Roundup of law firm resources on COVID-19: May 15 update

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

Roundup of law firm resources on COVID-19: May 15 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.

Gowling WLG

In “Ontario business laws modernized: Legislative amendments offer relief and flexibility to Ontario businesses,” the firm explains the recently passed legislation that included amendments relating to virtual meetings, electronic filings and electronic signatures.

In “COVID-19 Pensions Update: Federally Registered Pension Plans,” the firm lists recent changes introduced by pension regulators, such as extensions of deadlines and restrictions on portability transfers, applicable to federally registered pension plans.

Other resources:

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

In “What’s happening in shareholder activism in Canada?,” the firm covers the potential impact of the pandemic on shareholder activism. The firm predicts a more nuanced approach from shareholder activists in Canada.

Other resources:

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

In “Cyber-Attacks: The Threat Is More Real Than Ever,” the firm details the findings of its inaugural study on cybersecurity trends in Canada. This is especially relevant because criminals have taken advantage of the public health crisis to “ramp up their game,” says the firm.

Other resources:

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

In “COVID-19: Key considerations for U.S. companies in Canada,” the firm provides insight to U.S. companies operating in Canada regarding the possible effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment matters, such as the implementation of health and safety protocols, and on tax matters, such as reduced valuations.

Other resources:

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

In “Timely, or too soon? Competition Bureau releases guidance on “failing firm” claims in merger reviews,” the firm discusses the Competition Bureau’s position statement on the acquisition of Total Metal Recovery Inc. by American Iron & Metal Company Inc. and how this can potentially help businesses who may decide to rely on the “failing firm” argument in the future.

Other resources:

Lavery, de Billy, L.L.P.

In “Managing Employment Injuries in the Age of COVID‑19,” the firm considers the question of whether getting infected with COVID-19 may amount to an employment injury.

Other resources:

McInnes Cooper

In “Coping with COVID-19: Important Updates for Employers of Temporary Foreign Workers,” the firm provides a summary of the two immigration policies newly introduced in Canada to deal with labour market difficulties.

Other resources:


In “How to Protect Your Family and Loved Ones in These Times of COVID-19,” the firm sheds light on how to prepare or to review one’s estate plan, particularly in the COVID-19 era. The firm also goes into the law applicable to de facto spouses in Quebec.

Other resources:

Aird & Berlis LLP

In “Legal Update: COVID-19 & Construction,” the firm writes about the legal repercussions of the COVID-19 crisis on the construction industry in Ontario. The firm also intends to give further construction-related updates on projects delays and force majeure claims.

In “A Short Primer: The Debt Forgiveness Rules,” the firm summarizes the rules governing debt forgiveness, which is one possible option to help businesses survive the economic shock caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

Other resources:

Field Law

In “Signing Contracts in a Distanced World,” the firm suggests that businesses should still be careful with complying with the rules for electronic signing, even if courts may have released notices relating to the remote commissioning of affidavits.

Other resources:

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