A Careful Restart: Important Information for Employers Re-opening Business Operations

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By: Nikita Gush, Associate Lawyer at Doak Shirreff Lawyers LLP Employers have a duty to protect the workplace health, safety, privacy, and human rights of their employees. As our province begins to “restart” it is important for employers to consider the responsibilities they have while they re-open and restart their business operations. As you may…

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The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (“CECRA”) Program – An Explainer

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Last week the federal government released further details on CECRA and how it would assist commercial tenants and landlords. Commercial rent is under the jurisdiction of the provinces and both the federal and provincial governments will contribute to this relief program; in B.C. the total amount available will be around $300 million with the provincial…

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Covid-19 And Commercial Leasing – What To Do If You Are The Tenant

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If your business has been affected by Covid-19 you need to consider the following. Read Your Lease You should always read your lease first, or have a lawyer assist you in reading your lease. Commercial leases are similar in that they are always favourable to a landlord and they will contain key provisions to protect…

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Cancellation of Wimbledon Tennis triggers a $141 Million Pandemic Coverage Insurance Claim

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By Scott Chambers Media outlets throughout the world are reporting on a pricy annual premium that Wimbledon added to its commercial insurance policy every year for the last 17 years. Apparently, Wimbledon paid upwards of $2,000,000 per year for pandemic insurance, something that most would have, prior to March 2020, viewed as an extremely remote…

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Buying Or Selling Property With A Tenant? FAQs For What To Do During The Covid Pandemic.

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What Has Changed? The provincial government issued an emergency order at the end of March regarding residential tenancies in BC. The order has placed a ban on all evictions except in very narrow circumstances. If a landlord gives a tenant a notice to evict on or after March 30, 2020 it is of no force…

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ALL the COVID-19 Federal and Provincial Benefits & Resources for Individuals in Canada and British Columbia

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Federal Resources & Benefit Programs for Individuals: Employment Insurance Benefits if you’re temporarily laid off: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-regular-benefit/apply.html Canada Emergency Response Benefit if you’re ineligible for Employment Insurance: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits if you’re ill: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-sickness/apply.html Increased Canada Child Benefit if you have children: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/child-family-benefits/canada-child-benefit-overview/canada-child-benefit-apply.html Indigenous Community Support Fund: https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1585189335380/1585189357198 Mortgage Deferral Options for Homeowners: https://cba.ca/mortgage-deferral-to-help-canadians-experiencing-financial-hardship-due-to-covid-19…

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Giving Money to Family and Friends during the Pandemic – What you Need to Know

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The global pandemic we are currently facing has put tremendous pressure on everyone, and caused serious financial strain for many. During times like these many people are considering how they can financially help their loved ones get through the loss of a job, the temporary closure of a business, or changes to financing with respect…

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Canadian Federal CERB Benefits will expand to include Students

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Details will soon be announced for further amendments to the new Canada Emergency Response Benefits (CERB) to fill in the gaps of individuals experiencing income loss who were still otherwise ineligible for the program. The CERB benefit was designed to provide income support of $2,000 per month for 4 months to those individuals who suffered…

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