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COVID-19 ~ Employer Resources

We understand now is a time of great uncertainty for many organizations. MaxPeople and Rodney Employment Law are here to support you through this challenging and unprecedented period. We will be updating this page as new information or resources become available, so check back regularly. Please contact us to discuss your unique business challenges.

Download our Return To Work Guide

Updated Jun 9, 2020

Download the latest comprehensive COVID-19 Employer Guide

Updated May 1, 2020

FAQs & Video Resources

In case you can’t make our next LIVE Q&A session, we’ve put together an FAQ page to help provide some guidance and clarity.

HR Minute – Supporting Employees’ Mental Health

HR Minute – COVID-19 Return To Work Guide

HR Minute – COVID-19: Tips for Business Leaders:

Top Tips for Employers: Coronavirus and the Workplace:

Watch Our Leading Through COVID-19 Webinar Series

This three part webinar series provides guidance in the three following areas:

-Managing Stress During Uncertain Times

-Effectively Leading Remote Teams

-Best Practices for Working Remotely

Economic Support For Business Owners

BDC Support for Impacted Entrepreneurs:

Facebook Small Business Grant Program:

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan:

COVID-19 Update - Trusted Resources

Public Health Canada Updates:

Government of Canada Travel Updates:

Public Health Authorities phone numbers by Province:

Case Tracker (John Hopkins University) by Country and Regions:

Latest News

January 7, 2022 – COVID-19 Government Benefits
The Canadian government has introduced legislation to extend a number of COVID-19 benefits, click here for more details.

January 4, 2022 – Ontario’s Updated COVID-19 Testing and Isolation Guidelines
As of December 31, 2021, the Ontario Government has updated its COVID-19 testing and isolation guidelines. Click here for details.

March 23, 2021 – Increased Number of Workers Now Entitled to COVID-19 Vaccinations

With the initiation of Phase 2 of Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, beginning April 2021, Ontario worker s who cannot work from home will now be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

For more details visit: https://maxpeoplehr.com/covid-19-vaccinations/

Feb 8, 2021 – Summary of Ontario COVID-19 Announcement

On February 8, 2021, the Ontario government announced the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions in the province. As public health units gradually transition into the colour coded COVID-19 Response Framework, all non-essential retailers (e.g., discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, hardware stores, and garden centres) will be permitted to re-open in all 5 colour coded zones with at least a 25% capacity.

For more details visit: https://maxpeoplehr.com/ontario-covid-19-announcement-feb-8-2021/ 

Nov 17, 2020 – Update on the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

On November 5, 2020, the Department of Finance Canada provided an update on the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) and lockdown support.

For more details visit: https://maxpeoplehr.com/update-canada-emergency-rent-subsidy-cers/

Oct 27, 2020 – Updates on Canadian Benefits for Business Owners/update-canada-emergency-rent-subsidy-cers/

The federal government announces new, targeted support to help Canadian business owners who continue to be impacted by COVID-19 and require temporary income support.

For more details visit: https://maxpeoplehr.com/canadian-benefits-for-business-owners/

October 2, 2020 – COVID-19 Response Measures Act

The COVID-19 Response Measures Act received Royal Assent on October 2, 2020, providing for several welcome forms of income relief for individuals impacted by COVID-19. Both employers and employees should be aware of these new changes, which are available to individuals ineligible for Employment Insurance (EI) who have had their incomes compromised due to COVID-19.

For more details visit: https://maxpeoplehr.com/covid-19-response-measures-act/ent-subsidy-cers/

Sept 25, 2020 – COVID-19 Screening is Mandatory for All Ontario Workplaces

On Friday September 25, 2020, the Ontario Government released an amendment to Ontario Regulation 364/20, the “Rules for Areas in Stage 3” under the Reopening Act, 2020. This amendment requires that all employers must screen employees and essential visitors prior to entry into their workplaces.

For more details visit: https://maxpeoplehr.com/covid-19-screening-is-mandatory-for-all-ontario-workplaces/

July 13, 2020 – Stage 3 of Reopening & Extension of Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Two major updates were announced: Ontario’s regional plan to move into Stage 3 of reopening which take effect on July 17th as well as the extension to the CEWS program until December 2020.

For more details visit: https://maxpeoplehr.com/stage-3-of-reopening-extension-of-canada-emergency-wage-subsidy-cews/

June 9, 2020 –  MaxPeople Return to Work Guide 2.0
Further to the original Return to Work Guide, the following NEW guidelines have been added:

  • Health and Safety considerations for return to work
  • Recalling or Terminating Staff
  • Employee Work Refusals and Accommodation

We will continue to update this document as information becomes available. Click below to download the updated Return to Work Guide.


June 8, 2020 –  Stage 2 of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening the Province
Premier Doug Ford announced that Ontario will be taking a regional approach to move into stage 2 of reopening the province.  Specifically, many regions at the outskirts of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) will be able to move into stage 2 as of Friday June 12, 2020. Please see the below link for additional information:


June 1, 2020 – Ontario Employment Standards Act Amendment
On May 29, 2020, the Ontario Government passed a regulation under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) in regards to temporary reductions and/or changes in hours/wages due to COVID-19, or temporary layoffs due to COVID-19. Click the link below for a summary:


May 27, 2020 – Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)
The federal government has reached an agreement in principle with all provinces and territories to implement the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses. This program will lower rent by 75% for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19.


May 14, 2020 – Reopening in Ontario – Stage 1
Please see the below link outlining the details of Stage 1 for reopening in Ontario which begins May 19th, 2020.


May 8, 2020 – Mental Health Services & Further Easement of Retail Restrictions
The Ontario Government has stepped up to provide Mental Health services to Canadians during this pandemic. Please see the below link for additional information:


Doug Ford announces further easement of restrictions for retail stores in Ontario by offering curbside pickup:


May 4, 2020 – Reopening of Select Businesses Across Ontario
On Friday May 1st, 2020, Premier Doug Ford announced the opening of some businesses across Ontario as of Monday May 4th, 2020, with certain restrictions. To see the full list, please click on the link below:


May 1, 2020 – Sector Specific Guidelines for Preparation for Reopening of Businesses Across Ontario
The guidelines contained within the link below are meant to offer recommendations to companies about how to keep staff and customers safe. Please note, these guidelines do not constitute legal advice.


April 27, 2020 – Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Program & Framework for Reopening Ontario
The CEWS Application is available today! Please click on the below link to access the application directly:


Breaking News – Ontario Government releases information on reopening the Province. Check out the links below for more information:



April 11, 2020 – Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program
On April 11, 2020, the Federal Government passed Bill C-14, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2 (“Bill C-14”) which received Royal Assent. Bill C-14 establishes the foundation for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program (the “CEWS”). Please refer to our article below where we have summarized the government’s recent announcement


April 6, 2020 – Revised list of Essential Workplaces
On Friday April 3rd, 2020, the Ford Government revised the list of essential businesses. All businesses not on the updated list were required to close as of 11:59pm Saturday April, 4th, 2020. To view the updated list of essential businesses and services allowed to operate at this time, please see the link below:


April 2, 2020 – Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
Additional details emerge on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Please click below for detailed explanations on each of these programs.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

March 27, 2020 – Employee Resources Overview
Stopped working? You may be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI). If you have been laid off or are in quarantine due to COVID-19, click below to read more:

Employee Resources Guide

March 13, 2020 – Pandemic Checklist
Does your organization have a business continuity plan? Have a look at our Pandemic Checklist to ensure your workplace is ready to handle any pandemic cases moving forward:

MaxPeple Pandemic Checklist

If you have further questions about COVID-19 and your workplace, we can help!

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