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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.
Alberta - Wage subsidy program: The Alberta government launched the Alberta Jobs Now program, which will provide eligible employers with a grant of 25% of salaries paid to newly hired employees for 52 weeks, to a maximum of $25,000 per employee and a maximum of 20 employees per employer. The grant can be used to cover salary or training costs. In general, the subsidy is available for previously unemployed individuals resident in Alberta hired by a private‑sector business or non‑profit organization that has existed for at least a year.
Nova Scotia - Restrictions extended into June: The Nova Scotia government announced that: (i) current public health restrictions will remain in place across the province until at least the second week of June; and (ii) all public and private school students will continue at‑home learning for the remainder of the school year.
Ontario - Three-step plan to reopen the province: The Ontario government announced its three-step plan to safely reopen the province, the timeline for which is based on achieving certain vaccination thresholds and monitoring of key public health and health system indicators. The current stay‑at‑home order will remain in place until June 2, 2021, but some outdoor activities can resume, starting May 22, 2021. Outdoor activity facilities permitted to reopen May 22, 2021, if they follow certain public health measures, include (among others): (i) parks and recreational areas, baseball diamonds and sports fields; (ii) tennis and basketball courts; (iii) bike and skate parks, cycling tracks and bike trails; (iv) golf courses and horse riding facilities; and (v) boat and watercraft launches.