Government of Canada’s response to COVID-19

The Government of Canada is acting to minimize the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canadians.

This webpage was created to provide the latest information on legislative and other measures adopted to protect Canadians in response to the pandemic.

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The following federal legislation has been enacted to date to protect the health and well-being of Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19)

On July 27, 2020, Bill C-20: An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures received Royal Assent and enacted the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19), which addresses pressing issues relating to time limits included in federal legislation.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges on many fronts, both for individual Canadians and businesses. Access to justice and the effective functioning of our justice and court system are fundamental to a just and fair Canadian society. In these exceptional circumstances, many Canadians, businesses and other organizations may be unable to meet numerous time limits currently set out in federal legislation, including rules for court civil cases and some key regulatory matters.

The Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19) (the Act) allows the continued protection of Canadians’ rights in the context of civil legal proceedings, by ensuring that individuals are not prevented from asserting their rights because of the passage of a time limit. It also better supports Canadians, Canadian businesses, and the Government in making sure they are able to avoid irreversible legal consequences.

The Act has two parts which respectively address time limits relating to civil litigation proceedings and other time limits and periods included in federal legislation. It also includes a set of safeguards and parliamentary oversight provisions.

Time limits in civil litigation proceedings

The Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19) automatically suspends time limits established under federal legislation for starting a civil legal proceeding or doing something in a civil legal proceeding.

This suspension of time limits is be valid for a maximum of 6 months, starting on March 13, 2020 and ending on September 13, 2020 or on an earlier date fixed by order of the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister of Justice.

Time limits and other periods in federal legislation

The Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19) also now allows federal ministers to make temporary orders to extend or suspend other time limits identified in specific federal legislation for which they are responsible.

Orders made under this provision of the Act can be retroactive to March 13, 2020 and valid for a maximum of 6 months, but cannot have effect beyond December 31, 2020. Such orders also cannot be made after September 30, 2020.

Federal ministers can extend or suspend deadlines found in specific federal laws and regulations that are identified in the new Act. This list of laws and regulations can be found in the Act’s Schedule.

Safeguards and parliamentary oversight provisions

The Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19) includes safeguards and parliamentary oversight provisions to enhance transparency.

These safeguards include:

  • a requirement for the legislation to be interpreted so as to provide certainty in legal proceedings and ensure respect for the rule of law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • a sunset clause of September 30, 2020, meaning that orders cannot be made after that date, and a second sunset clause so that such orders cannot have effect beyond December 31, 2020
  • a number of measures to ensure transparency and accountability, such as:
    • a requirement for all orders to be published on a government website within 5 days of being made and for a minimum of 6 months
    • a requirement for all orders to be published in the Canada Gazette within 14 days of being made
    • a requirement for all orders to be tabled in Parliament within three sitting days of being made or as soon as possible if Parliament is not sitting

Once tabled in Parliament, all temporary orders made under this legislation must be referred to a committee of the Senate and of the House of Commons.

Charter Statements

 

Many Canadians may not know that since December 13, 2019, a Charter Statement is tabled in Parliament for all Government legislation. These are tabled in Parliament by the Minister of Justice once legislation is introduced.

Charter Statements are a transparency measure intended to inform parliamentary and public debate on a bill and help increase awareness and understanding of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Charter).

The following list provides links to the Charter Statements related to federal legislation enacted to date in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

43rd Parliament, 1st Session (2019-12-05 - 2020-08-18)

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session (2020-09-23 - present)

Orders and Regulations

 

Along with legislation, the Government of Canada also has the authority, under existing laws, such as the Quarantine Act and the Aeronautics Act, to issue orders and regulations to address COVID-19 to ensure the public safety of Canadians.

Note: this table and the links to each order or regulation are updated on a regular basis. For more information on measures that are no longer in effect, please contact the responsible department or agency.   

Order or Regulation Responsible Department or Agency Description Date order made Effective date Effective until
Interim Order No. 2 Respecting Clinical Trials for Medical Devices and Drugs Relating to COVID-19 Health Canada

Interim Order (IO) No. 2 replaces IO No. 1. The first interim order was signed on May 23, 2020, as a response to the ongoing need for urgent COVID-19 diagnosis, treatment, mitigation or prevention options.

IO No. 2 continues to support the optional pathway introduced by IO No. 1 to facilitate clinical trials for potential COVID-19 drugs and medical devices. It also continues to uphold strong patient safety requirements and validity of trial data. IO No. 2 does not apply to radiopharmaceutical drugs, natural health products and Class I medical devices.

May 3, 2021 May 3, 2021 May 3, 2022
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligations) Public Health Agency of Canada

The purpose of this Order is to:

  1. support Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country;
  2. maintain the previous requirements that all persons who have reasonable grounds to suspect they have COVID-19, have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or know they have COVID-19 upon entry into Canada are required to quarantine or isolate for 14 days, including asymptomatic persons, with limited exceptions;
  3. maintain the requirements from the previous Order.
April 21, 2021 April 21, 2021

May 21, 2021

Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country other than the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada

The purpose of this Order is to:

  1. support Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country;
  2. continue to prohibit entry into Canada of foreign nationals arriving from countries other than the United States, with some limited exceptions, and if they have reasonable grounds to suspect they have COVID-19, if they have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or if they know they have COVID-19;
  3. continue to maintain the requirements from the previous Order.
April 21, 2021 April 21, 2021

May 21, 2021

Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada

The purpose of this Order is to:

  1. support Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country;
  2. continue to prohibit entry into Canada of foreign nationals arriving from the U.S. for an optional or discretionary purpose, with some limited exceptions, and if they have reasonable grounds to suspect they have COVID-19, if they have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or if they know they have COVID-19;
  3. continue to maintain the requirements from the previous Order.
April 21, 2021 April 21, 2021

May 21, 2021

Order Amending the Fees in Respect of Drugs and Medical Devices Order (COVID-19 Drugs) Health Canada

The amendments to the Fees Order will

  • clarify the description of “new active substance” (NAS) such that a medicinal ingredient in a COVID-19 drug is not considered to be previously approved in a drug for sale in Canada by reason of the Minister authorizing it under the ISAD Interim Order;
  • remit fees for the review of the first submission [new drug submission (NDS), supplement to a new drug submission (SNDS), or abbreviated new drug submission (ANDS)] for a COVID-19 drug which an application had previously been filed under the ISAD Interim Order; and
  • indicate that in the case of a “rolling submission” for a COVID-19 drug, fees will not be remitted if the performance standard has not been met.
March 19, 2021 March 19, 2021 N/A
Regulations Amending the Food and Drug Regulations (Interim Order Respecting the Importation, Sale and Advertising of Drugs for Use in Relation to COVID-19) Health Canada

These Regulations introduce amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) to incorporate some of the elective flexibilities related to market authorization, drug establishment licensing, and pre-positioning of COVID-19 drugs that were made available under the Interim Order. The amendments allow for the continued sale of COVID-19 drugs authorized under the Interim Order. The amendments also allow manufacturers of COVID-19 drugs to use these flexibilities even if no application was made under the ISAD Interim Order.

