Ed. Note: This post has been updated to reflect changing mask requirements.
Across Canada, provinces have instituted a range of mandatory mask orders in response to COVID-19. Now they are required in most Canadian workplaces.
Typically, where masks are required, there are exemptions for children, workers in areas not accessible to the public and able to maintain physical distancing, those with medical conditions preventing them from wearing masks, and situations when masks must be removed (e.g., treatments, services or physical activities requiring removal or identification). Many jurisdictions also have exemptions for courtrooms or proceedings before an administrative tribunal.
Here’s a quick recap of Canada’s mask requirements.
In response to COVID-19, the federal government launched three new Canadian benefit programs, including a paid sick leave, for workers. Below is a quick review of the programs, what they cover and how to apply.
The orders listed below have been extended until May 6, 2020:
Note: This post provides information on the Ontario infectious disease leave of absence.
For information on the potential application of other leaves of absence, including: bereavement leave, compassionate care leave, critical illness leave, family responsibility leave, family caregiver leave and sick leave, you may wish to sign up for Optimize Compliance or, if you need legal advice, consult a lawyer.
In what circumstances does Ontario’s new infectious disease leave of absence apply?
Ontario employees who are are not performing their work duties because of COVID-19, may take an unpaid infectious disease leave of absence.
Note: The following information is based on the guidance provided by the federal government. For further details see the government’s Income Tax Filing and Payment Dates
When do I have to FILE my taxes?
Individuals – June 1, 2020
Self-Employed and Spouse – June 15, 2020 (no change)
Corporations – June 1, 2020
How much is the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)?
$2,000 every four weeks. (Note: This is a taxable benefit. That means that you will have to report the CERB as income when you file your taxes for the 2020 tax year.)