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 July 17, 2020. 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

    • The Canada-U.S. border is closed to non-essential travel until at least August 21.
    • 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 beginning to reopen.
    • Operations continue via remote work.
    • Processing delays, particularly from the CRA on 2019 tax returns, should be expected.
    • Additional information for Government of Canada workers is available here.

    National Parks

    • National Parks are open, some camping is permitted.
    • More information is available here.
  • Alberta

    Alberta’s relaunch plan takes a gradual three-stage approach to reopening the economy.

    Alberta Biz Connect provides workplace guidance and supports to help businesses and non-profits begin to reopen and resume operations safely.

    As of June 9, Alberta is in Stage 2: more businesses are allowed to open but they will still be required to keep in place two metres of physical distancing as well as other public health guidelines:

    • More surgeries scheduled, including backlog.
    • More personal services including esthetics, artificial tanning, manicures and pedicures.
    • Pools, VLTs, community centres.
    • Theatres and instrumental concerts.
    • More information on Stage 2, including restrictions, is available here.

    Stage 3 timing will be determined based on health indicators; some social distancing measures and other restrictions will remain in place.

    • Fully reopening all businesses and services.
    • Festivals, concerts and major sporting events, but with restrictions.
    • Nightclubs, gyms, pools, recreation centres, arenas and industry conferences, but with restrictions.
  • British Columbia

    BC’s Restart Plan lays out a series of steps that will be undertaken to resume normal operations in the province. As businesses prepare to reopen, they will be required to review new government health and safety guidelines and other materials from WorkSafeBC.

    • Businesses providing essential services are open. More information is available here.

    As of June 24, BC is in Phase 3 of its reopening plan.This includes the reopening of additional businesses and services. Phase 3 also allows full travel within the province. More information on Phase 3 is available here.

    Phase 4 will only begin when the threat of COVID-19 has been significantly diminished through widespread vaccination, broad successful treatments, evidence of community immunity or the equivalent.

    Most provincial parks will reopen starting May 14 for day-use only.

    On June 1, most remaining facilities, including campgrounds, reopened.

  • Manitoba

    Manitoba’s reopening plan is currently comprised of two primary phases, with additional phases expected in the future. More information is available here.

    • Businesses providing essential services are open. More information is available here.

    Phase 2 began on June 1. This phase allows larger public gatherings, indoor spaces to open at restaurants, personal service businesses, film production and non-contact children’s sports. More information on Phase 2 is available here.

    Additional phases to allow larger gatherings and the reopening of other non-essential businesses will be considered in three-to-four week intervals, following the implementation of prior phases. More information on future phases is available here.

  • New Brunswick

    New Brunswick is implementing a flexible plan with four stages. More information is available here (PDF).

    The province is closed to travellers outside of the Atlantic Bubble.

    As of June 26 the entire province is in the ‘Yellow’ phase of reopening, which allows all remaining businesses to reopen, provided proper health measures are in place. 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.

    As of June 25, the province is currently at Alert Level 2.

    The public health guidelines that must be followed at all alert levels are available here.

    Level 2 includes, with restrictions in place:

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

    Level 1 (date TBD) is the “new normal” with precise details TBD based on COVID-19 transmission and treatments available at the time.

  • 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. More information is available here.

    • Businesses providing essential services are open. However, travel restrictions are in place. More information is available here.

    Relaxing Phase 2 was implemented on June 12 with additional businesses allowed to reopen, including movie theatres and dine-in restaurants. More information on Phase 2 is available here (PDF).

    Relaxing Phase 3 currently has no timeline for implementation nor does the final stage of lifting all measures.

    Workplaces must complete a precautions and risk assessment document and retain it for their records; it is available here. Use the document to determine your level of risk of exposure to COVID-19. This is a tool for you to identify what risks you need to eliminate or minimize and steps you can take to protect workers.

    • Consult with workers or the Joint OHS Committee to conduct the risk assessment.
    • The assessment becomes part of your health and safety plan that you share with workers.
    • Reassess and update as circumstances change or new hazards are identified.
    • You do not need to submit the completed assessments to WSCC.

    Additional information on workplace precautions and risk assessment is available here.

  • Nova Scotia

    As of June 5, most businesses that were required to close are allowed to reopen, provided they follow public health guidelines.

    • Public Health instructions are available here.
    • Businesses allowed to reopen on June 5 include:
      • restaurants for dine-in, as well as takeout and delivery
      • bars, wineries, distilleries and taprooms
      • lounges are not permitted to reopen at this time
      • personal services, such as hair salons, barber shops, spas, nail salons and body art establishments
      • fitness facilities, such as gyms, yoga studios and climbing facilities
      • veterinarians
    • More information is available here.

    As of July 3, outdoor gatherings of 250 with distancing are allowed for organizations. More information.

  • Nunavut

    Nunavut has been under a travel ban since March 24, where only residents and critical workers are allowed to enter the territory. Prior to boarding an aircraft bound for Nunavut, those people must quarantine for 14 days in either Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton or Yellowknife and receive government approval to return. Additional information is available here. As of May 22, Kitikmeot medical travellers receiving treatment in Yellowknife are no longer required to undergo the 14-day isolation period upon returning to Nunavut. As of July 13, travel is allowed to Churchill, MB.