March 17, 2021

March 18, 2021 (regulations)
September 16, 2021 (ss. 3 to 5, sub. 6(1), ss. 9 to 12, 15 to 17, 20 to 25, sub. 27(2), s. 29, s. 30)

N/A
Interim Order No. 2 Respecting Drugs, Medical Devices and Foods for a Special Dietary Purpose in Relation to COVID-19 Health Canada

The Interim Order No. 2 Respecting Drugs, Medical Devices and Foods for a Special Dietary Purpose in Relation to COVID-19 (IO No. 2) was made by the Minister of Health on March 1, 2021. IO No. 2 repeals and replaces the Interim Order Respecting Drugs, Medical Devices and Foods for a Special Dietary Purpose in Relation to COVID-19 (IO No. 1) made by the Minister on March 30, 2020, and approved by the Governor in Council (GIC) on April 8, 2020. It extends and modifies certain measures for drugs, medical devices and foods for special dietary purposes introduced in IO No. 1. These measures continue to be necessary to help prevent and alleviate the effects of shortages that are caused or exacerbated, directly or indirectly, by COVID-19.

March 1, 2021 March 1, 2021 March 1, 2022
Interim Order No. 2 Respecting the Importation and Sale of Medical Devices for Use in Relation to COVID-19 Health Canada

IO No. 2 repeals the Interim Order Respecting the Importation and Sale of Medical Devices for Use in Relation to COVID-19, which came into force on March 18, 2020.

This new interim order maintains many of the flexibilities of the previous interim order, including the consideration of urgent public health needs. These flexibilities are needed to assess evidence that demonstrates the safety and effectiveness of medical devices. IO No. 2 also continues to allow the importation and sale of COVID-19 medical devices that were authorized under the previous interim order.

Further, IO No. 2 introduces new requirements for medical devices authorized under this new interim order or the previous interim order

  • for importers and distributors of all medical devices to hold a medical device establishment licence (MDEL); and
  • for all manufacturers, importers and distributors to comply with bilingual labelling requirements.
March 1, 2021 March 1, 2021 March 1, 2022
Regulations Amending the Contraventions Regulations (Schedule XVI) Department of Justice Canada

The objective of this amending regulation is to pursue additional efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among Canadians by including meaningful and more persuasive fines in order to improve compliance with the Quarantine Act and the emergency orders made under that Act. The purpose is to ensure better deterrence of non-compliance and to send a clearer and stronger message on the severity associated to non-compliance.

Furthermore, the amendments are made in order to expand the list of offences, which could be prosecuted by means of a contraventions ticket by designating as a contravention the offence at section 34(2) of the Quarantine Act. This would ensure meaningful fines are also applicable to operators of commercial conveyances in cases of non-compliance with their obligations under the Quarantine Act, in order to ensure that non-compliance with the Quarantine Act does not become a cost of doing business.

February 14, 2021 February 15, 2021 N/A
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada

The purpose of this Order is to

  1. continue to prohibit entry into Canada of foreign nationals arriving from the U.S. for an optional or discretionary purpose, with some limited exceptions, and if they have reasonable grounds to suspect they have COVID-19, if they have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or if they know they have COVID-19;
  2. prohibit foreign nationals from entering Canada from the U.S. if they fail to meet the pre-arrival testing obligations.
February 14, 2021 February 14, 2021 March 21, 2021
Interim Order Respecting Drug Shortages (Safeguarding the Drug Supply) Health Canada The Interim Order Respecting Drug Shortages introduces new measures to help safeguard the Canadian drug supply by ensuring that bulk importation frameworks, such as the one recently established by the United States, do not cause or exacerbate a drug shortage in Canada. The Interim Order also enables the Minister to require a seller to provide information that could help Health Canada take steps to assess or alleviate an existing or potential drug shortage. November 27, 2020 November 27, 2020 November 27, 2021
Interim Order Respecting the Prevention and Alleviation of Shortages of Drugs in Relation to COVID-19 Health Canada The objective of the Interim Order is to address a significant risk to the health of Canadians as a result of drug shortages caused or exacerbated, directly or indirectly, by COVID-19. October 16, 2020 October 16, 2020 October 16, 2021
Interim Order No. 10 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit) Employment and Social Development Canada

This Interim Order provides authorities related to the transition from the Employment Insurance (EI) Emergency Response Benefit (ERB) to EI. It allows the Minister of Finance to credit the EI Operating Account for costs incurred from the EI ERB and it enables a modified operational approach to the assessment of availability to work for claimants who are in training. The Interim Order also allows claimants, who qualify for regular benefits with the 300-hour credit, to switch to special benefits. In addition, it sets at $909, the minimum weekly insurable earnings that claimants will be deemed to have earned, resulting in a minimum EI benefit rate of $500 per week.

The Interim Order extends the cessation of effect dates for EI ERB provisions in Interim Orders No. 1 to 7 and Interim Order No. 9. It also suspends the waiting period and the requirement for a medical certificate for EI sickness benefit claimants for one year. It also provides the Canada Employment Insurance Commission with the flexibility to waive the requirement for compassionate care or family caregiver benefit claimants to provide a medical certificate, if necessary.

Finally, this Interim Order provides for measures to facilitate access to EI fishing benefits. These measures include allowing fishers to establish a fishing claim based on the higher of their fishing earnings from their current qualifying period or the earnings used to establish their fishing claim for the same season from two previous years; lowering the insurable earnings threshold (to $2,500) for fishers to qualify for special benefits; and allowing fishers the ability to request to switch to fishing benefits even if they qualify for regular benefits as a result of the hours credit.

September 26, 2020 This Interim Order came into force on March 15, 2020. Sections 1 and 3 to 7 came into force on September 27, 2020. The provisions made under this Interim Order will cease to have effect on September 25, 2021, unless the provisions are repealed earlier.
Interim Order Respecting the Importation, Sale and Advertising of Drugs for Use in Relation to COVID-19 Health Canada The objective of the Interim Order is to expedite the authorization for the importation, sale, and advertising of drugs used in relation to COVID-19 while taking into consideration urgent public health needs. It also provides an option for establishment licences to be issued in relation to COVID-19 drugs in a more agile manner. September 16, 2020 September 16, 2020 September 16, 2021
Interim Order  No. 9 Amending the Employment Insurance Act Employment and Social Development Canada

This Interim Order increases the maximum number of weeks for which the Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit (EI ERB) may be paid to a claimant from 24 to 28. This interim order also provides authorities to allow access to employment insurance (EI) benefits for claimants establishing new regular and sickness claims starting on September 27, 2020.

Additional measures are also included to allow for the delivery and administration of the EI ERB, such as measures to allow for direct deposit of benefits and to facilitate access to benefits for incapacitated persons.

