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21May
2020

Province Announces Municipal Financing and Tax Collection Measures in Response to Covid-19 Pandemic

On May 15, 2020, the Province issued Ministerial Order 0159 to assist local governments and ratepayers who may be facing financial...

20May
2020

WorkSafeBC Directs All Employers to Prepare a COVID-19 Safety Plan

As BC makes its first tentative steps to reopen parts of the economy, and to establish the new normal in light of COVID-19, WorkSafeBC has...

15May
2020

Working from Home – Employer Responsibilities

Although the province has announced plans to reopen businesses in a phased approach, many local government employees will be working from...

08May
2020

Presumption for COVID-19 WorkSafeBC Claims

WorkSafeBC announced on April 30th that COVID-19 will be added to the list of “occupational diseases” in Schedule 1 of the Workers...

07May
2020

Benefits Available For Laid Off Local Government Employees

With so many employees out of work during this COVID-19 pandemic, the availability of benefits and financial programs are continuously...

06May
2020

New Extension to COVID-19 Related Temporary Layoffs

On May 4, 2020, the provincial government passed Order in Council No. 219, which adds an “Exclusions during COVID-19 emergency” section to...

05May
2020

Electronic Public Hearings, The Islands Trust and Improvement Districts

On May 1, 2020, the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General issued Ministerial Order M139...

30Apr
2020

Cyberattacks on the rise with COVID-19

Cybercrime is on the rise as we all grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and local governments are not immune to this...

23Apr
2020

Chief Justice Of BC Now Granted Discretion To Modify Court Rules

Ministerial Order 121/2020, the latest order of Minister Mike Farnworth made under s. 10(1) of the Emergency Program Act, grants the Chief...

23Apr
2020

Bylaw Enforcement Officers Now Authorized to Issue Tickets for the Unauthorized Resale of Essential Goods and Supplies and Price “Gouging”

This update is to provide local governments with information on recently granted novel powers to enforce provincial orders under the...

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