Roundup of law firm resources on COVID-19: August 14 update

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

Roundup of law firm resources on COVID-19: August 14 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 “Bill 195 Ends the State of Emergency: What Ontario Employers Should Know,” McMillan describes the impacts of Ontario’s recently passed Bill 195 on the Employment Standards Act, 2000.

In “Canadian government temporarily extends national security review timelines,” Osler writes about the ministerial order issued by the federal government to lengthen certain national security review periods under the Investment Canada Act.

Other resources:

Dentons Canada LLP

In “Episode 4 - Existing disputes: impacts from COVID and what do you do?” Dentons covers the consequences of the public health crisis on existing disputes and the conduct of hearings in an episode of a podcast series.

Other resources:

Bennett Jones LLP

In “Canadian Patents, Trademarks, and Industrial Designs: Final Extension of Deadlines in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Bennett Jones talks about the Canadian Intellectual Property Office’s announcement regarding the final extension of deadlines, which is set to end on Aug. 21.

Other resources:

Torys LLP

In “Video: how are litigation strategies changing in the ‘new normal’?” lawyers from Torys share their experiences on virtual proceedings and their insights on how the technological changes have impacted litigation strategies in a video.

In “Prince Edward Island Labour and Employment legislative changes,” Stewart McKelvey discusses the province’s Bill 38, which provides for an emergency leave for workers unable to work because of the pandemic.

Other resources:

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

In “Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy: An Updated Guide for Businesses,” Davies offers a detailed review and analysis of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program.

Other resource: Québec Superior Court Renders First Decision on the Impact of COVID-19 on Commercial Leasing

Cox & Palmer

In “Receiverships and COVID-19 – Is the Pandemic Sufficient Cause for Postponement of an Asset Sale?” Cox & Palmer summarizes an Ontario Superior Court of Justice case which touches upon the issue of what amounts to a fair and reasonable sale procedure in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

Other resources:

Lavery, de Billy, LLP

In “Important Changes to the CEWS announced: will you now be eligible, and what should you consider?” Lavery, de Billy gives a summary of the announced changes to the structure of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program.

Other resource: Further COVID-19 Update on Canadian IP


In “Hengyun International Investment Commerce Inc. Decision: A New Approach to Landlord-Tenant Relationships Arising from the Pandemic,” BCF analyzes a Superior Court of Quebec case which offers a possible new interpretation of how force majeure clauses affect commercial leases.

Other resources:

Aird & Berlis LLP

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