August 29, 2020 This Interim Order is deemed to have come into force at 00:00:07 a.m. on March 15, 2020. Section 4 comes into force on August 30, 2020. The provisions made under this Interim Order will cease to have effect on September 25, 2021, unless the provisions are repealed earlier.
Interim Order  No. 8 Amending the Employment Insurance Act Employment and Social Development Canada

This Interim Order contains measures that provide authorities to facilitate access to employment insurance (EI) benefits for claimants seeking to establish claims on or after September 27, 2020. These measures include a one-time hours credit of 480 hours for those establishing a claim for special benefits, and of 300 hours for those establishing a claim for EI regular benefits. An extension of the qualifying period by 28 weeks will be provided for those who have claimed the EI Emergency Response Benefit or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. All claimants establishing a claim on or after September 27, 2020, will have their waiting period waived. The waiver of the waiting period will apply until October 25, 2020.

This Interim Order also sets a minimum unemployment rate of 13.1% for all EI regions that would apply until September 11, 2021. An alternative benefit rate calculation mechanism will also be established, while all claimants will be deemed to have a minimum of $727 in weekly insurable earnings.

Additional measures included in this Interim Order suspend the allocation of certain monies that prevent the payment of EI benefits. Disentitlements and disqualifications associated with invalid reasons for separation will also be disregarded if they occurred at least 12 weeks prior to the Sunday of the week in which a claimant’s interruption of earnings occurs.

August 29, 2020

Section 2, subsection 4(1) and section 5 come into force, or are deemed to have come into force, on August 30, 2020.

Section 3 and subsection 4(2) come into force on September 6, 2020.

Section 1 comes into force on September 27, 2020.

This interim order will cease to apply on September 25, 2021, or the day on which the interim order is repealed, whichever is earlier. Certain sections may cease to apply on a different date as specified.
Interim Order  No. 7 Amending the Employment Insurance Act Employment and Social Development Canada The objective of this interim order is to facilitate access to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits for claimants seeking to transition early from the EI Emergency Response Benefit (ERB) or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to EI benefits. This interim order also establishes the parameters when the EI ERB, CERB or the Canada Emergency Student Benefit are combined and provides authorities to govern the administration of EI benefits when claimants shift between EI benefits and the EI ERB. August 7, 2020 March 15, 2020 (provisions referring to the Canada Emergency Student Benefit come into effect on May 1, 2020) The provisions made under this Interim Order will cease to have effect on September 25, 2021, unless the provisions are repealed earlier.
Interim Order No. 6 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit) Employment and Social Development Canada This Interim Order provides authorities for administrative and integrity functions related to the EI Emergency Response Benefit that are closely aligned with those of the related Canada Emergency Response Benefit Act. This Interim Order also provides authorities to enable EI Emergency Response Benefit claimants to benefit from substantive supports under Part II of the Employment Insurance Act, such as training and wage subsidies, and provides that the provisions under Part VII, which may require a claimant to repay a portion of EI benefits when their annual income exceeds a threshold, do not apply to the EI Emergency Response Benefit. July 22, 2020 March 15, 2020 The provisions made under this Interim Order will cease to have effect on September 25, 2021, unless the provisions are repealed earlier.
Interim Order  No. 5 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit) Employment and Social Development Canada The objective of this interim order is to increase the maximum number of weeks for which the Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit may be paid to a claimant from 16 to 24. The interim order also adds an explicit cessation of effect. The cessation of effect clause applies to this interim order as well as four preceding interim orders that were made using the temporary authority provided to the Minister of Employment and Social Development under section 153.3 of the Employment Insurance Act. June 26, 2020 March 15, 2020 The provisions made under this Interim Order will cease to have effect on September 25, 2021, unless the provisions are repealed earlier.
Interim Order Respecting Clinical Trials for Medical Devices and Drugs Relating to COVID-19 Health Canada The objective of the proposal is to mitigate and prevent infections caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and to protect the health and safety of Canadians in relation to COVID-19 by enabling a framework that introduces efficiencies in the conduct of and access to Canadian clinical trials for drugs and medical devices used in the diagnosis, treatment, mitigation, or prevention of COVID-19 or COVID-19 complications. May 23, 2020 May 23, 2020 May 23, 2021
Interim Order No. 4 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit) Employment and Social Development Canada The objective of this interim order is to expand eligibility for the Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit to self-employed fishers who recently exhausted EI fishing benefits and are unable to start working for reasons related to COVID-19. April 23, 2020 March 15, 2020 The provisions made under this Interim Order will cease to have effect on September 25, 2021, unless the provisions are repealed earlier.
Regulation Amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (Emergencies Act and Quarantine Act) Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada

These regulatory amendments establish that a foreign national authorized to enter Canada temporarily can be found inadmissible, issued a removal order and be banned from re-entering Canada for 1 year if they fail to adhere to an order made under the Quarantine Act or Emergencies Act.

They also create new responsibilities related to public health that employers using the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and International Mobility Program must adhere to under the existing employer compliance regime.

April 20, 2020 April 20, 2020 Indeterminate
Interim Order No. 3 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit) Employment and Social Development Canada The objective of this interim order is to expand eligibility for the Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit to EI claimants who recently exhausted regular benefits and are unable to find work for reasons related to COVID-19. April 15, 2020 March 15, 2020 The provisions made under this Interim Order will cease to have effect on September 25, 2021, unless the provisions are repealed earlier.
Interim Order No. 2 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit) Employment and Social Development Canada The objective of this interim order is to ensure that these groups of claimants must meet the same income restrictions. It also specifies that claimants can receive nominal income from employment or self-employment, while still being eligible to receive the benefit. April 15, 2020 March 15, 2020 The provisions made under this Interim Order will cease to have effect on September 25, 2021, unless the provisions are repealed earlier.
Regulations amending the Contraventions Regulations (Quarantine Act) Department of Justice Designate ten (10) offences under the Quarantine Act as contraventions. April 11, 2020 April 11, 2020 N/A
Regulations amending the Application of Provincial Laws Regulations Department of Justice Incorporate by reference the provincial ticketing schemes of Alberta and Saskatchewan, in order to allow for the implementation of the federal Contraventions Regime in those jurisdictions, should they want to sign an agreement under the Contraventions Act. April 11, 2020 April 11, 2020 N/A
Interim Order No. 1 Amending the Employment Insurance Act (Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit) Employment and Social Development Canada

The objective of this interim order is to manage the extraordinary volume of claims in these exceptional circumstances by temporarily simplifying the Employment Insurance program.

Notably, this interim order provides for a new Emergency Response Benefit that is closely aligned with income support payments under the Canada Emergency Response Benefit Act. For EI claims established between March 15, 2020 and October 3, 2020, the interim order describes that claims for EI regular benefits and EI sickness benefits are considered as applications for the Emergency Response Benefit. These changes will allow for many claims to be processed quickly by simplifying the eligibility criteria and facilitating automation.

