COVID-19 Update – Provincial Legislative Responses to COVID-19

April 7, 2020

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

As highlighted in our April 6, 2020, bulletin, applications for the federal Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) opened yesterday. This morning, Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough’s office indicated that 996,000 new claims were filed for the CERB on Monday alone. Applications opened today for individuals born in April, May, and June, and will open to individuals for the remainder of the week as follows:

  • Wednesday: individuals born in July, August, or September
  • Thursday: individuals born in October, November, or December
  • Friday through Sunday: individuals born in any month may apply.

We continue to wait for further details respecting the government’s plans to adjust the existing eligibility criteria for the CERB to ensure that part-time and essential workers aren’t disadvantaged.

Provincial Legislative Responses to COVID-19

In our March 19, 2020 COVID-19 information bulletin, we provided an overview of legislative amendments that various provincial governments have made to employment standards legislation in response to COVID-19. Since that time, some provinces have continued to amend and adapt their responses to the pandemic regarding employers and employees.

Today’s bulletin includes information on the latest responses from the governments of Alberta and Manitoba, and an update on the continuing roll-out of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

To read the April 7, 2020, information bulletin, please see the link below:

COVID-19 Update – April 7, 2020


For further information specific to the CERB, please see our bulletins from April 6, 2020April 1, 2020, and March 25th, 2020.

All our previous COVID-19 information bulletins can be found on Roper Greyell’s COVID-19 resource page.