COVID-19 Resource Centre
This resource centre is designed to help Western Canada’s business community navigate the ongoing legal and business impacts of COVID-19 as economies re-open and return to work plans are implemented.
Our nine-person response team can provide guidance in navigating the pandemic as it continues to unfold and we can address your legal needs.
Our seven key response areas include: dispute and risk management, workforce and workplace management, business efficacy – product and service delivery including supply chain issues, protecting and securing systems and data, transactions, disclosure and governance, and finance related challenges. The resource centre will be updated regularly with insights and webinars addressing some of the pressing and future-thinking potential legal issues your organization may face in response to COVID-19.
We understand that COVID-19 presents many challenges and disruptions to your business and we are committed to helping you navigate the circumstances. Subscribe to “The Legal Roundup” for regular updates as conditions change across Western Canada.
Dispute & Risk Management
The current health crisis is placing an imperative on recognizing and managing risk, avoiding litigation exposure and ensuring that recovery opportunities are preserved. COVID-19 has also given rise to a number of considerations for clients with ongoing litigation and arbitration. The Dispute & Risk Management group is available to assist and advise through this challenging and ever-evolving environment.
As clients shift to remote functionality, protecting and securing technology systems and data is top of mind. Find answers to your privacy questions, cybersecurity issues, IT project delays and other technology related requirements.
There are a variety of solutions for workforce and workplace management in a changing workplace environment relating to health and safety, work disruption, immigration, accommodations, benefit changes, insurance, collective agreements, remote work and other challenges that employers may face.
Clients concerned with the continuation of product and service delivery have options during this changing environment. Navigate challenges related to essential/critical services, contract compliance, regulatory compliance, resolving disputes, managing procurement arrangements, import/export issues and supply chain interruptions.
If your business is involved in a transaction or securities offering, whether it be at the preliminary stages or if it has recently concluded, there are a number of relevant factors and obligations to consider (from force majeure, to occurrence of including a material adverse change, to termination rights). Companies and their boards need to address these obligations when carrying out their duties to relevant stakeholders. Obtain guidance on these considerations and mitigate the impact on your business going forward.
Governance & Disclosure
It is critical for your business to ensure that you are complying with all continuous disclosure and reporting requirements, and continue to communicate with stakeholders on changes to your organization.
Obtain practical advice regarding relationships between lenders and borrowers, managing default situations, accessing financing, refinancing and government programs and considering formal or informal restructuring options. Our team is well-versed in the nuances of distressed financial situations and can assist businesses challenged during this tumultuous period.
We understand that COVID-19 presents many challenges and disruptions to your business and we are committed to helping you navigate the circumstances. As conditions change, this resource centre will be updated on a regular basis. Subscribe to our COVID-19 Insights for daily updates.
Dispute & Risk Management
March 18, 2020
March 16, 2020
Governance & Disclosure
|Thursday, August 20
||Cross Border Considerations for Manufacturing Professionals
In this webinar we address issues Canadian manufacturers and transportation companies need to know regarding importing and exporting products, and the people accompanying those products.
|Monday, July 27
||COVID-19: Now What? A Re-Introduction to the Workplace
In this webinar, we look at the key legal, organizational and technology considerations to help you manage through the next phase of the pandemic recovery and transformation to the future of work.
|Tuesday, July 21
||Back to Business During COVID-19 – Western Canada Legislative Updates and Important Information
This webinar provides an overview of the legislative updates in response to COVID-19 as they relate to temporary layoffs, terminations and COVID-19-related leaves.
|Tuesday, June 18
|From Response to Recovery: The Future of Indigenous Economic Development
This webinar discusses the opportunities that this current competitive advantage brings to help communities advance projects, transactions and businesses.
|Tuesday, June 9
||International Tourism and Foreign Worker Considerations for the Outdoor Adventure, Hospitality, and Outfitting Industries Under COVID-19
This presentation focuses on rules and regulations regarding Canada’s travel restrictions and self-isolation requirements will be reviewed in relation to international tourism and foreign worker access
|Thursday, May 29
|Rising Tide: Shifting to Indigenous-Based Economies
As governments and industries begin to reopen the economy and work towards economic recovery, there are great opportunities for Indigenous governments to participate and contribute to Canada’s post-COVID-19 recovery.
This webinar outlines the key considerations for Indigenous governments as they navigate the opportunities to participate in and lead the major economic development projects that can help strengthen the economy.
|Thursday, May 21
||Enforcement Issues and Reclamation Obligations in a Post COVID-19 Environment
MLT Aikins LLP lawyers John Agioritis and Rangi Jeerakathil address environmental matters of concern relating to compliance and indemnities. Make sure your business is protected and acting in compliance with its environmental obligations during COVID-19 and beyond.
|Thursday, May 21||Elements of an M&A Deal and the Impact of COVID-19
This webinar provides a high-level overview of the constituent elements of a M&A transaction and the resulting impact of COVID-19 on each. We will also discuss practical considerations to better manage a transaction in the face of the pandemic.
|Wednesday, May 20
||The Basics of Financial and Estate Planning in Times of Crisis
MLT Aikins and Exponent Investment Management are pleased to partner for thiswebinar. Eliott and Harmanjit discuss considerations when planning for your retirement, your estate, and the needs of your beneficiaries and cover tips to aid you in the process of reviewing your financial and estate plans during these uncertain times.
