Niagara Region Moves to Stage 2 on Friday June 19th

  News Release   More People Can Get Back to Work as Additional Businesses and Services to Reopen This Week   June 15, 2020   Ontario Moving More Regions into Stage 2 on Friday   TORONTO  More people will be able to get back to work as additional businesses and services in certain regions across […] Read More

Ontarians Encouraged to Establish Social Circles

  News Release Ontarians Encouraged to Establish Social Circles    June 12, 2020   Creating a Close Group of up to 10 People Will Help Reduce Social Isolation     TORONTO – People throughout Ontario are being encouraged to establish a social “circle” of no more than 10 people who can interact and come into […] Read More

Ontario Permits More Businesses and Services to Reopen in the Coming Days

  From: Leanne Standryk We await direction from the Government on when Niagara is permitted to move to stage two and we will announce those details it when it happens.    News Release Ontario Permits More Businesses and Services to Reopen in the Coming Days June 8, 2020 Restrictions Being Eased in Communities Where It Is […] Read More

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

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