Roundup of law firm resources on COVID-19: April 9 update

This week's update on resources shared by law firms addressing the COVID-19 crisis

Roundup of law firm resources on COVID-19: April 9 update

Law firms across Canada are sharing their insights on how to deal with the rapidly evolving economic and legal landscape due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a roundup of some of these resources.

McMillan LLP

In “Project Management Amid COVID-19 - The Triage,” the firm gives suggestions for those managing construction projects that are currently in progress. It also explores important considerations for those who intend to enter into new construction contracts amid the pandemic.

The firm has released a “COVID-19 British Columbia Benefit Access Tool,” which aims to assist individuals and organizations to assess whether the benefits recently announced by the B.C. government apply to them, as well as to know how to apply for these benefits, when these benefits take effect and how much they are entitled to under these benefits.

Stewart McKelvey

In “Estate planning during a pandemic: innovative practices for a challenging time,” the firm addresses the issue of how to comply with the requirements for due execution in estate law, given the directives by the public health authorities for persons to stay at home and to observe social distancing.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

In “Tax Issues for Distressed Corporations,” the firm discusses the main tax issues that organizations may be grappling with in the current economic climate, especially if they are considering undergoing a debt restructuring. The firm touches upon areas such as debt forgiveness, director liability and extensions in tax filing and payment due dates.

Cox & Palmer

In “Co-Parenting During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” the firm addresses questions asked by clients about family law issues, such as what a parent should do if their employment has been terminated and whether children should still be spending time with both parents who are separated, in light of the pandemic.

Lavery, de Billy, L.L.P.

In “COVID-19: Summary of Quebec and Federal Tax Measures and Financial Assistance,” the firm lists the measures adopted by various levels of the federal government and of the Quebec government in order to aid taxpayers, such as through extensions in filing deadlines and the deferral of payments.

McInnes Cooper

In “Coping with COVID-19: Relief for Employers,” the firm discusses the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, proposed by the federal government, and the Small Business Impact Grant, recently announced by the Nova Scotia government.


In “COVID-19: A Practical Overview of Commercial Leases in a Pandemic Era,” the firm gives an overview of the practical implications of COVID-19 on the landlord-tenant relationship. It also elucidates the concept of force majeure as it relates to commercial leases.

Aird & Berlis LLP

In “List of Essential Businesses in Canada by Province/Territory,” the firm identifies the key distinctions in how jurisdictions across the country define what can be considered an essential or priority business, which may be exempt from the restrictions and closures being ordered by the government.

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