This interim order is not making changes to EI maternity, parental, compassionate care, family caregiving or fishing benefits.

March 31, 2020 March 15, 2020 The provisions made under this Interim Order will cease to have effect on September 25, 2021, unless the provisions are repealed earlier.
Order directing Export Development Canada Global Affairs Canada This Order provides support for working capital and liquidity for micro enterprises in order to cover non-deferrable costs during the current economic crisis related to COVID-19. March 30, 2020 March 30, 2020 This Directive will remain in place for the duration of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.
Regulations Amending the Schedule to the Quarantine Act (COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease) Health Canada Obligate all travellers and conveyance operators to notify Canadian authorities of either suspected or confirmed presence or exposure to the illness in accordance with subsections 15(2) and paragraph 34 (2)(a) of the Quarantine Act through addition of COVID-19 coronavirus disease to the Schedule of reportable communicable diseases. The addition is intended to further protect the health of travellers as well as the health and safety of the general public from COVID-19 coronavirus disease. March 17, 2020 March 17, 2020 N/A
Measures no longer in effect
Order or Regulation Responsible Department or Agency Description Date order made Effective date Effective until
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada

The purpose of this Order is to

  1. continue to prohibit entry into Canada of foreign nationals arriving from the U.S. for an optional or discretionary purpose, with some limited exceptions, and if they have reasonable grounds to suspect they have COVID-19, if they have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or if they know they have COVID-19;
  2. prohibit foreign nationals from entering Canada from the U.S. if they fail to meet the pre-arrival testing obligations.
March 21, 2021 March 21, 2021 April 21, 2021
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligations) Public Health Agency of Canada

The purpose of this Order is to

  1. maintain the previous requirements that all persons who have reasonable grounds to suspect they have COVID-19, have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or know they have COVID-19 upon entry into Canada are required to quarantine or isolate for 14 days, including asymptomatic persons, with limited exceptions;
  2. require all travellers, with limited exceptions, entering from the U.S. by land to also provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 molecular test done in the U.S. not more than 72 hours prior to presenting at the port of entry, or present proof of a positive COVID-19 result of a test performed 14 to 90 days prior to the initial scheduled arrival time;
  3. require all travellers to undergo a COVID-19 molecular test at the time of entry and once again during the 14-day entry period while in quarantine;
  4. require all travellers to provide their contact information and a suitable quarantine plan electronically prior to seeking entry to Canada;
  5. require travellers entering by air to enter a government-authorized accommodation near the first port of entry while awaiting the first post-entry test, and require them to submit evidence that they have pre-booked and pre-paid for accommodation for a three-day period prior to boarding their flight to Canada, which will be verified on arrival;
  6. include more stringent requirements for a suitable quarantine plan to strengthen the mandatory 14-day quarantine, and further clarify that travellers in quarantine or isolation are required to answer questions and provide information to peace officers on request;
  7. add exceptions for persons providing essential services, persons seeking essential medical treatment outside of Canada, persons entering Canada to assist in a major disaster, and unaccompanied dependent children;
  8. expand on the obligations of quarantine-exempt travellers with respect to mask wearing and maintaining a list of contacts during their initial 14-day period in Canada.
March 21, 2021 March 21, 2021 April 21, 2021
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country Other than the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada

The purpose of this Order is to continue to prohibit entry into Canada of foreign nationals arriving from countries other than the United States, with some limited exceptions, and if they have reasonable grounds to suspect they have COVID-19, if they have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or if they know they have COVID-19.

February 14, 2021 February 14, 2021 April 21, 2021
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada

The purpose of this Order is to

  1. continue to prohibit entry into Canada of foreign nationals arriving from the U.S. for an optional or discretionary purpose, with some limited exceptions, and if they have reasonable grounds to suspect they have COVID-19, if they have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or if they know they have COVID-19;
  2. prohibit foreign nationals from entering Canada from the U.S. if they fail to meet the pre-arrival testing obligations.
February 14, 2021 February 14, 2021 March 21, 2021
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligations) Public Health Agency of Canada

The purpose of this Order is to

  1. maintain the previous requirements that all persons who have reasonable grounds to suspect they have COVID-19, have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or know they have COVID-19 upon entry into Canada are required to quarantine or isolate for 14 days, including asymptomatic persons, with limited exceptions;
  2. require all travellers, with limited exceptions, entering from the U.S. by land to also provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 molecular test done in the U.S. not more than 72 hours prior to presenting at the port of entry, or present proof of a positive COVID-19 result of a test performed 14 to 90 days prior to the initial scheduled arrival time;
  3. require all travellers to undergo a COVID-19 molecular test at the time of entry and once again during the 14-day entry period while in quarantine;
  4. require all travellers to provide their contact information and a suitable quarantine plan electronically prior to seeking entry to Canada;
  5. require travellers entering by air to enter a government-authorized accommodation near the first port of entry while awaiting the first post-entry test, and require them to submit evidence that they have pre-booked and pre-paid for accommodation for a three-day period prior to boarding their flight to Canada, which will be verified on arrival;
  6. include more stringent requirements for a suitable quarantine plan to strengthen the mandatory 14-day quarantine, and further clarify that travellers in quarantine or isolation are required to answer questions and provide information to peace officers on request;
  7. add exceptions for persons providing essential services, persons seeking essential medical treatment outside of Canada, persons entering Canada to assist in a major disaster, and unaccompanied dependent children;
  8. expand on the obligations of quarantine-exempt travellers with respect to mask wearing and maintaining a list of contacts during their initial 14-day period in Canada.
February 14, 2021

February 14, 2021(Order)
February 21, 2021(subparagraphs 1.3(a)(i), ss. 15 to 30)

April 21, 2021
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligations) Public Health Agency of Canada

The purpose of this Order is to

  1. maintain the previous requirements that all persons who have reasonable grounds to suspect they have COVID-19, have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or know they have COVID-19 upon entry into Canada are required to quarantine or isolate for 14 days, including asymptomatic persons, with limited exceptions;
  2. specify that persons exempt under the Aeronautics Act from the pre-flight testing are now required to test upon their return to Canada, with limited exemptions for certain classes of persons listed in the Order, or in extraordinary circumstances as determined by the Quarantine Officer at entry;
  3. provide the option to present proof of a positive COVID-19 result of a test performed 14 to 90 days prior to the initial scheduled departure time, instead of a negative COVID-19 test; and
  4. clarify that Canadian cross-border students studying in the U.S. are prohibited from providing direct care for persons over 65 years of age within the first 14 days after their entry into Canada, and that all passengers travelling in a vehicle at a land border crossing who were denied entry into the U.S. will be required to quarantine if any of the travelers exited the vehicle abroad.
January 20, 2021 January 20, 2021 February 21, 2021
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada The purpose of this Order is to continue to prohibit entry into Canada of foreign nationals arriving from the U.S. for an optional or discretionary purpose, with some limited exceptions, and if they have reasonable grounds to suspect they have COVID-19, if they have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or if they know they have COVID-19. January 20, 2021 January 20, 2021 February 21, 2021
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country Other than the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada The purpose of this Order is to continue to prohibit entry into Canada of foreign nationals arriving from countries other than the United States, with some limited exemptions, and if they have reasonable grounds to suspect they have COVID-19, if they have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or if they know they have COVID-19. January 20, 2021 January 20, 2021 February 21, 2021
Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 18 Transport Canada

This interim order outlines safety measures for COVID-19 in aerodromes in Canada including temperature screening, face masks and health checks.

