On July 13, 2020, Prime Minister Trudeau announced an extension to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Program. On July 21, 2020, the Government passed the extension legislation as well as changes to the criteria for qualifying businesses. This update addresses these changes related to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and its effects on businesses and their workforces.
For commercial landlords and tenants, COVID-19 presents unprecedented challenges. To assist, Kamil Umar, Partner of Bishop & McKenzie LLP's Commercial Leasing group, has authored a COVID-19 Commercial Leasing FAQs sheet to answer your pressing legal questions.
As the situation with COVID-19 continues to unfold in Alberta and around the world, businesses are coming to grips with the reality that this situation will likely continue for longer than originally anticipated, and with much more broadly reaching effects. We are continuing to do our best to stay abreast of the latest developments so that we can assist our clients to navigate these increasingly difficult times.
We know that your business is dealing with a lot of uncertainty and anxiety right now considering COVID-19, and its effects on your operations and employees. We are hearing from many clients who are anxiously trying to balance the safety and security of their employees with the needs of their business now and into the future.
We understand the challenges in the spread of COVID-19 and the global pandemic declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO). At Bishop & McKenzie LLP, we have been planning and implementing various precautionary measures and adjusting our operations to make efforts to ensure the health and safety of our employees, clients and families, and of the greater communities in which we operate. We will continue to monitor the situation as it changes.