The new rules will inform how your operations and health and safety standards must be adapted to the current situation.

In order to operate, businesses must abide by all national, provincial/territorial and local codes issued by our governments. This includes when and which businesses are allowed to open, an array of health and safety measures, social distancing standards, occupancy limits and more.

Below, please find access to rules and regulations that are in place according to federal and provincial/territorial jurisdictions.

Please note:

  • This page was updated based on data from January 5, 2021 Numerous changes may have taken place since then. In case of disagreement between this page and an official government website, please abide by the government source. We are working to provide regular updates on this page.
  • Depending on the nature of your operation, you may be subject to more than one set of regulations (e.g. if you operate in more than one province).
  • This toolkit does not include municipal codes, which may have an impact  your operations. Please consult your local chamber of commerce or municipal government resources for more information.
  • Federal

    Travel Regulations

    • Travel restrictions are in place at the Canadian border, including the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test result. More information is available here.
    • Anyone who returns to Canada must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. The only exceptions are for certain medical or supply chain reasons. More information is available here.
    • Essential business travel is permitted. U.S. nationals without symptoms may enter Canada only for essential reasons. Other foreign nationals may only enter Canada if they meet specific exemptions. The specific quarantine regulations and exemptions are in place for medical and supply chain services.

    Public Service

    • Physical offices are closed. Some Service Canada locations are available by appointment. More information is available here.
    • Operations continue via remote work.
    • Processing delays should be expected.
    • Additional information for Government of Canada workers is available here.

    National Parks

    • Reservations for trips between May 2021 and March 2022 will open in April, instead of January. More information is available here.
  • Alberta

    Alberta has implemented stronger measures for public health, including mandatory masks, business closures, and gathering limits.

    Full information is available here.

  • British Columbia

    British Columbia has suspended all events and social gatherings, including business closures. Some limited exceptions are in place.

    Full information is available here.

  • Manitoba

    As of November 12, the province of Manitoba moved to the Critical (red) level, which indicates the spread of COVID-19 is not contained. Business, event, and gathering limits are in place.

    More information is available here.

  • New Brunswick

    New Brunswick is implementing a flexible plan with four stages. As of December 23, all regions are in the Yellow level. Any travelers from outside the Atlantic bubble must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

    More information is available here.

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Newfoundland and Labrador has implemented an alert system with five levels. Alert Level 5 is the most restrictive, while Alert Level 1 is the least. More information on the alert levels is available here.

    The public health guidelines that must be followed at all alert levels are available here. The province is currently at Alert Level 2.

    Level 2 includes opening, with restrictions in place:

    • Gyms
    • Arenas
    • Indoor pools
    • Bars and indoor entertainment, such as cinemas, but with reduced occupancy

    Additional restrictions and requirements for travelers are in place, including for travels from within the Atlantic bubble. More information is available here.

  • Northwest Territories

    Northwest Territories has released its Emerging Wisely plan for reopening. It is a five-part plan consisting of containment, relaxing Phase 1, relaxing Phase 2, relaxing Phase 3, and all measures lifted. The territory is currently in Phase 2.

    More information is available here.


  • Nova Scotia

    There are province-wide restrictions in place across Nova Scotia, with additional restrictions in place in Halifax and Hants counties. More information is available here.

    Public Health instructions for preventing COVID-19 in workplaces are available here.

    Travelers entering Nova Scotia from outside the Atlantic bubble must quarantine for 14 days. Additional travel restrictions and requirements are available here.

  • Nunavut

    The Government of Nunavut has extended its Public Health Emergency, which includes a travel ban.

    Orders from the Chief Public Health Officer are available here. Travel-specific information is available here.

  • Ontario

    Ontario is currently engaged in a province-wide shut down.

    More information is available here, with specific shutdown restrictions available here.

  • Prince Edward Island

    Prince Edward Island has a three-stage alert system and is currently at the Caution level with some restrictions in place. More information is available here.

    Non-PEI residents – including people from the Atlantic bubble – must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. More information is available here.

  • Quebec

    Quebec has a four level alert system. The majority of Quebec is currently in a strict lockdown, at Level 4. Certain regions are at Level 3.

    More information is available here.

  • Saskatchewan

    Saskatchewan has public health measures in place, including mandatory masks, business restrictions, and gathering limits.

    Public health orders are available here.

    Information for allowable business activities is available here.

  • Yukon

    Yukon is currently in Phase 3 of its COVID-19 Path Forward reopening plan. More information is available here.

    Yukon Government has also made available a COVID-19 operational plan template for business available. Access it here.

Click here to access CBRN’s Reopening Canada Toolkit.