COVID-19

COVID-19 Resource Centre

These are truly unprecedented and difficult times and Pitblado Law is working hard behind the scenes to continue delivering the legal services our clients expect. We take our role as a trusted advisor very seriously and want to let our clients know that if you have any questions or concerns on how COVID-19 impacts you or your business or organization, we are here for you.

The effects of the spread of COVID-19 are being felt across a wide range of industries and changing by the day, leaving many people, businesses, and organizations with many questions and few answers.

Our lawyers will continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 and its impact on you from a legal perspective. We aim to provide you with timely and practical information in a format that is succinct and easily understood to help you and your business or organization in this time of uncertainty – be sure to check back regularly.

Below you will find resources on a range of topics and issues relating to COVID-19 and implications for businesses, organizations, and individuals.

Click on the hyperlink bullets to access additional information and related resources.

Litigation

As with many other industries, dispute resolution has been impacted by COVID-19, including, for example, the closure of courts. These articles address real-time issues such as executing affidavits and declarations, how to manage litigation during these challenging times, as well as other areas such as potential claims resulting from COVID-19.

Construction

COVID-19 has a far reaching impact on the construction industry. From exception as a non-critical business, to the eventual slowdown and potential builders’ liens, to contractual relief, there are many issues affecting companies. This article provides some information on your legal rights.

Insurance

As COVID-19 has taken a foothold in Manitoba and across Canada, authorities continue to urge social distancing as a measure against the exponential spread of the virus. This has had a detrimental impact to our economy and many businesses are seeing a significant decrease in revenues. One question which arises for many businesses in these circumstances: Am I insured for this? The answer is ‘maybe’ and it’s worth exploring.

Governance and Risk Management

In this constantly evolving situation, companies must on an ongoing basis consider the actual and potential impacts to the business and take all reasonable steps to protect stakeholders including staff, customers and other stakeholders. This information provide resources and guidance on sound practices.

Financing

There is no telling how long, and to what extent, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will have on the financing industry. Whether from a lender’s perspective or borrower’s perspective, we suggest planning for an extended period of business interruption. This information can help provide a path forward.

Securities

COVID-19 is also having an impact within the securities industry. Learn how various regulatory authorities such as the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), and the Manitoba Financial Services Agency (“MFSA”) which regulates securities, real estate, cooperatives, credit unions, and insurance in Manitoba are responding. Keep up to date here.

Tax

On March 18, 2020, the Federal Government announced Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which is aimed to reduce the economic burden and impact on individuals and Canadian businesses. We know that more changes are coming. The economic impact of COVID-19 is yet to be determined, however, organizations and businesses need to familiarize themselves with the ever-changing support and tax relief programs.

Transportation

While the movement of goods has remained an essential service and borders remain open for trade, the movement of passengers has been decimated. Transportation industries have been fundamentally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Immigration

One of the most obvious legal effects of COVID-19 is on immigration. We have all heard much discourse in the media concerning border restrictions but these restrictions are ever-evolving as are other immigration-related measures. As these measures continue to change, Pitblado lawyers are working hard to stay abreast of the changes in order to provide you with accurate and timely advice.

Commercial Leasing

In the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, landlords and tenants may have questions about their existing leasing arrangements. This briefing note is intended to provide a general outline of some of the key issues that may apply to landlords and tenants in these circumstances.

Privacy

Privacy rights are never absolute in nature. Rather, in each case, there must be a careful assessment and balancing of competing interests, with a determination about what is reasonable in the circumstances. Many times, the result depends on the particular facts of a given situation. The COVID-19 pandemic provides further unique circumstances which must be taken into account by businesses and organizations.

Entertainment

The film and music industry is an important economic driver and like many industries, has been forced to cease operations. The Roadmap indicates that the film industry in Manitoba can resume operations in a limited manner as part of Phase Two.

Family

The COVID-19 pandemic reaches far and wide. We have put together an update on how this relates to Family Law issues. From court closures to filing documents to the impact on trials are just a few of the impacted areas.

Estate Planning and Wills

Given the legal requirements to create a valid Will, what options are available for a person in isolation or for someone who cannot satisfy the two witness requirement to form a Will in Manitoba?

Emergency Measures

The Manitoba Government announced on March 21, 2020 that it was declaring a state of emergency in response to COVID-19. Under section 10 of The Emergency Measures Act, the Manitoba Government may declare a state of emergency in respect to all or any part of the province in the event of a major emergency or disaster. Below provides further information around the current measures implemented by the Manitoba Government.

Pitblado Law is shaped by 135+ years of skill, passion, and integrity. Your Pitblado lawyer is part of a dynamic and respectful team that values excellence, hard work, and relationships. We are here to provide you the peace of mind that your legal needs are being looked after in these difficult and challenging times.

Please contact us immediately if you have any questions regarding COVID-19 and the impact on your business or organization.

If you have any questions for our COVID-19 team, please feel free to email firm@pitblado.com or any one of our lawyers.