Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency Until June 30

  News Release Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency until June 30     June 2, 2020 Extension Key to Protecting Ontarians as Province Safely Reopens   TORONTO ― In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario is extending the provincial Declaration of Emergency to June 30. The decision supports the government’s efforts to […] Read More


  O.REG 228/20 UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT, 2000 STATUTORY LAYOFFS AND CONSTRUCTIVE DISMISSAL DURING COVID-19 By Leanne Standryk    Since the beginning of March 2020 and increasingly so after Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act on March 17, 2020 our labour and employment […] Read More

Covid Impact Update: Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Apr 21 2020

  By Leanne Standryk and Alexandra Del Vecchio We previously provided a report of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Program (CEWS) announced April 1, 2020.  On April 11, 2020, the Federal Government passed Bill C-14, Covid Emergency Response Act, No. 2.  Bill C-14 amends the Income Tax Act to introduce the CEWS. Since that time, […] Read More

The Realities of Buying and Selling Real Estate During a Pandemic

  By Matthew Leask The real estate market, like the rest of the economy, has seen a significant slow-down since physical distancing and other measures have been put into force. Despite this slow-down, for various reasons, people still need to buy and sell real estate in Ontario. Real estate agents, land registration services and lawyers […] Read More

Covid-19 Impact Update: Summary Work-Sharing Temporary Measures

     The Coronavirus: Its Impact Update from Lancaster Brooks & Welch Partners   By Alexandra Del Vecchio and Leanne Standryk   Previously, we provided a summary of the Applicant Guide for the Work-Sharing Program for Downturn in Business Due to COVID-19. As part of the Federal Government’s work-sharing temporary special measures to support employers […] Read More

Update and Details: Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy Program

By Leanne Standryk and Civita Gauley   April 1, 2020, we received further details from the Federal Government regarding the administration of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Program (CEWS).  Here is what we know. Who is Eligible? Eligible Employers include individuals, taxable corporations, and partnerships as well as non-profit corporations and registered charities.  Public bodies […] Read More

The Coronavirus: Its Impact

  Update from Lancaster Brooks & Welch Partners.       Minister of Finance confirms that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy will be available to employers who have seen a 30% or more decline in revenue since this time last year.   The subsidy is 75% for normal salary up to a maximum of $58,700.00 […] Read More

Update On Our Status From Our Partners

  On March 23, 2020 the Ontario Provincial Government mandated the closure of non-essential workplaces and later published details of those business considered essential: While the Ontario Government has confirmed that professional and social services that support the legal and justice system are essential, Lancaster, Brooks & Welch has determined that it is our […] Read More

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