January 6, 2021 January 7, 2021 Between January 14 and 21, 2021, dependent on country of travel. For more information, please consult Transport Canada’s website.
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligations) Public Health Agency of Canada This updated Order generally requires travellers (five years of age and older) from any country who intend to enter Canada by air to provide proof of a current negative COVID-19 molecular test taken within 72 hours before the aircraft's initial scheduled departure time, with limited exceptions. Travellers will continue to be required to isolate if they are symptomatic and quarantine if they are asymptomatic for 14 days beginning on the day they enter Canada (subject to extension), with limited exceptions. Travellers arriving by air who are required to provide proof of a current negative COVID-19 molecular test and who do not provide this evidence must quarantine for 14 days at a designated federal facility near the port of entry, or at an alternate site deemed appropriate by a quarantine officer. January 6, 2021 January 6, 2021 January 21, 2021
Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 17 Transport Canada This interim order outlines safety measures for COVID-19 in aerodromes in Canada including temperature screening, face masks and health checks. December 30, 2020 December 30, 2020 January 6, 2021
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This Order continues to prohibit entry into Canada of foreign nationals arriving from the U.S. for an optional or discretionary purpose, with some limited exceptions, and if they have reasonable grounds to suspect they have COVID-19, if they have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or if they know they have COVID-19 December 18, 2020 December 18, 2020 January 21, 2021
Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 16 Transport Canada This interim order outlines safety measures for COVID-19 in aerodromes in Canada including temperature screening, face masks and health checks. December 17, 2020 December 17, 2020 December 30, 2020
Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 15 Transport Canada This interim order outlines safety measures for COVID-19 in aerodromes in Canada including temperature screening, face masks and health checks. December 4, 2020 December 4, 2020 December 17, 2020
Order under Section 32.01 of the Railway Safety Act due to COVID-19, No. 9 Transport Canada

This Ministerial Order requires intercity passenger rail carriers outlined in this order to implement mandatory health checks for COVID-19 and to refuse boarding of symptomatic passengers.

November 30, 2020 December 1, 2020 January 31, 2021
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This Order continues to prohibit entry into Canada of foreign nationals arriving from the U.S. for an optional or discretionary purpose, with some limited exceptions, and if they have reasonable grounds to suspect they have COVID-19, if they have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or if they know they have COVID-19 and clarifies the definition of extended family member in an exclusive dating relationship to specify that both persons in the relationship must be 18 years of age or older. It exempts foreign national athletes and support personnel participating in or engaging in certain high-performance international single sport events from the prohibition on entry. And it clarifies that any foreign national enrolled in a learning program at a listed institution need to hold or may hold a valid study permit. November 29, 2020 November 29, 2020 December 21, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country Other than the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This order continues to prohibit entry into Canada of foreign nationals arriving from countries other than the United States, with some limited exemptions, and if they have reasonable grounds to suspect they have COVID-19, if they have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or if they know they have COVID-19. It clarifies that dating partners must be over the age of 18 to qualify for the extended family exception and allows entry of foreign national athletes and support personnel participating or engaging in certain high-performance international single sport events. November 29, 2020 November 29, 2020 January 21, 2021
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 8 Public Health Agency of Canada This Order maintains the previous requirements that all persons who have reasonable grounds to suspect they have COVID-19, have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or know they have COVID-19 upon entry into Canada are required to quarantine or isolate for 14 days, including asymptomatic persons, with limited exceptions and exempts athletes and support personnel participating in or engaging in certain high-performance international single sport events from the requirement to quarantine under specified conditions. It also removes clauses that are expired, and update clause references accordingly. November 29, 2020 November 29, 2020 January 21, 2021
Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 14 Transport Canada This interim order outlines safety measures for COVID-19 in aerodromes in Canada including temperature screening, face masks and health checks. November 23, 2020 November 23, 2020 December 4, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This Order continues to prohibit entry into Canada of foreign nationals arriving from the U.S. for an optional or discretionary purpose, with some limited exceptions; and if they have reasonable grounds to suspect they have COVID-19, if they have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or if they know they have COVID-19. November 18, 2020 November 21, 2020 December 21, 2020
Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 13 Transport Canada This interim order outlines safety measures for COVID-19 in aerodromes in Canada including temperature screening, face masks and health checks. November 10, 2020 November 10, 2020 November 23, 2020
Order under Section 32.01 of the Railway Safety Act due to COVID-19, No. 8 Transport Canada This Ministerial Order requires intercity passenger rail carriers outlined in this order to implement mandatory health checks for COVID-19 and to refuse boarding of symptomatic passengers. October 31, 2020 October 31, 2020 November 30, 2020
Interim Order No. 4 Respecting Passenger Vessel Restrictions Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Transport Canada

The interim order was issued to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 and applies to passenger vessels and ferry vessels. Cruise ships with overnight accommodations allowed to carry more than 100 persons will be prohibited from operating in Canadian waters until October 31, 2020.

All passenger vessels are prohibited to enter arctic waters from any other waters, with some exceptions. Passenger vessels that provide essential services and ferry vessels must either: (a) at all times, carry not more than 50 percent of the maximum number of passengers that it is certified to carry; or (b) implement measures to reduce transmission risks of COVID-19.

October 30, 2020 October 30, 2020 February 28, 2021
Interim Order No. 2 Restricting Pleasure Craft Navigation Due to COVID-19 Transport Canada

This Interim Order temporarily restricts the operation of pleasure craft in certain arctic waters to promote the safe navigation of vessels by ensuring that limited marine assets and personnel are available for critical marine resupply operations in the Arctic during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also protects the public interest by protecting health care infrastructure in the Arctic.

