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 June 10, 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 June 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.
    • 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

    • All National Parks are closed.
    • Some parks may be permitted to reopen on June 1.
    • 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.

    • Businesses providing essential services are open. More information is available here.
    • As of May 2, Golf courses can open, but clubhouses and pro shops must remain closed.
    • As of May 4, AHS can resume some scheduled, non-urgent surgeries. Some dental and other regulated healthcare workers can also resume services. Additional services will be able to resume as the three stages progress.
    • As of May 11, Outdoor gun ranges may open.
    • As of May 14, Stage 1 reopening is in place across Alberta, with tighter limits in place in Calgary and Brooks.
    • On June 12, Stage 2 reopening begins. More information on Stage 2 is available here.

    Stage 1 reopening: some businesses may open with enhanced infection prevention measures in place:

    • Some retail businesses, including clothing stores.
    • Farmers’ market vendors.
    • Hairstyling and barber shops.
    • Cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars can open for public seating at 50% capacity and with table service only.
    • Museums and art galleries.
    • Some additional outdoor recreation.
    • Post-secondary courses will continue, but methods (online, in-person etc.) will depend on the restriction still in place at each phase.

    The required enhanced infection prevention measures for Stage 1 businesses available here.

    In Stage 2, more businesses will be 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.

    British Columbia is currently in Phase 2 of its Restart plan. As of May 19: businesses may reopen with distancing. More information is available here. Phase 2 includes such things as:

    • small social gatherings;
    • a resumption of elective surgeries and regulated health services like physiotherapy, dentistry, chiropractors and in-person counselling;
    • provincial parks open for day use;
    • opening more non-essential businesses in keeping with safe operations plans;
    • recalling the provincial legislature for regular sittings.
    • As of May 22, patios are permitted to expand their footprint. More information is available here.

    Phase 3, which will include the reopening of additional businesses and services, is expected between June and September, if transmission rates remain low or decline.

    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, many remaining facilities, including campgrounds, will reopen.

    A small number of parks that attract large crowds, or where reopening would pose a health risk to nearby communities, will remain closed.

  • 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.

    As of May 4, Manitoba is in Phase 1 of its reopening plan, which includes some retail businesses, patios or restaurants with walk-up services, hair stylists, golf courses, health care businesses and others. Detailed information, including which businesses can open and steps employers and employees must take, is available here.

    The size of gatherings remains set at 10 people. Most businesses may only operate at 50% capacity in order to respect social distancing.

    Important: Prior to reporting to work, employees must complete COVID-19 self-screening. The tool is available here. In some instances, such as hair stylists, clients must also complete self-screening prior to booking an appointment.

    Phase 2 of the reopening plan will begin no earlier than June 1. This phase will allow 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 until further notice.

    • Businesses providing essential services are open. More information is available here.
    • As of April 24, Phase 1 reopening is in place, allowing golf courses (without food service), marinas and non-commercial fishing to open.
    • As of May 11, Phase 2 reopening is in place, allowing stores, restaurants, campgrounds, outfitters, non-regulated childcare and malls to open within limits. Some additional offices that were not allowed to open during Phase 1 can reopen. More information is available here.
    • As of May 22, Phase 3 reopening is in place. Household bubbles may expand, non-regulated health professionals and businesses may open (including acupuncturists and naturopaths), personal service businesses may reopen (including barbers, hairstylists, spas, estheticians, manicurists, pedicurists and tattoo artists). More information is available here.
    • On May 29: Outdoor gatherings of 50 people with distancing will be permitted, non-emergency health services will expand, recreational activities will be allowed to expand (low contact sports, gyms, yoga studios, dance studios, rinks, pool halls, bowling alleys). More information is available here.
    • Also on May 29: temporary foreign workers (TFWs) may enter New Brunswick under strict public health guidance, including isolating for 14 days before beginning work.
    • As of June 5: Sports facilities and low contact sports are allowed to resume.