    There is currently no list of essential businesses or services in Nunavut.

    There are three conditions before the government will relax some restrictions:

    • A need to achieve in-territory diagnostic capacity.
    • A decrease of rates COVID-19 in southern places where most of Nunavummiut travel.
    • No active cases of COVID-19.

    On June 1 territorial parks will open for outdoor activities. Buildings will remain closed.

    Medical care is available, however all clients must call their provider prior to going to a medical facility (including dental). More information is available here.

    As of June 8, stores and workplaces may reopen with safety precautions. In-territory travel restrictions are lifted. More information is available here.

    As of June 15, additional medical services may reopen. Gyms and pools may also reopen, however with tight restrictions. More information is available here.

    As of June 22, personal services may reopen. Restaurants and bars may reopen at half capacity.

    Starting on July 22 all licences establishments will be allowed to reopen with regular hours.

  • Ontario

    Ontario has provided a staged approach to reopening the province, but has not provided firm dates for all stages.

    • Businesses providing essential services are open. More information is available here.
    • Requirements that apply to all businesses in Ontario can be found here.
    • A summary of all sectors affected by emergency orders are available here.

    As of July 17, Ontario is in Stage 3 of reopening (EXCLUDING: The Greater Toronto/Hamilton Area, Haldimand-Norfolk, Lambton, Windsor-Essex, and Niagara). In Stage 3, nearly all businesses and public spaces may reopen. Full information on Stage 3, including which businesses may not reopen, is available here.

  • Prince Edward Island

    Prince Edward Island has a plan with four distinct stages, called the Renew PEI Together plan. More information is available here.

    • Businesses providing essential services are open. More information is available here.

    As of June 26, PEI is in Phase 4, which allows larger gatherings, visiting some family members in long-term care homes and additional movement between provinces. More information is available here.

    A full chart of the staged approach in PEI, including personal gatherings, border-screening requirements and more, is available here.

  • Quebec

    Quebec has launched a date-based gradual resumption of activities plan. The overall plan is available here.

    • Businesses providing essential services are open. More information is available here.

    As of May 4, retail businesses outside the Montreal metropolitan area are permitted to open, provided:

    • The businesses have a door to the outside that is ordinarily used by customers.
    • Access to the businesses through an indoor common area is prohibited.

    As of May 11:

    • All construction sites can reopen.
    • All real estate transactions may resume.
    • All manufacturing can reopen but with reduced staff to a maximum of 50 workers and 50% of the employees exceeding the limit of 50 workers.
    • Recycling and bottle drop facilities may reopen.

    As of May 24: businesses may resume regular hours. More information.

    As of May 25:

    • Retail businesses in the Montreal area with exterior access doors can reopen.
    • All manufacturing businesses can resume work without any limitations on staffing volume. However, all employees who can engage in teleworking must continue to do so.

    As of June 1:

    • Outside Montreal, salons, aesthetic services, and malls may open.

    As of June 15:

    • Indoor meetings of up to 10 people, including in restaurants, may take place. This excludes Montreal, Joliette, and L’Epiphanie. Starting June 22, those three cities will also be allowed. More information is available here.

    As of June 19:

    • Zoos, gardens, and ecotourism may reopen.

    As of June 22:

    • Theatres and cinemas may reopen.

    As of June 25:

    • All sectors may reopen except for large public events, contact sports, and overnight camps. More information is available here.

    As of July 15:

    • Private offices may return to 25% capacity with distancing.

    As of July 18:

    • Government offices may return to 25% capacity with distancing.

    Quebec has provided a Q&A document, which provides specific guidance on actions that employers and employees must undertake. The full Q&A is available here.

    More information on travelling from one region to another or from one city to another during the COVID-19 pandemic is available here.

  • Saskatchewan

    Saskatchewan has released a five-phase plan to reopen the province, noting that protective measures, including physical distancing and enhanced cleaning, should remain for all five phases.

    • Businesses providing essential services are open. More information is available here (PDF).
    • Opening details and required safety measures for all businesses are available here (PDF) (updated July 9).

    Phase start dates are subject to assessment of transmission and require maintaining safety measures, including physical distancing.

    • Phase 1, as of May 4, includes the opening of previously restricted medical services, such as dentistry and medical spas.
    • Phase 1, as of May 15, golf courses and drive-in theatres may reopen. All outfitters may begin preparations. Outfitters south of the NSAD may start operations.
    • Phase 2, as of May 19, includes the opening of retail stores, shopping malls, with appropriate social distancing, and some personal care services, including hair stylists/barbers and massage therapists.
    • Phase 3 – as of June 8, includes the opening of restaurants and food services at 50% capacity, gyms and remaining personal care services including estheticians and tattoo artists.
    • Phase 4 – as of June 22, includes the opening of indoor and outdoor recreational facilities. This includes casinos, swimming pools, theatres and museums. Seasonal programming, including camps, are also open at this phase.
    • Phase 5 – date TBD, includes the lifting of all restrictions.
  • Yukon

    As of July 1, Yukon is in Phase 2, which allows restaurants to open at full capacity and outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people. More information is available here.

    Safe operations plans and submission information is available here.

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


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