October 30, 2020 October 30, 2020 February 28, 2021
Order Amending the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 7 Public Health Agency of Canada This Order supports Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country. The order maintains the previous Order requirements that all persons who enter Canada, whether by air, land, rail and sea, are required to quarantine or isolate for 14 days from the day upon which they entered Canada, with some exceptions. October 30, 2020 October 30, 2020 (Order) November 20, 2020 (ss. 15-24) November 30, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country other than the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This Order furthers Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country. While new exemptions to the prohibition on entry for travellers have been included, the Order generally continues to prohibit entry into Canada of foreign nationals arriving from countries other than the United States unless they meet a specified list of exemptions. October 30, 2020 October 30, 2020 (Order) November 20, 2020 (s. 3.2) November 30, 2020 (Order) November 20, 2020 (s. 3.1)
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This Order extends the effective date of the previous Order restricting entry into Canada from the United States. This Order supports Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country. October 30, 2020 October 30, 2020 (Order)
November 20, 2020 (s. 5.3)
November 21, 2020 (Order)
November 20, 2020 (s. 5.2)
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This Order extends the effective date of the previous Order restricting entry into Canada from the United States. This Order supports Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country. October 20, 2020 October 20, 2020 Replaced by the Emergency Order of the same name on October 30, 2020
Order Amending the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 6 Public Health Agency of Canada This Order supports Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country. The order maintains the previous Order requirements that all persons who enter Canada, whether by air, land, rail and sea, are required to quarantine or isolate for 14 days from the day upon which they entered Canada, with some exceptions. October 7, 2020 October 7, 2020 Replaced by the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 7 on October 30, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country other than the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This Order furthers Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country. While new exemptions to the prohibition on entry for travellers have been included, the Order generally continues to prohibit entry into Canada of foreign nationals arriving from countries other than the United States unless they meet a specified list of exemptions. October 7, 2020 October 7, 2020 (Order) October 20, 2020 (par. 3(1)(n) and subs. 3(1.1)) Replaced by the Emergency Order of the same name on October 30, 2020 October 20, 2020 (par. 3(1)(m.1)
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This Order extends the effective date of the previous Order restricting entry into Canada from the United States. This Order supports Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country. October 7, 2020 October 7, 2020 October 20,2020 (s. 5.1) Replaced by the Emergency Order of the same name on October 20, 2020
Order respecting Time Limits and Other Periods Established by the Garnishment, Attachment, and Pension Diversion Act (COVID-19) Department of Justice Canada
Department of National Defence
Department of Finance
Department Public Works and government Services
The 30-day time limit established by subsection 39(2) of the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act is extended by 30 days or to December 31, 2020, if that day occurs before the day on which the 30-day extension ends, and the further period of 90 days established by that subsection is extended by 180 days or to December 31, 2020, if that day occurs before the day on which the 180-day extension ends. September 30, 2020 September 30, 2020 December 31, 2020
Order Respecting Time Limits Under the Special Import Measures Act (COVID-19) Finance Canada

Pursuant to subsections 7(1) and 7(5) of the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19), the Minister of Finance made an order extending certain legislated time limits for certain Special Import Measures Act proceedings, while balancing the objectives of Special Import Measures Act in providing protection against unfairly traded imports in a timely manner.

September 30, 2020 March 13, 2020 December 31, 2020
Order Respecting Time Limits Established by or Under the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Act (COVID-19) Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Pursuant to subsections 7(1) and 7(5) of the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19), the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness made an order extending certain time limits in relation to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Act to enable pension plan members to avail themselves of certain opportunities that may otherwise expire during the period of the pandemic.

September 29, 2020 March 13, 2020 December 31, 2020
Order Respecting Time Limits Established by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Pension Continuation Regulations (COVID-19) Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Pursuant to subsections 7(1) and 7(5) of the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19), the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness made an order extending certain time limits in relation to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Pension Continuation Regulations to enable pension plan members to avail themselves of certain opportunities that may otherwise expire during the period of the pandemic.

September 29, 2020 March 13, 2020 December 31, 2020
Order Amending the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 5 Public Health Agency of Canada This Order supports Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country. The order extends the effective date of the previous order where all persons who enter Canada, whether by air, land, rail and sea, are required to quarantine or isolate for 14 days from the day upon which they entered Canada with some exceptions. September 28, 2020 September 28, 2020 Replaced by the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 6 on October 7, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country other than the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This Order extends the effective date of the previous Order restricting entry into Canada from any country other than the United States (U.S.). This Order supports Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country. September 28, 2020 September 28, 2020 Replaced by the Emergency Order of the same name on October 7, 2020
Order Respecting Time Limits Established by or Under the Public Service Superannuation Act (COVID-19) Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Pursuant to subsections 7(1) and 7(5) of the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19), the President of the Treasury Board made an order extending certain time limits in relation to the Public Service Superannuation Act to enable pension plan members to avail themselves of certain opportunities that may otherwise expire during the period of the pandemic.

September 23, 2020 March 13, 2020 December 31, 2020
Order Respecting Time Limits Established by or Under the Members of Parliament Retiring Allowances Act (COVID-19) Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Pursuant to subsections 7(1) and 7(5) of the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19), the President of the Treasury Board made an order extending certain time limits in relation to the Members of Parliament Retiring Allowances Act to enable pension plan members to avail themselves of certain opportunities that may otherwise expire during the period of the pandemic.

September 23, 2020 March 13, 2020 December 31, 2020
Order Respecting Time Limits Established by or Under the Lieutenant Governors Superannuation Act (COVID-19) Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Pursuant to subsections 7(1) and 7(5) of the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19), the President of the Treasury Board made an order extending certain time limits in relation to the Lieutenant Governors Superannuation Act to enable pension plan members to avail themselves of certain opportunities that may otherwise expire during the period of the pandemic.

September 23, 2020 March 13, 2020 December 31, 2020
Order Respecting Time Limits Established by the Diplomatic Service (Special) Superannuation Act (COVID-19) Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Pursuant to subsections 7(1) and 7(5) of the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19), the President of the Treasury Board made an order extending certain time limits in relation to the Diplomatic Service (Special) Superannuation Act to enable pension plan members to avail themselves of certain opportunities that may otherwise expire during the period of the pandemic.

September 23, 2020 March 13, 2020 December 31, 2020
Order Extending a Time Limit Established by the Pension Benefits Division Act (COVID-19) Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Pursuant to subsection 7(1) of the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19), the President of the Treasury Board made an order extending certain time limits in relation to the Pension Benefits Division Act to enable members of public sector pension plans to avail themselves of certain opportunities that may otherwise expire during the period of the pandemic.