    Phase 4 will allow for larger public gatherings and is yet to have an implementation date. The reopening of casinos, amusement centres, bingo halls, arcades, cinemas, bars (without seating), large live performance venues and large public gatherings will be determined once additional evidence is available on the province’s success in managing a resurgence of the virus.

  • 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 8, the province is currently at Alert Level 3.

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

    Level 3 includes reopening:

    • Retail stores, including inside malls, can open but with restrictions in place.
    • With guidelines in place, personal service establishments, including hair and tattoo salons, can open.
    • Animal grooming can resume.
    • Restaurants can open in limited occupancy.

    Level 2 (date TBD) includes, with restrictions in place:

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

    Level 1 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 1 was implemented on May 15. More information. This means:

    • Some businesses and organizations will be allowed to reopen with capacity and other restrictions in place. For example, personal services, museums and art galleries, bottle depots, gyms and fitness centres.
    • Your household can have up to five other people over, to a maximum of 10 people total. You should keep your friendship circle as small as possible and still keep physical distance as much as you can.
    • Specific types of mass gatherings will be allowed but with capacity and other restrictions in place. For example, farmer’s markets, campgrounds, recreational facilities, libraries, golf courses, beaches, boat launches, outdoor fields and playgrounds.

    Relaxing Phase 2 is expected in mid-to-late June with additional businesses allowed to reopen, including movie theatres and dine-in restaurants.

    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.
  • 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.

    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.

  • 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 May 11, businesses in specific sectors may reopen, but they must follow certain requirements. Businesses that can reopen include:

    • Retail stores with a street entrance may provide curbside pickup and delivery.
    • Certain outdoor and gardening businesses.
    • Additional essential construction projects.
    • Automatic and self-serve car washes.
    • Auto dealerships, open by appointment only.
    • Golf courses may prepare their courses for the upcoming season, but cannot open to the public.
    • Marinas may also begin preparations for the recreational boating season by servicing boats and other watercraft and placing boats in the water, but cannot open to the public.

    As of May 16, additional businesses are allowed to reopen. More information is available here.

    • Golf courses will be able to open, with clubhouses open only for washrooms and restaurants open only for take-out.
    • Marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches may open for recreational use.
    • Private parks and campgrounds may open to enable preparation for the season and to allow access for trailers and recreational vehicles whose owners have a full season contract.
    • Businesses that board animals, such as stables, may allow boarders to visit, care for or ride their animal.
    • Media and publishing may begin operations.

    As of May 19, additional loosening will take place:

    • Stores not in malls may reopen but with distancing limits.
    • Animal services, including regular vet services, training and grooming.
    • Indoor and outdoor housekeeping and maintenance services.
    • Lifting workplace limits on construction.
    • Outdoor parks and recreation facilities open

    As of June 12, in locations excluding Toronto and the GTA, Windsor, and Niagara, Phase 2 will begin:

    • Outdoor dining at restaurants and patios
    • Hair salons, barbers, and personal care services
    • Tour guides
    • Outdoor pools
    • More information 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 May 1, PEI is in Phase 1 of the reopening plan:

    • Golf courses, driving ranges, and shooting ranges may open.
    • Select outdoor construction and services, including landscaping and pool maintenance, can start work.
    • Marina and yacht clubs may open.
    • More information on Phase 1 is available here.

    As of May 15, trucking may resume on the Northumberland Ferry and lobster season opens.

    As of May 22 phase 2 began.

    Phase 3 began on June 1 and includes a further loosening on restrictions and allows more businesses and services to operate. More information is available here.

    The date for Phase 4 is still TBD. Phase 4 will allow large gatherings, visiting 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.

    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.

    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 – starting 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 – date TBD, 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 May 19 businesses may reopen with distancing measures in place.
    • Personal/beauty services may reopen May 27, provided they have a safe operations plan.
    • Restaurants must provide the government with a safe operating plan by May 29 to reopen.
    • 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.

    Phase 2 of Yukon’s reopening is expected to begin on July 1. Based on public health data, phase 2 might include easing some restrictions on businesses and expanding dine-in capacity at restaurants. More information is available here.

Click here to access CBRN’s Reopening Canada Toolkit.