COVID-19 Resource Centre 

news & knowledge 



McMillan is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak by providing 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. Gain insight and awareness of key and evolving legal trends that may impact your business. 


  • June 23

Fireside Discussion with Grant Vingoe, OSC Acting Chair

  • May 20, 2020

Raising Capital and Planning an IPO in Healthcare and Life Sciences

  • May 14, 2020

Construction after COVID-19: Finding new Coherence Amid a Shaken Industry

  • April 29, 2020

Establishing the New Normal: Return to Work Considerations in the COVID-19 Era 

Questions and Answers that were addressed from the webinar

  • April 21, 2020

Managing Disputes During COVID-19

  • April 8, 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on your Workforce in Canada

  • April 7, 2020

Alberta Businesses & COVID-19: How to Navigate from a Legal Perspective

  • 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 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

  • July 8, 2020

Alberta's Recovery Plan: Invest Alberta and the Invest Alberta Corporation

  • June 23, 2020

Material Adverse Effect Clauses in a COVID-19 World

  • May 18, 2020

Charities and Not-for-profit Corporations – AGM Challenges and Solutions During COVID-19 Outbreak

  • May 1, 2020

May 1 Update: COVID 19: Temporary Relief of Corporate Requirements for Shareholder and Director Meetings 

  • April 20, 2020

Update - British Columbia Business Corporations Act Transparency Register Requirements Extended to October 1, 2020 

  • April 7, 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on Agribusiness – Business and Legal Considerations

  • 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

  • April 30, 2020

Update - Securities Regulators Publish Reforms to Enhance Client-Registrant Relationship

  • April 13, 2020

Significant Regulatory Relief for Market Participants Announced in Response to COVID-19

  • April 6, 2020

Protecting Against Shareholder Activism in Uncertain Times

  • 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

Commercial Real Estate

  • July 20, 2020

July 20 Update: POLICY STATEMENT 17 - Extension of the Early Marketing Period in Response to COVID-19

  • June 26, 2020

COVID-19 and Commercial Tenancies - Alberta's Commercial Tenancies Protection Act 

  • June 26, 2020

Protecting Small Business Act, 2020 - Ontario's Temporary Ban on Commercial Tenant Evictions 

  • May 22, 2020

May 22 Update: Rent Relief on its Way for Small Businesses and Commercial Landlords

  • April 30, 2020

April 30 Update: Rent Relief on its Way for Small Businesses and Commercial Landlords

Competition and Antitrust

  • April 13, 2020

Need to Collaborate with Competitors to Respond to the COVID Crisis? Competition Bureau is Ready to Provide Guidance

  • April 6, 2020

Cartels in a Time of COVID 

  • March 30, 2020

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


  • May 20, 2020

Construction through COVID-19 in Canada: A Guideline for what each Province and Territory is Doing

  • April 20, 2020

How to Prepare for the Post-COVID-19 World of Construction 

  • April 10, 2020

Show me the Money: Government of Ontario to Amend Emergency Order to Allow Release of Holdbacks

  • April 8, 2020

Project Management Amid COVID-19 - The Triage

  • April 3, 2020

Responses to Select Questions from the “The Impact of COVID-19 on the Construction Industry: McMillan Answers Your Questions” Webinar

  • April 3, 2020

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

  • March 24, 2020

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

Employment and Labour

  • July 27, 2020

RETURN TO WORK: Complying With Provincial Health Guidelines

  • June 1, 2020

Ontario Provides Employers with Temporary Relief from COVID-Related Termination Risks

  • April 18, 2020

Combatting Civil Fraud Against Businesses in the Age of COVID-19

  • April 17, 2020

Federal Government Broadens Access to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and Purposes Wage Support for Essential Workers

  • 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


  • May 20, 2020

Cross-Country Check-In: COVID-19 and the Environment 

Financial Services 

  • April 24, 2020

Federal Government Relief Programs for Small and Medium Enterprises

  • April 15, 2020

OSFI outlines additional regulatory adjustments to foster financial resilience and stability during COVID-19

  • 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

Foreign Investment

  • April 21, 2020

Heightened Scrutiny of Foreign Investment in the Time of COVID

Franchise and Distribution

  • May 13, 2020

9 Things You Should Do Right Now to Protect Your Franchise System During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Intellectual Property

  • July 14, 2020

COVID-19: Accelerated Examination of Patent Applications for Small Entities 

  • June 4, 2020

Innovating During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

  • 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


  • July 15, 2020

Significant Expansion of Ontario's Personal Health Information Protections amid COVID-19: What you need to know

  • 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 


  • July 24, 2020

COVID-19 and commercial rents: The Court decides. Amicable resolutions are recommended

  • May 25, 2020

Class Actions "Zooming" Forward during the COVID Pandemic? 

  • May 4, 2020

Litigating During COVID-19: Still Possible 

  • April 21, 2020

Stop the Clocks! What Does the Suspension of Civil Delays in Québec Mean for You?

  • April 16, 2020

Canadian White-collar Crime Perspectives: Government Investigations and COVID-19 

  • April 7, 2020

Pivoting Production to Address COVID-19 Shortages – What Manufacturers and Distributors Need to Know

  • April 3, 2020

Heading Towards an Epidemic of Class Actions

  • April 2, 2020

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

  • 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

  • July 22, 2020

COVID-19: July 22nd Update on the Impacts to Development Applications and Hearings

  • July 6, 2020

COVID-19: July 6th Update on the Impacts to Development Applications and Hearings

  • June 3, 2020

COVID-19: June 3rd Update on the Impacts to Development Applications and Hearings 

  • May 20, 2020

COVID-19: May 20th Update on the Impacts to Development Applications and Hearings

  • May 6, 2020

COVID-19: May 6th Update on the Impacts to Development Applications and Hearings

  • April 22, 2020

COVID-19: April 22nd Update on the Impacts to Development Applications and Hearings 

  • April 15, 2020

COVID-19: April 15th Update on the Impacts to Development Applications and Hearings 

  • April 7, 2020

COVID-19: April 7th Update on the Impacts to Development Applications and Hearings

  • 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?

Privacy and Data Protection

  • July 29, 2020

Global Privacy Authorities Remind Video Teleconferencing Companies of Privacy Expectations

  • May 28, 2020

The road to a "new normal": contact tracing and privacy considerations in Canada

Public-Private Partnerships

  • May 11, 2020

Pandemic and Epidemic Events: Addressing the Risk in P3 Projects

Real Estate

  • April 24, 2020

Policy Statement 17 - Extension of the Early Marketing Period 


  • April 29, 2020

Federal Aid Package for Energy Sector and Alberta's Plan to Spend It

Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Insolvency

  • April 9, 2020

Has COVID-19 Lit the Fuse on Insolvencies in the Canadian Cannabis Industry?

  • 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?


  • July 28, 2020

Government Proposes Relief for Issuers of Flow-Through Shares

  • July 21, 2020

Government Proposes Fundamental Changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

  • May 20, 2020

Government Expands Entitlement to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

  • April 23, 2020

Calculating the CEWS: Meaning of "Leave With Pay" Leaves Questions Unanswered

  • April 13, 2020

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy: Increased Assistance on the Horizon

  • 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