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May 11, 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 April: Statistics Canada released its Labour Force Survey for the month of April 2021. The national unemployment rate was 8.1%, up 0.6 percentage points from March. By province, the rates were: Alberta - 9.0% (down 0.1pp); British Columbia - 7.1% (up 0.2); Manitoba - 7.4% (up 0.6pp); New Brunswick - 8.5% (down 0.7pp); Newfoundland and Labrador - 13.9% (up 1.5pp); Nova Scotia - 8.1% (down 0.5pp); Ontario - 9.0% (up 1.5pp); Prince Edward Island - 8.2% (up 0.1pp); Quebec - 6.6% (up 0.2pp); Saskatchewan - 6.6% (down 0.7pp).

  • Canada - Support for airports: The federal government launched two new funding measures that were announced in the fall economic statement. The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program will provide $490 million of funds to support safety and other infrastructure projects at airports with at least 525,000 annual passengers. The Airport Relief Fund will provide between $500,000 and $5 million (depending on 2019 revenue) to eligible airports to fund current operating costs.

  • British Columbia - Paid sick leave: The BC government introduced legislation which, if enacted, would require employers to provide employees that are sick with COVID‑19 (or related to COVID-19), with up to three days of leave with full pay. The government will reimburse employers without an existing sick leave program, up to $200 per day for each employee. The government also announced that it intends to create a permanent provincial paid sick leave program starting January 1, 2022.

  • Manitoba - Paid sick leave: The Manitoba government will provide employers with up to $600 per employee for up to five full days of COVID‑19‑related sick leave taken between May 7, 2021 and September 25, 2021.

  • Manitoba - Manitoba Bridge Grant program extended: The Manitoba government committed an additional $71 million of funding for the Manitoba Bridge Grant to provide a fourth payment of up to $5,000 to eligible businesses. Restaurants may claim an additional payment of up to $2,000 to cover the costs of food waste, wages, maintenance or insurance.

  • Northwest Territories - Public health emergency extended: The public health emergency in the NWT is extended until May 25, 2021.

  • Nova Scotia - Additional public health restrictions: Effective May 10, 2021 until at least the end of May 2021, the existing travel restrictions are modified as follows: (i) individuals may not enter the province for the purpose of relocating; and (ii) non‑essential travel into Nova Scotia from Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador is prohibited. Effective May 8, 2021, essential retail stores (including those selling food, medicine, cleaning products, hardware and personal hygiene products) are limited to 25% capacity and shopping is limited to one shopper per household.

  • Quebec - Relaxation of public health restrictions: Effective May 17, 2021, the special emergency measures will be lifted in the following regional county municipalities, which will return to the “red” level of restrictions: (i) La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau; (ii) Les Collines-de-l’Outaouais; (iii) Pontiac; and (iv) Rimouski-Neigette. 

  • Saskatchewan - Step One of reopening plan: The Saskatchewan government announced that Step One of its reopening plan will begin on May 30, 2021, as the conditions have been met. As announced on May 4, 2021, the number of people allowed at gatherings (including in places of worship) will increase and restaurants and bars will be allowed to reopen.

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