Access key materials to help you understand, prepare and respond quickly to the significant challenges posed by COVID-19 in Canada. This page is updated daily. 

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Special Report: COVID-19: Impact on (the Other) TP
April 7th, 2020

The impact of COVID-19 has been profound. Companies are facing disruptions to supply chains, customer demand, operations and output, and are being confronted with liquidity concerns. In many cases, governments across the world have announced tax provisions and other programs to dampen economic hardships and free much needed cash resources.

We invite you to read our Special Report, COVID-19: Impact on (the Other) TP, which Baker McKenzie has produced in partnership with Bloomberg Tax and Accounting. This report identifies the most critical transfer pricing issues companies should be analyzing now.
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COVID-19 and Canadian Intellectual Property
April 6th, 2020

The virus termed “COVID-19” by the World Health Organization (WHO) reached the shores of Canada in March, after sweeping through Asia and Europe.

Canada’s governments, federal and sub-national, are taking extraordinary measures to try to contain the spread of COVID-19, and, as a result, business is not as usually in Canada – including services from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the Courts.
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Federal Government Plans to Create Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
April 4th, 2020

On April 1, 2020, the Canadian government provided further details about its plan to help Canadian employers by providing a 3-month, 75% wage subsidy, retroactive to March 15, 2020.

Parliament will likely soon be recalled to consider, debate, and pass legislation to create the wage subsidy program. For now, the preliminary plan for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy is as follows.
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Pricing Goods and Services in the Time of COVID-19: Canadian Government Measures Against Price-Gouging
April 3rd, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, in addition to responding to government closure orders, many retailers and their suppliers are grappling with the impact on supply chains, and corresponding implications for pricing of products and services to consumers. Given spikes in demand and some consumers’ willingness to pay any price for personal hygiene and safety products in particular, some retailers have taken advantage of the situation by drastically increasing the price of these and other products and services, leading to calls for government to take action to protect consumers.
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COVID-19 Global Employer Guide
April 3rd, 2020

Our Global Employment and Compensation Team is pleased to provide you with this global guide to 11 key issues facing employers amid the current COVID-19 pandemic. This guide covers 42 jurisdictions across the globe and deals with some of the most pressing issues employers are currently faced with, including the latest country updates from the past couple of days.
For Canada-specific information, refer to the Canada section (p. 135-138). Learn more.

IIROC announces COVID-19 Related Exemptions from IIROC Rules
April 2nd, 2020

On March 31, 2020, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) approved exemptive relief relating to hardships dealer members are experiencing in complying with IIROC Dealer Member Rules (DMRs). The relief relates to client document approvals, timelines for reporting, audit procedures, pre-approval requirements and supervision requirements, among others.
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WEBINAR – COVID-19: What Canadian Employers Need to Know (Session 2)
Live: 2 April 2020 9:00 AM – 2 April 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time.

As news on COVID-19 develops minute-by-minute around the globe, Baker McKenzie’s Employment and Compensation practice remains at the forefront of employment legal guidance.

In this webinar series, our team will help you understand your obligations and provide practical advice on employment law and immigration issues. Join us for our next session where lawyers Kevin Coon, Mark Ellis, Jordan Kirkness, Jeremy Hann, Jennifer Bernardo and Claire-Marie Colantuoni will address the latest developments to help you navigate the global COVID-19 crisis.
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2020 Ontario Fiscal Update and Federal / Quebec Sales Tax Updates
March 30th, 2020

The Province of Ontario announced a fiscal update on March 25, 2020. In addition to numerous personal relief measures and increased funding for health care resources, the following measures in response to COVID-19 in support of businesses are notable.
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The Law of E-Signatures in the United States and Canada
March 30th, 2020

The first modern electronic signature (or “e-signature”) laws are now 20 years old and in dire need of an upgrade. Nevertheless, in this article, we provide a high-level summary of the laws in place in the US and Canada that deal with electronic signatures (or “e-signatures”) and electronic records. This article accompanies another article titled “How to Execute Contracts Electronically While Working From Home” which provides practical guidelines for ensuring the transactions you conclude from home are valid and enforceable.
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How to Execute Contracts Electronically While Working From Home
March 30th, 2020

Nearly every large business in North America has implemented some form of “work-from-home” procedure in response to the COVID-19 health crisis. Under current circumstances, where large swaths of the business world are adapting to a remote work environment, people negotiating deals from their home offices are faced with the question of how to make sure the contracts they sign electronically are legally binding.
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WEBINAR – COVID-19: What Canadian Employers Need to Know
Live: 26 March 2020 1:00 PM – 26 March 2020 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

As news on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) develops minute-by-minute around the globe and the outbreak has been officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, Baker McKenzie’s Employment and Compensation practice remains at the forefront of employment legal guidance.

