Roundup of law firm resources on COVID-19: July 17 update

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

Roundup of law firm resources on COVID-19: July 17 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 “Alberta’s Recovery Plan: Invest Alberta and the Invest Alberta Corporation,” McMillan lists the key goals of Alberta’s Recovery Plan and touches upon Invest Alberta, which was established to lead the province’s investment attraction strategy.

Miller Thomson LLP

In “Four tips to treating injuries during quarantine,” Miller Thomson suggests possible actions for motor vehicle accident victims to take in the case of a quarantine, such as virtual care and diligence with “at home” exercises.

Other resources:

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

In “Appellate courts’ response to COVID-19,” Osler gives an update on COVID-19-related restrictions, adjournments, suspensions of deadlines, remote proceedings and recent expansions of operations in appellate courts across Canada.

Dentons Canada LLP

In “Episode 1: COVID-19 workplace safety plans,” a podcast from Dentons discusses what organizations can consider including in their workplace safety plans and how they can implement and maintain such plans.

Other resources:

Bennett Jones LLP

In “Overview of Real Estate Emergency Pandemic Measures (updated July 13),” Bennett Jones shares recent developments and emergency measures in the real estate landscape, such as updates on the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program, as applied in Ontario.

Other resources:

Torys LLP

In “Controlling corporate misconduct in a crisis,” a webinar from Torys sheds light on how businesses can deal with white collar crime and corporate misconduct, which are typically heightened during times of crises.


In “COVID-19 or Not, Protectionist Tendencies in International Trade Are Here to Stay,” BCF gives recommendations on how organizations in Quebec can continue exporting despite the trend toward protectionism.

Aird & Berlis LLP

In “As Businesses Reopen, They Need to Be Thinking About Their Workplace Safety Plans,” Aird & Berlis provides an overview of the guidance issued by the Ministry of Labour in Ontario, which discusses how employers can take the appropriate precautions to safeguard the health and safety of their employees.

Other resources:

Goodmans LLP

In “Ontario Postpones Commencement of Excess Soil Regulation,” Goodmans writes about Ontario Regulation 406/19, which delays the implementation of the new regulation covering excess soil management.

Lawson Lundell LLP

In “Addressing the Privacy Challenges with Workplace COVID-19 Screening,” Lawson Lundell gives tips on how employers can comply with their privacy obligations, such as by notifying employees that personal information will be collected and by safeguarding the personal information collected.

Other resources:

Field Law

In “CERB Extension – What Does This Mean for Employers?” Field Law covers the potential implications for employers in light of the extension of the Canada Emergency Relief Benefit program.

Other resources:

Farris LLP

In “COVID-19 and Governmental Measures in Housing Sector (updated June 24),” Farris identifies implemented and proposed government measures applicable to the real estate sector in B.C.

Lerners LLP

In “Managing a pandemic: Does a nation’s constitution make a difference?” Lerners compares how the wording of the constitutions of Canada and of the U.S. may influence the two countries’ societal responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other resources:

Smart & Biggar

In “Accelerated examination of Canadian patent applications related to COVID-19 relief,” Smart & Biggar talks about the new pilot program of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, which seeks to accelerate the process for examining patent applications for COVID-19-related medical technology.

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