March 18, 2020
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March 31, 2020 9:00 P.M.

Public Required to Identify Themselves if Charged with Breaching an Emergency Order During the COVID-19 Outbreak
People who are being charged with an offence under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) will be required to identify themselves if asked by a provincial offences officer, which includes police officers, First Nations constables, special constables and municipal by-law enforcement officers. This temporary power was approved by the Ontario government today through an emergency order to better protect people during this COVID-19 outbreak.

Emergency orders currently in place to address the COVID-19 outbreak include the closure of non-essential businesses, prohibiting organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people and stopping price gouging on necessary goods such as disinfectant products. Failing to comply with any of these emergency orders is an offence under the EMCPA and so is the failure to identify oneself accurately.

Failing to correctly identify oneself carries a fine of $750 for failure to comply with an order made under the EMCPA or $1,000 for obstructing any person in exercising a power if a provincial offences officer issues a ticket. In addition, failure to comply with an emergency order could carry punishments of up to one-year imprisonment or a fine of up to $100,000 for an individual, $500,000 for a director of a corporation, or $10,000,000 for a corporation itself if a provincial offences officer charges the individual by issuing a summons.

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75% Wage Subsidy Update
Businesses and non-profit organizations seeing a drop of at least 30 per cent in revenue due to COVID-19 will qualify for the government's 75 per cent wage subsidy program, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today. For those companies experiencing a decrease in revenues of at least 30 per cent, the government will cover up to 75 percent of a salary on the first $58,700, which could mean payments of up to $847 a week. The prime minister  encouraged businesses to top up their employees wages with the remaining 25 per cent of their salaries.Trudeau said the number of people a business employs will not determine its eligibility. Charities and companies big and small will qualify and the wage subsidies will be retroactive to March 15, 2020. More details of the program will be unveiled March 31 by Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

March 30, 2020
Ontario Stepping up Measures to Limit the Spread of COVID-19 on Construction Sites

March 30, 2020
Ontario creates portal to submit arguments a business should be deemed an Essential Workplace

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Stay Home: Statement from the Chief Medical Officer of Health 

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Trudeau announces business supports

March 30, 2020
Federal and provincial assistance links compiled by Carleton University

March 27, 2020
Prime Minister announces support for small businesses facing impacts of COVID‑19 

March 27, 2020
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB): Portal to open Apr. 6


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