September 23, 2020 September 23, 2020 December 31, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This Order extends the effective date of the previous Order restricting entry into Canada from the United States. This Order supports Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country. September 20, 2020 September 20, 2020 Replaced by the Emergency Order of the same name on October 7, 2020
Order Amending the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 4 Public Health Agency of Canada This Order supports Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country. The order extends the effective date of the previous order in which all persons who enter Canada, whether by air, land, rail and sea, are required to quarantine or isolate for 14 days from the day upon which they entered Canada, with some exceptions. August 30, 2020 August 30, 2020 Replaced by the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 5 on September 28 30, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country other than the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This Order extends the effective date of the previous Order restricting entry into Canada from any country other than the United States (U.S.). This Order supports Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country. August 30, 2020 August 30, 2020 Replaced by the Emergency Order of the same name on September 28, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This Order extends the effective date of the previous Order restricting entry into Canada from the United States. This Order supports Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country. August 20, 2020 August 20, 2020 Replaced by the Emergency Order of the same name on September 20, 2020
Order respecting certain time limits under the Food and Drug Regulations (COVID-19) Health Canada The Order Respecting Certain Time Limits under the Food and Drug Regulations (COVID-19), made by the Minister of Health on August 13, 2020, extends the default period for review of applications and amendments made under Division 5 of the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) from 30 days to 45 days. August 13, 2020 August 13, 2020 November 16, 2020
Order respecting time limits and other periods established by or under certain acts and regulations for which the Minister of Industry is responsible (COVID-19) Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada The Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry issued a Ministerial Order under the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19) dated July 31, 2020 extending certain time limits in relation to the National Security Review of Investments Regulations. July 31, 2020 July 31, 2020 December 31, 2020
Order respecting time limits and other periods established by or under certain acts and regulations for which the Minister of Industry is responsible (COVID-19) Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada The Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry issued a Ministerial Order under the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19) dated July 31, 2020 extending certain time limits in relation to the Canada Business Corporations Act, the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, and the Canada Cooperatives Act. July 31, 2020 March 13, 2020 December 31, 2020
Order respecting time limits and other periods established by or under certain acts and regulations for which the Minister of Industry is responsible (COVID-19) Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada The Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry issued a Ministerial Order under the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19) dated July 31, 2020 extending certain time limits in relation to the Boards of Trade Act. July 31, 2020 April 1, 2020 December 31, 2020
Order Lifting Suspensions of Time Limits in Relation to Proceedings Commenced Under Certain Acts for Which the Minister of Industry is Responsible Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada This Order made under subsection 6(4) of the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19) lifts the suspension on certain court timelines governing proceedings under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations to provide greater certainty for the operations of these regimes and to avoid unintended adverse consequences for stakeholders. July 30, 2020 July 30, 2020 September 13, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country other than the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This Order extends the effective date of the previous Order restricting entry into Canada from any country other than the United States (U.S.). This Order supports Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country. July 30, 2020 July 30, 2020 Replaced by the Emergency Order of the same name on August 30, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This Order extends the effective date of the previous Order restricting entry into Canada from the United States. This Order supports Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country. July 20, 2020 July 20, 2020 Replaced by the Emergency Order of the same name on August 20, 2020
Order under Section 32.01 of the Railway Safety Act due to COVID-19, No. 8 Transport Canada This Ministerial Order requires intercity passenger rail carriers outlined in this order to implement mandatory health checks for COVID-19 and to refuse boarding of symptomatic passengers. July 1, 2020 July 1, 2020 July 31, 2020
Interim Order No. 3 Respecting Passenger Vessel Restrictions Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Transport Canada The interim order was issued to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 and applies to passenger vessels and ferry vessels. Cruise ships with overnight accommodations allowed to carry more than 100 persons will be prohibited from operating in Canadian waters until October 31, 2020. All passenger vessels are prohibited to enter arctic waters from any other waters, with some exceptions. Passenger vessels that provide essential services and ferry vessels must either: (a) at all times, carry not more than 50 percent of the maximum number of passengers that it is certified to carry; or (b) implement measures to reduce transmission risks of COVID-19. June 30, 2020 July 1, 2020 October 31, 202
Order Amending the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 3 Public Health Agency of Canada This Order supports Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country. The Order requires all persons who enter Canada, whether by air, land, rail and sea, to quarantine or isolate for 14 days from the day upon which they entered Canada, with some exceptions.  June 29, 2020 June 29, 2020 Replaced by the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 4 on August 30, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country other than the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This Order extends the effective date of the previous Order restricting entry into Canada from any country other than the United States (U.S.). This Order supports Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country. June 29, 2020 June 29, 2020 Replaced by the Emergency Order of the same name on July 30, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada

This Order extends the effective date of the previous Order restricting entry into Canada from the United States.

This Order supports Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country.

June 19, 2020 June 19, 2020 Replaced by the Emergency Order of the same name on July 20, 2020
Order Amending the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 2 Public Health Agency of Canada This Order supports Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by explicitly permitting the addition of public health conditions for persons entering the country under a national interest exemption. June 19, 2020 June 19, 2020 Same as the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 2 (June 29, 2020)
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This Order continues to prohibit entry into Canada by foreign nationals arriving from the United States (U.S.) — with some limited exceptions — for optional or discretionary purposes, including tourism, recreation, and entertainment. June 8, 2020 June 8, 2020 Replaced by the Emergency Order of the same name on June 19, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country other than the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This Order continues to prohibit entry into Canada of foreign nationals arriving from countries other than the United States (U.S.), with some limited exceptions. June 8, 2020 June 8, 2020 Replaced by the Emergency Order of the same name on June 29, 2020
Order under Section 32.01 of the Railway Safety Act due to COVID-19, No. 3 Transport Canada This Ministerial Order requires intercity passenger rail carriers outlined in this order to implement mandatory health checks for COVID-19 and to refuse boarding of symptomatic passengers. June 1, 2020 June 1, 2020 June 30, 2020
Interim Order Restricting Pleasure Craft Navigation Due to COVID-19 Transport Canada This Interim Order temporarily restricts the operation of pleasure craft in certain arctic waters to promote the safe navigation of vessels by ensuring that limited marine assets and personnel are available for critical marine resupply operations in the Arctic during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also protects the public interest by protecting health care infrastructure in the Arctic. May 30, 2020 June 1, 2020 October 31, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This Order supports Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country. The Order continues to prohibit entry into Canada by foreign nationals arriving from the United States (U.S.), with some limited exceptions, for optional or discretionary purposes, including tourism, recreation, and entertainment. May 21, 2020 May 22, 2020 Replaced by the Emergency Order of the same name on June 8, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This order was made to broaden the scope of persons who are not prohibited from entering Canada while supporting Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19. April 20, 2020 April 22, 2020 May 21, 2020
Interim Order No. 2 Respecting Passenger Vessel Restrictions Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Transport Canada The interim order was issued to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 on-board passenger vessels certified to carry more than 12 passengers, prohibiting operations that are discretionary in nature, such as activities related to tourism and recreation, from operating in Canadian waters. April 20, 2020 April 20, 2020 October 31, 2020, for passenger vessels in arctic waters; and June 30, 2020, for passenger vessels in any other Canadian waters
Income Support Payment (Excluded Nominal Income) Regulations Employment and Social Development Canada

The objective of this regulation is to allow workers who cease work due to COVID-19 to continue to receive nominal amounts of income, up to $1000 over a four-week period, without affecting their eligibility for income support payments under the Act.

