COVID-19 Resource Centre 

news & knowledge 

March 2020

The effects of the COVID-19 outbreak are many and far-reaching. With each day, organizations face new challenges in protecting the health of their employees and maintaining efficient business operations. One of the ways that McMillan is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak is to provide legal guidance to businesses to support organizational decision-making in this ever-shifting environment. We continue to monitor and respond to impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak as they develop. We invite you to access the links below to gain insight and awareness of key and evolving legal trends that may impact your business. 


  • April 8, 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on your Workforce in Canada

  • April 1, 2020

"Essential" Workplaces and Services – A National Roundup and Best Practices for Managing Business Closures 

  • March 31, 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Construction Industry: McMillan Answers Your Questions

  • March 26, 2020 

Managing Tax Matters in the Midst of the COVID-­19 Pandemic


Business Continuity and Essential Service Designations

  • March 29, 2020

COVID-19: Alberta Government Announces List of Essential Services

  • March 28, 2020

COVID-19: Alberta's Current COVID-19 Orders 

  • March 27, 2020

COVID-19: New Emergency Rules for Operating Businesses in BC: How to Comply with BC's "Essential Business" and Public Health Orders 

  • March 25, 2020

COVID-19: "Essential" Information About the Consequences of Continuing to Operate a "Non-Essential Business" in Ontario and Québec

  • March 9, 2020

Coronavirus – A Preparedness and Response Guide for Canadian Businesses

Business Immigration

  • March 18, 2020

COVID 19 – Governor in Council Order Prohibition of Entry into Canada to Minimize the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada: What Employers Need to Know

Business Law

  • March 26, 2020

COVID-19: The Importance of the Written Word 

  • March 19, 2020

Managing Supply Chain Disruptions: The Importance of Force Majeure and Dispute Resolution Clauses

Capital Markets

  • March 23, 2020

CSA Provides Guidance on Conducting Shareholder Meetings During COVID-19 Pandemic

  • March 19, 2020

CSA to Provide Temporary Relief From Regulatory Filing Obligations Due to COVID-19

  • March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Prompts Canadian Companies to Consider Virtual Shareholder Meetings

Competition and Antitrust

  • March 30, 2020

Opportunities in Challenging Times: The Failing Firm Provision of Canada's Competition Act 


  • April 3, 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Construction Industry: A Reference Guide to the Changed Landscape

Employment and Labour

  • April 3, 2020

Heading Towards an Epidemic of Class Actions

  • March 24, 2020

BC Government Announces Important Changes to the Employment Standards Act in Response to COVID-19

  • March 19, 2020

Ontario Amends Employment Standards Legislation in Response to COVID-19

  • March 11, 2020

COVID-19 – Employer Considerations & Planning for Work Disruption

Financial Services 

  • March 31, 2020

OSFI's Regulatory Adjustments in Response to COVID-19 Impacts 

  • March 31, 2020

COVID-19: It's Time to Revisit Financing Agreements

Intellectual Property

  • March 27, 2020

Bill C-13 Receives Royal Assent: Change to the Canadian Patent Landscape in Response to COVID-19 

  • March 26, 2020

COVID-19: Seeking Court Relief Regarding the Disease of Trademark Infringement


  • March 23, 2020

Does Your Business Interruption Insurance Cover You for COVID-19?

Insolvency Litigation and Construction Law

  • March 20, 2020

Where the Restructuring Meets the Road: the Intersection Between Insolvency Proceedings and Construction Law

Investment Funds and Asset Management

  • March 25, 2020

Regulatory Alert: Canadian Securities Administrators Publish Blanket Relief Order Relaxing Filing Deadlines for Market Participants 


  • April 2, 2020

Holdbacks in the time of COVID-19: Potential Impacts of Emergency Measures on BC 

  • March 24, 2020

Can I Safely Release Holdback in Ontario After March 16, 2020

  • March 23, 2020

Unbearable Lite-ness: Lenders' Remedies in the Age of Missing Covenants

  • March 22, 2020

COVID-19: Ontario Suspends Limitation Periods and Procedural Deadlines

Municipal and Land Use Planning; Development

  • March 30, 2020

COVID-19: March 30th Update on the Impacts to Development Applications and Hearings

  • March 23, 2020

COVID-19: What is the Impact on Development Applications and Hearings?

Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Insolvency

  • March 31, 2020

Asking Lenders for Time to Deal with COVID-19 Problems

  • March 20, 2020

Coronavirus: Harbinger of a New (Old) Approach to Restructuring in Canada?


  • March 31, 2020

Corporate Directors Beware! Trap Lurks Beneath the Surface of Recent COVID-19 GST/HST/QST Remittance Relief


  • March 30, 2020

Transport Canada Relaxes Mandatory Off-Duty Time for Truck Drivers Transporting Essential Cargo