|Name:||COVID-19 Emergency Response Act (S.C. 2020, c. 5).|
|Subject(s):||Public Health Policy And Regulations|
|Type of legislation:||Law, Act|
|Entry into force:|
|Bibliography:||Legislation on-line Department of Justice, Canada PDF in French and English (consulted on 2020-12-02)
|Abstract/Citation:||Part 1 implements, as part of the response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), certain income tax measures.
Part 2 enacts the Canada Emergency Response Benefit Act to authorize the making of income support payments to workers who suffer a loss of income for reasons related to the coronavirus disease 2019.
Part 3 enacts the Public Health Events of National Concern Payments Act.
Part 4 amends the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation Act to allow the Minister of Finance to increase the deposit insurance coverage limit until September 30, 2020.
Part 5 amends the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Act.
Part 6 amends the Export Development Act.
Part 7 amends the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act to authorize additional payments to the provinces and territories for the fiscal year beginning on April 1, 2019.
Part 8 amends, inter alia, Part IV of the Financial Administration Act.
Part 9 amends the Food and Drugs Act to, among other things, authorize the Governor in Council to make regulations:
(a) requiring persons to provide information to the Minister of Health; and
(b) preventing shortages of therapeutic products in Canada or alleviating those shortages or their effects, in order to protect human health.
Part 10 amends the Canada Labour Code to, among other things, create a regime which provides for a leave related to COVID-19 of up to 16 weeks. It also amends that Act to provide for the repeal of that regime and to provide for a quarantine leave under the medical leave regime.
Part 11 amends the National Housing Act to increase, for a period of five years, the maximum total for the outstanding insured amounts of all insured loans.
Part 12 amends the Patent Act.
Part 13 amends the Canada Student Loans Act.
Part 14 amends the Farm Credit Canada Act.
Part 15 amends the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act.
Part 16 amends the Business Development Bank of Canada Act .
Part 17 amends the Apprentice Loans Act to provide that, during the period that begins on March 30, 2020 and ends on September 30, 2020, no interest is payable by a borrower on an apprentice loan and no amount on account of principal or interest is required to be paid by a borrower.
Division 1 of Part 18 amends the Employment Insurance Act to give the Minister of Employment and Social Development the power to make interim orders for the purpose of mitigating the economic effects of COVID-19.
Division 2 of Part 18 provides that every reference in any provision of the Employment Insurance Act and of regulations made under it to a certificate issued by a medical doctor or other medical professional or medical practitioner or by a nurse practitioner is deemed to be of no effect and that any benefit that would have been payable to a claimant had such a certificate been issued is payable to the claimant if the Canada Employment Insurance Commission is satisfied that the claimant is entitled to the benefit.