COVID-19 Legislation

This page was updated January 4, 2021.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak both the BC and Federal governments have passed emergency legislation.  This page will collect links to those statutes and capture some basic information about their passage into law.

The BC Government has emergency powers under the Public Health Act (SBC 2008 c. 28) and the Emergency Program Act (RSBC 1996 c.111).  Orders made under the Public Health Act can be made orally during the emergency.  A collection of orders made under the act can be found on the Office of the Provincial Health Officer’s Current Health Topics page.

Ministerial Orders released by the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General in relation to the state of emergency can be found on BCLaws beginning with order 2020_M082.

The following Ministerial Orders have been made in relation to COVID-19:

Ministerial orders (2021)

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Ministerial orders (2020)

M082-M086, M089, M091, M093, M094, M098, M105, M114, M115, M116, M120, M121, M128, M133, M138, M139, M150, M152, M159, M161, M162, M166, M167, M168, M179, M180, M183, M192, M193, M195, M220, M248, M257, M307, M309, M314, M321, M330, M358, M376, M381, M382, M389, M405, M416, M419, M420, M425, M429, M431 M453, M456 & M480.

News updates from the Public safety and Solicitor General can be found on BC Gov News.

A listing of COVID-19 related regulations, orders in council and ministerial orders (though not exhaustive) can also be found on BC Laws.

The following acts have been passed since the emergency was declared:

Title Chapter number Bill number Royal assent date
(Coming into Force)
Supply Act (No 2) 2020 2020 SBC 5 Bill 15 Mar. 23, 2020
Employment Standards Amendment Act (No 2), 2020 2020 SBC 6 Bill 16 Mar. 23, 2020
COVID-19 Related Measures Act 2020 SBC 8 Bill 19 July 8, 2020
Economic Stabilization (COVID-19) Act 2020 SBC 19 Bill 18 Aug. 14, 2020
Supply Act, 2020-2021 (Supplementary Estimates No. 3) 2020 SBC 23 Bill 2 Dec. 17, 2020

 

The BC Courts have released several notices and announcements concerning their operations during the COVID-19 outbreak. Each court has a section on their homepage listing these notices:

A list of general emergency support and information from the province can be found at the following link:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support 

The Federal Government draws its emergency powers from the Emergencies Act (RSC 1985 c. 22 (4th Supp.) and the Quarantine Act (SC 2005, c. 20)

The following acts have been passed since the emergency was declared:

Title Chapter number Bill number Royal assent date
(Coming into Force)

An Act Respecting Certain Measures in Response to COVID-19
(COVID-19 Emergency Response Act)

SC 2020 c. 5 Bill C-13 Mar. 25, 2020
A second Act respecting certain measures in response to COVID-19 (COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2) SC 2020 c. 6 Bill C-14 Apr. 11, 2020
An Act respecting Canada emergency student benefits (coronavirus disease 2019) SC 2020 c. 7 Bill C-15 May 1, 2020
An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures  SC 2020 c. 11 Bill C-20 Jul. 27, 2020

An Act relating to certain measures in response to COVID-19 (COVID-19 Response Measures Act)

SC 2020 c.12 Bill C-4 Oct. 2, 2020
An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy) SC 2020 c. 13 Bill C-9 Nov. 19, 2020
An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021 SC 2020 c. 14 Bill C-17 Dec. 10, 2020
An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021 SC 2020 c. 15 Bill C-16 Dec. 10, 2020

 

Municipalities have legislation which allows them to declare emergencies and take action in a crisis.  On May 26, 2020 the Provincial Government suspended all municipal states of emergency, except for the city of Vancouver, citing a need to centralize a response province-wide in Ministerial Order M083

Vancouver’s emergency powers are granted in s.173 of the Vancouver Charter.