In this timely 1-hour webinar, our lawyers George Avraam, Andrew Shaw, Jennifer Bernardo, Claire-Marie Colantuoni and Stephanie MacIntosh will help you understand your obligations and provide practical advice on employment law and immigration issues, as we navigate the global COVID-19 crisis.
To view a recording of the webinar, click here.

Canadian Tax Measures in Response to COVID-19
March 25th, 2020

The Canadian federal, provincial and municipal governments and courts have announced measures to provide relief to taxpayers in light of the impact of the restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.  Updates from the tax authorities include the extension of certain tax filing and payment deadlines, suspension of most audit activity, postponed budget announcements, and delayed implementation of some previously announced measures. 
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Keeping the Lights On During the Coronavirus Pandemic: Lessons from Around the Globe
March 24th, 2020

COVID-19 and government responses to the growing pandemic are creating unprecedented and rapidly evolving challenges. In the coming days, businesses will need to adapt quickly to the shifting economic and regulatory landscape.

Here is checklist of considerations that business leaders should take into account as they grapple with the impacts of the pandemic.
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Dealing with COVID-19: Canadian Public Companies Update
March 24th, 2020

On March 23, 2020, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and the TMX Group separately announced partial temporary blanket relief. These announcements are in addition to measures already put in place by Canadian financial regulators and stock exchanges as a result of COVID-19.
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Restrictions on Travel to Canada due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
March 21st, 2020

On March 18, 2020, the Canadian and US governments announced that the Canada-US border will be closing to all non-essential travel between Canada and the USA, such as travel for tourism or recreation. These border restrictions took effect on March 21, 2020, and will be in place for at least 30 days. Both governments have indicated that today’s announcement is not intended to restrict commerce and trade. Cross-border entry will continue to be permitted to maintain essential services and supply chain processes.
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CSA Releases Guidance on Annual General Meetings During COVID-19 Outbreak
March 20th, 2020

Further to the measures detailed in our Client Alert published earlier this week (available here), the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced on March 20, 2020 that they are providing reporting issuers additional flexibility to change the date, time or location of an in-person annual general meeting (AGM), or to hold virtual or hybrid AGMs.
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Dealing with COVID-19: What Now for US and Canadian Public Companies?
March 19th, 2020

In response to the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), US and Canadian securities regulators have taken actions and provided guidance to facilitate the public company annual shareholder meeting process and to provide limited relief for public companies unable to meet filing deadlines due to COVID-19.
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Federal Government Restricts Border COVID-19 Update: Federal Government Restricts Border Crossings and Announces Measures to Assist Canadian Employers and Employees
March 19th, 2020

Below is a summary of the employment-related measures that have been confirmed so far. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we anticipate further changes and clarifications in the coming days. We are monitoring the situation closely, and will continue to communicate updates as soon as they become available.
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Update on COVID-19: Impact on the Workplace in Ontario
March 18th, 2020

The Government of Ontario declared a province-wide state of emergency in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.  This will impact employers and employees.
Employers are recommended to issue a temporary layoff to impacted employees, complete the Record of Employment and indicate the reason as “lack of work due to Emergency Decree and COVID 19”. This will allow employees to receive Employment Insurance.
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Can a Party be Excused from Contract Obligations by Citing the COVID-19 Pandemic?
March 16th, 2020

For companies that are considering issuing a force majeure notice, or those anticipating that their contractual counterparties may do so, our team from the Litigation & Government Enforcement Practice Group provides answers to key questions on how these types of clauses are treated by Canadian courts (excluding Quebec).
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