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COVID-19 vaccination soon to become mandatory in all federally regulated workplaces in Canada

December 17, 2021

Brian Johnston, QC and Katharine Mack COVID-19 vaccination policies have become more prevalent. Public sector employees have been mandated to get vaccinated in a number of jurisdictions, the federal government has mandated vaccinations in the marine and transportation industries, and some provincial governments have required vaccination in other high-risk sectors such as healthcare. Additionally, many…

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Update on enforcement of vaccination policies: recent decisions out of Ontario reach different conclusions

November 15, 2021

Mark Tector and Katharine Mack Over the last few months many employers have been implementing COVID-19 vaccination policies in their workplaces. Last week, two Ontario arbitration decisions were released which dealt with the legality of such policies in the unionized workplace. As far as we are aware, these are the first two reported decisions on…

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Implementation of vaccine passports in Newfoundland and Labrador

October 6, 2021

Meghan Foley On September 28, 2021, the St. John’s Board of Trade hosted the Department of Health and Community Services, Digital Government and Service NL, and the NL Centre for Health Information, to provide an in-depth review of the plan to implement vaccine passports in Newfoundland and Labrador. The plan is still under review and…

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Stewart McKelvey announces COVID-19 vaccination policy

September 24, 2021

The health and safety of our people, clients and community remains paramount at Stewart McKelvey. Throughout the pandemic, we have followed the guidance of Public Health, and have implemented protocols in all of our offices to prevent COVID-19 infection and spread. As a Firm, we continue to do our part to care for each other,…

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Canadian border re-opening: phased approach for fully vaccinated travellers

August 25, 2021

Brendan Sheridan The Government of Canada is undertaking a phased approach to re-opening the international border. While the government has had limited exemptions to the travel prohibitions throughout the pandemic, the loosening of the restrictions will allow more freedom of movement across the border for fully vaccinated travellers. This is welcome news for tourism sector…

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Mandatory vaccines in the workplace

July 21, 2021

Included in Discovery: Atlantic Education & the Law – Issue 08 Sheila Lanctôt and Evan MacKnight More than a year has passed since the Coronavirus disease (“COVID-19”) arrived in Atlantic Canada and caused all in-person events, gatherings and classes to grind to a halt. Colleges and universities were forced to shift to an online format…

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Reuniting with family: who can come to Canada despite COVID-19 restrictions?

June 10, 2021

Brittany Trafford The Canadian borders have been restricted for over a year now and many families have struggled with being separated. Throughout 2020 and early 2021 restrictions have fluctuated as the federal government tried to balance their recognition of the importance of family reunification, with the risks of the pandemic. After many months missing immediate…

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Planning for re-opening: what might an international border opening look like in Canada?

June 2, 2021

Brittany Trafford Last week the Maritime provinces announced various re-opening plans based on vaccine trajectories, with Newfoundland and Labrador making an announcement today¹. These plans address, among other things, who will be able to enter the provinces and who will need to quarantine upon entry. Of course, this is promising news for businesses and those…

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COVID-19 immigration update

May 31, 2021

*Last updated: May 31, 2021 (Originally published April 1, 2020) Kathleen Leighton Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are various implications for the immigration world, including for those already in Canada, as well as those looking to travel to, or return to Canada, from abroad. In particular, there are travel restrictions in place for land…

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Nova Scotia unveils reopening plan

May 28, 2021

Katharine Mack Premier Ian Rankin and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang provided details on Nova Scotia’s reopening plan this afternoon. The Province’s plan has a total of 5 phases. Phase 1, which focuses on more outdoor activities and small groups, will begin on Wednesday, June 2.  The following rules and restrictions will apply:…

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