This year, the first Monday in August is August 3, and may be a statutory holiday in your province or territory. Although most commonly referred to as the “Civic Holiday” in Ontario, the holiday is referred to differently across Canada. For instance, in British Columbia, the holiday is referred to as British Columbia Day and in Manitoba, the holiday is named Terry Fox Day. The name of the holiday is not the only thing that differs between the provinces and territories; the legal status of the holiday also varies. That is, in some provinces and territories, the first Monday in August is considered a public (statutory) holiday under employment/labour standards legislation, while in others it is not.
On July 17, 2020, the government of Canada (the “Government”) released details, as well as draft legislative proposals to amend, inter alia, the Income Tax Act (Canada) (the “ITA”), in respect of a redesigned Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”) program. The legislative proposals, in the form of Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures (“Bill C-20”), received Royal Assent on July 27, 2020, and are now law.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, employers must prepare the workforce for a second wave of COVID-19.