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COVID-19 expands health industry to all sectors

Author(s): Michael Watts, Susan Newell, Marty Putyra

Dec 8, 2020

In a year defined by unpredictability and constant change, the COVID-19 global pandemic has pushed health regulatory matters to the forefront of all sectors and industries. Factors such as provincial states of emergency, increased adoption of digital health technologies, a heightened recognition of responsibility for the health and safety of employees and clients, worldwide shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) and unprecedented initiatives from Health Canada in the form of temporary federal orders have all forced traditional health industry participants to adapt to a continually changing and uncertain environment. Businesses operating outside of the health industry have also been required to seek highly specialized health regulatory advice in response to the impact that the pandemic has had on their operations and business. 

Emergency orders and directives: understanding and adapting to constantly changing restrictions

Businesses in all sectors have had to understand and adjust to emergency orders issued under various provincial emergency legislation as a result of states of emergency or states of public health emergency in all jurisdictions of Canada, such as the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 in Ontario and similar emergency legislation in other provinces. As the pandemic continues, states of emergency and public health emergency have been resolved, and provincial and municipal governments have implemented various other legislative measures and public health guidance to address the ongoing effects of the pandemic, including, most recently, more restrictive lockdown measures in areas of greatest risk...