COVID 19 Emergency Legislation

The purpose of this guide is to provide links to Alberta and Federal emergency legislation, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This guide will be updated on a regular basis to reflect new and amended legislation.

(last updated December 3, 2020)

Alberta

As per OC 80/2020 and OC 354/2020 the Lieutenant Governor in Council declared a state of public health emergency in Alberta due to pandemic COVID-19 and the significant likelihood of pandemic influenza. 

Under the authority of the Public Health Act, the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) has issued Public Health Orders (and Exemptions) that Albertans are legally required to follow.

Ministerial Orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic – Under the Public Health Act, a Minister is authorized to make an order without consultation, suspend or modify the application or operation of all or part of an enactment for which that Minister is responsible subject to the terms and conditions that Minister may prescribe if the Minister is satisfied that its application or operation may directly or indirectly unreasonably hinder or delay action required in order to protect the public health.

Orders in Council – Select appropriate “Year” and “Month”, under description enter “COVID”

Legislative Assembly of Alberta

Bill 9 – Emergency Management Amendment Act, 2020
Status: Royal Assent – SA 2020, c. 2
Coming into Force: March 20, 2020

Bill 10 – Public Health (Emergency Powers) Amendment Act, 2020
Status: Royal Assent – SA 2020, c. 5
Coming into Force: April 2, 2020

Bill 11 – Tenancies Statutes (Emergency Provisions) Amendment Act, 2020
Status: Royal Assent – SA 2020, c. 6
Coming into Force: Various Dates

Bill 12 – Liabilities Management Statutes Amendment Act, 2020
Status: Royal Assent – SA 2020, c. 4
Coming into Force: On Proclamation

Bill 13 – Emergency Management Amendment Act, 2020 (No. 2)
Status: Royal Assent – SA 2020, c. 7
Coming into Force: May 12, 2020, with exceptions

Bill 14 – Utility Payment Deferral Program Act
Status: Royal Assent – SA 2020, c. U-4
Coming into Force: May 12, 2020, with certain provisions having effect as of March 18, 2020

Bill 24 – COVID-19 Pandemic Response Statutes Amendment Act, 2020
Status: Royal Assent – SA 2020, c. 13
Coming into Force: June 26, 2020, certain sections took effect on earlier dates

Bill 32 – Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, 2020
Status: Royal Assent – SA 2020, c. 28
Coming into Force: Various Dates

Alberta Government: COVID-19 info for Albertans

Federal

The Government of Canada 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.

The Government of Canada has created a table and links to the orders and regulations in response to the pandemic. This information can be found under the Government of Canada’s response to COVID-19, then clicking “Orders and Regulations”

Further emergency legislation that addresses the COVID-19 outbreak are as follows:

Federal Legislation

43rd Parliament, 1st Session

Bill C-12 – An Act to amend the Financial Administration Act (special warrant)
Status: Royal Assent – SC 2020, c. 4
Coming into Force: March 13, 2020 (except for subsections 1(2) and (4) come into force on June 24, 2020.)

Bill C-13 – An Act respecting certain measures in response to COVID-19
Status: Royal Assent – SC 2020, c. 5
Coming into Force: Various dates

Bill C-14 – A second Act respecting certain measures in response to COVID-19
Status: Royal Assent – SC 2020, c. 6
Coming into Force: April 11, 2020 (except for sections 8 and 11 come into force on October 1, 2020)

Bill C-15 – An Act respecting Canada emergency student benefits (coronavirus disease 2019)
Status: Royal Assent – SC 2020, c. 7
Coming into Force: May 1, 2020

Bill C-16 – An Act to amend the Canadian Dairy Commission Act
Status: Royal Assent – SC 2020, c. 8
Coming into Force: May 15, 2020

Bill C-17 – An Act respecting additional COVID-19 measures
Status: First Reading
Coming into Force: TBD

Bill C-20 – An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures
Status: Royal Assent – SC 2020, c. 11
Coming into Force: July 27, 2020

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session

Bill C-2 – An Act relating to economic recovery in response to COVID-19
Status: First Reading
Coming into Force: TBD

Bill C-4 – An Act relating to certain measures in response to COVID-19
Status: Royal Assent – SC 2020, c. 12
Coming into Force: Various dates

Bill C-9 – An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy)
Status: Royal Assent – SC 2020, c. 13
Coming into Force: Various dates

 

Charter Statements related to federal legislation enacted to date in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Federal Government: Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

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