This summarizes a series of Environmental & OHS orders and amendments issued by the Canadian Government to ease the pressure on industry during the Covid-19 pandemic, at both the federal and provincial levels. The main takeaways are:
- ENVIRONMENTAL: The changes relax and extend reporting environmental requirements in sectors dealing with air quality, greenhouse gases and in Ontario soil management and records of site condition. Also included are reductions in the frequency of mandatory inspections to accommodate facilities that are dealing with staff cutback and other challenges arising from the pandemic.
- OHS: Amendments have been issued to expanded workers’ rights relating to leave as a result of Covid-19. Some provinces have augmented the Federal regulations by adding details relating to specific situations, such as leave to provide for the care of family members.
Here are quicklinks to the relevant Sections:Environmental Amendments
Federal Regulations: Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Reporting
Alberta Provincial Regulations
British Columbia Provincial Regulations
Ontario Provincial RegulationsOHS Amendments
Federal Regulations: Canada Labour Code
British Columbia Employment Standards
Manitoba Employment Standards
Ontario Employment Standards
Saskatchewan Employment Standards