The provincial government introduced the Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act, 2020.
If passed, the act will provide liability protection for workers, volunteers and organizations that make an honest effort to follow public health guidelines and laws relating to exposure to COVID-19. In addition, it will maintain the right of Ontarians to take legal action against those who willfully, or with gross negligence, endanger others.
The provincial government released details of Ontario Onwards, a plan intended to make government services simpler, easier to use, and more convenient and accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
The plan is a roadmap to make public sector services more customer-focused and digital- and data-driven, while increasing the speed of government operations and decision-making.
The provincial government is permanently implementing measures introduced as part of the COVID-19 response to allow more work to be handled electronically.
Changes to the Companies Office and Financial Institutions Regulation Branch will allow businesses to submit information and documents with electronic signatures or without signatures where appropriate, and issue certificates, documents, and information electronically.
The amended regulations come into effect on October 31, 2020.
Red River College and the provincial government have announced three additional intakes to the COVID-19 micro-credential program.
The micro-credential trains health-care workers and students to safely perform a nasal swab on adults and children to collect samples to test for the virus
Clickhere for more information about the program, including eligibility requirements and information on how to register.
The provincial government is providing support to the energy industry to help it recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The measures include an exemption from property taxes for three years when drilling new wells and building new pipelines.
The government will also eliminate the Well Drilling Equipment Tax for new drills.
The provincial government will stop setting monthly oil production limits to allow producers to utilize available pipeline capacity and create jobs.
While the government will extend its regulatory authority to curtail oil production through December 2021, it will not set production limits due to 16 per cent of Alberta’s crude oil production remaining offline, down from 22 per cent at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The territorial government announced the Tourism Accommodation Sector Supplement, a support program worth up to $2.88 million that is being added to the Yukon Business Relief Program to help eligible accommodation businesses.
The supplement is part of a broader funding package worth up to $15 million over three years to help the Yukon tourism industry deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applications are being accepted for two new programs to support harvesters and families going out on the land in 2020-2021.
The Take a Family on the Land Program provides up to $10,000 in funding to engage families in outdoor learning experiences that encompass northern perspectives, values and practices.
The COVID Regional Training, Mentorship and Support Program provides funding to support community-led opportunities for harvesting mentorship, on-the-land training and skills development, and supply of country foods into communities.
Applications for a third new program, the Pilot Trapper Mentorship Program, will open in November.