April 15, 2020 April 16, 2020 December 2, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation) Public Health Agency of Canada This order was made to support Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country by addressing newly emerging public health science on COVID-19 that indicates that even asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic individuals can spread the disease. April 14, 2020 April 15, 2020 Replaced by the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 3 on June 29, 2020
First Nations Election Cancellation and Postponement Regulations (Prevention of Diseases) Indigenous Services Canada These regulations were put in place to provide First Nations councils whose mandates are to expire in the coming months with the possibility to extend their mandate for a limited period of time in order to avoid the spreading of disease. April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 7, 2021
Interim Order Respecting Passenger Vessel Restrictions Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Transport Canada This interim order outlines restrictions for ferries and commercial passenger vessels. April 4, 2020 April 6, 2020 October 31, 2020, in the case of vessels in arctic waters, and June 30, 2020, in the case of vessels in any other Canadian waters.
Income Support Payment Amount Regulations Employment and Social Development Canada

This regulation is being put in place by the Minister of Employment and Social Development, with the consent of the Minister of Finance, fixing the income support payment amount as $500 per week.

This regulation will allow the income support payment to be made to individuals who cease working due to reasons related to COVID-19 and meet other eligibility requirements.

March 31, 2020 April 1, 2020 December 2, 2020
Interim Order Respecting Drugs, Medical Devices and Foods for a Special Dietary Purpose in Relation to COVID-19 Health Canada

The objective is to protect the health and safety of Canadians through exceptional importation of drugs, medical devices, and foods for special dietary purposes that are in shortage as a direct or indirect result of the COVID-19 pandemic and by providing improved access to biocide drugs.

March 30, 2020 March 30, 2020 March 30, 2021
Order pursuant to Section 32.1 of the Railway Safety Act Due to COVID-19 Transport Canada This Ministerial Order requires intercity passenger rail carriers outlined in this order to implement mandatory health checks for COVID-19 and to refuse boarding of symptomatic passengers. March 27, 2020 March 30, 2020 (at noon Eastern Daylight Time) April 30, 2020
Interim Order to Prevent Certain Persons from Boarding Flights in Canada due to COVID-19 Transport Canada This order establishes the requirement for mandatory health checks and refusal of boarding for all domestic and outbound travel in Canada. March 27, 2020 March 30, 2020 (at noon Eastern Daylight Time) April 9, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any country other than the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This order was made to broaden the list of foreign nationals who are permitted entry to Canada by any mode of travel by supporting Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19. March 26, 2020 March 26, 2020 Replaced by the Emergency Order of the same name on June 8, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This order was made to broaden the list of foreign nationals who are permitted entry to Canada by any mode of travel by supporting Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19. March 26, 2020 March 26, 2020 April 21, 2020
Interim Order to Prevent Certain Persons from Boarding Flights to Canada due to COVID-19, No. 3 Transport Canada This order was made to deal with a significant risk, direct or indirect, to aviation safety or the safety of the public. March 24, 2020 March 24, 2020 at noon Eastern Daylight Time, with the exception of sections 6 to 8 which come into force on March 27, 2020, at noon Eastern Daylight Time. April 6, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation) Public Health Agency of Canada This order was made to manage all persons who enter Canada whether by air, land rail and sea, to minimize the travel related risk of introduction and spread of COVID-19 coronavirus disease by requiring all persons who enter Canada to isolate for 14 days from the day upon which they entered Canada. March 24, 2020 March 25, 2020 June 30, 2020
Not applicable to any person who enters Canada on or after April 15, 2020 (Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 2)
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any country other than the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This order was made to enhance recent border measures to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 coronavirus disease from being transmitted by travellers entering Canada from foreign countries. March 22, 2020 March 22, 2020 Replaced by Emergency Order of the same name on March 26, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States) Public Health Agency of Canada This order was made to protect the health of the public from the introduction or spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease transmitted via travellers from foreign countries by prohibiting entry into Canada by foreign nationals for optional or discretionary purposes. March 20, 2020 March 21, 2020 Replaced by Emergency Order of the same name on March 25, 2020
Interim Order to Prevent Certain Persons from Boarding Flights to Canada due to COVID-19, No. 2 Transport Canada This order was made to deal with a significant risk, direct or indirect, to aviation safety or the safety of the public. March 20, 2020 March 21, 2020
(at noon, with the exception of section 6 which comes into force on March 27, 2020)
Replaced by Interim Order No.3 of the same name
Interim Order Respecting the Importation and Sale of Medical Devices for Use in Relation to COVID-19 Health Canada

This order was made to allow expedited access to COVID-19-related medical devices for use by healthcare providers, including diagnostic test kits.

March 18, 2020 March 18, 2020 March 18, 2021
Regulations Maintaining the Safety of Persons in Ports and the Seaway Transport Canada These Regulations temporarily restrict the number of persons arriving by cruise ship at ports managed by port authorities, at public ports, at public port facilities and in the Seaway to reduce the risk of persons in those areas contracting infectious diseases, including severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, also known as SARS-CoV-2. March 18, 2020 March 18, 2020 June 30, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada) Public Health Agency of Canada This order was made to protect the health and safety of the public from the COVID-19 coronavirus disease outbreak by banning entry of certain foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air from all countries with the exception of persons travelling from the United States. March 18, 2020 March 18, 2020
(at noon Eastern Daylight Time)
Replaced by Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any country other than the United States) on March 22, 2020
Interim Order to Prevent Certain Persons from Boarding Flights to Canada due to COVID-19 Transport Canada This order was made to deal with a significant risk, direct or indirect, to aviation safety or the safety of the public. March 17, 2020 March 18, 2020
(at noon Eastern Daylight Time, except Sections 6 to 10 which come into force on March 19, 2020)
Replaced by interim Order No. 2 of the same name
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease in Canada Order (Persons Not on Government Flight) Public Health Agency of Canada The objective of this Order is to protect the health of travellers who have or may have been exposed to the COVID-19 coronavirus disease outbreak, as well as the health and safety of the general public through heightened oversight of all individuals arriving in Canada from an outbreak area (i.e. high contagion risk), but who have either declined the Government of Canada’s express action to bring Canadians home or are foreign nationals not eligible for the repatriation effort. February 19, 2020 February 19, 2020 April 30, 2020
Not applicable to any person who enters Canada on or after April 15, 2020 (Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 2)
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease in Canada Order Public Health Agency of Canada This order was made to protect the health of exposed travellers as well as the health and safety of the general public from the COVID-19 coronavirus disease outbreak through heightened oversight of all individuals arriving to Canada from areas with a high contagion risk, as part of the Government of Canada’s action to bring Canadians home. February 17, 2020 February 17, 2020 Replaced by the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 2on April 15, 2020
Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to 2019-nCoV Acute Respiratory Disease in Canada Order Public Health Agency of Canada This order was made to protect the health of exposed travellers as well as the health and safety of the general public from the 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease outbreak through heightened oversight of all individuals arriving to Canada from Hubei Province, China as part of the Government of Canada’s action to bring Canadians home. February 3, 2020 February 3, 2020 March 31, 2020
Draft Legislative Proposals

 

The following federal legislation has been enacted to date to protect the health and well-being of Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic:

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