City of Toronto News Releases
Emergency Measures Tracking
Can public gatherings be held? Who has to self-isolate? How much physical distancing is required? Which businesses are deemed essential? Get caught up on the latest guidelines with these sources:
- The Globe and Mail is maintaining a guide to what’s allowed and open, or closed and banned, province-by-province.
- Canadian law firm McCarthy Tétrault is closely monitoring updates from governments across Canada as they respond to the pandemic. Its handy Emergency Measures Tracker summarizes the emergency measures that have been imposed in each jurisdiction.
Legal Supports and Resources
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is keeping an eye on impacts of COVID-19 measures on civil liberties, human rights, and democratic freedoms. It wants to hear from anyone fined for COVID-related offences.
Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act: Resource & Open Letter
The Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) has created a resource for its community on citizens' rights and responsibilities under the EMCPA.
BLAC has also written an open letter to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police regarding the EMCPA.
“While we at BLAC understand and support the need for emergency measures, particularly given the unprecedented nature of COVID-19, BLAC is deeply concerned about the potential for some of the measures to result in the further criminalization of racialized and marginalized people, specifically Black people.”
– Ruth Goba, Executive Director, BLAC