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Original name: COVID-19 Response Measures Act
Name: Canada Recovery Benefits Act (S.C. 2020, c. 12).
Country: Canada
Subject(s): Public Health Policy And Regulations
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 2020-10-02
Entry into force:
ISN: CAN-2020-L-110710
Bibliography: Legislation on-line Legislation on-line Department of Justice, Canada PDF of Act Current to May 19, 2021 PDF of Act Current to May 19, 2021 (consulted on 2020-12-02)
Abstract/Citation: Part 1 enacts the Canada Recovery Benefits Act to authorize the payment of the Canada recovery benefit, the Canada recovery sickness benefit and the Canada recovery caregiving benefit to support Canada’s economic recovery in response to COVID-19. It also makes consequential amendments to the Income Tax Act and the Income Tax Regulations.

Part 2 amends the Canada Labour Code to, among other things:
(a) amend the reasons for which an employee is entitled to take leave related to COVID-19, and the number of weeks of that leave that an employee may take for each of those reasons; and
(b) give the Governor in Council the power, until September 25, 2021, to make regulations in certain circumstances to provide that any requirements or conditions, set out in certain provisions of Part III of that Act, respecting certificates issued by a health care practitioner do not apply and to provide for alternative requirements and conditions.
This Part also makes related amendments to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act to ensure that employees may continue to take leave related to COVID-19 until September 25, 2021. Finally, it makes related amendments to regulations and contains coordinating amendments.

Part 3 amends the Public Health Events of National Concern Payments Act to limit, as of October 1, 2020, the payments that may be made out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund under that Act to those in respect of specified measures related to COVID-19, up to specified amounts. It also postpones the repeal of that Act until December 31, 2020.
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