 13.4% (down 0.5pp); Nova Scotia - 9.8% (up 1.7pp); Ontario - 9.3% (up 0.3pp); Prince Edward Island - 9.6% (up 1.4pp); Quebec - 6.6% (no change); and Saskatchewan - 6.3% (down 0.3pp).

  • Manitoba - Travel restrictions amended: Effective June 8, 2021, any resident returning to Manitoba from travel out of the province will not be required to self‑isolate if it has been at least 14 days since he or she has received two doses of a COVID‑19 vaccine.

  • New Brunswick - Reopening plan updated: The government confirmed that phase 1 of its reopening plan will begin once 75% of residents aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (currently, 70.3% have done so).

  • Northwest Territories - Support for airlines: The NWT government announced $14.7 million of funding for certain airlines operating essential air services in the territory between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021.

  • Northwest Territories - Support for tourist businesses: The NWT government announced two new programs to support the tourist industry. The Pandemic Relief Extension Program will reimburse licensed tourism operators (including home-based businesses) operating at a loss throughout the program period (April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022) as a direct result of travel restrictions, for eligible fixed costs incurred in the NWT (minimum of $2,500, maximum of $100,000). The Supplement for Tourism Accommodation Relief program will provide accommodation providers who have at least three rooms with a subsidy of up to $400 per room, per month (up to the operator’s break-even point) until March 2022.

  • Northwest Territories - Public health emergency extended: The public health emergency in the NWT is extended until June 22, 2021.

  • Nova Scotia - Travel restrictions adjusted: Effective June 8, 2021, rotational workers who have no symptoms of COVID-19 and have been fully vaccinated at least two weeks before arrival, do not need to self-isolate upon arrival in the province. Rotational workers who received one dose of vaccine at least two weeks before arriving will have to self-isolate for seven days.

  • Ontario - Reopening plan updated: The Ontario government announced that it will move to Step One of its reopening plan on June 11, 2021 (which is three days earlier than the expected reopening on June 14). Additionally, the government has amended Step One to allow indoor religious services to resume at 15% capacity.

  • Prince Edward Island - Relief for tourist businesses expanded: The Tourism Interest Relief Program will be expanded to reimburse interest payable on property tax bills until December 31, 2021. The end date of the program will also be extended from September 20, 2021 to September 30, 2022.

  • Quebec - Public health restrictions relaxed: Effective June 8, 2021, students attending school in “orange” zones will no longer be required to wear a face mask while in classrooms.

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