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  • COVID-19 Government policies update - $14 Billion Federal offer to provinces and territories, the curve is flattening, United States of America update, 290 000 jobs in May... Click to read(Earnscliffe)

5 June 2020

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  • Government working to support in-person court appearances.

27 May 2020

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  • Remote execution of legal documents allowed during pandemic. Read more...

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28 April 2020

  • Recovery of some Provincial Court of BC operations
    • See the Court's eNews with updated Notice to the Profession and Public: NP19 and Criminal Practice Direction CRIM 12: Criminal Pre-Trial Conferences During COVID-19

  • BC COVID-19 News Updates (Earnscliffe)
  • Notice to the Profession - Expansion of Civil and Family Matters - Applications by Written Submissions issued by the Supreme Court of BC. For details about bringing an application by written submissions, click here

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9 April 2020

  • After our first month of COVID-19 and #workfromhome, the seriousness of the public health crisis and its economic consequences has settled in. Read more (Earnscliffe)

8 April 2020

7 April 2020

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3 April 2020

2 April 2020

  • BC COVID-19 News Updates (Earnscliffe)
  • An overview on the recently announced wage subsidy programs, CEWS and CERB as they are currently understood. The document will be updated as further information becomes available. (Earnscliffe)

1 April 2020

  • See the Notice to the Profession: COVID-19 Update issued by the Law Society of BC, including: LTSA Process; Support for lawyers to manage impacts of COVID-19.
  • Prime Minister releases details about the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to assist Canadian businesses struggling financially due to the COVID-19 crisis. Read more (Earnscliffe)

30 March 2020

27 March 2020

  • In the face of “almost total economic shutdown,” the Prime Minister  announced major improvements to the package of supports for small and medium-sized businesses. Read more (Earnscliffe)
  • Limitation periods to commence court proceedings in British Columbia have been suspended, and statutory decision-makers have been provided discretion to waive, suspend or extend time periods related to their powers. Read more 
  • See the Notice to the Profession: COVID-19 Update issued by the Law Society of BC, including: List of COVID-19 essential services: Deferral of second installment of LIF fees; Virtual commissioning; PLTC update; Impact on NCA examinations.

26 March 2020

  • Lawyers and paralegals are included in the list of essential services in British Columbia during the COVID-19 pandemic. These daily services are those deemed essential to preserving life, health, public safety and basic societal functioning. They are the services British Columbians come to rely on in their daily lives. See the full list here
  • The Family Justice Services Division of the BC Ministry of the Attorney General has updated the Court on how it will operate during the pandemic. The Division provides a range of services to help resolve family disputes in a fair and timely way. Its in-person services are temporarily not available, but you can still access many of their services by telephone or other virtual means. Read more

25 March 2020

  • After more than 12 hours of negotiations between the political parties, agreement was reached on the contents of the legislation needed to approve the government’s COVID-19 package. The COVID-19 Emergency Response Act was passed unanimously by the House of Commons just before 6:00 AM this morning. The legislation moved directly to the Senate where it was debated and passed without amendment around midday. Read more (Earnscliffe) 

24 March 2020

  • Updated Notice NP19 contains directions on applications for judicial authorization, Criminal Code s. 490 applications & extensions & necessary in-person applications. Peace officers should have affidavits sworn before attending Justice Centre.
  • In anticipation of today’s extraordinary session of the House of Commons to consider the federal COVID-19 measures, the government yesterday released its draft legislation to the opposition parties.  While the draft contains the legislative authorities to implement the $82 billion aid package announced last week, it touched off a firestorm of criticism because it also included  unprecedented powers to spend, tax, borrow and regulate without approval of the House of Commons. By late last night, the Government House Leader had backed down, saying “We consulted with the opposition and will bring changes to the draft legislation." When the House convened, it suspended operations almost immediately to allow for further negotiations on the legislation. The parties did not reach a resolution and the House of Commons remained suspended to allow more time for a consensus to emerge. Read more (Earnscliffe) 

23 March 2020

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20 March 2020

  • See the Notice to the Public Regarding Affidavits for use in civil and family proceedings issued by Chief Judge Gillespie today. Also see the revised BC Provincial Court Closures.
  • The Prime Minister today announced urgent procurement measures to obtain necessary medical supplies to fight COVID-19 and a change in policy to close the Canadian border to asylum seekers and confirmed that the Canada-U.S. border will be closed to non-essential travel at midnight tonight. In his morning address, the PM made public a startling statistic, that the federal government has received 500,000 applications this week for Employment Insurance.  In a normal week, 27,000 applications are received. (Earnscliffe)
  • The BC government is preparing to announce a major economic package next week. Provincial Health officials prohibited dine-in service at all restaurants across the province, mandating take-out and delivery only. Strategies to support seniors and child-care will be announced next week. In Vancouver, a 60-day property tax grace period was announced along with a new Economic Recovery Task Force to look specifically at business taxes. (Earnscliffe)
  • See the following link for Notice to the Profession and Public - COVID-19: Suspension of Regular Court Operations (NP 19) issued by Chief Judge Gillespie effective March 25, 2020 (unless otherwise stated in the Notice): Notice to the Profession and Public (NP 19) - COVID-19: Suspension of Regular Court Operations.

19 March 2020

  • By the numbers: Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Tam reported that globally there are now 230,000 cases of COVID-19 in 177 countries.  In Canada, there are more than 800 cases and have been 9 deaths. There are 10 cases confirmed at CFB Trenton.  Over 50,000 Canadians have been tested. Read more (Earnscliffe)
  • Reaction to Federal Economic Package: Response to the first phase of the federal government’s economic relief package has been largely positive. Most economists and stakeholder groups hailed the announcement as an important first step in helping households and vulnerable workers but warned that much more will be needed as the COVID-19 crisis deepens, and that the success of some of the initiatives will depend on how quickly the government can get money into the hands of Canadians. Read more (Earnscliffe)

18 March 2020

  • BC moved today to declare a provincial state of emergency for the next two weeks, which gives the government additional powers to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and can be renewed by Cabinet order. The City of Vancouver followed suit, asking all residents to immediately limit the time they spend in public spaces and restaurants, except for take-out and delivery, were ordered to close. The BC Legislature will return on March 23 to sit for one day, with a quorum of 12 members, to pass legislation related to the Supply Act and amendments to the Employment Standards Act. (Earnscliffe)
  • To protect the health of litigants, court staff, judges, and members of the public and to help contain the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Court of Appeal is strictly limiting its operations through this direction by the Chief Justice of British Columbia, effective 18 March 2020, and until further notice.
  • The Provincial Court’s March 18, 2020 (10:30 AM) Court Closures Update (222 Main Street and Downtown Community Court also now closed).
  • Due to the ongoing health crisis (COVID19), the Supreme Court of BC under the direction of Chief Justice C. Hinkson has ceased operations until further notice.
  • The Law Society has published FAQs on practice management, PLTC and business operations. Check the website regularly for updates.

17 March 2020