|Thursday, May 14
||COVID-19 Challenges and Strategies for Saskatchewan Employers
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a number of significant challenges for Saskatchewan employers. Our labour and employment lawyers will address a number of common areas for employment-related questions, and highlight evolving legal considerations that employers should be aware of when managing their workforce in this unprecedented time.
|Thursday, May 7
||Saskatchewan’s COVID-19: Municipal Navigation Through A Global Pandemic
This webinar will provide Saskatchewan municipalities with an overview of workplace guidelines and OHS obligations related to the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan, the impact of COVID-19 on municipal elections, and privacy and cybersecurity implications for remote work-from-home measures.
|Wednesday, May 6
||What COVID-19 Has Taught B.C. Employers and What’s to Come
Employment lawyers Walter Pavlic, Q.C. and Graham Christie address a number of common areas for employment-related questions, and highlight evolving legal considerations that employers should be aware of when managing their workforce in this unprecedented time
|Wednesday, May 6
||Operational, Financial and Contractual Strategies for the Outdoor/Adventure Industry in Times of COVID-19
MLT Aikins lawyers, Ryan Morasiewicz, Leigh Peters, and Chad Eggerman present this webinar tailored to the Outdoor/Adventure industry. This webinar features three key topics related to operational, financial and contractual strategies, to help outdoor/adventure businesses navigate, survive and thrive in these unprecedented times.
|Tuesday, April 28
|Restructuring Options for Businesses — Part 2: So You Have Chosen Formal Restructuring, What’s Next?
Ryan Zahara, Dana Nowak, Jeff Lee, Q.C., and J.J. Burnell will examine topics including: maintaining lender support, bridge financing, informal workout options and formal restructuring options. Moderated by commercial lawyer Leigh Peters.
|Monday, April 27
||Restructuring Options for Businesses — Part 1: Finding the Right Path: Formal Restructuring and Informal Workout Options
Ryan Zahara, Dana Nowak, Jeff Lee, Q.C., and J.J. Burnell examine topics including: maintaining lender support, bridge financing, informal workout options and formal restructuring options. Moderated by commercial lawyer Leigh Peters.
|Friday, April 24
||COVID-19: One Month Out. What Have We Learned and What Do We Need to Know?
The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly changed the business landscape for Alberta employers. Our employment lawyers address a number of common areas for employment-related questions and highlight evolving legal considerations that employers should be aware of when managing their workforce in this unprecedented time.
|Wednesday, April 22
||Tentative Traveller: U.S. Immigration Issues During the Time of COVID-19
Immigration lawyers Reis Pagtakhan and Jessica Jensen will answer your questions on travelling to the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic and discuss the procedures your business must follow to make sure your employees and contractors can enter U.S. smoothly.
|Tuesday, April 21
||Tentative Traveller: Canadian Immigration Issues During the Time of COVID-19
Immigration lawyers Scott Bell and Maria Penner answer your questions on travelling to Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic and discuss the procedures your business must follow to make sure your employees and contractors can enter Canada smoothly.
|Friday, April 17
||Canada’s Emergency Wage Subsidy: Opportunities and Pitfalls
On April 11, 2020, Parliament passed the legislation which implements the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, a 75% wage subsidy for eligible employers impacted by COVID-19. This webinar outlines steps to help you navigate these rules and consider how they apply to your business, and provides an overview of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.
|Friday, April 17
||Consultation in the Age of COVID-19
This webinar covers a broad range of topics relating to consultation including: provincial and federal approaches to consultation, strategies for Indigenous governments, regulatory issues, and the effect of COVID-19 on Impact Benefit Agreements.
|Thursday, April 16
||Five Considerations for Organizations to Manage Privacy, Security and IT Issues
This webinar discusses some key questions and topics relating to privacy, data and systems security, and IT contracts and projects which may be relevant to your business during this time. We also provide a framework, and tips and tools to assist you with navigating these issues and mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 on your organization’s privacy, cybersecurity and IT.
|Thursday, April 9
||Responding to COVID-19 for Indigenous Governments
In this webinar, members of the MLT Aikins Aboriginal law team discuss a broad range of topics to help address potential legal issues Indigenous organizations may face including: enforcement of bylaws, food security, and military assistance. The presentation also provides an overview of using bylaws to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
|Thursday, April 2
||Mitigating Impacts of COVID-19 on Indigenous Governments and Businesses
This webinar outlines the kinds of legal issues Indigenous governments, organizations, businesses and individuals can expect to face in the wake of COVID-19. The issues discussed include: available support and resources for communities and Indigenous businesses, employer obligations, emergency powers and commercial issues.
|Monday, March 23
||Managing Impacts on the Workplace as Reality Sets In
This webinar discusses the changing landscape for employers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the challenges businesses are facing in the context of employment and labour law, and how to deal with employment issues arising from the widespread effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
|Thursday, March 19
||Key Contract Provisions in a Crisis Situation
This webinar outlines examples of five clauses in project agreements which are important to consider when an unexpected and global event such as the COVID-19 pandemic occurs. Chad discusses the particular challenges related to each of the five contract clauses and explains why the clause is important in a crisis situation.
This webinar is useful not only for project owners, but also for contractors and suppliers to projects.